Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek


Package Duration 14 Days / 13 Nights
Pacakge Validity N.A.
Destination Covered Drugyel Dzong - Shana Zampa - Soi Thangthanka - Jangothang - Jhomolhari camp - lingshi camp - Chebisa - Shakyapasang - Robluthang - Limithang - Laya - Koina - Gasa - Punakha
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Tour Itinerary :

Day 1: Drugyel Dzong to Shana Zampa

Distance: 15 km
Time: 5hr
Ascent: 310m
Descent: 80m

Walk along the dirt road through wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chhu. You will encounter the first settlement comprising of big, magnificent traditional buildings with bright red chillies dried on their roofs in season. Not far from here, at Gunitsawa, you will pass army check point and your trekking permits will be checked and endorsed here. The Shana campsite is just half an hour walk from here.

Day 2: Shana to Soi Thangthanka

Distance: 22km
Time: 6-8hr
Ascent: 685m
Descent: 0m

This is a hard day as the altitude gain is above the limit. You will come across the first bridge en route from Tibet to Bhutan that was used by the travellers once upon a time. The trail climbs steadily through beautiful thick forest consisting mainly of, Oak, Rhododendron, Bamboo, Fern, Birch, Fir, Larch, Maple and Blue Pine. The route has lots of small rises and drops with a vision of amazing snow-capped Jhomolhari on the north. The hard day of walking comes to an end at Soi Thangthanka camp, which is in a big meadow.

Day 3: Soi Thangthanka to Jangothang

Distance: 17km
Time: 4-6hr
Ascent: 469m
Descent: 0m

The view of Jhomolhari fades away as you leave the camp inflowing forest on the way towards the Army camp. Late in spring, Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower) has been spotted. The Military camp has Bhutanese and Indian army personnel guarding another pass to Tibet. The trail takes you through six remote villages and you might be invited into one of the houses for a cup of famous butter tea. After crossing the settlements, the summits of spiky peak Jitchu Drakey, Tshering Kang and Jhomolhari appear to get closer. Cross a bridge and suddenly the irresistible snow-and-ice- covered east face of Jhomolhari appears, with its massive 3200m- high wall of granite, marble, and quartzite. You have reached Jhomolhari camp.

Day 4: Rest day at Jhomolhari camp

Rest day at Jhomolhari camp will help with acclimatisation as most people will feel the effects of ascending 1800m in three days. There are some good day hikes from the camp, and it is important to hike so that you will acclimatise. Follow the standard trek rule: trek high, sleep low.

Day 5: Jangothang to lingshi camp

Distance: 21km
Time: 5-6hr
Ascent: 845m
Descent: 880m

It is a long climb to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, Nyile La pass. From the pass, you can get the views of overpowering mountains covered with snow. The route descends from the pass leading to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen in its full glory; a powerful, solitary structure in the middle of an enormous wilderness. Further 900m descend, you reach Lingshi camp. You can walk around Lingshi village and visit the Dzong.

Day 6: Lingshi camp to Chebisa

Distance: 16km
Time: 3-4hr
No major elevation gain or loss

The route from Lingshi to Chebisa is the most pleasant walk of the trek. The hillsides are partly roofed with medicinal plants. The route passes through a small pass and a village with few households. There is a Dzong in the village which was renovated in 2003 by the community. After visiting the Dzong, continue walking and Chebisa campsite is reached after crossing a little pass.

At the end of the valley, a trail leads into Tibet. The extraordinary medicinal plant “Delphinium brunonianum” ‘Royal’ can be found. It is a beautiful, light purple, delicate-looking flower, which booms in the summer and has a musky aroma. The seeds are collected in summer.

Day 7: Chebisa to Shakyapasang

Distance: 14.5km
Time: 5hr
Ascent: 450m
Descent: 440m

The track leading to a peak called Inela through the grassy slope of the village is rigid and vertical. On the way you might see herd of Himalayan Blue sheep, and possibly bearded vulture. The trail levels out and traverses a pass- Gombu La. From the pass, the greasy (sometimes) route descends towards the valley covered with Rhododendron forest. The trail passes some rock cliffs containing salt minerals and towards the end of the hike, the route descends through the forest on a wet trail to the valley of Shakyapasang campsite. The valley is one of the more stunning ones on the trek.

Day 8: Shakyapasang to Robluthang

Distance: 16km
Time: 7-8hr
Ascent: 160m
Descent: 785m

The day begins with a short climb and later levels and changes the direction. Watch for herd of Himalayan Blue sheep; snow leopard footprints have been spotted here. Jare la is a small pass with several cairns and prayer flags, which marks the border between Lingshi and Laya for grazing Yaks. Jare la is a good viewing spot. You can see magnificent snow-capped Himalaya. Now the descent starts steeply snaking through Rhododendron bushes, Spruce, Larch, Silver Fir, Oak and various Pines and grassy slope all the way down to the valley. After crossing numerous rivers and swampy valleys you reach Robluthang campsite.

Day 9: Robulatnag to Limithang

Distance: 14km
Ascent: 840m
Descent: 840m

The trail crosses several streams and a pass Sinche la. The trail is more of zigzag, grassy and slippery till the end. The trail gets you through glacial valley and yak pasture lands, and the lowest point in the horizon as well. The hillsides are roofed with medicinal plants “Rheum nobile” and there is possibility of seeing Blue sheep. The route offers great views of five Bhutan Himalayas ranging from 4617m to 7194m above sea level. From here, continue descending through some huts until you reach sandy place next to a moraine. 20 minutes after crossing a bridge, Limithang campsite is reached walking through beautiful Cedar forest.

Day 10: Limithang to Laya

Distance: 9km
Time: 4hr
Ascent: few small climbs
Descent: 360m

The route crosses several streams, Cedar and Fir forest with an immense view of the Great Tiger Mountain. After some small ups and downs and crossing a ridge you reach a Chorten and prosperous Laya village with Tsenda Gang Peak in the distance to the northeast. Laya geog has six villages and it is part of the Jigme Dorji National Park.

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Tour Detail :

This is one of the most difficult treks in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path. Moreover, this trek is measured as one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan. This fourteen day, 217 km journey begins from Drugyel in Paro and traversed through Lingshi, Laya and Lunana, the districts that have different piece of Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. The trek provides majestic views of Bhutan Himalayas.

Apart from mountains, you will be able to spot animals such as Blue Sheep and Takins. The trek also offers a day of recreation at the famous Gasa hot springs.

Best seasons: April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November.

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