Laya Gasa Trek

19 Days

Laya Gasa Trek in Bhutan is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks. The route is known for its diverse flora and fauna including opportunities to spot exceptional animals and flowers only found in Bhutan like Blue Sheep, Takin’s, and the Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower), the trek lasts for 14 days. The highlight of this Trek is visiting the nomadic village of Laya where women dress beautifully in their traditional tribal clothing. Women wear conical bamboo hats and dresses made of yak wool.

Laya / Gasa Trek in Bhutan

Laya Gasa Trek in Bhutan is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks. The route is known for its diverse flora and fauna including opportunities to spot exceptional animals and flowers only found in Bhutan like Blue Sheep, Takin’s, and the Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower), the trek lasts for 14 days.

An extension of the great Jumolhari trek, introducing you to the unusual culture of the Layap people with a leisure stop at a natural hot spring in Gasa is a great surprise. The highest point is 4115 Meters.

Laya / Gasa Trek Itinerary Overview

DAY 01: Arrival at Paro Airport

DAY 02: Paro City Tour

DAY 03: Paro (Excursion to Taktsang/ Tiger’s Nest monastery)

DAY 04: Paro – Shana (Start of the trek)

DAY 05: Shana – Thangthangka

DAY 06: Thangthangka to Jagothang

DAY 07: Jagothang (Halt)

Day 08. Jangothang – Lingshi.

DAY 09: Lingzhi – Chebisa

DAY 10: Chebisa –  Shomuthang

DAY 11: Shomuthang – Robluthang

DAY 12: Robluthang – Lemithang

DAY 13: Lemithang – Laya

DAY 14: Laya (Halt)

DAY 15: Laya – Koena

DAY 16: Koena – Gasa Tsachu

DAY 17: Gasa Tsachu – Goendamji – Punakha (End of trek)

DAY 18: Punakha – Paro

DAY 19: Departure from Paro Airport

Trip Highlights

  • The hike to the temple from the base camp takes 3 hours through the beautiful pine forest.
  • Overnight at camp Shana. (Altitude 2,820m; Distance14Km; Time 5-6hours)
  • The best time to trek Laya Gasa is from April to June and late September to November


Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan with a beautiful landscape. The valley serves the purpose of International arrival on daily basis. It is also the starting point of the popular trekking in Bhutan like Drukpath Trek, and Jumolhari Trek. The flight to Paro Airport is one of the most magnificent experiences one can witness as it flows between a narrow valley toward the small strip of Paro Airport. Upon arrival, our team from Tour Bhutan will greet you with a white scarf and brief you about the trekking program. Overnight at Hotel.

Before you begin your trek in Bhutan we make sure that you acclimatize to the weather of Bhutan and today is the day to go around Paro town to adjust yourself to the altitude. The day begins with a visit to Drugyel Dzong beautifully located at the base of mighty Jumolhari Mountain.

On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang which was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in the valley. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district.

Your trekking holidays will not be complete if you do not hike the famous tiger nest temple at Paro. The temple is one of the popular sights of Bhutan and is visited by thousands of tourists daily. The temple is built in 1600 and incredibly clings to the edge of a rock cliff that plunges 900m above Paro Valley.

The hike to the temple from the base camp takes 3 hours through the beautiful pine forest. In the afternoon walk around Paro town. Get enough rest and prepare for Laya Gasa Trek.

Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong following the Paro River, passing through the cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are filled with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. Overnight at camp Shana. (Altitude 2,820m; Distance14Km; Time 5-6hours)

The trail follows the river through a densely forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction en route, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Camp near the meadow with a stone shelter. (Altitude 3610 m; Distance 21 Km; Time 7-8hours)

In the morning after passing a small army post, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs to a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, the winter home for yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. You will be seeing lots of yaks on the way before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlooking the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invaders. (Altitude 4,115 m; Distance 15 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours)

A rest day. Acclimatize yourself and take walk up to the Jhomolhari glacier or to the lakes in the opposite direction. (Altitude 4,115 m; Distance 15 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours)

Today you’ll experience the spectacular views of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, and the Tserim Gang. We start climbing straight away and after some 3 to 4 hours walk, we reach the Nyelela pass (4,700 m). After the pass, we descend down to a circular hut just below Lingshi, where we camp. Coming down from Lingshi we obtain our first view of the truly mystical Dzong on top of a high hill. (Altitude 4000m; Distance 17 km; Time 6 – 7 hours)

A magical day. Leaving Lingshi behind we climb gently to reach another delightful village, Gom Yu, which is located right below a 300 m cliff. A few hours’ walk brings us to a lovely little valley with a huge waterfall at one end of the Shangri La village of Chebisa, where we camp by the side of the river. The walk is very leisurely with plenty of reasons and opportunities to linger. (Altitude 3,780m; Distance 12 km; Time 4 – 5 hours)

We start the day with a quite stiff climb through high pastures up the Gokula pass (4,320 m) before we drop through the forests of dwarf rhododendron. We climb gradually and head down to the camp near a riverbed. (Altitude3, 890m; Distance17kms; Time 6-7hours)

A long haul over the Jarela passes at 4,640 m where we once again get stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. We drop steeply through the forested trail to Tsarigathang Valley, where herds of Takin are found, then cross a knee-deep river before climbing up Robluthang where we camp. (Altitude 4,100m; Distance 22 km; Time 7 – 8 hours)

This is one of the hardest days of the trek. We climb slowly up to Shinchela’s Pass at 4,870 m. rewarding with stunning views of mountains, including the spectacular Gang Chen Ta at the head of the valley. On a clear day, practically all the mountains on the northern border are visible. Eagles, griffin vultures, blue sheep, and yaks are abundant in this area. We descend down to our camp on a lovely spot by the riverbank. (Altitude 4,040m; Distance km; Time 6-7hours)

We walk along the river, one of the tributaries of the Mochu, and through the forest, full of rhododendrons and silver fir, and then enter the village of Layups. The people of Laya are famous for their vertical stripe yak hair clothing and their strange conical bamboo hats. The women wear their hair long and with a great deal of turquoise and jade jewelry. The features of the people are even more Tibetan/ Mongolian than the Bhutanese who live in the central valleys. The rest of the day is spent in leisure or visiting the village houses and mixing with the villagers. Good views of the Masagang and the other peaks. (Altitude3, 880m; Distance10kms; Time 4-5hours)

We rest today at Laya and have an opportunity to meet with the local people in the area. (Altitude 3,880m). Laya Village, nestled in the Bhutanese Himalayas, is renowned for its unique culture and stunning landscapes. Home to the Layap people, known for their distinctive attire and customs, the village offers a glimpse into traditional Bhutanese life amidst breathtaking mountain scenery.

Experience awe-inspiring vistas as gentle tailwinds guide you through the river valley, revealing cascading rivers, meandering feeder streams, and picturesque waterfalls. Rest overnight at the campsite, nestled amidst nature's embrace. (Altitude: 3,300m; Distance: 19kms; Duration: 6/7 hours)

We gradually climb up to Balela Pass at 3,740 m and then descend to Gasa village. The first sight of the Gasa Dzong perched on a hillside over the village is one of the spectacular sights of the trip. We then drop steeply down to the river for an hour and camp near the Hot Spring for a good, hot bath! Altitude: 2,638m; Distance 15 km; Time: 6/7 hours.

After the climb from Gasa Tsachu the trail winds through rolling hillsides with a vista of fields, villages, and forests of oak and pine. The trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mochu into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers, and occasionally monkeys.

After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of his holiness the Je-Khenpo. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. En route to visit Chimi Lhakhang also called the Temple of Fertility built by Lama Drukpa Kinley in the 17th century. Lunch at Dochula Pass. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On arrival, Dinner, and overnight in Hotel. You can also attend Punakha Festival if you visit in early spring.

Day 19 :

Breakfast in the hotel then drives to the airport for the flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!

Inclusion / Exclusion


  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  • Accommodation in 3 Star Hotel combined.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  • Visa Fee.
  • Airport tax
  • Proffessional English speaking Guide.
  • All Sightseeing in the country.
  • Hotstone bath and visit to farm house.
  • 3 meals a day (While in trek)
  • Service of cook and Helper(While in Trek)
  • Professional Trekking Guide(While in Trek)
  • Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent and Toilet Tent and sleeping tent.(While in trek)
  • Ponies to carry supplies (While in trek)
  • Royalty(While in trek)
  • Basic medical facilities (While in trek)
  • Oxygen cylinder for high pass (While in trek)
  • We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags (While in trek)


  • Insurance Premiums
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services


What are the hotels included in the Tour?

  1. Thimphu Hotel Druk located centrally in town and you can have access to all nightlife from this place.
  2. Punakha Hotel Zhingkham Resort 3 star Hotel.
  3. Gangtey Hotel Dewachen 3 Star Hotel.
  4. Paro Metta Resort

When is the best time for Laya Trek?

The best time to trek this routes is April,May,October and November.

What are the terms and conditions for this trek?

Tour Cancellation Policy:

90% refund for the tour cancelled 45 days prior to arrival date, payment transfer charges will be charged 75% refund for the tour cancelled between 30 to 45 days prior to arrival date No refund for the tour cancelled less than 30 days of arrival date and for the change of itinerary Booking made for 4* and 5* hotels have to follow individual hotel’s cancellation policies.

Flight cancellation policy: (Documentation charge USD 25/ticket )

70% refund for cancellation made before 30 days prior to arrival date (Documentation charge USD 25 applicable) 30% refund for cancellation made between 15 to 30 days of travel date NO refund for cancellation made less than 15 days of travel date Documentation charge applicable for the change of dates, sectors etc (issued tickets only, USD30/ticket)

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Laya Gasa Trek
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Trip Info

  • Paro
  • Paro
  • Spring and Autumn is best season to Trek Laya Gasa Trek
  • 4500M