The Laya-Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen day, 217 km journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in Damji in Tashithang.
The first five days of this trek follow the same route as the Jomolhari Trek I through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. On the sixth day the path diverges and you will depart Lingshi for the camp site at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall of crystal clear water.
Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps (people of Laya), a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. Thhe trek also offers a day of relaxation at the famous Gasa hot springs that is sure to rejuvenate you.
This is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path. The best seasons to complete this challenge are in April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November.
Note: As such, it will be raising the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of USD:65 per person per night for tourists to USD:200, which will go towards activities that promote carbon-neutral tourism and build a more sustainable tourism sector. This includes offsetting the carbon footprint of tourists and upskilling workers in the sector. Indian tourists will pay a previously stipulated fee, which will be revised at a later date. The rate refers to the minimum sum paid by all tourists for an all-inclusive package tour to Bhutan.
The fee changes came into effect on 20 June 2022. You can also visit the Tourism Department’s official website:
Laya-Gasa Trek, 200km journey takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before ending in Gasa. The first half of this trek follow the same route as the Jumolhari Trek through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps, a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. At the end of the trek at Gasa, you can soak in Hot Spring that is sure to rejuvenate you, please free to contact us to full fill the most famous trek in Bhutan.
Day 1 : Arrive Paro.
Day 2 : Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Day 3 : Drugyal Dzong to Shana (Trek starts). 17Km | 5-6 hours | 300 Ascent | Camp altitude 2850m.
Day 4 : Shana to Sio Thangthangkha. 21Km | 6-7 hours | 900 Ascent | Camp altitude 3750m.
Day 5 : Sio Thangthangkha to Jangothang 19Km | 4-5 hours | 300 Ascent | Camp altitude 4050m.
Day 6 : Jangothang Halt.
Day 7 : Jangothang to Lingshi 19Km | 6-7 hours | 800 Ascent | 730 Descent | Camp altitude 4100m.
Day 8 : Lingshi to Chebisa 12Km | 5-6 hours | 100m Ascent | 250m Descent | Camp altitude 3850m.
Day 9 : Chebisa to Shomuthang 17Km | 6-7 hours | 570m Ascent | 290 Descent | Camp altitude 4130m.
Day 10 : Shomuthang to Robluthang 15Km | 5-6 hours | 620m Ascent | 590 Descent | Camp altitude 4160m.
Day 11 : Robluthang to Lingmithang 19Km | 7-8 hours | 850m Ascent | 870m Descent | Camp altitude 4140m.
Day 12 : Lingmithang to Laya 10Km | 3-4 hours | 60m Ascent | 340 Descent | Camp altitude 3850m.
Day 13 : Laya to Koena 19Km | 6-7 hours | 50 Descent | Camp altitude 3800m.
Day 14: Koena to Gasa (Trek ends) 19Km | 6-7 hours | 300m Ascent | 1200m Descent | Camp altitude 2900m.
Day 15 : Gasa to Punakha.
Day 16: Punakha to Thimphu.
Day 17 : Thimphu to Paro and Depart.