Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek
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Jomolhari Laya Gasa
About : Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek
Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek is one of the most scenic treks of Bhutan. It offers amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen-day journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro. It takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes, and dense sub-tropical jungles.
The first five days of Jomolhari Laya Gasa 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 we will depart Lingshi for the campsite at Chebisa. Chebisa is a small charming village adorned with a beautiful waterfall.
Along the trail we’ll be able to have sight of indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins. Takins is 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. This trek also offers a day to relax at the famous Gasa hot springs which will surely rejuvenate you.
Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek 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 time for this trek are in April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November.
Day 1: Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa
40mins, 80 m descent, camp altitude 2,850 m. This trek begins from Gunitsawa Village. Your trek permit will be checked at the army post. The camp site is on the opposite side of the river which is not far from Gunitsawa.
Day 2: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha
This day, the trail continues with lots of small uphills and downhills. The river valley the gradually narrows to a mere path which descends to a meadow.
Day 3: Thangthangkha – Jangothang
If you missed the view of Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to have a great view early in the morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of an alpine meadow.
Day 4: Jangothang Halt
The Jangothang provides plenty great views of lakes and snow-capped mountains of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. If we got lucky then there is the chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley.
Day 5: Jangothang – Lingshi
This would be one of the longest days in this trek. The trail begins by climbing rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila.
Day 6: Lingshi – Chebisa
This is the shortest walking day, and we can really take it easy. After short period of time of start of trek we will reach to chorten below Lingshi Dzong.
Day 7: Chebisa – Shomuthang
The trek starts from morning with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village . On the way, we will see a some people herding thier yaks.
Day 8: Shomuthang – Robluthang
We begin by climbing up the valley to have a view of Kang Bum and some edelweiss. After two hours of climb, we will reach Jhari La from where we can have glimpse of Sinche La.
Day 9: Robluthang – Limithang
We start by 40-60 mins ascent. And then raising for another 1.5 hours through a boulder field. After that it is a 1-hour steep ascent before reaching Sinche La.
Day 10: Limithang – Laya
We walk downhill all the way along a narrow, winding river valley. After a long time, the trail takes you through the densely forested region. This trail leads us to the west side of Laya village.
Day 11: Laya – Koina
The trail winds up and down along the river valley of Mo Chhu avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the raging river, feeder streams, and waterfalls.
Day 12: Koina – Gasa
Today we will have the final major climb of the Laya Gasa Trek. We will cross Bari La and then the trail descends all the way until we reach to Gasa village.
Day 13: Laya Gasa Trek – Finish
This trek finishes in Gasa, this remote village is home to a distinctive and architecturally unique Dzong.
- All Meals.
- Accommodation at 3-star hotel
- All transportation.
- Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges.
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
- A qualified and licensed English-speaking guide.
- Experienced driver and tour vehicle.
- Mineral bottled water.
- Fully-serviced camping trek
- Expenditure of personal nature
- Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
- Tips for the guide and driver
- Alcoholic drink
- Personal trekking gears such as sleeping bag, clothing, shoes, etc.
- The cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- The personal expense of items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
- Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.