Laya Gasa Trek

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Trekking in Bhutan is like nowhere else in the Himalayas, an untouched natural wonderland. Rated as one of Bhutan’s most spectacular treks, the Laya Gasa trek takes you across northern Bhutan’s border with Tibet.  Enjoy fabulous views of snow-capped mountains and experience the unique culture of the friendly Layap people in a truly remote corner of the Himalayas.

In October, don't miss the annual Royal Highlander Festival that takes place in Laya, where you'll see the local people showcasing their unique culture over a two day event in the remote countryside. 


DEPARTS: paro, bhutan

Maximum elevation: 5,005 m
Level of difficulty: Hard
Availability:  March - May & September - November
Minimum group size: 2 people

This trip can operate with one less night for US$5,210

* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement available subject to availability.  
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you.  Please contact us for details).
  • Stopover hotel if needed
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote.
  • Additional activities e.g. massage, hot stone bath and some spa activities
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for trekking porters

Trip Inclusions

  • Transport by private mini bus
  • All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee
  • 6 nights accommodation in handpicked hotels
  • 13 nights fully serviced camping trek
  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums


Your journey begins in the beautiful Paro Valley where we stay in a charming Bhutanese-style boutique hotel located on the edge of a forest. Wake up to breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks in your rustic villa. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge. 

The next day, we visit Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most famous and iconic landmark.  A hike up through blue pines passing water-powered prayer wheels, leads you to this ancient monastery clinging miraculously to a sheer cliff. The views are magnificent over the Paro valley and the only sounds to be heard are prayer flags blowing in the wind.

Travel across the Chele La Pass to the picturesque village of Haa to acclimatise before starting our trek. The next day we return to Paro and drive to the start of the Laya Gasa Trek near Gunitsawa where, after a short walk, we camp for the night. The trail then climbs through conifer forests following a river valley. At Jangothang, we have a rest day to acclimatise and do a day hike taking in great views of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. We might even see native blue sheep! The trail leads to the remote village of Lingzhi via the Nyile La Pass. At Lingzhi, the Laya Gasa path departs from the Chomolhari trek route and we head to Chebisa in a picturesque valley of stone houses and pastures. Blue sheep can be spotted nearby.

Be prepared for one of the hardest days of the trek as we climb to the Sinche La Pass (5,005 m) where we are rewarded with stunning views, including the spectacular Tiger Mountain at the head of the valley. On a clear day, practically all of the mountains on the northern border are visible.

Descend though beautiful forests and enter the village of Laya, home to the indigenous Layap people. The Layaps have their own language, customs and are famous for wearing traditional woven conical hats with a spike at the top. There are approximately 800 inhabitants in this remote village which has a school, hospital, several small shops and a gompa (monastery). The trail then descends down the Mochhu river towards Gasa renowned for its hot springs. From here we walk to the road head at Damji for our transport to Punakha.

Visit Punakha Dzong before driving across the Dochula Pass to Thimpu. Thimpu is one of the world’s smallest capital cities and the only one in the world without traffic lights! Enjoy a city walk and visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong.  Visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts.  Depart Thimpu for Paro Airport and your onward flight.




Arrive in Paro, Bhutan:   You will be met at the airport by your guide and travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge.  
Altitude: 2,250 m
Overnight: Paro


Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion.        
Altitude: 2,250 m    
Overnight: Paro.


Haa: Drive to the picturesque Haa valley via the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres. Hike to Kila Nunnery for an acclimatisation hike.   
Altitude: 2,700 m
Overnight: Haa.

DAY 4 

Haa to Sharna Zampa:   Return from Haa to Paro and drive to the start of the trek. Walking time: 4 hrs                                                                                                            Altitude: 2,850 m                                                                                                             Overnight:  Camp

DAY 5 

Trek from Sharna Zampa  to Thangthangkha                                                                   Walking time: 7-8 hrs                                                                                                             Altitude:  3,610 m                                                                                                                         Overnight:  Camp


Trek from Thangthangkha to Jangothang                                                                       Walking time: 5-6 hrs                                                                                                                   Altitude: 4,080 m                                                                                                                   Overnight: Camp


Jangothang: Rest day with day hike. 


Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi                                                                                         Walking time: 6-7 hrs                                                                                                                 Altitude: 4,010 m                                                                                                                       Overnight: Camp  


Trek from Lingshi to Chebisa                                                                                               Walking time: 5-6 hrs                                                                                                               Altitude: 3,800 m                                                                                                                         Overnight: Camp       

DAY 10

Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang                                                                                  Walking time: 6-7 hrs                                                                                                                 Altitude: 4,220 m                                                                                                                       Overnight: Camp

day 11

Trek from Shomuthang to Robkuthang                                                                             Walking time: 6-7 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude 4,160 m                                                                                                                    Overnight: Camp 

DAY 12

Trek from Robkuthang to Limithang                                                                           Walking time: 6-7 hrs                                                                                                       Altitude: 4,140 m                                                                                                                         Overnight: Camp

DAY 13

Trek from Limithang to Laya                                                                                     Walking time:  4-5 hrs                                                                                                                Altitude: 3,840 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Camp 

DAY 14

Laya:  Rest day.  

DAY 15

Trek from Laya to Koina                                                                                                       Walking time: 6-7 hrs                                                                                                                    Altitude:  3,050 m                                                                                                                         Overnight: Camp

DAY 16

Trek from Koina to Gasa                                                                                                       Walking time: 6-7 hrs                                                                                                                    Altitude: 2,240 m                                                                                                                         Overnight: Camp 

DAY 17

Gasa to Punakha:  Drive to Punakha.                                                                                   Driving time: 4 hrs     
Altitude: 1,310 m
Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang    

day 18

Punakha to Thimpu:   Visit Punakha Dzong and return to Thimpu.                           Driving time: 3 hrs   
Altitude: 2,350 m
Overnight: Thimpu

day 19

Thimpu:  Thimpu sightseeing. 
Altitude: 2,350 m
Overnight: Thimpu

day 20

Depart: Drive to Paro and depart.