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Classic Laya Trek - 18 Nights/19 Days
  • Details Itinerary

    Day 01 : On arrival at Paro Airport and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT members. Afternoon and evening time at leisure with overnight at Kichu Resort

    Day 02 : In the morning 2 to 3 hours hike to Taktsang monastery through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism were subdued and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and became a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Resort.

    Day 03 : Drive to Drugyel Dzong from where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu River through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Walking time 5 to 6 hours

    Day 04 : Trek from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha. The trail again follows the Pachu River ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is situated at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 7/8 hours

    Day 05 : Trek from Soi to Jangothang, a slow climb to reach the army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herder’s camp. An easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) from here is superb as both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4/5 hours

    Day 06 : Acclimatization day at Jangothang providing opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area like Tshophu Lake, visiting Yak herders or simply relax

    Day 07 : Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi - The trail follows the stream for half hour crossing the bridge to the right. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Then walk through the wide open valley where if fortunate you may come across herds of blue sheep. The climb up to the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass it is a gradual descend through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding view of the valley. The camp sits at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 6to 7 hours

    Day 08 : Trek from Lingshi to Chebisa. Today will prove to be a very pleasant day as after passing across the Lingshi Dzong among magnificent peaks you will walk through villages, yak herders camps while keeping a sharp eye on herds of blue sheep that looks like rock boulders on the mountain side. Lunch will be served at scenic Goyuna village. A short walk after lunch will reach you to Chebisa village at an altitude of 3900 meters. Walking time 4 to 5 hours

    Day 09 : Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang. Today begins with a stiff climb up a ridge to Gobu la pass 4600 meters taking nearly 3 to 4 hours in reaching the top but the reward is worthwhile with magnificent views of the Himalayas. This is a blue sheep area where you have to be alert with sharp eyes. Later the pass descends through rhododendron bushes where lunch will be served at an ideal spot. The path moves up and down crossing streams and Yak herders camps leading you to the camp at 4250 meters. Walking time 7 to 8 hours

    Day 10 : Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang. The trek starts with a climb to Jari la pass 4650 meters and then descending all the way through alpine forest and rhododendron shrubs to Sharijathang, a summer feeding ground for the rare Takins (national animal of Bhutan). During summer and monsoon the path is all wet where you have to be prepared to get wet to cross the stream as the small wooden bridges are all washed away. After crossing the stream the trail ascends for a while till you reach the camp at 4300 meters. Walking time 7 to 8 hours

    Day 11 : Trek from Robluthang to Limithang. Today it is a hectic and long climb up to Shinje la pass at 4950 meters but with refreshing views of Gangchey Ta Mountain of 6800 meters. From the pass it is a descending all the way entering a wide open valley of Limithang with summer grazing ground for the yaks of the Laya people where we Camp at 4100 meters. Walking time 7 to 8 hours

    Day 12 : Trek from Limithang to Laya. At this spot you wake up with spectacular confronting view of Gangchey Ta Mountain. The walk to Laya is a pleasant experience passing through damp forest filled with moss and singing birds arriving at Laya village the second highest settlement in the country at an altitude of 3850 meters. Walking time 4 to 6 hours

    Day 13 : Relaxing day at Laya Village by visiting their homes. The people are famous for their hospitality therefore, every home will welcome you with smiling faces and you won’t even need an invitation. A cup of butter tea, yak milk, Chang (local brewed wine made from wheat or barley) at your choice will be offered. Due to their friendly nature they will happily pose for photographs. The Laya women wear a dress that is unique in Bhutan. They wear the conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments and dark yak wool dress. If the group is interested in a cultural dance program by the Laya people it can be arranged in no time.

    Day 14 : Trek from Laya to Koina. This trek moves downwards 5to the army base camp and follow the river crossing small streams. During the months of winter you may be able to see the rare Takins grazing on the bamboo shoots. The trail is a composition of ups and downs. Our Camp will be near a river in a stone shelter at 3400 meters.
    Walking time 5 to 6 hours

    Day 15 : Trek from Koina to Gasa Hot spring. The trail ascends for a little while and gradually crossing through the Bamela pass at 3750 meters. Later the path is all the way down hill till the camp. During monsoon the trail is filled with leeches but to your surprise you may not find any leech near the hot spring. The hot spring was discovered by Guru Rinpoche and it is believed that who has faith in him can be healed from worst sicknesses which modern medicine has failed to cure. The spring has a small shop selling beer imported from India and is a sure way to relax in the camp at 2200 meters after a long trek. Walking time 6 to 7 hours

    Day 16 : Trek from Hot Spring to Goen Damji. The walk begins through semi tropical vegetation filled with wild orchids crossing rivers and streams and across huge suspension bridges with one bridge of over 150 meters in height creating a thrill. It is an easy walk and you can take your time in admiring the scenic beauty of the country side while reaching the Camp at 1850 meters. Walking time 4 to 5 hours

    Day 17 : Damji to Tashithang. Today is the last day of your trekking where you gradually walk continually down hill following the Mochu river through heavily forested area till you arrive Tashithang at 1550 meters. You will find a bus waiting where you will proceed for 1 hour to Punakha, and after visiting the 17 century dzong you will be driven 45 minutes to Wangdue Kichu resort which presents you with relaxation and enjoyment of modern comfort.

    Day 18 : From Wangdue Kichu resort you Drive 4 hours to Paro via Thimphu. On arrival in Paro you may commence sightseeing. Overnight at Kichu Resort

    Day 19 : Transfer to Airport for your onward destination

    Note : To extend your trip for any other adventure is at your choice which could be organized at your discretion by our Office.

    The cost of each package /trip is determined on the basis of the size of group.


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