Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

Trip Facts

Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek
Length : 12 Days - 11 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Trekking Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

The Jomolhari Laya Gasa trek is the most beautiful trek that is still not commercialized. Its natural beauty is intact with presence of alpine zones and active vegetation. The overwhelming landscapes can be witnessed here in extremes. This trek is the best in Bhutan The journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and ends at Damji in Tashithang. This journey is filled with panoramic views of mountains and trees and gorgeous meadows. The journey is 217 kms long which takes five days to finish. The itinerary is divided in a way that is not tiring and extremely awe inspiring. You also go through dense sub tropical jungles and witness unique flora and fauna of the place. IN the trek if lucky you can witness blue sheep and snow leopards.

To reach Damji, initially one has to follow the same route as Jomolhari Laya Gasa and go through Jigme Singye National Park. One also gets to witness alluring scenes of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. You follow this path for five days but on the sixth day your path diverges towards Lingshi. There you will stay in a small village which is a campsite called Chebsia. This village will offer you immense pleasure as it has a waterfall too. You can get rid of your tiredness with natural beauty around. You can also see Takins that are national animal of Bhutan. This trek will offer you a mixture of culture, tradition and heritage in the most unique way. The villages are inhabited by Layaps, people of Laya. They are very different from our society and meeting them will surely enlighten you. Secondly you will also visit the famous Gasa hot springs that will refresh you.

Not to forget this trek is complicated and not an easy one due to its high altitudes and steep turns. If it rains by chance , it becomes highly dangerous because of slippery roads. The best seasons to visit are April-June and Mid-September to mid-November.
You can follow this itinerary to complete this trek which is as long as 12 days.

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1: Gunitsawa Village- Sharna Zampa

The height of this camp is 2850 m which can be covered in 40 minutes. The trek commences at Gunitsawa village after you pass the army check. Your trek permit will be checked again by the army. The trek permit is provided by your travel agent. The camp site not very far from Gunitsawa, opposite to the river.

Day 2: Sharna Zampa- ThangThankha

The next camp site is at a distance of 22 kns that is 7 to 8 hours of trek including 770m of ascent and 10m of descent . The camp is at a height of 3,610 m. The trek is a tricky one with many ups and downs. After crossing the river valley the route becomes a narrow one and later on you enter into a meadow. That meadow is the destination of your camp. If the climate is favourable and the sky is clear you will witness Mt. Jomolhari.

Day 3: Thangthangkha - Jangothang

The camp is at an height of 4080 m. One can reach there after a trek of 5 to 6 hours including 480m of ascent. From this camp you will have a crystal clear view of Mt. Jomolhari. You will continue this trek until you reach Paro Chhu Valley. From here you will start witnessing beautiful alpine zones and accost another army checkpoint. If the season is right you will also see snow capped peaks. If you have reached there in the morning then you will see yaks and their herders. Through this patch you will cross three beautiful villages Soe, Take thang and Dangochang.From Jangothang you will get the best view of Mount Jomolhari.

Day 4: Jangothang Halt

After reaching Jangothang, you will stay here for a day and explore the beautiful place. The camp is surrounded with two peaks like Jomolhari and Jichu Drake and a river flowing in between. In the wilderness, you might find some animals like blue sheep. There are many places around this camp site to explore if wish to. Like Tosoh where you can go and sit and relax in midst of a divine scenery. There are in total three hiking trails. You can also explore unclimbed peaks in the east.

Day 5: Jangothang - Lingshi

The height of the camp is 4010 m. It can be reached in 6 to 7 hours with 840m ascent and 870m descent. This trek is the longest one. After half an hour you will begin to ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4870 m. From this pass you can see the best view of three mountains together namely Mt. Jomolhari, Jichi Drake and Tsherimgang. All these three mountains are at an height of 7000m. While descending you will see houses of some some yak herders. There houses will be made of yak wool. These tents are used by herders temporarily while they are travelling to pastures for their yaks. When you finally reach down, you will see a U shaped valley in the Lingshi basin. If you are lucky you will see a panoramic view of Lingshi Dzong. The campsite is near a hut that is made of stone.

Day 6: LINGSHI – CHEBISA
The altitude of the camp is 3880m. It is covered in 5 to 6 hours including 280m of ascent and 410 m of descent. This distance is the shortest.Once you start with your journey you will reach Lingshi Dzong. This place gives you two options. Either you can stay on the main trail or you can take a detour up to the Lingshi Dzong. The dzong was damaged due to the earthquake and since then has been under construction. The central building was highly damaged. Later after continuing on the journey, you will pass through villages of Lingshi and Goyul. In Goyul you can witness something stone houses made together that is something unusual for Bhutan as the settlements in Bhutan are mostly scattered. At Chebsia, you can see various villages and visit them if you have time. There is a waterfall in the backside which can be a relief.

DAY 7: CHEBISA – SHOMUTHANG

The altitude of this camp is 42220 m. You can cover this distance in 6 to 7 hours including 890m ascent and 540 m descent. You can start the trekking in the morning which involves an ascent in the starting behind the Chebsia village. After two to three hours you will reach Gobu la pass. Gobu La pass is at a height of 4410m after which you can descend into the valley. After covering some more distance you will descend into the Shakshepasa which is a U shaped valley. You will need to climb some more distance to reach the campsite at Shomuthang. It is situated above a tributary called Nochu river.

DAY 8: SHOMUTHANG – ROBLUTHANG

Your next campsite is at an height of 4160m. You will reach here in 6 to 7 hours including an ascent of 700m and descent of 760m. The first thing you notice after climbing iss Kang Bum. After that you will reach Jhari La at 4750m. From here you will get a glimpse of Sinche La which also a pass supposed to be covered by you. If you look around you will see snow peaks. In the north, Gangchenta at a height of 6840 m which is also known as the Great Tiger Mountain. Another peak visible to you is Tserim Kang and Jomolhari. Once you reach the camp you will have a river by your side called Tsheri Jathang. If you are travelling in summers, you will see Bhutan's, national animal, Takin. They come in that area and remain there for next four months. The place has been made Takin sanctuary due to their migration. If you climb up you will reach Robluthang which is a rocky meadow.

DAY 9: ROBLUTHANG – LIMITHANG

This camp is at an height of 4140m. The trek is for six to seven hours including an ascent of 850m and descent of 870m. For the first one hour you will need to walk simply and starts the ascent that will go up for next 1.5 hours. This trek is very steep and will continue until you reach Sinche La. This is the last pass and highest of all unless you want to go till Snowman trek. You will witness a glacial like lake at the end of the valley. Once you cross, Kango Chhu you will reach your campsite, Limithang.

DAY 10: LIMITHANG – LAYA

This camp is at an altitude of 3840m. The trek will consume four to five hours including a descent of 340m and an ascent of 60m. Along this path you will walk around forest region and be on the west side of Laya village. You will see beautiful sceneries of Mount Gangchhenta and Mount Masaganang. In the midst of the valley a community school and basic health centre is situated. Below the school is your campsite.

DAY 11: LAYA – KOINA

The altitude of the camp is 3050m. You will cover the trek 1070m as descent and 260m as ascent. After many ups and downs you will reach Kohi Lapcha which is at a distance of 3300m. You will also find a river valley along your route called Mo Chhu. This will then fall into a large stream called Koina Chhu which near your campsite Koina.

DAY 12: KOINA – GASA

This camp is at an height of 2240m. It is a distance of six to seven hours which is covered by 740m ascent and 1,500 m descent. This will be the last major climb in the whole Laya Gasa Trek. After crossing Bari La which is at a height of 3740m you will reach Gasa village. Here you will find restaurants. It is totally your decision, if you want to stay in Gasa Village or descend for another one hour to reach Tshachu. This is a hot spring area to rejuvenate you and your senses. This is a very popular hot spring of Bhutan.

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek
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