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Beautiful Laya/Gasa Trek

Day 01: Drive to Drugyel Dzong, Starting point for the trek. The route follows a river, leading gently uphill through a narrow cultivated valley, passing through a village. Camp in a meadow in a stone shelter.

Day 02: Shana –Soi Thangthangkha
Continue the ascent along the river path. The valley narrows and then closes in. the path then descends to the meadow. Camp in a stone shelter.

Day 03: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang (distance: 19km, times: about 5 ½ hours.) continue walking along the pa Chhu (river). Pass a small army post where the valley beings to widen again. There are great views of the high ridges and the snow- capped peaks. See Yaks and winter homes of Yak herders. Camp at a ruined fortress at the base of mount Jomolhari at an altitude of 4, 040 m.

Day 04: Jangothang – Lingshi (Distance: 19km, time: about 5 ½.)Pass through wide-open Yak pastures along the trek route. Weather permitting: you can have great views of Lingshi Dzong as you descend to the Lingshi basin. Also view Tserim gang and its glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp in stone shelter or in tent at an altitude of 4,150 m.

Day 05: Lingshi – Chebisa (distance: 19 km, time: about 5 ½ hours) this is shortest walking day and you can take it easy. At Chebisa village you can visit village houses at an altitude of 3,850 m.

Day 06: Chebisa – Shomuthang (distance: 17km, time about 6hours). The route leads through wild high pastures. Cross Gobula pass at an altitude of 4,350 m. Camp above the river, on a tributary to the Mo Chhu, flowing just below Gasa Tsachu (Gasa Hot Spring) at an altitude of 4,260 m.

Day 07: Shomuthang – Robluthang (distance: 15km, time: about 5 hours). An early start is needed for trekking to the Jarela Pass at 4,600metres. Then descend to Tsharijathang, the valley where Takin, the national animal are usually seen. Overnight in camp at an altitude of 4,390 m.

Day 08: Robluthang – Lemithang (distance: 19 km, time: about 6 ½ hours). After crossing shinglela pass at 4,900 m, descend to follow the valley. Lemithang is in the Laya district and the trek passes through Laya Villages. Overnight camp beneath Kang Che Da, the great Tiger Mountain at an altitude of 4,213 m.

Day 09: Lemithang – Laya (distance: 10 km, time: about 4 ½ hours). The route descends along a closed-in winding river valley. The trail splits, with one trail following the river down. The other stays high leading to the west of Laya village. Camp overnight on a high flat bench above the east end of the Laya village at an altitude of approximately 3,860 m.

Day 10: Sightseeing at Laya, Visit the Laya Village houses or hike above the camp.

Day 11: Laya – koena (distance: 19 km, time: about 7hours). The trail winds up and down along the river valley. The route offers views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water-falls. Overnight in camp at an altitude of 3, 850 m.

Day 12: Koena – Gasa (distance: 17 km, time: about 6 ½ hours). Cross Balala pass at 3,739 m. Then the trail descends to the campsite near Gasa Dzong (2,970 m).

Day 13: Gasa – Gasa Tsachu trek to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring). After lunch relax in the hot spring. Overnight in camp.

Day 14: Gasa Tsachu – Geon Damji (Distance: 21 km, time: about 7hours). After the climb away from Gasa Tsachu, the trail winds through fields and villages. Overnight camp at an altitude of 2,280 m.

Day 15: Geon Damji – Tashithang (distance: 17km, time: about 6 ½ hours). The trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mo Chhu into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and occasional sights of monkey. Camp at Tashithang at an altitude of 560 m.

Day 16: Tashithang – Khuruthang/ Punakha. Drive down the Punakha valley. Overnight at hotel.