Laya Village

Laya Village

Let your adventurous spirit take you on a three nights trek to Laya. Situated at an altitude of 3800 m, this village will mesmerize you with their unique culture.

It is amazing how a small pocket of ethnic groups survived for so long in the northern part of the country. Anyone on the Snow Leopard trek or the grand Snowman Trek will converge through Laya. To experience the maximum cultural richness, time your trip during their Owlay festival. This festival only takes place once in three years.

Jhomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

The Laya-Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen day, 217 km journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in Damji in Tashithang.

The first five days of this 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 you will depart Lingshi for the camp site at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall of crystal clear water.

Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, 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. Thhe trek also offers a day of relaxation at the famous Gasa hot springs that is sure to rejuvenate you.

Max Elevation 5, 005 m
Min Elevation 2, 250 m
Difficulty Hard
Season April, May, June, September, October, November
No. Of days 13 Days

This 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 seasons to complete this challenge are in April-June and Mid-September- Mid-November. Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa
  • Day 2: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha
  • Day 3: Thangthangkha – Jangothang
  • Day 4: Jangothang Halt
  • Day 5: Jangothang – Lingshi
  • Day 6: Lingshi – Chebisa
  • Day 7: Chebisa– Shomuthang
  • Day 8: Shomuthang – Robluthang
  • Day 9: Robluthang – Limithang
  • Day 10: Limithang – Laya
  • Day 11: Laya – Koina
  • Day 12: Koina – Gasa
  • Laya Gasa Trek – Finish

NOTE: We’re flexible and we know how to make planning easy for you. We can always help to customize the itinerary according to your choices and duration of stay..

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