Laya Gasa Trek XX02

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This Bhutan tour takes you trekking through the epic mountain scenery and lush countryside of this fantastically beautiful country. You will also get a chance to visit tiny mountain villages perched high in the Himalayas.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Paro, Bhutan
End Location: Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation: Camping
Period: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Member of Department of Tourism, ABTO (Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators)
Years In Business: 3

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Accommodations
-All meals
-Transportation
-Licensed Guide
-Entry Fees to Museums

Excludes
-International flights
-Personal expenses (drinks, tips, etc.)

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. PARO - Upon arrival at Paro Airport and after clearing Immigration and Custom formalities you will be received by your guide who will be with you for the entire trip. Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) perched above Rinpung Dzong which was built as watch tower. Then visit Paro Dzong & Kichu Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro hotel.
Day 02. TIGERSNEST (Paro) - Visit one of the most amazing and sacred places known as Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest). It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave. This site has been recognized as most sacred and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. This monastery, built in 1692, caught fire in 19th April 1998. The monastery has been renovated and reinstated to its former glory. Lunch as Day Picnic. In the afternoon visit the ruin of Drukgyel Dzong which was built by Zhabdrung in 1646 to commemorate his victory over Tibetan Invasions. The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1951 and it only remains as ruin. On clear day we can see the beautiful view of the majestic mountain of Jomolhari from the village below. Overnight in Paro hotel.
Day 03. PARO – PUNAKHA - On your way to Punakha you will be crossing Docho La pass at about 3150m. On clear weather, one can see the magnificent view of the Himalayan range from the pass. The beauty of the place is enhanced by 108 beautiful monumental chortens known as Druk Wangyel Chortens built by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The drive will continue to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha Camp.
Day 04. PUNAKHA – GASA - After your early breakfast you will drive to Goen Damji where the trek starts. The trail ascends from a lush semi- tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers, and possibly monkey sightings to the high agricultural benches above the Mochu. Today’s trail will be a gradual climb and descends through the forests of oak, pine and bamboo. The Gasa dzong is visible to the valley. Overnight in camp near Gasa dzong.
Day 05. GASA – KOENA - The route starts an uphill climb from a stream to a bamboo forest. The gradually climb up to Balela pass at 3,740m and then descend to Koena, Altitude 3050m, distance 14kms; time 6/7hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06. KOENA - LAYA - From the Koena River, the trail reaches to the stone staircase, from where the trail stays about 30 min muddy. From Kohi Lapcha at 3300m, it’s a downhill walk until the river, then the trail leads through a bamboo forest. The trail winds through an army post from where Mt. Masagang is visible. Then walk along the river valley until you finally reach the campsite 3840m. Distance 19kms, time 6/7hrs. Overnight in Laya camp.
Day 07. LAYA - We have a rest day at Laya and an opportunity to meet the local people and Laya Community School. Overnight in camp.
Day 08. LAYA – GASA - We return to Gasa Tsachu by same route. Overnight in camp
Day 09. GASA - TASHITHANG – PUNAKHA - Follow the same route till the car point. On completing the trek you will be served with light refreshment and then drive to our camp site at Tashithang. Overnight in camp.
Day 10. PUNAKHA - THIMPHU - After breakfast, visit the Dzong. His Holiness and the central monk body reside in the Punakha Dzong in winter and since it has been renovated recently, it has the best wood work and paintings in Bhutan. After the visit at the Dzong, drive further to north of Punakha Dzong to visit Khamsung Yuelley Namgyal and hike to this temple. After winding up this visit, drive back to hotel for lunch. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit Chhime Lhakhang, the temple dedicated to the divine madman, Lama Drukpa Kuenley whose radical ways of teaching religion has given him a special place in the hearts of every Bhutanese. Stroll around Thimphu at your leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11. THIMPHU - After breakfast, visit Textile Museum, Folk heritage Museums, National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts where we can see sculpting, painting, slate carving, wood carving, and other related arts and back for lunch at hotel. After lunch, visit Bhutanese paper factory to see paper process in which the bark of two Himalayan shrubs; Daphne and edgeworthia undergoes a multi-stepped process to produce paper of excellent quality. Also stop at the post office to purchase colorful and award winning Bhutanese postage stamps at face value and also visit Government Handicraft Emporium. In the late afternoon free time to stroll in the town. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12. DEPARTURE - Drive to Paro for onward flight.