Duration: (13 Nights and 14 Days Treks)
These treks take 14 days. Height goes from sub-topical to above 5000m in northern belt. This is one of most beautiful treks route in Bhutan. This treks also called “Beautiful Laya Gasa Treks.” Trekkers get to see so many different species of flora and fauna. Pass by many herders from different tribes.
Day 1 Paro
Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
- Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
- Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
- Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
- Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
- Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
- Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
- Over night hotel in Paro.
Day 2 Paro
- Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World
- Over night hotel in Paro.
- Drukgyal Dzong to Shana.
- Drukgyel Dzong, end of peace road, trekking crews and pack horses will meet. Trails follow farm road and through farm road till Metshena Suspension bridge. Gradual climb through the rice field for two hours and reach to Chorten, it is good sport for lunch sport. Trail follow through pine wood forest and reach to Army check post where required special treks route permit from Army Head Quarter. After 10 minutes cross the nether suspension bridge to left side of Paro chu. Thirty minutes to reach to camp.
- Shana to Thathangka
- Today is longest and hard day. The trail is rough and stony with many rises and drops through different vegetation zone. Crossing Paro River two time till reach to camp site.
- Thathangka to Jangothang
- One hour walk from camp reached to Army camp. After army camp trail goes through wide open river valley pass by many yak herder permanent houses.
- Halt day explore around in many different direction. There are five different places can explore around. Or take rest and do laundry.
- Jangothang to Lingshi
- Walk toward northern direction following the river end of last house in Soe valley, cross the small wooden bridge and start steep climb for one hours. Walk through the wide open meadow till again start climbing to Nelela pass(4890m). From the pass, decent down 40 minutes there is good place for lunch. After lunch cross the small steam and follow the ridge and drop drown to camp site.
- Lingshi to Chebisa
- Start climb toward Lingshi Dzong, 100m below the Dzong, trail goes down to Lingshi school. Today walk is gradual and beautiful walk along the ridge and passing by isolated village called Gongyul. After two hours walk from Gongyul village reached to nether small village where will camp to night.
- Chebisa to Shakeyapasang
- It is steep climb from the camp to Gogu La pass(4440m), while climbing may see herds of Blue Sheep and Himalayan Griffin flying over your head. From pass decent down hill into the rhododendron trees and fir forest. Finally reached to open river valley and other side of river is our camp site.
- Shakeypasang to Robluthang
- Day start 230m climb to yaks herder camp and trail follow the steam source coming from Jeri la. After one hour walk along the steam, then again starts climbing to Jeri La pass (4780m). From Jeri La get good view of Gangchen Ta or Tiger Mountain (6840m) and to Robulathang camp site. Drop down hill through fir forest and reach to open valley. In the summer season hundereds of Takins (National Animal of Bhutan) migrate in these areas. One hour climb to camp site.
- Robluthang to Ligmethang
- The trail follows many moraines dam and walk along the steam source coming from Sing Chen La. Two hours continues walk, start steep zigzag climb to Sing Chen La pass(5000m). Three hour drop down to river valley, following the steam lead to Ligmethang camp.
- Ligmethang to Laya
- Today there is no major pass to cross but there is climb through the dense coniferous forest. Cross two major river bridges which come from Tiger Mountain. Camp in the Laya villages.
- Laya (Halt Day)
- There are many places can explore around the Laya, depending on once interest. Walk around the villages and visiting temples. If you are adventurous take four hours walk to climb top of Rocky Mountains at the top of Laya village. There is nether option to visit Yellow and Black lake behind the Laya village.
- Laya to Koina
- The trail leaves through farm houses and field. After 5km reach to Army camp, and follow the Mo chu river for around one hours and cross the river on right side of rive. Than trail starts gradual climb cairns and trail drops down to Camp
- Koina to Gasa
- From camp site trail start climb on the other side of ridge until Bari La pass(3900m). After pass trail drops down and pass few land slide area.
- Gasa to Punakha
- Walk down to Same Chu bridge where road is connected from Punakha. Follow the new road for one hour, where car will be waiting with fresh refreshment to serve.
- Punakha to Thimphu.
- Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
- Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
- Stopovers on the way at enchanting Docula pass (3040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains ranges, which had came across during your treks.
- Over night in Thimphu.
- Thimphu to Paro.
- Visit the Memorial Chorten of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The Chorten was built in 1974 by Her Royal Grand Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Today it is popular worship place in Thimphu city.
- Drive to Mini Zoo located in North West of Thimphu city. It is Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.
- 5-minute drive from zoo to the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower (BBS) to get panoramic view of Thimphu city.
- Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
- Over night hotel in Paro.