Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek is one of the most adventurous treks in this beautiful Himalayan country. This trek heads northwest from Paro, offering a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and sub-tropical forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. Laya Ghasa trekking in remote Bhutan also grants us the opportunity to gain knowledge about lifestyle of the nomadic people who mostly depend upon of Yaks for their livelihood. The wonderful rewards of this trek you can explore snow capped peaks, Turquoise-tinted lakes, high altitude wildlife, nomadic yak herders and ancient religious sites. The Layaghasa trekking route passes through diverse geographical and cultural regions: from farmland to forests and to alpine highlands.
After arriving at Paro, next day our Bhutan Laya Ghasa tour begins with trek to Shana. The trek passes through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro River and encountering herds of Yaks. The Laya trail follows the Pachu River ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forest to Soi Thangthangkha. We approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m that welcomes you with a full frontal view of the huge bulk of Chomolhari. Crossing very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890m), would be wonderful experience for you. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains and descend to valley of Lingshi.
The Laya Ghasa trek in Bhutan continues towards Chebisa, a lovely little valley with a huge waterfall at one end of the Shangri La village. We drop steeply down a forest trail to the Jholethang valley, Shomuthang and Tsarigathang valley. You can see classic examples of the lateral moraines where the glacier has pushed rocks on every route of these valleys. With a superb view of Gangchey Ta peak, pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds, reach Laya valley. Passing the koena valley and crossing Balela pass we reach Gasa, a beautiful old Dzong city. Enjoy a hot spring bath and explore the surrounding area at Ghasa hot spring and trek to Geon Damji and finally back to Thimpu. Trekking of Laya Ghasa in Bhutan is a wonderful experience for one who enjoys hiking and camping in rich natural forest, meeting with the local people/yak and their traditional cultures.