jomolhri

Jomolhari-Laya-Gasa Trek


This 14-day trek goes up to the base of Mount Jomolhari which stands at 7,315m (23,995ft) above sea level. The trek offers amazing views of snow-capped peaks, pristine and lush green landscapes, remote villages, fortresses, alpine meadows (home of Takin – the national animal of Bhutan), blue sheep and yaks, and the inviting village of Laya (Home of the Layaps – People of Laya). This village stands testimony to Bhutan’s unique culture and tradition.

Another epic highlight of this trek is the Gasa Tsachu (natural hot springs) which the Bhutanese believe is blessed by the supernatural power of Guru Padma Sambhava. Immersing yourself in one of these steamy springs is said to cure you of your illnesses and rejuvenate your bodily elements. The trek ends in Gasa. Drive to through the dense forest of Damji to Punakha.

DAY 1:  ARRIVE PARO

  • Arrive Paro Airport
  • Meet with representative from Bhutan Journeys
  • Transfer through Paro valley to your hotel
  • Visit Paro Dzong and Paro town
  • Archery
  • Evening at leisure

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 2: PARO VALLEY EXPLORATION

  • Acclimatization for trek
  • Hike to Paro Taktsang, Tiger Nest, most sacred site in Bhutan
  • Evening at leisure

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 3: PARO VALLEY EXPLORATION

  • Nature excursion drive to Chele pass (3988meters),highest motorable road in Bhutan,
  • 3 hours drive through the blue pine and rhododendrons forest.
  • Breathtaking views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey on a clear day.
  • Hike along the ridge of Chelea pass.
  • Picnic lunch on the way
  • Drive back to Paro
  • Visit Paro Rimpong Dzong, Traditional cantilever bridge, archery, the National Sport of Bhutan

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 4: TREK DAY 1:  PARO – SHANA 2890m/9480ft – SYENDU ZAMPA  11,675ft/3560m) TREK START:

  • Depart your hotel to Shana
  • Pass Drukgyel Dzong and
  • 2 hours drive to Shana
  • Time: 3-4 hrs.
  • Camp at Syendu Zampa

Overnight: Camp

DAY 5:  TREK DAY 2:  SYENDU ZAMPA  –  UPPER SIO THANGTHANGKHA, ABOVE ARMY CAMP (12,350/FT/3750M)

  • Time: 5-6 hrs. (add 1hr if trail is muddy)
  • Distance: 15 Km / 9 .6 miles

Overnight: Camp

DAY 6 TREK DAY3: UPPER THANGTHANGKHA (12,235ft/3730m) – JANGOTHANG(13,260ft/4044m)            

  • Distance: 11.9 miles
  • Time: 4-5 hrs.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 7 TREK DAY 4: JANGOTHANG

  • Rest Day for acclimatization and take stupendous day hikes.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 8:  TREK DAY 5: JANGOTHANG(13,260ft/4044m -LINGSHI LINGSHI (13,150FT/4010M) VIA NYILE LA (16,040FT/4890M)

  • Distance 13.2 miles
  • Time: – 6-7 hours

Overnight: Camp

DAY 9:  TREK DAY 6: LINGSHI (13,150FT/4010M) – CHEBISA (13,090FT/3990M)

  • Distance: 16km /10 miles
  • Time: 4-5 hrs.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 10:  TREK DAY 7: – CHEBISA (13,090FT/3990M) – SHAKYAPASANG (13,120FT/4000M) VIA GOMBU LA (14,560FT/4440M)

  • Distance: 14. 5km/9 miles
  • Time: 5-6 hrs.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 11 TREK DAY 8:  SHAKYAPASANG (13,120FT/4000M) – ROBLUTHANG (13,645FT/4160M) VIA JARE LA (15,695FT/4785M)

  • Distance: 16km/10 miles
  • Time: 7-8 hrs.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 12 TREK DAY 9: ROBLUTHANG (13,645FT/4160M) –  LIMITHANG (13,645FT/4160M) VIA SINCHE LA (16,400FT/5000M)

  • Distance: 14km /8.5 miles
  • Time: 6-7 hrs.
  • Limithang: 4160m/13645ft.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 13 TREK DAY 10: LIMITHANG (13,645FT/4160M) TO LAYA (12,465FT/3800M)

  • Distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles
  • Time: 4 hrs.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 14 TREK DAY 11: LAYA HALT

  • Rest Day to explore the community of Layaps.

Overnight: Camp / Farm House

DAY 15 TREK DAY 12: LAYA (12,456 FT /380M) TO KOINA (10,627FT/3240)

  • Distance: 16km /10 miles
  • Time – 5-6 hrs.

Overnight: Camp

DAY 16 TREK DAY 13: KOINA ( 10, 657FT/3240M) TO GASA HOT SPRING 7282FT /2220M) VIA BALE LA ( BARI LA) 12, 792FT/3900M)  TREK END

  • Distance: 12km / 7.4miles
  • Time: 6-7 hrs.
  • Visit Gasa Dzong
  • Descend to Gasa Hot spring
  • Enjoy the hot spring soak

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 17: GASA HOT SPRING 7282FT /2220M) TO PUNAKHA ( 47 Km)

  • Transfer to Punakha through scenic mountains and village of Damji.
  • 3-4 hour drive.
  • Picnic lunch along the route
  • Drive through Punakha Valley to your hotel
  • Leisure

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 18:  PUNAKHA – THIMPHU (71Km)

  • Visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most architecturally impressive Dzong in the country and named as “ Place of Great Happiness”
  • Drive to Lobesa
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery of fertility associated with Drukpa Kuenley : Divine Madman”
  • Drive to Thimphu over Dochulas pass ( 3050m / 10,000ft)
  • Panoramic views of Himalayan peaks
  • Descend to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan

Overnight: Hotel

Day 19: THIMPHU – PARO ( 54Km)

Visit following places of cultural interest

  • Memorial Chorten, dedicated to 3rd King Of Bhutan
  • Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha statue, 169 ft.)
  • Art and craft Institute
  • Depart to Paro, 2 hours
  • Check in your hotel
  • Leisure

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 20:  PARO DEPARTURE

  • Transfer to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

Price

For travel during high season

  • USD 5,553 for 1 person
  • USD 5,363 per person for 2 person
  • USD 4,793 per person for group with 3 or more

 

Included

  • Accommodation at 3 star hotels
  • All meals included (B/L/ D) at 3 star hotels and restaurants
  • Transportation for the entire tour
  • Service of licensed English-speaking cultural and trek guide
  • Experienced driver
  • Visa for Bhutan
  • Government fee, Royalty and taxes & surcharge for group travelling as one or two person
  • Entrance fee museum, monument, permits etc.
  • Trek Equipment: Sleeping tent, Dinning tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table, Chair and sleeping mat. You need to bring your own sleeping bag.
  • Pack ponies for carrying trek equipment.
  • Services of Trek cook, trek assistant and horsemen
  • Mineral water on cultural tour and boiled water on the trek

Not Included

  • Airfare for your desired flight sector fly into and depart from Bhutan
  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
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