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JOMOLHARI LAYA GASA TREK

Itinerary

Your in-flight to Bhutan offers breathtaking scenery of Himalayan mountain ranges including the world highest peak Mt. Everest and Kanchengunga. As your in-flight lands to the enchanting Paro airport, our local tour executive will give a traditional reception and following your pick up, you will be transferred to your hotel for leisure. If time permits you will be taken for sightseeing and leisurely walk through Paro valley – including a visit to 17th century Paro Dzong (fortress) locally called “fortress on the heap of jewels” roughly lies in the centre of the valley towering a valley below. Driving further up from the dzong to visit the National Museum or Ta Dzong (Watch Tower), built in 1649 by La-Ngonpa Tenzin Drukdra and later in 1968 the “Ta Dzong” was established as the National Museum of Bhutan and re-named as “NamseBangdze”.

This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.

If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

After a long continuous 03 days walk, the rest day in Jangothang usually spent time in camp, acclimatizing and drinking in the magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari. This rest day provides several possibility of half-day walk with breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains like – Mt. Jomolhari (7326m) along with Mt. JichuDrakey (6794m), and the high altitude lakes. The region here also provides a great chance to spot some of the blue sheep. If you have a fishing license, you can even choose to go for fishing in the high altitude lakes, Tshophu.

Jangothang to Lingshi is considered as the longest journey of this trek. So we recommend you to make an early start. As you head further, just after ten minutes from the campsite the magnificent Mt. Jichu Drakey (6989m) and Mt. Tserim Gang (6789m), appears their presence. As the trail begins rapidly, the final pull begins a gradual ascent to Nyilila Pass (4870m) which usually takes four hours from the base camp till the top of the pass. Enjoy the surrounding mountains and herds of Blue Sheep grazing around the mountain slope. Once you reached the top of the pass, there you will have a spectacular view of Mt.Jomolhari(7326m), Mt. JichuDrakey(6989m), Mt. Therim Gang(6789m). From here, your journey descent downhill till you reached your campsite opposite of Lingshi Village.

As you begins your journey just after few minutes, you will reach a chorten (stupa) and then the Lingshi Dzong, kindly make a short visit to the dzong. The dzong was built in 17th century. After your visit of LingshiDzong the trail pass through a small compact village of Lingshi and then reaching a ridge at 4140m, the trail gradually descent downhill to a pleasant settlement of Goyul village at an altitude of 3870m. Crossing the village of Goyul, your trail leads you through small ascent and descent and the route finally reaches to a Chebesa where you will be holding your night camp. Depending upon your interest once reaching the campsite, you have plenty of time to explore the village house of Chebesa and also there is a waterfall behind the village which will give you a new look and worth your visit.

The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village (2-3 hours) through a wide pastureland towards Gobu La (pass). On the way, you will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot large herds of blue sheep above the trail. After crossing Gobu La (4,410m), you descend into the valley, then climb again a little bit, before descending again to Shakshepasa (3,980), a large U-shaped valley. Climbing from here you will finally reach the campsite at Shomuthang, above a river, which is a tributary of the Nochu river.

Today your journey begins by ascending up the valley to Jhari-La Pass (4750m) with a view of Mt. Khang Bum (6539m). As your journey continues, you can catch the first glimpse of Sinche La Pass and on the northern side the view of the giant Mt. Gangchen Ta (6840m). Depending upon the clarity of the weather, you will also have the opportunity to view Mt. Tserim Gang and the tip of Mt. Jomolhari. From here, you will descent downhill to TseriJathang valley, a campsite by the river. This place is known for the summer residence of the rare Himalayan Takin which is the national animal of Bhutan “Takin”, the animal migrate here in the summer and remain for nearly 4 months. This valley has also been declared as the “Takin Sanctuary”. From here you will climb up a bit through rocky meadows and finally reaches to the campsite at Robluthang.

Today you will have to climb one of the highest pass on this trek, the Sinche La Pass (5005m). This pass is one of the final and high pass and takes around five hours. Crossing the pass you will gradually descent downhill and as to the far side of the pass you will have a glimpse of impressive terminal moraine and glacier lakes at the foot of the valley.  Below this moraine you will pass through rough, rocky trail into a glacial valley, you will reach eventually to KongoChhu (stream) and from here a short climb takes you through rhododendron trail and cedar forest interspersed small meadow and soon reach to Limithang campsite with a towering peak Mt. GangchenTa (6840m) over the campsite though it lies quite a distance away from your campsite. The campsite of Limithang is at 2140m.

Today you will have to climb one of the highest pass on this trek, the Sinche La Pass (5005m). This pass is one of the final and high pass and takes around five hours. Crossing the pass you will gradually descent downhill and as to the far side of the pass you will have a glimpse of impressive terminal moraine and glacier lakes at the foot of the valley.  Below this moraine you will pass through rough, rocky trail into a glacial valley, you will reach eventually to KongoChhu (stream) and from here a short climb takes you through rhododendron trail and cedar forest interspersed small meadow and soon reach to Limithang campsite with a towering peak Mt. GangchenTa (6840m) over the campsite though it lies quite a distance away from your campsite. The campsite of Limithang is at 2140m

A lovely and pleasant walk, you will traverse all the way downhill through narrow and winding river valley. This extremely pleasant walk takes you through densely forested region with moss an singing birds, you will also have a spectacular view of – Mt. GangchenTa(6840m) and Mt. Masagang (7165m). Finally, you will reach Laya, the village of Laya is one of the second highest village / settlement in the country at an altitude of 3,800m. Your campsite is just below the school.

The trail winds up and down along the river valley of Mo Chhu avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the raging river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Lots of ups and downs will lead you to Kohi Lapcha at 3.300 m. The trek then drops down to the large stream of Koina Chhu, where you will find the campsite of Koina.

Today your trail begins with an ascent to Bari La Pass (3900m), which is the last and final climb of your trek traversing through deep forest of fir. After reaching the pass,the trail leads downhill sometimes through steep and a bamboo forest till you reached at Gasa which lies at an altitude of 2,770m. Reaching Gasa village descent further down for an hour until Gasa Hot Spring. This hot spring is one of the most visited Tshachu in Bhutan.

Today in the morning hour, you can revisit the hot spring and yourself in the medicinal water for an hour or two. After lunch walk down for 20 minutes and drive to Punakha, which takes around 4 hours.

Today in the morning hour before departing to Thimphu travel to explore some of the fascinating places in Punakha like Punakha Dzong and a short hike to Chemi Lhakhang. Lunch will be served in Khuruthang town and after good lunch proceed to Thimphu. En-route there will be a stopover at Dochu La Pass where on a clear day you will get a bird eye view of the great Himalayan peak. Beside this magnificent view of the Himalayan peak the spot offers 108 memorial chortens. From the top, it is all the way downhill until you reached the bustling and colorful capital city. Check in to your hotel.

After your morning breakfast, you will be led to explore some of the important monuments in Thimphu including National Memorial Chorten, National Painting School, National Library, National Textile Museum and finally the giant golden Buddha statue. After quick lunch in Thimphu drive to Paro which takes around 1 hour.

After your morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination. Your tour guide and driver will see you off at the airport.

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Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Beayul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Beayul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

GROUP SIZEYOUR BHUTAN TRIP COST
Single Individual USD 4,870/- 
Group of 02 Members USD 4,690/- 
Group of 03 Members and Above USD 3,970/- 

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USD 45/-

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