Laya Lingshi Trek

This is a high altitude trek. The highest pass on this trek is Sinchela pass at 5005m. This trek also begins from Drukgyel Dzong in Paro. Enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Gangchen Ta from the campsite. Walk to Laya from here will be a pleasurable one with wonderful view all around. Laya is at 3800 m. One can enjoy the panoramic view of Lingshi Dzong and the mountain peaks around situated at an altitude of 4040m.

Trek Name Laya Lingshi Trek
Nature of Trek Strenuous Trek
Highest Altitude 5,005 M
Duration 17 Nights & 18 Days
Trek Starts Paro
Trek Ends Punakha (Goen Damji)
Best Season March – May and Sept – Oct

Day 1: Arrival Paro
Day 2: Paro Sightseeing
Day 3: Paro – Shana (Start of Trek)
Day 4: Shana – Soi Thangthangka
Day 5: Soi Thangthangka – Jangothang
Day 6: Jangothang (Halt)
Day 7: Jangothang – Lingshi
Day 8: Lingshi – Chebisa
Day 9: Chebisa – Shomuthang
Day 10: Shomuthang – Robluthang
Day 11: Robluthang – Limithang
Day 12: Limithang – Laya
Day 13: Laya (Halt)
Day 14: Laya – Koena
Day 15: Koena – Gasa/Gasa Tsachu
Day 16: Gasa/Gasa Tsachu – Punakha
Day 17: Punakha – Thimphu
Day 18: Departure

Day 01: Arrive Paro
The flight into Paro by Druk Air – Bhutan’s National Airline, is a befitting introduction to the stunning beauty of our country. On a clear day, one can have brilliant views of the world’s highest peaks. The Paro International Airport (where you will lend) lies in the lush green valley of Paro. Your local escort from Bhutan Travel Connection will receive you on arrival, and then drive you to your Hotel.

Day 02: Paro
Morning – Drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 15 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, unifier of medieval Bhutan. The dzong was destroyed accidentally by fire and was left in ruins since then. However it serves as a reminiscent of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day, you can have spectacular view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m).

Our next visit is Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this district. A short walk will take you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional wooden cantilevered bridge. The evening ends with a free time to stroll through Paro’s main shopping area.

Day 03: Paro – Shana (Start of Trek)
Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong following the Pacchu River and we will pass cultivated fields and tiny scenic villages. The forests are alive with abundant birds and brightly colored butterflies. We will reach our campsite in about 5-6 hours. It is about 2,580 m above sea level and the campsite is called Shana.

Day 04: Shana – Soi Thangthangka
The trail follows the river through a densely forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. This forest is picturesque one comprising of Oak with splendid hinging mosses, Junipers and Rhododendron. The trek becomes more enchanting because of the birds singing all through the trail. Camp is in a pasture with a stone shelter. Altitude 3610 m; Time 8 – 9 hours.

Day 05: Soi Thangthangka – Jangothang
The trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a handsome valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these yak herder’s camps. Plenty of yaks will be seen before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,100 m). One can have a superb view of the glacier mountain peaks all around. Directly opposite to our campsite is Mt. Jomolhari overlooking in its white glory. Nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions. This base camp is at an altitude of 4,100 m. Walking Time 5 – 6 hours.

Day 06: Jangothang Halt
A rest day for acclimatization. We can take this chance to walk up to the Jhomolhari glaciers or to the Tsho Phu lakes on the opposite direction from where one can see the spectacular mountain peaks – Mt. Jomolhari , Mt. Jichu Drake and Mt. Tsherim Gang.

Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi
The trail follows glacier stream for around half an hour and crosses a narrow wooden bridge. Then the climb to Nyele Pass (4850m) consists of first stretch of steep one, followed by a gradual one, and yet again a steep one near the pass. Nonetheless the breathtaking view of Mountain peaks on this trail will make you forget the strenuous uphill climb. After crossing this pass it is a gradual descend to Lingshi campsite (4040m). One can enjoy the panoramic view of Lingshi Dzong and the mountain peaks around. Walking time 7-8 hours.

Day 08: Lingshi – Chebisa
The walk on this stretch will be a pleasant one. We will walk pass the Lingshi Dzong, from where one can have a magnificent view of the winding river and splendid mountain peaks.

We will walk through the yak herders’ camps till be reach our campsite at Chebisa. This is at an altitude of 3850m and is a windy area. Walking time 5-6 hours.

Day 09: Chebisa – Shomuthang
Day begins with a steep climb to Gokula pass (4400m). The climb to the top of this pass will take nearly 4 hours. Then we will descend to our lunch stop through the rhododendron bushes.

On this stretch you may see herds of Blue sheep roaming freely. Our campsite will be Shomuthang (4250m). Walking time 7-8 hours.

Day 10: Shomuthang – Robluthang
Day begins with a climb to Jarila pass (4600m). Then a descend to a valley called Tsharijathang. This valley is summer habitat of Himalayan Takin (National Animal of Bhutan).
After crossing a stream, we need to ascend till our next campsite Robluthang. It is at an altitude of 4400m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

Day 11: Robluthang – Limithang
After a long climb to Shinjela pass (5005 m), one can have a spectacular views of the mountain peaks. Then decend to Limithang, our campsite. Towards the final part of this stretch we can see the striking Mt. Gangchen Ta. Our campsite will be at the altitude of 4100m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

Day 12: Limithang – Laya
When you wake up in the morning, you can enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Gangchen Ta from our campsite. Walk to Laya from here will be a pleasurable one with wonderful view all around. We will walk along the river which is one of the tributaries of Mochhu River, through a forest of rhododendron and sliver fir before entering the village of Laya village, the second highest settlement in the Kingdom. Laya is at 3800 m. Walking time 5-6 hours.

Day 13: Laya Halt
We have a rest day at Laya and an opportunity to meet the local people. The day will be spent in visiting village houses and mixing with the villagers.

It is a Bhutanese tradition that one can visit any house without invitation, and the host will not fail to offer a cup of tea or Ara (local alcoholic drink)

The people of Laya are famous for their vertical stripe yak hair clothing and their strange conical bamboo hats. The women wear their hair long. The profusion of sliver jewelry, huge amount of turquoise and jade jewelry worn by the women of Laya is a rare sight.

Day 14: Laya – Koena
The path winds along the river valley offers incredible views of the crashing river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Our campsite will be Koena at an altitude of 3,300m. Walking time 6-7 hours.

Day 15: Koena – Gasa/Gasa Tsachu
Gradually climb up to Balela pass at 3,740 m and then descend to Gasa village. The first sight of this valley will be of the Gasa Dzong perched on the hillside overlooking the village. Then descend steeply down to the river for an hour and camp near the Hot Spring – a chance for a good, hot bath! Altitude 2,638m. walking time 6-7 hours. Tsachu is local name for hot spring. This hot spring is famous for its therapeutic affect, especially on rheumatism.

Day 16: Gasa/Gasa Tsachu – Punakha
Shortly after leaving the Gasa hot spring, trail winds through undulating hillsides with the panoramic view of terraced fields, villages and forests of oak and pine. If you turn back, you can still enjoy the beautiful view of Gasa Dzong fastened to the valley wall. Walking time 6-7 hours till Goen Damji. Transportation from BTC will receive you at Goen Damji and drive to Punakha.Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 17: Punakha – Thimphu
Visit the Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan built in 1637. In the winter the Je Khenpo, Head Abbot of Bhutan, moves to this Dzong. After driving for three hours, we will reach Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After lunch visit painting school, Institute of Traditional Medicine and Handicarft Emporium. Drive to Paro. Overnight in Hotel at Paro.

Day 18: Departure
Bhutan Travel Connection representative will see you off at the airport.

Price for this tour for 1 person is from US$ 4,970.00

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