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1.Snowman Trek I (exit Sephu)

Trip Highlights:

Duration: 25 days, Max. Elevation: 5,320m
Highest Camp: 5,050m
Standard: Hard
Best Seasons: Mid June to Mid October
Start: Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)
Finish: Sephu (Trongsa)

Mt Jichu Drake, 7300 meters

Tour Summary:

The Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, and leads from Laya into high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkhar Puensum and Bumthang or down to Sephu in Trongsa district, depending on which route you choose. The Snowman trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes. Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow.
The Lonely Planet describes the Snowman Trek as one of the most difficult treks of the world. Many groups that attempt this tough trek do not actually finish it due to problems with the high altitude or snow blocked passes. Therefore, the best time for the Snowman Trek - unlike the other high altitude treks of Bhutan - is in summer time. Still, those who make it will remember this trek as an outstanding beautiful and maybe as the most rewarding trek of their life.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Rest/Acclimatisation day in Laya

If you have trekked from Drukgyel Dzong you should spend a day recuperating from the trek to Laya and preparing yourself for the rest of this challenging but spectacular trek. If you have started from Tashitang/Damji (Punakha) you should also walk up to Laya to acclimatize, and not just stay at the trail junction to Lunana. It's worthwhile to spend one day in Laya just for the great views from Laya and its extroadinary inhabitants.

Day 02

Laya - Rhoduphu

(Distance 19km, six to eight hours, 1,030m ascent, 750m descent, camp altitude 4,160m).

From Laya we descend to an army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point to Rhoduphu. After lunch the climb continues through rhododendron bushes till you reach the camp at Roduphu just next to the Rhodu Chhu.

Day 03

Rhodophu - Narethang

(Distance 17km, five to six hours, 740m ascent, camp altitude 4,900m).
After following the river for about half an hour you will have a steady climb to a high open valley at 4,600m and then further up to Tsomo La (4,900m). Tsomo La offers a superb view of Lunana, Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, and the Tibetan border. The route then crosses a flat, barren plateau at about 5,000m. The campsite at Narethang is towered by the peak of Gangla Karchung (6,395m).
Day 14: Narethang - Tarina

Day 04

Narethang - Tarina

(Distance 18km, five to six hours, 270m ascent, 1,200m descent, camp altitude 3,970m).
From the camp you will climb for about an hour to Gangla Karchung La (5,120m). The view from the pass is breathtaking and the whole range of mountains including Jekangphu Gang (7,100m), Tsenda Kang and Teri Gang (7,300m) can be seen. The pass descends along a large moraine. Again one has great views: a massive glacier descends from Teri Kang to a deep turquoise lake at its foot. Up here a glacial lake burst through its dam in the early 1960s, causing widespread damage and partially destroying Punakha Dzong. Finally, it is a very long descent through thick rhododendron to Tarina valley, where you will find several good campsites along the Tang Chhu.

Day 05

Tarina - Woche

(Distance 17km, six to seven hours, 270m ascent, 330m descent, camp altitude 3,910m).
The walk leads down through conifer forests following the upper ridges of the Pho Chhu, passing some impressive waterfalls. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche, a settlement of a few houses, the first village in the Lunana region.

Day 06

Woche-Lhedi

(Distance 17km, six to seven hours, 980m ascent, 1,190m descent, camp altitude 3,700m).
The trek starts through juniper and fir forests, and further ahead, through rhododendron bushes. Climb up to Keche La pass (4,650m) where one can have the great view of surrounding mountains again. After the pass, descend to the riverside walking through a village with a stunning view of Table Mountain and others. Follow up the river till Lhedi Village. Lhedi has a basic health unit, a school and a wireless telephone connection.

Day 07

Lhedi-Thanza

(Distance 17km, seven to eight hours, 450m ascent, camp altitude 4,150m).
In clear weather , you will have great views of Table Mountain (7,100m).Around lunchtime you will pass the small village of Chozo (4,090m) which has a dzong still in use. Reaching Thanza again you will have a great view of Table Mountain which forms a 3,000m high wall of snow and ice behind the village. Although there are possibilities to camp directly at Thanza, most groups prefer to camp in Thoencha.

Day 08

Rest day at Thanza

In Thanza walk around and experience some village life or climb up the ridge for fascinating views of lakes and mountains. But as it takes time to arrange new yaks (the yaks from Laya will not go further than Thanza) you might have to spend one day at Thanza anyway.

Day 09

Thanza - Danji

(Distance 8km, three to four hours, 80m ascent, camp altitude 4,230m). From Thoencha, the trail climbs up to a large boulder from where you will have excellent views of Thanza, Toencha and Choso village and the surrounding mountains. After a few hours of relatively flat and easy walking, you will reach a yak meadow with some yak herders' huts. An excellent campsite with a great chance to spot some blue sheep on the hills above. A trail junction near the campsite will give you the choice between the route up to Gangkhar Puensum base camp, and further on to Bumthang or to Sephu (Trongsa). Both routes are described in this website.

Day 10

Danji - Tshochen

(Distance 12km, five to six hours, 980m ascent, 240m descent, camp altitude 4,970m). Having chosen the route to Sephu, the trek crosses the creek and after a long climb, you will reach Jaze La (5,150m) with spectacular panoramic mountain views. The path then descends between snow covered peaks and a couple of small lakes to the campsite near the shore of Tshochena lake.

Day 11

Tshochena -Jichu Dramo

(Distance 14km, four to five hours, 230m ascent, 150m descent, camp altitude 5,050m).
You follow the bank of the blue green lake before arriving at a ridge at 5,100m, where there is another spectacular view in all directions. After going up and down over small hills to reach a glacial lake, the route descends first before climbing again up the next pass, the Loju La (5,140m). Finally after crossing a small saddle (5,100m) you will enter a wide glacial valley from where the trail descends gradually to the campsite at Jichu Dramo.

Day 12

Jichu Dramo - Chukarpo

(Distance 18km, five to six hours, 320m ascent, 730m descent, camp altitude 4,600m).
Right after leaving the camp you will climb through a moraine to Rinchen Zoe La (5,320m). Spectacular mountain scenery with Gangkhar Puensum amongst the impressive mountains is the reward for climbing the highest pass on this trek route. Rinchen Zoe Peak (5,650) towers above the pass the west. Descending from the pass, the route leads into a wide valley with several lakes and goes steeply down along a moraine to the Thamphe Chhu. Here the vegetation begins to thicken again and you will see the first real trees since Lhedi. After a couple of hours you reach the campsite at Chukarpo.

Day 13

Chukarpo - Thampe Tsho

(Distance 18km, five to six hours, 400m ascent, 700m descent, camp altitude 4,300m)
The descent continues along the river till you reach the yak herder huts at Gala Pang Chhu (4010m). From here the trail climbs steeply towards Thampe Tsho, a beautiful clear turquoise lake, with the campsite next to it.

Day 14

Thampe Tsho - Maurothang

(Distance 14km, five hours, 330m ascent, 1020m descent, camp altitude 3,610m). From the lake you climb steeply to the last pass on your trek, the Thampe La (4,600m) with a good chance to spot some blue sheep on the way. Then the path descends to the sacred lake Om Thso. Passing a waterfall you will reach another, smaller lake 100m below to descend steeply to the Nikka Chhu. The path finally leads through mixed forest to large clearing on the banks of the river with a few yak herder huts, Maurothang.

Day 15

Maurothang - Sephu

(Distance 18km, five to six hours, 990m descent).
On the last day of this extraordinary trek your porters will have to change from yaks to horses as the yaks will not be willing to go further down. The path follows the Nikka Chhu to reach a large grassy area overlooking the road and the village of Sephu. You finally reach the road at the Nikka Chhu bridge at Sephu where you will find several stores (mainly selling bamboo products) and small restaurants.
Gangkar Punsum, the world's highest unclimbed mountain at 7,600 meters

2.Jomolhari Trek

Trip Highlights:

Duration: Nine days,
Max. Elevation: 4,930m
Highest Camp: 4,080m
Standard: Medium
Best Seasons: March to June & September to November
Start: Gunitsawa village (Paro)
Finish: Dodena (Thimphu

Tour Summary:

Jomolhari Trek is longer than the Jomolhari Loop - the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang).

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Gunitsawa Village - Sharna Zampa

40mins, 80 m descent, camp altitude 2,850 m. This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village where 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.

Day 02

Sharna Zampa - Thangthangkha

Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m. 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.

Day 03

Thangthangkha - Jangothang

Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m. 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.

Day 04

Jangothang Halt

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization.

Day 05

Jangothang - Lingshi

Distance 16km, six to seven hours, 810m ascent, 1,090m descent, camp altitude 3,800m. The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route.

Day 06

Lingshi - Shodu

Distance 22km, eight to nine hours, 940m ascent, 920m descent, camp altitude 4,080m. The trail climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang.

Day 07

Shodu - Barshong

Distance 16km, five to six hours, 250m ascent, 670m descent, camp altitude 3,710m. The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.

Day 08

Barshong - Dolam Kencho

Distance 15km, four to six hours, 290m ascent, 640m descent, camp altitude 3,320m. The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chhu river valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands. The camp is in a meadow.

Day 09

Dolam Kencho - Dodena

Distance 8km, three to four hours, 500m ascent, 930m descent. The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and drive to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10

Exit

3.Dur Hotspring Trek

Trip Highlights:

Dur Hot Spring Trek
Duration: nine Days, max. elevation: 4,700m
Highest camp: 3,400m
Standard: Medium to hard
Best Seasons: March to April & September to November
Start: Bumthang
Finish: Bumthang

Tour Summary

The Dur Hot Springs in the north of Bumthang, central Bhutan, are considered to be among the most beautiful in the Himalayas. To reach there, it takes a demanding nine-day trek which is also the finishing end of the world’s most challenging Snowman Trek. A few patches along the route consist of grueling steep, long ascents.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Dur - Gorsum

Distance - 18 km, six to seven hours; 380m ascent; camp altitude - 3,120m
The first trek from Bumthang to Gorsum is almost a leisurely climb and follows the course of Yoleng Chhu, a river known for its huge trout population.

Day 02

Gorsum - Lungsum

Distance - 12 km, five hours; 40m ascent; camp altitude - 3,160m
From Gorsum, the trail weaves through dense forests of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple. The tail end of the trail entails a very gradual ascent to the campsite at Lungsum.

Day 03

Lungsum - Tsochenchen

Distance - 15 km, six to seven hours; 620 m ascent; camp altitude 3,780m
The vegetation along the route is similar to the day before. However, as we near our destination for the day, the vegetation thins out considerably and the campsite is located above the tree line.

Day 04

Tsochenchen - Dur Tsachu

Distance 18 km, eight to nine hours; 1,340m ascent, 1,530m descent; camp altitude 3,590m This is the day where our endurance will be tested to the limit. The trail from Tsochenchen is uphill all the way till Juli La which is located 4,700m above the sea level. The only solace is that, on a clear day, we can view stunningly beautiful surrounding mountains.
After reaching a pass, the trail descends to a lake at 4,220m followed by an ascent to Gokthong La (4,640m), and finally a steep descent to the campsite. We may come across musk deer, herds of blue sheep and Himalayan Black Bear along the final stretch of the route.

Day 05

Halt at Dur Tsachu

After a late breakfast, relax in the hot spring or hike to the surrounding areas.

Day 06

Dur Tsachu - Tsochenchen

Distance 18km, eight to nine hours; 1,530m ascent, 1,340m descent; camp altitude 3,780m
Follow the route taken on day 4.

Day 07

Tsochenchen - Lungsum

Distance 15 km, five hours; 620 m descent; camp altitude 3,160m). The same route taken on day 3.

Day 08

Lungsum - Gorsum

Distance 12 km, four hours; 40m descent; camp altitude 3,120m
The trail descends gradually from the campsite and leads through a dense forest of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple.

Day 09

Gorsum - Dur Village

Distance 18km, six hours; 380m descent
From Gorsum the trail descends gradually till the bridge near Dur village, where we reach the road head.

4.Druk Path Trek

Trip Highlights:

Duration: Six days,Max.Elevation: 4,200m
Highest Camp: 4,110m
Standard: Easy to medium
Best Seasons: March to June & September to November
Start: National Museum in Paro
Finish: Mothitang (Thimphu)

Tour Summary:

Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. It is a short and scenic trek with some great views and beautiful lakes en route. Although it leads up to altitudes above 4,000m it is not too strenuous as walking distances between the camps are not too long. Besides the lakes, it is the Phadjoding monastery that is one of the highlights of this trek.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Bangkok/ Delhi /Katmandu - Paro

Thimphu - the capital of Bhutan under a blanket of mist

Arrive at Paro via flight. The flight often gives fantastic views of the Himalaya, including Everest, and particularly exciting is the section through the Bhutanese foothills and the thrilling landing. At Paro international Airport you will be greeted by your guide who will then escort you to the hotel.
After lunch drive for sightseeing including Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as a Watch Tower, since 1967 it has been the National Museum of the country, holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Then drive to the massive Rinpung Dzong, a hub for spiritual life and community events, which has a long and fascinating history. There will also be a chance to wander around the small township of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02

Full day Taksang hike

After breakfast drive for half an hour and start hike. It is a 5 hour round trip. Follow an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to the site of the famous Tiger’s nest, the Taksang Monastery, tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998. Rebuilt, it is perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan.
On the way, visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Chomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Also visit Kichu Monastery one of the oldest monastery in Paro valley. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03

Paro - Jili Dzong - Jangchulakha

(Distance 10 km, 3hours, 310m ascent, 50m descent, camp altitude 3,770m). The first day is a long day as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. In the morning drive for 45minutes and then climb up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge at Jili Dzong, enjoy picnic lunch.
After lunch at Jili Dzong, move to Jangchulakha (Distance 10 km, four hours, 310m ascent, 50m descent, camp altitude 3,770m). You begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.

Day 04

Paro - Jili Dzong - Jangchulakha

Jangchulakha - Jimilang Tsho

(Distance 11 km, four hours, 230m descent, 330m ascent, camp altitude - 3,870m).
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Day 05

Jimilang Tsho - Simkotra Tsho

(Distance 11 km, four hours, 820m ascent, 400 m descent, camp altitude 4,110m).
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder's camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad's life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Day 06

Simkotra Tsho - Phajoding

(Distance 10 km, three to four hours, 130m ascent, 680m descent, camp altitude 3,750m).
The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajodhing for a nights halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.

Day 07

Phajodhing - Mothitang

(Distance four to five km, three hours, 1,130 m descent).
After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08

Thimphu sightseeing

Morning visit Buddha point and then Changangkha monastery built in the 12th century. Also visit the Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery and lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch visit the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Later, watch an Archery match. Evening stroll around the market in the capital. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09

Thimphu - Punakha/ Wangdi

About 3 to 4 hrs drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron and fields of dwarf bamboo breathtaking scenery of the landscape, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constantly changing vegetation. About 45 min from Thimphu, lies Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range. There you will see spectacular view 108 stupa or chorten at the Dochula pass. From the pass have panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan peaks over 6000m to 7554m snow Cap Mountains. After pass descent down to low lying sub tropical valley, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it is home of Chief Abbot in winter months. Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendour. On the way to Punakha hike about 1 hour 40 minutes round trip to (Drupa Kuenly) Divine monastery, which was built in 15 century. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong and drive half an hour and hike to the Khamsumyuly chorten. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10

Punakha/ Wangdi - Paro

In the morning visit the ruins of Wanduephodrang dzong, which was razed to the ground by a fire in 2009. It was originally built in 1638 by the Zhabdrung. Also visit Wangdue town. Than drive 4hours which is 125km to Paro and lunch in the local restaurant in Paro town. After lunch, stroll through town and visit the Paro Rimpong Dzong which was built in 1646. Also visit Kyichu Monastery, the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659 A.D. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11

Paro - Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu

5.Chelela Trek

Trip Highlights:

Start of Trek : Paro
End of Trek : Paro
Duration of Trek : 4 Nights/5 Days
Duration in Bhutan : 9 Nights/10 Days

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Katmandu/Delhi/Bangkok - Paro

Arrive at Paro. In the afternoon visit the National Museum & Paro fortress. Take a leisurely evening stroll around Paro town. Welcome dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02

Paro Halt

Hike to Taktshang - the tiger's lair - monastery. In the afternoon visit the ruins of Drukgyel dzong and the 7th century Kyichu temple. Towards the evening visit a farmhouse for dinner, take Bhutanese butter tea and home-brewed alcohol. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03

Paro - Chonana

Visit nearby villages, stroll through Bhutanese farmhouses, and enjoy an excellent view of Paro valley through pine forests. Overnight stay in camp at Chonana which is located at an altitude of 3,500 meters, about 14 kilometers from Paro. The travel time is approximately five to six hours.

Day 04

Chonana - Jebkarpo

Climb Chelela Pass which at 3,700 meters is the highest road point in Bhutan. The forests around are filled with Primula, Blue Poppy and Rhododendrons during the flowering season. On a clear day, the pass also provides a stunning view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Overnight stay in the camp at Jebkarpo.
Altitude: 3500 m Distance: 16 Km, Time: 6-7 Hrs

Day 05

Jebkarpo - Milunga

The day will be memorable for its visual treat. Get a spectacular view of Mt Jomolhari which is revered as the abode of Bhutan's mountain Goddess, Aum Jomo. Other peaks equally spectacular on a clear day are Tsering Gang (The Glacier of Long Life) and Jichu Drakey. Overnight stay in camp in Milunga. Altitude = 3500 m Distance = 16 Km Time: 5-6 Hrs

Day 06

Milungla - Tong

Another day with excellent views of mountains and valley. On this trail, you'll see lots of Yaks, an animal that is exclusive to the Himalyan communities. Overnight in Camp in Tong.
Altitude: 3,500m, Distance: 16 Km Time: 6-7Hrs.

Day 07

Tong - Thimphu

Short descent to Paro valley and the trek ends at Drukgyel. Have lunch at Paro and drive to Thimphu in the afternoon. A cultural entertainment will be hosted in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Thimphu.

Day 08

Thimphu - Wangdi

Visit the memorial stupa in the morning and then see Tashichho Dzong, the power centre of Bhutanese government, and finally the National Handicrafts Emporium. Afternoon drive to Wangdi over Dochula pass (3,150m) Dinner and overnight stay at Wangdue hotel.

Day 09

Wangdi - Punakha - Paro

A morning visit to Chhimi lhakhang, the temple of fertility, and Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Lunch at Dochula cafeteria followed by visit to Druk Wangyel stupa and continue to Paro. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Paro.

Day 10

Depart from Paro International Airport

Morning drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination.

6.Laya Gasa Trek

Trip Highlights:

Duration: 14 days, Max. Elevation: 5,005m
Highest Camp: 4,220m
Standard: Medium to hard
Best Seasons: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Start: Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)
Finish: Tashitang (Punakha)

Tour Summary:

The first part of the Laya Gasa Trek goes along the same route as the Jomolari Trek right till Lingshi. Besides the unforgettable views of Mount Jomolhari, the trek offers spectacular views on Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain). Between Jangothang and Laya the trail hardly goes below 4,000m and one has good opportunities to spot blue sheep or even takin. Some beautiful Bhutanese mountain villages, the unique culture and appearance of the Layaps (people of Laya district) and finally a day of relaxation at the Gasa hot springs add to an extremely rewarding trekking experience. All in all, the Laya Gasa Trek is considered to be the most beautiful trek of Bhutan, only to be beaten by the tough Snowman Trek.

Things You Might Need

  • Clothes: Waterproof jacket and pants. You really don't need thick heavy clothes. As always, trekking in layers is better.
  • Bag pack with rain cover for bagpack
  • Water bottles (at least 3 liters total capacity)
  • Baseball cap (the sun is strong at all elevations)
  • Hiking poles (lessen the impact on your joints)
  • Sunglasses (essential when you cross snow line)
  • Trekking shoes: A pair of lightweight-waterproof hiking boots is a must. Break them in beforehand
  • Winter hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Head lamp with extra batteries
  • A pair of Camp shoes too.
  • Thermal underwear and can be useful in the mornings, or for sleeping in at night. If you forgot some, jogging pants are widely available in all towns for less cost
  • Reading materials (Kindle may be best)
  • Journal and pens.
  • Tango Cheri