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I could just say ’what a brilliant trip’, but that is not enough. The trip exceeded my expectations, it pushed my physically, but not too far. Jill was a great leader, fun to be with, but firm and decisive when needed. The local team were excellent, the food the same (does Saila cater for UK functions?) and Jiri is a very good guide.
Simon Lebesque (UK) | Dhaulagiri Circuit, Nepal

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Laya Gasa

One of the finest treks in the Himalaya covering a long distance across northern Bhutan along the border with Tibet.

The Laya Gasa trek starts near Paro crosses four Himalayan mountain passes to arrive at the village of Laya, from here we descend to the hot springs at Ghasa then to the Punakha Valley followed by a drive to Thimpu.

You will travel through a cross section of Bhutan landscape from picturesque farmland, forests, alpine pastures to high Himalayan passes. There are superb mountains views of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks including Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. Along the way you will see a number of Dzongs, these are fortress monasteries located in strategic positions along the Tibet border.

At the start of the trip we organise a visit to Haa valley for two nights in order to help essential acclimatisation before the trek. This valley offers wonderful scenic walk along trails passing through traditional villages and magnificent monasteries. This is a beautiful area adorned with pristine alpine forests and still remains one of the least visited areas in the country.


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 18 days from Paro
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2019 - £3,395 (US$4,395 or €3,875) 2020 - £3,395 (US$4,395 or €3,875)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including airport collections at Paro
  • Twin share room at all hotels in Bhutan
  • All meals included while in Bhutan
  • Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Bhutanese guide, pack animals and cook
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Laya Gasa region from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive "Bhutan Pre Trip Information" notes

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Paro (flying from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu and Delhi)
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Demanding

Trip Grade Demanding

Suitability:  a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 14 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • April 17th to May 4th 2019
  • October 2nd to 19th 2019
  • April 15th to May 2nd 2020
  • October 7th to 24th 2020

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly to Paro (2,280m) 
  • Day 2Morning walk to Taktsang monastery (3,120m), afternoon drive to Haa Valley (2,712m) via Chele La (3,780m) 
  • Day 3Day walk around Haa valley (2,712m) 
  • Day 4Drive to Chele La (3,780m) and walk along the ridge for acclimatisation then drive to Paro and onto Shana (2,790m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Soi Thangthanka (3,510m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp (4,080m) 
  • Day 7Acclimatisation day at Chomolhari Base Camp (4,080m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Lingshi (4,150m) crossing Nyile La (4,890m)  
  • Day 9Trek to Chebisa (3,850m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Shomuthang (3,950m) crossing Gombu La (4,400m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Robulathang (4,410m) crossing Jhare La (4,780m) 
  • Day 12Trek to Limithang (4,160m) crossing the Shinge La (5,000m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Laya (3,700m) 
  • Day 14Trek to Koena (3,240m) 
  • Day 15Trek to Gasa, cross the Bale La (3,800m) 
  • Day 16Drive to Punakha for sightseeing 
  • Day 17Drive to Thimpu over Dochu La (3,050m) and sightseeing 
  • Day 18Fly back home 
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