Bhutan High Trails via Laya

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  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Paro, Bhutan
  • Ends Paro, Bhutan
  • +6
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  • Gain magnificent views of the sacred peak, Jomolhari and Jichu Drake
  • Discover pristine wilderness trekking over high mountain passes
  • Experience Laya, one of the most remote settlements on earth and home to the indigenous Layap
  • Ascend to 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery for an insight into Buddhist culture
Starting and ending in Paro, the trip "Bhutan High Trails Via Laya" is a guided trekking tour that takes 18 days. You will travel through Jangothang, Taktsang, Laya and 5 other destinations in Bhutan. "Bhutan High Trails Via Laya" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The classic Laya - Gasa trek across the backbone of Bhutan. A superb trek into the heartland of Bhutan. We follow forest trails and appreciate the wide variety of rhododendrons and other spring flowers as we ascend to our camp beneath the sacred peak of Jomolhari. Suitably inspired we cross a series of high passes (each in the vicinity of 5000m) and camp in alpine meadows beneath a constant backdrop of snow capped peaks. Yak herder encampments and isolated settlements provide an attractive cultural perspective to our trek, while time in Paro and Thimphu provides a further highlight to this outstanding itinerary.
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Based on 1 review
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 06 2019
5 - Excellent
“Without a doubt the trip was one of the best I have ever done. Bhutan is an amazing country with amazing people and an amazing culture. I could not have been more pleased with how the trip was arranged and delivered throughout the whole time we were there. All the staff involved in Bhutan were amazing from our drivers to camp staff to guides. Our main guide Kinzang Tashi was brilliant a great manner and leadership style, extremely knowledgeable and a great pride in his country and culture a real credit to World Expeditions. The itinerary itself provided a great balance between trekking and culture and leaves me wanting to explore more of this great country cant wait to go back.”
  • Day 1 : Join Paro (2200m)
  • Day 2 : Paro Valley, Taktsang Monastery (3100m) & National Museum
  • Day 3 : Drive past Drukyel Dzong (2580m) to Shana (2860m) and commence trek to Thongo Zampa (3250m), (11kms, approx 4 hrs)
  • Day 4 : Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (3700m) (approx 4 hrs)
  • Day 5 : Trek to Jangothang (4100m) (12kms, approx 5 hours)
  • Day 6 : At Jangothang (acclimatisation day)
  • Day 7 : Cross Nyile La (4890m) to Lingshi Village (~15kms, approx 7 hrs)
  • Day 8 : Trek to Chebisa (3880m) village (14kms, approx 5/6 hrs)
  • Day 9 : Cross Gombu La (4440m) to Shomuthang (4221m) camp (16kms, approx 7/8 hrs)
  • Day 10 : Cross Jare La (4785m) to Robluthang (4165m) (18kms, approx 8/9 hrs)
  • Day 11 : Cross Shinche La (5005m) to Lemithang (4150m) (16kms, approx 8/9 hrs)
  • Day 12 : Trek to Laya village (3800m) (13kms, approx 5/6 hrs)
  • Day 13 : Rest day at Laya, explore local area
  • Day 14 : Trek to Thongchu Drak (3500m) (approx 5/6 hrs)
  • Day 15 : Trek to Gasa village (2770m) (approx 4/5 hrs)
  • Day 16 : Transfer to Punakha (drive approx. 2-3 hrs)
  • Day 17 : Drive to Paro via Thimphu (approx 4/5hrs driving)
  • Day 18 : In Paro, trip concludes
  • Good quality accommodation in Paro
  • 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 18
  • Private transportation
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Safety equipment including portable altitude chamber, group medical and satellite phone for emergency use
  • All group camping equipment
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Animals to carry 20kgs personal equipment
  • Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
  • Bhutan visa
  • International flights
  • Bottled water
  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Bhutan High Trails via Laya tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 02 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 02 January 2022, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Bhutan High Trails via Laya tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Bhutan High Trails via Laya tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
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