Bhutan High Trails via Laya

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  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Group Tour
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Paro, Bhutan
  • Ends Paro , Bhutan
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
Start and end in Paro, the tour Bhutan High Trails Via Laya is a guided trekking tour that takes 18 days. You will travel through Chebisa, Gasa Village, Taktsang and 5 other destinations in Bhutan. Bhutan High Trails Via Laya is a small group tour 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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
Excellent
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On May 04 2018
“Best trek I have been on. Top quality guide and crew, Bhutan is amazingly progressive. In addition to the wonderful scenery, the trek really helps you understand the Gross National Happiness in action. World Expeditions had us each carry yellow backs to pick up 10 pieces of trash per day. Very good idea! We picked up a lot of trash and set an example on the importance of not littering in the age of plastics. Visiting mountain people in their homes was one of my favorite moments. Our guide arranged for us to eat lunch in a house when a snow storm made eating outside less than appealing. The other participants on the trip where all very interesting, well traveled folks.”
Excellent
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 06 2017
“I had the most amazing trip in Bhutan & I just wanted to send a email to thank ever one personally for making my trip so special. This is my fourth trip that l have booked with World Expeditions. I have always had very competent & professional guides/crew etc & this is the reason l continue to keep booking my trips with you. I have never been disappointed. This trip to Bhutan, World Expeditions have exceeded my expectations. I had the most wonderful crew & guides. Jigme Tenzin our tour leader was professional, courteous, competent & helpful. He was also extremely knowledgeable about all things Bhutanese. He was able to point out all the different flora & fauna on the trek & answer all our questions. One of the highlights of the trip was when Jigme pointed out a Himalayan bear on the opposite ridge which we were able to watch for some time & with the help of Jigme binoculars. Also his comprehensive knowledge of Buddhism was invaluable. If l have the opportunity in the future to return to Bhutan l would absolutely want Jigme to be my guide. I just wanted to thank him again for making my trip so special, his kindness & encouraging words will stay with me forever. Our assistant guide Dawa Dawapey was also extremely professional, courteous & helpful & he also had a wonderful sense of humour. His fluency in English was a great help. I am sure that in the future he will make a very good senior tour guide. I would also like to thank Sha Kinley camp manager/chef & Passang assistant cook. The food was amazing. Not only was it delicious but nutritious as well. We ate like Kings, the menu was interesting & varied we were even served hot poached pears & gulab jamun indian sweets for dessert. Five star service on the mountain. Also our tents/ mess tent & toilet were always clean & erected when we arrive in camp at the end of the day. Top marks. Lunch was also of a high standard. Not only had Sangye the lunch boy set the table nicely & the food was hot, but he had always chosen wonderful locations for us to stop for lunch. Last but not least l would like to thank "Karma A" & "Karma B". It was such a pleasure in the morning to see their smiling faces when they delivered our morning coffees in the sub zero temperatures. No request was too big or too small. Our water bottles were always filled & "washy washy" water always available. They went out of their way/call of duty to make our trip comfortable. I am sure if they decide to pursue a career in tourism they will be successful. Our drivers "Damchen" & "Tugten" also did a fantastic job. Not only did they safely navigate the roads, but they were always punctual & the cars were always clean & well maintained.”
Excellent
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 14 2016
“The Bhutan High Trails Trek via Laya was an amazing physical and cultural experience. Our Guide was knowledgeable and generous of spirit, giving us wonderful insights into the complex layers of a deep Buddhist culture grappling with the modern world. All this against the backdrop of the Himalaya. Breathtaking and unforgettable.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • 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 (4850m) (18kms, approx 8 hrs)
  • Day 8 : Trek to Chebisa (3980m) village (14kms, approx 5/6 hrs)
  • Day 9 : Cross Gobu La (4450m) to Shomuthang (3990m) camp (16kms, approx 7/8 hrs)
  • Day 10 : Cross Jare La (4785m) to Robluthang (4165m) (18kms, approx 8/9 hrs)
  • Day 11 : Cross Shinge 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
WHAT'S INCLUDED Download PDF Brochure
Accommodation
  • Good quality accommodation in Paro
Meals
  • 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners
Transport
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 18
  • Private transportation
Guide
  • Expert bilingual guide
Others
  • Safety equipment including portable altitude chamber, group medical and satellite phone for emergency use
  • The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • All group camping equipment
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Animals to carry 20kgs personal equipment
  • Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Bhutan visa
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 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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CANCELLATION

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.

Payment

A deposit of 327 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 04 April 2020 full payment is required.

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