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Bhutan High Trails via Laya

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5.0 Based on 1 Review
  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-16215
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Paro, Bhutan
  • Ends Paro, Bhutan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
  • Explore the ancient dzongs and market places of Thimphu and Paro
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 Paro, Chebisa, 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.
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 (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
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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
  • 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
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
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 1 review
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 06 2019
5 - Excellent
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... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
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

For any tour departures within 14 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 September 2022, a deposit of 477 USD is required to confirm the 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.

Visa

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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • 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.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guides are trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed in line with state government medical provisions.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.

     

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 

     

  • What country in Asia is fluent in English?

    English is a widely spoken language in Asia, which means that you would not have much difficulty conversing with locals during your trip. Singapore ranks the highest in terms of its proficiency in the English language. The Philippines comes second, followed by Malaysia. Other countries where you will not face much trouble if you can speak English are South Korea, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. 

    You will find that English is part of life of a section of the population in all these countries. They have road signs in English (along with those in their native languages) as well as English newspapers. Public announcements are often translated into English in these countries, and it is not difficult to come across store banners and product labels written in the language. In addition to all this, locals are also accustomed to tourists, which means they can at least carry out basic conversations in the language. 

    However, please keep in mind that it is the urban population in the continent that has had the most exposure to the language and is better at communicating in it. The more you travel to the countryside, the fewer English speakers you will meet.  

     

  • How much does an Asia tour cost? What is the cheapest country to travel to in Asia?

    There are several factors that determine the amount of money you will spend during your Asia tour. These include the countries you wish to visit, the length of your trip, the type of tour you have chosen (group, private, luxury and budget) as well as other expenses like insurance, visas, and transportation. 

    Laos is probably the cheapest destination in Asia, with an average daily expense of USD 23 per person. India is yet another budget-friendly destination in the region when it comes to foreigners. Expect to spend between USD 35 to USD 40 per person, per day if you are a mid-range traveler. The average daily expense in Cambodia is slightly higher, at USD 50 per person. Japan and Singapore, on the other hand, are some of the most expensive destinations on the planet. On average, travelers should expect to shell out USD 130 dollars per person, per day while in these countries.    

     

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