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Maximum - 12 Days
About This Trek:
The popular Laya-Lingshi Trek
yields spectacular mountain views of Mt... Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tserim Gang,
Gangchenta and many others. Stops at the hospitable village of Laya and Lingshi.
A day in Gasa hot spring to laze around in the hot springs - a useful activity
to relieve your muscle and join pains after many days of strenuous walking.
Similar to Chomolhari, you will encounter wildlife and varieties of alpine
flowers. This program also includes sightseeing in the picturesque valleys of
Punakha, Thimphu and Paro. The highest pass you will be crossing during the trek
is Shingela Pass at an elevation of 5005 meter / 16,420 ft.
I t i n e r a r y
Arrive Delhi and fly from Delhi to Kathmandu-Paro (Bhutan)
Arrive in Paro
After arrival you will be meet by our representative and transfer to hotel.
After breakfast visit the National Museum (Taa Dzong), Paro Rimpung Dzong,
Kyichu Temple, and other places of interest. Overnight at hotel.
Paro Shana Zampa
-17Kms, 5-6 hours
After early breakfast we will drive to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (2,580m /
8,591 ft) 16 Kms from Paro town. Explore the ramparts, village and on a clear
day experience the spectacular view of Mt. Chomolhari (7,314 m / 23990ft). The
trek starts from here,Overnight camp will be at Shana Zampa, Alt 2,870 m /9,557
ft, Overnight at camp.
Shana Zampa -
Thangthangkha, 22 Kms, 6-7 hours.
The trail continues its gradual climb alongside the Paro Chhu through conifers
and rhododendron and entering into Jigme Dorji National Park. Your camp for
tonight will be at Thangthangkha, elevation 3,630 m /12,088 ft.
Jangothang, 19 Kms, 5-6 hours.
This is not a long day, but there is 450 m /1,498 ft elevation gain, and you
will be comfortably worn out when you reach camp. Your camp will be at
Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp, alt. 4,090 m /13,415 ft.
A day halt & exploration in Jangothang.Trek up to Tsophu Lake for trout fishing
or there is stupendous day-hike in three directions-Chomolhari and its
subsidiary is directly west, Jichu Drake to the north, un-climbed summits and
ridges to the east.
Lingshi, 18 Kms, 5-6 hours
Wide Yak pastures on the way up and down the pass, great views of Lingshi Dzong
as you come down into the Lingshi basin. If the weather is clear Mt. Tserim Kang
(6789m / 22268ft) and it's descending glaciers at the north end of the valley
can be vividly seen. Today, the highest point you will be crossing is the Nyile
La Pass, alt. 4890m/16050ft). The camp is at 4010 m / 13,153 ft.
Lingshi – Chebisa,
10 Kms, 5-6 hrs.
Cross the stream below the camp on a wooden
bridge and climb up the opposite side to a Chorten just below Lingshi Dzong. In
the valley to the east is a cluster of wood shingled houses which is one part of
Lingshi village. If you look back at Mt. Tserim Kang you can see a very distinct
rock pinnacle sticking up at the end of the east ridge. The climb is gradual and
easy. The camp site is on a meadow just opposite the Chebisa village (3880 m
Shomuthang, 17 Kms, 6-7 hrs.
The walk is through wild high pastures with few
nomads and yaks. Cross Gobula Pass (4440m / 14564ft). The camp will be at a yak
pasture, alt 4260 m /13973ft.
Robmuthang, 18 Kms, 6-7 hrs.
The trail climbs from the camp up the valley, the
white flowers are edelweiss and the snow peak visible to the south-east is Kang
Bum (6526 m / 21,731 ft). The trail climbs out of the valley through pretty
desolate country up to Jhari La (4747 m /15,807 ft), about two hours from camp.
During clear weather you will also see the Mt. Gangchentag, Mt. Tserim Kang and
Chomolhari. Normally you will witness herds of Takin grazing on the slopes of
the nearby hills. You will be camped in a rocky meadow named Robluthang at
Limithang, 19Kms, 6-7 hrs.
This is a long, hard day, crossing Sinchu La, the
highest pass on the trek. It's a tough climb from here to the Sinchu La Pass
(5005m / 16,417ft), about five hours from camp. The snow covered peak of
Gangchentag fills the horizon to the north. It's then a short walk on a good
trail through a cedar forest interspersed with small meadows to Limithang (4140m
/13,786ft), a lovely camp site in a big meadow by the river. The peak of
Gangchentag towers over the campsite, even though it's quite a distance away.
Limithang – Laya
, 10 Kms, 4-5 hrs.
Today its mostly downhill along a winding river,
the trail splits, one going down with the river to the camp site used by the
army. The other stays high and takes you into the West Side of Laya Village. We
will camp on a high flat bench above the East End of the Laya village
Laya – Koina, 19
Kms, 6-7 hrs.
Below the village the trail drops back to the
river and continues to Koina (3050m / 10,004ft), a muddy bog in the forest by
the bridge. There is a single stone house with some muddy camping places
Koina – Gasa
Tsachu (Tsachu-hot spring), 14 Kms, 6-7 hrs.
You may think that because you are headed
downstream this trek is finished, but there's another major ascent to Bari La at
3900m /12,987ft. Leaving behind the white Gasa Dzong you will reach Gasa Tsachu
(hot spring at 2240m /7,459ft), your night halt for today will be here.
Halt at Gasa TsachuToday you can laze around the
nature made Jacuzzi. The hot springs are by the bank of the stream, below the
hotel complex. There are five cement pools and a shower room, with more under
construction. The water temperature is 40 degree centigrade, which is
comfortably warm, but not scalding. The Jigme Dorji National Park administers
the hot spring complex.
Gasa - Damji, 18
Kms, 5-6 hrs.
After the climb away from Gasa Tsachu the trail
winds through rolling hillsides passing through fields, villages, Oak and pine
forests. Gasa Dzong will be visible behind our trail, glued to the valley wall,
seeming to float in space. Overnight at Camp. 2380m / 7807ft.
Tashithang – Punakha (16 Kms of trek and one hour drive to Punakha)
After a long descent you will cross a wooden
bridge over a side stream at 1960m /6527ft. The trail now makes small ups and
downs close to the river, passing a big cave under a rock. You may encounter
rhesus monkey playing alongside the river. The main valley is still very closed
in with sub-tropical vegetation such as wild banana trees, creepers and orchids.
After a short walk to forestry office of Tashithang you will meet with your
vehicle, which will drive you down south for an hour and will be in your hotel
Capital city), apprx. 68 Kms, two and half hour drive.
After breakfast we will visit the Punakha Dzong (
at 1350m / 4495ft ), resume your drive to Mesina, hike to the small Chimi
Lhakhang (Temple). Return to your car and continue your drive to Thimphu. Stop
at Dochula Pass 3050m/10004ft. From here you get a panoramic view of the snow
capped peaks of Bhutan during a clear weather. Continue your drive downhill
until you reach at Simtokha. Visit the Simtokha Dzong, next you will stop at
Lungtenzampa, Royal silversmith and Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive
Thimphu SightseeingAfter breakfast National
Memorial Chorten, the Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National
Library, painting school and other places of interest in the valley. Overnight
Two hours of driving will take us to Paro from
where we will start our excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery
(Tiger's lair). Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drop to paro airport for your
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