19 Nights | 20 Days
- Deluxe, outfitted high altitude trek into the remote highlands to Laya
- Cultural touring and sightseeing in 4 different districts of Bhutan; visit ornately carved, splendidly painted ancient Buddhist monasteries, Dzongs (fortress-monasteries).
- Attendance at one of Bhutan’s largest and most colorful annual festivals.
- The enigmatic and gravity-defying Taktshang (Tigress’s Nest) monastery.
- Insight into one of the Himalayan’s most distinct and traditional culture.
We offer an invigorating trekking adventure in Bhutan at it’s best, considering the most beautiful trek in the whole of the Himalayas. We trek through the heart of the most spectacular mountainous landscapes, beneath sky-piercing peaks and thunderous waterfalls, past turquoise lakes and streams, rolling meadows filled with wildflowers. You will be rewarded with close views of Bhutan’s three most gorgeous peaks – Chomolhari, Jichu Drakye and Masagang (7,200m/23616’). Have opportunity to experience the two remotest and unique mountain lifestyle and culture of the people of Lingshi and Laya.
We begin trekking from ruin of Drukgyal Dzong in Paro through small villages, old forests and wildflower-filled meadows into a true wilderness. You will gradually ascend through the heart of wildlife-rich Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park towards the Bhutanese-Tibetan border near the foot of scared Chomolhari Base Camp, where you keep your eyes peeled for rare Blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, black bear and takin. After resting a day at Chomolhari Base Camp, you hike and pass the centuries old Lingshi Dzong, one of the remotest and most beautiful fortress-monasteries in the country and ascend three passes of more than 4,400m/14,432’. We continue our trek through this stunning wilderness and enter Laya, people call their land Beyul, the hidden paradise of yak herders. Laya’s natural beauty offers some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. The 7,200 meter Masagang summit rises as guardian high above the valley. Women in Laya keep their hair long, dress in robes made from the wool of goats, sheep and yaks and wear their distinctive conical bamboo hat, which gives them a unique appearance. Lives of Layaps (people of Laya) and other villages in this region are centered on their yaks. The yak butter, cheese and meat are exchanged for food and provisions. The yak hair is spun into the fabric for tents, ropes, clothes and blankets. The yak dung is collected to be burned for warmth and cooking. From Laya, trek though juniper and fir forests to Gasa Hot Springs, a great place to relax. The trail then continues through thick forests and small villages to the lowlands of the Punakha Valley.
Most of our trips take place during busy and festival season so it is difficult to secure reservations on Druk Air and Hotels in every places. We request you to book as far in advance as possible to confirm the reservation you choose and do not hesitate to contact us at the last minute if free time suddenly comes your way.
21 Day Moderate Touring & Difficult Trekking
|Trip Duration||20 days|
|Trekking Days||13 days|
|Season||April to June & September to November|
|Min. Group Size||2 participants|
- Day 1: Arrival in Paro by Druk Air
- Day 2: Paro sightseeing
- Day 3: Paro Drukgyal Dzong to Shana (Distance: 17 km; Time: 5-6 hours)
- Day 4: Shana to Thangthangkha (Distance: 22 km; Time: 6-7 hours)
- Day 5: Thangthangkha to Jangothang (Distance: 19 km; Time: 5-6 hours)
- Day 6: Rest day at Chomolhari Base Camp with optional day hikes
- Day 7: Jangothang to Lingshi (Distance: 18 km; 5-6 hours)
- Day 8: Lingshi to Chebisa (Distance: 10 km; 5-6 hours)
- Day 9: Chebisa to Shomuthang (Distance: 17 km; 6-7 hours)
- Day 10: Shomuthang to Robluthang (Distance: 18 km; 6-7 hours)
- Day 11: Robluthang to Limithang (Distance: 19 km; 6-7 hours)
- Day 12: Limithang to Laya (Distance: 10 km; 4-5 hours)
- Day 13: Explore Laya
- Day 14: Laya to Koina (Distance: 19 km; 6-7 hours)
- Day 15: Koina to Gasa Hot Springs (Distance: 16 km; 6-7 hours)
End of the Trek
- Day 16: Gasa Hot Springs to Punakha
- Day 17: Punakha to Thimphu
- Day 18: Thimphu sightseeing
- Day 19: Thimphu to Paro
- Day 20: Depart by Druk Air
Choosing a Trek by Trip Rating
Anyone who does not have problem with an all day hike should find our easy treks manageable and anyone with backpacking experience with good shape generally should have no trouble with a difficult trek.
Trekking Grade: Difficult
Physically more challenging and more suited to regular hill-walkers who are used to extended days and who are competent over difficult terrain. The trek involves several days of camping at high altitudes.
Moderate Touring with Difficult Trekking Adventure
Trekking (with only a light daypack) 4-7 hours per day over varying terrain.
14 nights tent camping during trek and 6 nights in best available hotels and resorts on double occupancy basis with private bath.
Our selected hotels and restaurants offer delicious Chinese, continental, Bhutanese and Indian Cuisine. On trek, well trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western taste ranging from Continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.