Trek BHT/14: 19 days Lingzhi- Laya- Gasa Traverse

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Bhutan Trekking Tours

Trekking in Bhutan is a truly amazing experience. From the warmth and lush vegetation of the river valleys to the icy slopes of the eastern end of the Himalayas, you will encounter some of the most stunning scenery and friendly people imaginable.
All our treks offered here are designed to let you discover pristine nature, and offer an insight into the unique culture and lifestyle of the people. The trail on each trek passes through traditional ancient villages with a unique and traditional lifestyle. You will get the chance to mingle with the locals, observe their custom and tradition, see the differently styled buildings, and the ancient monasteries.
All treks are fully serviced. You will get tents, with field toilets and all meals. The Bhutanese crew lead by your English speaking Guide and trek boss, will provide kitchen, dining facilities, and ponies/yaks for logistics.


Trek grade: challenging
Max Altitude 5000 m
Open: April to mid June and mid September to mid November.
Best in April

Starting at Drukgyel Dzong, in the Paro valley this trek follows the course of the Paro Chhu, towards the Tibet border to reach Lingzhi, 4000 m in 5 days trekking through rich forests of pine, oak, spruce, and rhododendrons, and high alpine pasture land. The crossing over the 4,700 m high Nye la pass, offers superb views of Mt Chomolhari and other peaks. The Lingzhi Dzong,4220 m commands the old trade route to Tibet.

From Lingzhi; the trail traverses parallel to the great peaks that separate Bhutan from Tibet to reach Laya, 3840 m, in 5 days. The route connects isolated inner valleys interlinked by high passes- Gombu la, at 4400 m, Jhari la at 4747 m Sinche la at 5000 m. It is a challenging trek with 7-9 hrs of walking each day, including a knee jerking, ankle twisting descent through moraine at 4200 m. But the rewards are many. Spectacular back drop of the peaks of Jhomolhari, 7314 m, Jichu Drake 6989 m, Kung Phu, 6523 m and Gangchhenta – The great Tiger Mountain, 6840. A chance to see herds of Blue Sheep and Tagin in the wild, high altitude hamlets, frozen waterfalls and log bridges, glacial valleys with tumbling mountain stream, Forests of Pine, Oak, Spruce, Rhododendrons, Cedar, Birch, and Firs. Hills covered with medicinal plants , herbs, and edelweiss, quaint high altitude hamlets, and dzongs, yak herders, and all around you nature at its pristine best.

The return trek from Laya to Gasa, 2770 m is along the Mo chhu river valley and takes another 3 days. Time in Paro and Thimphu provides a further highlight to this outstanding itinerary.


Day 01: Arrive Paro

Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, your Druk Air flight to Paro, is spectacular and mesmerizing, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below.

Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom.
On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and custom formalities then received by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
Evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. This is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Hike down to the Paro valley.

Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro – Sharna,2800 m. 17 km (5 / 6 hours)

The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong at 2,580m with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach the army post of Gunyitsawa at 2,810m We will camp overnight at Sharna Zampa , 2800 m in a meadow.

Day 04: Sharna – Soi Thangthangkha, 3750 m. (20 km, 7 / 8 hours)

The trail continues along the Pa Chhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. The trail now climbs up through rhododendron forests and crossing the river , we reach our campsite at the altitude of 3,750m., in aclearing in a Cefr grove, with Jhomolhari looming at the head of the valley.

Overnight in camp.

Day 05: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang, 4090 m (19 km, 5/6 hours)

Today we are ascending 450 m to the yak country. The path ascends for awhile till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding peaks, passing through the hamlet of Takethang,3940 m, located on a small plateau. A slow uphill trek brings us to the Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the view of Mount. Chomolhari and Jichu Drake is superb. Overnight in camp.

Day 06: Jangothang – Lingzhi, 4000 m. 18 km (7 / 8 hours)


To get to Lingzhi, we have to cross Nyele at 4890 m. Before the main pass there is a false crest at 4680 m.

As you start the ascent there are breathtaking views of Mt Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Khang. We now descend into an almost flat valley until the climb up to the Nyele la pass Part of the trail is through moraine and scree. We are now above the tree line with only grass, tundra and juniper bushes. After the pass, it’s a gradual long descent to the Lingshi camp. There are good panormic views of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Our camp is set at 4,000 m.

Day 07: Lingzhi – Chebisa, 3880 m. 10 km (5/6 hours)

Today we will start the traverse between Lingzhi and Gasa. The trail passes by Lingzhi Dzong, 4220 m is perched on a hilltop with a commanding view of green hills, the winding trails and magnificent peaks. It commands the route to Tibet through the Lingshi La (pass). Today’s walk is easy and pleasant through villages and yak herders camps. You will see hillsides covered with herbs, medicinal plants and flowers. The Chebisa valley is spectacular, with a frozen waterfall at its head. We will camp in a meadow by the side of a stream at 3,880 m.

Day 08: Chebisa – Shomuthang, 4250 m (17 km, 6/7 hours)

The day begins with stiff climb to Gomby La (4,450m), with chances of spotting herds of blue sheep. From the pass, a long descent to a stream at 4,170 m. Later there is a climb over a small ridge through a cedar forest. This is followed by a descent on a muddy path into the main Jholethang valley covered with a deep forest of fir and birch. At the bottom is a marsh crossing over stepping stones. This is followed by another steep climb up the valley, to a yak pasture high above the valley floor at Chachim, 4,260m. Finally a descent to our camp site at shomuthang, 4250 m.

Day 09: Shoumuthang – Robluthang, 4160 m (18 km, 6/7 hours)


The trek climbs out of the valley through desolate country to cross the Jhari La pass at 4,747 m. It then descends through Rhododendrons, birch and firs to Tsherijathang valley. Herds of Himalayan Takin (Bhutan’s National animal), migrate to this valley during summers. There is a chance of spotting the Takin. At the bottom of the valley the trail crosses a stream, and climbs steeply to crest at 4150 m. It then leads to the rocky meadow at Robluthang, 4160 m.

Overnight in camp.

Day 10: Roluthang – Sinche la, 5005 m- Limithang, 4140 m (19 km, 7/8 hours)

A long hard day crossing Sinche la, at 5005 m; the last and highest pass on this trek. The trail goes through glacial side valleys, crosses an icy log bridge at 4470 m. and climbs up through moraine. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep high on the slopes. It is hard 5 hrs trek till you reach the pass. Now begins a knee jerking, ankle twisting descent on a rough, rocky trail that follows moraine into another glacial valley. There is a continuous view of Mt. Gangchey Ta, as you descend through a huge terminal moraine and a glacial lake at the foot of the valley.

We still have a distance to traverse through switch backs followed by a short climb above the Kango Chhu through Rhododendrons and cedar forests to Limithang. We will camp at a lovely camp site in a big meadow at 4140 m.

Day 11: Limithang – Laya, 3840 m (10 km 4/5 hours)


The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. There are many ups and downs with some side valleys to traverse. Arrive at Laya village, to camp at 3840 m.

Descend to army camp and join the Mo Chhu river. Follow the river till you cross the bridge. After the bridge it is up and down several times through juniper and fir forest until you reach the camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3,500m.

Day 13: Chamsa – Gasa Tsachu (14 km, 6/7 hours)


Walk for about half fairly level till the Bari La (3,900m). There is a small rock cairn and a few prayer flags at the pass. The route starts down again, sometimes steeply, through a bamboo forest to a stream. Afternoon visit Gasa village and Dzong built in 17th century. Then descend to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring) for camp at an altitude of 2,200m.

This morning spend a few hours relaxing in the medicinal waters of the hot springs. In the afternoon a short 20 minutes hike to the road, where our transport will be waiting to take you to Punakha in 03 hrs.

Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15: Punakha – Thimphu (75 km, 2.1/2 hours)

Morning visit to Punakha Dzong , and drive to Wangduephodrang visiting the Dzong and local market. Thereafter drive to Thimphu for overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 17: Thimphu


Full day of sightseeing in Thimphu We will visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. You could visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town. Devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD). If you prefer to stay closer to town you could drive up to the Radio Tower (offering splendid views of the city from a hilltop festooned with prayer flags), visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum.

If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely home made articles with no imports. Tell your guide what takes your interest.

Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 18: Thimpu- Paro (55 km, 2 hours)

Drive to Paro in 02 hrs. upon arrival take a local tour. Visit to Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century, as watch tower to defend Paro Dzong and valley. This fortress was later converted into the National Museum in 1968 and is filled with antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and Bhutan’s renowned postage stamps.

Below the Ta Dzong, is fascinating Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”, which has a long and interesting history.

After lunch visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 19 : Depart Paro

After breakfast transfer to Paro International Airport for flight to onward destination.




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