Beautiful Laya Gasa Trek trek offers a breathtakingly beautiful lunar landscape, dwarfed by immense glistening peaks, abundant wildlife; including blue sheep, taking and a wide variety of birds and quite possibly the elusive snow leopard.Your journey begins in the fertile Paro valley, climbing to the base camps of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake, two of Bhutans most majestic summits, considered one of the most beautiful and imposing mountains existing anywhere across the great Himalayan range. The route then passes the remote monastic-fortress at Lingshi before crossing the three high passes that separate it from Laya.The pristine and austere alpine environment of Laya, in northwestern Bhutan, is home to a tribal community of less that 1000 people. Far away from major national centers, the Layaps have yet to become significantly integrated within the countrys mainstream. They are yak-herders and traders, who speak a separate language, sport a distinct dress and are renowned throughout the country for their arresting natural beauty.At Gasa camp, a soak in the hot springs will be comforting and a long anticipated reward before descending through the lush sup-tropical forests into Punakha and Wangdiphodrang.After having experienced the stark serenity of the alpine north, you will then travel on to the capital city of Thimphu, which should relax and soak up a cultural atmosphere unique to Bhutan.
Enjoy a great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means tiger’s nest), perched on a cliff 2,700 above the floor of the Paro Valley. Beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong and the valley and also Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp site is on a high flat bench above the Laya village.Camp at Jangothang (13,450) below a ruined fortress near the base of Chomolhari. Pass to the Lingshi basin, you will see some beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong and the valley and also Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp in a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent.