Laya Lingzhi Trek

/Laya Lingzhi Trek
Laya Lingzhi Trek 2019-03-03T14:50:07+00:00

Day 1: Paro – Shana
Trek begins: Drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the starting point of the trek. While the team prepares the pack animals visit the ruins of the Drugyel. It was built as a monument of victory over Tibetan and Mongolian invaders in the 17th century. From here you can, as a preview, see the crown of Mount Jumolhari (24,029ft.), the base of which will make our camp in few days. The trail follows Paro River gently uphill through a narrowing valley of paddy fields. You will pass many traditional farmhouses along the way. The campsite is a meadow past an army outpost. Camp altitude 2800m., distance/walking time – 17 km/5-6 hours.

Day 2: Shana – Soe Thangthangkha
Continue uphill following the river and through the valley, which narrows and closes in after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along the drainage. Most of the trail actually is down hill after the initial climb. The campsite is located in a meadow with stone shelter. Camp altitude 3670., distance/walking time – 17 km/8/9 hours.

DAY 3 Soe Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Gradual climb as the vegetation turns rapidly alpine, past an army outpost until the landscape opens up into wide valley. The view around is surrounded by high ridges and the snow-capped mountains all the way to Jangothang. You will also come across yaks and yak herder camps. Camp altitude 4,040m., distance/walking time – 11kms/5-6 hours.

Day 4: Jangothang Halt
Spend the day in rest or explore the valley. There are many options for exploration including climbing the ridge behind the camp for better view Jumolhari and Jichu Drake or walk to the glacial basin of Jumolhari or to glacial lakes of Tsophu. A stop here does good for acclimatization since the route here on goes higher.

Day 5: Jangothang – Lingshi
The trail enters more serious climb today starting with a climb to a higher basin, from where it level for a while, until the start for a long climb to Nyile La pass at 4,890m. After the pass it is a long descent into Lingshi basin. The vegetation is sparse and as you approach Lingshi you will see great view of the frontier fortress, Mount Tserim Kang and its glaciers to the north. Camp altitude 4,150m., distance/walking time – 19 kms/ 5-6 hours.

Day 5: Lingshi Halt
Spend the day resting or take day excursions to Lingshi Dzong and village or a trip to Tsokha Lake at 4,500m., the base camp for Jichu Drake. High chances to see Blue sheep and Musk deer during the day hikes. Tsokha excursion is 15 kms and will take 3 – 4 hours.

 

Day6-: Lingshi (13150ft/4010m) to Camp Chebisa (13090ft/3990m)
Distance 16kms 3-4 hours

Today is the shortest walking day, take it easy. Much of the trail is level and leads along the ridge of the river valley, which is known for its aromatic medicinal herbs, and down into a side valley were Goyak settlement is located. This is a typical cluster of stone houses, surrounded by fields of highland barley. Pass through the village of Goyak the camp is in the valley of Chebisa , a pretty highland village.
Camp Altitude 3990m

 

Day7 Chebisa (13090ft/3990m) to Camp Shomuthang (13120ft/4000m) via Gombu La (14560ft/4440m)
Distance 15kms 5-6 hours

Leaving all settlements and villages behind, the trail again climbs through high-altitude pastures, frequented by the blue sheep and grazing yaks. Crossing Gombula pass at Alt, 4350m, the trail descends to ford a stream and then climbs a further ridge (4230m) to reach the forested valley of the Jolethang-chu, where Shakshepasa helipad is located. From here the trail winds uphill to the yak pastures of Jachim (4260m) before dropping down to the meadow camp at Shomuthang alongside a tributary of the Mo-Chhu.
Camp Altitude 4000m

 

Day8 Shomuthang (13120ft/4000m) to Camp Robluthang (13645ft/4160m) via Jarela (15695ft/4785m)
Distance 16kms 7-
8 hours

An early start today criss-crossing the river, with the peak of Mount Gang Bum (6840m) in the distance to the south east, the trail gradually ascends Jari La Pass at 4600m. There are fine views of the snow peak of Mount Gangchentak (6840)m to the north, and more distant views of Mount Tserim Gang and Mount Jomolhari . The switchback trail now zigzags downhill to meet a stream. Rhododendrons grow thickly in these parts, as the trail meanders down to cross a small bridge over the Jolethang-Chu, and reach the meadow clearing at Tseri Jathang, a summertime sanctuary for the takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Climbing again, it than bypasses a small lake to reach the rock-strewn meadow camp at Robluthang.
Camp Altitude: 4160m

 

Day9- Robluthang (13645ft/4160m) to Camp Lemithang (13645ft/4160m) Via Sinche La (16400ft/5000m)
Distance 19km 6-7 hours

This is one of the most difficult days on the route, as the trail zigzags up the hillside through burnt-out forest and marshy terrain, to reach a glacial valley. Fording a stream and climbing through pastures potholed with marmot burrows, Shnche La pass (5000m) comes into view. This is the highest point on the trek, and as it is crossed, the snow massif of Mount Gangchentak can be seen to the north. A long winding descent through boulder- and moraine-strewn valleys follows, as the trail crosses the Gang Chhu twice, and climbs through rhododendron and cedar forests to a meadow campsite at Lemithang alongside the Zamdo Nangi-Chut with the Great Tiger Mountain looming over camp.
Camp Altitude: 4160m

 

Day 10- Lemithang (13645ft/4160m) to Camp Laya (12465ft/3800m)
Distance 9 km 3-4 hours

Lemithang is in the Laya region of Gasa district, and here women still wear the distinctive Laya dress. The trail criss-crosses the winding course of the Zamdo Nagi-Chhu, passing through an uninhabited forest on the long descent. Soon the trail forks, one branch leading down to a military campsite by the river bank and the other climbing slightly to reach the western side of Laya village. We camp on a high flat bench above the east end of Laya Village for the night.
Camp Altitude: 3800m.

 

Day11-ExploreLaya                                                                                        

Going around the villages visiting houses and the people. Laya people are friendly and will happily pose for photographs. Women of Laya wear special dress and typical bamboo hats, decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. Cultural show in the evening will be performed by the local girls, if you want. Laya (12465ft/3800m)

Day 12: – Laya to Koina.

Today after breakfast the trail leaves laya through fields and clusters of houses.  Descend through the village entrance porch or arch chorten (khonying)  housing protective deities – and pass through some beautiful woodland. Cross two large river, zamto nangi chhu  and Togtsrerkhagi chhu, both fed by Masang gang glacier. With this Masang gGang will be visis ble , this iswhere the trek to Masang Gang base camp start. After the army camp, descend on a good trail. Once you reach the bottom of the valley a good  wide, flat trail follows the Mo chhu. At the end of the final climb the trail rounds a ridge into the side valley, with koina chhu and koina camp below. The campsite at koina is muddy and there is a hut.

 

Day 13: -Koina to Gasa.

After a damp night at koina  cross the koina chhu and start a long climb through an enormous subtropical forest. If misty the atmosphere can become very eerie, and the gorge transforms into something out of a fairytale. On the other side of the gorge is one of the few places in the world where the tiger and snow leopard uses the same territory. Around 1 to 1.5hr before the pass a clearing in the forest is reached where there is a camping place, Champsa(3705m). Another 1 to 1.5hr of climbing gains Bari la pass (3900m). Bari la pass is actually higher then Laya!. The pass is located on a ridge and decorated with the usual cairn and some prayer flags. After a short flat tail a long descent to Gasa village start. There are several nicely built tubs in which to soak tired muscles and wash off the trail dust.

 

Day14:- Gasa to Phunakha (trek end).

Today after breakfast we’ll take an hour or two to explore inside the dzong this morning, then set off for a full morning of ascending and back to phunakha. to we have to climdown about half an hour and we reach to the road ( gasa chazam), and then drive to hotel about 2 to 3hr.