Laya Gasa Trek

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Laya Gasa Trek 2019-03-03T15:24:32+00:00

Day 1: Punakha – Gasa (2to 3hrs drive/half an  hrs walk to camp)

Today, we drive part of the way till to Gasa view point. Than we have to walk about  half an hour. The camp site is near by a village at an elevation of about 2430m. Overnight at camp near Gasa Dzong.

 

Day 2: Gasa – Koina (14km/6-7 hrs)

Our journey will be early this morning. We ascend all the way to Barila (3900m) through a deep forest of firs. We may meet the native of Laya on the way heading down to Punakha for their winter supplies. The camp is in a small flat space perched next to a waterfall. Overnight at camp.

 

Day 3: Koina – Laya (19km/6 -7 hrs)

After an early start, the trail follows the Mo Chu upstream. Today, we will encounter some ups and downs through some alpine bamboo grove. We will reach Taktsi Makha Bhutanese army base at the foothills of Laya. From here, walk another an and half to reach the village of laya at an elevation of 3800m where we will camp in a meadow below the village. Overnight at camp.

 

Day 4: Laya Halt

Laya is perched at (12,467 feet) and has magnificient views of massive snow peaks around it and provides a great photo opportunity on a good weather day. We take a full day to rest and recuperate in Laya or can can do various day hikes in the environs of the village. The farm house of the Layaps are also very interesting to visit. Make sure you take a peek at their winter stocks of food.  There is also an opportunity to requests for a cultural program in the evening. Overnight in Camp

 

Day 5: Laya – Koina (19km/5 -6 hrs)

Descent to army camp and the trail follows the Mo Chu downstream all the way to Punakha. Then the trail wanders up and down near the river as it runs fast through some big cascades in a gorge. Some more ups and downs through bamboo. Overnight at camp

 

Day 6: Koina – Gasa (14km/5- 6 hrs)

Trails decend to Barila (3900m) through a deep forest of firs. After the pass the trail is reasonably leveled to another Chorten. Depending on the time, you will explore Gasa village and the historic Gasa Dzong. The Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to protect the valley against the Tibetan invaders. Overnight at camp.

 

Day 7: Gasa – Gasa view point- Punakha ( half an hrs walk and 2 to 3hrs drive to hotel)

The trail continues ascending down till to Gasa view point. In this area till you reach the end point where your vehicle a staff will be waiting for you.  Over night in Hotel