Classic Laya Trek

This is one of the treks that will always rank as one of Bhutan’s finest trek. The route offers fantastic mountain view at close range including Mt. Gangchey Ta also known as Tiger Mountain, mother of the female river flowing through Punakha valley. It is renowned for its diversity in Himalayan flora and fauna. Numerous isolated Dzongs and scattered settlements including the outlandish village of Laya, a unique culture of its own provide a great deal of culture interest. Though remote, the Laya region known for its hospitality and your time here will be delightful. The trek will end with dip at the Gasa Tshachu (hot spring) relaxing every bone in your body and the memories of the special trek will stay with you for a lifetime.

Departure Dates

Spring – 2014
14 April to 07 May
05 May to 28 May
Autumn – 2014
04 September to 27 September
02 October to 25 October

Price

Standard accommodation in Cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis - -
Single supplement - -
Deluxe accommodation in Cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis - -
Single supplement - -

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel
Day 02 Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu valley
Day 03 Fly to Paro
Day 04 Sightseeing tour in paro
Day 05 Trek to Shana
Day 06 Trek to Soi Thangthangkha
Day 07 Trek to Jangothang
Day 08 Trek to Lingshi
Day 09 Trek to Chebisa
Day 10 Trek to Somuthang
Day 11 Trek to Robluthang
Day 12 Trek to Limithang
Day 13 Trek to Laya
Day 14 Rest day in Laya
Day 15 Trek to Koina
Day 16 Trek to Gasa
Day 17 Rest day in Gasa
Day 18 Trek to Goen Damji
Day 19 Trek to Tashithang and drive to Wangduephodrang
Day 20 Morning Sightseeing in Wangduephodrang and drive to Thimpu
Day 21 Morning Thimpu Sightseeing and drive to Paro in the afternoon
Day 22 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 23 Sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur
Day 24 Final departure

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel

Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03: Fly to Paro

You will arrive at Paro by Druk Air flight which will offer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim gang and Jichu Drake. The moment you step out of the plane you will see the difference. Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air. Peace and quietness is just another bonus. One of our representatives will escort you to Hotel. If time prevails visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 04: Sightseeing tour in Paro

Today you will visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill leads to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 05: Trek to Shana

You will be transferred to the trek starts point, Drukgyal Dzong and commence on trekking towards Shana, about 16 km away and takes about 5/6 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp

Day 06: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha

You will trek to Soi Thangthangkha, about 24 km away and takes about 8/9 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp

Day 07: Trek to Jangothang

You will trek to Jangothang, about 12km away and takes about 4/5 hours walk Overnight at tented camp

Day 08: Trek to Lingshi

You will trek to Lingshi, about 18 km away and takes about 7/8 hours walk over Nyele La pass altitude 4700m. Overnight at tented camp

Day 9: Trek to Chebisa

Today you will trek to Chebisa, about 14km away .takes about 4/5 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp

Day 10: Trek to Shomuthang

You will trek to Shomuthang, about 16 km away and takes about 7/8 hours walk over Gubu la pass alt. 4600m. Overnight at tented camp

Day 11: Trek to Robluthang

You will trek to Robluthang, about 18 km away and takes about 8/9 hours walk over Jari la Pass alt. 4650m. Overnight at tented camp

Day 12: Trek to Limithang

You will trek to Limithang, about 16 km away and takes about 8/9 hours walk over Shinje La pass alt. 4950m. Overnight at tented camp

Day 13: Trek to Laya

Today you will trek to Laya, about 13km away and takes about 5/6 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp

Day 14: Rest day in Laya

It’s a day for rest in Laya. You can take optional excursion to Laya village. Overnight at tented camp

Day 15: Trek to Koina

You will trek to Koina, about 18km away and takes about 6/7 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp

Day 16: Trek to Gasa

You will trek to Gasa (hot spring), about 19 km away and takes about 7/8 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp

Day 17: Rest day at Gasa

Today you will have a rest day at Gasa (hot spring). Overnight at tented camp

Day 18: Trek to Goen Damji

Today you will trek to Goen Damji, about 18 km away and takes about 6/7 hours walk. Overnight at tented camp

Day 19: Trek to Tashithang and drive to Wangduephodrang

Today you will trek to Tashithang, about 15 km away up to the trek end point and later drive to Wangduephodrang. Overnight at tented camp

Day 20: Morning sightseeing in Wangduephodrang and drive to Thimpu

In the morning you will visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. And in the afternoon you will drive back to Thimpu. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 21: Am Thimpu sightseeing and drive to Paro

Today you will be joining a sightseeing tour where you will be visiting the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Similarly you will be visiting the new Drupthob nunnery temple and then in the afternoon you will drive back to Paro. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 22: Rest day at Gasa

Today you will be transferred to the airport in Paro for your flight back to Kathmandu. You will be received upon arrival at Kathmandu airport by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 23: Sightseeing to Bhaktapur

Today after your breakfast, you will drive to Bhaktapur also known as city of devotees for sightseeing tour. You will have lunch in the restaurant in Bhaktapur and later drive back to Kathmandu. Afternoon time will be free for last moment's shopping. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 24: Final departure

Today keep in mind your international flight time, so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC