20 Days Laya Trek [VALT20]

Day 1

The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Chumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong (fortress). It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions. You'll cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the Dzong. Afterward you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery at 3120m/10200ft, Bhutan's most famous monastery. The hike also serves the acclimatization purpose for the next day's trek. The 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the Monastery hike back to Paro. In the evening you can explore Paro Town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 3

The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2580m/9350ft with a 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 Gunitsawa at 2,810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,870m, just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees. Camp at an altitude of 2850m/9350ft.

Day 4

The trail again follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, reaching to the campsite at the altitude of 3,750m/12300ft.

Day 5

The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder's camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the view of Mt. chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

Day 6

Today is a rest and acclimatization for the next day's highest Nyile La (4870m/15970ft) climb on the way to Lingzhi. After breakfast, you will take for 3-4 hours excursion up the ridge to the north of the camp. The ridge is endless, but after walking for hour there is a view of Jichu Drakye. You will have picnic lunch while walking on the ridge. There are chances of encountering grazing yaks and blue sheep on the upper slopes.

Day 7

The trail follows the stream or half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. Then Walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Camp at an altitude of 4000m13120ft.

Day 8

We continue on the trail past Lingshi Dzong, perched on its hilltop, enjoying exhilarating views of hills, the winding river and magnificent peaks. It is an easy day and a pleasant walk through villages. After lunch, a short walk takes us to Chebisa village, where we camp by the side of a stream of a stream.


Day 9

Today begins with a stiff climb of nearly four hours up a ridge to Guba - La (4,500m). We descend from the pass through rhododendrons to our lunch location before crossing a stream and continuing through rhododendron forests and past yak herders’ camp. Overnight camp.


Day 10

The trek starts with a climb up to Jari - La Pass (4,700m). We descend from here to Tasharijathang valley, the summer grazing ground of the rare Himalayan Takin. After crossing a stream, the trail ascends to Robluthang (4160m/13648ft) where we set up our camp for the night.


Day 11

We start the day with a long climb up to Shinji-La Pass (4,900m), enjoying stunning mountain views from the path. After crossing the pass we descend to Lingithang. The last part of today’s trek is steep, with splendid views of Gangchenta peak (6,840). Tonight’s campsite is at an altitude of 4140m/1358ft.


Day 12

In the morning we walk to a superb view of Gangchenta peak in front of our camp. The walk to Laya is very pleasant through a damp forest filled with moss and singing birds. We set up camp on arrival at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at 3840m/12598ft.


Day 13

Explore Laya village. You can go and visit one of the local houses. Traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended even to a stranger, and a cup of tea and chang (alcohol brewed from barley) is always offered.

Day 14

We descend from Laya to the army camp at the side of the Mo chu (Mother river of Punakha), and then walk alongside the river till reaching a bridge. After crossing the bridge, the track winds up and down through juniper and fir forests. We camp in the forest at Chamsa.


Day 15

After a 30 minute walk over flat land to Bele-La Pass, it’s downhill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. We take lunch at Gasa village (2700m), afterwards visiting the village and Gasa Dzong. The Dzong was built in the 17th century. We then descend to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring), where we set up our camp.


Day 16

After a long trek, we take a day rest and relax with hot bath and try some of the local beer. Camp.


Day 17

The path winds up and down through heavily forested area where you can see many wild orchids. Take care, as there are leeches too! We camp overnight near Damji village.

Day 18

This is our last trekking day. The trail descends through heavy forest, following the course of the Mo Chu, till reaching the road head at Tashithang. Our representative will be waiting here to drive us along the valley to Punakha, 15km down the road. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha.


Day 19

Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit spectacular Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly. In the late afternoon drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 20

After early breakfast, drive approx 45mins to the Paro Airport to board onward flight.

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Type of trip
Trip Length
20 days
Maximum Elevation
4115m 13501ft
ModerateModerate or Moderate
Mar – May / Sep – Nov
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