Bhutan Trek 2019 – Laya and then Gasa

Hello Everyone,

We’ve had two excellent days to finish off our trek! Yesterday we had our easiest hike into Laya lasting just over four hours and in time for lunch once we arrived. We ditched the tents and slept in a house with some local hosts. After lunch we walked around the beautiful town of Laya watching the school kids finish up for the day and visited some small shops with local wares. In the evening we had a special performance put on by local women who sang and danced traditional songs of the Laya people for hours. After the performance off to bed we went to rest up for our last days hike today. We hiked down from Laya next to the Punaka River or Mother River up and down through forests ending up at a road they are constructing that will eventually reach Laya. Once to the road we hoped on a 4WD truck and drove for a little over two hours down to Gasa. We settled into our rustic rooms and had dinner before heading down the the hot spring for a relaxing soak in the water. Now we are back in our rooms and heading to bed. Tomorrow we will drive to Punaka and begin the rest of the cultural tour the next couple of days of Bhutan. We had an awesome trek with some tough days, but we feel pretty accomplished getting through the tough mountainous terrain of Bhutan.

I’ll post some photos once we get a better connection tomorrow. Thanks for following along.

Ben Jones

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