Bhutan - Laya - Ghasa Trek Overview
Guides were excellent! And all planned just right.
Food and staff were great. The local staff was superior to the others we saw along the trail and from what we heard from parallel travelers, our experience was superior in all ways.
I don’t have a single thing to say needs to be improved upon and will tell you that Ben did an (typical for AAI) excellent job of handling the necessary minor changes to itinerary and added on some nice cultural features that made the trip a very special experience. – 2017 Trekker
Alpine Ascents will be sending one of our elite guides, Ben Jones, to lead this trip.
The Laya-Ghasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in the Himalaya. This fourteen day, 217 km journey begins in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in in Tashithang.
The first five days of this trek follow the same route as the Jomolhari Trek, through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake (highest peak in Bhutan) and Tsherimgang. On the sixth day the path diverges and you will depart Lingshi for the camp site at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall.
Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps (people of Laya), a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. The trek also offers a day of relaxation at the famous Ghasa hot springs that is sure to rejuvenate you.
This is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path.
I don’t have a single thing to say needs to be improved upon and will tell you that Ben did an (typical for AAI) excellent job of handling the necessary minor changes to itinerary and added on some nice cultural features that made the trip a very special experience.