This 15-day trek starts in the subtropical Punakha valley, (1,300 meters / 4,265 feet), up to Laya (3,850 meters / 12,630 feet), one of the highest settlements in Bhutan, situated at the foot of Mt. Masa Gang (7,200 meters / 23,620 feet). From Punahka the trail follows Mo-Chu river passing by hot springs and the fortress at Gasa Dzong, the district center, passing through different levels of vegetation before reaching the village of Laya. Here yak-herders take their animals to the pastures at the foot of the mountains. The natives of this remote area, where life has remained unchanged for centuries, wear costumes woven from yak-hair and distinctive conical bamboo hats.
The wildlife of the area includes the forest dwelling takin, the odd looking national animal of Bhutan, Himalayan black bears, large flocks of blue sheep in the higher reaches and, the rarely seen, snow leopard. This trek combines a variety of flora, stunning landscapes, remote villages and dramatic views of the high snow-capped peaks.
May, June, September, October & November.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Maximum Altitude: 4600m/15090ft.
Maximum Camp Altitude: 4390m/14400ft.
Availability: Private treks are available for minimum 2 persons on request.
|DAYS||ITINERARY for Laya - Lingshi - Chomolhari Trek in Bhutan|
Fly Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan.
Afternoon visit Museum and Paro Town. Hotel.
Flights are also available from Kathmandu and New Delhi.
Paro valley sightseeing and optional hike to Taksang. Hotel.
Full day sightseeing of Thimpu valley. Hotel.
|4||THIMPU - PUNAKHA
Drive over the Dochula Pass to Tashithang in the Punakha Valley. Visit Punakha Dzong enroute. Tents.
|5-10||PUNAKHA - GHASA - LAYA TREK
Trek up the Punakha valley to Ghasa Dzong and then onwards to beautful Laya village. Rest days for optional exploration and acclimatization at Ghasa Dzong and Laya Village. Tents.
|11-15||LAYA - LINGSHI TREK
Continue over high passes, trekking through isolated valleys amongst untouched Himalayan grandeaur to remote Lingshi Dzong situated close to the Tibetan Border. Tents.
|16-19||LINGSHI - CHOMOLHARI - PARO TREK
Cross over yet another pass to the Chomolhari Base Camp area with great views of Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake Peaks.
Trek ends at Dukyul Dzong in the Paro valley. Hotel.
|20||DEPARTURE FROM BHUTAN
Fly from Paro to Bangkok, Kathmandu or Delhi.
End of Bhutan trek to Jomulhari, Lingshi and Laya valley.