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Classic Laya Trek - Trip Overview
You might know that the Classic Laya Trek is the one which has always been the finest trek of Bhutan. The best part of the route is that it offers a beautiful mountain view at some of the close range like the Mount Gangchey Ta which is also known as the tiger mountain. Moreover, you will also find a great deal of the cultural interest in the various isolated Dzongs and the scattered settlements. Although the region is a remote one you can feel a great sense of hospitality and the time that you spend there will be a delightful one. You will end your trip after having a dip at the Gasa Tshachu. I can assure you that the relaxing time that you spend on this trek will remain as your memories for life long.
After your arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. The tour guide will take you to the hotel, where they will tell you the details of the tour program. Enjoy your dinner in the hotel like the Bhutanese tradition.
On this day you will have to hike to the Taktsang Monastery. The entire duration of hire is around 3 hours through the village and pine forests. This monastery has been the pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese people.
You need to drive to Drugyel Dzong, where you can begin your trek. The path will lead you to the upstream of the Pachu River. You need to go through the village which is at an altitude of 2800 meter.
Again you need to follow the same Puchu River which ascends through the oak, pine and the spruce forest. You will be served with lunch near a wooden bridge. And the camp is there near a stone shelter present there at an altitude of 3800 meters.
In order to reach an army camp, you will have to climb slowly for some time. After that, you just need to follow the river, which is above the tree line and you will end up in seeing some of the wonderful views of the surrounding peaks. The view of chomolhari and Jichu Drake is fabulous. The most astonishing thing is that both the mountain is still the virgin peaks.
You need to halt at this place and take some rest. Meanwhile, you can also explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu Lake.
You need to climb up to the Nyele la pass which is at an altitude of 4700 meters. After seeing the view from the top, you will be feeling like it’s really worth climbing that height. Near to your camp, you will get to see the Lingshi Dzong which is perched on top of the hill.
This trek will be the most pleasant one as when you walk through the village then at that moment, you can see the herds of blue sheep and the yak herders camp.
The trek will begin with a stiff climb up a ridge to the Gobu la pass and it will nearly take around 4 hours but in return, you will be rewarded with the stunning view of the Himalayas.
The trek starts with the climb to the Jari la pass that is at 4650 meters. Then you need to descend all the way through the rhododendron shrubs and the alpine forest.
It’s going to be climb today, as you need to climb at Shinje la pass at 4950 meters. The view of Gangchey ta Mountain from this pass is really very magnificent.
The trek to Laya is filled with moss and the singing birds. You will be amazed to know that the Laya village is the second highest settlement in the country.
A halt day at Laya, so that you can explore the village by visiting their homes. The people of the village are very friendly in nature.
If you go in the winter months then you can notice that the rare Takins are gazing on the bamboo shoots.
During the monsoon season, you will find that the trail is completely filled with leeches but the most surprising thing is that you won’t see any leeches across the hot spring.
The walk to Goen Damji begins with the semi tropical vegetation which is filled with the orchids crossing rivers and the streams. You can really admire the beauty of nature while going through the place.
This is the last day of your trekking and you need to continue walking downhill just by following the Mochu river. You will come across the heavily forested area until or unless you arrive Tashithang.
Again you need to drive for around 4 hours in order to reach Paro from Thimphu. After your arrival at Paro you can also go for sightseeing. You also need to spend your night either at the camp or a nearby resort.
On this day you will be given breakfast and after that, you will be transferred timely to the International airport for your onward flight, so that you can reach your destination.
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