Gasa Trek (19 days)

Gasa Trek (19 days)

This is a 12-day trek, an extension of the Jomolhari Trek and offers diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot the blue sheep, takin and blue poppy (Bhutan’s national flower). The trek introduces you to the unique culture of the Layap people (the nomadic people of Upper Himalayas bordering Tibet) and offers a stop at a natural hot spring in Gasa. It is a popular trek. The highest point on the trek is 4,115 m.

Facts about the trek:

Total duration: 18 nights/19 days

Trek duration: 12 days

Accommodation: Hotels, resorts, tents

Activity type: Walking, trekking, tour

Difficulty level: Strenuous

Group size: Minimum 2 pax

Best Months to do this trek: March-May, September-2nd week of December

Start: Shana

End: Gasa hot springs

Itinerary

  1. Arrive in Paro

Your guide from BCD-Bhutan will greet you on arrival and drive you to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro – Excursion to Taktshang Monastery

Hike to Taktshang Monastery.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro to Shana

After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong and Paro Rinpung Dzong. After lunch, drive to Shana.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite in Shana

Altitude: 2,850 m

Distance: 17 Km

  1. Shana to Thangthangka (start of trek)

Time: 7 hrs

Distance: 19 km

The trail ascends across the river valley forested with pine and rhododendron. Along the way, we can enjoy a memorable view of Mt. Jomolhari. We camp in a meadow at around 3,860 m.

  1. Thangthangka to Jangothang

Time: 6 hrs

Distance: 19 km

The trail continues along the river today and passes by an army post. Today’s trail offers a magnificent view of snow-capped mountains in all directions. At around 4,040 m, we will see grazing yaks and yak herders. In the evening, we camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari.

Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.

For the hike, you have three options:

  1. Hike to Jomolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (back and forth)
  2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (back and forth).
  3. Walk up the mountain between Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5,200 m with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (back

and forth).

  1. Jangothang to Lingzhi

Campsite altitude: 4,010 m

Distance: 18 km

Time: 6-7 hours

Ascent: 840 m

Descent: 870 m.

  1. Lingzhi to Chebisa

Campsite altitude: 3,880 m

Distance: 10 km

Time: 5-6 hours

Ascent: 280 m

Descent: 410 m

  1. Chebisa to Shomuthang

Campsite altitude: 4,220 m

Distance: 17 km

Time: 6-7 hours

Ascent: 890 m

Descent: 540 m

  1. Shomuthang to Robluthang

Campsite altitude: 4,160 m

Distance: 18 km

Time: 6-  hours

Ascent: 700 m

Descent: 760 m

  1. Robluthang to Lemithang

Campsite altitude: 4,140 m

Distance: 19 km

Time: 6-7 hours

Ascent: 850 m

Descent: 870 m

  1. Lemithang to Laya

Campsite altitude: 3,840 m

Distance: 10 km

Time: 4-5 hours

Ascent: 60 m

Descent: 340 m

  1. Laya (halt)

We have a rest day at Laya and an opportunity to meet the local people.

  1. Laya to Koena

Campsite altitude: 3,050 m

Distance:19 km

Time: 6-7 hours

Ascent: 260 m

Descent: 1,070 m

  1. Koena to Gasa Tshachu (end of trek)

Campsite altitude: 2,638 m

Distance: 14 km

Time: 6-7 hours

Ascent: 900 m

Descent: 1,710 m

  1. Gasa Tshachu to Punakha

After breakfast, drive to Punakha.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Punakha to Thimphu

After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong followed by a short visit to the longest suspension bridge in the country.

Then, visit Chime Lhakhang, also called Temple of Fertility built by Lam Ngawang Choje on the spot where Lam Drukpa Kunley subdued the demoness of Dochula. It is 20-30 minutes of a stroll across paddy fields.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. Stop a while at Dochula Pass. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the higher Himalayas.

Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel

  1. Thimphu sightseeing

Visit the following places:

  • National Memorial Choeten built in 1974
  • Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Friday to Sunday)
  • Painting School
  • Bhutanese paper making factory
  • The tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world
  • Tashichho Dzong, the seat of central government and the Central Monastic Body
  1. Departure

Drive to the airport and bid farewell.