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The Laya Trek

The Laya Trek

The Laya Trek Overview

Trek through the Himalaya via Chomolhari Basecamp at Jangothang (4040m) to the the remote village of Laya in Bhutan

This iconic Bhutan trekking holiday, from Paro to Thimphu via Laya and the Punakha Valley, is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's great treks.  It certainly has all the right ingredients; from picturesque farmland and ancient forest, to alpine pasture and challenging high mountain passes including the Shinge La (4900m). The spectacular campsites with views of some of Bhutan's most impressive peaks, including Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake, are amongst the many highlights of this trekking circuit. Visits to a number of strategically located fortress-monasteries (dzongs) and scattered settlements including Laya Village, close to the Tibetan border, add a good dose of cultural appeal. The friendly people of Laya, the highest inhabited village in Bhutan, present a striking picture, with their pointed hats, hair covered in mustard oil and highly decorative jewellery. The magical descent of the Punakha Gorge, via the imposing dzong and refreshing hot springs at Gasa, is a fitting climax to the trek. With time for sightseeing in the Paro Valley, including the Tiger's Nest monastery, the winter and summer capitals of Thimphu and Punakha, this is a superlative 3-week trekking adventure. Hermit's CaveUnique to KE is the acclimatisation trek up to visit the Hermit’s Cave, just prior to arriving at Chomolhari Basecamp. Not only is this a culturally interesting visit to an area rarely visited by trekkers, it is also a fantastic aid to acclimatisation that will help prepare you for the rest of your trekking holiday. BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.
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The Laya Trek by tortoise, 31 Oct 2016
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It was a challenging trek crossing 4 high passes, but we also had the opportunity to meet local people, watch a village ... read more

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The Laya Trek by tortoise, 31 Oct 2016
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It was a challenging trek crossing 4 high passes, but we also had the opportunity to meet local people, watch a village ... read more