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The Laya Trek

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Atsho Chhubar, Drugyel Dzong, Raga, Lingshi, Laya, Thimphu, Atsho Chhubar, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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This absolutely classic Bhutan trekking holiday, from Paro to Thimpu via the village of 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 beneath some of Bhutan's most impressive peaks, including Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake, are amongst the many highlights of this trekking circuit. Whilst visits to a number of strategically located fortress-monasteries (dzongs) and scattered settlements including Laya Village, close to the Tibetan border, provide a full measure of cultural appeal. The friendly people of Laya present a most unusual and striking picture, with their pointed hats, hair covered in mustard oil and highly decorative jewellery, this will be a highlight of the holiday. 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 Thimpu and Punakha, and a city tour in Kathmandu, this is a superlative 3 week trekking adventure.

Highlights

    • Trek to Chomolhari Basecamp at Jangothang (4040m)
    • Cross high 4 passes, including the Shinge La (4900m)
    • Meet the charming people of remote Laya Village near the Tibetan border
    • Bhutan visa fees, ALL meals, and return flights from Kathmandu to Paro included!

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 127527
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 19 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional and qualified tour leader plus support crew
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro
  • All transfers and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Full service camping on trek including all camping equipment
  • 'Thermarest' inflatable camping mats whilst camping
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request
  • A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $5,675 ($299/day)

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$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Bhutan, Nepal Kathmandu, Paro, Taktsang, Shana, Thongbu Samba, Soi Thangka, Jangothang, Chebisa, Gobu La, Somothang, Jhari La, Robluthang, Shinge La, Limithang, Laya, Tongchu Drak, Gasa, Thimphu
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Richard B  

Most enjoyed remoteness. Lack of other groups. Uniqueness of country and local people. Great mountain scenery. Pace of trek was just right.

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Robert T  

I really enjoyed this trip. it was an excellent mix of culture (with the visit to the Thimpu Festival, and the Tigers Nest monastery), superb scenery, and real adventure (with being so remote, and so far from a Starbucks!) I most enjoyed getting to the top of each pass, being invited into peoples homes in Laya, the visit the Tigers Nest Monastery. Everyone from the local agent - Yangphel - were very good, especially the trek leader Jigme. The CEO met us at the hotel on the first evening, and welcomed us to Bhutan, which was a very nice touch. The trekking crew were excellent, especially one of the assistants. The whole operation ran very smoothly. Our leader was a superb trek leader, very attentive, knowledgeable and good company to be with. All contact with the staff was very good.

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David  

The trek was well run. We accomplished everything promised. The food and service was very good.

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Andrew  

First the bad news: I'm very glad that I took your advice and booked this trek rather than the Snowman trek. I'm nearly 60 and I found the higher altitudes harder going than before. This was just about the right length for me. Also we caught the tail end of a very rainy period with one campsite in particular being a quagmire. It felt like nothing would dry out and I wished my boots were more waterproof and I'd brought a scrubbing brush for me and my kit. The good news: It stopped raining after 2 days after which we had snow, winds, sun, fog, everything but rain. This is a very peaceful gentle country. Kathmandhu seems mad in comparison with 20 years ago and with Bhutan, but nowhere in Bhutan felt busy. They seem thoughtful, gracious people who take Buddhism almost as seriously as they take archery. The local tour group and leadership were excellent. We just missed the (fifth) King, who was walking to Lunana over 5200m. One group member suffered from altitude and another from D&V. Maybe it was just luck, but I've learnt from previous treks to be mainly vegetarian and to be obsessive about hand sanitising and was fine. However we were told that the meat was vacuum packed in the 5 star hotel in Paro, and what little I had tasted great. I payed for the day when I packed my hat and forgot to put on suncream, so take that and lip protection. On the other hand there were very few midges and no need for repellent (in October).

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