Bhutan High Trails via Laya

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A superb trek into the heartland of Bhutan. We follow forest trails and appreciate the wide variety of rhododendrons and other spring flowers as we ascend to our camp beneath the sacred peak of Jomolhari. Suitably inspired we cross a series of high passes (each in the vicinity of 5000m) and camp in alpine meadows beneath a constant backdrop of snow capped peaks. Yak herder encampments and isolated settlements provide an attractive cultural perspective to our trek, while time in Paro and Thimphu provides a further highlight to this outstanding itinerary.

Trip highlights

  • Gain magnificent views of the sacred peak, Jomolhari and Jichu Drake
  • Discover pristine wilderness trekking over high mountain passes
  • Experience Laya, one of the most remote settlements on earth and home to the indigenous Layap
  • Ascend to ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery for an insight into Buddhist culture
  • Explore the ancient dzongs and market places of Thimphu and Paro


Day 1 Join Paro (2200m)

Day 2 Paro Valley, Taktsang Monastery (3100m) & National Museum

Day 3 Drive past Drukyel Dzong (2580m) to Shana (2860m) and commence trek to Thongo Zampa (3250m), (11kms, approx 4 hrs)

Day 4 Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (3700m) (approx 4 hrs)

Day 5 Trek to Jangothang (4100m) (12kms, approx 5 hours)

Day 6 At Jangothang (acclimatisation day)

Day 7 Cross Nyile La (4890m) to Lingshi Village (~15kms, approx 7 hrs)

Day 8 Trek to Chebisa (3880m) village (14kms, approx 5/6 hrs)

Day 9 Cross Gombu La (4440m) to Shomuthang (4221m) camp (16kms, approx 7/8 hrs)

Day 10 Cross Jare La (4785m) to Robluthang (4165m) (18kms, approx 8/9 hrs)

Day 11 Cross Shinche La (5005m) to Lemithang (4150m) (16kms, approx 8/9 hrs)

Day 12 Trek to Laya village (3800m) (13kms, approx 5/6 hrs)

Day 13 Rest day at Laya, explore local area

Day 14 Trek to Thongchu Drak (3500m) (approx 5/6 hrs)

Day 15 Trek to Gasa village (2770m) (approx 4/5 hrs)

Day 16 Transfer to Punakha (drive approx. 2-3 hrs)

Day 17 Drive to Paro via Thimphu (approx 4/5hrs driving)

Day 18 In Paro, trip concludes


  • 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners
  • airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 18
  • expert bilingual guide
  • Safety equipment including portable altitude chamber, group medical and satellite phone for emergency use
  • good quality accommodation in Paro
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • all group camping equipment
  • private transportation
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • animals to carry 20kgs personal equipment
  • sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Bhutan visa

Images courtesy of World Expeditions (Gavin Turner)