Lingshi Laya Trek

Grade: Star
Duration: 23 Days
Highlights: Stunning scenery from start to finish. Spend time in the remote mountain village of Laya. Enjoy first-rate camping facilities on a trek. Look for rare tigers in the high mountains where the BBC filmed ‘Land of the Lost Tigers’
Departure: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

The Lingshi Laya Trek is our most popular long-distance trek in Bhutan and takes you along the remote northern border with Tibet. We are one of the few to operate this trek. Our 23-day itinerary is the outcome of considerable years of experience. If this trek were any shorter, we believe that there would not be sufficient time for proper acclimatization and rushing through this region would mean you would miss the whole purpose of being there; it is rarely traversed and unspoiled.
One of the prominent highlights of this trek is local people that you will meet en-route – both the semi-nomadic yak herders that camp in black yak hair tents – often seen now with solar panels stuck outside and the hospitable inhabitants of the astoundingly remote small stone villages that you will pass.
The mountain scenery is stunning and captivating – the majority of the peaks being unclimbed, unmapped and un-named. You will pass underneath the second highest peak in Bhutan, Chomolhari (7,314m/23,996ft), first climbed by Spencer Chapman in 1937 and now a forbidden peak on religious grounds. There are numerous passes to cross, offering breathtaking panoramas of distant ranges and the opportunity to spot Blue Sheep. The abundance of diverse flora and fauna on the journey throughout is also a rewarding experience.
We have the very best contacts in Bhutan as a result of our frequent operations in the region. We assure you that you will come back totally enamored by Bhutan’s unique culture, people and magnificent scenery.

Trip Facts

Grade: Strenuous
Duration: 23 days from the UK
On Trek: 13 days
Walks on: 1 day
Max. Altitude: 5,005m/16,420ft
Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients
Maximum group size: 12
Land only joining city: Kathmandu
Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping
Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals in hotels and on a trek in Bhutan
Leader: Local leader, Bhutan

Nepaltours have been working with the same partner in Bhutan for many years. They speak fluent English, as this is taught in all Bhutanese schools, and are fully qualified guides.  The Tourism Authority of Bhutan insists that a Bhutanese trek or tour leader must pass his/her guiding exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors.

Day 1-4

Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro Valley including the famous Tiger’s Nest, Taksang Monastery.

Day 5-7

Trek to Jangothang (Chomolhari Base Camp) via Shana and Soi Thangthanka. It is worth getting up early to photograph the dawn colors on Mount Chomolhari, which is framed at the end of the valley.

Day 8

Rest and acclimatization. Perhaps take a walk to the Chomolhari glacier.

Day 9-10

Trek to Lingshi and Chebisa.

Day 11-13

Cross the Shingela Pass (5,005m/16,420ft), where there are spectacular mountain views.

Day 14-15

Trek to Laya. Visit the monastery, meet local people and explore this remote village.

Day 16-18

Trek via Gasa, visit the hot springs and continue to Goem Damji where the trek ends. Drive to Punakha

Day 19-20

Visit Punakaha Dzong. Drive to Thimphu for sightseeing. Drive to Paro.

Day 21-23

Fly to Kathmandu. An opportunity for sightseeing and souvenir shopping before flying to the UK.


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