Lingzhi to Laya Trek

The Lingzhi to Laya Trek is an exciting journey through some of Bhutan’s most remote and stunning landscapes. This trek takes you from the village of Lingzhi to the highland village of Laya, traversing high mountain passes, alpine meadows, and pristine forests. The trek offers trekkers a chance to experience the unique culture of the highland communities and witness some of Bhutan’s most spectacular scenery.

Overview and Highlights:

Scenic Beauty:

  • The trek offers some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Bhutan, including high mountain passes, alpine meadows, pristine forests, and stunning views of peaks like Mt. Jomolhari and Gangchhenta.

Cultural Encounters:

  • The trek provides an opportunity to experience the unique culture of the highland communities, particularly the Layap people known for their distinctive dress and customs.

Trekking Challenges:

  • The trek involves strenuous hiking, with daily treks ranging from 5 to 8 hours and altitudes reaching up to 5,005 meters at the Sinche La Pass.
  • Acclimatization is crucial due to the high altitudes.

Wildlife and Nature:

  • The trek passes through diverse ecosystems, home to various wildlife including blue sheep, marmots, and possibly even snow leopards.


  • Accommodation is primarily camping, with trekkers staying in tents at designated campsites. Basic amenities are provided, ensuring a comfortable stay. In Paro and Punakha, accommodation is in local hotels.

Logistics and Permits:

  • Special permits are required for trekking in Bhutan, arranged through a registered Bhutanese tour operator. Trekkers are accompanied by experienced guides, porters, and cooks, ensuring safety and a smooth trekking experience. All meals and camping equipment are typically provided by the tour operator.

Preparation Tips:

  1. Physical Fitness: Ensure you are in good physical condition. Regular cardio exercises, strength training, and practice hikes will help prepare for the trek.
  2. Gear: Pack essential trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing, a rain jacket, a good quality sleeping bag, and trekking poles.
  3. Acclimatization: Take time to acclimatize to the altitude, especially during the initial days. Stay hydrated and pace yourself during the trek.
  4. Hydration and Nutrition: Drink plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet to keep your energy levels up. Carry some high-energy snacks for the trek.
  5. Permits and Insurance: Ensure all necessary permits are arranged through your tour operator. Have adequate travel insurance that covers trekking activities.

Key Highlights:

  • Jangothang (Base of Jomolhari): Stunning base camp with views of Mt. Jomolhari.
  • High Mountain Passes: Cross Nyile La, Gombu La, Jhari La, and Sinche La passes, each offering spectacular vistas.
  • Layap Culture: Experience the unique culture and customs of the Layap people.
  • Gasa Hot Springs: A relaxing end to the trek with natural hot springs in Gasa.
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery: Iconic monastery perched on a cliffside above Paro.


Day 1: Arrival in Paro

  • Activities:
    • Arrive at Paro International Airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel for rest.
    • Explore Paro town, visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro to Shana

  • Activities:
    • Drive from Paro to the trailhead at Shana (2,800m), passing through scenic countryside.
    • Start trekking towards Thangthangka.
  • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Overnight: Camping at Thangthangka.

Day 3: Thangthangka to Jangothang (Base of Jomolhari)

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Thangthangka to Jangothang (4,080m), the base camp of Mt. Jomolhari.
    • Enjoy stunning views of Mt. Jomolhari and its surrounding peaks.
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Camping at Jangothang.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Jangothang

  • Activities:
    • Rest and acclimatize at Jangothang.
    • Optional hike to Jomolhari Glacier or nearby lakes for acclimatization.
  • Overnight: Camping at Jangothang.

Day 5: Jangothang to Lingzhi

  • Activities:
    • Cross the Nyile La Pass (4,890m) to reach Lingzhi (4,010m).
    • Enjoy panoramic views from the pass and descend into the valley.
  • Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Lingzhi.

Day 6: Lingzhi to Chebisa

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Lingzhi to the charming village of Chebisa (3,880m).
    • Visit Chebisa village and its beautiful waterfall.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Chebisa.

Day 7: Chebisa to Shomuthang

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang (4,250m).
    • Cross the Gombu La Pass (4,410m).
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Camping at Shomuthang.

Day 8: Shomuthang to Robluthang

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang (4,160m).
    • Cross the Jhari La Pass (4,700m) and descend into the valley.
  • Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Overnight: Camping at Robluthang.

Day 9: Robluthang to Limithang

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Robluthang to Limithang (4,140m).
    • Cross the Sinche La Pass (5,005m), the highest point of the trek.
    • Enjoy views of Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain) and other peaks.
  • Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Overnight: Camping at Limithang.

Day 10: Limithang to Laya

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Limithang to the highland village of Laya (3,850m).
    • Explore the unique culture of the Layap people and their traditional attire.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Laya.

Day 11: Rest Day in Laya

  • Activities:
    • Rest and explore Laya village.
    • Interact with the local Layap people and learn about their customs and lifestyle.
  • Overnight: Camping in Laya.

Day 12: Laya to Gasa

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Laya to Gasa (2,770m).
    • Descend through forests and pass by hot springs.
  • Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Gasa.

Day 13: Gasa to Punakha

  • Activities:
    • Drive from Gasa to Punakha.
    • Visit Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s most beautiful dzongs.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.

Day 14: Punakha to Paro

  • Activities:
    • Drive from Punakha to Paro.
    • En route, stop at Dochula Pass for panoramic views.
    • In Paro, hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang Monastery).
  • Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 15: Departure from Paro

  • Activities:
    • Transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure.
    • Bid farewell to Bhutan.

The Lingzhi to Laya Trek is an unforgettable adventure through some of Bhutan’s most remote and beautiful regions, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and physical challenge.


  • All Transportation including pickups and Drops – Non A/C
  • All Accommodation
  • Meals CPAI (Only Breakfast)
  • All Sightseeing as per Itinerary
  • All Immigration Formalities
  • Daily 1 Bottle Mineral water
  • 1 Tourist Sim-Card for a group
  • All Internal Taxes


  • Train/Airfares
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • 4 & 5 star accommodations and meals (On Request)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, drinks, laundry, etc
  • Guide Charges
  • Museums & Monuments fee
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, Flight cancel, flight delay, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • Anything which is not include in the itinerary.

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