Laya Gasa Trek - 18 Days

Laya Gasa Trek shows you the famous vista of Bhutan, as well as, takes you to Drukgyel dzong, and this dzong has Chomolhari Mountian on its background. The trekking trail of this trek climbs uphill, descends downhill, and traverses yak pasture and lush forest. In addition to these, the trail takes you to Punakha, Gasa, and Lingshi dzongs. Shana is from where you start this trek and Damji is where you end the trek.

Laya Gasa Trek is a camping trek, wherein you spend nights by the stream, river, waterfall, hot spring and in the meadows, as well as, in the valleys. At one point of the trek, you spend a night in front of Jichu Drake Mountain. Laya Gasa trek also offers you an opportunity to be at close with the beautiful landscapes of Bhutan, which are untouched, remote, and highland in terms of the number of visitors.

Beautiful dense forest of oak, birch, rhododendron, bamboo, ferns, pine, juniper, and fir is one of the highlights of Laya Gasa trek. This is the forest, which is a living place for the colorful butterflies and birds. You also reach Chomolhari Base Camp and Tsho Phu lake, from where you will see the spectacular view of Jichu Drake Mountains. You also cross the Shinchela Pass (5,000 m), the last and highest pass en route. Here, you may spot Blue Sheep, eagles, griffin vultures, and yaks. As you descend, you find the trail rough and rocky, and at this time, you also walk through the moraine and the glacial valley. The ending part of Laya Gasa trek offers a fascinating view of Gangchey Ta mountain.

Laya Gasa trek begins with a visit to Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery of Bhutan. This monastery is the symbol of Bhutan, and it is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived in the monastery on the back of a flying tigress to meditate many years ago.

Day 1

Arrival at Paro Airport (2, 280 m). Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 2

Sightseeing around Paro. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 3

Drive from Paro to Shana (2, 890 m) - 5 hrs. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 4

Trek to Thangthangka (3, 575 m) - 7 hrs. Stay overnight at tented camps.

Day 5

Trek to Jangothang (4, 044 m) - 5 hrs. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 6

Rest Day in Jangothang. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 7

Trek to Lingshi (4, 010 m) - 7 hrs. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 8

Trek to Chebisa - 4 hrs. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 9

Trek to Shakya Pasang (4, 000 m) - 4 hrs. Stay overnight at tented camps.

Day 10

Trek to Robkuthang (4, 160 m) - 8 hrs. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 11

Trek to Limithang (4, 160 m) - 7 hrs . Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 12

Trek to Laya (3, 800 m) - 4 hrs. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 13

Rest day in Laya. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 14

Trek to Koina (3, 240 m) - 6 hrs. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 15

Trek to Gasa Hot Springs (2, 220 m) - 6 hrs. Stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 16

Trek to Damji Village, and drive to Punakha - 5 hrs. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 17

Drive from Punakha to Thimphu and Paro in the evening. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 18

Transfer to the international airport for departure.

Trip Highlights

  • City tour and sightseeing around Paro
  • Gasa Hot springs
  • Sightseeing in Thimphu
  • Laya the second highest settlement in the country
  • Crossing the Shinchela Pass at 5,000 m
  • Moraines, muddy region, valley, narrow gorge, and glacial valleys
  • Drakey, Gangchey Ta, Jichu Drakey, Gangchey Ta, and Tiger Mountains
  • Day 1 Arrival at Paro Airport (2280 m)

    Fly to Paro from either Bangkok or New Delhi or Kathmandu or Dhaka. Of all these, there is a daily flight from Bangkok to Paro. Ace Holidays’ airport representative will welcome you at Paro Airport and take you to a hotel by a tourist vehicle. Stay overnight in a hotel.

  • Day 2 Sightseeing Around Paro

    Today’s sightseeing includes Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery. The monastery is also the symbol of Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence the monastery is called Tiger’s Nest. You will take 5 hours to visit monastery, which has a viewpoint. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 3 Drive from Paro to Shana (2890 m) – 5 hrs

    Drive up to Drukyel dzong (north of Paro) where the motorable road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel dzong, which are backed by Mount Chomolhari, are wonderful vistas. The trek to Shana starts along a road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, which is located below forest-and snow – covered mountains. Following the Paro Chu River, you have to be aware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude. The first small settlement that you come across is Tsento Zampa, where you see the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with roofs, and you also see the people drying red chilies on the roofs. In the upper valley, farmers mostly grow red rice, potatoes, and wheat.

    You will trek on the east side of the river, gently through the forest, which is a home to numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. After 3 hrs, you will reach a big military camp at Gunitsawa. The camp has a school and some shops, and at its entrance, you will have to show your trekking permit. After walking 20 minutes in the forest, you will reach the camp in a big open field at Shana, near the river. Looking back from the camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 4 Trek to Thangthangka (3575 m) – 7 hrs

    Today, you will walk on a high altitude compared to yesterday’s altitude, as well as you will walk on a trail, which is rough and stony, and which has many ups and downs. Following the river upstream from the campsite, you pass old ruins at Shana Bridge, which was destroyed by flood, which was caused by glacial lake outbursts in 1950’s. This bridge was used in the olden days by travelers, who came from and to Phari. The trail climbs steadily through a dense forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo, and ferns. After passing by a small house, you reach Shing Karap. Not far from Shing Karap, you pass a junction en-route, where another path leads to easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and to Phari of Tibet. This used to be the old trading route.

    The trekking trail is short and steep, as well as it climbs and descends and takes you to a big bridge at 3,250 m. Crossing the east side of the river is Thongo Zam. The trek to Thangthangka consists of the forest of birch, fir, larch, maple, and blue pine trees. After a short climb, you reach Seyende Zam, where there is a big chorten (stupa). On a clear weather, you can see Mt. Chomolhari to the North. After walking for 20-30 minutes, you reach your camp, which is in a meadow. Stay overnight in a tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 5 Trek to Jangothang (4044 m) – 5 hrs

    As you walk, you enjoy watching the view of Chomolhari. You will slowly leave the forest and gradually climb up to a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. You keep on trekking till you reach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp. This valley is wide and high and has mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake mountain seems to be looking at the camp, which is located near the ruins of an old fortress. Stay overnight in a tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 6 Rest Day in Jangothang

    Today, you will acclimatize at Chomolhari Base Camp. There are some good hikes from Chomolhari Base Camp. The best hike is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lakes, you can see the spectacular views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. You can see a herd of Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 7 Trek to Lingshi (4010 m) – 7 hrs

    After breakfast, a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley int and leads you to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hrs to reach the first high and windy pass, called Nyelela Pass “Sleepy Pass” (4890 m). From Nyelela Pass, you can see the east-northeast or the trekking area that you will be covering in a couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is one of the main mountains that will impress your mind, eyes, and heart.

    In less than 30 minutes, you will reach down, where the area is flat. You continue to descend to pass a narrow gorge and cross a river. The trekking trail leads you to a viewpoint, from where you can see Lingshi Dzong. You campsite is located by the river. Stay overnight in a tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 8 Trek to Chebisa – 4 hrs

    A walk from Lingshi to Chebisa is pleasant. Leaving Lingshi, you gently climb to another village, which is named as Gom Yu, which is set right below at 300 m cliff. After walking for few hours, you reach a little valley with a huge waterfall at one end of the Shangri La village of Chebisa, where you will camp by the side of the river. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 9Trek to Shakya Pasang (4000 m) – 4 hrs

    The trek begins with a steep climb to Gogu La (4440 m) and descends to a stream at an altitude of 4170 m. Today’s trek is a long climb over the ridge; the trail descends on a muddy path into the Jholethang valley and deep in the forest of fir and birch. The trail traverses high above the valley floor on stream to Chachim, a yak pasture at 4,260 m. The camp is beside a stream at the bottom of the valley. Stay overnight in a tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 10 Trek to Robkuthangd (4160 m) – 8 hrs

    From Jarela Pass, you get the stunning view of the Mountains. You walk on a steep trail that leads you to forest and Tsarigathang valley, which is the residence of rare Himalayan Takin (Bhutan’s National animal). After crossing the stream, you will ascend the trail ascends till you reach Robluthang camp, which is located at an altitude of 4,160 m. Stay overnight in a tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 11 Trek to Limithang (4160 m) – 7 hrs

    Today’s trek is tough because you have to cross Shinchela Pass (5,000 m/16,400 ft), the last and highest pass en route. Here, you may spot Blue Sheep, eagles, griffin vultures, and yaks. On the other hand, the descent is rough and is made of rocky trail that traverses moraine and glacial valley. The last part of the trek is very interesting with fascinating views because it offers the view of Mt. Gangchey Ta. Your guide will set up a camp in a meadow by the river. Stay overnight in a tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and, Dinner Provided)

  • Day 12 Trek to Laya (3800 m) – 4 hrs

    You walk along the river, and you see a beautiful view as you head off to Laya. Then, you will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and birds. Laya village is the second highest settlement of Bhutan, and it is located at an altitude of 3800 m. Stay overnight in a tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 13 Rest Day in Laya

    Today is a rest day. Therefore, you visit a village. People of Laya are semi-nomadic yak-herders. In Bhutan, only the women of Laya wear a distinctive dress made of yak hair and sheep’s wool – a black skirt with brown vertical stripes, a black jacket, and a special conical bamboo hat. Stay overnight in a tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided

  • Day 14Trek to Koina (3240 m) – 6 hrs

    Descend to army camp and follow the Mo Chhu River till the bridge. From the bridge, the trekking trail goes up and down and passes through juniper and fir forest until it reaches Koina camp. Stay overnight in a tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 15Trek to Gasa Hot Spring (2220 m) – 6 hrs

    Today, you begin your trek by climbing to Balela Pass (3,900 m). There is a small rock cairn and a few prayer flags at the pass. Then the route descends through a bamboo forest and to a stream. The route further descends downhill all the way to Gasa Hot Spring. If time permits, you will visit Gasa village and dzong that was built in the 17th century. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 16 Trek to Damji Village, and drive to Punakha – 5 hrs

    You climb up from Gasa Tsachu (hot spring), following the trail, that is winding, and walking on the hillside, you see the vista of fields, villages and oak and pine forest. You will also see Gasa dzong on the valley wall. The trail descends to a lush semi-tropical gorge above Damji village. You will find the transportation waiting for you in this village, and you take 3 hours to reach Punakha. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 17Drive from Punakha to Thimphu and Paro – 5 hrs

    You will visit Punakha dzong (the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and the central monastic body) then depart to Paro across Dochula Pass and sightseeing in Thimphu. Drive to Paro. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 18 Transfer to International Airport for departure

    After breakfast, your Airport Representative will drop you at Paro International Airport for departure. (Breakfast Included)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Paro Airport, you will see our guide, who holds holds the signboard of your name, and who will accompany you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, our guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes shared rooms of Two - Star Hotel of Paro and Thimpu on bed and breakfast and in a guesthouse in Punakha on bed and breakfast. In trek, accommodation includes tented camps. During the trek, Ace Holidays provides you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You should bring your own sleeping bag, but you can rent one, as well.

. The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), it assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers.

Acclimatization

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its trekkers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their treks. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page (link)”. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers are more vulnerable to AMS than other trekkers.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful trek leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills, and personal attitudes. With an objective to serve local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

March to May and September to November.

Change in the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this adventure entails you to travel in remote mountainous region, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trek.

  • Ace Holidays gives you a duffel bag and a cap if you are flying from Kathmandu to Paro.
  • Head

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Lower Body

    • Under Garments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
    • Feet

    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
    • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
    • Upper Body

    • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket *
    • Hands

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
    • Accessories

    • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
    • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
    • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking Poles
    • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
    • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
    • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
    • Toiletaries

    • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
    • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Small mirror
    • Hygeine

    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti bacterial hands wash
    • Extras/Luxuries

    • Binoculars
    • Reading book
    • Trail Map/Guide book
    • Journal & Pen
    • iPod
    • Pencils and small notebooks
    • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
    • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
    • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

      You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
    • First Aid Kit

      Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
    • Additional Information

      Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

    Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

    Ace Holidays has stated the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

    Private Journey

    Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

    You can also use this trek as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks of Nepal. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River of Nepal. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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    Cost Includes
    • Pick up from the airport and drop off at the hotel and vice - versa by a private vehicle.
    • Guided city tour in Paro in a private tourist vehicle.
    • Twin sharing rooms in a Two - Star hotel with breakfast in Thimpu and Paro and in a guesthouse in Punakha on bed and breakfast.
    • Full-board meals only during the trek - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek. (Ace Holidays provides fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
    • Drinking water during the trek
    • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 1 with welcome drinks.
    • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
    • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
    • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4 WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
    • Monument and museums entrance fees
    • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
    • Government royalty (35% of US$ 200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
    • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
    • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.
    Cost Does Not Include
    • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax (See Track Bhutan Flights Page).
    • Tips for trek guides, tour guides, and porters.
    • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section.
     

    Trip Highlights

    • City tour and sightseeing around Paro
    • Gasa Hot springs
    • Sightseeing in Thimphu
    • Laya the second highest settlement in the country
    • Crossing the Shinchela Pass at 5,000 m
    • Moraines, muddy region, valley, narrow gorge, and glacial valleys
    • Drakey, Gangchey Ta, Jichu Drakey, Gangchey Ta, and Tiger Mountains

    How fit do I have to be and is this trekking for me?

    Laya Gasa Trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

    Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

    Yes, airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying a signboard with your name on it at outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle. What sort of accommodation can I expect in Paro, Thimpu and in trekking? Standard government-approved three star hotel accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of tour in Paro and Thimpu. In trekking routes we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two-person tents with good mattress. A kitchen, dining, shower, toilet tents and chairs with tables are also provided. Refer to the equipment list for items you will need to bring. You will also get a bucket of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up.

    What sort of food can I expect?

    Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine with plenty to choose from. Whiling camping our expert camping cook will prepare Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental fare. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

    What mode of transportation do you use?

    We use comfortable and reliable Japanese Toyota SUVs, micro-buses and coaches to transport our guests. All our drivers are licensed by the Road surface transport authority (RSTA). Our vehicles are also certified and inspected by the RSTA frequently to comply with the road worthiness and safety standards. The guests will have a vehicle, a guide and a driver at their disposal at all times. Druing the trekking we use horse, donkeys or yaks to carry the food, luggage and camping equipment from one to another camping spot every day.

    What is the best season for this trekking?

    The best time for this trekking is from March to May, and from September to November. What is the weather and temperature like in trekking? The weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Nights are generally colder (-2°C to -15°C) than the daytime (5°C to 20°C). It is also important to make sure that you stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! depending on season the temperature could range from -15°C to 30°C

    I m a Vegeterain, is that a Problem ?

    No problem at all because our camping cooks will mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

    Are there any volunteer projects that we could visit after the trek?

    Ace Holidays is one of the prime supporters of the social organization called Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!

    Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

    We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

    What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

    Yes, we provide you shower facilities during your trek. We erect a shower tent and provide you with Buckets of hot water.

    Do i need to obtain VISA for Bhutan?

    We will handle the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets. All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

    Do we book our international flights and Druk air flights?

    No, you need to book your International flights by yourself. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book from us. Please find more information in the International Flight page. Druk air is the only one airline to entre and exit Bhutan. Druk air flight cost is not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as it offers every day flight to Paro and from Paro, as well. Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the recent Druk air flight rate. Bangkok - Paro - Bangkok = US$890 New Delhi - Paro- New Delhi = US$875 Calcutta - Paro- Calcutta = US$510 Kathmandu - Paro- Kathmandu = US$520 Bangkok - Paro - Kathmandu = US$ 860 Bangkok - Paro - New Delhi = US$ 875

    Are there any photography restrictions?

    You will have many photo opportunities during the trek. Please ask for permission before taking a person's photo. Photography in, monasteries, shrine rooms of Dzongs and religious institutions is generally not permitted, but outdoor photography is. To be sure when visiting such places, you may consult with your guide just to make sure. Carry plenty of films and batteries. Photo shops in Bhutan do not sell equipment or accessories.

    Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

    These facilities will not be available on this trekking, but you can definitely in Paro and Thimpu. Remember to bring travel adapters!

    Are there any communication facilities during the trek?

    Most hotels have communication services for international calls with fax, but along the camping route they are limited.

    Can I use credit cards in the places visited in trekking?

    There are just few ATM's in Bhutan. During the trek, you cannot use credit card.

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. Generally, all the foods, accommodation and hot drinks are included in the price. You can allocate USD 15 to USD 20 for chocolates and a few drinks during the trip.

    Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

    This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts

    Are there any weight restrictions on Druk air flights?

    Druk Air allows only up to 20 kgs of luggage per person, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg.

    Can I add extra days to my trek?

    No, because we can’t change your Druk air flight once it is booked.

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease.

    Are Ace Holidays' staffs insured?

    Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

    Is the water available drinkable? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

    The trip price includes the drinking water for the all Bhutan trip. You don’t need to bring any bring purifying tablets/filter or pay for the water.

    Will it be possible to get any clothes washed along the way, to enable load to be kept as light as possible?

    Laundry service is difficult to find, except in cities. For other trips, laundry is done by self at the taps.

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