Duration: 20 days Land Only
Trekking Days: 13
Maximum Altitude: 4,900m
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The longest and most varied of our Bhutanese treks, the Laya Trek offers fantastically diverse scenery, from fertile farmlands and forests, to alpine pastures and high passes, combined with intriguing insights into the culture and way of life in the remote rural areas we pass through. Quickly leaving the villages behind us, our trek passes beneath the Kingdom’s most impressive peaks, where we come across the lone fortress of Lingshi Dzong, standing guard over the old route to Tibet. We now have several passes to cross, among them 4900m Shinje Pass, the high point of the trek.
Bharal (blue sheep) and the rare takin, the national animal of Bhutan, are sometimes seen on this trek. We have time to rest and explore the high village of Lay before following the Mo Chu River towards Punakha and Thimpu.