Bhutan District - Gasa and Laya


Gasa Introduction

The village of Gasa is north of Punakha and the only way to get there is on foot. A dip in the hot springs at Gasa is a treat for fatigued trekkers. While on this trek one has the opportunity of camping at the bases of several majestic peaks including Chomolhari, Tserim Gang, Jinchu Drake and Gang Chen La (Tiger Mountain).


Trashi Thongmoen Dzong:- the Trashi Thongmoen Dzong in Gasa lies on the old route to Tibet. The Shabdrung built it in 1646 after his victories over the Tibetans.

Laya Introduction

Laya is a large, isolated region in the far north-west of the gasa district. There are roughly 800 people of this area are from group Layap, who have their own language, customs and distinct dress. Laya language is similar to Dzongkha. the region is believed to be a hidden land procted by a ancient gate that leads to Laya village.

Getting Around

Without a helicopter, the only way to get to Laya and Gasa is to trek. The Laya-Gasa and the Snowman treks pass through Laya village.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Jigme Dorji National Park