Gasa & Laya Trek from Punakha

This section describes the trek route from Damji to Gasa Hot Spring, Gasa Dzong, Koena, & Laya, starting with drive from Punakha to Damji. To continue on the trek to Lunana and Snowman route, visit Laya to Lunana Trek. Or you can follow the reverse direction of trek to Chomolhari.

Attractions in Gasa and Laya Trek, around and from Gasa and Laya Trek

  • Gasa – Koina Approx. 14km, 6-7hrs trek/ 1710m ascent, 900m descent.
    From Gasa, we begin a climb upward, through wooded forests and first cross a 3080m ridge, then downhill for a bit and steeply uphill to cross th

  • Gasa Hot Springs to Gasa Dzong Approx. 2hrs trek/530m ascent.
    Relax this morning and enjoy the hot spring. After lunch we’ll walk to Gasa Dzong, which is a steep 2hours of climb uphill. Gasa is the district head quarter of the r

  • Koina – Laya Approx 19km, 7-8hr. trek/ 1070m ascent, 260m descent
    A short and gradual climb at first and then the trail stays high for about half an hour and makes a ascent to Koina Lapcha (3300m). From here, the

  • Punakha - Damji - Gasa Tsachu Depending on the road condition, the drive from Punakha to Damji takes about 2/3 hrs. From Punakha the road goes towards north through idyllic countryside past agricultural fields and sub tropical fo