The Laya Trek
Bhutan, Trek & Walk, 19 days - from £2,995 (land only) - from €4,195 (land only) - from $4,820 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Transfer to the airport and take the short flight to Bhutan's only airport, at Paro. Views of Everest en route. Overnight at a hotel in the Paro Valley.
Day 3: We drive on a good road for 15 minutes to the ruined Drugyel Dzong. From here we follow a jeep road beside the Paro river for around 2 hours to the road-head at Shana. Beginning the Chomolhari trek, we walk for 3 hours to our first campsite at Thongo Samba (3200m)
Day 4: We follow the river through lovely mixed forest on an undulating trail. At a junction of 2 valleys, we turn north towards Chomolhari which is now visible and in a further 30 minutes, we reach our camp at Soi Thangka. (3610m) 3 - 4 hours.
Day 5: We continue our trek towards Chomolhari, passing a small herding camp and entering more open country with grazing yaks. Camp at the meadow of Jangothang (4040m / 13,255ft).
Day 6: A day for exploration above our camp at Jangothang. Even better views of Chomolhari and of Jitchu Drake's dramatic spire can be gained by walking above this camp.
Day 7: Great views during today's long trek, as we cross the prayer-flagged Nyele La and descend on a long pine forested ridge to a riverside camp below Lingshi Dzong.
Day 8: From Lingsh, we follow a traversing path with views of the Basingthang peaks, then descend via the picturesque village of Gang Yul to Chebisa.
Day 9: The day starts with a long climb to the Gobu La, then a descent to the river and a delightful afternoon's trek through juniper and silver birch woodland to Somothang.
Day 10: An early start for the ascent to the Jhari La (4720m / 15,485ft) for superb views of the 7000 metre peak, Kang Che Da. We then descend to another river and camp at Robluthang.
Day 11: Following a well marked yak herders trail, we climb to the high point of the trek at the Shinge La (4900m / 16,075ft) then drop down once again to the meadow camp at Limithang.
Day 12: A shorter day on an undulating trail through woodland, before a gradual ascent to the village of Laya. Afternoon free to explore the village and meet the friendly inhabitants.
Day 13: A rest day in this unique Bhutanese village. This day can also be used as a contingency against delays to our trekking schedule. Camp in Laya Village.
Day 14: Starting our walk out through the valley of the Mo Chu, there is a fair amount of up and down, before we climb away from the river to a camp at Chamsa or at Koina, below the Bale La.
Day 15: An hour's climb takes us to the Bale La, beyond which it is down, down, down into ever-more-luxuriant forest. We make the final camp of the trip at the roadhead at Gasa.
Day 16: We drive via Punakha Dzong and the Dochu La to our hotel in the tiny Bhutanese capital of Thimpu.
Day 17: We make the return drive to Paro where we check into our hotel before heading out for the hike to see the iconic 'Tigers Nest' monastery of Taktsang. Approximately 4 - 5 hours walking. Overnight in Paro.
Day 18: We take the morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to the group hotel. We have a guided sightseeing tour of the city in the afternoon.
Day 19: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
Important note: The first departure of our Laya Trek (normally end of September or early October), also spends a day at the Thimpu Festivaland has a slightly different itinerary with only one day in the village of Laya.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.