Bhutan – Masagang & Laya Village Trek

Andy CrisconiHimalayan Trekking Tours

One World Trekking - Trekking Tours in BhutanWithout a doubt, trekking in Bhutan is a different kind of hiking experience. Pristine wilderness, surreal landscapes, distinct Buddhist cultural & alpine lakes and meadows combine to make Bhutan a hikers’ paradise. And few treks in Bhutan can compare to the journey to the beautiful peak of Masagang.

The trails to Masagang are as old as time and nowadays largely used by yak herders traveling between grazing pastures. Our itinerary takes a detour to Laya Village, exposing us to a unique social and cultural aspect of Bhutan’s Layap people. Along the way we pass through Army checkpoints reminding us of our close proximity to China/Tibet border in the north, tranquil houses built in traditional manner, yak herder huts, thick forests and alpine meadows. Finally the landscape opens up to the grandeur beneath Masagang and other neighboring snow-capped peaks. This area is sacred to the locals and ingrained in centuries of history and lore. For us, our physical effort is rewarded by the magnitude of sheer beauty drawing us into a sense of awe for Bhutan’s natural and spiritual world.

Trip Snippets:
16 days, 7 nights in hotels, 8 nights of tented camping, 8 days trekking. All main meals in Bhutan are included.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Max. altitude: 16,600 feet on Chethola viewpoint peak