Located at an altitude of 1500 - 4,500 meters, Gasa is one of the most far-flung places in Bhutan. The valley is gifted with pristine natural beauty and very popular for nature trips .The nomadic layap tribe is indigenous to the valley and their lifestyle features Yak herding, Yak cheese & butter production, Yak textile and harvesting of rare fungi cordyceps. Comprising the northern part of Bhutan, the valley borders Punakha and Wangdi district in south and Tibet on the north. Home to 3000 odd inhabitants, Gasa is en-route to many popular treks such as Snowman Treks and Laya-Lunana Trek. It has some of the highest peaks in the country which forms a natural wall to Tibet. The entire valley falls under Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park and house hundreds of Himalayan glacier lakes. The national park is home to rare flora and fauna such as Snow leopard, Takin, Red Panda, the Mountain Goats, Blue Sheep and the Blue Poppy. The valley experiences long cold winters and short beautiful summers. The Annual Gasa festival is much sought after event amongst the highlanders.Please refer to our festival calender for event details. The valley is particularly popular for its natural hot springs amongst local Bhutanese. Quality hotels option is not available in the valley, except for one B&B establishment, Tshering Guest House ( Laya), nonetheless the place is perfect for avid outdoor adventurers and camping.
Places to see in Gasa.
Gasa Dzong: Built in 17th Century, the Gasa Dzong acted as defending barrack against Tibetan invaders. The fortress is distinctive with its strategically placed three watch towers and circular shape. The exquisiteness of the dzong is further augmented by Mount Gangboom as its backdrop.
Laya Village: The Laya village is three night trek from Gasa and is home to Nomadic tribes, layaps. Located at an altitude of 3000 meters, the valley is enthralling and gripping. Laya falls enroute to one of the most challenging trek, the snowman trek. It is interesting to note, how a small indigenous group has survived for so long and untouched by modern way of life. To get the best out of nomadic experience, one may time the visit during Owlay festival, which takes place once in three years.
Lunana Village: Lunana is the furthest village of Gasa and is renowned for its glacier lakes. The village offers surreal experience of nomadic lifestyle of upper Himalayan, were Nomadic Tribes and Himalayas co-exist in perfect harmony.
Hot springs: The hot springs at the banks of the Mochu river are natural and known to have healing properties. The place is popular hotspot for locals in winters. While road connectivity is available, one may also choose to drive half way to Damji village and trek for six hours to Gasa traversing through beautiful natural forests, villages and mountain passes.
Places of Pilgrimage: Zabsel and Phulukha Monastery, Throe Lhakhang, Dung Goemba, Drophel Choling, Yonzho Lhakhang, Jangchub Choling, Bumpa lhakhang are some of the places of worship in the area
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