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10-Day Royal Highland Festival and Laya Run Tour in Laya

The most popular highland festival takes place in Laya, a village located at one of the remote and high altitude regions in Bhutan.The Royal Highland Festival brings in all the highlanders from across the country. Every year in October, both locals and most of the tourists either trek or participate in Laya Run which is yet another challenging and most spectacular running race in the kingdom. Laya is known to many as the roof of the world.

per adult from

$4,351

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Duration

10 days

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 9x Dinner
    • 9x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 10 nights
    • Tour guide
    • Car with driver
    • Hotels
    • Meals
    • Accommodation includes: 9 nights
    What's excluded :
    • Drinks and beverages
    • Laundry
    • Other bills of personal nature
    • Travel Insurance
    • Flight ticket.

  • Day 1: Day 1(October 19, Monday): Arrive Paro

    Pass By: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and transfer you to the Hotel. Later in the afternoon you will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century. In the evening you can stroll in the paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in 3 star hotel.

    Day 2: Day 2(October 20, Tuesday): Paro

    Stop At: Paro Taktsang, Taktsang Trail BT, Paro Bhutan
    In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight in 3 star hotel.

    Day 3: Day 3 (October 21, Wednesday): Paro to Punakha – Gasa, 130 km 5 hrs

    Stop At: Gasa Dzong, Gasa, Bhutan
    After breakfast this morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass we drive downhill through forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive in Punakha after traveling through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. From Punakha you will drive upstream along the Mo Chhu river to Gasa. The drive is through beautiful villages of Punakha located alongside the upper Mo Chhu river valley. Arrive Gasa and overnight in Gasa
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Guest house.

    Day 4: Day 4 (October 22, Thursday): Rest Day in Gasa

    Pass By: Gasa, Bhutan
    Today you will spend a day in Gasa allowing you to get acclimatized in preparation for tomorrow’s epic run. Overnight stay in Gasa.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Guesthouse.

    Day 5: Day 5 (October 23, Friday): Laya Run Flag off: Panjothang – laya 25 km

    Pass By: Laya, Bhutan
    After breakfast, you will set off for the 25 km run to Panjothang making a total elevation gain of 2000m. You will run down a slope towards Koina and then follow the natural hiking path to Laya, with stunning views of valleys, high pastures and the majestic Masangang mountain. Every once in a while you will be running across wooden bridges crossing the Mo Chhu river. On arrival to Laya village you will witness people wearing unique yak wool clothing adorned with colorful beads and conical shaped bamboo hats. You will run past Laya town finally making it to the festival grounds decorated with colorful prayer flags and crowds of Layaps, marking the end of the run. You will partake in the Royal Highland Festival and get acquainted with the cultural festival. Overnight in Farm house

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Farm house

    Day 6: Day 6 (October 24, Saturday): Laya (Attend Highlander Festival)

    Pass By: Laya, Bhutan
    Today you will attend the Highlander Festival. The festival celebrates highlander’s unique and beautiful clothing’s, dance, music, handicrafts, food and intangible forms of culture. The most exciting part of the festival, besides the fun-filled games and sports events, is showcasing the competition of livestock showcasing the colorfully adorned majestic yaks of the region and adorned majestic yaks of the region and noble Bhutanese mastiffs. Overnight in Farmhouse.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Farm house.

    Day 7: Day 7 (October 25, Sunday): Laya-Gasa – Punakha.

    Pass By: Punakha, Punakha, Punakha District
    Today you will walk back to Koina where you will be transferred back to Gasa. From Gasa you will further drive down along the Mo Chhu river through semi sub-tropical forests to Punakha. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight in 3 star hotel.

    Day 8: Day 7 (October 26, Monday): Punakha – Thimphu

    Pass By: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    In the morning, visit Punakha Dzong, the former capital of Bhutan, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. You will then enjoy the scenic drive to Thimphu. You will stop for lunch at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. On reaching at Dochula, visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. From the pass, drive downhill to Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight i 3 star hotel.

    Day 9: Day 9 (October 27, Tuesday): Thimphu

    Pass By: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    Morning, you will visit Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Folk Heritage Museum and the world’s tallest Buddha statue at Kuenselphodrang made of bronze measuring 169 ft. Afternoon, you will visit Trashichhodzong and eveving is a free time to relax in the hotel or to stroll in Thimphu City. You can spend time visiting handicraft stores for souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in 3 hotel.

    Day 10: Day 10(October 28, Wednesday): Thimphu to Paro Departure

    Pass By: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    Morning, after breakfast, you will drive to Paro for departure to your destination.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: N/A
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Paro International AirportAirports
    • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Bhutan Holiday Trips

Activity ID: V-261772P3

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