Royal Highland festival (Trekking)
21st October, 2018
Day 1 : Punakha – Gasa
(approx 4 hours drive and approx 4 hours trekking)
Early Morning leave your hotel for your approx. 4 hours drive to Gasa where the road ends, from there start your trek (4 hours) to Koina which, is your destination for tonight. Starting from end of the raod, trek for approx 4 and half hours, the trail first winds with a gradual descend till Koina and then winds up with a gradual climb till your camp site past the small bride (Thongchu zam).
22nd October, 2018
Day 2 : Thongchu zam – Laya
(approx 4 hours trek)
After breakfast, start trekking to your destination, the beautiful highland village of Laya. The trail winds up gradually and at times with steep climbs till you reach Laya. Early arrival to your camp and enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape and the you will come across a lot of locals in their typical Laya costumes.
23rd to 24th October, 2018
Day 3 and Day 4 : Laya
The Royal Highlander festival was first introduced last year (2016 on 16th Of October) to mark the celebration of the birth of HRH the Gyalsey; 400 years of Shabdrung Rimpoche and the Rabjung (60 years cycle) birth year of Guru Rimpoche. This year will be the 2nd year of the Royal Highlander festival and will be held on 23rd and 24th Octber, 2018. The Royal Highlander festival shares the beauty and the wonders of Gasa district through its nature, history and its age old tradition and culture, to share Gasa’s vision of “Good to Great Gasa” and to finally share all theses authenticity and the simplicity of the life of the Highlanders with our guests.
What can you See?
During the festival, visitors can witness The traditional offering of Buelwa (Gift offering) with Auley (traditional epic poem/song recitation tradition originated from Zhabdrung Rinpoche days) that begun during Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s reign in showing loyalty and respect by the community of Laya is being offered for dynamic and visionary leadership of our successive monarchs.
Variety of cultural programs will be performed by Layaps. Competition such as traditional songs and dances.
The various competitions on highland animals including the Yaks, horses and Mastiffs will be held.
The festival consists of series of stalls ranging from local based yak produce to highland technology, highland agriculture technology, medicinal herbs & plants and others
Where can you stay?
At Laya, guests will have the option of staying in the local home/farm stays or can put in Luxury tents. Meals will be provide at local homes or at the camp, lunch during the festival shall be available from restaurants operated by local community at the festival venue or shall be provide at the camp.
25th to 26th October, 2018
Day 5 and Day 6 : Laya to Thongchu Zam to Gasa
Trace your way back to Thongchu Zam on day 5 and then to Gasa on Day 6