• Trip Date: 19th October - 28th October 2023
  • Package Cost: Depends on Group Size
  • Group Size Maximum: 1-10
  • Room: Shared or Single Occupancy (USD45 Supplement for Single Occupancy)

The Royal Highlander festival shares the beauty and the wonders of Gasa Dzongkhag 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.

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. The various competitions on highland animals including the Yaks, horses and Mastiffs will be held and also competition such as traditional songs and dances 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.

The plateau where it is hosted allows for a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. Visitors stay in tents set up by the nomadic people of Lunana and Laya and roam the high plains while interacting with the highlanders. This is truly a unique experience with attendance at about 200 each year.


  • Day 1, 19th October 2023 – Flight to Paro, Bhutan. Transfer to Thimphu. Rest / Explore Thimphu. Night halt in Thimphu
  • Day 2, 20th October 2023 – Buddha Dordenma and drive to Punakha. Lungchutse Hike. Temple Of Fertility. Night halt in Punakha
  • Day 3, 21th October 2023 – Visit Punakha Dzong, Suspension Bridge and Khamsum Chorten. To Gasa. Night halt in Gasa
  • Day 4, 22nd October 2023 – Drive to Koina. Hike to Laya. Explore Laya the highest settlement of the highlanders. Night halt in Laya.
  • Day 5, 23rd October 2023 – Royal Highland Festival – Day 1. Option to hike into the mountains. Night halt in Laya
  • Day 6, 24th October 2023 – Royal Highland Festival – Day 2. Option to hike into the mountains. Night halt in Laya
  • Day 7, 25th October 2023 – Hike back to Koina. Drive to Punakha via Gasa. Rest at hotel. Night halt in Punakha
  • Day 8, 26th October 2023 – Drive to Thimphu. Explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Dinner hosted by Breathe Bhutan. Nightlife (Optional).
  • Day 9, 26th October 2023 – Take it easy during the morning hours and drive to Paro after lunch. Night halt in Paro.
  • Day 10, 27th October 2023 – Hike to Tigers Nest. Hotstone bath after returning back to Paro. Stroll in Paro town. Night halt in Paro.
  • Day 11, 28th October 20233 – Bid Bhutan farewell and catch a flight to your next destination.


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