• Altitude: 2850 - 4450 mts
  • Best Season: March to May and September to November

“Masagang” is a mountain peak in Bhutan that is part of the Himalayan mountain range. It has an altitude of 7,158 meters and is located in the northern part of Bhutan in the Jigme Dorji National Park.

The Masagang Trek takes you through beautiful valleys and forests of Bhutan, and offers stunning views of the Masagang peak.

The highlight of the trek is the climb up to the Masagang basecamp, which offers stunning views of the peak and the surrounding mountains. The Masagang Trek is a great way to experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bhutan.

The 8 Day Masagang Basecamp Trek:

Day 1: Tongchu Ja to Kullu Khar
Distance: Approx. 14 km
Time: Approx. 7-8 hours
Start Elevation: Approx. 2850 meters
Campsite Elevation: Approx. 3200 meters

The trail follows the Mo Chhu up until Taktse Mahkar (6km) and turns north after the mani dhungkor (prayer wheel). Gradually gaining elevation pass the herders camp Omtsa and Tashi Mahkar (12km). Our campsite is about a kilometer from here.

Day 2: Kullu Khar to Phuem Dho
Distance: Approx. 14 km
Time: Approx. 7-8 hours
Campsite Elevation: Approx. 3950 meters

The trail hugs the western ridge and gradually climbs out of the narrow valley with views of Tsenda Kang and later Masang Kang. A seemingly never ending climb until Nulithang campsite at around 7 kilometers. Cross the river, we continue on pass Mela Teng, Chumgu Lumgu, Neyna and finally Phuem Dho, the last permanent herders camp.

Day 3: Around Phuem Dho

Multiple options for day hike. Climb the northwest ridge to get a better view of Masang Kang east or hike towards Seetaphu Tso (Lake)

Day 4: Phuem Dho to Nulithang
Distance: Approx. 7 km
Time: Approx. 5-6 hours
Campsite Elevation: Approx. 4450 meters

After an easy breakfast, retrace our way back towards Nulithang.

Day 5: Nulithang to Lungo
Distance: Approx. 15 km
Time: Approx. 7-8 hours
Campsite Elevation: Approx. 4450 meters

Same trail as the first 2 days. A few kilometers after crossing Omtsa, we take a steep trail heading west towards Lungo. Look back to catch your last proper view of Masang Kang and Tsenda Kang. Lungo is not far from here.

Day 6: Lungo to Laya Via Geyza
Distance: Approx. 10 km
Time: Approx. 4-5 hours.
Campsite Elevation: Approx. 3650 meters

Easy walking towards Laya. Pass Geyza, the trail descends into the valley floor, crosses a river and gradually climbs up again, entering Laya from the east and above the ever growing village.

Day 7: Around Laya

Explore Laya, one of the highest settlement in Bhutan. “Laya” is a small village in the northwestern part of Bhutan and is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,800 meters above sea level. Laya is known for its unique culture, which is different from the rest of Bhutan.

The people of Laya are known as “Layaps,” and they have their own language, which is called “Laya Kha.” They are also known for their traditional dress, which includes a conical bamboo hat and a black woolen jacket with silver ornaments.

The Layaps are primarily engaged in yak herding and agriculture. They also produce a special type of textile known as “Ya(k)thra,” which is made from the wool of yaks and sheep.

Day 8: ExitLaya to Tongchu Ja
Distance: Approx. 8 km
Time: Approx. 3-4 hours
Descend into Taktse Mahkar and then retrace our first day’s hike to Tongchu Ja

Trekking Rates For Bhutan

The government of Bhutan requires that a minimum standard needs to be maintained while trekking in Bhutan. You will be accompanied by your own trekking staff consisting of a professional trekking guide, cook, camping assistant and a few horsemen and horses to carry your gear; regardless of whether you’re a solo trekker or you are a part of a bigger group. All food supplies must be carried in and prepared in camp. Trekking in Bhutan can therefore be a little expensive for solo travelers and those traveling in smaller groups.


1 Pax: USD 250 Per Person Per Day
2 Pax: USD 200 Per Person Per Day
3 Pax: USD 180 Per Person Per Day
4 Pax or More: USD 160 Per Person Per Day


  • 4 season mountaineering tents. (Mountain Hardware Trango ll).
  • Freshly prepared meals with tea and snacks throughout the trek.
  • All trekking logistics like dinning tent with utensils, chairs and tables, toilet tent, etc.
  • Sleeping bag and blankets
  • Fully seasoned support team.
  • Portage charges.
  • Filtered/boiled drinking water throughout the trek.
  • Hot washing water in the mornings and evenings.
  • Hot water bags for the night.
  • Individual footprint foam mattress.
  • Communal first aid kit (We always carry multiple oxygen canisters for emergency scenarios).


  • Personal snacks, drinks and equipment
  • Insurance.
  • Gratuity for staff.


The day starts off with a wake up call, around 6-6:30 am, if you are not already awake by then. A staff will come with a bowl of warm water to wash up along with tea/coffee brought to your tent. Before heading over to the dinning tent for breakfast, usually around 7-8, we suggest you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag and prepare for the day. During breakfast the staff will pack away the tents and ready the horses.

After breakfast, usually between 8:30-9 am, we start walking.  The pace of the trek is leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local settlements, if any. Lunch will be around noon at a favourable spot by the side of the trail. Lunch is carried by the staff.

There is usually more walking after lunch, we will always plan to cover big ascents/passes before lunch but this does not always pan out as expected. Normally we will get into camp by mid afternoon with the tents already set up by the support team. Once you arrive at camp, you will be able to wash up, change to get into your comfy camp clothes and try and get comfortable.

Tea and snacks will be served. Followed by dinner later in the evening around 7pm.


All meals are freshly prepared by our cook and kitchen team. Breakfast with fried rice, toast/pancakes with various condiments, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. Hot lunch is prepared by the kitchen crew during breakfast and packed into containers carried by the staff to be eaten on the trail. On arrival at the campsite, there will be tea and other hot drinks in the dining tent with biscuits and snacks, help yourselves. Dinner will follow with soup, meal and dessert.


This happens due to the body’s reaction to the low air pressure (less oxygen) at high altitudes and each individual responds to this situation differently. So please ascent at your own steady pace so that you allow your body to acclimate as you gain elevation.

This is a problem for some people, especially when hiking and sleeping above 3500 meters. The onset of symptoms has no logic in the sense that you never know who will get it regardless of your previous climbs and high ascents. There is no natural way to avoid getting AMS. However, acclimatization before the trek (we recommend day hikes, climbing high and sleeping low) and staying hydrated, eating and sleeping (rest) well on the trek goes a long to keeping yourself fit and feeling good.

Usually a steady and throbbing headache at the back of your head is a telltale sign of the onset of AMS. But this is not a major concern if it does not develop further and persists. Other symptoms include: fatigue, shortness of breathe, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and vomiting. There is no treatment to this sickness other than letting the body rest, acclimate and cure itself. If the symptoms do not get better, we will descend in altitude.


They say we pack our fears when we travel and thus all of us pack different and are each their own creatures of comfort. But the rule of thumb on treks is to keep it to the essentials and be organized.

Less things to pack in the morning means, being swift and at ease which translates to a few more cups of coffee while enjoying the morning sun.

Therefore only listing the essentials here.


  • DAS BOOT: Your favourite hiking boot or shoe. One that is broken in and kept you on the trail, blister free, while hitting the gnarly stuff. A pair with good ankle support that breathes well and to a certain extent is water resistant, keeps your feet happy!
  • THE FART SACK: I mean the sleeping bag. Check where and when you are going and take something that is rated lower by 5ºC than the expected temperature, just be on the warmer and safer side. Women typical tend to sleep colder than men.
  • MATTRESS: A foldable and comfortable mat, ideally an inflatable mattress. After a long day, you just want some good sleep. One that can be packed away inside your duffle bag or secured on the outside with the straps (easier for us to stow away and load it onto the horses). We will provide a footprint foam mat.
  • DAY PACK: Just like your boots, a backpack is something you wear almost throughout the day and the entirety of your trek. So take a pack that you are comfortable with. A 20-30 L pack is ideal, depending on the gear you carrying.
  • CLOTHING: Apart from the clothes you are comfortable with, a rain jacket or a poncho that can double up as a windbreaker, is indispensable. Micro climates in the mountains are an enigma. So its always nice to be prepared, that way the rain doesn’t feel so bad and you can slog on with a grin on your face. Another essential is a down jacket, to throw over yourself while at camp after the sun goes down.
  • MEDICATION: Please don’t forget you personal medication. Also a small personal first aid kit. You may never need them, but it can prove to be crucial for your wellbeing incase you do while on the trail. We will also have a common first aid with only the essential medicine and kit.


Feel free to get in touch with us for our unique travel itineraries and tour packages

Get in touch with us for an obligation-free tour quote or anything related to our travel products and services.

If you have any special interest or specific needs and constraints, we are happy to discuss and offer a personalized service to suit your needs. Call us at (WhatsApp) +975 77430698 / 17110975 or email us at breathebhutan@gmail.com

  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5
  • Step 6
  • Step 7
  • Step 8
  • Step 9
  • Step 11
  • Complete

    Thank You

    Your inquiry has been sent successfully. We will share you with the customized itinerary as per the details provided.


    These are the most popular ones there plenty more to discover, hidden places