The small settlement of Laya in northern Bhutan is one of the most remote on earth. Not only is it the northernmost settlement in the Last Himalayan Kingdom, it´s also the highest permanent town at 3800m (12 467ft) in the Kingdom. The whole settlement is no more than 110 houses.
Laya is also home to the Layapan indigenous minority roughly three thousand in number.


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They only inhabit this small part of the country, most of the people still life as semi-nomadic yak herders, spending time between the villages and the high altitude yak herding camps.

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A young Layap woman wearing the traditional Bamboo hat the Layaps wear

Two young Layap´s wearing the traditional Bamboo hat the Layaps wear and their traditional dress

A young Layap girl