This trek is particularly famous for its hot springs. During this trek, you will see spectacular mountain scenery, remote and dramatic monasteries and pristine Himalayan culture. Walking across forests of cyprus, juniper, spruce, hemlock and maple, the route also offers opportunity to view interesting fauna such as Musk deer, Blue sheep and Himalayan black bear.Last but not the least, a dip in the Dur Hot Spring will surely br rewarding. The best season for this trek is March to April and September to early November.
The Hot spring trek takes you along the pass, and mountains, this trek does not demand much energy as it is a gradual walk of about 6 hours a day. You will be walking through the forest, with hemlock, cypress and maples. You can also relax and go out for fishing trout in Chamkar river on the way.
ITINERARY 16 Days 15 nights
Day 01: Arrival at Paro:
Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air. The green wall of hills known as gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continuously higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibet border. Silver rivers thread the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up into the sky. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, watch tower, now the national museum, above it. Your escort from Adventure Bhutan Travel, who will accompany you throughout the trip, will be waiting for you at the airport. After completion of airport formalities, you will drive through fascinating valley of Paro and overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in the Paro Valley.
After breakfast drive to the Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of Victory from where the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The Dzong though in ruins holds great historical importance to the Bhutanese. From there, in fine weather, one can view the majestic Mt. Jhumolhari standing at an altitude of 7329m above the sea. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Paro to Thimphu:
Drive to the capital of the country after breakfast. Enroute you will be able to see the Tachogang Monastery. In Thimphu, visit the National memorial Chorten built in the loving memory of the Late King, His Majesty, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Also visit the National Library, Painting School and the Changangkha Lhakhang. In the evening drive to the Sangaygang viewpoint to see the Thimphu valley in the evening sun. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Thimphu to Trongsa.
The journey to Trongsa, one of the district head quarters of central Bhutan,begins early in the morning with pack lunch on the way. The drive to Trongsa takes about 7 – 8 hours and you will be passing through beautiful forests as well as high passes from where you can have breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang:
The drive to Bumthang takes about 2 and half hours. We move early and afternoon, sightseeing in Bumthang.
Day 06: Bumthang – Gorsum
After breakfast drive to the trek starting point. The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chhu, a river known for its abundance of trout. Overnight camp. Altitude: 3,120 m, distance: 18 km, time: about 6 ½ hours.
Day 07: Gorsum – Lungsum
The trail leads through dense forests of spruce, hemlock, cypress, juniper and maple. The trail is a little muddy and ascends gradually till you reach the campsite. Overnight camp. Altitude: 3,160 m, distance 12 km, time: about 5 hours.
Day 08 Lungsum – Tsochenchen
The vegetation from Lungsum to Tsochenchen is similar until you reach near the campsite, which is above the tree line. Over night camp. Altitude: 3,100 m, distance 15 km, time: about 6 ½ hours.
Day 09: Tsochenchen – Dur Tsachu
The trek from Tsochenchen ascends till the Julila Pass, altitude 4,700 m. If the weather permits, the surrounding mountains can be viewed. After the pass, the trek trail descends to the campsite. Musk deer, herds of blue sheep and Himalayan bear may be seen en route. Over night camp. Altitude: 3,400 m, distance: 17 km, time: about 7 hours.
Day 10: Dur Tsachu (Tsachu is hot spring)
After a late breakfast, relax in Dur Tsachu or hike around the area near camp. Overnight camp.
Day 11: Dur Tsachu – Tsochenchen
The trek trail from Dur Tsachu is up hill to Julila Pass. After crossing the pass, the trek trail descends to the campsite. Overnight camp. Altitude: 3,100 m, distance: 17 km, time: about 7 hours.
Day 12: Tsochenchen – Gorsum
It is an early start for a long walking day. The trek trail descends gradually all the way to the campsite. Overnight camp. Altitude: 3,120 m, distance: 27 km, time: about 9 hours.
Day 13: Gorsum – Bumthang
From Gorsum descend to the bridge near Dur village. Then follow the new motor road till you meet your transport. Drive to Hotel. After a lunch at leisure, stay overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 14 Bumthang – Thimphu
The drive to Thimphu takes approximately 9-10 hours. Lunch will be served near the Pelela pass. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 15: Thimphu sightseeing
After breakfast we visit the Dupthop Lakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan and the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We visit the National Library, stocked with ancient manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we visit the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha, the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. We then drive to Lungtenzampa to observe traditional gold and silver smiths at work followed by shopping in the city.
DAY 16 THIMPHU – PARO
We leave early to catch your onward flight from Paro airport where our DBA representative will bid farewell at Paro airport.