Dur Hot Spring Trek – 18 days/ 17 nights

Dur Hot Spring Trek – 18 days/ 17 nights

This trek is particularly famous for its hot springs which are said to be the most beautiful natural springs in the Himalayas. Dur Tshachu is located in the Wangchuck Centennial Park & seven hot springs are in this region. The average temperature of the hot springs varies from 38 to 52 degrees celsius.

The Dur Hot Springs Trek – trails lead you through forests of cyprus, juniper, spruce, hemlock and maple, the route also offers opportunity to view interesting fauna such as Snow leopard, Bhutan Takin, Musk deer, Blue sheep, Tibetian wolf and Himalayan black bear.

The Dur Hot Springs Trek is a very strenous trek if undertaking the 8day/7night version (as per the details below.) For those who are not as super fit we would suggest extending this trek by one night makign it an 9 day/8 night trek.

The best season for this trek is March to April and September to October.

Day 1 Arrival in Paro

Depart International Airport flying on our Drukair Royal Bhutan Airline. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative who will escort you to your hotel. After an early lunch, you’ll visit the national museum (Ta-dzong). Once it was the watch tower of Paro valley from 1616 A.D to 1907 and it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley.

Also you’ll visit the Paro dzong which is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (utse) of the dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. The dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Overnight at your Hotel/Resort.

Day 2 Excursion to Tiger’s Nest

If you feel like hiking then we will take an excursion to Tiger’s Nest, the Taktshang Monastery, most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. Taktshang means “Tiger’s Nest,” so named because in the late centuries of the first millennium Guru Rimpoche reportedly flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a flying tiger. The monastery is perched on a cliff nearly 3,000 ft above the Paro valley floor.

This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about two hours to reach the refreshment stop, a cafeteria, which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. If you still feel like hiking then you can take another hour’s hike to reach the temple itself.

In the evening drive to Thimphu, following the winding road beside the Pa Chu (Chu means river or water) downstream to its confluence with the Wangchu, then up valley to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight – hotel/ resort base in Thimphu.

Day 3 Thimphu – Trongsa.205 KM. 8 Hours. 2200M.

In the morning after an early breakfast we will drive to Punakha District, 77kms away. The drive will take 3hours from the capital Thimphu and Punakha District lies at an altitude of 1350m above sea level. It is a sub-tropical area. On the way we will come across Dochula pass (3150m) and on clear day we would witness whole ranges of the eastern Himalayas from here. We will follow all the way downhill till we reach Punakha. The temporal ruler of Bhutan Shabdung Ngawang Namgyel built it in 1637 in between two rivers called PO-CHU and MO-CHU (Male & Female).

In the afternoon, we will drive to Trongsa. It is a 128kms drive and takes 5hrs from Punakha. Wangdue is another District and between this two there is just a half-hour’s drive. The same man built both in 1638 and 1639. The road will climb all the way to Pel-ela pass, at 3300m altitude. It is like a mark between east and west and from here we will drive all the way down to Trongsa. But on the way we will come across Yak herder camps and encounter Yaks especially during winter. Also we will see the high Himalayan villages like Rukubji and Chendbji. All the houses cluster at one place and the fields at another. Overnight – hotel base in Trongsa.

Day 4 Trongsa – Jakar (Bumthang).68 KM.3 Hours.2600 -+ M.

Drive to Jakar takes approximately 3 hours. Tales of the great teacher Guru Padmasambhava dominate this holy valley. From the viewpoint you can see Jakar Dzong “the castle of white bird”. Lunch at tourist lodge and Afternoon hike up to Lame Gompa, a place built by the 1st king for his two Nun sisters. Outside the Gompa one can see traditional Bhutanese papermaking. Overnight – hotel base in Jakar.

DAY 5 Bumthang( 8528ft/2600m).

Bumthang is different from all the other valleys in Bhutan. It is very spacious and open ranging in altitude from 2600m to 4000m. Bumthang is a heaven for hikers and Trekkers, not to mention the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites, making it the Cultural and Historic center in Bhutan.

One could spend months exploring this fascinating valley. Almost every little valley or hill has a background of interesting myths and legends about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents. Bumthang is especially dominated by the religious influence of Guru Padamasambhava (believed as second Buddha 7th to 8th A.D) and his reincarnation the Treasure Finder. Terton Pemalingpa from 1450-1521. Who is known to have discovered many sacred Buddhist texts hidden by Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) in different places.

Take a walk up to Tamshing monastery, founded by Terton Pemalingpa, where about 200 monks reside. Visit the historical temple. Visit to Wangdichholing Palace, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, and an oldest monastery in the Kingdom. All the Kings of Bhutan are taken for their cremation rites to Kurjee Monastery. Visit some more temples. Drive to the sacred Mebartso (Meaning Burning Lake). The important of the site is indicated by the extensive array of prayer flags and is considered as one of the most holy places for Buddhist pilgrimage. Evening have free time in town.

Day 06: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Bumthang – Gorsum, distance – 18 km, time – 7 hours.

The trek starts from Dur village (3,100m) following the river Yoleng Chhu, a river known for it’s abundance of trout. Today’s trail from Bumthang to Gorsum is a gradual climb. Campsite at an altitiude of 3120m. Overnight Tented Campsite.

Day 07: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Gorsum – Lungsum, distance – 12 km, time – 5 hours.

Today’s trek trail passes through dense forests of spruce, hemlock, cypress, juniper and maples, leading to the campsite at an altitude of 3,160m.Overnight Tented Campsite.

Day 08: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Lungsum – Tsochenchen, distance – 15 km, time – 6 – 7 hours.

In vegetation along today’s route is dense and similar to yesterdays. When you near the campsite the vegetation thins out and you camp just above the tree line at an altitude of 3,780m. Overnight Tented Campsite.

Day 09: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Tsochenchen – Dur Tsachu, distance – 17 km, time – 7 hours.

Today’s walk is all the way uphill until Juli la pass (4,700m), if the day is clear, you will have a great view of the surrounding mountains from the pass. Ater crossing the pass the trail, the trail descends to a lake at 4,220m, then climbs again to Gokthong La (4,640m). From this pass it is steep tail down the the campsite at an altitude of 3,590 m. Musk deer, herds of blue sheep and Himalayan black bear are sometimes seen along this route. Overnight Tented Campsite.

Day 10: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Halt at Dur Tsachu. After a relaxing breakfast relax in the hot springs or explore Dur today on foot. Overnight Tented Campsite

Day 11: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Dur Tsachu – Tsochenchen, distance – 18kms, time – 8 hours. 1530m ascent, 1340m descent. Return on the route taken on day 3. Today is going to be one of the most challenging on this trek. Overnight Tented Campsite

Day 12: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Tsochenchen – Gorsum, distance – 27kms, time – 9 hours. 660m descent. Overnight Tented Campsite

Day 13: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Gorsum – Dur (Bumthang), distance – 18kms, time – 6 hours. 380m descent.

On completion of trek you will be met and transferred by road to your overnight accommodation.

Important Note:

If you wish to add in another night on this trek to make it slightly less challenging the itinerary above remains the same until day 7.

Dur Hot Springs Trek – Option 2.

Day 7. Dur Hot Springs Trek

Tsochenchen – Lungsum, distance – 15kms, time – 5 hours. 620m descent.

Return taken on the route on day 3. Campsite at altitude 3,160m Overnight Tented campsite.

Day 14. Dur Hot Springs Trek

Lungsum – Gorsum, distance – 12kms, time – 4 hours. 40m descent.

The trail descends gradually from the campsite. The trail leads through dense forest of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple. Campsite at altitude 3,120m. Overnight Tented Campsite.

Day 15: Dur Hot Spring Trek

Gorsum – Dur (Bumthang), distance – 18kms, time – 6 hours. 380m descent.

On completion of trek you will be met and transferred by road to your overnight accommodation.

Day 16 Bumthang – Wangdue.

Drive to Wangdue takes about 8 hours. Picnic lunch will be provided at the lodge. Overnight – hotel/ resort base in Wangdue.

Day 17 Wangdue – Paro Via Thimphu Valley.

Drive to Punakha. Visit the Dzong when the monks are in Thimphu. Punkha Dzong was the nation’s capital until 1955. The remains of Shabdrung, the saint who unified Bhutan in the 17th century, are interred here. The Je-Khenpo, the head abbot of the country, resides here with the monk body from Thimphu during winter. Then drive back to Paro over Dochula pass. Overnight -hotel base in paro.

Day 18 Departure

Your guide will bid you a farewell at Paro International Airport.

  • Package Cost per person for above group size 4Pax: US$ 5,610
  • Package cost per person for above group size 8Pax: US$ 4,590

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