Duer Hot Spring Trek
Day 1: Arrive Paro
In clear weather, flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, it is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro
Begin this day with a short drive to the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. From this fort Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the spot where Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a tigress and meditated. The temple is perched on a sheer rock face. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for round trip. While return to Paro town visit enroute Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. In the evening visit local market and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu
In the morning drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s most ancient fortress.
After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the late third King of Bhutan; the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts still practice; the Painting School where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; the National Library that houses ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts. Also visit Trashichhodong, the ‘fortress of the glorious religion’. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu – Trongsa
After breakfast, drive to Trongsa across Dochula Pass (3140m) and Pelela Pass (3300m). Lunch at Wangdue town. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.
Day 5: Trongsa – Bumthang
Morning visit Trongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Bhutan’s Royal family; Ta Dzong, built as watch tower to guard Trongsa Dzong. Then proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon, visit the Jakar Dzong built in 17th century during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first religious and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Then visit the Kurjey monastery where Guru Padsambhava left his body imprint in the 8th century. The temple was later built in 17th century. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 6: Bumthang – Gorsum, 18 km, 7 hours
After breakfast, the transport will reach you up to the trek point just below Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most renowned temples. The Trek route leads you along the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for its richness in Trout. Camp at altitude 3,120m.
Day 7: Gorsum – Lungsum, 12 km, 5 hours
The trail leads through a dense forest of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple. The trail ascends gradually to the campsite.
Day 8: Lungsum – Tshochenchen
The vegetation along the trekking route is similar to places crossed the previous day. Near the campsite the vegetation thins out and the camp is made above tree line.
Day 9: Tshochenchen – Duer Tsachu, 17 km, 6/7 hours
Today’s walk is uphill, passing a small lake until you reach at Juli La (4,700m). After crossing the pass the trail descends to a lake, then climbs again to Gokthong La (pass). From here it is a steep way down till the campsite. Musk deer, herds of blue sheep and Himalayan bear is sometimes seen along the route.
Day 10: Duer Tsachu halt
Day to relax in the hot spring or hike the surrounding areas.
Day 11: Duer Tsachu – Tshochenchen, 17 km, 6/7 hours
The Trek trail from Dur Tsachu is uphill till Julila. After crossing the pass the trail descends till you reach the campsite. Overnight in Camp.
Day 12: Tashochenchen – Gorsum
Today the trek begins early, as the trail is long. The trail drops gradually down till you reach campsite. Overnight in Camp.
Day 13: Gorsum – Bumthang
From Gorsum the trail descends gradually till the bridge near Duer village, where you reach the road ahead. Then follow the new motor able road. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 14: Bumthang – Punakha (205 km, 6 hours)
Morning visit to Jambey Lakhang, built in 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Jambey (Avalokitesvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Tamshing Lhakhang, across the river, is also an important place to visit, as it houses old and interesting religious paintings. Drive to Punakha (205 kms) with lunch en route. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Day 15: Punakha – Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hrs)
Morning visit to Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Later drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. After lunch, proceed to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 16: Paro Depart
After early breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell at the airport.
Duer Hot Spring Trek is one of the most challenging treks available in Bhutan and route partially overlaps with the trail of the legendary Snowman Trek, the most difficult trek in the world. This grueling nine day journey will take you up to the Duer Hot Springs, arguably the most beautiful hot springs in the Himalayas. The periods between March to April and September to November are the best times to take on this challenging route.
Total cost includes:
- Standard Hotel (3 star hotel) twin sharing accommodations; camping on treks
- Full Board – All meals at local restaurants/ standard hotels/on treks (buffet system)
- All internal Transport/ Transfers in luxury vehicle
- Camping Equipment, Ponies & Assistants for treks
- Airport Transfers
- Services of Licensed English Speaking Guide
- Entrances fees to museums, monuments and cultural sites
- Evening tea/ coffee with snacks
- Mineral water in car while traveling as complementary
- All internal taxes and charges
- Government royalty (US$65 per night per person)
- FIT Surcharge of US$ 40 per night per person for single person and US$ 30 per night per person for 2 pax
- Bhutan Visa fee: US$ 40 per person (one time only)
- Tourism Development Fee: US$ 10 per person (one time only)
- Bank Transfer Charge
But Total cost does not include:
- Travel Insurance
- Laundry bill, phone bill, bar bill and other bills of personal nature
- Single room supplement (If number of pax in odd number): For, peak season = US$ 30/ per single room per night and for, other season = US$25/ per single room per night
- Single tent supplement US$ 30 per tent per night
- Use of Sleeping bag US$ 15 per night per person.
- Air Fare for both Drukair/ Bhutan Airline and International flight [Please note that the cost of any domestic airfare for the guide must be paid by the clients/agents].
- Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
- Luxury camping/trekking can be arranged at an additional cost
- Specialized guides (Foreign Language, Photography, Bird Watching, Buddhism, Flora and Fauna) available at an additional cost.
- Extra expenses due to the unavoidable circumstance beyond our control.
Note: Night stay in tents during treks (no lodges) includes trek chef, assistant, horses/mules, tents with mattresses, all meals.
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