Dhur Hot Spring Trek
This is one of the most important routes for the people of Dhur. In summer they move their yaks to the mountainsides of Juli La, Lambrang, Torgang etc and in winter they come down to the Dhur village. In these treks you will come across beautiful scenery, good views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, alpine flora and fauna. Moreover many people used to visit these hot springs to cure different type of diseases. The journey back will be by the same route.
Tour Duration: 14 nights /15 days
COST INCLUDES: Twin sharing accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks, all travel as per the itinerary, an English-speaking licensed Bhutanese tour guide, special permit for restricted and old monasteries, monument fees. For trekking: trekking tent/trekking crew/pack ponies & yaks, all internal taxes and charges (including the 35% royalty).
COST EXCLUDES: Drukair fares, drinks and beverages, excess baggage, laundry, phone calls, medical, insurance and any other expenses that are not mentioned above.
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 6 Bumthang Chuzombe( Chokchumey Campsite 10,496ft/3200m).
Time 5-6 hours, Distance 8.1 miles/13 Km, Altitude gain 1968ft/600m, Altitude loss oft/0m)
After breakfast the transport will reach you up to the trek point at Menchu Gang (8817ft/2688m) below Dhur village. The trek route takes you along the Yoleng Chhu. About 3.5 hours from the starting point Gorsum campsite (10,170ft/3100m) could be reached, 1 hours further on in an opening in the forest, Chokchomith campsite.
Overnight – camping
Day 7 Chuzombe – Tshochenchen(12,860ft/3920m)
Time 7 hours, Distance 9.3 miles/15 Km, Altitude gain 2362ft/720m, Altitude loss c164ft/50m)
Todays trail crosses many bridges over streams fed by lakes high above the river. About 4 hours walk from the campsite trail reaches a possible campsite, Kurpang(11,578ft/3530m) with open big hut. Along the trail look out for typical feature of this trek: stones wrapped in big rhododendron leaves, placed there by herders to protect their yaks and other stock whilst migrating and stop here for lunch. Then climb a steep ridge (50M) and crossing into a big beautiful alpine valley high above the river is the campsite by the river. This area is packed with yaks and sheep from Dhur village.
Day 8 Tsochenchen – Dur Tsachu(10,857ft/3310m) via Juli La(14,924ft/4550m) and to Gongto La(14,193ft/4327m)
Time 8 hours, Distance 9.9 miles/16 Km, Altitude gain 2065ft/630m + 449ft/137m, Altitude loss 1181ft/360m + 336ft/1017ft)
Trek from Tsochenchen is uphill till you reach the Juli La pass. From here if the weather is clear surrounding mountains can be viewed. After crossing the pass the trek trail descends till you reach the campsite. Musk deer, herds of Blue Sheep and Himalayan bear may be seen en route.
Day 9 Dur Tsachu – halt.
After a late breakfast relax in the hot spring or hike in and around the camp. Overnight camp.
Day 10 Dur Tsachu – Tsochenchen.
Trek trail from Dur tsachu is uphill till Julila. After crossing the pass the trail descends till you reach the campsite.
Overnight – camping.
Day 11 Tsochenchen Gorosum.
Today the trek begins early, as the trail is long. The trail drops gradually down for about 2 hours till you reach campsite.
Day 12 Gorsum – Bumthang. 18Km. 5-6 hours.
From Gorsum descend downhill till you reach to motor road where you will meet up with transport. After lunch, leisure time and free.
Overnight at hotel base in Bumthang.
Day 13 Bumthang – Wangdue.
Drive to Wangdue takes about 8 hours. Picnic lunch will be provided at the lodge.
Overnight – hotel/ resort base in Wangdue.
Day 14 Wangdue – Thimphu.
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 Thimphu over Dochula pass.
Overnight -hotel base in Thimphu.
Day 15 Thimphu sightseeing – Paro.
A whole day Thimphu sightseeing and shopping. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium. Visit the workshop where all the handicrafts are produced. Afternoon visit Tashichhodzong and drive to Paro.
Overnight – hotel base in Thimphu.
Day 16 Departure
Your guide will bid you a farewell at Paro International Airport.