Dur Hot Spring Trek (17 Days)

Trekking in Bhutan

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport.
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhare and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by our company representative.

Day – 2 Paro – Sightseeing
Morning : Drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 kms away from Paro town) The dzong although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means “The Victorious Bhutanese.” This spot unfolds a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” (Alt.7329 mtrs). Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back.

Day – 3 Paro – Thimphu.
Drive along the winding road alongside the Paro Chu (Chu means water river) to the confluence with the Wang Chu, then follow the Wang Chu to Thimphu, the Capital. Lunch will be served at the Hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late Third King. Overnight in Hotel.

Day – 4 Thimphu – Trongsa
The journey to central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes about 7-8 hours from Thimphu. Pack lunch stop at Chendebji Chorten. Overnight at Hotel in Trongsa.

Day – 5 Trongsa – Jakar (Bumthang)
Drive for 2 and half hours to Jakar. Bumthang (the ‘Plain of Ghosts”) is a land of myth and mystery and tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava who performed formidable feats and miracles here. A beautiful view of Jakar Dzong (“Castle of the white Bird”) can be had from View Point. Lunch will be served in hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight halt in hotel.

Day – 6 Bumthang – Gorsum (trek starts)
Distance – 18 Kms. About 6-7 hrs journey. Altitude of Gorsum – 3120 mtrs. After breakfast transport will reach the group to the starting point of the trek just below Kurjey Lhakhang. The trek route follows the Chamkar Chu, a river rich in trout. The trail from Bumthang to Gorsum is a gradual climb. Overnight halt in camp.

Day –  7 Gorsum – Lungsum
Distance – 12 Klms. About 5 hours journey. Altitude of Lungsum – 3160 mtrs.
The trail ascends gradually through dense forest of spruce, hemlock, Cypress,
Juniper and Maple. Overnight halt in camp.

Day – 8 Lungsum – Tsochenchen
Distance – 15 kms. About 6-7 hours journey. Altitude of Tshchenchen – 3100 mtrs. The vegetation remains the same until the camp site, which is above tree level. Halt in camp.

Day – 9 Tsochenchen – Dur Tsachu          
Distance – 17 Klms. About 7 hours journey. Altitude of Dur Tsachu – 3400 mtrs. The trek from Tshochenchen is uphill all the way till the Julila Pass at about 4700 mtrs. From the pass, if the day is clear, surrounding mountains can be seen. After crossing the pass, the trail descends till the camp site. Musk deer, herds of blue sheep and Himalayan bear is sometimes seen along the route. Halt in camp.

Day – 10 Halt at Dur Tsachu (Hot Spring)
After a late breakfast, relax in the hot spring or hike around the surrounding areas. Overnight in camp.

Day –11 Dur Tsachu – Tsochenchen
Distance – 17 Klms. About 7 hours journey. The route from Dur Tsachu ascends till the Julila Pass, and drops down till Tsochenchen. Overnight halt in camp.

Day – 12 Tshchenchen – Gorsum
Distance – 27 kms. About 9 hours journey.
An early start is a must because the distance is longer than usual. The trail leads gradually down hill.

Day – 13 Gorsum – Bumthang
From Gorsum the trail descends gradually till the bridge near Dur village. Here
the motor road is reached and transport will pick you up to take you to Bumthang .

Day – 14 Bumthang – Wangdi
The drive to Wangdi takes about 7 hours. Picnic lunch will be arranged along the way. Halt at Wangdi in Lodge.

Day – 15 Wangdi – Thimphu
Visit Punakha Dzong enroute. Punakha used to be the winter Capital of Bhutan until 1966. It is a place of great historical significance. The mortal remains of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal are preserved in a shrine here. Punakha is also the winter residence of the Je Kenpo (Head Abbot) and the Central Monk body. Drive to Thimphu. Halt overnight in hotel.

Day – 16  Visit Tashichho Dzong The main Secretariat Building.
It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Wander through the town, visit shops and the handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made. Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive. Visit the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Simtokha Dzong ( 6 Kms from Thimphu ) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 A.D. The Simtokha Dzong houses the largest monastic school in the country. Evening  drive to Paro.

Day – 17   Morning departure from Paro Airport