Duer Hot Spring Trek

  • Trip duration 16 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate + Hard
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The Duer Hot Spring Trek route falls under old expedition route to Mt. Gangkhar Puensum. The trek is known for its hot springs and best expriance to make it  and highly  recommended season is March to April and September to early November.

This is one of the most challenging treks in Bhutan.The 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 hotsprings, arguably the most beautiful hot springs in the Himalayas.

The trail has numerous steep ascents and descents and ranges from altitudes between 3000-4700m. However, despite the challenge, this trek is well worth the effort as it will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Bhutan. You’ll journey through forests of spruce, hemlock, juniper and maple that are populated by Blue Sheep, Musk Deer and even Himalayan Black Bears.

An entire day will be dedicated to resting in the hotsprings. The periods between March to April and September to November are the best times to take on this challenging route

 

 

 


 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Paro
  • Day 02: Paro
  • Day 03: Paro - Thimphu
  • Day 04: Thimphu - Trongsa
  • Day 05: Trongsa - Bumthang
  • Day 06: Bumthang - Gorsum (18 km, 7 hours)
  • Day 07: Gorsum - Lungsum (12 km, 5 hours)
  • Day 08: Lungsum - Tshochenchen
  • Day 09: Tshenchen - Duer Tsachu (17 km, 6/7 hours)
  • Day 10: Duer Tsachu halt
  • Day 11: Duer Tsachu - Tshochenchen (17 km, 6/7 hours)
  • Day 12: Tashochenchen - Gorsum
  • Day 13: Gorsum - Bumthang
  • Day 14: Bumthang - Punakha (205 km, 6 hours)
  • Day 15: Punakha - Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hrs)
  • Day 16: Depart Paro

Cost Includes:

1) There will be 10% Bhutan Sales Tax and 10% Service Charge on all rates.

2) Visas and Fee (US $ 40 single entry)

3) Accommodations at 3Star on B.B Plan

4) All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be served in buffet)

5) Transport/transfers within Bhutan

6) Entrance fees and permits

7) Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide

8) 35% royalty to the government (USD 65/night)

9) Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

10) Two litters of mineral water

Cost Excludes:

1) Travel Insurance

2) Beverages

3) Expenses of personal nature

4) Airfare for international/domestic flights and Excess baggage

5) Tips to guides and drivers

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01Arrive ParoDruk Airways flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom.

    On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and custom formalities and then received by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02ParoFull day Paro sightseeing, visit to ; Ta Dzong, built in 17th century as watch tower for Paro Dzong. This Dzong was later converted into National Museum in 1968, and is filled with antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend Paro valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as administrative centre and home of monastic community. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, situated at the end of Paro valley and built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of the Kingdom is another place of interest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
  • Day 03 Paro - ThimphuMorning drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. About 7 km before Thimphu, on a breezy hilltop rises Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan's most ancient fortress. After lunch, visit the Memorial Stupa of the Late King, built in 1974, the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts still practice, the Painting School which is particularly famous for thangkha paintings, 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 04Thimphu - TrongsaDrive to Trongsa via Dochula pass (3,050m). From this pass, on a clear day, one can have a superb view of the highest peaks in Bhutan such as Gangkhar Puensum, Jeje Khang, Masagang, Gangchey Ta. Drive further to Wangduephodrang town which is also your lunch stop. Then proceed to Trongsa crossing 3,300m Pele la pass. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.
  • Day 05Trongsa - BumthangMorning visit to striking Trongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Bhutan's Royal family. Then visit Ta Dzong, built as watch tower to guard Trongsa Dzong. Proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon, visit here ; the Jakar Dzong built in 17th century during the time of Shabdrung 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. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
  • Day 06Bumthang - Gorsum (18 km, 7 hours)The trek route passes through Chemkhar Chhu, the river famous for trouts. Camp at altitude 3,120m.
  • Day 07Gorsum - Lungsum (12 km, 5 hours)Today's route passes through the dense forests of spruce, hemlock, cypress, juniper and maples. The trail is more or less muddy and ascends gradually till you reach to campsite at altitude 3,160m.
  • Day 08 Lungsum - TshochenchenTrek through dense vegetation till you reach Tashochenchen at an altitude of 3,700m. Camp is just above the treeline.
  • Day 09Tshenchen - Duer Tsachu (17 km, 6/7 hours)The day'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). The trail then traverses tohrough jungle to a camp near Duer hot spring at 3,550m. Musk deer, Blue sheep and Himalayan bear may be seen on this part of trek.
  • Day 10Duer Tsachu haltDay to relax in the hot spring.
  • Day 11Duer Tsachu - Tshochenchen (17 km, 6/7 hours)Start early crossing again Juli La pass en route. After this pass it is gradual descent till the campsite.
  • Day 12Tashochenchen - GorsumBeing a long route, today's trek should be started early.
  • Day 13Gorsum - BumthangFrom Gorsum walk downhill till you reach the Duer village. Then follow the new motorable road. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
  • Day 14Bumthang - Punakha (205 km, 6 hours)Explore fascinating Bumthang valley. After early lunch drive to Punakha for overnight stay.
  • Day 15Punakha - 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.
  • Day 16Depart ParoAfter early breakfast transfer to destination.

Trip Note

Trip booking documents

  1. Passport copy
  2. Passport size photograph
  3. Tour and travel insurance
  4. 50% trip advance

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