Best Trek in Bhutan Dur Hotspring Trek

Dur Hot Spring is the best trek in Bhutan. It is a very scenic and wonderful trek in Bhutan. You will come across herds of blue sheep and Himalayan black bears with seven Hot springs along the route which believed to have good medicinal value.

Best Time to Trek Dur Hot Spring

The best time to trek is from April to May and October to December.

Guide for Dur Hot Spring Trek in Bhutan

We use best guide carefully selected for this trek of Bhutan. They are well trained and certified by TCB.

 

Tour Program Destination Tour Activity Hotels/Camps
Day 01 Paro Cultural Sightseeing Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 02 Paro Culture and Hike Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 03 Thimphu Cultural Sightseeing Hotel Phuntsho Pelri
Day 04 Thimphu to Punakha Cultural Tour Hotel Lobesa
Day 05 Punakha to Bumthang Cultural Tour Hotel Yugharling
Day 06 Bumthang Sightseeing Cultural Sightseeing Yugharling
Day 07 Bumthang to Gorsum Trekking Camping at Gorsum
Day 08 Gorsum – Lungsum: Distance 12 Km, about 5 hrs Trek Camping at Lungsum
Day 09 Lungsum Tshochenchen -Distance 15 Km, 6-7 hrs. Trek Camping at Tshochenchen
Day 10 Tshochenchen – Dur Tshachu Trek Dur Hotspring Bath
Day 11 Dur Tsachu (Halt) Sightseeing around the camping area Camping at Dur
Day 12 Dur Tsachu Tshochenchen Trek Camping at Tshochenchen
Day 13 Tshochenchen Gorsum Trek Camping at Gorsum
Day 14 Gorsum – Bumthang Trek Hotel Jakar Village Lodge
Day 15 Bumthang to Thimphu Driving and shopping at Thimphu Hotel Phuntshopelri
Day 16 Thimphu and see off    

Dur Hotspring Trek in Bhutan:

The prime purpose is to visit the hot springs said to contain medicinal values and popular treks in Bhutan. This is one of the famous trekking routes in Bhutan. This is also the old expedition route to Gangkar Phuensum the highest mountain in Bhutan.

Day 01. Paro Tour upon Arrival

Arrive Paro by Druk air flight. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchan junga and other Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu drakey in Bhutan. The drive to the hotel through Paro valley is enchanting. After lunch, you will be taken to the small town of Paro town to acclimatize to the mountain weather. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02. Paro Tiger nest Hike and sightseeing:

One day famous hike to Tiger Nest monastery is one place you shouldn’t miss while on Bhutan Tour. The hiking route to Tiger Nest trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.

This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort.

After lunch visits the only museum followed by a short walk to the cantilever bridge via Paro Dzong.

Day 03. Paro – Thimphu Tour:

This morning follow the winding road beside the Pachu [chu means river or water] downstream to its confluence with the Wangchu, then up the valley to Thimphu, the capital. In Thimphu, you can visit the highest standing Buddha Statue overlooking Thimphu valley. Lunch at the restaurant. After lunch visits the Memorial Chorten. Here the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the late King. Overnight in hotel.

Day 04. Thimphu – Punakha:

After breakfast drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. Lunch at Punakha.

After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female river). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government.

The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.Overnight in Hotel. 

DAY 05. Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang

We start early today. After breakfast drive to Bumthang. On the way, stop a while to view Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang.

After lunch, visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and the first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. Then Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal and drive to Bumthang. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 06. Bumthang Sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan and then visit Lamey Goemba, a large palace, and monastery built in the 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi. Visit Jambay Lhakhang said to have been built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma(treasure).

In October one of the most spectacular festival, “Jambay Lhakhang Drup” is staged here. After lunch, Visit Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang, it is the site of the palace of the Indian King, the Sindhu Raja who invited Guru Rimpoche to Bumthang. The Original palace was made of Iron and hence the name Chakhar meaning made of iron. The saint Dorji Lingpa built the Current building in the 14th century.

We then visit Kurjey Lhakhang that is named after the body print of Guru Rimpoche, built-in 1652 by Minjur Tempa. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom.

Dur Hot Spring Trek in Bhutan begins

Day 07. Bumthang – Gorsum: (Distance 18 Km, about 6- 7 Hrs)

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 with the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for its richness in Trout. The Trek trail for Bumthang to Gorsum is rather gradual. Overnight in Camp.

Day 08. Gorsum – Lungsum: Distance 12 Km, about 5 hrs. Alt. 3160 Meters. Today you will be walking through dense forests of spruce, hemlock, Cypress, Juniper, and Maples. The Trail is more or less muddy and ascends gradually till you reach your campsite. Overnight in Camp.

Day 09. Lungsum – Tshochenchen: Distance 15 Km, 6-7 hrs. Alt. 3100 m.

The vegetation is dense from Tshochenchen all the way uphill to the Julila Pass, which is about 4700 m. The vegetation from Lungsun to Tshochenchen is more or less the same till you reach your campsite. The camp will be above the tree line. Overnight in camp.

Day 10. Tshochenchen – Dur Tshachu: Distance 17 Km. About 7 hrs. Alt.

3400 m. The Trek from Tshochenchen is uphill till you reach the Julila Pass at about 3400 m. 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 Beers may be seen en route. Overnight in camp.

Day 11. Dur Tsachu (Halt)

After a late breakfast, relax in the hot spring or hike in and around the camp. Overnight in Camp.

Day 12. Dur Tsachu – Tshochenchen: Distance 17 km, about 7 hrs. Alt.

3100 M. The Trek trail from Dur Tsachu is uphill till July. After crossing the pass the trail descends till you reach the campsite. Overnight in Camp.

Day 13. Tshochenchen – Gorsum: Distance 17 km. about 9 hrs. Alt.3120 m.

Today the trek begins early, as the trail is long. The trail drops gradually down for about 2 hrs till you reach the campsite. Overnight in Camp.

Day 14. Gorsum – Bumthang:

From Gorsum, descend downhill till you cross the Dur Village bridge then follow the new motor road till you meet up with transport. After lunch, Leisure time. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 15. Bumthang – Thimphu:

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu (7 ½ hrs.)

Day 16. Departure:

Early Morning, drive to Paro airport and farewell.

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FAQ

When is the best time to Trek Dur Hot spring?

Dur Hot Spring Trek in Bhutan is best in spring and autumn but the routes remain open throughout the year.

What does the cost include in this Trek?

The cost includes all meals, a Professional guide, cook, pony, sleeping tent, toilet tent, and sleeping bag.

How much does it cost for this Trek?

The cost for a single traveler will be more expensive and the government has properly regulated fixed tariff for the trek. Check TCB website for cost.

What will be the weather like in Spring and Autumn?

The weather will be clear blue sky with warm temperature. The monsoon starts only from late July till august.

Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets, Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all.

Emergency contacts

Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Sales Manager) 0097517343496 (Available for 24 hours a day)

 

Destination Information on Dur Hot Spring Trek in Bhutan

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Trekking Guide:

Mr.Lal Bdr Rai has done this trekking 20 times and have very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place.

Trekking Cook for Dur Hot Spring Trek in Bhutan:

Our Cook Kaka is a licensed and trained Trekking cook. Though he may not be a very good conversational list in English, he is well trained in the cooking of all kinds of meals.

Trekking Equipment:

We use high-quality tents and equipment imported from the US for a comfortable stay.