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16 Days

Dhur Hot Spring

This trek route falls under the old expedition route to Mt. Gangkhar Puensum. The trek is known for its hot springs. Bhutan is regarded as one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world. Bhutan enjoys a reputation for authenticity, remoteness, and a well-protected cultural heritage and natural environment.

Today tourism is a vibrant business with a high potential for growth and further development. The Royal Government of Bhutan adheres strongly to a policy of ‘High Value, Low Impact’ tourism which serves the purpose of creating an image of exclusivity and high yield for Bhutan.

  • Season: The recommended season is March to April and September to early November.

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

On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and customs formalities and then received by our representative and transfer to the hotel.

The evening takes a stroll around the town’s main street.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

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Full-day Paro sightseeing, visit Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century as a 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 the 17th century to defend Paro valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as the administrative center and home of the monastic community.

Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, situated at the end of Paro valley and built by Zhabdrung 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.

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Morning 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 are still practiced, the Painting School which is particularly famous for thangkha paintings, and the National Library which houses ancient Buddhist texts, and manuscripts.

Also visit Tashichhodzong, the ‘fortress of the glorious religion.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

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Drive 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, Masagang, and Gangchenta. 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.

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Morning visit to striking Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral abode of Bhutan’s Royal family. Then visit Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to guard Trongsa Dzong. Proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon, visit here; the Jakar Dzong was built in the 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first religious and temporal ruler of Bhutan.

Then visit the Kurjey monastery where Guru Padmasambhava left his body imprint in the 8th century. The temple was later built in the 17th century. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

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The trek route passes through Chamkhar Chhu, the river famous for touts.

Camp at altitude 3,120m.

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 the campsite at an altitude of 3,160m.

Trek through dense vegetation till you reach Tshochenchen at an altitude of 3,700m. Camp is just above the tree line.

The day’s walk is uphill, passing a small lake until you reach 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 through the jungle to a camp near Dhur hot spring at 3,550m. Musk deer, Blue sheep, and Himalayan bear may be seen on this part of the trek.

Day to relax in the hot spring.

Start early crossing again Juli La passes en route. After this pass, it is a gradual descent to the campsite.

Being a long route, today’s trek should be started early.

Morning visit to Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Later drive to Wangduephodrang to visit Dzong and the local market.

After lunch, proceed to Paro.

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After early breakfast drive to the airport for the flight to the onward destination.

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in COMO Uma Paro.
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route/Trekking Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide/host.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a unique culture. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Dechen Dema

Dechen Dema | Culture & Trekking Expert

host

Pelden Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

Damchoe Lhendrup

Damchoe Lhendrup | Culture & Trekking Expert

Trek guide

Jigme Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

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