Dur Hot Springs Trek

Dur Hot Springs Trek

This trek journeys into the Wangchuk Centennial Park, where the seven pools of naturally heated water are said to be the most beautiful hot springs in the Himalayas. This invigorating trek follows trails through virgin forests of spruce, juniper, cyprus and hemlock, crossing several high passes surrounded by a chain of majestic peaks on the horizon. A challenging trek that passes through remote regions home to musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan black bear, this journey affords a glimpse into the unspoiled beauty of Bhutan's rugged wilderness.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro

Take a breathtaking flight over the Himalayas to arrive in the Bhutanese capital city of Paro. An equally stunning drive will take us across Paro valley to Thimpu. Visit the Tashichhodzong, or "Fortress of the Glorious Religion", a majestic dzong built in 1641. Spend the evening at your leisure and overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Drive from Thimpu to Tongsa: 4 - 5 hours drive

Begin the day crossing Dochula pass (3100m), affording some of Bhutan's most spectacular panoramas. We'll stop at Wangdiphodrang for lunch, continuing across the Pele La pass to reach Chendbjichorten. We arrive in Tongsa in the evening and overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Drive from Tongsa to Bumthang: 1 hour drive

Visit Tongsa Dzong, Bhutan's largest fortress and historical seat of the present Bhutanese royal family. In Bumthang, visit the ancient JambeyLakhang, a monument dating back to before the reign of the Sindhu Raja in Bumthang. Nearby, you can find the bodily impressions of the Guru Padsambhava preserved on a rock face at KurjeLakhang.

Day 4: Walk from Bumthang to Gorsum:  6 hours walk

The trek begins at a trailhead below KurjeLakhang. We begin by traversing the banks of the Chamkhar Chu, a turquoise ribbon of trout-rich water dividing the sprawling Chamkhar Valley.  We'll ascend to a spectacular viewpoint and camp beneath the stars.

Day 5: Walk from Gorsum to Lungsum: 5 hours walk

We'll enter the solitude of the forest today, passing through thick stands of cyprus, juniper, hemlock, spruce and maples. Keep your eyes open for wildlife spottings. We camp on an exposed hillside overlooking the valley.

Day 6: Walk from Lungsum to Tsochenchen: 6 - 7 hours walk

Continuing through dense forest trails, we emerge occasionally from the tree line to witness breathtaking views of the sprawling valley surroundings and distant mountain ranges.  We camp for the night near Tsochenchen.

Day 7: Walk from Tsochenchen to DurTshachu: 7 hours walk

The trail from Tsochenchen leads uphill passed herds of grazing blue sheep to the foot of Julia Pass. Epic scenery unfolds as we ascend high above the tree line, then climb back down into the forest to DurTshachu.

Day 8: Rest day at DurTshachu

We spend today at rest in DurTshachu. Relax in the nearby hot springs or explore the forest surroundings.

Day 9: Walk from DurTshachu to Tsochenchen: 7 hours walk

We'll re-cross the Julia Pass this morning and descend back to Tsochenchen.

Day 10: Walk from Tsochenchen to Gorsum: 7 - 8 hours walk

A long day of walking awaits us today, but the path makes a descent that is pleasantly gradual.

Day 11: Walk from Gorsum to Bumthang: 6 hours walk

Our descent continues from Gorsum to reach Dur, where we stop to rest and have lunch. We follow a motorable road in the afternoon to Bumthang. Spend the evening exploring any sights you may have missed on the arrival journey.

Day 12: Drive from Bumthang to Wangdiphodrang: 7 hours drive

In the morning we'll explore the valley surrounding Bumthang. Visit JakarDzong and TamshingLhakhang. After lunch we'll board a jeep and drive to Wangdiphodrang.

Day 13: Drive from Wangdiphodrang toThimpu: 3 hours drive

The spectacular Wangdi Dzong sits at the confluence of the Mo and Tang rivers near Wangdiphodrang. Visit the dzong and the local bazaar, then drive to Punakha, Bhutan's ancient capital, where fine examples of Bhutanese architecture can be seen. We'll end the day with a drive to Thimpu.

Day 14: Drive from Thimpu to Paro: 1hours drive

Return to the Bhutanese capital of Paro. Spend the day exploring the city at your leisure. 

Day 15: Depart Paro

A morning flight will take you to your onward destination. Thanks for traveling with Outdoor Expeditions. Farewell and Namaste.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off in private vehicle
  • Hotel with included breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Private transportation and government licensed guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Government licensed, experienced trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • Insurance for trekking crew (guides and porters)
  • All required equipment for trekking crew, kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent
  • Accommodations in hotels, tea-houses, or camps during trekking
  • Three daily meals while trekking
  • All required conservation fees and trekking permits (TIMS)

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees for attractions (UNESCO world heritage sites, museums, etc.) during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance or cost of air rescue in the event of emergency
  • Air ticket to and from Nepal from your point of origin
  • Visa fee for entry into Nepal
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, hygiene items, staff tips, etc.)

Trip Note

This is a challenging trek with strenuous climbs/descents and several passes over 4500 meters. Several days involve more than eight hours of walking. Best seasons to trek in this region are March to April and September to October.