The trek is particularly well known for its natural hot springs considered by some to be the amongst the most beautiful in the Himalayas.

The Dur hot spring is in the Wangchuck Centennial Park and seven other hot springs can be found in this region. The temperature of the hot springs varies from 38 to 58 degree Celsius.

The trail passes through forests of Cyprus, Juniper, Spruce, Hemlock and Maple with the opportunity to see the Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf and Himalayan Black Bear.

The trail has numerous steep ascents and descents and altitudes ranges between 3000 – 4700m.

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Dur hot spring trek 17-day detail itinerary

DAY 1~ ARRIVE PARO & DRIVE TO THIMPHU 55KM/1HR

On arrival, Bhutan Bokar Tours will pick you up from the airport and drive you to Thimphu. En route, you will stop at the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder. Further down the highway you will reach Chunzom, the confluence of Paro Chu (river) and the Wang Chu. In the evening stroll the small and unique city of Thimphu. Overnight in hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 2~ THIMPHU, 2350M

Today’s sight seeing starts with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of the Third King and dedicated to world peace and prosperity; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts and the Folk Heritage Museum which will provide insight into Bhutan’s rural past.

After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Takin Preserve to see the national animal of Bhutan: Buddha point where a 138.6-foot-tall Sakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) is seated on a 62-foot-tall throne. Buddha Point affords panoramic views of Thimphu valley.

Also visit a nunnery temple followed by a visit to TashichhoDzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is the seat of government. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 3~ THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA 1300M, 77KM/3HRS

Today the drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s old capital, will take you through some of the kingdom’s fertile agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys.

The first stop is Dochu La (pass) at 3,050 meters. The snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. You could also circumambulate the 108 stupas of the Druk Wangyal Chorten. On the way down into the Punakha valley, one stop is at Mitsina village to visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility.

In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, which stands at the junction of the two Pho (male) Chu and Mo (female) chu rivers. The Dzong is an outstanding structure with intense artwork, and the winter residence of the Je Khenpo, the chief abbot of Bhutan. Overnight in hotel, Punakha.

DAY 4~ PUNAKHA TO BUMTHANG, 2600M, 142KM/ 5HRS

After an early breakfast, drive to the central district of Trongsa and pass over Pele La, at 3,390 meters. Trongsa forms the central hub of the kingdom and is the seat of the Bhutanese monarchy.

The massive Trongsa Dzong stretching across a ridge is an architectural wonder. Its watchtower (Ta Dzong) has been converted into an excellent museum.

In the afternoon visit Trongsa Dzong, first built in 1648. Both the first and second kings ruled the country from here. Visit Ta Dzong museum for a glimpse of the rich historical and religious heritage of Trongsa Dzong.

Continue to drive to Bumthang crossing Yotong La (pass) at 3,425 meters. Along the way, stop at a yathra weaving centre. Yathra is a woolen textile weave unique to Bumthang. Watch weavers at their looms. Overnight in hotel, Bumthang.

DAY 5~ EXPLORING BUMTHANG, 2600M

Today, explore Bumthang, the most beautiful valley in the kingdom and the country’s spiritual heartland. You can visit Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the Bhutan, Kujey Lhakhang, where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint when meditating; and Tamshing Lhakhang on the other side of the river. Overnight in hotel, Bumthang.

DAY 6~ BUMTHANG TO GORSUM, 18KM/6 TO 7HRS

After breakfast drive to Kurjey Lhakhang and for another 8 km on a dirt road up to Dur Zam, the starting point of the trek. Walk along the Chamkhar River famous for trout. Overnight in tented camp.

DAY 7~ GORSUM TO LUNGSUM, 12 KM/5HRS

Today the route will pass through dense forest of Cyprus, Juniper, Spruce, Hemlock and Maple. This trail is muddy and climbs gradually up to the campsite.

DAY 8~ LUNGSUM TO TSHOCHECHEN, 17KM/7HRS

The trail continues more or less through similar vegetation up to the campsite which is above the tree line and offers excellent views of the surrounding area. Overnight in tented camp.

DAY 9~ TSHOCHENCHEN TO DUR HOT SPRING, 18KM/7HRS

The route ascends until you reach Julila pass at 4,700m. On clear days the pass offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. You might come across Musk deer and herds of blue sheep. After crossing the pass the trail descends until you reach camp.

DAY 10~ DUR HOT SPRING HALT

Soak in the hot spring and relax for the whole day. Overnight at camp.

DAY 11~ DUR HOT SPRING TO TSHOCHENCHEN 18KM/7HRS

From the hot spring, the trail goes uphill until Juli la (pass). From there it descends to the campsite. Overnight in tented camp.
DAY 12~ TSHOCHENCHEN TO LUNGSUM TO GORSUM 17KM/ 9HRS

Walk from Tshochenchen via lungsum then to Gorsum. Overnight in tented camp

DAY 13~ GORSUM TO BUMTHANG, 18KM/6 TO 7HRS

You will reach Dur zam from Gorsum where your trek ends and transportation will be waiting to transfer you to hotel.

DAY 14~ BUMTHANG TO PHOBJIKHA, 3000M, 155KM/5HRS

Drive to the glacier valley of Phobjikha, one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country and the winter roosting grounds of the endangered Black-necked cranes. The valley also has a very interesting Nyingmapa monastery dating back to the 17th century.

In Phobjika valley you can do short walks taking the trail downhill.
Overnight stay in hotel, Gangtey.

DAY 15~ PHOBJIKHA TO THIMPHU, 130KM/4HRS

Before driving back to the Thimphu visit the Crane Observation and information center. Evening freely stroll in Thimphu town and mingle with the local people. Overnight sin hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 16~ HIKE TO TAKTSHANG (TIGER’S NEST)

Early morning drive to Paro and hike to Tiger’s nest. This hike, which is all the way uphill, takes about 2 hours through pine forests at average pace.

The tiger’s nest monastery clings to a huge rocky cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. The great tantric saint Padmasambhava is said to have come here on a flying tigress and meditated for three months. It is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the world.

After lunch in Taktshang café, visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century and the ruins of Drugyel dzong, the fort that defended Paro valley from Tibetan invasions in the early 17th century. Overnight in hotel, Paro.

DAY 17~ DEPARTURE

Drive to Paro International Airport for your departure.