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Activities: Trekking and Sight Seeing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty: Fairly Difficult
Max Elevation: 2770 m/9086ft
Transport: Private car or tourist bus
Minimum Group Size: +2
Best Season: Spring (April and May), summer (June, July, and August) and autumn (September, October, and November)
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Paro
This trek leads you to the hot spring at Gasa. The Bhutanese believe that this hot spring has some medicinal values and in some cases cure people of their illnesses. In this package tour, you will not only trek to the hot spring but will also have the opportunity of visiting Punakha, Thimphu and the Paro valleys. The entire trek is through beautiful forests of sub-tropical trees in the beginning and alpine vegetation towards the end of the trek. A lot of orchid species can be seen and in the winter months, it is common to see the National Animal-Takin grazing in the bushes.
After our arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a our
reprentative/staff will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. We can take
rest and later visit the company office in Thamel, a popular tourist hub. However, there
will be a welcome dinner in the evening where we get to experience excellent Nepalese
After breakfast, we begin our tour of four amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These
include the architecturally rich Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati
Nath, the interesting ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddha Nath Stupa which
is one of the largest stupas in the world. After completing our tour late in the
afternoon, we drive to High Spirit office for a brief meeting about our trek and
get to know our team leader (guide) and fellow travelers.
Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be received by the representative of Bhutan Nature View tours and treks (Bhutan tour operator)who will then escort you to your hotel. After lunch, you will be taken to the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong and walk across the Nyemi Zam to your car. Evening at leisure, if you desire, a visit to a farmhouse can be arranged.
Travel to the Capital of Bhutan will take about 1 1/2 hour. On the way, visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in Bhutan built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan. After Lunch, visit Tashichho Dzong, the fortress of the glorious religion. Then drive to Sangay Gang viewpoint to have a full view of Thimphu valley. On the way see National animal -Taken- kept in captivity. Evening at leisure. Your guide can take you to a few souvenir shops if you desire.
Drive to Punakha by crossing the Dochula Pass (3050m). If you have a clear sky, the view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges is spectacular and you can even see the Gasa Dzong as a white dot in the horizon. Further down you will drive through spectacular villages of Toebisa and Messina. Then through Punakha valley. From Tashithang, you will be driving through an unpaved road till you reach Damji. Overnight in Camp.
The trek to the hot springs from Damji is through beautiful pine forests and village hamlets. The walk is made more enjoyable by the calls of the wild birds and animals. As you reach the hot springs, your trekking staff would have hot cups of tea/coffee for you. Overnight in camp.
Enjoy the Gasa hot springs. Dip yourself in the hot spring and simply relax. The hot springs will wash off all your stress. Overnight in camp.
Following breakfast, drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful and impressive Dzongs in Bhutan built in the 17th century. It was here that the first king of Bhutan was crowned in 1907. Overnight at the hotel.
Following b/fast, visit the temple of fertility which is about 20 minutes walk through Sopsokha village and rice field. After the temple continue to drive to Paro via Dochula pass. Weather permitting; you can enjoy the panoramic view of the whole of Himalayan ranges. Hot lunch can be arranged at Dochula cafeteria. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Following breakfast, drive 10km north through the beautiful valley of Paro and hike to Taktsang (tiger’s Den) monastery hanging on a cliff 800m above the valley. In the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress in one of his eight forms called Guru Dorje Drolo and meditated for 3 months in a cave and converted Paro valley into Buddhism. Later in the 17th century, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan Tenzin Rabgye built this present temple and named it Taktsang meaning; tiger’s lair in the same spot where Guru meditated. This temple is one of the most sacred and also a pilgrimage center for Buddhists from all over the world. It was completely burnt down in 1998 and re-built with help from Bhutan government, individual donors and financial support from other nations.
It takes 2 hours to ascend till the closest viewpoint and 1 hour descend to the valley. Stop at tourism café situated half way for refreshment. On your way back, you again stop at the café for lunch. After lunch, continue to walk down to the bottom of the valley where your vehicle is waiting. Overnight at the hotel
Following breakfast, transfer to Paro International airport for your onward flight. Your guide assists you with baggage, bid you farewell and wish you a safe journey back home.