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Druk Hot Spring (17 Days)

Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, KanchenJunga and other Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mt. JichuDrakey in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro you will be received by our representative. The drive to the hotel through Paro valley is enchanting. After lunch you will be taken to the Ta-dzong (museum). Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Paro sightseeing. Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa chu to the Drukgyal dzong, the ruined for, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. Later excursion to Taktsang monastery view point.

Day 3: Paro/Thimphu. This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa chu(chu means river or water) downstream to its confluence with the Wangchu, then up valley to Thimphu, the capital. Afternoon lunch at the hotel. After lunch visit the Memorial Chorten. Here the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the late king. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Thimphu/Trongsa. The journey to central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 7 to 8 hours. Pack lunch will be provided at the hotel. Lunch stop at ChendebjeChhorten. Overnight at the tourist lodge.

Day 5: Trongsa/Jakar (Bumthang). Drive to Jakar takes approximately 2 1/2 (two & half) hours. Tales of the great teacher Guru Padmasambhava dominate this holy valley. From the view point you can see Jakardzong "the castle of white bird". Lunch at tourist lodge.Afternoon hike up to Lame Gompa, a place built by the 1st king for his two nun sisters. Outside the Gompa one can see traditional Bhutanese paper making. Overnight at the tourist lodge.

Day 6: Bumthang/Gorsum. Distance 18 kms., about 6-7 hours. Alt. 3,120m. After breakfast the transport will reach you up to the trek point just below Kurjelhakhang, one of Bumthang's most renowned temples. The trek route takes you along the Chamkharchu, a river known for its richness in trout. The trek trail for Bumthang to Gorsum is rather gradual. Overnight in camp.

Day 7: Gorsum/Lungsum. Distance 12 kms., about 5 hours. Alt 3,160 m. Todayyou 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 camp site and spend the night there.

Day 8: Lungsum/Tsochenchen. Distance 15 kms. about 6-7 hours, Alt. 3100m.The vegetation is dense fromTsochenchen all the way uphill to the Julilapass which is about 4,700m. The vegetation from Lungsum to Tsochenchen is more or less the same till you reach near to your camp site. The camp will be above tree line. Overnight in camp.

Day 9: Tsochenchen/DurTsachu. Distance - 17 kms, about 7 hours. Alt. 3,400. The trek from Tsochenchen is uphill till you reach the Julila pass at about 3,400m. From here if the weather is clear surrounding mountains can be viewed. After crossing the pass the trek trail descends till you reach the camp site. Musk deer, herds of Blue Sheep and Himalayan bear may be seen enroute. Overnight in camp.

Day 10: DurTsachu/halt. After a late breakfast relax in the hot spring or hike in and around the camp. Overnight in camp.

Day 11: DurTsachu/Tsochenchen. Distance 17 kms., about 7 hours. Alt. 3,100m. The trek trail from Durtsachuis is uphill till Julila. After crossing the pass the trail descends till you reach the camp site. Overnight in camp.

Day 12: Tsochenchen/Gorosum. Distance - 16 kms., about 9 hours. Alt. 3,120m.Today the trek begins early as the trail is long. The trail drops gradually down for about 2 hours till you reach camp site. Overnight in camp.

Day 13: Gorsum/Bumthang. From Gorsum descend downhill till you cross the Dur village bridge. Then follow the new motor road till you meet up with the transport. After lunch, leisure time.Overnight at the lodge.

Day 14: Bumthang/Wangdue. Drive to Wangdue takes about 7 hours. Picnic lunch will be provided at the lodge. Lunch stop on the way.Overnight in guest house / camp.

Day 15: Wangdue/Thimphu. Drive to Punakha dzong. Visit the dzong when the monks are in Thimphu. Punkhadzong was the nation's capital until 1955. The remains of Zhabdrung, the saint who unified Bhutan in the 17th century, isinterred here. The Je-Khenpo, the head abbot of the country, resides here with the monk body from Thimphu during winter. Then drive back to Thimphu over Dochula pass. Overnight in hotel.

Day 16: Thimphu sightseeing. A full day of sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Wander in the town, visit the Handicrafts Emporium. Visit the workshop where all the handicrafts are produced. Afternoon visit Tashichhodzong.Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17: Thimphu/Paro airport. Drive to Paro for onward flight.


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