Gasa Hot Spring Trek

Trip length: 10 Days
Level: Moderate
Season: February to March & October to December

Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport

On the flight to Paro International Airport, the guests will experience breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan mountain ranges, including the sacred Mount Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by Mr. Sonam Peljore, CEO or the representative of Sonam Tshoey Travel together with the Guide and driver who will take you directly to the hotel for a short rest and some refresments.  Depending on the time, the guests can take a stroll around the town and visit some interesting local handicraft shops.  Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro-Thimphu

After the breakfast drive to Thimphu and  visit Memorial Chorten which was built in memory of our 3rd King, followed by visit to the Zorig Chusum School (13 Arts and Crafts), National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk Heritage Museum and the Handicrafts Emporium.  Due to the government regulation, the guests are permitted to visit Tashichho Dzong only after 5 p.m. only during the working days.  Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha - Tashithang

After the breakfast, the guests will be driven to Punakha via Dochula pass (3,100m) and witness the wonderful 108 stupas built on the ridge.  The drive takes the guests through magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia, daphne and azelea trees and shrubs. On a clear day, one can enjoy the panoramic view of eastern Himalaya peaks.  Enjoy the view of Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong is now used as the winter residence of Central Monk Body and the Directrict Administrative Centre.  Picnic lunch will be arranged near a riverside in Punakha.  After lunch drive to Tashithang following the Mo Chhu (river). Camp site at Tashithang at 1,600m.

Day 4: Tashithang - Damji - Gasa

After breakfast, slowly start the trek by the riverside, following a well-made path through semi tropical forest. For flower lovers there is abundant wild orchids here. The day’s walk is fairly gentle climbing up to Damji village at an altitude of 2,250m.   After picnic lunch, the guests will continue walking through sub-tropical forests and villages up to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring). The Tsachu is a famous place where people from all over the country come to have bath in the hot spring which is known to cure most diseases.  The guests will trek up towards the Dzong in the evening. Camp below the Dzong at an altitude of 2,900m. Walking time 6-7 hours.

Day 5: The day at Gasa Tsachu

The guests are free to either laze in the hot spring or take a pack lunch and climb about two hours to visit the Gasa village and the Dzong. Overnight at the camp site.

Day 6: Gasa Tsachu - Geon Damji

After breakfast, slowly start the trek which leads to a short climb, and the trail then winds through the rolling hills and passes amongst the pine and oak forests, farmers fields and clustered villages.  The guests will also be able to see the beautiful view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley that seem to float in the space. Camp site an an altitude of  2280m. Distance 21 km.  and walking time 6-7 hours.

Day 7: Geon Damji - Tashithang - Punakha

After the breakfast, slowly start on the trail that descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mochu Chu (river) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation.  The guests will come across monkeys and few other wild animals occasionally during the trek. On arrival at Tashithnag at an altitide of 1600m after walking for nearly 17 km for about 6-7 hours, the car will be waiting here for the guests to be driven back to Punakha. Relax in the hotel and overnight in Punakha.

Day 8: Punakha- Thimphu

After the breakfast, the guests will be taken to visit the Punakha Dzong which was once the capital of Bhutan. The Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu, which means ‘Male River and Female River’. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal the founder of Bhutan in 1637 AD and is one of the most important and historical Dzongs in Bhutan.  The sacred remains of Pema Lingpa and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal are kept in this Dzong. Currently, the Dzong houses the District Administration office and it is also the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. While in Thimphu you will stroll in the town visiting some handicraft shops and the post office. Overnight in a Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu - Paro

After breakfast drive to Paro and check into hotel. The guests will then be driven to Samtsam Chorten for a short hike to the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery. The hike is about 3-4 hours to the Monastery and back. It is believed that Guru Pagmasambhava flew to this cave on the cliff on a flying tigress and meditated here.  A vegetarian lunch will be served at the cafeteria overlooking the most picturesque monastery in the world.  Hike back to the vehicle which will take the guests back to Paro.  The guests are free in the evening to stroll freely in Paro town. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Depart

Depending on the flight timing, the guests will be seen off at the Paro International Airport for their onward journey back and our representative will bid the guests a warm farewell back home.