Bhutan Himalaya : The Dhur Hot Springs

On central Bhutan’s scenic trail ~ 17 to 19 days
We have combined this premier mid-length trek in the mountains of central Bhutan with a wider cultural itinerary for a more comprehensive Bhutan experience. The Dhur hot springs have long been attributed medicinal properties and Bhutanese people of all ages have followed the well-beaten path to its healing waters. Dhur also has a mystical quality arising from it’s associations with the life of Guru Padmasambhava, the 8th-century patron saint of the Himalayas.

We will have ample opportunity to explore the religious and spiritual connections between the landscape and local beliefs as we wend our way through the scenic forests of pine, cypress, dwarf bamboo, spruce and hemlock. In spring rhododendron blooms add an extra splash of color. Join Bhutanese pilgrims in the much-loved pastime of a hot springs soak as we soothe tired muscles and absorb the dramatic surroundings. Your journey includes a stop at the Kurjey Monastery (pictured below) and other cultural highlights of both central and West Bhutan.

Maximum Elevation:
12,000ft. Note: general indications; exact elevations may vary.

Walking Time: Average: 5 to 7 hours daily with one 9-hour day.
Note: general indications; exact times may vary according to individual fitness and endurance levels.

Distances: (see Itinerary in Brief below for general indications; difficulty varies by terrain):

Bags and gear transported by mule or yak; meals and camp set-up by camp crew.

dhur_hotsprings471x365 ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1: Arrive in Paro and visit the National Museum.

Day 2: Paro valley basin walking tour or hike to Taktshang “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery.

Days 3 & 4: Transfer to the capital, Thimphu, and afternoon visit to the National Memorial Stupa, hike to Tango Buddhist College.

Days 5 & 6: Transfer to Wangdue Valley with a stop at the 10,000-foot Dochula pass, hike to Khamsum Temple and visit the “Hall of 100 Pillars.”

Days 7 & 8: Transfer to Bumthang and afternoon hike to Lamey Gompa palace,visit Kurjey Monastery and area temples and monuments.

Day 9: Jakar to Gorsum (11.5 miles).

Days 10 to 12: Gorsum to Dhur Hot Springs (7.5 to 11 miles).

Day 13: Rest day at the hot springs.

Days 14 to 16: Return trek to Jakar Valley.

Day 17: Transfer to Wangdue with a stop at Trongsa Dzong.

Day 18: Transfer to Wangdue.

Day 19: Return flight to Bangkok or another gateway city.