Gasa Hot Spring Trekking - 9 Nights/ 10 Days

Gasa Hot Spring TrekkingGasa hot Spring Trekking in Bhutan starts by the riverside, following a well-made path through semi tropical forest. For flower lovers there are abundant wild orchids here. The day’s walk is fairly gentle climbing up to Damji village at an altitude of 2,250m, walking time 5/6 hours. After lunch, you 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, due to its curative powers. You will walk up to the Dzong in the evening. Camp below the Dzong at an altitude of 2,900m. Walking time 6-7 hours.Gasa hot Spring trek can be done from March to May and from September to December.

Gasa hot spring Trek is the last part of the Laya Gasa trek in reverse. The hot springs are fun but there is a lot of up climbing to do. The Jigme Dorji National park administers the hot spring complex. There are five cement pools and a shower room, with more under construction. The water temperature is 40°C, which is comfortably warm, but not scalding.

Gasa Hot Spring Trekking - Day to Day itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions representative and transfer to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu

After break fast visit Memorial Chorten (third King's memorial stupa), Tashichho Dzong (capital of Bhutan), Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute, Handicrafts Emporium and Folk Heritage Museum in Kawajangsa. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha - Tashithang

Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass (3,100m), through magnificent forests of rhododendron and magnolia. On the clear days, you can have the panoramic view of eastern Himalayan peaks. Picnic lunch at Punakha at the riverside. 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 monk body and administrative centre of the district. After lunch drive on to Tashithang following Mo Chhu River. Camp at Tashithang 1,600m.

Day 4: Tashithang - Damji - Gasa

The trek starts 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, walking time 5/6 hours. After lunch, you 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, due to its curative powers. You will walk up to 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

You can either laze in the hot spring or take a pack lunch and climb about two hours to visit Gasa village and the Dzong. Overnight camp.

Day 6: Gasa Tsachu - Geon Damji

After a short climb, the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through the pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. You will also see a beautiful view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall seeming to float in space. Camp. Alt. 2280m. Distance 21 km. Time 6-7 hours.

Day 7: Geon Damji - Tashithang - Punakha

The trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mochu ( Chu means River ) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation. You will also see monkeys and few other animals occasionally. Arrive at Tashithnag at an altitide of 1700m after walking 17 km for about 6-7 hours. Your car will be waiting here to transfer to Punakha. Relax in the hotel and overnight in Punakha.

Day 8: Punakha- Thimphu

Mornin, visit the Punakha Dzong the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu, which mean ‘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. In the Dzong are kept the sacred remains of Pema Lingpa and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong now houses the District Administration office and the winter residence of the state Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. While in Thimphu you will stroll in the town visiting some handicraft shops. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu - Paro

After breakfast drive Paro and on arrival, you will check into hotel. Then hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery. The hike is about 3 hours to the Monastery. It is said that 8th century spiritual master (Guru Rimpoche) meditated in the cave for three months. Hike back to Paro in the evening. Evening stroll freely in Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Depart

Drive to the airport. Our representative will bid you farewell.


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