Govt. Regd. No: 69767-2066/67

Gasa Hot Spring Trek

Duration: 12 days      (Based On review(s))

Gasa Hot Spring Trek is an enjoyable trek done in the western region of Bhutan. The prime highlight of the trek is the Gasa hot springs dipping in relaxing the body and mind. Bhutanese people also believe the medicinal value of the waters where many locals flocked in. The trekking experience itself is also interesting with hiking past Bhutanese countryside where simple Buddhist folks live a harmonious and contented life with simplicity. Trekking in Bhutan offers amazing Himalayan panorama, interacting with the locals. Bhutan tour packages besides trekking also include cultural sightseeing around the colorful Paro, the capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha.

Any Bhutan tour is incomplete without the hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ outskirts of the Paro town. It’s believed Guru Padmasambhava flew on a back of a flying tigress and meditated here in the 8th century. You will also visit several historical and religious landmarks like Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakang, etc. Gasa Hot Spring Trek is a gentle trek witnessing the culture and traditions of Bhutan with witnessing majestic Himalayan panorama.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Dip into the Gasa Hot Springs.
  • Relaxed & fun-filled trek into the Bhutanese countryside.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Your Gasa Hot Spring Trek starts with a flight to Paro. If you are flying in from Delhi or Kathmandu the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigration formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel
After breakfast drive through the valley straight north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century. On the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger’s nest) view point, visit a farm house. After lunch visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is considered to be the one of the best natural and historical museum and walk down hill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River).Evening at leisure in the local market. Overnight hotel
After an early breakfast, drive for the excursion to Taktsang. It is a 2-3 hours hike to Takshang. Riding ponies can arranged. Visitors are permitted to go upto the view point from where they can see the monastery hanging on the cliff. It was here that during the 8th century the great tantric master Guru Padmasambhava flew from Tibet on a Tigress bringing Buddhist teachings to Bhutan. Today this is a very important place of pilgrimage for the local people. Lunch at Takshang cafeteria. After lunch walk down hill to the bridge and drive back to the hotel. After refreshment drive to Thimphu the capital, which is an hour and a half slow drive. Overnight hotel.
After early breakfast, about 3 hours leisurely drive with packed lunch over the Dochula pass at 10,000 ft. to Punakha. Enroute you will see some of the highest peaks in Bhutan namely Gangkhar Puensum (24’000 ft). The descent through the temperate forest colored with Rhododendrons and Magnolias takes you to the semi-tropical zone of orange, bananas and cactuses and to the valley of Punakha. Visit the sleeping town of Punakha and the Dzong when the monk body is in Thimphu. Overnight at camp in Punakha.
Gasa Hot Spring Trek Day 1 : Distance 16 km and walking time 5-6 hours. After an early breakfast, you will be driving through the valley of Punakha on the Mo-chu side to Tashithang which will be approx. 18 km and 1-1/2 hours drive. You start your trek at Tashithang (1840m) and camp at Geon Damji (2430m). You start your trek with a gradual climb up above the Mo-chu into the lush semi-tropical forest filled with banana trees, creepers and different kinds of orchids can seen. If you are lucky Takin the national animal can be seen on the other bank of Mo-chu. Geon Damji is a large village with rice terraces along side.
Gasa Hot Spring Trek Day 2 : Distance 16 km and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Geon Damji (2430m) and camp at Gasa Tsachu (2240m)You will be gradually passing through oak forests and also you will see different varieties of orchids. Before reaching Gasa the Dzong can seen from the view point. The trail to Gasa Hot spring you will be descending through quite thick forest and mini bamboo.
Gasa Hot Spring Trek Day 3 : The day will be at leisure and to try out the hot spring located by the bank of a stream . There are cement pools to dip yourself.The day can also be spent going up to Gasa Dzong with packed lunch. The trek to Gasa Dzong will be quite a tough climb and will take you about 2 hours upto an elevation of 2770m.
Gasa Hot Spring Trek Day 4 : Distance 18 km and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Gasa (2770m) and camp at Geon Damji (2430m) Todays trail winds through rolling hillsides with vistas of fields, villages and Oak and Pine forests. Gasa Dzong will be visible behind you, glued to the valley wall. Todays walk takes you through small settlements and finally at camp of Geon Damji village – a large village with rice terraces on the hillsides.
Gasa Hot Spring Trek Day 5 : End of Trek : Distance 16 km and walking time 5 hours. Starting at Geon Damji (2430m) and ending at vehicle point at Tashithang (1840m) From here it is 18 km (1 hour drive) to Punakha but the initial 5-6 km is unpaved.Overnight at Hotel.
Visit Chhimi Lhakhang – the temple of the devine madman (roundrtrip 1-1/2 hours walk ). Visit Wangdue tomw and after lunch to Thimphu (3hours) drive.
Morning start the sightseeing with Zelukha Nunnery, National Library, Memorial Chorten of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post Office and walk around Thimphu city for shopping of souvenirs from Bhutan. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must. After lunch drive to Paro enroute visit to Simtokha Dzong the first fort built in 1627-29 by Shabdrung who unified the Kingdom and continue the journey following the Thimphu river till Chuzom (Confluence) and taking the direction toward Paro following Pa-chu for 2 hours. Overnight at Hotel.
Your Gasa Hot Spring Trek terminates today so after breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

COST AND DATES

NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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