Gasa Hot Spring Trek (11 Nights/ 12 days)

Outline of the Tour

Day 01: Paro (arrival) then drive to Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha

Day 04: Tashithang (Punakha) to Damji (trek starts)

Day 05: Damji to Gasa

Day 06: Gasa Tsachu

Day 07: Gasa Tsachu to Geon Damji

Day 08: Geon Damji to Tashithang (trek ends)

Day 09: Punakha (sightseeing)

Day 10: Punakha to Paro

Day 11: Paro (sightseeing)

Day 12: Paro (departure)

Detailed Itinerary

Duration: 5 days

Max. Elevation: 2,430m

Seasons: Feb. to March & Oct. to Dec.

Start: Tashitang (Punakha)

Finish: Tashitang (Punakha)

 

Detailed Itineraries of 5 Days Gasa Hot Spring Trek:

1st Day: Tashithang to Damji  (distance 23km,  time 5 to 6 hours)

The trek starts by the riverside, following a well-made path through semi tropical forest. This part of the area is quite wet and one has to be careful of leeches. Also for flower lovers there are abundant wild orchids here. The day’s walk is fairly gentle climbing up to Damji village (altitude of 2,250m).

Overnight Tented Campsite.

2nd Day: Damji to Gasa (distance 17km, time  4 hours)

The path continues 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. Hot lunch will be served close to spring. Camp below the Dzong at an altitude of 2,900m.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

3rd Day:  A Day at Gasa Tsachu

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

Overnight Tented Campsite.

4th Day: Gasa Tsachu to Geon Damji  (distance 21km, time 6 to 7 hours)

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.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

5th Day:  Geon Damji to Tashithang (distance 17km, time 6 to 7 hours)

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. Camp at Tashithang. Alt. 1700m.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

NOTE: FOLLOWING ITINERARIES WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN 5 DAYS GASA HOT     SPRING TREK. IN TOTAL YOU HAVE TO HOLD 11 NIGHTS FOR THIS TREK.

Day 01: Paro (arrival) then drive to Thimphu

On the way visit Tachogang Lhakhang founded by the Tibetan saint, Thangtong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) probably around the year 1420. In this place you can also see one of his famous iron bridge (later carried away by floods in 1969.  After a mile you will reach to a junction where the roads from Haa, Paro, Thimphu and Phuentsholing meet. Here you can see three different Stupas (Nepalese, Tibetan & Bhutanese).

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)

(Trashichho Dzong, Semtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Largest Buddha Statue, National Library, Changangkha Lhakhang, Painting School, Textile Meusum, Folk Heritage, Tango & Chari Lhakhang, Vegetable Market, Botanical Garden, etc.).

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha

You will come across the Dochula Pass. Here you can see 108 Stupas built by Queen Mother to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003 and also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. On the way visit Chhime Lhakhang and later visit Punakha Dzong (the Palace of Great Bliss) built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung.

Overnight in Punakha Hotel.

Day 04: Tashithang (Punakha) to Damji (trek starts)

Campsite in Damji.

Day 05: Damji to Gasa

Campsite in Gasa.

Day 06: Gasa Tsachu

Campsite in Gasa.

Day 07: Gasa Tsachu to Geon Damji

Campsite in Geon Damji.

Day 08: Geon Damji to Tashithang (trek ends)

Overnight in Punakha Hotel.

Day 09: Punakha (sightseeing)

Visit Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Chorten, Talo Lhakhang & Suspension Bridge.

Overnight in Punakha Hotel.

Day 10: Punakha to Paro

After reaching the Paro Valley visit  Ta – Dzong, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang.

Overnight in Paro Hotel.

Day 11: Paro (sightseeing)

Today will be your last day to stay in Bhutan and also the foremost sightseeing in Bhutan. Hike to the Tiger Nest, where you could find amazing the Monastery built in the hill of the rock. This Monastery is the 10th holiest place in the world.

Supper with the President/Representative of SNG Tours & Treks and bidding farewell to the Guest(s).  Hold night at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m).

Day 12: Paro (departure)

 

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