Gasa Hot Spring Trek (Season: February to March & October to December)

Number of days: 12 days

Day 1 Arrival Paro

On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. After lunch visit the National Museum and the Paro Rinpong Dzong. Paro Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. In the evening stroll through Paro Town followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Hotel at Paro.

Day 2 Sightseeing at Paro

Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. On a clear day one can view Mt. Jumolhari the sacred Mountain. On the way back we visit one of the Typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch at the hotel, we drive to Ta-Dzong which was once the watch tower for Paro valley, now it houses the National Museum and then walk down hill pass the Paro Dzong and crossing the typical traditional roofed bridge to Paro town. Evening visit a farm house for local hospitality Overnight: Hotel at Paro.

Day 03: Paro � Thimphu

Travel to the Capital of Bhutan will take about 1 1/2 hour . On the way, visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in Bhutan built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan.After Lunch, visit Tashichho Dzong, fortress of the glorious religion.Then drive to Sangay Gang viewpoint to have a full view of Thimphu valley. On the way see National animal -Taken- kept in captivity.Evening at leisure. Your guide can take you to a few souvenir stores and book shops if you desire. Overnight in Thimphu

Day 4 Thimphu - Punakha

After early breakfast and a 3 hour leisurely drive, we arrive via the Dochula pass (10,000 ft. ) to Punakha. Enroute you will see some of the highest peaks in Bhutan including the 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. We visit the sleepy town of Punakha and the Dzong. Campsite will be in Punakha.

Day 5 Punakha - Tashithang - Geon Damji

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. We start your trek at Tashithang (1840m) 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. 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.

Day 6 Geon Damji - Gasa Hotspring

Trek Day 2 : Distance 16 km and walking time 4-5 hours.

Starting at Geon Damji (2430m), we will be trekking through oak forests seeing different and beautiful varieties of orchids. While on this trail to the Gasa Hot springs, you will be descending through thick forest and mini bamboo forests.

Day 7 Gasa Hotspring Halt

Trek Day 3 : The day will be at leisure and to try out the hot spring located by the bank of a stream . The day can also be spent going up to Gasa Dzong. (We shall pack a lunch for you). The trek to Gasa Dzong will be quite a tough climb and will take you about 2 hours upto an elevation of 2770m.

Day 8 Gasa - Geon Damji

Trek Day 4 : Distance 18 km and walking time 5-6 hours.

Starting at Gasa (2770m), the days trek winds through rolling hillsides with vistas of fields, villages and Oak and Pine forests. Todays walk takes you through small settlements and finally on to camp of Geon Damji village - a large village with rice terraces on the hillsides.

Day 9 Geon Damji - Tashithang

Trek Day 5 : End of Trek : Distance 16 km and walking time 5 hours.

Today we start at Geon Damji (2430m) and end at the vehicle point which is at Tashithang (1840m) From here it is a rattling 18 km (1 hour drive) to Punakha.

Day 10 Punakha - Thimphu

Visit Chhimi Lhakhang - the temple of the devine madman (roundrtrip 1-1/2 hours walk ). Visit Wangdue and after lunch drive on to Thimphu.

Day 11 Thimphu Sightseeing

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 we visit Simtokha Dzong and then continue the journey following the Thimphu river towards Paro.

DAY 12 Departure

Drive to airport. We hope you will visit in the Land of the Thunder Dragon again.