Himalaya Gasa Hot Spring Trek

Himalaya Gasa Hot Spring Trek

  • Camping
  • CommunityBasedTourism
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Meditation
  • Photography
  • Textile
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
Himalaya Gasa Hot Spring Trek|Vacation to Bhutan
Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 10 Days
Trek Duration: 5 Days
Cultural Duration:5 Days
Trip Type: Cultural and Trekking
Difficulty Level: Easy
Psychical Demand:
Destination(s): Bhutan
Highest Altitude: 2430m
Max Elevation: 2430m
Highest Camp: 2250m
Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Paro
Avg. user rating:
Trip Route: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Visit Farm House, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


During your vacation to Bhutan do ask for Himalaya Gasa Hot Spring Trek which is an easier trek although it is advisable to connect the walking days and walk up to the hot spring from Tashitang road head in one day. The altitude difference between starting and ending point is small, but several ups and downs on the way can make it more strenuous than it appears initially. However, the relaxation at the hot spring, the views of nature and a visit to Gasa Dzong are absolutely rewarding. Leeches are abundant en route from April to September as the warm and humid climate during this time of the year favors leeches to thrive on Punakha valley.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more…

What’s included

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

What’s is Not Include

  • Guide and Driver tip
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry Charges
  • Internet, International calls
  • Other Beverages
  • Donation when photographing
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage Handlers tip

Intinerary


You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • DAY 1: Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air-Thimphu
  • DAY 2: Thimphu-Punakha
  • DAY 3: Punakha-Tashithang-Damji
  • DAY 4: Damji-Gasa Tsachu
  • DAY 5: Rest at Gasa Tsachu
  • DAY 6: Gasa Tsachu-Damji
  • DAY 7: Damji-Tashithang-Punakha
  • DAY 8: Punakha-Paro
  • DAY 9: Paro-Paro
  • DAY 10: Inernational Departure

Detail Itinerary

1

ARRIVE PARO & DRIVE TO THIMPHUAs you approach Paro, on clear sunny days you can capture a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. Just before landing, you will have unusual experience with the aircraft as it prepares to land on one of the most difficult airports in the world. On arrival you will be received by our representative who will then drive you to Thimphu, which is about 1.5 hour drive from Paro. Thimphu is at the elevation of 2500 meters / 8200ft.After checking into hotel and lunch visit King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk’s Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library, the Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls), and the Institute of Medicine where traditional medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the traditional silver smiths plying at their crafts and the Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive back to town and visit the handicraft stores and stroll around the tiny capital city.

Overnight at Hotel

2

Thimphu-PunakhaDrive to Punakha, the road from Thimphu to Punakha goes northeast and one of the highlights of the journey is at Dochu La Pass (3050m), the highest point between Thimphu and Punakha. From here when the sky is clear, one can enjoy a spectacular and panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks to the north that are above 7000m. The pass has 108 chortens (Stupa), honoring those who laid down their lives while flushing out insurgents from southern Bhutan in December 2003. Chortens are Buddhist reliquaries and memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes, stupas carry relics of the Buddha or revered monks. Whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings.We will eat lunch in one of the local restaurants. Before lunch, we will have a short hike to the 15th century temple of Divine Madman. It is about half an hour hike through the fields and farm houses. You will have good chance to take photographs especially the divine painting on the houses.Overnight at Hotel.

3

Punakha-Tashithang-Damji(Distance: 16km, duration: 5-6 hours, ascent: 870m, descent: 250m, camp altitude: 2250m).
The trek starts from Tashithang village by the riverside, following first the feeder road and then a well-made path through semi tropical forest. This part of the area is quite wet and one has to be careful of leeches. Flower lovers will find abundant wild orchids here. The day’s walk is fairly gentle climbing up to Damji village.

4

Damji – Gasa Tsachu(Distance: 16km, duration: 4-5 hours, ascent: 470m, descent: 480m, camp altitude: 2240m).
The path continues through sub-tropical forests and villages up to Gasa hot spring. You can enjoy the stunning views of the Gasa Dzong on the way. Due to their well-known curative properties the hot springs are very popular amongst the Bhutanese. The place is usually crowded especially in December.

5

A Day at Gasa TsachuYou can either laze around in the hot spring or take a pack lunch and climb about two hours to visit Gasa village and the Dzong.

6

Gasa Tsachu-Damji(Distance: 16km, duration: 4-5 hours, descent: 470m, ascent: 480m, camp altitude: 2250m).
The path continues back through sub-tropical forests and leaving the village of Gasa hot spring. You can enjoy the stunning view of the Gasa Dzong on your way back.

7

Damji-Tashithang-Punakha(Distance: 16km, duration: 5-6 hours, descent: 870m, ascent: 250m).
The trek ends at Tashithang village by the riverside, following first the well-made path through semi tropical forest we will then have to follow the feeder road where you meet your car who will take you to hotel in Punakha.Overnight at hotel.

8

PUNAKHA-PAROAfter Breakfast, we will drive to Paro and stop at Dochula Pass to take photographs and explore the recently built stupas. On clear sunny days, you can view the Bhutan’s 200 mile snow-capped peaks in the north. From Dochula, you will drive down and stop at the oldest Simtokha Dzong, built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses the institute of traditional studies for lay men and women. We will continue our drive and eat lunch in a local restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch, you will have about an hour to do the last minute shopping before you resume journey to Paro. On your way to Paro you will stop at the Tachogang Temple, built in the 15th century by Thangtong Gyalpo, who also built several iron bridges in Bhutan. We will resume our drive to Paro and check in to Hotel.Overnight at Hotel

9

PARO (HIKE TO TIGER’S LAIR)After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The steep trail to the monastery will take you through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will love to stop at the cafeteria for refreshment after a steep climb. If not tired, you will hike further until you get a clear view of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria.Overnight at Hotel.

10

Depart ParoAfter breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Creative Tours will bid you farewell. As the aircraft gains height and proceed, you will see the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappear behind its guardian mountains

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FAQ

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.


Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?

All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.


What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?

You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.

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