11 Days/10 Nights-Gasa Hot Spring Trek
This trek leads you to the hot spring at Gasa. The Bhutaneses believe that this hot spring has some medicinal values and in some cases cure people of their illnesses. In this package tour you will not only trek to the hot spring, but will also have the opportunity of visiting Punakha,Thimphu and the Paro valleys.The entire trek is through beautiful forests of sub-tropical trees in the beginning and alpine vegetation towards the end of the trek. A lot of orchid species can be seen and in the winter months it is common to see the National Animal-Takin grazing in the bushes.
Day 01: Arrive Paro and Paro Sightseeing
Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be recieved by the representative of Bhutan Retreat. (Bhutan tour operator)who will then escort you to your hotel. After lunch, you will be taken to the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong and walk accross the Nyemi Zam to your car. Evening at leisure, if you desire, a visit to a farm house can be arranged.
Day 02: Paro – Sightseeing -acclimatization
This is the acclimatization day for you. You will begin an early morning hike to the Taktshang monastery. In this exercise, you will be gaining roughly 800 meters in less than three hours. Lunch will be served in the cafteria below the monastery. Evening at leisure.
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 shops if you desire.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha -Damji
Drive to Punakha by crossing the Dochula Pass (3050m). If you have a clear sky, the view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges is spectacular and you can even see the Gasa Dzong as a white dot in the horizon.Further down you will drive through specticular villages of Toebisa and Metsena. Then through Punakha valley.From Tashithang, you will be driving through an unpaved road till you reach Damji. Overnight in Camp.
Day 05: Damji – Gasa
The trek to the hot springs from Damji is through beautiful pine forests and village hamlets. The walk is made more enjoyable by the calls of the wild birds and animals. As you reach the hot springs, your trekking staff would have hot cups of tea/coffee for you. Overnight in camp.
Day 06: Tsachu (hot spring) Halt
Enjoy the Gasa hot springs. Dip yourself in the hotsprings and renew yourself. The hot springs will wash of all your stress. Overnight in camp.
Day 07: Tsachu – Sightseeing
A hike to the Gasa town about an hour from the hot springs is worth it’s while. While in town, visit the Gasa Dzong. Overnight in Camp.
Day 08: Tsachu – Damji – Punakha
Trek down to Damji where Bhutan Retreat transport will meet you and take you to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan and the winter residence of the central monastic body.
Day 09: Punakha Sightseeing – Thimphu.
Visit the Punakha Dzong and hike to the Chimi Lhakhang. Drive back to Thimphu.
Day 10: Thimphu – Paro
Thimphu sightseeing in the morning includes:
The National Library
The National Folk Heritage Museum
The Traditional Painting school of Arts and Crafts
The Institute of TraditionalMedicine
After lunch drive to Paro and over night at hotel in Paro.
Day 11: Departure from Paro
Your tour guide from Bhutan Retreat agent will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward travel destinations.