Gasa Hot Spring Trek

Posted by Andy on Thursday, September 2, 2010

This scenic trek follows the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu, passing through terraced farmland, mixed forest, alpine pastureland and scenic mountain passes. Continuing on through Jigme Dorji National Park, you have an opportunity to spot a variety of flora and fauna unique to Bhutan, including the Bhutan national animal, Takin. Gasa, with its remote hilltop Dzong and its natural hot springs, offers a unique opportunity to savour the tranquility of Bhutan.

Highlights of the trek
Tashichho Dzong, Djigme Dorji National Park, hot springs, temples, subtropical forest, mountain panoramas, Gasa Dzong and hot spring, possible Takin sightings.

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All treks are ex-kathmandu and can be customized if you wish to stay longer.
Note that BHUTAN visa requires 7 days processing.

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Detailed itinerary
Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay. Please contact us with your requirements.

Day 01Arrive Paro International Airport
Your flight should afford breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks before you land in Paro, to be met by our local representatives. Travel by van to Thimpo for an overnight at your hotel.

Dochola Pass

Day 02Thimpu – Punakha
This morning you will have time for sightseeing in Thimpu, including the Tashichho Dzong, a huge fortress housing government Ministries, and the office and Throne Room of the King. In the evening you will drive up to Dochola Pass (26 Kms.) to enjoy a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalaya, continuing on (50 km) to the former national capital of Punakha.

Day 03Punakha – Damji
Your day starts with a 45-minute drive to Tashithang and the starting point of your trek. The trek starts with a steep climb through Jigme Dorji National Park until you reach Damji at 2430m. If you are lucky, you may come across Takin, the furry goat-antelope that are the national animal of Bhutan. On the way to Damji you can visit village temples and farm houses. Overnight in your camp in Damji.

Day 04Damji – Gasa Hot Spring
This morning your trek begins along the side of Gasa Valley and then drops to the large stream below Gasa. The trail leads north from here, following the stream directly to the hot spring at 2240m. The hot springs are situated along the banks of the Mochu River that flows through Punakha and Wangdue Valleys. There are five or six cement pools where you can relax in the hot water. Overnight at your camp site near the hot spring.

Day 05Gasa Halt
This morning you hike to Gasa Dzong, a remote 17-th century fortress overlooking the valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Gasa Dzong while taking in the view from this fortress. In the afternoon, return to your camp for a rest, enjoy a dip in the hot spring and meet some of the friendly local people.

Mochu River

Day 06Gasa – Punakha
Today you trek back to Tashithang on a downhill path through subtropical forest and along the Mochu River, where orchids and monkeys may be spotted. At Tashithang you will meet your driver for the ride back to Punakha, stopping for a picnic lunch on the way.

Day 07 – Punakha – Paro
Today you will ride back to Paro where you will have to time to wander through the town or enjoy a traditional hot stone bath.

Day 08 – Departure
You will be escorted to Paro Airport for your return flight.

The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel accommodations in Bhutan
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and supplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages
  • Private vehicle transportation for all tours
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, mattresses
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camp-site charges
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)

Services and costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks ( alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature