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Name of Trip :

Dhur Trek

Trip Length : 16 Nights/ 17 Days
Difficulty Level :
Rating : Popular
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Highest Altitude : 4520m/14916ft.
Max Elevation : 4,520m
Highest Camp : 4,300m
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Best Season : March to April and September to early November
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Dhur Trek

Duur Hot Spring Trek is one of the more demanding of treks in Bhutan. The demanding nine days of trek is totally worth it as the trekkers can come across some of the most beautiful natural hot springs in the Himalayas. Trekkers can reach as high as 4,700 m while camping at places as high as 3,400m.
  • Day 01: Arrive Paro
  • Day 02: Paro
  • Day 03: Paro – Thimphu
  • Day 04: Thimphu - Trongsa
  • Day 05: Trongsa – Jakar (Bumthang)
  • Day 06: Bumthang – Gorsum
  • Day 07: Gorsum – Lungsum
  • Day 08: Lungsum – Tshochenchen
  • Day 09: Tshochenchen – Dhur Tshachu
  • Day 10: Dhur Tshachu rest day
  • Day 11: Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen
  • Day 12: Tshochenchen – Gorsum
  • Day 13: Gorsum – Dhur (motor road) – Bumthang
  • Day 14: Bumthang – Wangduephodrang
  • Day 15: Wangduephodrang/Punakha – Thimphu
  • Day 16: Thimphu – Paro
  • Day 17: Depart Paro

Destinations :

Paro-Thimphu and Punakha

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour 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 workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Dhur Trek

Day 01


Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by your Bhutan Majestic Travel representative and transferred to your hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02


Paro – Paro

Full day of sightseeing in Paro. We drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, its towering walls and central keep are still an impressive sight. There is a good view of Bhutan's second highest peak, Chomolhari (7,300m), from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. Next we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang (7th century), one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. After lunch, we drive up to Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower to protect Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong). It was re-established as the National Museum in 1968, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection. We then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (built in 1646), centre of the district administration and home of Paro’s monk body. It is also the venue of the Paro Tsechu, held annually in the springtime. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03


Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast we drive to Thimphu, the present capital of Bhutan. Just before reaching Thimphu, we pass Semtokha Dzong on the hillside above the road. This dzong, built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, is the oldest in Bhutan and now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. After lunch, we visit the imposing Tashichhodzong, “fortress of the glorious religion", built in 1641 by the first Shabdrung and reconstructed in the 1960s during the reign of the third king. We also visit the National Memorial Chorten, completed in 1974, which serves as a memorial to Bhutan's revered third king, His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck ("father of modern Bhutan"), and as a monument to peace. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04


Thimphu- Trongsa

Our journey to central Bhutan begins this morning. A 45 min. drive takes us up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m) from which there are enchanting views of high Himalayan peaks, wooded hills, and villages and farmland in the valleys below. After another two hour drive, we reach Wangduephodrang, where we stop for lunch. We then continue on into the hinterland, crossing Pele-la pass (3,300m) and descending to Trongsa with a short stop at Chendebji Chorten en route. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa, which we will reach in the late afternoon. In the evening we will visit Ta Dzong and Trongsa town.

Day 05


Trongsa – Jakar (Bumthang)

Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, the largest fortress in Bhutan. The foundations of this imposing edifice were laid down in 1543 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal's great grandfather, and the Shabdrung himself completed the work in 1648. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. We then proceed to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the holy heartland of Buddhism. Our journey of about 3 hours takes us up over a high mountain pass and then down through coniferous forest to our destination. After lunch we walk around the town and also visit some of the holy temples for which Bumthang is famous, including the 7th century Jambey Lhakhang, and Kurje Lhakhang, highly revered as a meditation place of Bhutan's patron saint", Guru Rinpoche. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 06


Bumthang – Gorsum, 18km, 6-7 hours

After breakfast Bhutan Wilderness Travels transport will take us up to the starting point for our trek, just beyond Kurje Lhakhang. Our trail runs upstream along the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for its richness in trout. We camp overnight at 3,120m.

Day 07


Gorsum – Lungsum 12km, 5 hours

Today's walk takes us through dense forests of spruce, hemlock, cypress, juniper and maple trees. The trail is rather muddy and ascends gradually to our campsite at 3,160m.

Day 08


Lungsum – Tshochenchen 15km, 6-7 hours

The path ascends gradually through dense vegetation to Tshochenchen (3,400m) where we camp overnight.

Day 09


Tshochenchen – Dhur Tshachu 17km, 7 hours

We trek uphill from Tshochenchen to Juli-la pass (4,400m). On a clear day, there is a good view of the surrounding mountains from here. After crossing the pass, we walk downhill till reaching our campsite at 3,300m. Musk deer, Himalayan bears and blue sheep may be seen en route.

Day 10


Dhur Tshachu rest day

After late breakfast relax in the hot springs or hike around the camp area.

Day 11


Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen 17km, 7 hours

Start early on the trek back up to Juli-la pass, from which we descend gradually to the campsite at Tshochenchen (3,400m).

Day 12


Tshochenchen – Gorsum 18km, 6 hours

Another early start, as we walk right through to Gorsum today. The path descends gradually through dense forest, and may be rather muddy in places after Lungsum. We camp overnight at Gorsum (3,120m).

Day 13


Gorsum – Dhur (motor road) – Bumthang 9km, 3 hours

The trail follows the Chamkhar Chu, descending gradually to Dhur village, where Bhutan Wilderness Travels transport will meet us and drive us to our Bumthang lodge. Leisure time after lunch. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 14


Bumthang – Wangduephodrang

In the morning we explore Bumthang valley, visiting Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang. Later we drive to Wangduephodrang. Overnight at the hotel in Wangdue.

Day 15


Wangduephodrang/Punakha – Thimphu

After breakfast, visit the impressive Wangdue Dzong, situated at the junction of the Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers, and also take a stroll around the market area visiting local shops. Then drive to Bhutan’s old capital Punakha to see Punakha Dzong (1637), a superb example of Bhutanese architecture. Damaged over the centuries by fire, earthquake and floods, the dzong has in recent years been superbly restored. Drive to Thimphu in the late afternoon, and after dinner take an evening stroll around the town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 16


Thimphu – Paro

Morning sightseeing in Thimphu. We will visit handicrafts shops which stock a wide range of Bhutan's fine traditional arts and crafts, including hand-woven textiles in silk and cotton, dance masks, ceramics, basket ware, silver jewellery, and delicately executed thangkha paintings. We will also visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan, and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After lunch we drive to Paro, where we will have time for sightseeing in town and also a visit to a traditional Bhutanese farm house, to gain an insight into the lifestyle of the local people. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 17


Depart Paro

After early breakfast, drive to Paro airport for onward journey.

Dhur Trek

Cost Includes:

  • 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

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.


We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.


When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.


  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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