Duer Hot Spring Trek - 9 Days

This is one of the most challenging treks available in Bhutan and route partially overlaps with the trail of the legendary Snowman Trek, the most difficult trek in the world. This grueling nine day journey will take you up to the Duer Hotsprings, arguably the most beautiful hot springs in the Himalayas.

The trail has numerous steep ascents and descents and ranges from altitudes between 3000-4700m. However despite the difficulty this trek is well worth the effort as it will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Bhutan. You’ll journey through forests of spruce, hemlock, juniper and maple, through regions populated by herds of Blue Sheep, Musk Deer and even Himalayan Black Bears.

An entire day will be dedicated to resting in the hotsprings. The periods between March to April and September to November are the best times to take on this challenging route.

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Day 1
Duer – Gorsum

The trek route follows the Yoleng Chhu, a river known for its abundance of trout. The trail from Bumthang to Gorsum is a gradual climb.

Distance: 18 km, Time: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 380 m, Camp Altitude: 3,120 m

Day 2
Gorsum – Lungsum

The trail leads through a dense forest of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple. It ascends gradually to the campsite.

Distance: 12 km, Time: 5 hours, Ascent: 40 m, Camp Altitude: 3,160 m

Day 3
Lungsum – Tsochenchen

The vegetation along the route is similar to places crossed the previous day. Near the campsite the vegetation thins out and the camp is made above tree line.

Distance: 15 km, Time: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 620 m, Camp Altitude: 3,780 m

Day 4
Tsochenchen – Duer Tsachu

The trek from Tsochenchen is uphill all the way until Juli La (4,700m). If the day is clear, you will have a great view of the surrounding mountains from the pass. After crossing the pass, the trail descends to a lake at 4,220m, then climbs again to Gokthong La (4,640m). From here the path is steep descent until the campsite. Musk deer, herds of blue sheep and Himalayan bears are sometimes seen along the route.

Distance: 18 km, Time: 8-9 hours,  Ascent: 1,340 m, Descent: 1,530 m, Camp Altitude: 3,590 m

Day 5
Duer Tsachu

As the highlight of the trek, today will be spent resting at the Duer Tsachu. After a late breakfast, relax in the rejuvenating hot springs or take a leisurely hike around surrounding areas.

Day 6
Duer Tsachu – Tsochenchen

Return by the same route taken on day four. The journey will be even tougher than before as there is slightly more climbing than descending.

Distance: 18 km, Time: 8-9 hours,  Ascent: 1,530 m, Descent: 1,340 m, Camp Altitude: 3,780 m

Day 7
Tsochenchen – Lungsum

Return by the route taken on day three.

Distance: 15 km

Time: 5 hours

Descent: 620 m

Camp Altitude: 3,160 m

Day 8
Lungsum – Gorsum

The trail descends gradually from the campsite. It leads through dense forest of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple.

Distance: 12 km

Time: 4 hours

Descent: 40 m

Camp Altitude: 3,120 m

Day 9
Gorsum – Duer Village

From Gorsum the trail descends gradually until the bridge near Duer village, where you reach the road head.

Distance: 18 km

Time: 6 hours

Descent: 380 m

No. of Travelers High season Low season
1 person US $ 2,360 US $ 1,960
2 people US $ 4,560 US $ 3,760
3 or more people US $ 2,040 / person US $ 1,640 / person
  • High season – Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov
  • Low season – Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug & Dec

Cost Includes

  • All meals, tea and snacks (Full board meal).
  • Government approved required category hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • All airport pickups and drops in Kathmandu and Paro.
  • Ground transport in comfortable private vehicle.
  • Experienced English speaking guides and local staff.
  • All city tour with permits and entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • All government taxes.
  • Bhutan Visa fee.
  • Our service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan (Tickets are arranged upon request).
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.).
  • Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance.
  • Tips for Staff (guide and driver).

Frequently asked Questions

Where is Bhutan?

Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.  

Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?

It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.  

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.   

How much does the visa cost?

For International tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.   

How do I get to Bhutan?

There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.  

What currency is used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country. 

What’s the food like in Bhutan?

The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that is not spicy.  
Rice forms staple Bhutanese diet. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are consumed most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country. 

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Duer Hot Spring Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Hard
  • 9 Days
  • 4700M
  • 1-12 People
  • Sleeping Tent
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • SUV Car

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