Trip Overview Duer Hot Spring Trek
Duer Hot Springs are said to be the most beautiful natural hot springs in the Himalayas. The Duer Hot Spring Trek is a demanding nine day trek along the same route as the finishing of the Snowman Trek. Some long days and steep and long ascents (e.g. the day before reaching the hotsprings) ranks it among the more demanding treks in Bhutan. A mule trail is being built from Trongsa up to Duer Hot Springs. As soon as this new route is ready the trek will be a stunningly beautiful round trip, Bumthang – Duer Hot Springs – Trongsa.
Day 01: Duer – Gorsum (Distance 18 km, six to seven hours).
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.
Day 02: Gorsum – Lungsum (Distance 12 km, five hours).
The trail leads through a dense forest of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple. The trail ascends gradually to the campsite.
Day 03: Lungsum – Tsochenchen (Distance 15 km, -six to seven hours)
The vegetation along the trekking route is similar to places crossed the previous day. Near the campsite the vegetation thins out and the camp is made above tree line.
Day 04: Tsochenchen – Duer Tsachu (Distance 18 km, eight to nine hours)
The trek from Tsochenchen is uphill all the way till 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 it is a steep way down till the campsite. Musk deer, herds of blue sheep and Himalayan bear is sometimes seen along the route.
Day 05: Halt at Duer Tsachu.
After a late breakfast, relax in the hot spring or hike the surrounding areas.
Day 06: Duer Tsachu – Tsochenchen (Distance 18km, eight to nine hours)
Return on the route taken on day 4. The day is even tougher than on the way up as there is slightly more climbing than descending.
Day 07: Tsochenchen – Lungsum (Distance 15 km, five hours)
Return on the route taken on day 3.
Day 08: Lungsum – Gorsum (Distance 12 km, four hours)
The trail descends gradually from the campsite. The trail leads through dense forest of Spruce, Hemlock, Cypress, Juniper and Maple.
Day 09: Gorsum – Duer Village (Distance 18km, six hours)
Gorsum the trail descends gradually till the bridge near Duer village, where you reach the road head.