The Best Long Trek To Do In September - Duer Hot Springs Trek
You'll find the most important details you need to know about this trek here, ranging from average cost to the nearest airport, aswell as a brief description of what you should expect on this trek.
FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in October in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in October.
Name of the Trek: Duer Hot Springs Trek
Nearest Airport: Paro International airport
Average Trekking Duration: 9 - 11 days
Distance: 126 km
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Highest Altitude: 3,000 m to 4700 m
Best Month To Go: September
Average Temperature: 18 to 22 degrees centigrade approximately
Average Cost: Cost of the trek by operators could be an average of USD $3000 per head. The visa permits would require USD $40. However, Indians, Maldivians, and Bangladeshis do not need visas to enter Bhutan. All they would need is a travel permit from Thimpu before they go on this trek.
As a part of the challenging Snowman Trek, the Duer Hot Springs Trek is also a very interesting trek to take part in Bhutan. The total trek is for 9 to 11 days on average. The mountaineering is in the Himalayan ranges in Bhutan where you can enjoy the scenic views and even visit the hot springs.
The difficulty of this route in one hand, you can come across some of the most exotic flora and fauna along the way specific to these parts. The juniper trees and the maple line the roads in most of the trekking route. Get ready to spot the Musk deer and Blue sheep.
Juli La is the highest point (4,700 m) in the trek. The route is arduous, and yet, the Duer Hot Springs water is said to have a soothing effect on body and mind. So, the trek is definitely worth the efforts.
There are seven hot springs in the Bumthang district, and you will find yourself trekking through various ranges and high altitude mountain ranges along the way.
What to Expect?
It is advisable to go on the trek between September and November right after the rainy season. The trekkers might expect pleasant weather, and it is better to carry clothes suitable for the relatively dry outdoors. Begin the trek from Duer and then trek up to Gorsum, passing through Lungsom, Tsochenchen, Duer Tsachu, and trek back to Duer Village. Yes, this is a specialty of this trek.
The best aspect of trekking in this route is to have a unique experience to visit and take a dip in the hot springs. Trekkers can enjoy an entire day relaxing at these springs in the trekking mountain. Another great aspect is that people who cannot take up the long Snowman Trek will find this Duer Hot Springs trek equally impressive.
You must have a luggage load of not more than 25 kgs. Trekkers might also note that personal camping is not allowed for anyone.