Hot stone bath is one of the very great experiences Bhutan has to offer. The bathtub, made of wood is constructed on a ground level, outside of the home. Traditionally these bath are done near a river bed with plenty supplies of stones and water. And it would be an all-day event with people taking turns to soak into the water. Many families would consult an astrologer to select an auspicious bathing day so as to give the bath its maximum healing power.

It is believed that the heat of the water, the minerals released from the rock, and the local herbs all combine to produce medicinal benefits for joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders and arthritis.

The process starts with heating round large river stones on a big fire which is then left to heat for hours. Once the stones are glowing red, they are gradually dropped into a wooden tub filled with water and scattered with Artemisia leaves. The roasted rocks slowly heat the water, thus releasing minerals into the water. The section with hot stones is separated by a wooden bar so there is no danger of getting burnt by stones. And water gradually added depending on one’s preference of temperature.

The camp can arrange this experience at an additional cost.