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DAGALA THOUSAND LAKES TREK (11 days/10 nights)

DAGALA THOUSAND LAKES TREK

This is a combination of cultural and six days trek that takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes and fishes. During the trek you will be amazed by stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Masang Gang, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt Gangche Ta and many more. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes. While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during the journey.

Duration of Trek: 6 days

Grade of Trek: Easy to Medium

Best Seasons: April to June or September to October

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Paro for an overnight stay. Afterwards, we set out to see the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong (fortress), built in 1646 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, enjoy a splendid view of the Bhutan’s sacred mountain, Mt Jomolhari from this spot.

Day 2: Hike to Paro Taktshang

After breakfast, begin the day with a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Taktshang. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2-hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to Paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8th century. In the evening, we will drive a distance of 65-km for about one hour journey to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Today we explore a fascinating full day tour to see the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2,300 m. First stop is at the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next, visit the 13th century Changgangkha Temple and the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artefacts used in rural households. Later, drive up to the Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) offering a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley. After lunch, visit the Mini Zoo for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and continue to the Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 4: Genekha – Gur [Start of Trek]

Today morning we drive to Genekha village where you will join the trekking crew. Your first day trek distance is 7-km, 5 hours, 550 m ascent, 210 m descent and camp altitude at 3,290 m. The trek starts at beautiful Genekha village with a short descent to the river. After crossing the river, climb up until a huge rock platform from where a picturesque view of the valley below. We reach Gur after 2 hours, an area of yak pastures located below the main trail. Overnight in camp.

Day 5: Gur – Labatama

Today’s trek distance is 12 km, 5 hours, 1,220 m ascent, 110 m descent and camp altitude at 4,300 m. The trail takes you across the high ridges through the rugged beauty of the surroundings and the mountain vegetation. The path winds through refreshing meadows adorned with wild flowers and asparagus in spring. The first mountain pass you cross is marked by a huge cairn and gives a spectacular view of Mt. Kanjenjunga in Sikkim and a number of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. As you descend the pass you will be able to see the entirety of the Dagala mountain range including meadows and yak herder camps. After descending into the Labatama valley, you begin climbing gradually through the valley, passing several yak herder huts before you arrive at Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake.

Day 6: Labatama

Relax today at Labatama or why not take an excursion to any of nearby three lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. If fishing is your thing, the location is endowed with some trout fishes but permits are required for fishing! You should request us in advance to make the necessary arrangements. Overnight in camp.

Day 7: Labatama – Panka

Resume the trail for a distance of 8 km, 6-7 hours, 260 m ascent, 520 m descent and camp altitude at 4,000 m. The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520 m and can see the stunning views of the majestic Eastern Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest in Nepal, Mt. Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt. Tshering Gang, Mt. Khangbum, Mt. Masang Gang, Mt. Tsende Gang and Mt. Gangche Ta. If you want an even better view, you can climb a peak close to the saddle with an altitude of 4,720m. Then the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chhu (river) towards Panka with ascents and descents along the way. Overnight in camp.

Day 8: Panka – Talakha

Today’s walking distance is 8 km, 5-6 hours, 180 m ascent, 110 m descent and camp altitude at 3,080 m. The trail entails crossing of several passes but not a challenging climb. Along the way, you will see different varieties of blue poppy in June-July and mountain birds in this area. After crossing the last Tale La pass at 4,180 m, you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa where you will camp right beside the monastery. From this point, you will see a great view of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu.

Day 9: Talakha – Chamgang [End of Trek]

Today is the last day of the trek for a distance of 6 km, 3 hours and 440 m descent. From the monastery is a short walk down to the feeder road leading you to the village of Chamgang, and your trek ends here where our transport will meet us and drive to your hotel in Thimphu for two nights. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 10: Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu

After early breakfast, we travel to Punakha at an altitude of 1,300m and en route stop off at Dochula pass at an altitude of 3,050m. If weather is clear, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow capped eastern Himalaya ranges and also a magnificent distant view of the Gasa Dzong from this spot. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong), built in 1637 and is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Today the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha Dzongkhag (district) and the central monastic body. If time permits, stop off at the Chimi Lhakhang, which is dedicated to the legendary Lama Drukpa Kinley (known as the Divine Madman). The monastery is also revered as a sanctum of fertility. Legend has it that the couples wishing to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from overseas are blessed with a child after visiting the temple – Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. In the evening, we drive back to Thimphu for your final overnight stay.

Day 11: End of Tour

Your tour ends today morning. You will be transferred to Paro Airport accompanied by your guide from Bhutan Green Travel to depart for home with countless fond memories to share with your family and friends. Goodbye and Good luck! (Tashi Delek)!

Services Included

  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Upgrades to 5-star luxury accommodation available on request
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
  • Licensed Bhutanese English-speaking guided tours
  • All entrance fees to museums and other attractions
  • Comfortable transport within Bhutan
  • All applicable internal taxes and service fees (including royalty)
  • Mineral water
  • Visa fees

Services Not Included

  • International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
  • Travel insurance
  • Discretionary gratuities to guides and driver (we provide suggested guidelines)
  • Single room supplement
  • Other personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.

Prices and Dates

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Pricing Policy

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). All prices published on our websites, brochures and marketing materials are set as low as possible. The guide prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, changes in exchange rates, increase in transportation costs or fuel prices before we have accepted your booking, however, we guarantee our prices who have already signed up for your tour.

Additional Information

Best Season: April, May, June, September and October 2014

[It’s always advisable to contact us 4 or 5 months in advance. You decide dates depending on your plan of travel, however, plan your trekking tour during the best months indicated above]

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