Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

BhutanCulture, Hike and Trek

Best Season ~ April to May, and October to November.

This is an excellent trek for those of good fitness who without necessarily having had previous Alpine experience. This moderate standard rated trek passes through various picturesque high altitude lakes so named as the Thousand Lakes Trek. The route is also particularly rich in bird species, alpine flowers and attractive meadows.

The route also presents fascinating views of prominent eastern Himalayan peaks such as Mt’s. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Masang Gang, Tsenda Gang and Gangchhenta.

11 Nights
From USD 2,220Per Person

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

11-day, 10-night trips can depart Bangkok for Paro daily, or from Singapore for Paro every Sunday (returning the following Wednesday)

The flight to Paro must be one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport exit gate following customs formalities.
Sightseeing around Paro includes a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong (Paro) Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzongs are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts.
In the afternoon we drive to Thimphu, the country’s capital, (1½ hours) following the Po Chu River.

Overnight in Thimphu.

After breakfast, visit the Art School where centuries old art of Bhutanese painting is taught. The National Library is another interesting place to visit, which houses vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Also visit Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit Handicrafts Emporium. Here exotic weaves in silk, wool, raw silk, cotton, silver jewelry, carpets, thangka paintings, bamboo ware and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available.
Evening, drive to the broadcast tower for the fascinating view of Thimphu valley.

Overnight in Thimphu.

After breakfast continue with sightseeing in Thimphu.
After lunch drive to the starting point of the trek. The first 29km (approx. 1-hour) to a road junction on the Thimphu-Paro highway after which ascend for 16km (approx. 2 hours) on a dirt road.

Overnight camp at Genekha (2,950m) alongside a stream.

The first day of the trek  is a true communion with nature starting with alpine flora and fauna (birds are common). 2 hours of gradual uphill walk and rest at huge rock platform, offers a picturesque view of the valley below. After another 2 hours arrive at Gur (3,350m).
Camp at Gur, where flowers are abundant in spring.

Distance ~ 7km; approx. 5-6 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

Whilst trekking across the ridges one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. The path winds through flowers and wild asparagus (in spring) and the meadows are refreshing and inspiring. The first pass symbolised by a huge cairn gives a spectacular view of Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and most of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending from the pass one will view the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herders camp. Once descended into the Labatama valley you ascend gradually through the valley passing some Yak herder huts till you reach Utsho Tsho (4,300m).
The campsite is right next to the lake, where plenty of golden trout flourish.

Distance ~ 12km; approx. 5-6 hrs.
Overnight in tented camp.

Enjoy a day of rest or explore Labatama valley. For the energetic choose from a range of day excursions to either Relitsho, Hentsho or Jametsho Lake.

Overnight in tented camp.

Ascend for 20 minutes upwards when you will have majestic view of Himalayan peaks during descent. This point is around 4,460m. The mountains peaks include Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsendegang and Gangche Ta. Here the Himalayan monal pheasants are a common sight, apart from yaks and horses.

Distance: 8km; approx. 4-5 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

This day entails the crossing of several passes, each one more impressive than the other. Search for different verities of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to Talekha and other to Wangdiphodrang. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the tip of the last Dagala range from where view of Thimphu is spread in the palm of observer’s hand.
An hour’s walk and you are at the last camp, just a little above Talekha monastery (3,080m).

Distance: 8km; approx. 4-5 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wildflowers), one reaches Talekha monastery and village and once again the view of Thimphu is superb. Passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, one reaches the main road to Thimphu where your transport will be waiting.
Drive to Thimphu for lunch. Afternoon drive to Paro.

Distance: 3km; approx. 3-4 hrs
Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast hike up to Taktsang Monastery more commonly known as “The Tiger’s Nest”. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a pony for transfer up to the viewing point).
The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The monastery is also an important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.

Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure flight.

Land Cost

Price per person in USD

11D Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek |
Bhutan

Valid from DEC 01, 2017 to NOV 30, 2018.
SGL Traveller
(private tour)
02 Persons
(private tour)
03 Persons
or More
Single
Supplement
Dec 2017, and Jan to Feb 2018292025202220300
Mar, Apr and May342030202720300
Jun, Jul and Aug292025202220300
Sep, Oct and Nov342030202720300
Land prices do not include airfare to/from Paro. Kindly check with us for our attractive Drukair airfare to Paro.
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Inclusions

  • Bhutan Visa & application fee
  • All royalties, government taxes, and small group surcharges, if any is payable
  • All transfers and ground transportation in a private vehicle with an experienced driver
  • 04 nights in standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms)
  • 7-day, 6-night guided Dagala Thousand Lakes trek
    • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully waterproof two-men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent, etc.
    • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek; luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
    • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
  • All meals, excluding beverages
    • Breakfasts in hotels
    • Other meals in local restaurants
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour (not during meal times in restaurants)
  • Services of licensed English-speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Guided touring with entrance fees to sights & monuments

Exclusions

     

  • Air passage to/from Paro, Bhutan; kindly check with us for our attractive Drukair airfares
  • Travel insurance covering trip curtailment, emergency rescue and medical evacuation, etc. (please check with us for our travel insurance plans)
  • Personal expenditure such as phone calls, internet access, all soft/hard beverages, laundry services, etc.
  • Other options or expenses not mentioned in the Inclusions above
  • Tips and gratuities for guide and driver, and trekking staff (tipping is expected)