Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek - 9 Days | 8 Nights

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US$ 1840 / per person

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Highlights

  • The trek starts from Genekha and ends in Thimphu.
  • Trek through a variety of scenery and ecological zones rich with flora and fauna.
  • Cross high mountain passes over 4520 meters with fantastic views.
  • Trek through yak pastures, high altitude lakes and spectacular mountain views.
  • Explore the key cultural sights of Thimphu and Paro.
  • Mountains views on trek: Mount Jumolhari at 7314m, Jichu Drake at 6989m, Kangchenjonga at 8586m, Mount Everest at 8848m, Tiger Mountain at 6840m and Tsenda Gang at 7100m.

This trek is also called the ‘ Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek’(Dagala is the mountain goddess who over looks the Lakes). On this trek you will see stunning view of the entire Himalayan Mountain ranges and some of the world’s highest peak Mt.Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drakey and Gangchen Ta. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Paro

During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and transfer you to the Hotel.  Later in the afternoon You will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century. In the evening you can stroll in the paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Genekha – Gur (Trek Starts)

DISTANCE 7KMS | Time: 5-6hrs.| Ascent: 60m | Altitude: 2580m-3290m

You will drive to your trek start point and then continue trailing along the river Geynitsang chhu and Dolunga chhu. You will start ascending through oak forests and might encounter some yak herder’s and woodcutters. At 3220m you will reach an exceptional lookout point. From here the climb is gentle moving towards the south going off the trail to Gur. You will camp among the yak pastures at 3290m.

DAY 4: Gur – Labatama

DISTANCE 12KMS | Time: 6hrs.| Ascent: 1010m | Altitude: 3290m-4300m

You will go back to the main trail and climb through blue pines. Later there is a change in vegetation and you will be walking through spruces, dead firs and larches. At 4250m you will reach the Pagalabtsa pass after crossing several streams and traversing through birches and rhododendrons. From the pass, you can see the whole Dagala range. Further into the trek you will climb along a stream to Labatama at 4300m and camp near the Utsho lake where golden trouts are in abundance.

DAY 5: EXPORLARTY HALT AT LABATAMA

Today you will spend time exploring anyone of nearby lakes such as Relitsho, Hentsho, Setsho and Jagetsho lakes. The surrounding views are amazing. There is also an option to go take an excursion to the Jomo peak at 5050m. If you do not wish to go on excursions you can spend your day just relaxing.

Day 6: Labatama – Panka

DISTANCE 8KMS | Time: 5-6hrs.| Ascent: 220m | Descent:520m| Altitude: 4300m-4000m

Follow the trail along the Dajatsho lake till 4520m and enjoy the exotic views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang and Jichu Drake. Then the trail descends towards yak herder’s and dropping further to Dochha Chhu at 4200m. Finally you will cross over three ridges and reach Panka. You will camp here at an altitude of 4000m. <

Day 7: Panka – Chamgang – Thimphu (Trek Ends)

DISTANCE 14KMS | Time: 8hrs.| Ascent: 180m | Descent: 1540m

You will start trekking to Talakha and pass Tale La at 4180m where you can spot the beautiful Dagala range and Thimphu in the faraway north. Descend through mixed forest of spruce, birch, juniper, rhododendron and bamboo. Finally at 3080m you will reach Talakha. Then you will descend further towards the village of Chamgang where your vehicle will be waiting to drive you to Thimphu.

Day 8: Thimphu

Today after breakfast you will will visit the  King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan); visit Buddha statue, and is presumed to be the largest Bronze statue in the world. The three storied high throne of the statue will consists of temples on each floor, visit Post office were you can personalize your stamp, nunnery temple,  Textile Museum, Traditional Paper Factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

 Day 9: Thimphu – Paro Depart

After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.

At a Glance

Tour duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights

Difficulty level: Moderate to Hard

Total distance: 41 km

Best season: March, April, May, June, September, October and November

Maximum elevation: 4520m

Minimum elevation: 2400m

Highest camp elevation: 4300m

Highest ascent of the trek: 1010m

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Complementary bottled water in car
  • Hotels
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Government levy
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Sightseeing

 

On trek includes:

  • Sleeping tents
  • Dining tents
  • Toilet and shower tents
  • Toilet seats
  • Mats
  • Duffle bags
  • Cooking utensils
  • All meals
  • Guide
  • Trek chef assistants
  • Horses

Exclusions

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages other than tea and coffee
  • Sleeping bag on trek
  • Laundry
  • Internet bill
  • Phone bill
  • Other bills of personal nature

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (upgrade with supplement) during city tour.
  • Tented campsite accommodation on trek.

Insurance

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.