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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

This trek takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more.

During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. 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. The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June or September –October.

KEY INFORMATION

Best Season: March to November

Tour Duration: 9 nights /10 days

Group Size & Cost: US $2250 each.( Group 3 person and above)

Government Surcharge: Single travellers and those in a group of two also pay an extra $40 and $30 per night respectively by way of a small group surcharge. This determines the basic cost of your trip.

COST INCLUDES: Twin sharing accommodation
All meals, tea & Snacks, Mineral water on all days out.
visa fee, Tourism Development Fund, all transfers as per the itinerary,
English speaking licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide,
Special permit for restricted & old monastery, monument fees, full service on the trek, all internal taxes and charges (including the 35% royalty)

COST EXCLUDES: Drukair fares, drinks & Beverages, Excess baggage, laundry, phone calls, medical, insurance and any other expenses that are not mentioned above.

Day 01: Arrival

Depart from International airport by our Druk-Air (Royal Bhutan Airline). On arrival at Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted you to hotel. After an early lunch, you’ll visit the national museum (Ta-dzong). Once it was the watch tower of Paro valley from 1616 A.D to 1907 and it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley. Also visit the Paro dzong , Today, the dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (utse) of the dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. The dzong was built in 1645 A.D.

Overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 02: Excursion to Tiger’s Nest

Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest,” so named because Guru Rimpoche reportedly flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a flying tiger in the late centuries of the first millennium. The monastery is perched on a cliff nearly 3,000 ft above the Paro valley floor. This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about two hours to reach the cafeteria, which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. If you still feel like hiking then you can take another hour to reach the temple. In the late afternoon, drive to Thimphu and over night at Hotel Migmer/Pedling Hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu-Gynekha – Gur

Distance: 7 km,
Time : 5 hours,
difficulty : 550 m ascent, 210 m descent,
camp altitude: 3,290 m.

The trek starts from Genekha ( an hour drive from Thimphu) where the ponies, camp gear and our cook will be waiting. Pack up the horses. Your trek includes the finest of high altitude tents and warm sleeping bags. You only have to carry a small pack for your daily needs.The trek starts at beautiful Gynekha village and begins with a short descent to the river. After crossing the river you start climbing until you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours you reach Gur, an area of yak pastures located just below the main trail.

Day 4: Gur – Labatama

Distance: 12 km,
Time :5 hours, 1,220 m
Difficulty : ascent, 110 m descent,
camp altitude 4,300 m.

On the second day, the trail takes you across the high ridges from where you can truly appreciate the rugged beauty of your 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 Kanjenjunga (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. Once you have descended 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 5: Labatama

This day will be dedicated to relaxing and recuperating at Labatama. It is an ideal to taker an excursion to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. Hikers are encouraged to take the opportunity to engage in some trout fishing as the location is ideal. Permits are required for fishing so you should request your tour operator to make the necessary arrangements beforehand.

Day 6: Labatama – Panka

Distance 8 km,
Time: 6-7 hours,
Difficulty : 260 m ascent, 520 m descent,
camp altitude 4,000 m.

The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520m. From here onwards you will have a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks all through the descent. The mountain peaks visible include Mt. Everest (Nepal), Mt. Kanchenjunga (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. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chhu. You follow the river for a while, but stay higher up on the slope to reach Panka with ascents and descents along the way.

Day 7: Panka – Talakha

Distance 8 km,
Time :5-6 hours,
Difficulty : 180 m ascent, 110 m descent,
camp altitude 3,080 m.

This day entails the crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. You should keep your eyes open for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds while in this area. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4,180m) you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa. You will camp right beside the monastery and wake up to the early morning prayers of the monks. From here you will be treated to a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.

Day 8: Talakha – Chamgang

Distance 6 km,
time: 3 hours,
difficulty : 440 m descent.

From the monastery it’s a short walk down to the feeder road which will lead you to the village of Chamgang. A short walk will bring you to the motor road where your transport will be waiting. Drive about Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu sigshseeing.

Sightseeing in and around thimphu . towards evening we will drive you back to Paro.

Day 10: Breakfast and depart for Paro International Airport.

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Tashi Delek.

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