Govt. Regd. No: 69767-2066/67

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Duration: 11 days      (Based On review(s))

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a short hiking program starting from Thimphu to a large number of dazzling high altitude lakes. It is the only trek in Bhutan which offers you amazing views of the entire Bhutanese Himalayan range including Kanchenjunga (the world’s 3rd highest mountain located in between Sikkim-Nepal. Only a few trekkers have trekked in this region. The first two days of Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a bit difficult with an uphill climb. But, the view en-route is worth the climb. During the trek, you will encounter plenty of beautiful high altitude mountain lakes thus the name given Dagala thousand lakes. Upon arrival in Thimphu go for cultural sightseeing in Thimphu visiting Buddha’s point, Tashicho dzong, King’s Memorial Chorten, etc. Back in Paro, hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ located outskirts of Paro town. It’s believed Guru Padmasambhava flew on a back of a flying tigress and meditated here in the 8th century.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Spectacular views of Bhutanese Himalayan range including Kanchenjunga – the world’s 3rd highest between Sikkim-Nepal.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Your Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek starts with a Flight to Paro. If from Delhi/Kathmandu the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. Drive to Thimphu 2 hours.Overnight Hotel.
Morning start the sightseeing with Zelukha Nunnery, National Library, Memorial Chorten of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post Office, School of Arts & Crafts and walk around Thimphu city for shopping of souvenirs from Bhutan. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning continue sightseeing. After lunch you will drive to the starting point of your trek You drive for 29km (1 hour approx) to a road junction on the Thimphu-Paro highway after which you take an uphill drive for 16 km on dirt road (2 hours approx). Camp at Geynikha .2950m.
Trek Day 1 – Start of Trek : Distance 5 km and walking distance 4 hours. Starting at Geynikha 2950m and camp at Gur 3350m. Today you trek will take you through alpine flora and fauna (different kinds of birds can be seen). 2 hours of gradual uphill walk and rest at a huge rock platform reveals the beauty of nature below. Another 2 hours walk ends the days trek.
Trek Day 2 : Distance 12 km and walking time 5 hours. Starting at Gur and camp at Labatamba (4300m) The trek today will across the ridges and amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring) with the mountain side meadows which will freshen the trekkers with poetic sentiments. You will see the spectacular view of the Dagala Range, meadows and yak herders camp from the first pass you will be crossing at 4240m. Lunch will be served nearby a yak herders camp. After lunch walk for about 2 hours across hills and meadows. Camp near Utsho lake where plenty of golden trout flourish.
Trek Day 3 : Excursion to nearby lakes.
Trek Day 4 : Distance 8km and walking time 4 hours. Starting at Labatamba and camp at Panka (4000m) Today you start your days trek for 20 to 30 minutes uphill before descending down the valley. You will get very good views of the Western Himalayan range inside Bhutan. The trek will take you through meadows, lakes and shrubs. Camp at Panka.
Trek Day 5 : Distance 8 km and walking time 4 hours. Starting at Panka and camp at Talakha (3080m) The days trek will be passing several passes each reveling its own beauty. Lunch will be at a junction which leads to Wangduephodrang. After lunch around 1 hours gradual climb brings you to the last of the Dagala range from where you will have a spectacular view of Thimphu. Camp near Talakha monastery and village.
Trek Day 6 – End of Trek : Distance 3 km and walking time 3 hours. Today’s trek will be through alpine forest, mixed vegetation and apple orchards. The trek ends at the roadhead above Simtokha Dzong. Drive to Thimphu (20 minutes). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Morning at leisure or if today is a Saturday or Sunday then visit the Weekend Market. Early lunch and then drive to Paro (2 hours) and sightseeing. Visit the National Museum , drive to Drukgyel Dzong, evening explore Paro town.
Your Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek terminates today so after breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

COST AND DATES

NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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