Dagala thousand lakes trek

10 Days
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Dagala thousand lakes Trek is popularly known as Thousand Lakes Trek in Bhutan, passes by picturesque lakes, alpine meadows and abundant wildlife and many yak herder camps. Dagala range is the only Mountain range which starts in Tibet and ends in India and the mountain range divides two prominent valleys of Thimphu and Wangdue. During ancient time,  this trek route in Bhutan was used by the Dagala Penlop (Governor) to travel to Thimphu and Wangdue and it was once a major trading route between Thimphu and Dagana, headquarters of Dagana Dzongkhag south of Wangdue Phodrang. Dagala thousand lakes trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Bhutan and the best time to do this trek is from March to June & September to November.

During Dagala thousand lakes trek,  you will be visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, beautiful snow mountain peaks, lush green valley and natural forest. This trekkking in Bhutan offers stunning views f the entire Himlayan mountain range and some of the world’s higest peaks including Mt.Evereat, Jomolhari, Masagang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more. The average of the trekking area is between 3400-4000m but the trekking in Bhutan has more oxygen than the trekking in Tibet since there is more greenery, forest and more lakes so there is no worry of altitude problem since you already acclimatize to the altitude by spending two nights in Paro in the begining of this beautiful Bhutan trek.

During this 10 days Dagala thousand lakes trek, you will not only be trekking in Bhutan, but also explore the cultural highlight of Bhutan including a visit to Paro valley and Taktshang monastery, Tango monastery in Thimpu, the largest statue of Buddha in the world and Tashichhodzong which is a Buddhist monastery and fortres located on the northern edge of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Tashichhodzong has also been the seat of the civil government of Bhutan.
DaysTrip OutlineDaily ActivityAccommodationGuide & DriverMeal
01Arrival in Paro airport and transfer to downtown Paro valley ( 2250m/5km/10 min )Museum at Tadzong-Rinpung Dzong-Dongtse LhakangHotelBhutaneseLD
02Paro sightseeing tourTak¬tshang monastery-Drugyel Dzong-view of Mount JumolhariHotelBhutaneseBLD
03Paro to Gur ( 3290m/10Km/5 h)Geynitsang Chhu-Geynikha-Dolungu Chhu-GurCampBhutaneseBLD
04Gur to Labatamaba ( 4300m/12Km/5 h)Pass at Pangalabtsa at 4250m-Dagala range-LabatamabaCampBhutaneseBLD
05Labatamaba to Panka ( 4000m/8Km/6-7 h )lake Dajatsho-Dochha Chhu-PankaCampBhutaneseBLD
06Panka to Talakha-Tserigang ( 3080m/8Km/6-7 h )Tale La pass at 4180m-Dagala range-Goemba at TalakhaCampBhutanseBLD
07Panka to Thimphu ( 2350m/ 6Km/3 hr )Tserigang-Chamgang-Thimphu-Memorial Chorten-Kuenselphodrang ( Giant Buddha statue )HotelBhutaneseBLD
08Sightseeing tour in ThimphuTango monastery-Arts and craft school-Traditional medicine center-Bhutan post office-TashichhodzongHotelBhutaneseBLD
09Thimphu to Punakha Excursion (2350m/ 170km/4 h 50 min )Panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range at Dochu la pass-Druk Wangyal Temple-Chimi Lhakang-Punakha Dzong-ThimphuHotelBhutaneseBLD
10Thimphu to Paro international airport ( 2250m/50km/ 1h/16 min )Thimphu-Paro valley-Paro International airportBhutaneseBLD

Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • All necessary Bhutan travel permits
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Full board for entire tour
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Bhutan tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bags
  • All camping fee
  • Pakc horse and horse men for the trek
  • All cooking team
  • Different kinds of snack like biscuit, cheese, dried and fresh fruit during trek
  • Oxygen incase needed

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal riding horse
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 01: Arrival in Paro airport and transfer to downtown Paro valley ( 2250m/5km/10 min ) Hotel on LD

    Your introduction to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan begins on the flight itself, a couple of minutes before landing into the beautiful Paro valley. The majestic mountains, ancient monasteries and lush alpine forest will usher you into the country popularly branded as the last Shangri-La of the world. On arrival at Paro Airport you will be received by our representative, who will straight away take you to Hotel for check in and refreshment. We begin our tour of Paro valley straight after. Visit the Museum at Ta Dzong, which served as a watch tower for Paro Rinpung Dzong back in the old days. But since its conversion to a museum, it has become the hotspot for tourists. The artifacts on display will give you an insight into the Bhutanese way of life, which you will be experiencing first hand in the following days. Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. Built in the year 1645, this towering monastery-fortress is the administrative centre of Paro district. Like every Dzong in Bhutan, the clergy resides inside pursuing their dharma activities. While you are there you can interact with the monks and get a feel of the monastic life in Bhutan through their eyes. Then we go to nearby Dungtse Lhakhang, a temple designed in the shape of a Stupa. This temple has a wide collection of illustrious ancient paintings on Drukpa Kagyu sect of Buddhism. Towards evening, we visit the nearby archery field to watch the local people play.

  • Day 02: Paro sightseeing tour. Hotel on BLD

    Today, we hike to the Tak¬tshang monastery, perched on a sheer cliff face, 800 meters above the valley floor. No one has any clue as to how this architectural feat was achieved, although some even go to the length of attributing the role of the supernatural forces in its construction. Anyway, the myths surrounding this temple has it that the place was blessed in the 8th century by tantric Buddhist master Guru Padma Sambhava who visited the place astride a ferocious tigress believed to be a miracu¬lous transformation of the master’s famous consort, Yeshey Tshogyal. Apart from the myths, the hike is beautiful as it meanders along a forested trail that is as old as the monas¬tery itself. After lunch at Taktshang Cafeteria overlooking the beautiful Paro valley, we descend and then drive up to the ruined fortress at Drugyal Dzong. The Dzong – whose name means “Fortress of Victory” – commemorates the victory of Bhutanese over Tibetan invaders in the 17th century. From here, we can see the snow-clad Mount Jumolhari (Abode of Goddess Jumo, alt. 7,329 m), one of the most sacred and beautiful peaks in Bhutan. Return to the hotel for relaxation. You may like to indulge in the herbal traditional hot stone bath followed by aeroma or Swedish massage.

  • Day 03: Paro to Gur ( 3290m/10Km/5 h) Camp on BLD {{ 10 km. 5 hours. 550m ascent, 60m descent }}

    crossing a suspension bridge, the trail turns south along the side of the Geynitsang Chhu (river left) to a side stream, the Dolungu Chhu. Cross the stream on a log bridge and start uphill on and eroded trail through a forest of oaks. The trail is used only by yaks herders, Wood cutters and a handful of trekkers, but it was once a major trading route between Thimphu and Dagana, headquarters of Dagana Dzongkhag south of Wangdue Phodrang. This accounts for the walls, well-crafted stone staircases and other development along portion of the route. Along climb leads to end outstanding lookout point at three thousand two hundred twenty meter . The climb becomes gentler as it ascends towards the top of the ridge where it makes a hairpin turns at 3350m. Be careful here ; the trial to the camp site is an inconspicuous path that leads south through the forest Gur, some yak pastures in the tress at 3290 m

  • Day 04: Gur to Labatamaba ( 4300m/12Km/5 h) Camp on BLD {{ 12 Km. 5 hours.1040m ascent,110m descent }}

    After climbing from the camp to the main trial the route continues gently up the ridge on a wide track. A long, stiff climb through blue pines leads to a rocky outcrop where the vegetation changes to spruces, dead firs and larches. The trial traverses into a side valley, crosses a stream at 3870 m and begins a long, gentle climb through scattered birches and rhododendrons towards the pass, weaving in and out of side valleys and crossing several tiny streams. At Pangalabtsa, a pass marked by cairns at 4250m, there is a spectacular view of the whole Dagala range. This is now yak country and there are numerous herder’s camp scattered across the broad Labatamaba valley. Descend from the pass to the first herder’s hut at 4170m traverse around the head of a small valley to the main valley floor. Climb beside a stream to a camp at 4300m near Utshotsho, where there are said to be plenty of golden trout. The high altitude area near the lakes is a mass of alpine wildflowers in September.

  • Day 05: Labatamaba to Panka ( 4000m/8Km/6-7 h ) Camp on BLD {{ 8Km.6-7 hours.260m ascent, 520 descent }}

    There are two possible routes and the pack animals will take the lower one. The Bhutan trekking route is not well marked, and is more of a cross country traverse. It climbs along the western side of the lake Dajatsho to a saddle at 4520m, where there are good mountain views.If you want a better view you could scramble to the top of a 4720m peak to the east. From the past the trial descends past several herders’ camps, then drops to the Dochha Chhu, rejoining the trial at about 4200m.Follow the trial as it climbs over three ridges and descends to Panka at 4000m.Because there is a water problem here during spring it may be necessary to descend to an alternative camp 20m below.

  • Day 06: Panka to Talakha-Tserigang ( 3080m/8Km/6-7 h ) Camp on BLD {{ 8Km.6-7 hours.180m ascent,1100m descent }}

    The route leads north to a crest at 4100m where several trails lead off in different directions .The trial to Talakha climbs steeply up a slate slope to the ruins of house. It’s then a long traverse to Tale La at 4180m.From here there is view of Dagala range and of Thimphu, far to the north. It is then a long descent through bamboo forest to the goemba at Talakha(3080m).

  • Day 07: Panka to Thimphu ( 2350m/ 6Km/3 hr ) Hotel on BLD {{ 6km. 3 hours. 440m descent }}

    There is a steep, eroded trail that leads to Simtokha, but there are numerous fences surrounding apple orchards along the way and there is no longer direct route.You can arrange to have vehicle pick up at Talakha, but it’s a long, rough, muddy road suitable only for 4wds. Its best to walk 3hours down the road, with the few short cuts where trails avoid switch backs, to Chamgang at 2640m.After Lunch : Visits to the Memorial Chorten where many locals come to Circumbulate the Stupa. Kuenselphodrang where the world’s biggest Buddha statue is built overlooking the valley.

  • Day 08: Sightseeing tour in Thimphu. Hotel on BLD

    Morning Excursion to Tango: drive 12 kilometers North of Thimphu town for half an hour till the base of Tango Hill. It is a 45-minute hike to Tango Monastery, a renowned Buddhist College and a site blessed by many great Buddhist masters over nearly a thousand years. “Tango” literally means “horse-head” named after the rock formation on the side of the temple that resembles the head of a horse. Picnic lunch will be served near the river bank after we cross a traditional wooden bridge near Cheri Zam. Afternoon Visit the “School for Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts”, the Traditional Medicine Centre which includes an herbal medicine manufacturing unit. Visit Bhutan post office, and then finally Trashichhodzong, the Central Secretariat of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

  • Day 09: Thimphu to Punakha Excursion (2350m/ 170km/4 h 50 min ) Hotel on BLD

    It’s a drive from (85 km/2 hours 25 minutes ) Thimphu to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. The first stopping point is at Dochula Pass (3150 m), which offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially brilliant on a clear winter day, with Snowcappedd Mountains forming a majestic backdrop against the open valley below. Further, Druk Wangyal Temple, along with 108 Druk Wangyal stupas, which stands elegantly on the mountain pass, also makes Dochula a place of worship for both the local people and tourists. The next stop is at Lampelri Botanical Garden for sightseeing - mainly the Baritsho Lake. As you travel further from Lampelri, you will observe dramatic change in the vegetation. At the lower elevations cacti, banana plants, poinsettias and other semi-tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape. After lunch in Lobesa, visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple dedicated to the 15th century iconoclast and patron saint of fertility, Lam Drukpa Kinley, also fondly remembered as the ‘Divine Madman.’ The temple is visited by people from all over the world, especially by couples who are barren. In the evening, we visit Punakha Dzong. This picturesque fortress is situated on the confluence of Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) Rivers. It was built in 1637 by the first supreme leader and unifier of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It houses the most sacred relics of Bhutan, Rangjung Kharsapani, the self-created image of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. Evening drive back to Thimphu.

  • Day 10: Thimphu to Paro international airport ( 2250m/50km/ 1h/16 min ) End the trip.

    After breakfast, drive to Paro along the Thimphu and Paro river at the distance of 50km and it will tak you around one hour and 16 minutes. See off at the airport and end the trip.

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • All necessary Bhutan travel permits
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Full board for entire tour
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Bhutan tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bags
  • All camping fee
  • Pakc horse and horse men for the trek
  • All cooking team
  • Different kinds of snack like biscuit, cheese, dried and fresh fruit during trek
  • Oxygen incase needed

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal riding horse
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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