Dagala Thousand-lakes trek

Trip Facts

Dagala Thousand-lakes trek
Length : 13 Days - 12 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Trekking Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

Picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows, abundant wildlife and camps of the yak herders under the shadow of magnificent mountainous landscapes are some of the unique features of this trek, during which you explore the high altitude lakes overflowing with trout and come face to face with the mystical history of the region. It is a moderate trek with short trekking days with a few steep climbs. The trek offers an option for those with a desire to experience the variety of flora and fauna in Bhutan, and catch a glimpse of the local nomadic lifestyle. It also includes a tour of the fascinating sites in and around Thimphu and Paro.

Season: April, and September – October.

Highlights of the trek

  • Traverse Alpine meadows, high mountain passes, trout-filledlakes, abundant wildlife and yak herder camps
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (dzongs), museums, tem[les and markets
  • Hike to the famous Taktshang Monastery

Outline Iteinerary

DAY 01:   ARRIVE PARO

  • After lunch, visit Ta Dzong Museum housingreligious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering an orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past.
  • Visit Rinpung Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa. Dzongs serve as the district administrative centre and usually houses the district monastic body, known as

DAY 02:   PARO

  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery – approximately an uphill walk of 2 hours (horses will be arranged up to the cafeteria for those who cannot walk.). Clinging onto a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor, the monastery is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the present monastery was built.
  • Drive to the ruins of the 17th century Drukgyel Dzong, and 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Srongtsen Gampo.

DAY 03:   PARO – GUR (4-5 hours)

  • Drive to Genekha village (2800m), the starting point of the trek. Following a good track steadily going upwards through oak forest to a rocky platform, a good resting spot, continue slowly up through birch and bamboo forests to the overnight camp site in a meadow at Gur (3350m).

DAY 04:   GUR – WATACHING (5 hours)

  • From Gur, we head up towards the alpine zone with open views down the valley. Reaching Gibze Kebze (3710m), some may start to feel the stress and strains of the altitude (and we may even be required to set up camp). However, if everyone is acclimatizing well, we move on across hillsides lined with rhododendrons to Pagalabsta La Pass (4170m) for fine views of Dagala range, and then continue downwards to a stone yak herders’ hut at Wataching (4100m), the overnight campsite.

DAY 05:   WATACHING – LABATAMA (4-5 hours)

  • From Wataching we cross several ridges gradually entering more rugged terrain, and follow a broad valley, locally known as Labatama with several yak herders’ huts, to reach the campsite near Utsho Lake (4250m), famous for its golden trout.
  • Explore the area and perhaps to climb Jomo if weather and energy allow. You can have a good view of Kangchenjunga and Jomolhari from the peak. Jomo, a female deity,   is a protector of animals and is much revered, as most people in the vicinity depend on cattle or horses for their livelihood. The local people may even ask us not to climb the peak but stop at a lower level to show respect to the deity.

DAY 06:   LABATAMA – PANKA (5-6 hours)

  • Crossing Labajong La Pass (4400m), we will head towards Panka, the camp site.

DAY 07:   PANKA – TALAKHA MONASTERY (5-6 hours)

  • With enchanting views of Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, amongst many other Himalayan peaks, the path continues through a forest of rhododendrons populated by Himalayan pheasants. We reach enormous cairns at Chole La Pass (4100m), from where we descend down to Kiwi Chowa (4030m). The route continues to a pass at 3960m where four tracks converge. We follow the northern route past a ruin said to have once been a dzong to monitor the movement of local populace between Wangduephodrang and Thimphu districts. A ridge leads to Talakha Peak (4300m) revealing great views of the Thimphu Valley. From Talakha peak we drop down steadily, sometimes steeply, through a mixed forest of fir, juniper, rhododendron, rose, bamboo and birch till we reach Talakha monastery.

 

DAY 08:   TALAKHA MONASTERY – THIMPHU

  • An hour’s walk down to the road head, we will be driving through apple orchards to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
  • Sightseeing around Thimphu includes visits to the National Memorial Chorten, the 12th century Changangkha temple and the Zilukha Nunnery.

 

DAY 09:   THIMPHU

  • Visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum, National Library, the traditional paper-making factory and Folk Heritage Museum. Also visit Tashichhodzong, housing some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.
  • For animal lovers, Takin Preserve is a must where you can observe the slumberous takin, the national animal of Bhutan. (Hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region can also be arranged as other option for the day.)

 

DAY 10:   THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

  • Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs of driving time). You can also admire the 108 miniature Druk Wangyel chortens built in the memory of soldiers who lost their lives in the operation to flush out Bodo insurgents from India. Dochu-La area is covered in rhododendron forests that bloom in late April/early May.
  • On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by Shabdrung, at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. Bhutan’s first king was crowned here in 1907.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Mad Monk. Considered a temple of fertility and most childless couples come to this temple seeking blessing for children.

 

DAY 11: PUNAKHA – THIMPHU

  • Drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. The chorten contains paintings belonging to Nyingma tradition.
  • Drive to Thimphu and visit handicraft and souvenir shops.

 

DAY 12: THIMPHU – PARO

  • Relax in Thimphu before departing for Paro, or return to Paro early to further explore the Paro valley. (The other option is to go on a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Haa Valley is characterized by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain.)

DAY 13: DEPARTURE FROM PARO

  • Drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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