Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is off the beaten track as you hardly see trekkers on the trail.This trek starts above Thimphu and takes to several mesmerizing high-altitude lakes- but unfortunately, nowhere close to the fabled thousand!
The duration of the trek can be anywhere between five to six days. Although your highest camp is at 14,104ft/4,300m the route takes you up to a lofty 15,416ft/4,700m from where you get spectacular mountain views. Some popular mountains that you can get a glimpse of would be Mount Everest in Nepal, Jomolhari, Masanggang, Jichu Drake, Tiger Mountain in Bhutan and many more.
The trail also takes you through bird rich areas, alpine flowers, attractive meadows and several traditional Bhutanese villages
You can read the detail blog on Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek here
Duration : 7 Nights/ 8 Days .
Destination Covered : Thimphu- Dagana Thousand Lake Trek-Paro .
Fly to Paro. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and the weather cooperates, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Meet your guide and driver and head towards Thimphu. On the way, stop at Tachog Lhakhang (the Iron Chain Bridge), a temple located across the famous iron chain bridge built over the meandering Pa Chhu (Paro River). Devour yourself to the invigorating ambiance of the cool-sweeping breeze and bright colored prayer flags. The whole set up a feast to the eye.
Take a stroll around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital. Also, visit the archery ground where local teams demonstrate amazing skill with bow and arrow as they practice the national sport of Bhutan.
If time permits we can also visit a few other Landmark places.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
You will begin the day by driving from Thimphu for about 45 minutes to the beautiful Genekha village from where your trek starts. The village is famous for producing Masutake and chanterelle mushrooms.
Genekha to Gur
7Kms| 5 Hours | 550M Ascent | 60M Descent | Camp Alt 3290M
You will walk over mule path, through terraced fields and coniferous forests rich with alpine flora and plenty of birds. You will then descend down to the river and after two hours of gradual uphill climb you reach the huge rock platform at 3350m, which offers a picturesque view of the valley. After another two hours of trekking you will reach your campsite at Gur (3,290m), amidst abundance of wild flowers.
Overnight at Camp
While trekking across the ridges, one can enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers, wild asparagus (in spring) and large meadows, which freshens your mind. Weaving through tiny streams, you will climb gently through scattered birches and rhododendrons to arrive at Pag Labtsa pass (4,250m) marked by huge cairns. From the pass, you will have spectacular views of Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and most of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending from the pass one will view the entire Dagala range meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. You will descend into the Labatama valley and then ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Utsho Lake (4,300m) where golden trout are in abundance. Our campsite is right next to the lake.
You will spend the day exploring any one of the nearby lakes such as Relitsho, Hentsho, Setsho, and Jagetsho Lakes. These lakes are full of trouts and your trekking leader will tell you mystic stories about these lakes. Lunch by the lakeside with a spectacular view around can be a memorable experience. After lunch, you can also attempt to climb the Jomo peak at an altitude of 5,050m. Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day.
8Km | 5-6 Hours | 220M Ascent | 520M Descent | Camp Alt 4000M
You will walk along the western side of Dalatsho up to a saddle at (4520m) from where you have a majestic view of the prominent Himalayan peaks such as Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang, and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. From the saddle, the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chuu River. You will follow the river for a while, staying higher up on the slope until you reach Panka. Here the Himalayan monal pheasants are a common sight, besides yaks and horses. We will camp at Panka (4,000m).
14Kms | 8 Hours | 180M Ascent | 1540M Descent
Today, you will be crossing several passes, each one more impressive than the other. Different varieties of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds can be found on the trail. Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to Talakha and the other to Wangduephodrang. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the last pass, Tale La (4180m) from where the views of Dagala range and Thimphu is superb. Start a long descent through a forest of spruce, birch, juniper, and rhododendrons to Talakha Goempa (3080m). From the Talakha Goempa, you will hike down through mixed vegetation, apple orchards, and feeder road to the Village of Chamgang. Your car will be waiting here to transfer you to Thimphu.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
In the morning we will stop by General Post Office General Post Office where you can make a postage stamp with your own picture which can be posted within Bhutan & then head towards Paro.
We can take a steep, 1½-hour hike to a teahouse, where you can enjoy a great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means "tiger's nest"), perched on a cliff 2,700 feet above the floor of the Paro valley. The hike follows a steep switchback trail through the forest, and after a break with tea and cookies, we can continue another thirty minutes to a closer viewpoint.
On the way back to Paro, we can stop by Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the evening we can visit the Paro town with a street of typical Bhutanese traditional buildings or visit Namgay Artisanal Brewery and try out different flavors of Bhutanese beer.
Overnight at Hotel in Paro
Bhutan Inbound Team will see you off to Paro International Airport and bid you farewell
5.0 / 2 Reviews
Me along with my two other friends booked the tour with Bhutan Best Inbound Tour.
We wanted to try out some trekking in Bhutan and Mr. Vivek with whom I was corresponding primarily suggested for Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. After doing some research we went out with his recommendations.
It is perhaps one of the most scenic trek with beautiful Lakes(Though there are not 1000 lakes ) . There is a tranquility that comes from another world as you lie down on the rock top and embrace the silence of breath taking Lakes. Our guide Mr.Sangay also has lot of mythological story of Aum Jumo to tell as we walked the trails.
The trek is not so tough . We went there on the fall so there were thousands of wild flowers welcoming us everywhere.
Bhutan Inbound Tour have arranged the trek so well. We were provided with healthy meals, the facility arranged was also comfortable. There was nothing for us to worry.
Had a splendid time in Bhutan.
First class company with attention to detail
I was contact person for organising our trip. The company always gave clear and prompt response to all my ems. Flexible in package options and organised all the necessary documentation and flights, even sent us boarding passes for flights. Our guide Namgay was very informative, knowledgeable and helpful in every possible way. Our driver was very careful and both guide and driver were friendly and accommodating . Hotels were very good.
We visited lots of places and thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Would recommend this company to anyone.