Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
9days / 8nights
Dagala Thousand Lakes trek takes you through the off beaten tracks crossing several beautiful passes and lovely lakes. The max elevation is 4520m. You get exotic views of the surrounding Himalayas. The trek starts from Genekha. You will witness changes in vegetation as you ascend and descend, trekking through the oak forest then blue pine and through spruces, dead firs and larches, birches and rhododendrons and finally reach the trek end point at Chamgang.
DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO
On your flight to Paro, if the weather permits, you will be able to spot snowcapped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our guide will be waiting to receive you. You will be driven to your hotel. Later in the day you will visit Ta Dzong, originally a watch tower now converted into a museum. This 17th century old fortress holds varies displays of antique collections. Next stop is the Rinpung Dzong literal translation –“fortress of heap of jewels.” Another Lhakhang you will visit is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most divine temple of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 2: ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
Today you will hike to the famous Taktsang Goemba. The monastery has a remarkable history and even looks quite extraordinary perched on a hill side. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here to meditate on the back of a tigress. The hike is a 6 hours journey through pine forest and rhododendrons, ascending 900 meters above Paro Valley. In the evening, you can explore Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 3: GENEKHA – GUR (TREK BEGINS)
7KM | 5 HOURS | 550M ASCENT | 60M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3290M
You will drive to your trek start point and then continue trailing along the river Geynitsang chhu and Dolunga chhu. You will start ascending through oak forests and might encounter some yak herder’s and woodcutters. At 3220m you will reach an exceptional lookout point. From here the climb is gentle moving towards the south going off the trail to Gur. You will camp among the yak pastures at 3290m.
DAY 4: GUR – LABATAMA
12KM | 6 HOURS | 1010M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4300M
You will go back to the main trail and climb through blue pines. Later there is a change in vegetation and you will be walking through spruces, dead firs and larches. At 4250m you will reach the Pagalabtsa pass after crossing several streams and traversing through birches and rhododendrons. From the pass, you can see the whole Dagala range. Further into the trek you will climb along a stream to Labatama at 4300m and camp near the Utsho lake where golden trouts are in abundance.
DAY 5: EXPORLARTY HALT AT LABATAMA
Today you will spend time exploring anyone of nearby lakes such as Relitsho, Hentsho, Setsho and Jagetsho lakes. The surrounding views are amazing. There is also an option to go take an excursion to the Jomo peak at 5050m. If you do not wish to go on excursions you can spend your day just relaxing.
DAY 6: LABATAMA – PANKA
8KM | 5-6 HOURS | 220M ASCENT | 520M DESCENT | CAMPT ALT 4000M
Follow the trail along the Dajatsho lake till 4520m and enjoy the exotic views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang and Jichu Drake. Then the trail descend towards yak herder’s and dropping further to Dochha Chhu at 4200m. Finally you will cross over three ridges and reach Panka. You will camp here at an altitude of 4000m. <
DAY 7: PANKA – CHAMGANG – THIMPHU (TREK ENDS)
14KM | 8 HOURS | 180M ASCENT | 1540M DESCENT
You will start trekking to Talakha and pass Tale La at 4180m where you can spot the beautiful Dagala range and Thimphu in the faraway north. Descend through mixed forest of spruce, birch, juniper, rhododendron and bamboo. Finally at 3080m you will reach Talakha. Then you will descend further towards the village of Chamgang where your vehicle will be waiting to drive you to Thimphu.
DAY 8: THIMPHU
Have breakfast and then get on with the day’s sightseeing to the King’s Memorial Chorten, majestic Tashichhodzong and Kuenselphodrang, the giant Buddha statue. Then you will head to the nunnery temple and Textile Museum. If it is the weekend you will catch a busy weekend market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come here to sell their farm products. You can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It’s fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 9: THIMPHU – PARO DEPART
After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.
- Government levy
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Tea and snacks
- Accommodations on 3-4 star hotels
- Visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Guide services
- Air fares
- Tips and gratitude
- Insurance of all kinds
- Drinks and beverages
- Internet bills
- Other personal bills.
- Down parka
- Warm fleece jacket
- Comfortable trekking boot (we like lowa)
- Lightweight shoes
- Rain gears
- 4 pair trekking socks
- 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
- 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
- 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
- Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 bandana
- Warm gloves
- Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- 2 pair sunglasses
- Small daypack
- Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
- Trekking poles
- Mud guard
- Headlamp and a normal torch
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
- Insulated drinking mug
- Small towel
- Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate
- Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
- Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,cough drops, diamox,
bites/burn cream and small bandage.Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
- Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
- Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
- Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
- High calorie snacks and energy bars
- Prescription medications
- Some books to read at camp
Our tour packages do not include insurance of all kinds. Its recommended that you purchase insurance form your country. Insurance cover for loss of baggages, flight cancellation, accidents or rescue operation by helicopter in the event you get stranded on mountains due to weather or altitude sickness.
HOW DO WE CARRY OUT TREK?
All our treks are arranged as camping trips. You will be sleeping in a tent pitched at designated campsite. You will have group of staff comprising of your guide, assistants and horsemen. We do not use human porters. Your trekking supplies and equipment will be carried by horses. At higher altitudes, we use yaks for the transportation. Hot meals cooked by our veteran trek-chefs will be provided during treks. Your assistant will carry a hot-packed lunch during the day. Some trekkers augment that our trekking foods are sometimes better than city hotels.
CHANGE OF ITINERARY
At times change of itinerary may be necessary under unavoidable circumstances such as due to act of god or Force majeur such as heavy rains, blockage of trail due floods, land slides or destruction of bridges because of heavy rains. On such event Bhutan Travelers shall not be held responsible. If you wish to change your Itinerary due to some or your own reasons, we can try all means to accommodate change but it must be based on availability of hotels. During peak season hotels get sold out.
CHANGES DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION
For any last minute cancellation or cancellation made on services after arrival in Bhutan will be subject to fees and penalties. We depend on other parties such as hoteliers and airlines, which are governed by their own set of cancellation rules. The flight canceled less than 3 days from your departure date, you will be liable for fee of US $20 per ticket. For any hotels cancelled on arrival in Bhutan, you will also be liable fees as per the cancellation rules of respective hotels.
Altitude sickness can hit any trekkers irrespective of age, experience and time. For all our trek some level of experience is required but not mandatory. Some trekkers who were even without an experience have fared well in our treks. We had children doing ours treks and people as old as 72 years completing Snowman Trek. You must cooperate with your guide and be honest in confiding any symptoms you develop. Our guides are trained to handle any situations on the mountains. As a precautionary measures, you will have to walk slow on gradually ascending trail, eat well, drink lots of water and fluids on trail.
You must take care of your own personal belongings and equipment supplied by the company. To keep our horses light, we maintain weight limit on trek and do not carry any extra tents and equipment. If you tear your tent out of sheer carelessness or ignorance, you will have to do the trek with holes on your tent. Always ask your guide and assistants for help if you need to clean your tents or get rid of lump of snows on your tent.
Prior to confirmation of a trip, we specify whats included in the package and what is not. Sleeping bag is not included in our package cost. We do not supply sleeping bags. You must bring in your own sleeping bag. There is a rental house that rents out sleeping bag. Please check rental fee with us before you confirm your trip. The reason why we do not supply sleeping bag is because the quality of bags that are found in our market does not match those of yours. So we suggest you bring your own from your country. Most of our trek demands sleeping bag minimum of 8-10 degree celsius.