Dagala Thousand Lake Trekking

Dagala Thousand Lake Trekking

Start Point

Paro

End Point

Paro

Duration

12N/13D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

5050 meter

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

1. Scenic Drives and Beginnings:

The trek often starts with a scenic drive from Thimphu to the trailhead, providing a glimpse of Bhutan’s landscapes.
2. Alpine Lakes:

The trek’s name itself speaks to its most remarkable feature—numerous alpine lakes scattered throughout the region, each with its own character and charm.
3. High Mountain Passes:

Crossing high mountain passes such as Labatama Pass and Panka Pass rewards trekkers with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
4. Pristine Landscapes:

Trek through meadows adorned with wildflowers, verdant valleys, and untouched forests, offering a close connection to Bhutan’s natural beauty.
5. Birdwatching and Wildlife:

The trek’s diverse ecosystems provide opportunities for birdwatching, with various bird species often spotted. Trekkers might also come across wildlife like blue sheep and marmots.
6. Nomadic Yak Herders:

Interact with nomadic yak herders and learn about their traditional way of life. This cultural exchange adds depth to the trekking experience.
7. Mount Gangchen Ta and Mount Khangchendzonga Views:

The trek offers glimpses of stunning peaks, including Mount Gangchen Ta and, on clear days, even Mount Khangchendzonga in the distance.
8. Sacred Sites:

Visit sacred sites such as monasteries and meditation centers along the trekking route, gaining insights into Bhutan’s spiritual traditions.
9. Camping in Beautiful Locations:

The trek involves camping at various picturesque locations, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the serenity of the mountains and lakes.
10. Diverse Terrain:
– Encounter a variety of landscapes, from alpine meadows to rocky terrain and glacial lakes, making each day of the trek distinct and captivating.

11. Cultural Interaction:
– Interact with local communities and learn about their customs, traditions, and way of life.

12. Diverse Flora:
– The trek exposes trekkers to Bhutan’s rich biodiversity, including various species of plants and flowers.

13. Personal Achievement:
– Completing the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek offers a sense of accomplishment, as you navigate challenging terrain and take in the beauty of the Himalayan wilderness.

The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a 6-8 day trek that takes you through the Dagala Valley, located in the central part of Bhutan. The trek passes through a variety of terrain, including forests, meadows, and high-altitude lakes. Along the way, you will be treated to stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jumolhari.

The trek is named after the many lakes that are found in the Dagala Valley. These lakes are said to be inhabited by spirits, and there are many myths and legends associated with them.

The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a moderate trek that is suitable for experienced hikers. The trek is not as challenging as some of the other treks in Bhutan, but it is still important to be in good physical condition.

The best time to go on the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September-November). The weather is mild during these seasons and there are fewer tourists.

The cost of the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek will vary depending on the level of accommodation and services you choose. A basic package will cost around $1,500 per person, while a more luxurious package can cost up to $3,000 per person.

The Jumolhari Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will allow you to experience the beauty of Bhutan and its unique culture.

Detail Itinerary

On arrival at Paro airport,you will met our representative and transferred to our hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Morning drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong (1646), which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, its towering outer walls are still an imposing sight. On a fine day, there is a grand view of Mt.Chomoihari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. Drive back along the valley to visit a traditional farm house and then the 7th Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred shrines.
In the afternoon, visit Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower and in 1968 inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum. The collection includes art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, as well as a small natural history collection. Then walk down a short hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), built in 1646, and now housing the offices of the district administration and Paro’s monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

This morning drive down the valley following the Pa Chu (Paro river) to its confluence with the Wang Cnu Ulnimphu river). Turn lett up the valley leading to the nation’s capital, 1flimpflu. n route visit Simtokha Dzong (1627), the kingdom’s oldest fortress which now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.
After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built as a memorial to Bhutanis third king (‘the father of modern Bhutan’) and also as a monument to world peace. Then visit Tashichhodzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated by the Wang Chu. It houses His Majesty’s secretariat, some ministries, and also the central monk body during the summer months. In the evening, take a stroll through Thimphu market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

After breakfast, visit the following as time permits: Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, including some manuscripts dating back several hundred years; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where medicinal herbs are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medicine practitioners are trained; and the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, for fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
After lunch, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium, which carries a wide range of hand-woven textiles and craft products, and browse in the bookshops and many smaller handicrafts shops around the town. Take an early evening drive up to a lookout festooned with prayer flags, for a fine view of Thimphu and the valley. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

14km, 4 hours
Drive for 45 minutes to reach the starting point for the trek. The first day’s walk is along a mule path, passing by terraced fields and coniferous forest, and ending at the signboard of Genekha School. Overnight camp at Genekha (2,800m) alongside a stream.

15km, 4 hours
On today’s trek the true communion with nature begins, and you will see many varieties of alpine flora and also some animals and many birds. After two hours of walking gradually uphill, rest at a huge rock platform, from which there is a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours the trek ends for the day. Camp at Gur, where flowers are abundant in spring.

12km, 5 hours
While trekking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek takes us across meadows where wild asparagus and other small plants grow, and if taking this trek in the spring, you will feel you are walking over carpets of flowers. The first pass, marked by a large cairn gives a spectacular view of the whole Dagala range, alpine meadows and yak herders’ camps. We will lunch at a nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch we will walk across hills and over meadows, ending the third day of our trek at Yutsho Lake, where golden trout abound. Overnight camp near the lake.

This day is for an excursion to any one of three lakes: Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho. Your trekking leader will tell you mystical stories about these lakes. This would also be an ideal time and place for some trout fishing. Overnight camp.

Extension to Setsho and nearby lakes. The hike to Setsho lake is easy and interesting. You could spend the whole day trout fishing here, with packed lunch. Alternatively, after reaching Setsho you could then cross over a small ridge and go down to Jagetsho lake. Or you could try climbing Jomo, a 5,050m peak. Lunch at the summit, with spectacular views all around, can be memorable experience. Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day. .

8km, 4 hours
Walk for 20 minutes upwards before beginning the descent at around 4,460m. There will be splendid views of the Himalayas on the descent. Your escort will help you in identifying individual peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tserimgang, Khangbum, Masagang, Tsendegang and Gangchenta. Himalayan monal pheasants are a common sight, due to the vegetation in this area. Overnight camp on a grassy meadow at Panka.

8km, 4 hours
This day entails the crossing of several increasingly impressive passes. You will see several varieties of the blue poppy (if trekking June-July) and also many mountain birds along the way. Lunch at the point where the trail divides into two paths leading to Talekha and to Wangduephodrang respectively. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings us to the top of the last ridge on the Dagala range from where there is a spectacular view of Thimphu valley below. Another hour’s walk and you are at the last camp, a little above Talekha monastery

6km, 2 hours
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and wild flowers) one reaches Talekha monastery and village and once again the view of Thimphu is superb. We walk through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, finally reaching the main motorable road to Thimphu where our transport is waiting for us. Drive to Thimphu in time for lunch, and in the evening drive back to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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