Bhutan Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Tour Summary

Bhutan Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days is one of the most beautiful treks under Thimphu region. You will come across the Nomadic group of settlers who spend their entire life looking after their Yaks and practice migration from season to season.

You will see many lakes on this trek along with many snow-capped mountains. The trek is best done in Spring and Autumn but also done during summer if you want more fun and adventure with rain! If the Bhutan Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days trip duration is not up to your desire and wish to either shorten or make it longer then we are at your service and feel free to let us know.

We had great feedback from our past guests and also very high number of repeated guests who does the beautiful trek again and again. In order for us to organize this trip we need more then 2 person in a group.

You can catch Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, National Flag Carrier flight from Bangkok, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka & Singapore.

 

Tour Facts

Duration: 12 Night 13 Days

Cultural: 6night 7days

Trekking: 6night 7days

Difficulty Level: Easy – Medium – Hard

Attractions:  Experiencing rich historic cultural sightseeing and exclusive trekking, surrounding yourself with thousand lakes by your camp site. Its not a easy trek but worth all challenges.

Season: Spring – Autumn.


OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day Day to Day Trip Schedule
Day 1 Arrive Paro Hotel
Day 2 Paro Hotel
Day 3 Drive to Thimphu Hotel
Day 4 Thimphu Hotel
Day 5 Trek to Talakha Camp
Day 6 Trek to Japhuna Camp
Day 7 Trek to Jaduna Camp
Day 8 Trek to Labatama Camp
Day 9 Labatama Halt Camp
Day 10 Trek to Ganekha Camp
Day 11 Drive to Paro Hotel
Day 12 Drive to Paro and Hike to Taktsang – Tiger’s Nest Hotel
Day 13 Depart Bhutan

Travel during Off Season: Jun-Jul-Aug

Couple or Two Person Traveler – Free Independent Traveler (FIT) : US$ 2560 per person
Group of 3 & More : US$ 2200 per person

Travel during Peak Season: Mar-Apr-May-Sept-Oct-Nov

Couple or Two Person – Free Independent Traveller (FIT): US$ 3100 per person
Group of 3 or More: US$ 2740

The Above Price includes following services;

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • All Trek Goods with Trek Team

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Trek Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport
During the journey to Paro, one will experience from the left hand side of the plane breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of Bhutan Majestic Travel who will escort you to the Hotel.


Day – 2 Paro – Paro
Morning: Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 Kms. away from Paro Town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jhomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/ 24,029ft.). On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch, at the hotel, take a leisurely stroll around the compound. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro River (Pa-Chu) in the Paro valley. You have to walk about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden bridge with shingle roof built in typical Bhutanese architect. The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk Body. It was built in 1645 AD. Lunch in the Hotel. After lunch, visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinpung Dzong and was converted into the National Museum in 1965. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (monastery). The monastery was built in 659 A.D. by King Songtsen Gempo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in various places to spread Buddhism. It is located between Paro Town and Drukgyal Dzong and is considered one of the holiest monasteries in Bhutan as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country.


Day – 3 Paro – Thimphu

Drive to Thimphu takes about 2 hours with a distance of 65 Km. Check in at Hotel. After some rest visit the following places: Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Majesty who reigned the Kingdom from 1952 – 1972. The National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Tashichho Dzong. This is the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government ministries, office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and senior monks.


Day – 4 Thimphu – Thimphu
Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. Visit the wood craft and painting school where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch and afternoon siesta


Day – 5 The Trek Begins from Thimphu to Talekha – Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days begins

The trek starts from Simtokha Dzong where the ponies and camping crew members will be waiting with ponies. The trek trail leads through blue pine and evergreen forests till Talekha village which lies at an altitude of 2925m. The first two hours are difficult climb but the remaining two hours are pleasant walk through all blue pine forests. The Talekha village consists of five houses and a huge temple called Tale-Lhakhang. Overnight at Talekha campsite.


Day – 6 Talekha – Japhuna
The trek leads you through thick forests of blue pine and evergreen oak trees into soft pine and spruce forests for about two and half hours. For lunch halt at a yak camp site. Here the tree line ends. After lunch you cross a pass called Jelezela, Alt. 4000m. From the pass, one can have a breathtaking view of Thimphu valley and its surrounding mountain ridges. After crossing two ridges, you arrive at the second campsite, Japhuna, at Alt. 3800m. Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days


Day – 7 Japhuna – Jaduna

The trail from Japhuna takes you up and down over several ridges for about four hours till you come across a small stream where you will find two trails which will lead you to the same destination. Along the route, there are many small lakes. After another hour and a half climb through rhododendron shrubs, you reach the third campsite which is also a yak camp. Alt. 4100m. Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days


Day – 8 Jaduna – Labatama

There are two trails, one going on the left side of Aum Jomo ( highest peak in the Dagala range ), and the other onto the right side of Aum Jomo over the Jomigue pass and Setso Yumtso lakes. We follow the trail that goes on the right side of Aum Jomo and climb up to the Jomigue pass (alt. 4460m) after passing the Dungka Tso Lake. From the pass, you can see beautiful views of the high mountains towards the northern Bhutan. After the pass, you descend for about 2 hrs. To reach Labatama yak camp by the side of the Yumtso Lake where you camp for the night. Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days


Day – 9 Labatama – Labatama

You can visit several lakes and enjoy a good fishing day in the lakes or go back to Jomigue pass and climb Aum Jomo till the summit (5050m) which will take about 5-6 hrs. Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days


Day – 10 Labatama – Genekha

Today, you leave the lovely pasture of Labana and move out of Dagala range. The trail ascends gradually through beautiful landscape till you reach Pagalaptsa pass (alt 4170m), the highest point of the day. From the pass, you have beautiful views of the Genekha village and a portion of the Paro valley. After the pass, you gradually climb down through thick Rhododendron shrubs and thick oak forest till you reach Genekha. Overnight in camp in Genekha. Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days


Day – 11 Genekha – Paro

A short walk will bring you to the motor road where your transport will be waiting. Drive to Paro which is only 45 Kms and takes a little over an hour. Overnight in hotel.


Day – 12 Paro – Paro

Drive up to Satsam Chorten (10 Kms from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest “. The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro River and the valley. It is believed that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying Tigress. The Monastery itself was built in 1684 AD. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.


Day – 13 Depart for Paro International Airport See off by your guide.