Dagala 1000 Lakes Trek

Tour Name Daga La Thousand Lake Trek
Activities Trekking & Hiking
Best time Mar – Jun & Sept – Dec
Expedition Type Trekking
Grade Moderate – Hard
Duration 10 days

Dagala is the name in general for the mountains lying between Thimphu and Dagana. These complex  and mosaic of mountains are indeed paradox that there is a saying in Bhutanese, ‘even by the time the Djop (nomad) dies of old age, he won’t have understood Dagala’. Dagala is also known for having so many lakes, hence the name Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs. The route follows ancient path between Thimphu and Dagana. In ancient days, the Daga Penlop would be seen frequently travelling this route with a caravan of retinue as he paid his monthly or quarterly visits to his superior in Punakha or Thimphu. At every halt, legends surrounding lakes, mountains, stones and cliffs abound that you may wonder whether you have become Alice in Wonderland.

TOUR OUTLINE

DAY 1: ARRIVES PARO (2280 meters)
DAY 2: Tiger Nest hike in Paro(3000 meters)
DAY 3: PARO - GENEKHA- GUR(3100 meters)
DAY 4: GUR- LABATAMA(4200 meters)
DAY 5: LABATAMA HALT
DAY 6: LABATAMA - PANKHA
DAY 7: PANKHA - TALEKHA
DAY 8: TALEKHA-  CHAMGANG - THIMPHU
DAY 9: THIMPHU – PARO
DAY 10: PARO DEPARTURE


DETAIL ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVES PARO (2280 meters)
Flight into Paro with Druk Air is amazing. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most gorgeous scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you arrive Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chhu(river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now the National Museum, above it. Our representative at the Airport will receive you. Evening is free to relax or you can take stroll through town. Overnight Paro stay at Paro, Hotel.

DAY 2: PARO
Today our day begins with a trip up to the Paro Valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to the legendary Taktshang, widely known as the Tiger’s Nest, built remarkably on a steep cliff. In afternoon, visit Drukgyel Dzong, the imposing fortress which was defeated successfully of invading Tibetan armies. On the clear day, you can see the Mount Jomolhari, which remains covered with snow through the years, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a holy monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, visit to the National Museum. You will then stroll down to the Dzong itself and take in the amazing architecture of this 16th century monument. And in evening visit local farm house to experience the Bhutanese way of living, you will be served typical Bhutanese dinner at farm house with Ara (local brew). Overnight stay at Hotel, Paro.

DAY 3: PARO- GENAKHA -GUR(3100 meters, 3 - 4 hours)
In the morning you will drive about 45 minutes on the high way to Thimphu and divert on right taking on a rough road to Genekha for another 30 minutes to reach the trek starting point.

Today’s trek, which is a true communion with the nature starts with alpine flora and fauna (birds are common). Three hours of steady uphill walk and rest at huge rock platform, offers a pleasing view of the valley below. After another 1 hour of gentle walk through thick oke trees you will reach Gur campsite. In spring abundant flowers bloom in Gur. Approximately 12km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.

DAY 4:GUR – LABATAMA
Today trail will lead across the ridges; you will enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadows freshen the trekkers with poetic feelings. The first pass symbolized by huge cairn gives a outstanding view of the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herders camp. Your picnic lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch, you will walk across hills and meadows near Yutsho Lake where abundance of golden touts. Approximately 12 km, 5 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.

DAY 5: LABATAMA HALT
Today you will reap the reward of your 1000 lake trek. You will explore several lakes lying hidden in the folds of lofty ridges. As you learn the name of each lake associated with 3 legendary sisters your discovery becomes even more enchanting. There are several lakes that you will come so near and the beauty becomes more solid that you will never regret to have come on this trek.

After good picnic lunch near by a lake you will continue to explore the region and finally accomplish your day with a climb to Eddie Hill top at about 4700 meters. The Name of the Mountain is kept by Mr. Chenda Dorji the founder of Lonely Bhutan Tours after climbing the raw mountain with Eddie and group in April 23, 2014.

DAY 6: LABATAMA – PANKA
Your trail ascends for 20 minutes climb and you will have majestic view of Himalayan peaks during the descent. This pass is approximately 4,460meter. The mountains you can view at far eastern Himalayan Monut Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsendegang and Gangche Ta. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are common sight, apart from yaks and horses. Approximately 8 km, 4 hours walk: Overnight stay at tented camp.

DAY 7: PANKA – TALEKHA
Today you will be crossing several passes, each one will have impressive than the other pass. You can look for different verities of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. Your packed lunch at the pass, where one trail leads to Talekha and other to Wangdiphodrang. After lunch, you will steady climb brings you to the tip of the last Dagala range from where you can view the Thimphu, which is spread in the palm of observer’s hand. An hour’s walk and you are at the last camp, which is above Talekha monastery. Approximately 8 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.

DAY 8: TALEKHA – THIMPHU
Your trail through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wild flowers), one reaches Talekha monastery and village. After passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, you will reach to the main road to Thimphu where your transport and driver will be waiting. Evening drive back to Paro. Overnight stay at the hotel, Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu sightseeing and drive to Paro in the evening
After breakfast, visit the Art School where centuries old art of Bhutanese painting is taught. The National Library is another interesting place to visit, which houses vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Also visit Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit Handicrafts Emporium. Here exotic weaves in silk, wool, raw silk, cotton, silver jewelry, carpets, thangka paintings, bamboo ware and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available. Evening, drive to the broadcast tower for the fascinating view of Thimphu valley. Overnight hotel in Paro.

DAY 10: PARO DEPARTURE
Today drive to the Paro airport for your onward journey.


ACCOMMODATION


Camping