Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Trip Duration 12 Days

Dagala Thousand Lakes trek leads you with plenty of beautiful high altitude mountain lakes and provides stunning views of the whole Bhutanese Himalayan range as well as Kanjenjunga.

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Adult Group
    Trekking Tour
  • Activity Level Tour Grade
    Challenging
  • Group Size Minimum
    2/10
All about the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes trek leads you with plenty of beautiful high altitude mountain lakes and provides stunning views of the whole Bhutanese Himalayan range as well as Kanjenjunga. This trek is not very popular trek in Bhutan. You might not meet any other trekkers during the whole trek. The optional route back to Gynekha leads through beautiful Bhutanese villages. Although most days are short, the day from Gur to Labatama involves a lot of climbing and is, therefore, pretty strenuous.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All meals at 3star hotels
  • Fluent English spoken certified guide
  • Entrance fees to all the monument and museum
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transportation
  • Trekking stuffs, cooks, trekking tents etc.
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping
  • Tips to your guide and driver
  • One time visa fees US$40
Surcharge (If applicable)
  • In case traveler are below 3 pax Surcharge of US$40/person/night for single traveler and US$30/night for double traveler will be levied.
Discount
  • No charge for the child below age 5 and 50% discount for the child between 5-12 years. But the royalty is set as US$65 per day.
  • The full time student below age of 25 holding valid citizen identity card from institution shell be given 25% discount.
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paro by Druk Air

    Flight into Paro national will be a befitting introduction to the natural beauty of our country. On a clear day, magnificent views of the world's highest peak, give way to lush green Paro valley as you land. On arrival, one of our representatives from Bhutan Dragon Adventures will receive and escort you to the hotel where arrangements would be made. Overnight at hotel.

  2. Day 2 Paro – Paro (Sightseeing)

    Visit National Museum (One of the best museums in Asia), Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the "heap of jewels"), and Kichu Lhakhang (one of the oldest temple of Bhutan built in 659 AD by a Tibetan King). Drive to Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16 Kms. away from Paro Town). On a clear day you can get a view of the Mt. Jomolhari (Alt 7329m). On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farm house and take a leisurely stroll around the compound. Overnight at hotel.

  3. Day 3 Paro - Thimphu (65km/ 2hours)

    After breakfast drive to Timphu following the river Pachu downstream to its confluence and then up the river Wangchu to Thimphu. Lunch will be served at the hotel. In evening, the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the late third King of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.

  4. Day 4 Thimphu – Thimphu (Sightseeing)

    Thimphu is the capital city of the Kingdom with the population of about 100,000. Visit the Memorial Chorten, built in1974 in memory of the late King of Bhutan; National Library where ancient texts and manuscripts are preserved; The Indigenous Hospital where traditional medicines are still practiced; Woodcraft and Painting school where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive; Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles are displayed and can be purchased; Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, the office of the King and Throne room and also the house of the State Monastic Body; Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortress of Bhutan built in 1629 and it houses the largest monastic school in the country. Overnight at hotel.

  5. Day 5 Thimphu – Gynekha

    Drive down to Gynekha which takes 45 minutes drive to reach the starting point of the trek. After walking through terraced fields and coniferous vegetation for about 4 hours. A day's trek will end near the Genekha School where the camp site will be pitched.

  6. Day 6 Gynekha - Gur

    (Distance seven km, five hours, 550m ascent, 210m descent, camp altitude 3,290m).

    The trek starts from beautiful Gynekha village with a short descent down to the river. From here – after crossing the river – you start climbing till you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours you reach Gur, some yak pastures below the main trail.

  7. Day 7 Gur – Labatama

    (12 km, 5 hours) (Distance 12km, six hours, 1,220m ascent, 110m descent, camp altitude 4,300m).

    While trekking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. The path winds through flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadows are refreshing and inspiring. The first pass symbolised by a huge cairn gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and more or less all the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Dsecnding the pass one will see the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herders camp. Once descended into the Labatama valley you ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake.

  8. Day 8 Halt at Labatama

    Rest day at Labatama. This day is ideal for an excursion to any of three lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. The day and place is also ideal for trout fishing.

  9. Day 9 Labatama – Panka

    (Distance 8km, six to seven hours, 260m ascent, 520m descent, camp altitude 4,000m).

    The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520m from where you have again a majestic view of Himalayan peaks during descent. This point is around 4,460m. The mountain peaks include Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsende Gang and Gangche Ta. If you want an even better view, you can climb a peak close to the saddle with an altitude of 4,720m. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chhu. You follow the river for a while, but stay higher up on the slope to reach Panka with some ups and downs on the way.

  10. Day 10 Panka – Talakha

    (Distance eight km, five to six hours, 180m ascent, 110m descent, camp altitude 3,080m).

    This day entails the crossing of several passes, none of them affording a major climb. Search for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4,180m) you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa. You will camp right besides the monastery and wake up with the early morning prayers of the monks. One has a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.

  11. Day 11 Talakha – Thimphu - Paro

    Two to three hours of walk downhill through mixed vegetation and apple orchard take you to the main road where your transport awaits. Drive to Paro via Thimphu. Evening free to relax. Overnight in hotel.

  12. Day 12 Departure

    This morning we will have our last Bhutanese breakfast and then we’ll be transported to the Paro National Airport for our departure flights home. Bhutan is a place that we will never, ever forget. Magical memories will be ours to recall forever. Just close your eyes …

    Thank you and Tashi Delek!

ACCOMMODATION IN BHUTAN
Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is comfortable but can be fairly basic especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to and there are no hotels with central heating although heaters of some sort will generally be provided.

Tourist hotels tend to provide meals buffet-style which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they do not always have everything on the menu. Thimphu has a pizza restaurant (the Seasons) and there is a good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, cake and filter coffee.

Please note that there is currently a shortage of hotel accommodation in Bhutan especially during festivals or the peak trekking season of October. We reserve rooms at all hotels in advance but the bookings are never certain until the group check in on the day. Bearing this in mind we will reserve rooms in the following hotels:

Paro: Olathang
Thimphu: Peaceful Resort, Hotel Pedling or Hotel Wangchuk.
Punakha: Meriphuensum Resort or Damchen Resort
Bumthang: Swiss Guesthouse, Hotel Mipham, Garden Hotel or River Lodge
Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Footwear:
Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:
Lightweight waterproof jacket.
Casual long sleeved shirt with collar (for visits to Dzongs).
T shirts.
Lightweight trousers.
Micro fleece.
Socks and underwear etc.
Swimwear.
Please carefully read Ethics and Etiquette paragraph for dress code when visiting Dzongs.

Headwear:
Sun hat.
Bandana or face mask
Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:
Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.

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DRESS CODE AND CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENTERING DZONGS & MONASTERIES

Depending on whom you talk to the exact dress code for dzongs, monasteries and lhakhangs can differ. Use the details below to assist with your planning and we recommend you discuss each days visits with your guide to reconfirm appropriate attire.
Go for smart casual look such as long sleeved shirt with collar i.e no T shirts or short sleeved shirts.
Full length trousers or long skirts (ankles must be covered) i.e no shorts, ¾ length trousers or short skirts.
Shoes with socks covering ankles i.e no sandals or slippers.
No hats and umbrellas allowed.
Photographs are only allowed to be taken in the courtyard of most monasteries.
Walking around Buddhist temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Turn off your mobile/ cell phone and talk in a quiet tone.
It is customary to give a small donation when visiting a monastery.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a strict policy to preserve its cultural and traditional values.

All lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits therefore no fishing, swimming or throwing stones is permitted.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.
Do not use detergent in or near rivers, for personal washing use biodegradable soap at least 50m from any watercourse.
Do not give sweets, pens or gifts to children or distribute medicine to villagers (there is a network of Basic Health Units operated by Bhutan Government throughout the country).
Do not purchase local household items or religious artefacts from villagers, please note that antiques may not be taken out of the country.
Please respect the culture and traditions of local people (trek crew, villagers or pack animal owners).

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Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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J Heathcote - UK
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

I had high expectations of a journey to Bhutan with a focus upon the spiritual aspects of the culture. All aspects of arranging my holiday were dealt with promptly/efficiently by Karma Gyeltshen of Bhutan Dragon Adventures.

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Dr. Paul L. Jokiel - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

“Karma Gyeltshen is a remarkable person with a strong background in all aspects of the culture, religion, history, art and natural resources of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Moreover, he is extremely knowledgeable about the travel regulations and potential pitfalls of touring this country.

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Regards Hugh - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

Dear Karma, We did indeed enjoy our holiday in Bhutan. We were so pleased that you where able to put the trip together for us at such short notice, it is difficult to believe that it was all arranged in just 3 weeks and at no time did we feel that there was going to be any problem.

Departure Dates Confirmed Dates Trip Status   Price (PP) Per Person / Per Night  
March-May -sept- Nov
High Season Price
US $ 250.00
Jan- Feb-June-July and Dec
Low Season Price
US $ 200.00
Note: All tour price are fixed by the Govt, of Bhutans