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  • Package Name :- Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
  • Duration :- 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Trip Difficulty Level :- Moderate

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Paro,Haa,Thimphu

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Trip Length:  10 Days / 9 Nights

 

Days Particulars

Day One

Arrive at Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.

Day Two

 Hike to Taktshang “The Tigers Lair”- Acclimatization. 

Day Three

Excursion to Haa Valley via Chelela Pass.

Day Four

Trek Start: Gynekha – Gur

Day Five

Gur – Labatama

Day Six

 Labatama – Panka

Day Seven

  Panka - Talakha 

Day Eight

 Trek End: Talakha – Chamgang 

Day Nine

 Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu.

Day Ten

 Depart.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1/Arrive Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.

On your Drukair flight to Bhutan, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by Boonserm representatives who will accompany the group throughout the journey. After checking in your hotel we will be doing some sightseeing by first visiting the National Museum of Bhutan, which showcases our rich flora and fauna, important antique thangkha/scrolls paintings, textiles, gallery of different masks and beautiful old statues. If time permits we will also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as an administrative centre and home of monastic community. Towards the evening we can explore the charming town of Paro for shopping and leisure. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 2/Hike to Taktshang “The Tigers Lair”- Acclimatization.

After breakfast we will hike to the famous Taktshang Lhakhang “The Tigers Lair”. Clinging to a black rock face, 900 meters above the valley floor, nestles Taktshang Lhakhang, one of the holiest and the most beautiful site of Bhutan. Taktshang, the tiger's lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress. He meditated at the site for three months, from where he subjugated the Eight Categories of Evil Spirits, and thus converted the region to Buddhism. The hike to the Monastery is a gradual climb through lush meadows, oak and rhododendron forest, past quaint hamlets, fluttering prayer flags and rotating prayer wheels. The hike takes you about4-5hours from the car park. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 3/Day excursion to Haa valley via Chelela Pass.

Morning after breakfast we will drive to Haa Valley Via Chele La Pass which will take about 2 hours. It is a magnificent drive with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. En route we will stop at chelela Pass which is one of the highest road passes in Bhutan (3988 meters/13,084 ft). The Chele La pass is also the area where the national flower,blue poppy grows. After a stop at the high pass we will continue our drive to Haa valley. Later at Haa valley we will visit Lhakhang Karpo (white chapel) is the official residence of Ha monastic body (Rabdey). We will also visit Lhakhang Nagpo (Black chapel) which is located just above Lhakhang Karpo on the slopes.Both the temples are said to have been built by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in 7th century in a single day. Then will walk around the Haa Town. Later we will drive back to Paro. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 4/Trek Start: Gynekha – Gur

Distance 7 km, 5 hours, 550 m ascent, 210 m descent, camp altitude 3,290 m.

We will drive to the beautiful Gynekha village where our trek begins. The villages is famous for producing masutake and chantarelle mushrooms. You will walk over mule path, through terraced fields and coniferous forests rich with alpine flora and plenty of birds. You will then descend down to the river and after two hours of gradual uphill climb you reach the huge rock platform at 3350m, which offers a picturesque view of the valley. After another two hours of trekking you will reach your campsite at Gur (3,290m), amidst abundance of wild flowers. Overnight in tent.  

Day 5/Gur – Labatama

Distance 12 km, 6 hours, 1,220 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 4,300 m.

On the second day, the trail takes you across the ridges, amidst flowers, wild asparagus (in spring) and large meadows.Weaving through tiny streams, you will climb gently through scattered birches and rhododendrons to arrive at Pagalabtsa pass (4,250m) marked by huge cairns. From the pass, you will have spectacular views of Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and most of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending from the pass one will view whole Dagala range meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. You will descend into the Labatama valley and then ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Utsho Lake (4,300m) where golden trouts are in abundance. Our campsite is right next to the lake. Overnight in tent. 

                                                                     

Day 6/Labatama – Panka

Distance 8 km, 6-7 hours, 260 m ascent, 520 m descent, camp altitude 4,000 m.

The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at (4,520m) from where you have a majestic view of the prominent Himalayan peaks such as Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chuu River. You will follow the river for a while, staying higher up on the slope until you reach Panka. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are common sight, besides yaks and horses. We will camp at Panka (4,000m).Overnight in tent.

 

Day 7/Panka - Talakha

Distance 8 km, 5-6 hours, 180 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 3,080 m.

This day entails the crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. You should keep your eyes open for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds while in this area. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4,180m) you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa. You will camp right beside the monastery and wake up to the early morning prayers of the monks. From here you will be treated to a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.

Day 8/Talakha – Chamgang

Distance 6 km, 3 hours, 440 m descent.

From the monastery it’s a short walk down to the feeder road which will lead you to the village of Chamgang where we would end our trek. Then drive to Thimphu town and check in at your hotel. If time permits we will do some sightseeing in Thimphu. Overnight at hotel,Thimphu.

Day 9/Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu.

Morning after breakfast we will visit the King's Memorial Stupa built in 1974, then we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang where the gigantic 51 meters tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue overlooking the valley resides. Then we take a short drive to see the takins, the unique national animal of Bhutan. After visiting the takin preserve we will visit the Folk heritage Museum founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The museum is one of a kind that portrays the lifestyle of a genteel family in the Thimphu valley in the olden days.Later we will also visit the paper making factory where the traditional Bhutanese paper is produced from Daphne plant using the very old typical traditional methods.  Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 10/Depart.

Morning drive to Paro and depart from Paro International Airport to your destinations.

Accomodation Detail

Thimphu : Namgay Heritage Hotel or Tashi Yoedling

Paro : Tashi Namgay Resort or Hotel Gangtay Palace

Please note that the above hotel will be based on availability at the time of confirming your trip. In the event the above hotels are not available, we will provide hotel in similar catagory

Price Details

High Season(Mar,Apr,May,Sep,Oct & Nov)

  • One Person :  $2650.00
  • Two Person :  $2560.00
  • Three Person :  $2290.00

Lean Season(Dec,Jan,Feb,Jun,Jul & Aug)

  • One Person :  $2200.00
  • Two Person :  $2110.00
  • Three Person :  $1840.00

Cost includes:  

  • Bhutan Government Royalty & Taxes
  • Accommodation in Standard Tourist Hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All trekking arrangement and equipments except personal sleeping bag
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver with comfortable private vehicle
  • Bhutan visa fees
  • Entrance fees to all museums & monuments
  • Mineral water
  • Evening Tea/Snacks

Cost does not include:  

  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Tips/Gratitude
  • Personal Insurance
  • Flight ticket To/From Bhutan

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