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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Picture during Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Overview

Trip Highlights:
  • Sightseeing tour of fascinating sites of Kathmandu, Paro and Thimpu.  
  • Explore the high altitudes lakes overflowing with trouts and mystical history.
  • Walk through Alpine meadows, Abundant wildlife and many Yak herder camp to a backdrop of magnificent mountainous landscapes.   
  • Scenic fight Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu.
Trip Introduction: 
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek in Bhutan is a short trek near Thimpu. The trek is a wonderful journey that leads through paddy fields, several yak herders camp, coniferous and dense Rhododendron filled forests, on less beaten trails to a large number of pristine lakes. The trek is considered moderate with mostly short trekking days, however, offers rewarding views of whole Dagala Range with an excellent opportunity to explore Bhutan's rich flora and fauna including the country's people, culture and traditions. 

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek with Nepal Guide Treks starts from Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley, we take a flight from Kathmandu to Paro. From Paro we take a drive passing through paddy fields and coniferous forests towards Genekha - the starting point of the trek. Our trekking journey leads up the ridge through several yak herders camps with a magnificent view over the whole Dagala Range, towards the broad Labatama valley near Utso Lake where Golden Trouts can be spotted in large numbers. A short distance beyond the lake leads to Panka from where a good view of Dagala Range and Thimpu can be enjoyed. From Panka it is a long descent through the forest to the village of Talakha. We continue descending on a steep trail to reach Chamgang from where we drive to reach Thimpu. Our trek technically ends here. The amazing and memorable trekking experience at Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek with Nepal Guide Treks ends with a drive to Paro and fight back to Kathmandu or your preferred destination. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro
Day 04: Drive from Paro to Genekha [2800m/9184ft] & Trek to Gur [3350m/10988ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 05: Trek from Gur to Wataching [4100m/13448ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Wataching to Labatama [4300m/14104ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Labatama to Panka [4080m/13382ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Trek from Panka to Talakha Monastery [3120m/10233ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 09: Trek from Talakha Monastery to Chamgang [2640m/8659ft] [2-3 hrs Trek] & Drive to Thimpu  
Day 10: Drive from Thimpu to Paro 
Day 11: Morning hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery [3180m/10430ft] [2-3 hrs Hike] & back to Paro.
Day 12: Fly from Paro back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Leisure day at Kathmandu
Day 14: Transfer to International Airport for Departure.

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have rest at the Hotel or visit NGT's office for gathering additional information about the trip. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley
Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu Valley. 
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro
Today you will be transferred to airport for taking a flight to Paro. After landing at Paro airport you will be met by our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in Paro. In the afternoon we can visit Ta Dzong Museum where several religious relics, Bhutan's art and handicrafts are well preserved. Then, visit Rimpong Dzong for seeing the painting of great saint Milarepa. We will spend our overnight in Paro.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 04: Drive from Paro to Genekha [2800m/9184ft] & Trek to Gur [3350m/10988ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today we will take a drive from Paro towards Genekha village - the starting point of the trek. Upon reaching Genekha, we unpack our loads and begin our adventure of Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. Our trail crosses a bridge over Wang Chu (Thimpu River) and then gradually ascend through oak, birch and bamboo forest. Our trek continues until we reach the yak pasture grounds at Gur where there are several good campsites. We spend the overnight camping at Gur.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Gur to Wataching [4100m/13448ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Gur and follow a slightly rising trail that heads for the crossing of Pagalabsta La Pass at 4,170 meters. After few hours our uphill trekking we will arrive at the top of the pass from where we can enjoy stunning views of Dagala range. From the top of the pass our trail descends down to the stone yak herders huts of Wataching for overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Wataching to Labatama [4300m/14104ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today we continue our trek towards Labatama. Our trail from Wataching crosses several ridges as we enter into broad valley. Our trek passes along Utsho Lake at 4,250 meters and heads further with stunning views of Chomolhari and Kanchenjunga at a distance. We will make a stop after we arrive at a favourable campsite near Labatama for the overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Labatama to Panka [4080m/13382ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After having breakfast we leave Labatama and follow a slightly rising trail that steepens as we approach Labajong La Pass at 4,400 meters. After a tiring climb to the top, we will take a short rest and then continue to trek on a descending trail all the way to Panka. There are several good campsites along the route, however we trek until we reach Panka for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Panka to Talakha Monastery [3120m/10233ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
From Panka we will follow a leveled path that goes through rhododendron filled forest. We have higher chances of spotting wild Himalayan pheasants while trekking through forested areas. Our trail slowly ascends to reach on top of Chole La Pass at 4,100 meters. From the top of the pass our trail descends steeply down to Kiwi Chowa. From there our trail passes along mixed forests of juniper, fir, rhododendron, bamboo and birch trees. After some time we will arrive at our campsite near Talakha Monastery where we will spend the overnight.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Talakha Monastery to Chamgang [2640m/8659ft] [2-3 hrs Trek] & Drive to Thimpu  
Today we will have a relaxed breakfast and then follow a rather pleasant trail that leads to Chamgang - the ending point of the trek. After a couple of hours we will arrive at Chamgang. From there we will take a drive towards the capital of Bhutan. In the evening we will stroll around the streets for enjoying a leisurely time at Thimpu after the trek.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Drive from Thimpu to Paro 
After breakfast at Thimpu, we will visit a Handicraft Emporium that has impressive Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Then we will spend some time exploring around Thimpu before driving back to Paro. After arriving at Paro - we will have a rest much needed for the hike to Taksang Monastery (Tiger Nest) the following day. Feel free to explore the streets of Paro.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Morning hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery [3180m/10430ft] [2-3 hrs Hike] & back to Paro.
Today we will  accomplish a hike to Taktsang Monastery also known as 'Tiger's Nest'. It is the most valued temple of Bhutan that literally hangs on a fascinating granite cliff overlooking the whole Paro valley below. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew on a tigress' back on this site to subdue a demon. After that he stayed and meditated here for three months. We will be spending most of the day hiking and exploring around Tiger Nest Monastery. We descend back to arrive at our hotel at Paro. It is our last day at Paro before flying back to Kathmandu. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Fly from Paro back to Kathmandu.
After the wonderful experience of completing ' Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek ' you will take a flight from Paro back to Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up at the airport in Kathmandu. Then a drive to the hotel in Kathmandu City. You will be spending one more additional day for exploring Kathmandu Valley. Remaining sites of world heritage within Kathmandu those weren't possible on the second day can be visited on the leisure day at Kathmandu.     
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Leisure day at Kathmandu
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. In the evening walk around the souvenirs shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening after the completion of the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 14: Transfer to International Airport for Departure.
Our airport representative will drop you at the airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
March 5, 2018 March 18, 2018 $ 3600 OPEN Book Now !
April 9, 2018 April 22, 2018 $ 3600 OPEN Book Now !
May 2, 2018 May 15, 2018 $ 3600 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

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Your Program Duration = 14 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu with experienced city tour guide, private vehicle and all entry fees 
  • all pickups and drops from/to Hotels and Airports 
  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Both way flight Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu 
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Tourist standard hotels in cities and tented camp during trek 
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • All essential grounded transportation by private vehicle 
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Porter and pack animal services for trekking
  • Tents and Kitchen equipments for trekking
  • All required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Service does not includes

  • Personal expenses 
  • Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, torch etc)
  • Tips for staffs
  • Travel Insurance

Useful Info

Reviews

Amazing Trekking !! Dagala Thousand Lakes !! A must go trek !!

We are a group of 3 people who booked our trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes with NGT.
We are very satisfied with the team's performance during the whole trekking period. Our guide was Pema - who was very helpful, caring and full of local knowledge. We walked through rich forests, visited several Buddhist temples and monasteries with series of fascinating crystal clear lakes. Besides, the view of surrounding high mountains was absolutely breathtaking. 
Many thanks to the NGT team for this memorable experience.
Good wishes !!
Andrew + Lara from Australia 

' Great views of Dagala Range ' - Dagala Thousand Lakes

We recently completed our trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes !! Truly awesome trekking !!
The trekking was moderate up and down hill walk, with rewarding sceneries of the whole the Dagala Range. Besides, we could breath in an peaceful environment while passing through the monasteries. Heavenly feeling !! Awesome Experience at Dagala Thousand Lakes withNepal Guide Treks and Expeditions !!

Thanks for a great trek !!
Mia + Paula - Italy

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