Legion of trekkers have been drawn by the irresistible mystical charms of Bhutanese mountains and its surreal exquisite landscapes. One aspect that sets Dagala Trek Bhutan apart, in addition to its many small beautiful lakes (therefore also called thousand lakes trek) and its beautiful vistas, is that it is without the crowd, unlike some other treks such as Drukpath.
Drive short distance to south of Thimphu for an hour to Genekha village. The trek starts at beautiful Genekha village and begins with a short descent to the river. After crossing the river you start climbing until you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the below. After another two hours you reach Gur, an area of yak pastures located just below the main trail. Overnight in tents.
Trekking from Genekha village to Gur campsite
On the second day, the trail takes you across the high ridges from where you can truly appreciate the rugged beauty of your surroundings and the mountain vegetation. The path winds through refreshing meadows adorned with wild flowers and asparagus (in spring). The first mountain pass you cross is marked by a huge cairn and gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim in India) and number of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. As you descend the pass you will be able to see the entirety of the Dagala mountain range including meadows and yak herder camps. Once you have descended into the Labatama valley you begin climbing gradually through the valley, passing several yak herder huts before you arrive at Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake. Overnight in tents.
Trekking to Labatama valley, observing wild animals along the trail
This day will be dedicated to relaxing and recuperating at Labatama. It is an ideal to take an excursion to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. There is an opportunity to engage in some trout fishing. Permits are required for fishing so you should let us know to make the necessary arrangements beforehand. Overnight in tents.
Trekking to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho
The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520m. From here onwards you will have a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks all through the descent. The mountain peaks visible include Mt. Everest (Nepal), Mt. Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt. Tshering Gang, Mt. Khangbum, Mt. Masang Gang, Mt. Tsende Gang and Mt. 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 ascents and descents along the way. Overnight in tents.
Trekking along river to Panka campsite
This day entails the crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. Watch out for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and birds while in this area. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4,180m) you start a long descent to Chamgang. However the new dirt road has come up quite a bit till Talikha monastery. If the road condition is good, you may only have to walk till the monastery saving few kilometers on foot. Meet your vehicle and drive to Paro, which takes about 2hrs. This evening we hope to visit Rinpung Dzong and others as per available time. Overnight in hotel at Paro.
Talikha monastery, Rinpung Dzong
Day 1: Arrive in Paro - Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu - Punakha
Day 3: Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang
Day 4: Punakha - Thimphu
Day 5: Begin trek from Gyenkha - Gur
Day 6: Gur - Labatama
Day 7: Labatama
Day 8: Labatama - Panka
Day 9: Pankha - Talakha - Chamgang - Paro
Day 10: Paro valley ( Taktshang)
Day 11: Departure
Day 1: Paro Airport to Thimphu valley
Day 2: Thimphu – Geynekha – Gur (Trek)
Day 3: Gur – Labatama (Trek)
Day 4: Labatama (Trek)
Day 5: Labatama – Panka (Trek)
Day 6: Panka – Tsheregang (Trek)
Day 7: Talikha – Chamgang (Trek)
Day 8: Paro Take a pilgrimage hike to the Taktsang Monastery
Day 9: Departure
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