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  • Dagala – Thousand Lakes Trek

    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.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Beautiful alpine meadows, crystal clear expressive lakes, nomadic yak herders camp, varied forms of flora and fauna, soulful pristine environment.
    • The trail is along the traditional Yak Herder’s routes.
    • See astounding view of some of the world’s highest peaks such Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and even as far west as Mt, Everest.
    • Thimphu valley.


    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    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


    Day 2

    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


    Day 3

    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


    Day 4

    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


    Day 5

    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


     Suggested Itinerary:
    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


      Alternate Itinerary:
    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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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    PARO
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    Metta Resort & Spa

    • Metta Resort and Spa offers accommodation in Paro. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. Metta Resort and Spa features free WiFi .
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The resort also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 5 km from the property.

    THIMPHU
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    Gyelsa Boutique Inn

    • Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Gyelsa boutique offers accommodation in Thimphu. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room has a private bathroom fitted with a shower.
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 23 km from Gyelsa boutique.

    DAGANA
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