Tour Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights.
Trek Duration: 8 Days
Locations: Thimphu, and Paro.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure/Trekking.
Max. Elevation: 5,050 Meters.
Max. Campsite: 4,460meter
Difficulty: Varies from easy to moderate.
Seasons: The best times to embark on the Dagala Trek are between March-June and September-November
Highlight:visit to the Ta Dzong (National Museum, world’s tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, Souvenir shopping at Paro and two nights stay in (Capital) Thimphu town. Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho Tsho (lake)
Description: This trek is called the “Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek”. Are there really thousand lakes? An elderly horsemen from area heard from his parents that there are actually 105 lakes or may be 108 – a holy figure in Buddhism in the area; some stories say that there were more than 1000 in the past. The routes are rarely travelled now.
The latter was formerly used by people who came over from the south, from Dagana, to bring cattle to Thimphu for selling. It was also a cattle migration route. However, the track is well established due to heavy traffic in the old days.
Day 1: Arrives Paro (Altitude: 2280 Meters)
Flight into Paro with Druk Air is amazing. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most gorgeous scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you arrive Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chhu(river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now the National Museum, above it. Our representative at the Airport will receive you. Evening is free to relax or you can take stroll through town. Overnight Paro stay at Paro, Hotel.
Day 2: Paro
Today our day begins with a trip up to the Paro Valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to the legendary Taktshang, widely known as the Tiger’s Nest, built remarkably on a steep cliff. In afternoon, visit Drukgyel Dzong, the imposing fortress which was defeated successfully of invading Tibetan armies. On the clear day, you can see the Mount Jomolhari, which remains covered with snow through the years, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a holy monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress.
Visit to the National Museum. You will then stroll down to the Dzong itself and take in the amazing architecture of this 16th century monument. And in evening visit local farm house to experience the Bhutanese way of living, you will be served typical Bhutanese dinner at farm house with Ara (local brew). Overnight stay at Hotel, Paro.
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu
Today you will drive to the booming capital of Bhutan. It is the home to Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects.
Exploration of the Thimphu with visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine where Bhutan’s famous traditional medicines are compounded and dispensed.
After lunch, visit the Textile Museum to see a range of lovely Bhutanese textiles; Changgangkha Lhakhang, the fortress like temple which perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Takin which is preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology; visit a small family-run enterprise which manufactures paper and paper products using traditional methods followed by a
visit to Tashichho Dznong or the “fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administrative and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.
Day 4: Thimphu- Genakha (Altitude: 2800m)
You drive for 45 minutes to reach starting point of the trek. The first day walk, over mule path, will end after four hours at the signboard of Genekha School. All through the trail, terraced fields and coniferous vegetation are abundant. Approxmately14 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 5: Genekha-Gur
Today’s trek, which is a true communion with the nature starts with alpine flora and fauna (birds are common). Two hours of steady uphill walk and rest at huge rock platform, offers a pleasing view of the valley below. Then you will reach walking another two hours to the camp. In spring abundant flowers bloom in Gur. Approximately 15 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 6: Gur – Labatama
Today trail will lead across the ridges; you will enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadows freshen the trekkers with poetic feelings. The first pass symbolized by huge cairn gives a outstanding view of the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herders camp.
Your picnic lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch, you will walk across hills and meadows near Yutsho Lake where abundance of golden touts. Approximately 12 km, 5 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 7: Labatama Halt
Today your excursion to any of three lakes: Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho. The day and place is ideal for trout fishing. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 8: Labatama Halt
Excursion to Setsho and nearby lakes. Hike to Setsho Lake is easy and interesting. Your will hike toward the small ridge and then descent to Jagetsho Lake. Whole day trout fishing with packed lunch at lakeside. You can also attempt to climb the Jomo 5,050 meters peak. Your picnic lunch at summit with spectacular view around can be memorable experience. Retrace to camp by dusk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 9: Labatama – Panka
Your trail ascends for 20 minutes climb and you will have majestic view of Himalayan peaks during the descent. This pass is approximately 4,460meter. The mountains you can view at far eastern Himalayan Monut Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsendegang and Gangche Ta. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are common sight, apart from yaks and horses. Approximately 8 km, 4 hours walk: Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 10: Panka – Talekha
Today you will be crossing several passes, each one will have impressive than the other pass. You can look for different verities of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. Your packed lunch at the pass, where one trail leads to Talekha and other to Wangdiphodrang. After lunch, you will steady climb brings you to the tip of the last Dagala range from where you can view the Thimphu, which is spread in the palm of observer’s hand. An hour’s walk and you are at the last camp, which is above Talekha monastery. Approximately 8 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 11: Talekha – Thimphu – Paro
Your trail through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wild flowers), one reaches Talekha monastery and village. After passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, you will reach to the main road to Thimphu where your transport and driver will be waiting. Evening drive back to Paro. Overnight stay at the hotel, Paro.
Day 12: Paro Departure
Today drive to the Paro airport for your onward journey.
Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)
High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ US$ 3,368 for a single person
2 person: US$ 2,928 per person
3 plus person: US$ 2818 per person
Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December
Single traveler: US$ 2,418 per person
2 person: US$ 1,828 per person
3 plus person: US$ 2,378 per person
Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above.
(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)