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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

NZD $3,834

Duration – 9 days / 8 nights (5 days trekking)

Highest campsite – 4300m (14,108ft)

Best time to go – April, May, September to November

Difficulty – Moderate level of fitness

Tour Cost – Single: US$2,440 / Group of 2 people: US$2,360 / 3+ people: US$2,120

The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is considered to be one of the most adoring and refreshing high altitude treks in Bhutan. The trekking trail takes you through an atmosphere filled with dazzling alpine wildflowers, a multitude of mesmerizing high altitude lakes and through a landscape surrounded by yaks and yak herders stone houses. If you are here between mid-September to late November, at some point in your trek the stunning view of the Himalayan mountain peaks surrounds the breath-taking landscape. The highest campsite on this trek is at 14,108ft/4300m with a route taking you up as high as 15,420ft/4700m.

Description

Wild Mountain Adventures

Wild Mountain Adventure is a leading adventure tour company in Bhutan, and markets their key trekking products under the Bhutan Trekker brand. Their focus is on delivering excellent customer care as you discover Bhutan and exceeding clients’ expectations through the provision of truly unique and inspirational experiences.
As passionate trekkers themselves, the team at Wild Mountain Adventure pay particular attention to the fundamental aspects and small details of planning a trekking trip. They are acutely aware of how refreshing an adventure away from home and regular routines is, and provide really flexible itineraries to meet individual and group adventurers’ needs. With highly trained and knowledgeable local staff, excellent support structures in place, and a focus on the best hospitality, you can be assured of a memorable and unforgettable experience trekking through Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness.

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL PARO I 2250M
Up on your arrival at Paro international airport your local tour executive will greet you. After a short introduction you will then be transferred to your hotel. After a short refreshment you will be led on a short cultural sightseeing tour in the picturesque Paro valley. Your introductory sightseeing begins with a visit to the National Museum, housing the collection of Bhutanese treasures, with awesome Bhutanese artwork and weapons from centuries past. After the museum a 10-minute downhill walk takes you to Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress on the heap of jewels), an impressive and awesome introductory to the world of Dzongs. This massive fort was built by Lama Zhabdrung in the year 1645. After the Dzong continue downhill till you reach the parking area and then drive to the main town to explore the bustling small township of Paro. In reality the town is a small village now transforming itself into a small town. Today, it is undeniably undergoing development with a number of contemporary buildings having been constructed, whilst following the traditional Bhutanese architecture.

DAY 02: HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST I 2950M I 04KM I 04HRS
At a reasonably early start it is now time to embark on a somewhat arduous adventure for the day. The popular Tiger’s Nest lies at an elevation of 3000ft/915m from the valley floor. It clings to a vertical granite cliff overlooking Paro valley and is one of the most spectacularly located monasteries in Bhutan. The hike up to Tiger’s Nest is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours at an average speed. Your guide will give you loads of information on your arrival at the monastery. Returning back, you will visit the historical Kyichu Lhakhang built as early as 7th century. It is one of the first and oldest temples built in the same time period as Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. It was built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gyampo in order to pin down the gigantic ogress lying over the whole Tibet and Himalayas.

DAY 03: PARO – GYENEKHA – GUR I CAMPSITE: 3300M I 07KM I 04HRS
After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to the remote village of Gyenekha in Thimphu district. After taking the main road you then divert up a farm road for another 8km’s to Gyenekha primary school. From the school a short descent take you to the small riverbank where you will meet with your trekking team. Your adventure begins from this riverbank. The first day of the trek covers only 7km beginning with crossing the suspension bridge and gradually ascending uphill until you reach your campsite at Gur. The campsite is known for its winter pasturing ground for yaks, and lies amongst an abundance of wildflowers and surrounded by a giant fig and juniper forest.

DAY 04: GUR – LABATAMBA I CAMPSITE: 4300M I 12KM I 07HRS
Today your trail winds you through fir, spruce, birch and rhododendron forest. The trail begins with an uphill trek till you reach Pagalaptsa Pass (4250m). From here you will walk through gentle slopes whilst enjoying the affordable view of the rugged mountain vegetation. Appreciate the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the far end valley view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and other Himalayan mountain peaks. As you continue you will sight yaks and yak herders stone houses along the trail with impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Your campsite is located close to Utsho Lake – a lake well known for golden trout.

DAY 05: LABATAMBA HALT
Today you will be spending your day hiking through and exploring the numerous Dagala lakes scattered in this vicinity. You are likely to explore some of the beautiful lakes like Sertsho, Relitsho, Jagetsho, Hentsho, Janatsho, Jomilatsho and many more. If interested bring along your fishing rod and take advantage of trout fishing.

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DAY 06: LABATAMBA – PANKA I CAMPSITE: 3900M I 08KM I 05HRS
Your trek begins with a gentle ascent along the side of Dalatsho for an hour up to the top of a ridge at 4520m. As you get to the top the view of the fascinating Genekha village is impressive. If the weather is clear the far-framed majestic view of the Himalayan mountain peaks are stunning, including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Tsherimgang, Khangbum, Masagang, Tshendengang and Gangchenta. As you walk along this ridge you will also sight the beautiful Himalayan Monal Pheasant, common in this area. You are also likely to see the Yaks and Yak herder’s camp. Your campsite is located in a small open ground with a backdrop view of Mt. Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey.

DAY 07: PANKA – TALAKHA – THIMPHU I 2320M I 13KM I 07HRS
Today your trail leads you to Talakha. From Talakha, after a short walk down you reach the road where our vehicle will pick you up and drive to Thimphu. While on the trek you will cross several undulating mountain ridges. Each ridge offers an opportunity to admire the stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the mountain peaks. As you near the road, your vehicle and driver will be waiting for you, and then drive you to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Once you get inside the city you will soon notice that it is unlike any capital city of the world.

DAY 08: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
Today after your leisurely breakfast in the hotel, you will then be led on a cultural sightseeing tour. Thimphu has been home to the Royal families and the government ministers for more than six decades. This bustling city also serves as the cultural hub for both locals and foreigners alike. Well-preserved cultural heritage and accessibility of modern amenities are a peculiarity that sets Thimphu apart. Your sightseeing in Thimphu includes a visit to National Memorial Chorten, Giant Buddha Statue, Tashichhoedzong, Painting School, Traditional Paper factory and the weekend vegetable market. There are other sights of interest, please discuss with your guide.

DAY 09: THIMPHU – PARO – AIRPORT I 55KM I 01HR
After your early morning breakfast and check out from the hotel, you will depart to Paro airport. The drive covers 55km and can be negotiable within an hour. Here you will farewell your Bhutanese guide and then depart to your onward destination.

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