Dagala 1000 Lake Trek

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9 Nights and 10 Days Trek

Day 1
Arrive Paro - Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Reaching at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sight-seeing in Thimphu if possible.

Takin enclosure – See the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin.

Heritage Museum – Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households.

Textile Museum – witnesses the art of traditional weaving.

Thimphu Dzong – the largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.

National Memorial Chorten Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation, especially in the evenings, at the National Memorial Chorten

Paper making factory – witnesses the art of paper making.

Simtokha Dzong – Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortressin the Kingdom which was built in 1629.

Day 2
Thimphu - Genyizampa

Drive from Thimphu to Geynikha. From there we make a climb up to a ruin from which good trail starts descending to the Geynitsang Chhu, passing a small waterfall and an irrigation channel built on some stakes till the first campsite is reached. If we arrive at camp early, we will visit the villages Zamto and Chhochhekha up the valley.

Distance : 1.25 miles / 2 km

Duration: 5 hours (first 2 hours for drive)

Day 3
Genyizampa - Gur

Leaving campsite we make a steep climb and then steadily through the oak forest. The trail becomes less steep, skirting around the hillside through a big birch forest that gradually gives way to bamboo. Soon we reach our campsite Gur. We could have reached this place in a day, but Gur is about 1,000m higher than Thimphu so we have to watch the altitude. Gur camp is just within the recommended height gain between campsites.

Distance : 2.2 miles / 3.5 km

Duration: 2 hours

Day 4

A clear and wide trail leads us to a beautiful high altitude landscape with gentians and a fine view of the Dagala Range including some rocky peaks. Soon we enter a broad main valley where there a are quite a few yak herders huts. We continue to the end of the valley and camp just below the cliffs near the lake. If you have obtained a fishing permit, enjoy some golden trout fishing.

Distance : 6.2miles / 10 km

Duration: 5 hours

Day 5

A clear and wide trail leads us to a beautiful high altitude landscape with gentians and a fine view of the Dagala Range including some rocky peaks. Soon we enter a broad main valley where there a are quite a few yak herders huts. We continue to the end of the valley and camp just below the cliffs near the lake. If you have obtained a fishing permit, enjoy some golden trout fishing.

Distance : 6.2miles / 10 km

Duration: 5 hours

Day 6
Near Utsho tsho to Kiwi chowa via Labajong or Jomo (Dagala) Peak

The lower route crosses a pass of 4300m. The pack animals and horsemen uses this trail since it is easier. Alternatively, adventurous travellers can take the high route reaching altitudes of 4520m and is even higher if you want to climb to a viewing point , Jomo Peak (4716m). The Jumolhari and Kanchenjunga can be seen on a fine weather.

Several short climbs follow in and out of minor valleys finally reaching a small saddle with a cairn. Then we make the last climb for the day before reaching our campsite at Kiwi Chowa next to a little stream.

Distance : 6 miles / 10 km

Duration: 3-4 hour

Day 7
Kiwi chowa - Thimphu via Talela and Talakha Gompa

We climb to a pass where four trail meets. We take the trail goin towards Talakha Gompa. On our trek to Talakha Gompa, we have to be careful because there are big loose stones, very unpleasant for horses. It leads us to a meadow from where we make a final long descent through mixed fir, juniper, and rhododendron etc. We will reach the beautiful Takakha Gompa with a well looked after garden with a superb view of Thimphu Valley. Below the gompa is the road where our transportation will be waitin for us to take us to Thimphu.

Distance : 5.5 miles / 9km

Day 8
Thimphu - Paro

Paro Valley – The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.

Paro Dzong – Also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.

Ta Dzong – Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Day 9
Paro

Drukgyal Dzong – A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Taktsang Monastery – A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliff and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

Kyichu Lhakhang – After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Day 10
Departure

After breakfast your guide will drive to airport for your onward destination,

Thank you

Trip Includes

  • Government Royalty and taxes
  • Dedicated English speaking tour guide
  • Dedicated tour vehicle and driver
  • 3-star accommodation (twin sharing)
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
  • Airport transfers
  • Bottled water
  • Entry fees to parks and monuments

Trip Excludes

  • Flights to and from Bhutan
  • Personal expense/shopping
  • Beverages (soda/juice/alcohol)
  • 4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver

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Dagala 1000 Lake Trek

Trip Facts

  • Trekking
  • No Size Limit
  • Car
  • Trekking, Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Paro, Thimphu
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