Dagala Thousands Lake Trek
Day 01: Arrive Paro
Upon your arrival at Paro airport, our Guide will receive and welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed Hotel. After having lunch, you will have some time for rest and relax and get ready to visit Taa Dzong, Bhutan’s national museum. This museum has a collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, stamps. Rinpung Dzong built in 17th century, which now houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration. In the evening, Explore Paro town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: PARO
To check your resistance, we shall begin with small hike to Taktsang temple. The walk uphill is not more than two hours. The trail is broad. At the view point there is a cafeteria. Have a cup a tea or some juice and continue a walk little higher to the closer view point of Taktsang. Then walk back for lunch in Paro town. Afternoon Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fort, which once built to defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mt. Chomolhari, the sacred summit reaches skyward beyond the dzong and the traditional Bhutanese Farm House. Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: PARO – THIMPHU
After having Breakfast in the Hotel, we will commence driving downstream alongside the Pa Chu (Paro River) to its confluence with Wang Chu (Thimphu River) then up valley to Thimphu. Few miles before arriving Thimphu, we will see Simtokha Dzong, Kingdom’s oldest fortress which is now used as Dzongkha language school of Bhutan. Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Late third King of Bhutan. Tashichho dzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chu. It now houses National Assembly, King’s Throne room and also the summer residence of Chief of monk body. Evening take a walk in Thimphu market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04: THIMPHU
Today we will visit the Painting School where centuries old art of Bhutanese paintings is taught. National Library is another interesting place to visit, which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts. Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Handicrafts Emporium where exotic weaves in silk, wool, cotton, silver jewelry, carpets, thankha paintings, bamboo ware and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available. Evening drive to view point for a fascinating view of Thimphu valley. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 05: THIMPHU –
GENEKHA (14 km, 4 hours)
Today is our first day to start out trek. After having Breakfast, It takes us about 45 minutes to reach the trek commencing point. We must walk for around 4 hours to reach Genekha. Here the first symbol denoting, we have stepped near to our todays destination is the signboard of Genekha School. The terraced fields and coniferous vegetations along the trail are abundant. Overnight camp at Genekha.
Day 06: GENEKHA – GUR
(15 km, 4 hour)
Today, our trek starts through one of the most enchanting natural scenery amidst alpine flora. A picturesque view of the valley is reflected after two hours of gradual uphill walk and rest at huge rock platform. From here, we will reach to Gur, our camp side at 3,350 after continuous two hours walking. During spring season, abundance of flowers decorates this place and makes this place a wonderful destination. Overnight camp at Gur.
Day 07: GUR –
LABATAMBA (12km, 5 hours)
After Breakfast, We will start trekking across the ridges. One can enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadow freshen the trekkers with poetic sentiments. The first pass (4250m) symbolized by a huge Cairns gives a spectacular view of the whole ‘Dagala’ range, meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch walk across hills and meadows, ending the third day of trek at Labatamba. Camp near ‘Utso’ lake where golden trout flourish. Overnight camp at Labatamba.
LABATAMBA-PANKA (8km, 4hrs)
After having our Breakfast, we will start walking upwards for half an hour and then descent down. The place presents majestic view of Himalayan peaks (alt. 4,450). The prominent peaks such as Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tsering Khang, Khangbum, Masagang, Tsendegang and Gangchecn Ta can be clearly seen from here. Apart from yaks and horses, Himalayan Monal Pheasants are a common sight en route. You will get some free time in Panka, our camping site. You can spend your time in roaming around the camp. Overnight camp at Panka.
Day 09: PANKA –
TALIKHA (9km, 4hours)
Today, we will be walking through several interesting passes. The area is also known for different varieties of Blue-poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. The trail ascents along the western side of a lake to saddle at 4,400m, where there are fascinating mountain views. In the afternoon, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the tip of last Dagala range from where the view of Thimphu valley is superb. Further an hour’s walk takes you to Talekha, the last camping place of our trek. Overnight camp at Talikha.
Day 10: TALEKHA – SIMTOKHA
– THIMPHU – PARO
Take your Breakfast in your camp and start walking downhill on a steep, eroded trail to Simtokha amidst forests of rhododendron and bamboo and apple orchards. Visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. The vehicle will be ready at Simtokha Dzong to pick you up and drive back to Paro via Thimphu and stay overnight there. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11: PARO
In the morning you will have your Breakfast in the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight. Your guide will be there to see you off at the airport. You take your flight to your onward destinations.
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