Dagala Thousand lake Trek is one of the beautiful trek in Bhutan. The trek in Bhutan lasts for five days and during this time, you’ll experience and visit some the amazing places in the world.
In this trek of Bhutan we will take you through an adventures hike, visiting numerous places although the trek is only for a short period of time. This Trek in Bhutan is easy and short but there are some long steep climbs as well. Khoma (near Thimphu) will be the starting point for the trek and it will end at Simtokha (Thimphu). Highest point of the trek is 4300 meters.
Trekking in Bhutan Itinerary
DAY 01: ARRIVAL PARO. DAY 02: PARO – THIMPHU. DAY 03: KHOMA – GEYNIKHA. (START OF TREK) DAY 04: GEYNIKHA – GUR. DAY 05: GUR – LABATAMBA. DAY 06: LABATAMGA – PANKA. DAY 07: PANKA – TALAKHA. DAY 08: TALAKHA – THIMPHU. (SIMTOKHA) (END OF TREK) DAY 09: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA – WANGDI. DAY 10: WANGDI – THIMPHU – PARO. DAY 11: DEPARTURE.
Day 01. Arrive at Paro.
As you arrive at Paro airport, you will be received by our representative and you will be transferred to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02. Paro – Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and Hike the recently opened Takin trail to prepare you for next day trek.Afternoon visit the famous memorial chorten followed by largest Bhudha statue overlooking Thimphu valley.In the evening stroll the Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03. Khoma – Geynikha. (Start of Trek)
(14 Km, 4hrs), Walk through terraced Paddy fields and coniferous forests to the settlement of Geynikha (2950 meters). The route then descends to a chorten that marks a camping place alongside a stream at 2800 meters.
Day 04. Geynikha – Gur.
(5Km, 4hrs.), Crossing a suspension bridge, the trail heads west for a while, then climbs steeply towards the south, to a rocky platform and a crest at 3200 meters. A further walk for about two hours leads to a camp in a forest clearing at 3350 meters.
Day 05. Gur – Labatamba.
(12 Km, 5hrs.), Cross the pass at 4240 meters for an awesome view of Dagala village. Pass though several herder camps enrooted to the foot of the broad Labatamba valley at 4300 meters near Utso Lake. There are so many lakes in the vicinity. Camp near the lake.
Day 06. Labatamba – Panka.
(8 Km, 4 hrs.) The trail goes west, along the lake to a saddle at 4500 meters, offering some of the magnificent mountain views on earth. From the pass there is a quick descent to another lake at 4350 meters. A short distance beyond the lake leads to a valley and then to Panka at 4000 meters.
Day 07. Panka – Talakha.
(8 km, 4 hrs.), The route leads north crossing a pass at 4000 meters, then climbs alongside of the ridge to a crest at 4270 meters. From here you’ll have an amazing view of the Dagala range and Thimphu, far to the north. Then descending down through the forests to Goemba and the village of Talakha (3083 meters).
Day 08. Talakha – Simtokha. (End of Trek)
(3 Km, 3 hrs.), Walk downhill on a steep trail to Simtokha from where the Vehicle will pick you up and drive to Thimphu or you can visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, which now houses as an institute. If you haven’t had enough for the day then visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Evening free for shopping and leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 09. Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdi.
(72 Kms, 3 hours’ drive). After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. We stop for a while at Dochula to view the magnificent Himalayas. While in Punakha, visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River).
For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed the statue of Buddha. It is said that Zhabdrung ordered the architect, “Zowe Palep,” to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, Zhabdrung took him to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche in his dreams. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness).
The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence for his holiness the Je-Khenpo. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the “Devine Mad man” during the 15th century. Dinner and Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 10. Wangdi Phodrang – Thimphu – Paro.
After breakfast, head towards Thimphu. Than drive to Buddha Point to visit one of the largest Buddha Statue overlooking the Thimphu valley. The drive will take you uphill where you can view the whole Thimphu city. Lunch in Thimphu and drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11. Departure.
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!
Best Time to Trek Dagala Trek
The best time to trek Dagala is between the months of March to June and September to early November.This Dagala routes are comfortable without snow and rain and camp sites is dry.
Dagala Trek Cost
The cost of this trek will depend on the Group.
Solo Trekker is USD 2940
Couple will be USD 2590 per person
2 pax and above will be USD 2290 per person
Bhutan Visa for the Trek
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