Dagala Lakes Bhutan
Dagala 1000 Lakes Trek

Tour Introduction

Tour Dates: Sunday 24 May to Wednesday 03 June 2020.

After the awesome flight into Paro be amazed by the beauty of Bhutan in late spring. In addition to the 6 day/5 night trekking component this small group tour, catering to a maximum of 6 persons (plus crew), also features essential sightseeing in the lively capital Thimphu; a pilgrimage hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest) and the Rinpung Dzong in Paro.

PREMIUM TREK EQUIPMENT:
Enjoy the added comforts of our premium trek equipment inclusions.

The Bhutanese rate this trek ‘moderate’ in difficulty. This translates to being challenging in places and a high degree of fitness is required, especially due to the impact of altitude, although previous alpine experience is NOT essential.

This trek passes through various picturesque high altitude lakes and the trek route is particularly rich in bird species; alpine flowers and attractive meadows. It boasts fascinating views of prominent eastern Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Masang Gang, Tsenda Gang and Gangchhenta.

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  • 17 years experience, service & knowledge.
  • Competitive pricing & well constructed itineraries.
  • Professional trekking guide and crew.
  • PREMIUM trek equipment guarantee.
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  • Our comprehensive Bhutan Visitor & Trekking guide

Bhutan Land Package Inclusions:

  • Professional Bhutanese guide, driver & minibus or coach
  • All touring & transfers throughout your journey
  • Bhutanese 3* hotels w/private bathrooms for 5 nts
  • Dagala 1000 Lakes Trek – 6 days/5 nights
  • PREMIUM trekking equipment included
  • All meals & bottled water (exc on trek – boiled water)
  • All entrance fees, hiking and sightseeing
  • Bhutan visa fees, Bhutan Govt royalties & taxes
  • When trekking accommodation is in tented campsites
  • When trekking additional support crew are included
  • A comprehensive pre-departure trip planning kit
  • Professionally op by Bhutan Tourism Corp Ltd (BTCL)

Tour Exclusions:

  • Airfares to/from Paro are additional
  • Items of a personal nature; tel calls, laundry, drinks etc
  • Tipping – please refer to our pre-departure information guide
  • Travel Insurance – which MUST cover high altitude trekking!

Available On Request:

  • Ex-Australia flight arrangements on selected airlines
  • Bangkok stopovers & additional Asian arrangements
  • Combinable with India & Nepal.

Cancellation Conditions

Deposit date until 60 days prior departureLoss of deposit
From 60 days prior arrival in BhutanNo refund permitted

Sunday 24 May 2020:

Paro Airport to Thimphu Valley (1 hr 30 mins)

After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your BTCL guide and driver. Transfer to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, travelling through the spectacular countryside en-route. All the houses and buildings in the Kingdom are painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style. Take lunch in a local restaurant.

Enjoy the remainder of the day to explore Thimphu, both by vehicle and on foot, including visits to the colourful weekend markets; the National Memorial Stupa and the celebrated Royal Textile Academy. Later feel free to enjoy a wander through Thimphu’s main streets.

Overnight Thimphu– Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Monday 25 May:

Activities in the Thimphu Valley today.

This morning visit the awesome Golden Buddha and enjoy a 3 km hike through the adjacent National Park. This offers wonderful views of Thimphu city and valley. Head north through the city and view the majestic Trashichhoe Dzong; Parliament building and the Supreme Court before a visit to the beautiful Tara Lhaden Zingkham Lhakang (temple).

Take lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon visit the Takin Preserve – home to Bhutan’s most unusual national mammal. next visit Zorig Chusum – the National Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan, where you can interact with the students. Time permitting check out the adjacent Folk Heritage museum. Finally, for those keen on handicrafts, the Gagyel Lhundrup weaving centre and adjacent S. Bishwa art gallery are well worth a visit.

Overnight Thimphu – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Tuesday 26 May:

Day 1: Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek.

Thimphu – Geynekha – Gur, distance – 7 kms, time 5 hours.

Transfer to the trek start point and meet up with your trek crew. The trek starts from the beautiful Geynekha village. The villages of this region produce famous masutake and chantarelle mushrooms.

Commence your trek through terraced fields and coniferous vegetation. After that the true communion with nature starts with alpine flora and plenty of birds. A short descent down to the river crossing is followed by two hours of gradual uphill climb. You reach the huge rock platform which offers a picturesque view of the valley. After another two hours of trekking you will reach Gur (3,290 m), amongst an abundance of flowers, where you camp for the night.

Overnight Tented Campsite

Wednesday 27 May:

Day 2: Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek.

Gur – Labatama: distance 12 km, time 5 hours.

Whilst trekking across the ridges enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Your trail winds through flowers and wild asparagus (in spring) and the meadows are refreshing and inspiring. The first pass, symbolized by a huge cairn, gives a spectacular view of Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and most of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending from the pass view the whole Dagala range. Also view meadows and Yak herders camps. Once descended into the Labatama valley ascend gradually through the valley passing some Yak herder huts. Finally you reach Utsho Tsho (lake). The campsite is right next to the lake where plenty of golden trout flourish (4300 m).

Overnight Tented Campsite.

Thursday 28 May:

Day 3: Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing and exploring Labatama valley. For the energetic choose from a range of day excursions to either Relitsho, Hentsho or Jametsho lakes. Camp at Labatama (4300 m).

Overnight Tented Campsite.

Friday 29 May:

Day 4: Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Labatama – Panka: distance – 8 km, time – 4 hours.

The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4520 m from where you have a majestic view of the prominent Himalayan peaks. On a clear day view Everest, Kanchenjunga, Masang Gang, Gangchhenta, Tsenda Gang and Jichu Drake. If you want an even better view you can climb to a peak close to the saddle with an altitude of 4720 m. From the saddle the path descends, passing some Yak herder huts, to Doccha Chu (river). The trail follows the river for a while staying higher up on the slope until you reach Panka. Here Himalayan Monal Pheasants are a common sight. Camp at Panka (4,000 m).

Overnight Tented Campsite

Saturday 30 May:

Day 5: Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek.

Panka – Tsheregang: distance – 8 kms, time – 4 hours.

This day entails the crossing of several passes. None of them affording a major climb and often with an abundance of mountain birds. After crossing the Chare La and Japhu La (passes) start a long descent to your camp at Tsheregang (3080 m). Furthermore from here you will enjoy a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

Sunday 31 May:

Day 6: Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Tsheregang – Chamgang: distance 6 km, time 3 hours.

From the campsite it is a short hike down to the feeder road. This will lead you to the village of Chamgang near Simtokha town. There is a new road to Chamgang where you will be met by your driver. Farewell your trekking crew!

Chamgang to Paro: (1 hour 40 mins)

On completion of the trek you are collected and transferred to your overnight accommodation in the Paro Valley. Enjoy a restful afternoon to do as much or as little as you like. Consider a traditional hot stone bath at your hotel or a local farm house. Or consider a stroll through Paro town which offers good shopping for handicrafts and local jewellery.

Overnight Paro Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Monday 01 June:

Activities in the Paro Valley.

Take a morning excursion to Chele La (pass 4000m), on Bhutan’s highest motorable road. Hike to the Kila Nunnery, Bhutan’s oldest, where the Nuns live remote and simple lives however do welcome visitors. Head back to Paro for lunch at a traditional Bhutanese restaurant and this afternoon visit the Rinpung Dzong, with it’s cantilever bridge. Finally visit the fascinating National Museum nearby.

Overnight Paro Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Tuesday 02 June:

Hiking & Sightseeing in Paro Valley.

This morning take a pilgrimage hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tigers Nest. This is Bhutan’s most revered monastery and all Bhutanese Buddhists strive to make a pilgrimage here at least once in their lives. Each step along the trail accrues merit points for their future. Choose between a 2 hour round trip hike to the Monastery viewpoint or a longer 5 hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself.

Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock 800 m above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 the monastery was seriously damaged by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005.

Take lunch at the Taktsang Viewpoint cafe and, returning from your hike, visit nearby Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most revered temples in Bhutan. The Lhakang boasts an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit.

Overnight Paro Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Wednesday 03 June:

Early morning departure from your hotel to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

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Tour Details

Price: US$2838.00 per person. Twin share basis in pre/post trek hotels. Based on a minimum 3 trekkers to avoid small surcharge.

Single room supplement for 5 nights in pre/post trek hotels @ US$250.00 pp.

PREMIUM TREK Equipment included on this tour

Dates: Sunday 24 May – Wednesday 03 June 2020
(10 nights)

Airfares to/from Paro are additional. Travel Insurance covering high altitude trekking to 5000 m is mandatory.

Depart: Paro
Return: Paro

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