Trek Dagala Thousand Lake Himalaya

Trek Dagala Thousand Lake Himalaya

  • Camping
  • CommunityBasedTourism
  • CrossBorder
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Meditation
  • Photography
  • Textile
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
Dagala thousand lake trek,Bhutan tour operator,
Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 10 Days
Trek Duration: 6 Days
Cultural Duration: 5 Days
Trip Type: Cultural and Trekking
Difficulty Level: Medium
Psychical Demand:
Destination(s): Bhutan
Highest Altitude: 4520m
Max Elevation: 4520m
Highest Camp: 4300m
Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Thimphu
Avg. user rating:
Trip Route: Paro > Bumthang > Punakha > Thimphu
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Visit Farm House, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


The Tour Package Trek Dagala Thousand Lake Himalaya can be booked through Bhutan tour operator. This trek goes through plenty of beautiful high altitude mountain lakes and provides stunning views of the whole Bhutanese Himalayan range as well as Kanjenjunga (3rd highest mountain of the world, Sikkim). The chance to meet other trekkers during the entire trek is very slim. It is also possible to start and end the trek in Gynekha. The optional route back to Gynekha leads through beautiful Bhutanese villages. The trek from Gur to Labatama involves a lot of climbing and is pretty strenuous.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more…

What’s included

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

What’s is Not Include

  • Guide and Driver tip
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry Charges
  • Internet, International calls
  • Other Beverages
  • Donation when photographing
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage Handlers tip

Intinerary


You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • DAY 1: Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air
  • DAY 2: Paro – Paro
  • DAY 3: Paro – Genekha-Gur
  • DAY 4: Gur-Labatama
  • DAY 5: Labatama Excursion
  • DAY 6: Labatama-Panka
  • DAY 7: Panka-Talakha
  • DAY 8: Talakha-Chamgang/Thimphu
  • DAY 9: Thimphu-Thimphu
  • DAY 10: International Departure

Detail Itinerary

1

Paro – ParoAs you approach Paro, on clear sunny days you can capture a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. Just before landing, you will have unusual experience with the aircraft as it prepares to land on one of the most difficult airports in the world. On arrival you will be received by our representative who will then take you to hotel to checkin. After lunch you will visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong was built to commemorate the victory against the invading Tibetan army in 17th century.The Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of Mount Jhomolhari (7314 m / 23,990 ft). From Drugyal Dzong, we will drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After that according to time we will visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, which has collection of works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps. We will take a short hike down to Rimpung Dzong. The short hike will take you through a traditional cantilever bridge and to your waiting car at the valley floor. Depending on time, we will hike up to the nearby hill to get a panoramic view of the Paro Valley.

2

PARO (EXCURSION TO TIGER’S LAIR)After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The steep trail to the monastery will take you through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will love to stop at the cafeteria for refreshment after a steep climb. If not tired, you will hike further until you get a clear view of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger.Lunch will be served at the cafeteria

3

Paro-Gynekha – Gur(Distance: 7 km, Duration: 5 hours, Ascent: 550m, Descent: 210m, Camp altitude: 3290m)
The trek starts from beautiful Gynekha village with a short descent down to the river. After crossing the river you will climb until you reach a huge rock platform from where you can enjoy a picturesque view of the valley below. From here you will trek for two hours to reach Gur and some yak pastures below the main trail.

4

Gur – Labatama(Distance: 12 km, Duration: 6 hours, Ascent: 1220m, Descent: 110m, Camp altitude: 4300m)
While trekking across the ridges, you will enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. In spring, the path takes you through the flowers and wild asparagus. The meadows are refreshing and inspiring. The first pass symbolised by a huge cairn gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and other Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending the pass one will see the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herder’s camp. From Labatama you will ascend gradually through the valley and trek across some yak herder huts before you reach Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake.

5

Labatama ExcursionThis day is ideal for an excursion to any of three lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. The day and place is also ideal for trout fishing.

6

Labatama – Panka(Distance: 8km, Duration: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 260m, Descent: 520m, Camp altitude: 4000m)
The trail is along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4520m from where you have again a majestic view of Himalayan peaks during descent. This point is around 4460m. The mountain peaks include Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsende Gang and Gangche Ta. If you want an even better view, you can climb a peak close to the saddle with an altitude of 4,720m. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chhu. Follow the river for a while, but stay higher up on the slope to reach Panka. You will experience some climbs up and down on the way

7

Panka-Talakha(Distance: 8km, Duration: 5-6 hours, Ascent: 180m, Descent: 110m, Camp altitude: 3080m)
On this day you will cross several passes but none of them are demanding. The flower lovers can search for different varieties of blue poppy in June-July and capture the sights of the mountain birds. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4180m) you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa. You will camp right beside the monastery. The monks wake you up with their early morning prayers. From the monastery, you will enjoy the great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.

8

Talakha – Chamgang/Thimphu(Distance: 6km, Duration: 3 hours, Descent: 440m)
From the monastery it’s a short walk down to the feeder road that will lead you to the village of Chamgang and you will meet your car which will take you to hotel.Overnight in hotel.

9

SIGHTSEEING OF THIMPHU VALLEYVisit King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library, the Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls), and the Institute of Medicine where traditional medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the traditional silver smiths plying at their crafts and the Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive back to town and visit the handicraft stores and stroll around the tiny capital city.Overnight at Hotel.

OPTION: If you are in Thimphu during Friday Saturday and Sunday then the sightseeing will

Visit Farmers’ Centenary market in Thimphu, which is in a permanent set of stalls. The market was opened in 2008 to celebrate 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan. Vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain selling their goods until Sunday night. It’s an interesting place to visit, where village people jostle with well-heeled Thimphu residents for the best and cheapest vegetables and foodstuffs. This is the only time that fresh produce is easily available and the shopping is enhanced by the opportunity to catch up on the week’s gossip. At the northern end of the market are stalls called indigenous goods and handicrafts section. Here you will find locally produced goods, including religious objects, handmade metal swords and knives, baskets, fabrics and different hats from various minority groups. Your sightseeing will continue to Zangdopelri temple in Changlimithang where you can witness young Bhutanese practicing their favorite archery game. We will return to hotel for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang (Monastery for the nuns) and other places of interest.

10

Depart ThimphuAfter breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight which will take you about hour. Your escort from Bhutan Creative Tours will bid you farewell. As the aircraft gains height and proceed, you will see the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappear behind its guardian mountains.

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FAQ

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.


Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?

All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.


What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?

You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.

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