Dagala 1000 Lakes Trek

Bhutan Dreamland Tours

DAGALA 1000 LAKES TREK

TREK ITINERARY

 

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport

Day – 2 Paro – Paro

Day – 3 Paro – Thimphu

Day – 4 Thimphu – Thimphu

Day – 5 The Trek Begins from Thimphu to Talekha

Day – 6 Talekha – Japhuna

Day – 7 Japhuna – Jaduna

Day – 8 Jaduna – Labatama

Day – 9 Labatama – Labatama

Day – 10 Labatama – Genekha

Day – 11 Genekha – Paro

Day – 12 Paro – Paro

Day – 13 Depart for Paro International Airport. Departure.

 

 

TREK DETAIL

 

 

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport.

 

On your flight to Paro, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world, Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake (Bhutan). On arrival at Paro International Airport, your guide will be awaiting to welcome you to Bhutan.

 

Day – 2 Paro – Paro.

 

Morning: Drive to Drukgyal Dzong, 16 Km from Paro Town. The Dzong, although in ruins, it is of great historical importance and was built to mark the victory over the invading Tibetan army. On a clear day, you can see the majestic peak of Mount Jhomolhari, which means the mountain of the Goddess. (Alt. 7,329m/ 24,029ft.). Here, you will be visiting a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. Lunch at the hotel. After a leisure stroll around drive to see the Paro Dzong.

 

Visit the Paro Dzong. This massive fortress overlooks the Paro River and the Paro valley. You walk for about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden bridge with shingle roof built in typical Bhutanese architect. The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk Body. It was built in 1645 AD. Lunch in the Hotel.

 

After lunch, visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). The Ta Dzong, was actually used as the Watch Tower of the Paro Dzong in the former times, but was converted into the National Museum in 1965.

 

Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (monastery). The monastery was built in 659 A.D. by a Tibetan God King Songtsen Gampo, and it is believed to be one of the 108 such monasteries he built across Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and India on the same day to spread Buddhism. Located between Paro Town and Drukgyal Dzong, it is considered as one of the holiest monasteries in Bhutan, marking the advent of Buddhism in the country.

 

Day – 3 Paro – Thimphu

 

Drive to Thimphu. Takes about 2 hours with a distance of 65 Km. Check in the Hotel.

 

Visit Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1952 – 1972).

 

Visit the National Library, here ancient manuscripts are preserved.

 

Visit Tashichho Dzong. This massive fortress houses the office of the Prime Minister and the various government ministries, the Throne Room and the King’s secretariat, the State Monastic Body and the Residence of the Chief Abbot and his senior monks.

 

Day – 4 Thimphu – Thimphu

 

Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D.

 

Visit the wood craft and painting school where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive.

 

Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch and afternoon siesta

 

Day – 5 The Trek Begins from Thimphu to Talekha

 

The trek starts from Simtokha Dzong where the contingent of camping crew haulage ponies await. The trek trail leads through alpine forests till Talekha village which lies at an altitude of 2925m. The first two-hour uphill trek is difficult but the remaining trek is a pleasant walk. The Talekha village consists of only five houses and the huge Tale-Lhakhang monastery. Overnight at Talekha campsite.

 

Day – 6 Talekha – Japhuna

 

The trek leads you through thick forests of blue pine and evergreen oak trees into soft pine and spruce forests for about two and half hours. For lunch halt at a yak camp site. Here the tree line ends crossing Jelezela pass at an alt. 4000m, wherefrom you get to enjoy a brreathtaking view of Thimphu valley and its surrounding mountain ridges. After passing over two ridges you arrive at the second campsite, Japhuna, at Alt. 3800m.

 

Day – 7 Japhuna – Jaduna

 

The trail from Japhuna takes you up and down over several ridges for about four hours till you come across a small stream where you will find two trails which will lead you to the same destination. Along the route, there are many small lakes. After another hour and a half climb through rhododendron shrubs, you reach the third campsite which is also a yak camp. Alt. 4100m.

 

Day – 8 Jaduna – Labatama

 

There are two trails, one going on the left side of Aum Jomo ( highest peak in the Dagala range ), and the other onto the right side of Aum Jomo over the Jomigue pass and Setso Yumtso lakes. We follow the trail that goes on the right side of Aum Jomo and climb up to the Jomigue pass (alt. 4460m) after passing the Dungka Tso Lake. From the pass, you can see beautiful views of the high mountains towards the northern Bhutan. After the pass, you descend for about 2 hrs. To reach Labatama yak camp by the side of the Yumtso Lake where you camp for the night.

 

Day – 9 Labatama – Labatama

 

You can visit several lakes and enjoy a good fishing day in the lakes or go back to Jomigue pass and climb Aum Jomo till the summit (5050m) which will take about 5-6 hrs.

 

Day – 10 Labatama – Genekha

 

Today, you leave the lovely pasture of Labana and move out of Dagala range. The trail ascends gradually through beautiful landscape till you reach Pagalaptsa pass (alt 4170m), the highest point of the day. From the pass, you have beautiful views of the Genekha village and a portion of the Paro valley. After the pass, you gradually climb down through thick Rhododendron shrubs and thick oak forest till you reach Genekha. Overnight in camp in Genekha.

 

Day – 11 Genekha – Paro

 

A short walk will bring you to the motor road where your transport will be waiting. Drive to Paro which is only 45 Kms and takes a little over an hour. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day – 12 Paro – Paro

 

Drive up to Satsam Chorten (10 Kms from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest “. The Monastery is perched on a rocky edge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro River and the valley. It is believed that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated on the very spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying Tigress. The Monastery itself was built in 1684 AD. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.

 

Day – 13 Depart for Paro International Airport. Departure.

 

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