This trek is mostly in the alpine region and is the only trail that offers spectacular views of the Himalayas range in Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and India.
You will also see lots of lakes and hence the name, Dagala thousand lake trek. The trek is also famous for its Golden trout. The trek starts between Thimphu and Paro highway and ends in Thimphu.
The best time to take this trek is in March- June and in September –December.
Dagala thousand lake Trek 12-day detail itinerary
Day 1~Arrive Paro
You will be received and welcomed by Bhutan Bokar Tours at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress on heap of jewels) built in 1646 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Ta Dzong (watch tower).
Day 2~ Paro
Hike to Taktshang or tiger’s nest, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan region, where the great Indian saint Guru Padmasambava meditated in the Eighth century. The hike to tiger’s nest takes about 3-4 hours. It is located on the side of a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
After lunch drive to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (fort of victory) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetans.
En-route, visit Kichu lhakhang built in 7th century and is one of the 108 temples built by Buddhist Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to pin down a giant demoness who was preventing the spread of Buddhism across the Himalayan region. Drive to Thimphu in the evening (54kms). Stay at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3~ Thimphu sightseeing, 2350m
Visit National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in the memory of the third king of Bhutan and dedicated to world peace and prosperity. Drive to Mothithang zoo to see the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, visit nunnery, school of thirteen traditional arts and crafts, and national library. After lunch visit Changangkha Temple built in 12 century by lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo’s son, Nyima, drive to Buddha point see 138.6 foot tall statue of Buddha Sakyamuni seated on a 62 foot tall throne. In the evening visit Tashichoedzong, the seat of government, built in 1641.
Day 4~ Thimphu-Genekha, 14km/4hours
Driving about 45 minutes to the starting point of the trek at Genekha village. The path follows the mule trail into coniferous forests and terraced field up to Genekha School. Overnight stay in tented camp pitched near a stream. (Altitude 2,800m).
Day 5~ Genekha-Gur, 14km/4hours
Today you see a variety of alpine flora and fauna as the route ascents to the top of a hill with beautiful views of the valley below. Walk for two more hours to reach camp. Overnight in tented camp, at Gur village.
Day 6~ Gur-Labatama, 12km/5hours
Today the trail goes across ridges and rugged mountain vegetation. You will see wild asparagus and other small plants. From the first pass you will see stunning views of the whole Dagala Range as well as alpine meadows and yak huts. Later you will reach a lake at Yutsho, which is famous for its Golden Trout. Overnight stay in tented camp near the lake.
Day 7~ Explore Labatama
Today you have option to hike to any of the lakes in the area – Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho. The day and place is ideal for trout fishing. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 8~ Labatama Halt
Hike to Setsho and nearby lakes. The hike to Setsho Lake is easy. You will hike toward the small ridge and then go down to Jagetsho Lake. Whole day trout fishing with packed lunch at lakeside. You can also attempt to climb the Jomo 5,050 meters peak. Hike back to camp. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 9~ Labatama-Panka 8km/4hrs
Trek upward for about half an hour to a height of 4,460m then walk downhill where you view Himalayan peaks such as: Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari, JichuDrakey, Tsheringma, Khangbum, Masangang, Tshendengang and Gangchenta. Your camp will at Panka in the meadows.
Day 10~ Panka-Talekha 8 km/ 4 hrs
Today you will cross several passes with the trail passing through vegetation with several varieties of the Blue Poppy, Bhutan’s national flower. The trail comes to a junction where one path leads to Talekha and other to WangdiPhodrang district.
You will climb to the tip of the last Dagala range from where you can view Thimphu valley. After an hour you will reach the last camp of the trek, which is above Talekha monastery. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 11~ Talekha-Thimphu, 6km/2hrs
The route continues through alpine, bamboo and mixed vegetation until you reach Talekha monastery and village. After passing through apple orchards, you will reach to the main road to Thimphu where your transport and driver will be waiting. Evening, drive back to Paro. Overnight stay in hotel at Paro.
Day 12~ Paro Departure
Drive to Paro airport for your departure.