This trek follows an ancient cattle migration route from the south central district of Dagana to Thimphu in the western region.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.
DAY 1~ ARRIVAL PARO (2280 meters) The flight into Paro valley offers amazing views of the mighty Himalayas. Our representative from Bhutan Bokar Tours & Treks will receive you at the airport and drive you to hotel.Evening, you are free to relax or stroll through the small township of Paro. (Overnight in hotel, Paro)
DAY 2~ PARO
Today our day begins with a trip up to the Paro Valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to the legendary Taktshang, widely known as the Tiger’s Nest, built remarkably on a steep cliff. In afternoon, visit Drukgyel Dzong, the imposing fortress which was defeated successfully of invading Tibetan armies. On the clear day, you can see the Mount Jomolhari, which remains covered with snow through the years, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a holy monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, visit to the National Museum. You will then stroll down to the Dzong itself and take in the amazing architecture of this 16th century monument. And in evening visit local farm house to experience the Bhutanese way of living, you will be served typical Bhutanese dinner at farm house with Ara (local brew). Overnight stay at Hotel, Paro.
DAY 3~ PARO – THIMPHU Today you will drive 52kms to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It is home to Bhutanese Royal Family, the central government and several foreign missions and agencies.
Exploration of Thimphu begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity and built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan. You will also visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training in Bhutan’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine where Bhutan’s famous traditional medicines are compounded and dispensed.
After lunch, visit the Textile Museum to see a range of lovely Bhutanese textiles, the Changangkha Lhakhang, the fortress like temple perched on a ridge above Thimphu, and the Takin Preserve. You will also visit a small family-run enterprise which manufactures paper and paper products using traditional methods followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or the “fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administrative and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.
DAY 4~ THIMPHU- GENAKHA (2800mester) You will drive for 45 minutes to reach starting point of the trek. The first day walk, over mule path will end after four hours at the signboard of Genekha School. All through the trail, terraced fields and coniferous vegetation are abundant. Approxmately14 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
DAY 5~ GENEKHA-GUR
Today’s trek, which is a true communion with the nature, starts with alpine fauna and flora (birds are common). Two hours of steady uphill walk and then rest at a huge rock platform, which offers pleasing views of the valley below. Then walk another two hours to camp. In spring, abundant flowers bloom in Gur. Approximately 15 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight in tented camp.
DAY 6~ GUR – LABATAMA
Today, the trail will lead across the ridges amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The first pass symbolised by huge cairn gives an outstanding view of the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herder camps. Picnic lunch will be served at a nearby yak herder camp. After lunch, you will walk across hills and meadows near Yutsho Lake, which is abundant with golden trout. Approximately 12 km, 5 hours walk. Overnight stay in tented camp.
DAY 7~ LABATAMA HALT
Today your excursion to any of three lakes: Hentsho, Relitsho, and Jamatsho. The day and place is ideal for trout fishing. Overnight stay at tented camp.
DAY 8~ LABATAMA HALT
Excursion to Setsho and nearby lakes. Hike to Setsho Lake is easy and interesting. Your will hike toward the small ridge and then descent to Jagetsho Lake. Whole day trout fishing with packed lunch at lakeside. You can also attempt to climb the Jomo 5,050 meters peak. Your picnic lunch at summit with spectacular view around can be memorable experience. Retrace to camp by dusk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
DAY 9~ LABATAMA – PANKA Your trail ascends for 20 minutes to a pass (4,460metres) from where you will have majestic views of Himalayan peaks during the descent. The mountains you can view at the far eastern edge are Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Tshering Gang, Jichu Drake, Khangbum, Tsendegang Masang Gang and Gangche Ta. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are a common sight, apart from yaks and horses. Approximately 8 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay at tented camp.
DAY 10~ PANKA – TALEKHA
Today you will be crossing several passes, each one more impressive than the other. You can look for different varieties of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. Your packed lunch will be served at a pass, where one trail leads to Talekha and the other to Wangduephodrang. After lunch, you will make a steady climb to the tip of the last Dagala range from where you can view Thimphu. An hour’s walk and you will reach the last camp of the trek, which is above Talekha monastery. Approximately 8 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay in tented camp.
DAY 11~ TALEKHA – THIMPHU – PARO Your trail today passes through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wild flowers), until Talekha monastery. After passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, you will reach the main road to Thimphu where your transport and driver will be waiting. Evening drive back to Paro. Overnight in hotel, Paro.
DAY 12~ PARO DEPARTURE
Today drive to the Paro airport for your onward journey.