Dagala Thousand Lakes trek

10 nights

Day 01:                 Paro-Thimphu
Day 02:                 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03:                 Gynekha – Gur
Day 04:                 Gur – Labatama
Day 05:                 Labatama-Halt
Day 06:                 Labatama – Panka
Day 07:                 Panka-Talakha
Day 08:                 Talakha – Chamgang-Paro
Day 09:                 Paro sightseeing
Day 10:                 Paro sightseeing
Day 11:                 Departure

Day 1: Paro-Thimphu.                   

A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. You will be received by our representative from Vajrayana Tours and Travels and driven to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital.

Explore the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the national textile museum. Visit the General Post Office and purchase the world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value. Visit the Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honor the memory of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan.

Drive to Sangyegang viewpoint from here you could see the entire Thimphu valley. Way back, stop at the Taking reserve to see the Takin (Bhutan’s National Animal). En route, visit the Zilukha nunnery.

Overnight Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing

Visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and religious artifacts, and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Institute of Art & Painting school where traditional painting and other crafts are still practiced. Visit the Indigenous Hospital where the traditional medicine are made and ancient healing arts are still practiced.

Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, which houses the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room, and the offices and living quarters of the monk body. Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and maybe purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory.

Overnight Thimphu.

Day 3: Gynekha – Gur (Distance-seven km, walking time-five hours).

The trek starts from beautiful Gynekha village with a short descent down to the river. From here – after crossing the river – you start climbing till you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours you reach Gur, some yak pastures below the main trail.

Overnight tented campsite at an altitude of  3,290m.

Day 4: Gur – Labatama (Distance-12km, walking time-six hours).

While trekking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. The path winds through flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadows are refreshing and inspiring. The first pass symbolised by a huge cairn gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and more or less all the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending the pass one will see the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herders camp. Once descended into the Labatama valley you ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake.

Overnight tented campsite at an altitude of  4,300m.

Day 5: Relaxation day at Labatama.

This 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.

Overnight tented campsite at an altitude of  4,300m.

Day 6: Labatama – Panka (Distance-8km, walking time-six to seven hours).

The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520m from where you have again a majestic view of Himalayan peaks during descent. This point is around 4,460m. The mountain peaks include Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tsherim 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. You follow the river for a while, but stay higher up on the slope to reach Panka with some ups and downs on the way.

Overnight tented campsite at an altitude of 4,000m.

Day 7: Panka-Talakha (Distance-eight km, walking time-five to six hours).

This day entails the crossing of several passes, none of them affording a major climb. Search for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4,180m) you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa. You will camp right besides the monastery and wake up with the early morning prayers of the monks. One has a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.

Overnight tented campsite at an altitude of 3,080m.

Day 8: Talakha – Chamgang-Paro (Distance-six km, walking time-three hours).

From the monastery it’s a short walk down to the feeder road which will lead you to the village of Chamgang. En route, visit the Simtokha Dzong (6 Kms. from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan.

On completing the trek, you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Paro. This afternoon simply spend the time relaxing at the hotel or enjoy a well earned massage or hot stone bath. Alternatively, venture into Paro town and visit the local handicraft shops.

Overnight Paro valley.

Day 9: Paro sightseeing

In the morning, visit to Ta-Dzong built in the 17th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong below. This Ta-Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968, and it is filled with antique Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to the Paro Rinpung Dzong built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.

If time permits, visit the old ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong. The name Drugyel means “Victorious”. The Dzong was built in 1649 AD to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders and it formed one of the chains of defensive fortresses against Tibetan invasion. On a clear day, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

Overnight Paro valley.

Day 10: Paro sightseeing

In the morning hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Also known as Tiger’s Nest). Choose between a 2 hour round trip hike to the Monastery viewpoint or a longer 3-4 hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery where Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century, and meditated here for three months.

If time permits, take a quick visit to Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit. In the evening, souvenir shopping in Paro town.

Overnight Paro valley.

Day 11:  Departure.

Representative from Vajrayana tours and travels will see you off at Paro International Airport.