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Dagala - A Thousand Lakes Trek

08 Nights / 09 Days

Discover the most popular Dagala – A thousand lakes trek at the Land of Happiness

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas its isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The Inspiration Kingdom Adventure program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Highlights of tour program includes:

  • A guided hike to the famous tiger nest monastery with a special photo season in ethnic Bhutanese dress.
  • Visit three different iconic Dzongs at three different cities, a master piece of Bhutanese architect and crafts.
  • A compete 04 days moderate trek in paro valley.
  • Stay at luxurious camps during trek and enjoy all authentic organic meal cooked by private chef.
  • Day 1
    Arrival Paro (PBH)
    • As your Druk Air flight weaves through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. As you touch down, keep your camera at the ready, as we have noticed how passengers slowly disembark and then stand on the tarmac totally bewildered. Then move through to immigration where you will present your Visa Approval letter and Passport for the official stamp.
    • On arrival, guests will be received at the airport by ZiniGo Guest Experience Executive who will be your tour guide and companion for the whole duration of your tour in Bhutan.
    • The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 ½ hours and upon arrival and after settling in; you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, and perhaps time to stroll the Main Street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts or textiles and also able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense.
    • Overnight Stay at our preferred Hotel in Thimphu.
  • Day 2
    • Today, you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Royal offices, and pay a visit to Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. Perhaps, if time permitting, you will head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs; a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom.
    • Overnight Stay at our preferred Hotel in Thimphu.
  • Day 3
    Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
    • This 4 day trek takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more.
    • During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.
    • While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during the journey. The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June and September –October.
  • Day 4
    Gynekha – Gur
    • Distance 7 km, 3-4 hours, 550 m ascent, 210 m descent, camp altitude 3,290 m.
    • The trek starts at beautiful Gynekha village and begins with a short descent to the river. After crossing the river you start climbing until you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours you reach Gur, an area of yak pastures located just below the main trail. (Overnight: Camp at 2,290)
  • Day 5
    Gur – Labatama
    • Distance 12 km, 5-6 hours, 1,220 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 4,300 m.
    • On the second day, the trail takes you across the high ridges from where you can truly appreciate the rugged beauty of your surroundings and the mountain vegetation. The path winds through refreshing meadows adorned with wild flowers and asparagus (in spring). The first mountain pass you cross is marked by a huge cairn and gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and a number of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. As you descend the pass you will be able to see the entirety of the Dagala mountain range including meadows and yak herder camps. Once you have descended into the Labatama valley you begin climbing gradually through the valley, passing several yak herder huts before you arrive at Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake. (Overnight: camp at 4,300m)
  • Day 6
    Labatama – Panka
    • Distance 8 km, 6-7 hours, 260 m ascent, 520 m descent, camp altitude 4,000 m.
    • The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520m. From here onwards you will have a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks all through the descent. The mountain peaks visible include Mt. Everest (Nepal), Mt. Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt. Tshering Gang, Mt. Khangbum, Mt. Masang Gang, Mt. Tsende Gang and Mt. 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 ascents and descents along the way. (Overnight Camp at 4,000m)
  • Day 7
    Panka – Tshokham – Chamgang – Transfer to Paro – o/n Paro
    • Distance 13km, 6-7 hours, 180 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 3,080 m.
    • This day entails the crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. You should keep your eyes open for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds while in this area. After crossing the last pass, you start a long descent and follow the ridge to Tshokham, where you will be treated to a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. Distance 6 km, 3 hours, 440 m descent. From the monastery it’s a short walk down to the feeder road which will lead you to the village of Chamgang, whereby our Car will pick up and transport to Amankora Paro (Overnight in Paro Valley)
  • Day 8
    Paro Valley Exploration
    • The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. After lunch you will visit the uniquely shaped Dumtse Lhakhang to view the beautiful, well preserved wall paintings there and then continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the Kingdom’s oldest religious worship and most auspicious houses, that is said to pin down the left knee of an ogress that once demonized the Himalayas. (Overnight in Paro valley)
  • Day 9
    Paro Valley Exploration and Tiger’s Nest Hike
    • his morning will begin with a hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four to five hour return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. The balance of the day can be spend browsing shops in town. (Overnight in Paro valley)
    • Duration: 4 hours depending on time taken in monasteries
  • Day 9
    Departure Day
    • A car will be ready to take you to Paro Airport. Transfer time is approximately 20-30 minutes and you are advised to arrive at the airport an hour before your international flight departure.
    • Note: This is very much a guideline for the travels across the Kingdom and the overall program is subject to travel conditions, and may be amended to cater to particular interests and desired experiences along the way.
  • Stay at TCB rated hotels / resorts at Destination
  • Privately guided tour by a licensed English speaking Bhutanese guide.
  • Visa to visit Bhutan
  • Trekking support staff & private chef.
  • SDF – Sustainable development fees.
  • Exclusive chauffeur drive private vehicles for all transfer & sightseeing
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Entry fees & road permits
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Monuments Entry fees.
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharge
  • Full support & services by our local office.
  • Cost for add on services, optional tours & Porters.
  • Cost for Airfare, Train fare, rafting, medial urgency, insurance, additional meal / tea snacks.
  • Travel insurance or any kind of insurance related to booked trip.
  • Cost of personal nature expenses such as laundry, incidentals, porter, tips etc.
  • Difference in cost arising due to extra usage of additional services, changes in taxes by Government or political unrest, natural calamities (Land slide/ road blockage) etc. in such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by guest.
  • Cost for anything which is not mentioned under “COST INCLUDES” Coolum.

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