Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek (Season: February to June & October to December)

Number of days: 12 days

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Drukair flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. If you arrive via Kathmandu, you can see the Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjungal. I will meet as you exit the airport, and take you to the hotel. After lunch, visit the 8th century old Kichu Lhakhang, From their drive to the Drugyal Dzong Ruins (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Hike to Taktsang Monastry

Taktsang or the Tiger's Nest is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites in the Himalayas. Guru Padmasambhava founded Taktsang Monastery in the eighth century. It is believed that the Guru came to this place on the back of a tigress from Khengpajong in the Kurtoe region and meditated for three months in a cave at Taktsang and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. Hike back to Paro in the afternoon. Stroll freely in Paro town in the evening. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro � Thimphu

Morning drive downstream alongside the Pa Chu River to its confluence with Wangchu. Then up the valley to the capital Thimphu. After lunch visit the Memorial Chorten where the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the Late King, turning their prayer wheels as they walk. Take a stroll through Thimphu market in the evening. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu � sightseeing

Full day Thimphu sightseeing. Stroll in town. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium. Visit the workshop where all the handicrafts are produced if you like. Afternoon: visit Tashi Chhodzong. Evening visit the DSB books Enterprise and shop for Bhutan, Buddhism or general books. Overnight hotel in thimphu.

DAY 5: Thimphu - Genekha.

A 45 minutes drive to the starting point of the trek. The first day?s walk, over a mule path, will end after four hours at the Genekha School. All through the trail terraced fields and coniferous vegetation are abundant. Overnight Genekha Camp.

DAY 6: Genekha - Gur..

Leave Genekha (the village of medieval metallurgists). The communion with nature starts with alpine flora and fauna (birds are common). 2 hours of gradual uphill walk and then a rest at a huge rock platform offering a picturesque view of the valley below. Another 2 hours walk ends the days trek. This camp is in the heart of the wood, ideal for an afternoon stroll. Flowers are abundant in the spring. Altitude: 3350m.

DAY 7: Gur - Labatama.

Trekking across the ridges one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. The trek today is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The first pass symbolized by a huge cairn gives a spectacular view of the whole Dagala range, meadows and the yak herder?s camps. Lunch is at a nearby yak-herder?s camp. After lunch walk across hills and meadows. Today?s walk is around 5 hours. Overnight Camp. Altitude: 4050m.

DAY 8: Labatama halt.

Excursion to Setsoi and nearby lakes, the Hike to Setso� is a very easy (15 minutes). Afterwards walk over a small ridge and then down to Jagetso� Lake. Attempt climbing Jomp peak of 5050 m. Lunch at the summit with the spectacular view around can be a memorable experience. Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next Day.

DAY 9: Labatama - Panaka.

This point is around 4500 m. above sea level. Your guide will identify peaks like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey, Tsrim Gang, Kangbum, Masagang, Tsendaygang and Gangchen Ta. Passing through meadows, shrubs and lakes. Camp at Parkai. The Himalayan monal pheasants are a common sight apart from yaks and horses. Altitude: 4000m.

DAY 10: Panaka - Talakha.

This day entails the crossing of several passes, each one more impressive than the other. Look out for the different varieties of the blue Poppy (in the months of June-July) and mountain birds. Lunch at the point where one trail leads to Talekha and Wangduephodrang. After lunch an hour?s gradual (easy) climb brings you to the tip of the last Dagala range from where the view of Thimphu is spectacular. It appears as though Thimphu is spread in the palm of the observer's hand. An hour walk downhill and you are at the last camp, a little above Talekha monastery. Overnight Camp. Altitude: 3080m.

DAY 11: Talakha � Thimphu- Paro.

Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and wild flowers) one reaches Talekha monastery and Talekha village. Once again the view of Thimphu is superb. Passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards one reaches the main motor able road to Thimphu where your transport awaits. Today?s trek is 3 to 4 hours. The trek ends here and drives to Paro, about an hour. Afternoon: free to relax.

Day 12: Departure.

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