Dagala Thousand

Lakes Trek

Trip length: 11 Days
Level: Moderate to Hard
Season: February to June & October to December

Dagala Thousand Lakes trek is one of the most beautiful Bhutan trek for its numerous lakes and springs on the trail path. To travel Bhutan There is no better way than to trek through the high mountain ridges, lush meadows and snow covered passes of the mighty Himalayas of Bhutan. Trekking in Bhutan is one of the least discovered in all of trekking world. It’s only recently that Bhutan travel has opened up to the world and still due to the limited connectivity and stringent government guidelines for most aspiring Bhutan travellers it remains a distant dream.

At Bhutan Travel Packages we make it possible for you to do all known Bhutan treks. Bhutan Travel Packages will provide you with experienced guides, excellent cooks, crew and beast of burden for the trek. All equipment like tents, ration, kitchen equipment, etc. will be provided by Bhutan Travel Packages.

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Arrival to Paro. Flight to Paro is an experience in itself, just prior to entering Bhutan airspace, on a clear day you can feast your eyes on sacred Himalayan peaks of the likes Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Jomolhari and other sacred peaks. Landing in Paro airport is an experience in itself and view is simply breath-taking. On your arrival you would be greeted by representatives of Bhutan Travel Packages with traditional Bhutanese khada welcome. You will be promptly taken to your designated hotel for some light refreshments and snacks. And thereafter the sightseeing begin. First stop: Kyichu Temple, we will be going to this 7th century A.D temple built under the reign of King Sontsen Gampo of Tibet to pin down the left foot of ogress. Post lunch and an hour or two of rest we will visit the scenic town of Paro. We will thereafter walk up to the Ringpung Dzong(Paro Fortress) over the traditional wooden cantilever bridge. Late afternoon you will walk back to the hotel for the much needed rest after your first exciting day of beautiful Bhutan travel. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Hike to Tiger's Nest

After an early light breakfast we will start for the Taksang Monetary

The most cherished and holy place to visit in any Bhutan travel is the famous Taktsang Monastery, which is popularly called Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is said that Guru Rinpoche came here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this place. The monastery is built astonishingly on a straight 900m cliff in 1692. It was damaged in a fire in 1998 and was restored to its former glory in 2005. This is the most sacred site which is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On a sunny day it is advisable to carry sun screen, water, walking stick and a hat basically your regular trekking gear. There is about a one hour climb to reach cafeteria from where one can enjoy the captivating view of the monastery as well as flying prayer flags, some tied in seemingly most impossible to reach places. This would also be a good acclimatisation hike on your Bhutan trekking trip. Paro Dzong: This a magnificent structure built in true Bhutanese style. Its original complete name is Ringpung Dzong, which means ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’. It was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal. The Paro Dzong was almost burnt in an accidental fire in 1906. The Thongdrol a 20X20 meter-wide Thangka, could only be salvaged. It is displayed annually during Paro Tshechu which is celebrated from the 9th till the 15th of the second month of the traditional Bhutanese calendar (usually in March or April of the Gregorian calendar). National Museum of Bhutan: Paro has the famous National Museum situated in a round fortress the Ta Dzong. In 1968 with the aim to showcase countries rich cultural heritage the Kingdom of Bhutan inaugurated this museum. It showcases artefacts dating back to 1st century. Kyichu Lhakhang: This is one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built around the 7th century and was later visited by Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.

Day 3:- Thimpu

Next leg on your Bhutan travel is Thimpu. After breakfast of continental and choicest of Bhutanese local dishes, you will be taken to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. First stop; Kings Memorial you would be taken to the Kings Memorial built in the memory of the third Dragon King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who ruled the country for three decades from 1952-1972 and was grandfather to the present King of Bhutan. Thimpu Dzong: Thimpu Dzong built in 1216 is not the original fortress because it had to be rebuilt many a times, as it has been destroyed in fire and other unfortunate accidents on many occasions. Thimpu Dzong is also known as Traschicho or Trasi Chhoe Dzong, ‘fortress of glorious religion’. It is north of the city on the west bank of Wangchu(Thimpu) river. Traditional handmade paper making factory: here one can see the subtle art of paper making by hand, which has been passed from one generation to other over centuries. National institute for Traditional Medicine: Here a variety of medicine of traditional secret formula origin are available for public and tourist alike and one can purchase traditional medicine for ailment or beauty treatments here. You will have picnic lunch at one of many spots in the city. In the evening you can go about the local market of Thimpu and experience life in Bhutan first hand, also last minute shopping for any knick knacks you might want for your trek staring tomorrow.. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Thimpu.

Day 4: Thimphu – Simtokha Dzong - Talekha (14 km, 4 hrs)

Today we will start the Bhutan trekking experience. The trek will start from Simtokha Dzong, mere 30 minutes drive from city centre, you meet your experienced Bhutan trekking guide, and rest of the crew at this location. All the essentials trekking gear will be carried on the ponies provided, you can choose to carry your day pack and drinking water bottle, which also would be provided. The trail will go through a blue pine forest, the 1 ½ hour of trek is a steep climb, thereafter up to Talekha village (2900m) there is hardly any noticeable gradient. Talekha is a small community of five houses and an imposing temple Tali-Lhakhang. For the night you will camp here.

Day 5: Genekha - Japhuna

The trail will lead you through blue pine forest for next two hours, into a clearing where you will come across yak herders camp site. The crew will reach there before you to prepare lunch. You will continue to ascend gradually to Jelezela pass (4,000m). You will trek on to your campsite at Japhuna (3,800m) crossing two ridges at this yak herder’s campsite for night halt. If you are in star gazing this is the perfect spot.

Day 6: Japhuna - Jaduna

In the morning from Japhuna you will trek for about three hour passing a number of lakes on the way, to a small stream, you will stop here for lunch. Post lunch you will start for Jaduna (4,100m), at Jaduna you will stay near yak herder’s campsite. On a clear day you can see Mount Aum Jomo, highest peak in the Dagala mountain range.

Day 7: Jaduna – Labatama

In morning you will start on the right hand side trail of the two trails presented to you. The trail on the left goes to Aum Jomo. After the pass a descend for about two hours to reach Jomigue pass. You will climb upto Jomigue pass (4,460m) after passing Dungka Tso Lake. The pass descends for about two hours to reach Labtama yak Camp at the banks of Yumsto Lake. You will camp here for two nights.

Day 8: Labatama Halt

You can choose to summit mount Aum Jomo (5,050m) and have lunch there, or go on an excursion to Setsho and nearby lakes. You can indulge in trout fishing and catch food for dinner. Whatever you choose to do on this day, it sure is going to be a memorable one. Ensure to come back to your campsite by dusk, either to reflect on your achievement or to cook your catch, or maybe to pen your Bhutan trekking experience.

Day 09: Labatama - Genekha

A gradual ascend for next 2 hours will bring you to Pagalaptsa pass (4,460m), on the way down you will have a grand view of some the highest mountain peaks in the world; Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsendegang and Gangche. Soon you will hit the tree line and the trail will take you through oak forest for next 2 hours to Genekha. You will camp at Ganekha for the night.

Day 10: Genekha - Paro

The trail weaves through the coniferous jungle for a short while till you reach the main highway, where Bhutan Travel Packages representatives would receive you, and take you to Paro. It’s a day of leisure, post lunch do as you please, like take a sort visit to the local market, monastery, Dzong or just have a noon siesta. Announce your plans to the guide and he will be more than happy to oblige.

Day 11: Departure

Departure. Your trip to Bhutan has sadly come to an end. Although you are amongst the lucky few who have had this exotic experience of both Bhutan trekking and Bhutan travel. We at Bhutan Travel Packages wish you a safe journey back home or your next destination. A vehicle will see you off to the Paro International Airport for your flight to your next destination.



While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of scope to be able to choose places to visit, as well as drop a few places on itinerary if you so desire. Also all the packages can be custom made to suite your need

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