Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

High altitude lakes overflowing with trout.

Paro, Thimphu, Genekha, Gur, Labatama, Panka, Talekha

15 days

£1179 per person

Trip Info

Overview

A moderate Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek explores high altitude lakes overflowing with trout and mystical history. Mostly short trekking days but includes a few steep climbs. This trek is a great option for those wishing to experience Bhutan’s many types of flora and fauna, also to glimpse at the local nomadic lifestyle. Also includes a tour of the fascinating sites of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

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Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel

Meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner, a chance to taste Nepalese cuisine, or taste one of a range of other dishes if you prefer.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu | Paro

Morning & Afternoon: Fly to Paro in Bhutan, on arrival meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a visit to Paro market and town.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro

Morning: Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum, with your city guide, walk a short trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, the ‘Fortress of the Heap of Jewels’.

Afternoon: After lunch drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, from here on a clear day you will have a splendid view of Mount Chomolhari, the second highest peak in Bhutan also visit the shrine Kyichu Lhakhang.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner

Paro | Thimphu

Morning: Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, on the way pause briefly to admire Bhutan’s oldest fortress Semtokha Dzong.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit the National Memorial Chorten then see Tashichho Dzong Thimphu’s most impressive building. Later in the afternoon pay a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thimphu

Morning: Continue your tour of Thimphu with your guide, visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum and the National Textile Museum.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit the Handicrafts Emporium, take an early evening drive up to a lookout festooned with prayer flags, for a fine view of Thimphu and the valley.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thimphu | Genekha

Morning & Afternoon: Drive to the start of your trek (45min). Walk along a mule path,passing terraced fields and coniferous forest to Genekha (2800m). Camp overnight.

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Genekha

Genekha

Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Genekha | Gur

Morning & Afternoon: Walk gradually uphill, halfway rest at a huge rock platform, from which you will have a picturesque view of the valley below. Continue to Gur. Camp overnight (3300m).

Walking time: 5 hours

Gur

Gur

Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gur | Labatama

Morning: Trek across ridges, the first pass, marked by a large cairn gives a spectacular view of the whole Dagala range.

Afternoon: Lunch at a yak herder’s camp. Walk across hills and over meadows to Yutsho Lake. Camp overnight.

Walking time: 5 hours

Labatama

Labatama

Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Labatama Halt

Morning & Afternoon: Enjoy the day to relax, take an excursion to any one of three lakes; Relitsho, Hentsho or Jamatsho. Enjoy some trout fishing. Camp overnight camp.

Labatama

Labatama

Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Labatama Halt

Morning & Afternoon: An easy and interesting walk to Setsho and nearby lakes with a packed lunch. You could try climbing Jomo peak (5050m).

Labatama

Labatama

Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Labatama | Panka

Morning & Afternoon: A short walk ascending to 4520m then descend to Panka (4000m) with splendid views of the Himalayas on the way. Camp overnight.

Walking time: 6-7 hours

Panka

Panka

Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Panka | Talekha

Morning & Afternoon: Your route entails crossing several increasingly impressive passes. After lunch, climb to the top of the last ridge on the Dagala range from where we will have a spectacular view of Thimphu valley below.  Walk to Talekha. Camp overnight. and we will reach the last camp, a little above Talekha monastery.

Walking time: 5-6 hours

Talekha

Talekha

Day 13 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Talekha | Paro

Morning: Pass through alpine and mixed vegetation with bamboo thickets and wild flowers to Talekha monastery and village. Walk to the main road. Drive to Thimphu for lunch.

Afternoon: Drive to Paro.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 14 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro | Kathmandu

Morning & Afternoon: Take an early breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Meet our representative waiting for you at Kathmandu airport, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Evening: Enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner.

 

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 15 - Breakfast, Lunch

Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

Departure day: We provide a complimentary transfer to Kathmandu International Airport where our representative will help you and bid you farewell.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

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Our Prices

Are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. We offer reasonable quotes for single travellers and can save money for groups of two or more people, we want to tailor your holiday to suit your budget.

Included in your holiday

  • All accommodation
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All camping equipment, staff & cook
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 support from our local representatives

Excluded from your holiday

  • International flights – read about our flight advice
  • Kathmandu to Paro return flights
  • Travel insurance – read more
  • Personal expenses e.g. gifts, alcohol
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Tips – read more
  • Please allow £15 to £25 per day for lunches and dinners not included.

Value for Money

We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with us again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras, fewer services or the quality may not be as good.

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu | Paro
  • Day 3
    Paro
  • Day 4
    Paro | Thimphu
  • Day 5
    Thimphu
  • Day 6
    Thimphu | Genekha
  • Day 7
    Genekha | Gur
  • Day 8
    Gur | Labatama
  • Day 9
    Labatama Halt
  • Day 10
    Labatama Halt
  • Day 11
    Labatama | Panka
  • Day 12
    Panka | Talekha
  • Day 13
    Talekha | Paro
  • Day 14
    Paro | Kathmandu
  • Day 15
    Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

It’s Good to Know

We have assembled a list of all the things about this itinerary that are good to know, those things that you could have gone on holiday, not knowing, but feel better that you did.

Time Zone: GMT +6hr

Language: Dzongkha also known as Bhutanese

Gross National Happiness of Bhutan Explained

Food of Bhutan

Standards of Holiday Accommodation

How To Load Your Pack For Your Himalayan Trekking Adventure

When to Go to Bhutan

Our tailor made approach to your holiday offers you complete choice, for a rough guide of  the typical temperature and rainfall see Weather and Climate.

  • We can base your holiday to suit the dates you want to go.
  • We can offer some fixed date departures for customers wanting to join a group.
  • Some holidays must operate on certain dates if they contain time sensitive events like a course or a festival.
  • We can help solve the age-old problem of booking a holiday to get away from the crowds.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

The best time to go is April, May, June or September, October.

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Holiday price from: £1179 p/p

On this moderate trek in Bhutan you will have spectacular mountain views, fish for trouts in picturesce lakes, encounter Bhutanese flora and fauna. Before and after the trek you will have a cultural programme with the main sights of Paro and Thimphu.

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