Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Overview

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a short trek, starting near from Thimphu to a large number of beautiful high altitude lakes. It is the only trek in Bhutan that offers you mesmerizing views of the entire Bhutanese Himalayan range as well as Kanchenjunga (the world’s 3 rd highest mountain situated in between Sikkim-Nepal. It is also not that popular like other treks in Bhutan. Very few trekkers prefer it. The first two days of the trek is a bit difficult, it’s an uphill climb. However, the view en route is worth the climb.

Moreover, you will see plenty of beautiful high altitude mountain lakes during the trek and this is the reason the name of the trek is given Dagala thousand lakes. But, about existing of 1000 lakes at Dagala area there are conflicting opinions from person to person. An elderly horseman of Dagala area heard from his parents that there were actually 105 lakes in the area; some stories say that there were more than 1000 lakes in the past.
The trek has mainly two routes, either at Talakha Gompa; Serbithang; Wangdi; Dochu La; Daga in Dagana; ending about 2 km south of Chhuzom near Lebchi. This route was formerly used by people who came over from the south, from Daga, to bring cattle to Thimphu for selling. It was ,in fact , a cattle migration route. However, the track is still well established even now.

But, in this proposed itinerary our trek starts at Geynikha after two hours drive from Thimphu and ends at Simtokha from where you will be picked up by our driver and transferred to Thimphu. The highest point of the trek is 4300 meters at Labatamba. Both routes are rarely traveled nowadays. Trek from Gur to Labatama involves a lot of climbing and is, therefore, pretty challenging.

During the trek you will visit some of the most picturesque lakes, fishing and relaxing. You will visit several villages en route to experience about village life in Bhutan. Although this is a sort of strenuous trek, it is well worth your effort to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will never forget during the journey.
The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June and September –October.

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport & transfer to hotel
Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3
Day 03: Arrival at Paro
Day 4
Day 04: Paro Sightseeing and drive to Thimphu
Day 5
Day 05: Drive Thimphu to Khoma ( 2850m) and trek to Geynikha 2950m
Day 6
Day 06: Trek Geynikha - Gur 3,290m/7km/5hrs
Day 7
Day 07: Trek Gur - Labatamba 4300m/12 km/6hrs.
Day 8
Day 08: Trek Labatamba - Panka 4000m/8km/6-7hrs.
Day 9
Day 09: Trek Panka - Talakha 3083m/8 km/4-5hrs
Day 10
Day 10: Thimphu Sightseeing and drive to Paro
Day 11
Day 11: Fly out to Kathmandu or any other destination

What is Included

  • International arrival/departure transfers
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing escorted by City Guide
  • 2 Nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • 1 additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (if you return to Kathmandu again)
  • Flight fare with tax: Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu (if the trip ends in Kathmandu)
  • International arrival/departure transfers (Paro)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Paro and Thimphu escorted by local Bhutanese guide
  • Private vehicle while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhutan
  • Bhutan Monuments entrance fees
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels/resorts with breakfast in Bhutan
  • All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) in Bhutan during trekking
  • Porters and pack animals to carry trekking gear in Bhutan
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Bhutan government royalty and local taxes

What is Excluded

  • International airfare and airport tax
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Single supplement in hotel during entire trip
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, laundry, international phone call etc.
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Extra luggage charge on the flight
  • Upgrade of airfare and type of accommodation
  • Tips for guide and driver after sightseeing in Nepal and Bhutan
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’

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FAQs

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $30 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $50 for 30days and 125US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.

You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. Treks at high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but treks at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. Trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of treks grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally you go up drom 3000 to 8848 meters. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.

How long will be the trekking?

Trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and food. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?

Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.

Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.

Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?

Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.

Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in to Nepal. we suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which cover the rescue helicopter from the mountain up 5500m.

Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.

What doI need to carry on trek?

A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.

Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitude’s trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Besides, if it affects any trekker then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospital.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.

How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

We are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.

What currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.

Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?

Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.

How much extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?

Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. We have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.

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Trip Facts

  • Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 02 person
  • Aeroplane, Bus, Car
  • NEABT05

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