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.
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’