Dagala thousand lake

Trip Name : Dagala Thousand Lakes
Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days, Max. Elevation: 4,520m
Highest Camp : 4,300m
Trip Route : Paro – Thimphu – Genekha – Labatama – Jadula – Japhuna - Talekha - Thimphu
Standard : Medium


Best Season : April to June and September to October
Group Size : 1 – 15 Pax or above
Start from : Gynekha Primary School (Thimphu)
Finish in : Chamgang (Thimpu)
Trip Cost : The trip cost will vary depending on the group size, duration etc. Please contact us with your details to obtain a best price offer.


Summary:

This is a short trek, near Thimphu to a large number of lovely high altitude lakes. You pass through terraced paddy fields and through coniferous forests, to the settlements of Geynikha, 2,500 meters. The trail leads up the ridge and across meadows to a pass at 4,240 meters with a spectacular view of the whole Dagala range. You will pass through several yak herders camps en-route the broad Labatama valley at 4,050 meters. The lakes are flourished with brown trout. Near the lakes is a mass of wild alpine which flowers in September. The routes are not well marked; it is more of a cross-country traverse. The trail descends steeply through mixed forest of rhododendron.

Dagala mountain range divides two prominent valleys of Thimphu and Wangduephodrang. The altitude of the plateau is around 4000 meters. It has many lakes of different sizes and in most lakes’ one can find trout fish. Alpine flowers, rhododendrons, different species of pheasants, musk deer are found in abundance. The plateau is also a grazing ground for yaks in summer. Best times for trekking in these parts are May/June and Sept/Oct.

Situated in the heart of the Great Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan with varied climatic conditions has been hidden for centuries. The land of the Thunder Dragon has sequestered itself from the rest of the world. Shrouded in mystery, it did not open its doors to tourism until 1974, and even then limited the number of its visitors. In Bhutan, beauty lies in the land. Golden peaks surrounding valleys that bloom with flowers of a thousand colors. A sense of discovery begins with your first footsteps in Bhutan and grows as you travel along quiet paths through an ancient culture. You will find life as it has been for hundred of years

This is a short trek, near Thimphu, to a large numbers of lovely high altitude lakes. The trek is not difficult and most trekking days is short but there are some long steep climbs. Dagala mountain range divides two prominent valleys of Thimphu and Wangdue, and the highest pass you will cross is 4,500 meters / 14,760ft. It is a paradise for people who love fishing, the lakes are filled with trout. Alpine flowers, rhododendron, different species of pheasants, musk deer are found in abundance.

Itinerary:

Day-1: Paro Airport. On arrival at Paro Airport, transfer to hotel. Afternoon, visit National Museum and Paro Dzong. Overnight in hotel.

Day-2; Paro - Thimphu: This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa Chu river (Chu means river) down stream to its confluence with the Wangchu then up-valley to Thimphu. Lunch at hotel. After lunch visit Memorial Chorten. Overnight in hotel.

Day-3; Thimphu - Genekha: Drive till Charkilo, which is 20km from Thimphu. At Charkilo the ponies will be waiting for you to begin the trek. Overnight halt in camp.

Day-4; Genekha -Labatama: Today’s trek is all the way up till you reach the highest point for the day Pagalaptsa with an alttitude of 4, 170m. From here you can view the village of Genekha and some parts of Paro valley. From the pass you hike down for an hour besides the Yak herder’s camp, then you will reach to your camp. Overnight in the camp.

Day-5; Labatama [Halt]: Excursion to Setso and near by lakes. Hike to Setso is very easy day. Takes only fifteen minutes. Afterwards you can go over a small ridge and then down to Jagetso, Pemitso etc. Whole day fishing and exploring and return to camp. Or start quite early with packed lunch and follow the same trail up passing Jagetso & Dagetso up to Jomigue pass. From the pass you start the real climb to Jomo. After two hours of hard work on the rock reach the summit of Um Jomo near 5,050m. From where one can have the spectacular views of all around if the weather is clear. Lunch at the summit if it is not too cold for you. Descend back to camp.

Day-6; Labatama - Jadula: Today you have a gradual climb of 2-3hours to reach the Jomigue pass alt. 4,460m. From the pass some of the mountain of northern Bhutan can also be viewed. Then descend for about two hours you will reach to Jadula. Overnight in camp.

Day-7; Jadula - Japhuna: The trail from Japhuna takes 1-2 hours through Rhododendrons bushes and then hike up and down over ridges till you come across a small valley. Another 2-3hours you will reach to a small stream where you find two trails one crossing the streamed other going up the stream. Both the trails will lead you to the same destination. You may stop by the stream for lunch. After another hour you will reach camp called Japhuna alt. 3,800m. Overnight in camp.

Day-8; Japhuna - Talekha: From Japhuna continue gradually climb till you cross a pass called Jelezela alt 4,000m. From there the places like Phajoding, Yuesepang etc. and further towards north the astonishing snow peaks of Jou Dake Gang, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Jo Gang, Gangchen Tak, Masangang, Tseda pass down hill for 2hours. After going over two ridges reach into a soft pine and spruce and then slowly into thick forest of blue pine and evergreen oak tree for 1-2hours till Talekha monastery. Alt. 2,925m. Overnight in camp.

Day-9; Talekha - Thimphu: From Talekha hike all the way down through the blue pine and shrubs of evergreen oak trees till Simtokha Rigney School where the vehicle awaits for you. Drive to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.

Day-10; Thimphu - Paro [Departure]: Early morning drive to Paro Airport for your onward departure flight.