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Dagala Thousand Lakes Tour
Duration : 05
Night / 06 Days
April, September, and October is the best
months for trekking to "Dagla Thousand Lakes" This is a short trek near
Thimphu (Bhutan), passing through picturesque high altitude lakes. It is
moderate trek with mostly short trekking days but few steep climbs.
12 Night/13 Days
Places Covered :
Paro - Thimphu - Genekha - Gur -
Labatama - Labatama Halt - Panka - Talikha - Thimphu - Paro
Places Covered :
April, September and October
1 : Arrive
On arrival at the airport you will be met by the
Himalaya Journey's representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi. you will immediately
begin to appreciate that India is a land of contrasts, a land of diversity and
variation unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
Day 2 : Delhi
- Paro (Fly)
Morning drive the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu (Paro River) to Drukgyel
Dzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions.
Mount Chomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. On return
to Paro Valley, visit to a traditional Bhutanese farm house. Also visit the
Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan, dating
from the introduction of Buddhism. Afternoon visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient
watch tower which now houses Bhutan's national museum. The museum's interesting
collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, stamps. After
that walk doen the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century, it is
symbolic as the religious and secular affairs of the valley. Overnight at the
hotel in Paro.
Day 3 :
Paro - Thimphu
This morning drive downstream along side the Pa Chu (Paro River) to its
confluence with Wang Chu (Thimphu river) then up valley to Thimphu, the capital
town. Before arriving, Thimphu, visit Somtokha Dzong, Kingdom's oldest fortress
which is now used as Dzongkha language school of Bhutan. Afternoon visit
Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan. Then visit
Tashichhodzong, Thimphu's most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang
Chu. It houses National Assembly, King's Throne room and also the summer
residence of Chief of monk body. Evening take a stroll through Thimphu market
and town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4 :
After breakfast, visit the Painting school where centuries old art of Bhutanese
paintings is taught. National Library is another interesting place to visit
which houses vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts. Also visit
to Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts still
practiced. Afternoon visit Handicrafts Emporium. Here exotic weaves in silk,
wool, cotton, silver jewellery, carpets, thangkha paintings, bambooware and
another traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available. Evening drive to view
point for a fascinating view of Thimphu valley. Overnight at the hotel in
Day 5 :
Thimphu - Genekha (14 Km/4 Hrs)
Drive for 45 minutes to reach starting point of the trek. The first day walk,
over a mule path, will end after four hours at the signboard of Genekha School.
Al through the trail, terraced fields and coniferous vegetarian are abundant.
Overnight at Genekha alongside a stream at 2800m.
Day 6 :
Genekha - Gur (15 Km/4 Hrs)
On today's trek the true communion with the nature starts with alpine flora and
fauna (birds are common). Two hours of gradual uphill walk and rest at a huge
rock platform, offers a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two
hours the trek ends. Complete at Gur, here flowers are abundant in spring.
7 : Gur -
Labatama (12 Km/ 5 Hrs)
While treking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain
vegetarian. Today's trek is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The
meadows freshen the trekkers with poetic sentiments. The first pass symbolised
by a huge cairns gives a spectacular view of the whole 'Dagala' range,
meadheder's camp. After lunch walk across hills and meadows, ending the third
day of trek. Camp at altitude 4300m near 'utso' lake where golden trout
Day 8 :
This day is for an excursion to any of three lakes; 'Relitso', 'Hetso' and 'Jamatso'.
Your treking escort will reveal mystic stories about these lakes. Also the day
and place is ideal for trout fishing. Overnight in the camp.
Day 9 :
Extension to 'Sesto' and nearby lakes. Hike to 'Sesto' is easy and interesting.
Afterwards walk over a small ridge and then down to 'Jagetso' lake. Whole day
trout fishing with packed lunch at lake side. The "Ahinsa" (non violence) group
can attempt climbing "Jomo" a peak of 5050m. Lunch at summit with spectacular
view around, can be memorable experience. Return top camp by dusk and prepare
for the next day.
Day 10 :
Labatama - Panka (8 Km/ 4 Hrs)
Walk for 20 min upwards and later you will have majestic view of Himalayan peaks
during descent. This point is around 4460m. Your escort will help you in
identifying peaks such as Mount. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake,
Tshrim Khang, Gangbom, Masagang, Tsendaygang and Gangchen Ta. Here the Himalayan
monal pheasants are a common sight apart from yaks and horse.
Day 11 :
Panka - Talikha (8 Km/ 4 Hrs)
This day entails the crossing of several passes, each one more impressive than
the other. Search for different verities of Blue Poppy (June - July) and
mountain birds. Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to 'Talekha' and other
to Wangdiphodrang. After lunch an hour's gradual climb brings you to the tip of
last Dagala range from where view of Thimphu valley is spectacular, it appears
as though Thimphu is spread is the palm of observers hand. An hour's walk and
you are at the last camp, little above Talekha monastery.
Day 12 :
Talekha - Thimphu - Paro
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and wild flowers)
one reaches Talekha monastery and village and once again Thimphu view is superb.
Passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, one reaches the main
motroable road to Thimphu where your transport is waiting. Here the trek ends
but the memories just begin. Drive to Thimphu for lunch. Evening drive back
Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 13 :
Paro-Back to home
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward
Days are normally warm. Night can be cold in winter, near below the
freezing point. Monsoons shower in summer (heaviest July & August) and sometimes
even in spring and autumn.
What to Bring
Strong and comfortable trekking boots, sunglasses, a lot of spare vests and
socks, headgear raincoat & warm clothing for the evenings.
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