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6 Days Dagala Thousand Lakes Small Group Trek

6 Days Dagala Thousand Lakes Small Group Trek

(BTT002) Geynizampa - Gur - Labatamba - Panka - Talakha - Chamgang

Overview

The medium-level trek starts in the village of Geynizampa and takes you deep into the area with a great number of pristine and crystal clear lakes scattering around. Moreover, you are surprisingly treated with variety of splendid vegetation ranging from the gorgeous rhododendron at lower altitude to the eternally imposing and beautiful firs grown at higher altitude.

When enjoying the primeval purity of these holy lakes, don’t forget to gaze into the distance and gasp the epic vista of the solemn and undulating Himalaya mountain range as well as the world-class mountains including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta, etc.

The trek is never limited to guide you to the picturesque high-land lakes, but also takes you through several Bhutanese villages. You can explore the primitive farming skills or choose to experience the traditional Bhutanese village life.

The best time to take Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is from April to June and September to October.

Difficulty: Medium
Max Elevation: 4,720 m
Min Elevation: 2,250 m
Best season: April, May, June, September, October
Duration: 6 days

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Geynizampa (2,800 m) - Gur (3,290 m)

Distance: 7 km
Time: 5 hours
Ascent: Ascent 550 m, descent 210 m
Camp Altitude: 3,290 m

The trek starts at the suspension bridge in a small but beautiful village Geynizampa 40 km away from the capital city Thimbu. Go crossing the bridge then you begin to take the main trail. After passing through an oak forest, you need to keep climbing along the eroded trail until you reach an outstanding lookout point (3,220 m) from which a picturesque view of the entire valley can be enjoyed.

After another two hours trekking on the gentler trail, you eventually arrived at the top of the ridge where a sharp turn is made. The way to the campsite turns to be a downhill path direct to Gur. Along the small portion route, stunning yak pastures are observable below the trail.

Camping at Gur

Day 2: Gur (3,290 m) - Labatamba (4,100 m)

Distance: 12 km
Time: 5 hours
Ascent: Ascent 1,220 m, descent 110 m
Camp Altitude: 4,300 m

On the second day, the trail takes you across some high ridges where spruces, dead firs and larches are well forested. Looking into the distance on these ridges, distinctive vegetation changes are visible. Lush lower elevation wildflowers, asparagus, and trees turn into cedar-shaped plants, making the entire mountain diversified with totally different vegetation.

Standing on the first cairn-marked mountain pass, you can enjoy yourself by getting a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and a number of Himalaya peaks. With your uphill trekking steps, you will be able to appreciate a whole picture of the Dagala mountain range, meadows as well as yak herder camps at Pangalabtsa, a pass marked by cairns at 4,250 m.

Once you trek along a descending trail and arrive at Labatamba valley, you are approaching the campsite nearby the high-elevation Utsho Lake. Besides this trout-filled lake, a numerous of other stunning lakes are scattering around, which totally worth you spending another day to explore.

Camping at Labatamba

Day 3: Labatamba (4,100 m)

The third day is scheduled exclusively for visitors to enjoy the thousand lakes and a stunning panoramic view of the Himalaya mountain range and other world-class pinnacles. Trekking to any of three lakes during the day would be appropriate. Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho are highly recommended. If you are in no hurry trekking as many lakes as you plan to, why not engage in some trout fishing held at the lakeside.

Insider tips:
Permits are required for high altitude lake fishing, so you need to contact your operator to get it prepared in advance.

Camping at Labatamba

Day 4: Labatamba (4,100 m) - Panka (4,000 m)

Distance: 8 km
Time: 6-7 hours
Ascent: Ascent 260 m, descent 520 m
Camp Altitude: 4,000 m

The fourth day brings you to enjoy a splendid view of solemn Himalaya peaks and experience yak herder’s life. Taking the lower possible route, you follow the trail up to the Dajatsho and finally reach a saddle at 4,520 m. For better mountain views, you can choose to ascend to the top of a 4,720 m peak with the trail nearby.

The descent route, with no exaggeration, turns to be surprisingly fantastic. The majestic Himalaya peaks are just like the picture scroll rolling up in front of your eyes. With isolated yak herder huts emerging in sight, you should realize you are approaching Doccha Chhu, the river guiding you to Pangkha. Then after climbing a few small ridges and going several descents along the river side, you reach Pangkha at 4,000 m.

Camping at Pangkha

Day 5: Pangkha (4,000 m) - Talakha (4,180 m)

Distance: 8 km
Time: 5-6 hours
Ascent: Ascent 180 m, descent 1,110 m
Camp Altitude: 3,080 m

The relaxing day begins with several mountain passes and finds its way to a trail conjunction at which a few trails leading off in all directions. Trek the one heading to Tale La (4,180 m), the last mountain pass before your arrival at Talakha Monastery.

Keep your eyes open and explore as possible as you can to find a variety of blue poppy (In Jun. and Jul.) and the rare species of high altitude mountain birds along the descending trail after you have enjoyed the epic distant view of the Daigala range and the entire Thimphu at Tale La Pass.

After a long descending trek with a splendid scenery of spruce, birch, juniper, and rhododendron along the trail, you eventually reach Talakha Gompa. Camp beside the monastery and never worry about sleeping late the next day, for the early chanting of monks will awake you on time next morning. With a distant draw-dropping view observed from here, Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu is shining brightly under the sunshine.

Camping besides Talakha Monastery

Day 6: Talakha (4,180 m) - Chamgang (2,820 m)

Distance: 6 km
Time: 3 hours
Ascent: descent 440 m

Leaving from Talakha, the downhill trails are all unpaved dirt roads. You can choose to take a bumpy ride to Simtokha Dzong or just like most of the hikers do, trek another three hours down to the Chamgang to finish this Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek.

Insider tips:
From Nov. to Mar. the route up on high elevations may possibly be blocked out by heavy snows, compelling you to return or jeopardize the whole journey.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an premium payment);
  • All meals specified in the itinerary;
  • Airport transfer, private transport for sightseeing in Bhutan;
  • Experienced driver;
  • An English-speaking and licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay;
  • Entry fee and road permits;
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes;
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the journey.

Service Excluded:

  • Bhutan Visa Fee;
  • International flight to and out of Bhutan;
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, and laundry, etc.;
  • Travel insurance in Bhutan;
  • Emergency evacuation;
  • Tips and gratuities;
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events;
  • Extra activities like cultural show, kayaking, etc.

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