Dagala Trek is the off beaten trek in Bhutan as you hardly see trekkers on the trail. As this moderate short day trek passes through various shimmering high altitude lakes, it is often named as the Thousand Lakes Trek. Trekking amidst the picturesque lakes, one will be treated with stunning views of some of the world’s highest Himalayan ranges including Mount Everest in Nepal, Jumolhari, Masanggang, Jichu Drake, Tiger Mountain in Bhutan and many more. The trail also takes you through bird rich areas, alpine flowers, attractive meadows and several traditional Bhutanese villages.
A representative will greet you on your arrival into Paro airport to escort you to your hotel. You can then tour the city in the afternoon. The National Museum of Bhutan is located in Ta Dzong, which is a watchtower built in the 17th century to defend Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646, the Dzong calls the monastic body of Paro home, and also houses the offices of the Thrimpon (judge) and Dzongda (administrative head). Back at the hotel the lead guide will hold a pre-trek briefing. Overnight in Paro.
On the second day, you will tour Taktshang Lakhang, a world-famous monastery also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The Taktshang monastery rests on the top of a cliff at 10,170 feet in elevation. The main temple, is one of the holiest sites for the locals, was built in 1692. The monastery is recognized as a sacred place of worship and Bhutanese people visit at least once, if not more. You then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple that signified Buddhism in Bhutan in the 7th century. It is also one of the 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo, a famous Tibetan king. From here, you will drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a beautiful ruined fortress. Overnight stay in Paro.
17KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 3290M
You will begin the day by driving for about 45 min to the beautiful Genekha Village from where your trek starts. The villages is famous for producing masutake and chantarelle mushrooms. You will walk over mule path, through terraced fields and coniferous forests rich with alpine flora and plenty of birds. You will then descend down to the river and after two hours of gradual uphill climb you reach the huge rock platform at 3350m, which offers a picturesque view of the valley. After another two hours of trekking you will reach your campsite at Gur (3,290m), amidst abundance of wild flowers.
12KM | 6 HOURS | 1010M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4300M
While trekking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers, wild asparagus (in spring) and large meadows, which freshens your mind. Weaving through tiny streams, you will climb gently through scattered birches and rhododendrons to arrive at Pagalabtsa pass (4,250m) marked by huge cairns. From the pass, you will have spectacular views of Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and most of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending from the pass one will view whole Dagala range meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. You will descend into the Labatama valley and then ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Utsho Lake (4,300m) where golden trouts are in abundance. Our campsite is right next to the lake.
You will spend the day exploring any one of nearby lakes such as Relitsho, Hentsho, Setsho and Jagetsho Lakes. These lake are full of trouts and your trekking leader will tell you mystic stories about these lakes. Lunch by the lakeside with spectacular view around can be a memorable experience. After lunch, you can also attempt to climb the Jomo peak at an altitude of 5,050m. Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day.
8KM | 5-6 HOURS | 220M ASCENT | 520M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4000M
You will walk along the western side of Dalatsho up to a saddle at (4520m) from where you have a majestic view of the prominent Himalayan peaks such as Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chuu River. You will follow the river for a while, staying higher up on the slope until you reach Panka. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are common sight, besides yaks and horses. We will camp at Panka (4,000m).
14KM | 8 HOURS | 180M ASCENT | 1540M DESCENT
Today, you will be crossing several passes, each one more impressive than the other. Different varieties of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds can be found on the trail. Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to Talakha and other to Wangduephodrang. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the last pass, Tale La (4180m) from where the views of Dagala range and Thimphu is superb. Start a long descent through forest of spruce, birch, juniper and rhododendrons to Talakha Goempa (3080m). From the Talakha Goempa, you will hike down through mixed vegetation, apple orchards and feeder road to the Village of Chamgang. Your car will be waiting here to transfer you to Thimphu.
A tour of the National Library in Thimphu, which houses ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, along with modern books about Himalayan culture and religion. The Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school, teaches students 13 local arts and crafts techniques. The Textile Museum is a good way to learn more about Bhutan’s weaving history. You can also learn about Bhutanese traditional life at the Simply Bhutan, a living museum. After lunch, you are driven to Punakha (3 hours). The road takes you through the Dochu-La Pass, which offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Overnight in Punakha.
Before you head for Paro, you’ll visit the Punakha Dzong, nestled where the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers meet. This is now the religious and administrative centre of the region and was built in 1637. Despite being damaged by fires and an earthquake, it has been fully restored. Your drive back to Paro will take approximately 5 hours, with a break at the Chimi Lakhang. This temple has been dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman, a name he earned thanks to his extreme teaching methods. This temple is also known for its fertility, where women arrive to pray for children. Overnight in Paro.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport where you will head to your next destination.
This resort is located conveniently opposite to the Paro airport away from the fuss of urban life. Boasting tradition and modern design ideas, this perfect blend offers you all the opulent amenities of modern life. The open field layout of the resort with lush green lawn provides yet another spiritual experience.