Dagala 1000 Lake Trek Tour Plan

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DAY 01

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro Airport, a representative of NAT will receive you and drive you to the hotel.

After lunch visit:

  • Kyichu Lhakhang – One of the oldest and most sacred temples in the kingdom, dating back to the 7th century.
  • Ta Dzong – Former WatchTower which now houses the National Museum.
  • Rinpung Dzong – This houses the monastic school and the civil administration office and walks down, passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town.


DAY 02

Day 2: Paro, Hike to TigersNest

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip). As you reach Taktsang, you will be struck by the architectural wonder of Bhutan’s most pious Buddhist shrine.
Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley, it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru PadmaSambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.”


DAY 03

Day 3: Paro - Genekha and Trek (Trekking)

Trekkers will drive to Genekha village and begin their trek. On the first day, trekkers will walk for 5 hours, covering 7 Kilometers. The first-night camp site is on pasture land for yaks. Camp altitude will be 3290 meters.



DAY 04

Day 4: Genekha - Labatama (Trekking)

Journey to Labatama trail takes trekkers along the high mountain ridge. With the elevation gained, trekkers will start seeing the Himalayan peaks, including Kanchenjunga. Passing through Labatama valley, trekkers will arrive at Uthso Tso (lake). The campsite for the night is right next to the lake. Trekkers will walk for about 5 hours, covering 12 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be 4300 meters.


DAY 05

Day 5: Labatama Halt (Trekking)

Trekkers will rest for a day at Labatama. During this day, trekkers can engage in excursions to nearby lakes in the area. The lakes include Reli tso, Hen tso and Jama tso.


DAY 06

Day 6: Labatama - Panka (Trekking)

The trail climbs along the Dala Tso and peaks at 4520 meters. The journey here is majestic, with a spectacular view of the Himalayan Mountains. Some visible peaks include Mount Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Masang Gang. From here, trekkers will descend to Dochha Chhu, passing through some yak herders’ huts. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours, covering 8 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be 4000 meters.


DAY 07

Day 7: Panka - Talakha (Trekking)

Trekkers will pass through many mountain passes on this leg of the trek. We will begin the descent to Talakha Goemba after crossing Tale La at 4180 meters. Trekkers will camp next to the monastery, and we can finally view Thimphu city from the campsite. Follow with a walk for 6 hours, covering 8 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be 3080 meters.


DAY 08

Day 8: Talakha - Thimphu (Trek and drive)

A short walk to the feeder road will lead to Chamgang village. Trekkers will then drive to Thimphu and overnight at a hotel.



DAY 09

Day 9: Thimphu

Tourists will do some cultural sightseeing in Thimphu. Attractions include:

  • Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang – This is the largest Buddha statue in the country; from there, you can get a good view of the Thimphu valley.
  • Memorial Chorten – Built-in 1974 in the memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Motithang Takin Preserve – Houses the rare national animal of Bhutan. International conservation agencies list takin as a vulnerable species, and it is a rare animal found only in Bhutan, Nepal, and Burma.
  • National Institute for Zorig Chusum – The School of Arts and crafts is an institute where students undertake a six-year course on Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
  • Tashichho Dzong – The “fortress of the glorious religion” was built in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.


DAY 10

Day 10: Departure

After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. The representative of NAT will see off and bid farewell.

Tashi Delek!



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