Dagala Trek

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24 Mar - 01 Apr | 09 Days

INR 1,08,000 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 4300 M

Difficulty: ModerateActive trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

A wonderful way to experience the diversity of Bhutan without traveling to extreme altitudes or taking a long trip from Thimpu, the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is an excellent option for trekkers short on time or those looking for a more relaxed trekking experience. We will pass through a series of high altitude lakes offering tranquil water that have been used by locals for agriculture and fishing for generations. Hike along these traditional routes and experience the life source of countless people as you admire the wonderful mountain scenery and stunning lakes of Dagala.

Dagala Trek

DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1: Paro Airport – Hotel

Arrival, check in to your hotel and lunch. After Lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Overnight hotel in Paro.

  • Day 2: Paro (Acclimatization to Tiger’s Nest)

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3180m. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the Monastery and hike back to Paro. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day 3: Thimphu – Genekha – Gur (3290 M)

From Thimphu drive 45km to the starting point of the trek. Today’s trail is all through terraced fields and conifer vegetation. The trek starts from beautiful Genekha village (2800m) with a short descent down to the river. From here you start climbing till you reach a huge rock platform at 3350m from where you have a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours reach Gur amidst yak pastures at 3290m.

  • Day 4: Gur – Watachen (4300 M)

Today’s trek is amidst flowers, wild asparagus (in spring) and large meadows. Weaving through tiny streams, climb gently through scattered birches and rhododendrons to arrive at Pagalabtsa pass (4250m) 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 the view is of the whole Dagala range meadows and yak herders camp.

DAYS 5-9

  • Day 5: Watachen – Utsho Lake – Labatama (4300 M)

Explore lakes after lunch, (4300 M) Hike uphill to Sertsho Lake is easy and interesting. Afterwards walk over a small ridge and then down to Jagetsho Lake Descend into the Labatama valley and then ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Utsho Lake (4300m). Our campsite is right next to the lake.

  • Day 6: Labatama – Pankha (4000 M)

The trail climbs along the western side of DalaTsho up to a saddle at 4520m from where you can have a majestic view of Himalayan peaks during descent, including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jitchu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tshenda Gang and Gangche Ta. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Docha Chu. You follow the river for a while, but stay higher up on the slope to reach Pankha with some ups and downs on the way. Camp at Pankha at 4000m.

  • Day 7: Pankha – Tso Zhong

Today we climb impressive pass goes gradual all the way to the top, 4300 M and after lots up and down all the way to camp.

  • Day 8: Tso Zhong – Paro

After crossing the last pass, Tala La (4180m) start a long descent to Talakha Monastery. Continue walking through mixed vegetation and apple orchards. Arrive at the main motorable road of Chamgang (2640m) where your transport will be waiting to transfer you to Paro. Overnight in a hotel in Paro

  • Day 9: Paro

Transfer to Paro Airport for the flight out. Trip ends!

Inclusions:
  • All transfers in a non-AC vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents / hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All trip arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • All common camping and trekking equipment
  • A guide for all monastery sightseeing
  • Peak fee / sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
Exclusions:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance

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