Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 13 Days / 12 Nights

Trip Code: HAT77

Trip Type:
Bhutan Treks

Maximum Altitude:

13 Days

Trip Starts:

Trip Ends:

Hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking

Best Time For Travel:
Spring and Fall

Trip Over View

As the name suggests, the Dagala Lakes trek will take you to a number of high altitude lakes. The trekking route mostly goes through wild, unfrequented areas and the chance that you will meet other trekking groups is very slim. You will have splendid views of the Himalayan Peaks, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, plus the Bhutanese Himalayas, Jhomolhari, Jichu Dreak and others fron a pass between Labatma and Panka. In the spring, you will have chance to see the Blue Poppy, the National Flower of Bhutan. The route from Labatma to Pankais abundant with Himalayan Monal Pheasants.

Bhutan trekking

It’s a moderate graded trek and no previous experience or special training is needed. With an exception of some long and steep climbs, most trekking days are short and average distances covered are small.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Paro.

Day 02: Paro to Thimpu.( 40 miles, 2 ½ hrs).

Day 03: Thimpu Sightseeing.

Day 04: Thimph to Genekha (8 miles, 4 hours).

Day 05: Trek to Gur (9 miles, 4 hours).

Day 06: Gur to Labatama (8 miles, 5 hours).

Day 07: Labatama halt.

Day 08: Labatama halt.

Day 09: Labatama to Panka (5 miles, 4 hours).

Day 10: Panka to Talekha (5 miles, 4 hours).

Day 11: Talaekha to Thimpu.

Day 12: Drive to Paro.

Day 13: Departure.

Day 01: Arrival at Paro
We meet our guide at the airport and transfer to our hotel. After lunch, we stroll around town’s market. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 02: Paro to Thimpu.( 40 miles, 2 ½ hrs)
Today is a full day of sightseeing in the Paro Valley which includes the ruins of the Drugyel Dzong, the National Museum, the large and impressive Ripong Dzong and the local market. In the evening, we drive to Thimpu - the capital of Bhutan. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 03: Thimpu Sightseeing
Today is a full day sightseeing in Thimpu. We visit the Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the Wood Craft and Painting Schools, the Handicrafts Emporium and Simtokha Dzong – one of the oldest in Bhutan.

Day 04: Thimpu to Genekha (8 miles, 4 hours)
Today we start the trek. After a 45 minutes drive to the trail head and we trek about 4 hours to the camping site near Genekha School, a distance of about 8 miles.

Day 05: Trek to Gur (9 miles, 4 hours)
The trail is abundant with alpine flora and many different species of bird life. Two hours of gradual uphill walking, we rest at huge rock platform which offers us a picturesque view of the valley below. Another 2 hours descent and we arrive in Gur where we will camp for the night.

Day 06: Gur to Labatama (8 miles, 5 hours)
Today we trek along the ridges amidst flowers and wild asparagus, enjoying the spectacular view of the Dagala range. We pass through meadows and ayak herders camp marked by a huge cairn. After lunch at the yak herder’s camp, we walk across hills and meadows and finish the day by Yutsho Lake.

Day 07: Labatama halt
Today we hike up to the lakes of Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho and if you have brought your fishing rod, we try our luck. Maybe we can catch some fish for the dinner. Overnight at the camp.

Day 08: Labatama halt
We take an excursion to Setsho and nearby lakes. We can also attempt to climb the Jomo a 5,050m peak. We lunch at the summit with spectacular views all around. We return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day.

Day 09: Labatama to Panka (5 miles, 4 hours)
A brief 20 minutes ascent brings us to a view point at 14,629 ft (4, 460m) that offers us views of the majestic Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsendegang and Gangche Ta. The trail is abundant with Himalayan Monal pheasants.

Day 10: Panka to Talekha (5 miles, 4 hours)
Today’s trek requires crossing of several impressive passes. In late spring, varieties of Blue Poppy - the national flower of Bhutan and the beautiful mountain birds are the main attractions of this region. We have a lunch break at the point where the trail forks to Talekha and Wandgue phodrang. We follow the trail towards Talekha and after an hour’s ascent we arrive at the tip of Dagala Range. Camp by Talekha Monastery.

Day 11: Talaekha to Thimpu
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wild flowers), we reach Talekha village and then through apple orchards to the motor road where we meet our vehicle and drive to Thimpu. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 12: Drive to Paro
Drive to Paro and spend the rest of the day browsing Paro township.

Day 13: Departure
After an early breakfast in the hotel, we drive to the airport for your flight to onward destination.

  • Includes

    • A level accommodation on twin sharing basis while in the cities.
    • All camping gears that includes-2 person sleeping tents with floors and fly sheet, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tents, dinning tables, chairs, pillows and mattresses.
    • English speaking Guide.
    • Cook and kitchen aides.
    • All intercity transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
    • Pack animals and animal drivers during trekking.
    • All necessary supplies.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • Bhutan visa processing.
    • Sightseeing admission fees.
    • Bhutan visa fee


    • Airfare into and out of Bhutan
    • Travel Insurance and emergency evacuation.
    • Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tip, telephone, laundry etc.
    • Extra expenses due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc.