6 Days Dagala Thousand Lake Trek

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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

The Highlights of Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

  • Medium level short trek
  • Easy access from Paro and the capital city Thimphu
  • A multitude of pristine and crystal clear lakes
  • Epic vista of stunning Himalaya Mountains
  • Gorgeous landscapes with lush wildflowers and meadows
  • Ascending to holy Jomo (Dagala) Peak in 4,716 m
  • Trekking with local herders and experience the original Bhutanese villages

The trek does not actually have a thousand lakes, though there are a huge number of small pristine lakes along the route, many of which you can visit. The lakes are filled with fish, and when the days are clear, the rainbow trout can be seen swimming deep in the placid watersDay 1: Geynizampa (2,800 m) to Gur (3,290 m) (5 hours/7 km/550 m ascent/210 m descent)

Starting at the small but beautiful village of Geynizampa, the trek starts with a descent to cross the river that flows along the valley floor, and then continues up the other side of the valley, climbing to the huge platform of rock that gives a great view over the valley, all the way to the capital. From there, it is a twohour hike along meadows and pasture land to Gur, a popular yak grazing pasture just below the trail. Day 2: Gur (3,290 m) to Labatamba (4,300 m) (5 hours/12 km/1,220 m ascent/110 m descent)

The second day of the trek is a little harder, taking you along some of the high ridges of the area, through the rugged yet beautiful countryside and virgin forests. The day’s route takes you over a high mountain pass, which is marked by a large cairn of rocks, is one of the best places in the area to get a good view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain at 8,586 meters above sea level. Once over the pass, you drop down into the Labatamba Valley on the other side, and then start the climb up the other side of the valley to the campsite, next to the first of many lakes you will see on the trek, known as Uthso Tsho.

Day 3: Labatamba (4,300 m)

The third day of the trek will be set aside for resting from the strenuous treks to get to the lakes and is also an ideal opportunity to take a short trek to some of the other lakes in the area. There are three lakes nearby, Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho, and Jama Tsho. These stunning lakes are also a great place to get in some excellent trout fishing, as all of the lakes are stocked with rainbow trout, which can be fished with a local permit that we can acquire for you.

Day 4: Labatamba (4,300 m) to Pangkha (4,000 m) (6-7 hours/8 km/260 m ascent/520 m descent)

After your relaxing day of fishing, it is time to get back on the trail, and the day begins with a climb along the western side of Dala Tsho, up to the saddle of the ridge. From this high altitude ridge, you get to see some of the most stunning mountains in the world, and on a clear day, can see all the way across to Mount Everest in Nepal/Tibet. From the saddle, the trail descends to the Doccha Chhu Valley, passing by some of the local yak herder’s huts along the way. After a short trek following the river, you will reach the village of Pangkha, where you will camp for the night.

Day 5: Pangkha (4,000 m) – Talakha (4,180 m) (5-6 hours/8 km/720 m ascent/520 m descent)

While the day’s hiking will cross several passes between the mountains, there are none that are really hard today, and none require a steep climb. The area between Pangkha and Talakha is well known as a popular place for some of the mountain birds that reside in northwest Bhutan, and in the summer months, the fields are strewn with blue poppies. After crossing the final pass, you will start to descend to the valley and the Gompa at Talakha. Your campsite is right next to the monastery, and you will wake up to the Buddhist chants of the monks at prayer in the morning.

Day 6: Talakha (4,180 m) – Chamgang (2,820 m) (3 hours/6 km/1400 m descent)

The short walk from the monastery to the small village of Chamgang takes around three hours, following the service road for the monastery, which is little more than a dirt track. You can get a look around the monastery before you leave for the end of the trek at the village of Chamgang.

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