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Kali Ahluwalia

5.0

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek was a great experience. It passes by picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows and villages set to a backdrop of magnificent mountai...

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Sumitra Dwivedi

4.0

13 days of fun: This is the first time I am taking a long trek. I had a lot of fun. It was well organized and absolute fun. The trekking was very beaut...

Overview

About Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek:

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
is one of the most treasured treks in Bhutan offering a participant an opportunity to visit the country’s hidden high altitude treks

Away from crowds, this trek takes you to the farthest and untouched parts of Bhutan

On this trek, you get to pass through pri stine valleys, walk along river streams, camp by shimmering lakes, explore age-old monasteries, and enjoy views of the most prominent Himalayan              mountains including Mt Everest

Throughout the trek you will be greeted with captivating views of Mt Everest, Mt Kanchenjunga, Tshering Gang, Jichu Drake, Jomolhari, Gangche Ta, etc.

The difficulty level of the trek ranges from moderate to tough and 
can be taken by inexperienced trekkers but is only suitable for someone with good fitness abilities

Gynekha Village is the starting point of the trail for Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek Bhutan

The ending point of the trek is Chamgang village and t
he total distance of the trail is nearly 35 km

The highest point on the trek is Dala Tsho located at an altitude of 4520 metres

About the Dagala Thousand Lakes:

Trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes is counted among the most cherished trails in Bhutan offering an uninterrupted escape into the magical realm of the Himalayas. Indulging in this moderate level trek is a great way to challenge yourself to up your trekking game in the pursuit of getting rewarded with something extraordinary. 

Quite naturally, you do not get to witness a thousand lakes on this trek, but the expedition does give you a chance to explore some of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the country with crystal clear waters. 

The natural wonders en route in the form of gurgling water streams, high altitude lakes, alpine vegetation, velvety meadows, and the mighty Himalayas come together to make Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek Bhutan is an adventure for lifetime. 

Not only the trek features some of the most beautiful Himalayan camp sites and showers participants with endless photograph opportunities, but it also lets you find solace and discover your soul in the tranquillity of unblemished nature.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Gynekha – Gur

    Starting at Gynekha, you will be trekking a distance of 7 km to Gur in a duration of approximately 5 hours

    The trail will pass through valleys and rivers, offering many photogenic landscapes

    Altitude of your campsite at Gur: 3,290 metres

  • Day 2 - Gur – Labatama

    Starting at Gur, you will be trekking a distance of 12 km to Labatama in a duration of approximately 5 to 6 hours

    The trail will take you through scenic meadows and yak herders’ camps

    You will get to relish grand views of various Bhutanese Himalayan peaks and Mt Kanchenjunga

    The campsite for the night will be Utsho Lake located at an altitude of 4,300 metres

  • Day 3 - Acclimatization

    The day is reserved for acclimatization at Labatama camp site near Utsho Lake

    You can choose to visit one of the three alpine lakes: Jama Tsho, Hen Tsho, or Reli Tsho

    Minimal walking will be involved

  • Day 4 - Labatama – Panka

    You will be covering a short trail to Panka

    Views of grand Himalayas, namely Kanchenjunga, Everest, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsende Gang and Jomolhari can be witnessed

    You will visit Dala Tsho Lake as you trek along Doccha Chhu River

    Altitude of your campsite: 4,080 metres 

  • Day 5 - Panka – Talakha

    Starting at Panka, you will be trekking a distance of 8 km to Talakha in a duration of approximately 6 hours

    Trekking through meadows adorned with Blue Poppy flowers, you will be traversing through high altitude mountain passes

    Another highlight of the day will be the sweeping views of Thimphu Valley

    Your campsite will be close to Talakha Monastery at an altitude of 3,080 metres

  • Day 6 - Talakha – Chamgang

    Starting at your campsite near Talakha Monastery, you will descend to Chamgang Village, covering a distance of 6 km in a duration of approximately 3 hours

    When you reach Chamgang Village, you will be transferred to yur hotel

Stay

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  • Camping in twin sharing tents.

Meal

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  • All Meals Included

Activity

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  • Trekking
  • 7
  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Group medical kit
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  • Return airport transfer and transport to/from the trek
  • 7
  • Horsemen and helpers
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  • Food, Transport and Accommodation
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  • Camping in twin sharing and double occupancy cold weather tents
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  • Bhutan visa services and fees
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  • Trekking expedition leader
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  • Sleeping bags and insulated mat
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  • Entry fees and trekking permits
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  • English speaking guides and for other languages like Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish and German, there will be a surcharge.

Transport

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  • Shared Vehicle

Things To Carry

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  • Comfortable Clothing
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  • Trekking Shoes
  • 7
  • Winter hat and gloves
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  • Waterproof jackets and pants
  • 7
  • Backpack with a rain cover
  • 7
  • 3 liters water bottle
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  • Hiking poles
  • 7
  • Head lamp with extra batteries
  • 7
  • Toiletries
  • 7
  • Personal Medical Kit

Advisory

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  • One must have a really good level of fitness to participate in this trek
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  • Prior trekking experience is not necessary if you are fit enough
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  • The trek is not suitable for children aged up to 13 years
  • 7
  • People suffering from circulatory, cardiac, and respiratory disorders are advised not to participate in this activity
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  • To apply for the visa, you are required to send a scanned copy of your passport with 6 months validity
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  • The starting point of the tour under the package is Paro International Airport and the ending point is either Guwahati International Airport or Paro International Airport
  • 7
  • The package charges will vary according to the number of nights covered in the package
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  • It is advised to plan your flights before booking the activity

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

    7
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • 7
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Kali Ahluwalia

     Rated : 5.0

    Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek was a great experience. It passes by picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows and villages set to a backdrop of magnificent mountainous landscapes. The experience was amazing and brilliant. We had a really great trek. It was sheer brilliance.

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    Story by Sumitra Dwivedi

     Rated : 4.0

    13 days of fun: This is the first time I am taking a long trek. I had a lot of fun. It was well organized and absolute fun. The trekking was very beautiful and brilliant. I had such a lovely and nice trek. It was very well organized too. Dagala trek is the only trek in Bhutan which offers the view of all the high mountain peaks of Bhutan including all the famous ones. This can be done as a 6 days one or 13 days one too. It depends on budget and vacation available for us. The flight tickets can be costly it is better if tickets are booked in prior.

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    Story by Satyen Asan

     Rated : 5.0

    Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is something that every trekker must take in his life. It is so poignant and brilliant. I totally loved this. WOW can be an understatement. The crystal clear, poignant lakes just give me goosebumps. The pristine lakes are so beautiful that you will forget yourself here. The trek is difficult, but nevertheless it is an amazing and a beautiful experience to say the least. I totally loved this trek and I just still can’t get enough of this trek. The experience would not have been this nice if the planning was bad. Special cheers to the team for handling the organization and planning of this tour in such a beautiful manner. If you are planning to have heartfelt trek, then look no further than here.

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    Story by Dhanpati Khatri

     Rated : 5.0

    The trekking experience was great. I had a really nice trek here. It was an inexpensive and a really nice trek. I had a great time.

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    Story by Akshainie Kaniyar

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking was great. I had an awesome experience with the trek. It was a worthy and a nice trek. Trekking can be very tedious but the beauty of the trek lies in its beauty. The trek is so beautiful that we would not feel tired or restless at all.

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    Story by Trisha Mukhopadhyay

     Rated : 5.0

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    This was a 6 day trek. It was so amazing to see the beautiful snow capped mountains with the lake. It was an unforgettable experience.

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    Story by Brajesh Deshpande

     Rated : 4.0

    This trek was the best trek ever. I had an awesome experience. I totally loved it. I always prefer trekking than instant adventure sports. Lake treks were something that I wanted to take for a long time now. I had a lovely trek recently here in Dagala, and it was indeed a brilliant and an exciting experience. I loved it totally. The trek was super enticing and exciting. As a trekker, I was more than happy about the trek. The trekking is quite tough but good practice at basic training and ample trekking experience or even with good warm ups, you can enjoy the trekking completely. It is indeed a lovely surroundings and landscape too. I guess that goes without the saying.

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    Story by Kartik Khanna

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking here in the Dagala Thousand Lakes trek was great. Pros: The trek was neatly planned and elegantly organized and executed. The trekking experience was quite fun and interesting. The co-trekkers were all friendly and they were sharing a lot of experiences. As the group was a blend of professional trekkers as well as beginner level ones, there was a lot to share. Cons: The climate was so chilling.

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    Story by Kamlesh Nambeesan

     Rated : 4.0

    I so recommend this trek to all. It was a really nice and an interesting trekking experience. This is also one of the best treks to take if you are a person who loves to hang out with friends on a trek.

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    Story by Mayoor Pothuvaal

     Rated : 4.0

    This trekking is a one of its kinds of trek in the world. This trek is so famous that there are a lot of trekkers going for this one. The trekking is good and moderately phased in the level of challenge. I loved this trekking experience totally to say the least.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go on dagala thousand lakes trek?

      Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) seasons are considered the best times for Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. During these months, the sky is mostly clear, offering unhindered views of the distant peaks and valleys.

      Most importantly, if you go on this trek during these times of the year, you get to witness the pristine beauty of the lakes as the water is crystal clear.

    2. How is dagala thousand lakes trek weather?

      The climatic conditions on Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek vary greatly according to the season and altitude. The temperature starts to drop with altitude gain.

      The average temperature on the trek generally range between 21 degree Celsius and below freezing temperatures. While days are moderately cold, the temperature starts to drop gradually at night, reaching sub zero levels.

    3. I am a first timer. Can I go for trek dagala thousand lakes?

      Although the trek gets challenging in some parts, it is a moderately difficult trek that can be undertaken by even those with no prior experience in trekking.

      However, good fitness is a must on this trek as a lot of walking is involved in high altitude mountains.

    4. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      Even though no prior experience in trekking is a must for indulging in the Trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes, one must possess a high degree of fitness for this adventure since this is a high altitude trek, and may not be suitable for those with poor fitness level.

    5. What are the clothing and equipments which I should carry at my end?

      You may need the following clothing and equipments to Trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes: ·

      Comfortable hiking shoes
      Comfortable footwear for camp site
      Waterproof jacket and trousers/pants
      Thermal underwear
      Cap/Hat
      Sunglasses
      Gloves
      Woolen cap
      Hiking poles
      Head lamp and extra batteries
      Large backpack with rain cover
      Water bottles with capacity of at least 3 litres
      Personal medical kit

    6. Which type of shoes should I carry?

      You must carry comfortable waterproof hiking shoes with good grip for a comfortable hiking experience on Dagala Trek. Avoid wearing sneakers or running shoes on the trek.

    7. Can we have alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?

      No, consumption of alcohol is not allowed during the trek for your own safety.

    8. Is dagala thousand lakes trek safe to do?

      Yes, it is safe to take Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek provided you ensure your safety by cooperating with the guide.

      However, the trek requires good level of fitness, so if you are not fit or you have cardiac, respiratory, or circulatory issues, this trek is not suitable for you.

    9. How should I prepare myself for dagala thousand lakes trek?

      Although there is no set program to prepare yourself for the trek, you may follow any fitness regime suitable to prepare for a high altitude treks.

      Below are some of the activities that may prepare you for the trek by building your muscle strength and improving your stamina: ·

      Indulge in swimming or cycling to improve your cardiovascular endurance
      Run and jog to strengthen your legs and build up stamina
      Climb stairs to improve the functioning of your legs and lungs
      Climb stairs and run with backpack on to train yourself for hiking with weight
      Bodyweight squats are also effective in preparing your body for the trek

    10. Will there be snow on this trek?

      Whether or not there will be snow on Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is purely dependent on the season during which you are doing this trek.

      If you are indulging in this trek during spring season immediately after the conclusion of winter season, you may find snow in the higher altitudes. However, the chances to witness snow on the trail are pretty low during autumn season unless there is fresh spell of snowfall in November month.

    11. How many kilometers will we cover in each day?

      The distance you are required to cover each day is different on different days.

      Day 1 – 7 km
      Day 2 – 12 km
      Day 3 – Minimal
      Day 4 – Minimal
      Day 5 – 8 km
      Day 6 – 6 km

    12. What will we see during this trek?

      The trek to Dagala Thousand Lakes passes through river streams, broad valleys, meadows teeming with Blue Poppy, and numerous monasteries along with the spectacular views of some of the most prominent Himalayan peaks like Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, and many Bhutanese Himalayan peaks .

      Most importantly, you get to witness some breathtakingly beautiful lakes like Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho or Jama Tsho, Uthso, Dala Tsho.

    13. Is Diamox is advisable?

      Yes, it is advisable to carry Diamox with you to fight altitude mountain sickness that may occur due to high altitude trekking involved on this trek.

    14. What is the difficulty level of dagala thousand lakes trek?

      The difficulty level of Daga Thousand Lakes Trek ranges from moderate to difficult. However, the trek is even suitable for beginner level trekkers with good physical and mental fitness.

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