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Dagala Thousand Lake Trek

  • Cultural Tour and Trek
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 24’ - Dec 24'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Paro International Airport

Dagala Thousand Lake Trek: The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek in Bhutan is a captivating journey through pristine landscapes, alpine meadows, and high-altitude lakes. It is a 5-day trek near Thimphu, to a large number of lovely high-altitude lakes. The Trek is easy and most trekking days are short but there are some long steep climbs. It starts from Khoma (near Thimphu) and ends in Simtokha, Thimphu. The highest point is 4300 Meters. 

Departure & Return Location

Paro International Airport.

Dagala Trek Starting Point

Thimphu Gaynekha and ends at Simtokha Thimphu

Dagala Thousand Lake Trek Difficulty


Highest Altitude during the Trek

Dagala Thousand Lake Trek Distance

4500 meters. 

51 km from the starting point to the end Point.

Price Includes

  • All Accommodation in Bhutan in 3 star Hotel
  • Professional English speaking trekking Guide.
  • Taxes and service charges.
  • Airport Pick and Drop
  • All meals during the Trek
  • Entrance Fees for all monuments in Bhutan
  • All Trekking and Camping equipments
  • Porter and Pony to carry the camping equipments.
  • Sustainable Development Fees of USD 100 Per Person Per Night

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance or emergency evacuation
  • Bills of Personal Nature
  • International airfare/Domestic
  • Shopping or sovenior

Dagala Thousand Lake Trek Highlight

  • Witness the rich biodiversity of the region, from colorful rhododendron forests to diverse wildlife. Keep an eye out for native bird species and other mountain fauna.
  • Pass through traditional Bhutanese villages, allowing trekkers to interact with locals and experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the highland communities.
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan's landscapes, featuring rolling hills, verdant meadows, dense forests, and panoramic mountain views.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Bhutan's majestic Himalayan peaks, including Gangchen Ta, Jejekangphu Gang, and others.
Dagala Thousand lake trek Packing List
  • Hiking backpack.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
  • Hiking boots or shoes.
  • Plenty of water.
  • Navigation tools such as a map and compass.
  • First-aid kit. Knife or multi-tool.
Detail Tour Program for Dagala Trek Bhutan

Day 01Arrival at Paro Airport from Singapore/Bangkok/Delhi/Kathmandu:

As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past green forested hills with the silvery Pa Chhu (Paro river) meandering down the valley. Our representative from Excursion to Himalayas will meet you at Paro airport and followed by visa formalities, collection of baggage, and transfer to the hotel. Spend your day relaxing. Take a stroll around and explore the town area. Your day will be at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Halt at Paro.

Day 2Paro Day Tour and drive to Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to the ruins of Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “ victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century and then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. After lunch visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the national museum of Bhutan. In the evening a two hours drive to Thimphu, check in hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3Thimphu Trek begins from Khoma

Route: Khoma – Geynikha:  

Distance: 14Km

Time took: 4 Hours

Walk through terraced Paddy fields and coniferous forests to the settlement of Geynikha (2950 meters). The route then descends to a Chorten that marks a camping place alongside a stream at 2800 meters.

Day 4Geynikha  - Gur

Route: Geynikha  – Gur

Distance: 5Km

Time Taken: 4 Hours

Crossing a suspension bridge, the trail heads west for a while, then climbs steeply towards the south to a rock platform and a crest at 3200 meters. A further walk of about two hours leads to a camp in a forest clearing at 3350 meters.

Day 05Gur – Labatamba

Route: Gur – Labatamba

Distance: 12 Km

Time Taken: 5hrs.

Cross the pass at 4240 meters for a view of Spectacular Dagala village. Pass through several herders camps en route to the foot of the broad Labatamba valley at 4300 meters near Utso Lake, where plenty of Golden Trout flourishes. There are so many lakes in the vicinity. Camp near the lake.

Day 6Labatamba – Panka

Route: Labatamba – Panka

Distance: 8Km

Time Taken: 4 Hours

The trail climbs along the western side of the lake to the saddle at 4500 meters, where there are good mountain views. From the pass, there is a steep descent to another lake at 4350 meters. A short distance beyond the lake leads to the valley and then to Panka at 4000 meters.

Day 07Panka – Talakha

Route: Panka – Talakha:

Distance: 8Km

Time Taken: 4 Hours

The route leads north crossing a pass at 4000 meters, then climbs along the side of the ridge to a crest at 4270 meters. From here there is a view of the Dagala range and a view of Thimphu, far to the North. It is then a long descent through forests to the Goemba and village of Talakha (3083 meters).

Day 08Talakha – Simtokha-Thimphu

Route: Talakha – Simtokha

Distance: 3Km

Time Taken: 3 Hours

Walk downhill on a steep trail to Simtokha from where the Vehicle will pick you up and drive to Thimphu. After lunch, sightseeing in Thimphu includes the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by a visit to the Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art, and the National Institute of Traditional medicine. After lunch visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan.

Then visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. Visit to TashichhoDzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, who is regarded as the Father of Modern Bhutan.  Evening free for shopping and leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 09Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdi

Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdi: (72 Km, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). 

En route stop for a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Devine Mad man” in the 15th century. En route sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes a visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10Wangdi Phodrang - Thimphu – Paro

Wangdi Phodrang – Thimphu – Paro: After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch in Thimphu. After lunch, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11Departure from Airport

Depart from Airport

Dagala Thousand Lake Trek Map
FAQ About Dagala Trek

How long is the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek?

The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is typically around 6 to 8 days, covering a distance of approximately 40 to 50 kilometers, depending on the specific route.



What is the best time to undertake the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek?

The best time for the trek is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is generally clear, and the landscapes are at their most vibrant.

Are permits required for the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek?

Yes, trekking permits are required for the Dagala region, and they can be obtained through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.

What is the level of difficulty for the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek?

The trek is considered moderately challenging. Trekkers should have a reasonable level of fitness as there are some steep ascents and descents.

What is the highest point reached during the trek?

The trek reaches high altitudes, and the highest point depends on the specific route. Trekkers may experience altitudes ranging from approximately 4,200 meters to 4,500 meters.

Is camping equipment provided, or do trekkers need to bring their own?

While specific arrangements may vary, most tour operators provide camping equipment, including tents and sleeping bags. Trekkers may need to bring personal items.

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