Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek: 6 days
This trek takes you through the multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. You can witness the stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake and Gangche Ta. During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.
Day 1: Gynekha to Gur
Distance 7 km, 5 hours
The trek starts at beautiful Gynekha village and begins with a short descent to the river. After crossing the river you start climbing until you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours you reach Gur, the camp site at an altitude 3,290 m.
Day 2: Gur to Labatama
Distance 12 km, 5-6hrs
Camp altitude 4,300 m
The trail winds through refreshing meadows adorned with wild flowers and asparagus (in spring). The first mountain pass you cross is marked by a huge cairn and gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and a number of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. As you descend the pass you will be able to see the entirety of the Dagala mountain range including meadows and yak herder camps. Once you have descended into the Labatama valley you begin climbing gradually through the valley, passing several yak herder huts before you arrive at Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake.
Day 3: Labatama Halt
This day will be halt at Labatama for relaxation, with an excursion to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. Hikers are encouraged to take the opportunity to engage in some trout fishing as the location is ideal. Permits are required for fishing so you should request your tour operator to make the necessary pre-arrangements.
Day 4: Labatama to Panka
Distance 8 km, 6-7 hours
Camp altitude 4,000 m
The day will start with a climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a ridge at 4,520m. Here onwards you will have a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks all through the descent. The mountain peaks visible include Mt. Everest (Nepal), Mt. Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt. Tshering Gang, Mt. Khangbum, Mt. Masang Gang, Mt. Tsende Gang and Mt. Gangche Ta. If you want an even better view, you can climb a peak close to the ridge with an altitude of 4,720m. The path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chhu. You follow the river for a while, but stay higher up on the slope to reach Panka.
Day 5: Panka to Talakha
Distance 8 km, 5-6 hours
Camp altitude 3,080 m
The day will embark, crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. You should keep your eyes open for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds while in this area. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4,180m) you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa. You will camp right beside the monastery and wake up to the early morning prayers of the monks. From here you will be treated to a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.
Day 6: Talakha to Thimphu
Distance 6 km,3-4hrs
A short walk from Talakha monastery down to the road point, where you will reach chamgang village. Night halt in hotel, Thimphu.
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Trek Effort: Difficult and requires good fitness.
Maximum Altitude: 4500 meters
Best Time to Visit: Between March-June or September- November