The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas and South Asia comprised of mountains and forests. The country is called by its people “Druk Yul”, meaning “The Land of The Thunder Dragon”. Trekking in Bhutan is dissimilar from other regions in Asia. You are trekking in a country steeped in Buddhist traditions, culture and mountains. Bhutan Himalaya is covered with a forest shrub and plenty of rain. There are a lot more flora and fauna than anywhere else in this region. There are fewer villages in the high mountains. Trekking there does not require any special technical skills.
You will have opportunity to challenge yourself, relax your mind, immerse yourself in nature and local culture, also have a good night ‘s sleep under the stars. This is a wonderful experience in your life in The Kingdom of Bhutan.
Tour duration – 10days/9nights.
Trek duration – 6days
Tour destination – Western Bhutan
Tour overview – The six day Dagala Thousand Lakes trek is a one of the most difficult trek in Bhutan, pass the beautiful villages and crystal clear lakes of Thimphu and Paro. It takes you to beautiful high altitude mountain lakes and provides stunning views of the whole Bhutanese Himalayan range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more. The trek begins at high altitude, so before the trek you will have two pleasure excursions in Paro to acclimatize. The best time to embark on this trek from March to May and September to October.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro
The flight to Bhutan provides the most spectacular view of The Himalayas. As the plane approaches Paro, you will see the beautiful snow peaks of Himalaya range. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.
After a brief rest you will start to discover beautiful Paro valley at 2280 metres by visiting the Dungtse Lhakhang, was built in 1421 by famous Tibetan lama, Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464). This temple is remarkable primarily because it is in the form of a Chorten, one of the very few which exist in Bhutan, is conceived as a mandala, with the different storeys (three floors) corresponding to the different levels of initiation, leading progressively upwards towards the heart of the mandala.
Afterwards we take an explorative stroll around main streets and market at Paro town.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Explore Paro valley
In the morning we take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery as good acclimatization for the trek. Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the most holy sites in Bhutan, clings to a cliff more than 3000 metres above sea level and 900 metres above The Paro valley floor. The legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Subsequently, he meditated here for three months. You will have lunch at Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.
On the way back to the hotel, we will visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in The Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. This temples marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Padmasambhava.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Gynekha -Gur
- Distance: 7km
- Estimated time: 5hrs
- Camp altitude: 3290m
In the morning we drive to the Gynekha village to start the trek. 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 and reach Gur.
Day 04: Gur – Labatama
- Distance: 12km
- Estimated time: 5-6hrs
- Camp altitude: 4300m
Today the trek is a little more arduous. , the trail takes you across the high ridges from where you can truly appreciate the rugged beauty of your surroundings and the mountain vegetation. You will have a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and a number of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. The campsite is next to the Uthso Tsho.
Day 05: Rest day at Labatama
Today is relaxation and recuperation day at Labatama campsite near Uthso Lake. You can take an excursion to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho.
Day 06: : Labatama – Panka
- Distance: 8km
- Estimated time: 6-7hrs
- Camp altitude: 4000m
Today you will have a fantastic view of the Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest (Nepal), Mt. Kanjenjunga (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 saddle with an altitude of 4,720m. You will pass through Dala Tsho and follow the Doccha Chuhu to reach Panka.
Day 07: Panka – Talakha
- Distance: 8km
- Estimated time: 5-6hrs
- Camp altitude: 3080m
This day entails the crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. You will see varieties of blue poppy (June-July), mountain birds while in this area and great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. You will camp near Talakha Gomeba.
Day 08: Talakha –Chamgang
- Distance: 6km
- Estimated time: 3hrs
A short walk down from the monastery will take you to a feeder road leading to Chamgang village. Your car awaits you at the trek endpoint to take you to the hotel in Thimphu.
You will start to discover Thimphu by visiting the National Memorial Chorten. This chorten was the idea of Bhutan’s Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who had wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his Majesty’s untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. You will see a lot of Bhutanese people circumambulating, reading mantras in murmuring and spinning their prayer wheels the chorten throughout the day.
In the later afternoon, we visit the Tashichho Dzong, fortress of The Glorious Religion. It has been the seat of the government since 1952, after the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorje Wangchuck made this dzong to be a symbol of the new capital of Bhutan. It houses secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.
In the late afternoon, take a walk around to explore Thimphu town and soak in the atmosphere of this charming capital with crowded shops, bazaars and hospitality local in national dress.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 09: Thimphu to Paro
Before returning to Paro, we will visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper factory. This small factory produces traditional Bhutanese paper from the bark of two tree species, the Daphne and Dhekap tree. You can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper. It is named Deh sho paper, was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books.
Then we visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the Arts And Crafts School or the Painting School, operates four to six- year courses on the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You will be able to see students doing painting (thangkas- painted religious pictures, walls, and statues to the decorations on furniture and window-frames), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or clay arts (religious statues, pottery), wood carving (masks, statues).
After lunch, you can start your culture tour of Paro valley by visiting the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong), originally built as watchtower around 1649. It is on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Paro Rinpung Dzong and Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. This dzong was converted into the National museum of Bhutan in 1968. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Afterwards we visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, meaning the fortress of The Heap of Jewels, is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal between 1642 and 1646. This dzong now houses monk body and administrative offices of Paro and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
Next we head to the Sangay Handmade Bowl and Cup Factory. You will see demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups. It calls Shagzo – the art of wood turning, one of thirteen traditional Bhutanese arts. You can try your hand as well if you wish.
In the late afternoon we have an explorative walk around main streets and market at Paro town.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 10: Depart Paro
After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and hope to see you again.
- Single traveler:US$ 2,890 per person
- Group of 2 people: US$ 2,800 per person
- Group of 3 people: US$ 2,530 per person
- Single traveler: US$ 2,440 per person
- Group of 2 people: US$ 2,350 per person
- Group of 3 people: US$ 2,080 per person.
- If you are planning to travel Bhutan with a group of 4 people and more, please feel free to contact us to get the cost for your group.
|The cost includes||The cost excludes|
|Bhutan visa fee.||Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses.|
|3 star categories hotel/resort twin sharing room||Travel insurance.|
|Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels/resorts in Bhutan.||Airfares.|
|All meals in day.||Airport taxes if any.|
|Bottled water on the trip.||Excess baggage charge.|
|Government Royalty.||Tips to guides and drivers.|
|Museum fees and other special entry fees.||Services not mentioned.|
|Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.|
|Experienced trekking guide and cook and support staff for trekking tours.|
|Essential equipment for trekking tours: tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils and kitchen equipment.|