13 Days- Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Day 01 Arrive at Paro
You will be received by a representative of Kibou Bhutan Tours and Treks at the airport from where you will be driven to your hotel. In the afternoon after a visit to the Rinpung Dzong (fortress/monastery) the rest of the day may be spent at leisure with a stroll through the town. End the day with a welcome dinner back at the hotel.
Day 02 Paro (Sightseeing)
Drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the morning to take in the view of the valley and other sights along the way such as the famous Tiger’s Den Monastery perched precariously upon a cliff and other temples and monasteries. In the afternoon visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) and the National Museum which is housed in an ancient watch tower then stroll through a typical Bhutanese village and visit a farmhouse to experience the life of the local farmer with butter tea and local snacks. Return to the hotel for the night.
Day 03 Paro – Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu in the morning; check in at the hotel and after lunch visit Zilukha Nunnery, the National Library, and the Memorial Chorten and the Textile Museum. In the evening take a leisurely stroll through the town and shop for souvenirs.
Day 04 Thimphu – Talakha
Drive to Simtokha Rigney College of Buddhist Studies which is the starting point of the trek. The trail winds and ascends through blue pine and evergreen forests as we climb to Talakha village at an altitude of 2925m. We camp for the night in the field near the Monastery at Talakha.
Day 05 Talakha – Japhuna
The trail on the second day continues gradually up through thick pine and oak forests, then into soft pine and spruce for about 2 and a half hours till the tree line. As we arrive at Jelezela pass at an altitude of 4000m, the view of Thimphu and the surrounding valleys is breathtaking with snow capped mountains in the north. After an hour’s descent along two ridges we arrive at a yak camp at Japhuna at an altitude of 3800m where we camp for the night.
Day 06 Japhuna – Jaduna
The trail after Japhuna takes us up and down and across ridges and past many small lakes until we come to a small valley after about 4 hours. After another hour and a half of climbing up through rhododendron forests we finally arrive at a yak camp called Jaduna which lies at an altitude of 4100m where we camp for the night. The highest peak in the Dagala range, Mt.Um Jomo is visible from the camp.
Day 07 Jaduna – Labatama
On the fourth day, we follow the trail that takes us to the right of Mt. Um Jomo. Along the way we pass Lake Dungka and after a climb of an hour and a half, we arrive at Jomique pass at an altitude of 4460m. The view of the northern mountain range is as beautiful as ever from the pass. Next we descend for about 2 hours to the yak camp at Labatama where we halt for the night.
Day 08 and 09 Labatama – Halt
On the fifth and sixth day, we can take picnic lunches and go on day excursions to some of the nearby lakes and return to camp in the evening. Another option would be to climb to the top of Mt. Um Jomo at an altitude of 5050m and enjoy the spectacular view from the summit and return to camp in the evening.
Day 10 Labatama – Genekha
On the seventh day, we leave the lovely pastures of Labatama on the Dagala range. After about 2 hours we reach Pagalaptsa, at an altitude of 4170 m, which is the highest point of the day. Next we descend through rhododendron, evergreen and oak forests for about 4 hours to Genekha village, where we camp for the night.
Day 11 Genekha – Paro
On the eighth day, a short walk down hill brings us to the motor road where our transport awaits us. Drive about one hour to Paro. After a hot stone bath at a local farmhouse return to the hotel for the night.
Day 12 Paro
A day excursion to the famous Taktsang Monastery perched on a rocky ledge on a cliff. Farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 13
Drive to Paro International airport after an early breakfast, for your onward journey home.