This is a short trek, near Thimphu, to a large numbers of lovely high altitude lakes. The trek is not difficult and most trekking days is short but there are some long steep climbs. Dagala mountain range divides two prominent valleys of Thimphu and Wangdue, and the highest pass you will cross is 4500 meters / 14760ft. It is a paradise for people who love fishing, the lakes are filled with trout. Alpine flowers, rhododendron, different species of pheasants, musk deer are found in abundance.
DAY 01: KATHMANDU / PARO / THIMPHU
Flight to Paro is breathtaking, with views of snowcapped peaks and the
lush pristine valleys of Bhutan as you approach Paro. Your Bhutanese
escort will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to Thimphu, the
capital city. O/N in Thimphu. (L/D)
DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPHU
Sightseeing at Memorial Chorten, National Library, Nuns Monastery, Changlimithang Monastery,
Indegenous Hospital. Lunch at Hotel. After lunch at leisure. At 5 P.M.
you will visit the Tashichdzong (Thimphu Dzong). O/N in Thimphu. (B/L/D)
DAY 03: THIMPU / GENEKHA
After breakfast visit the Dupthop Lhakhang (Monastery for the nuns),
National Library, painting school and other places of interest in the
valley. Continue your drive south of Thimphu to Genekha (2,950 m/ 9,823
ft.). O/N in Genekha at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
DAY 04: GENEKHA / GUR, 5Kms. 4 hours
Crossing a suspension bridge, the trailheads west for a while, then
climbs steeply towards the south to a rock platform and a crest at
3,200m/10,656ft. A further walk of about two hours leads to a camp in a
forest clearing at 3350m/11,155ft. O/N in Gur at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
DAY 05: GUR / LABATAMBA, 12 Kms, 5 hours
A long stiff climb leads up the ridge and across meadows to a pass at
4,240m/14,119ft for a spectacular view of the whole Dagala range. This
is now Yak country. You will pass several herders camps enrooted to the
foot of the broad Labatamba valley at 4,050m/13,486ft. The climb beside
a stream to a camp at 4,300m/14,319ft near Utsho Lake. O/N in Labatamba
at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
DAY 06: LABATAMBA
Today we will walk to the numerous lakes in the vicinity and perhaps
may do some trout fishing if you are equipped. O/N in Labatamba at
Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
DAY 07: LABATAMBA / PANKA, 8Kms, 4 hours.
Climbing along the western side of the lake to a saddle at
4,500m/14,985ft, where there are good mountain views. If you want a
better view you could scramble to the top of a 4,700m/15,651ft peak to
the east. From the pass there is a steep descent to another lake at
4,350m/14,485ft. Finally you will arrive at Panka alt 4,000m/13,320ft.
O/N in Panka at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
DAY 08: PANKA / SIMTOKHA, 12Kms, 6 hours / THIMPHU
The route leads north crossing a pass at 4,000m/13,320ft, then climbs
along the side of a ridge to a crest at 4,270m/14,219 ft. From here
there is a view of Thimphu valley, far to the north. It is then a long
descent through forests to the temple and village of Talakha (3,080m
10,256ft.) and to Simtokha. Your vehicle will take you to Thimphu from
here. O/N in Thimphu. (B/L/D)
DAY 09: THIMPHU
In the morning you will witness the Folk and Mask Dance performed by the Royal Dance
Academy. Lunch at Hotel. After lunch at leisure. O/N in Thimphu. (B/L/D)
DAY 10: SIGHTSEEING IN PARO
After breakfast drive to Paro and visit the National Museum (Taa
Dzong), Paro Rimpung Dzong, Kyichu Temple, and other places of
interest. O/N in Paro. (B/L/D)
DAY 11: PARO / KATHMANDU
After breakfast, you are free as your own before your departure to Kathmandu. (B)
01. Accommodation with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
02. All transportation by private vehicle.
03. Sightseeing tour with English speaking Guide as per itinerary including entry fee to museum.
03. Royalties and other taxes. Other than departure tax Bhutan entry visa fee US$ 20 and US$ 10.
04. Accommodation on two men nice tent with all meals cooked by our own cook during the Trekking.
05. Trekking equipment: Two men dome nice tent, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent with all kitchen equipment, sleeping bag, down jackets and mattress etc…
01. Airfares (Kathmandu – Paro, Calcutta – Paro, Dhaka – Paro, Delhi – Paro and Bangkok – Paro for one way and double for round trip flight by Druk Airlines.
02. Bhutan entry visa fees US$ 20, Paro airport tax US$ 10 & US$ 10 for TDF.
03. Hard and soft drinks during the trip.
04. Surcharge, Insurance, Personal expense and Tips