Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

6 Days

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is an extraordinary off-the-beaten trekking trail in the unspoiled land of Dragon, Bhutan, which offers an exclusive diversity of lakes, mountains, and natural beauties. This 6-day Dagala lake trek not just offers tranquility amidst the natural landscapes but also provides the beautiful ancient monasteries and temples which give light to the Buddhist culture. You won’t get the 1000s of lakes in the trek as the name suggests, it has come from mythical stories of how the place once considered thousands of lakes. The high mountain glacial lakes like Utsho Tsho, Relistho, Setsho. Hentsho and Jagestho lakes are the major attractions of the thousand lakes trek in Bhutan. 

This trail offers stunning views of mountains, hills, lakes, and amazing landscapes. You will reach an altitude of 4,000m and might have to catch your breath once a while as you take a sharp and steep descent and ascend. Dagala lake’s trek throws you into the arms of nature and blesses you with sight, unlike any place you have seen. Undoubtedly, no other experience can compare to the feeling of being disconnected from the hustle and bustle of this colorful world than walking through the remote mountain villages with views of the majestic Himalayas in the backdrops. 

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  • Kathmandu
  • Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles
  • All Standard Meals throughout the trip

Major Highlights

Camp Trekking
Hiking through the lush green alpine forest, traditional Bhutanese village, and beautiful landscapes, and spending the night in the camp is a major attraction of the Dagala lake trek. Many people like the comfortness, interaction, and easy access to food and accommodations in the teahouse while trekking in mountains. But, if you want to get off the teahouse trails completely and want to experience the authenticity of trekking and hiking then Dagala lake trek is the best option for you while trekking in Bhutan.

Dagala Lakes
One of the most famous, the beaten trekking trail offers astonishing views of Dagala lake. The best picturesque lakes with stunning views of the world’s highest mountain Everest along with many more beautiful snow-capped mountains. The six days trek is one of the most popular and famous treks in the country as the trail passes through the blue pine forest, high ridges, forest of fir, and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2,500m to 4,200m. The trail also offers extraordinary views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world.

Best time to do Dagala thousand lakes trek
The trek’s highest point is the rest stop at Labatamba, which is at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level, which means it’s not as high as some Bhutanese treks that reach above 5,000 meters. The trek can be done at any time of year, with the exception of the rainy season, which runs from July to August. The walk is best done in the spring and autumn, from April to June and September to November, respectively. The weather is ideal for hiking in Bhutan at this time, with bright skies, little rain, and temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold. The walk can be done during the winter months, from December to February, because the altitude is not too high and the temperature is not too cold, with lows of roughly -2 degrees during the coldest months of the year.

More Highlights

  • Experience the stunning fortresses and monasteries in Thimphu.
  • Get soak yourself in the beauty of Dagala Thousand lakes
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of high-standing mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Jumolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, MT. Tshering Gang, Mt. Tsende
  • Gang, Mt. Gangche Ta, Mt. Khangbum, and Mt. Masang Gang from the Dala Tsho lakeside.
  • Walk through the lush green forest of Juniper, Birch, adorned with rhododendron meadows, amidst wildflowers and Himalayan Blue Poppy.
  • Stunning views of mountains, landscapes, beautiful terrain, and lakes.
  • Experience the culture, village areas, and traditional things of Bhutanese people.
  • Hike to the top of the reversed “ Tiger’s Nest” Monastery.
  • Experience the most colorful and significant festival.


Welcome to the mountain kingdom of Bhutan. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. The center of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with an unusual mixture of modern development fused with ancient traditions. With a population of about 90,000, it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.
Later you’ll take an exploratory walk around the local marketplace located a few minutes walk from the hotel, where you’ll visit the local craft bazaar, offering up an abundance of genuine Bhutanese arts & crafts.

Today is the first day of your trek which will start early in the morning after taking a drive from your hotel to Genekha Village which takes about 45 minutes. Genekha village is perhaps best known for producing matsutake and chantarelle mushrooms.
You begin your trek with a short descent to the river. The trail runs through terraced fields and coniferous trees and other alpine flora. From there on, you will start with a climb after crossing the river. You will keep up the walk until you reach a rock platform. You will instantly spot a spectacular view of the valley. Two hours from there you will reach Gur (3290m). Gur is a wide area of yak pastures. After a short walk, you reach your campsite amidst an abundance of wildflowers.

Today you will begin the trek by following a trail across the high ridges. Amidst the rough and rugged landscape, you can observe the vegetation unique to Bhutan. In the spring, the best season for Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek, the wildflowers and asparagus along the way can be spotted. The rhododendron-adorned meadows are a feast for sore eyes. A huge milestone marks the first mountain pass you cross. The Paga Labsta pass is situated at an altitude of 4,250m/13,943ft. Views of Mt. Kanchenjunga are seen from the pass.

Amplifying the experience, you will start to take a descent from the pass and see the entire Dagala mountain range. Along the way, you will pass by meadows and the yak herders camps. You will descend to the Labatama valley and then climb gradually. After passing through some yak herder huts you will arrive at Utsho Tsho Lake. Utsho Tsho is also known as 'Gewa Tsho' which translates to Turquoise Lake in English. The lake sits at an elevation of 4300m/14,107ft and is famous for the abundance of Golden Trout fishes. You are lucky enough to have your campsite just beside the lake.

On this day you will be offered the next major highlight of the trek – the high-standing surrounding mountains. Today the trek begins after breakfast with a climb along the western side of Dala Tsho lake which sits at an altitude of 4520m/14,829ft. From this altitude, the views seen will mesmerize you and leave you wishing for more travel time in Bhutan. A handful number of peaks can be seen in this area. Mt. Everest situated in Nepal is also seen, perhaps the best panoramic view. Parts of Mt. Kanchenjunga, situated partly in Sikkim and partly in Nepal, comes into view. Other mountains in Bhutan like Mt. Jumolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt. Tshering Gang, Mt. Tsende Gang, Mt. Gangche Ta, Mt. Khangbum, and Mt. Masang Gang are visible.
You can climb up to an altitude of 4,720m/15,485ft for a better view of these mountains. From there you will take a descent and eventually pass through some Yak herder huts towards the Doccha Chhu river. During the winter season, the locals will have left their huts to avoid the harsh cold weather. You will stay high up on the slope while following the river until you reach Panka (4000m/13,123ft). Mind to it that there are a few ascends and descends on the way. Upon reaching your campsite you will rest and stay there for the night.

This will be the last day of the trek as you head from Panka to Chamgang. Along the way, you will be crossing many passes and the views of each of these passes are worth the pain in your muscles.
You will come across a different variety of Blue poppy, the Himalayan Blue poppy being the national flower of Bhutan. This species of flower named Meconopsis survives even in the most extreme freezing weather conditions.
You will have lunch at the point where the trail branches out and leads to two destinations; Talakha and Wangduephodrang. You will then continue your trek by taking a climb into the last pass of the trek, Tale La at an elevation of 4,180m/13,713ft. The views of the Dagala range and the modern city of Thimphu can be seen. After taking in the spectacular views, you will lead through a forest of birch, juniper, spruce, and rhododendron to Talakha Goempa. It is situated at an altitude of 3080m/10,104ft and was built in the 15th century. It is a unique ancient structure made between green highlands. From thereon you will walk through an apple orchard and into the village of Chamgang. You will be driven to Paro from here and transferred to your hotel.
After having some refreshment, you can take a stroll around the streets of Paro which are adorned with modern as well as ancient buildings. You can buy some souvenirs to take back home and also promote their local products.

After a few days of fun and excitement, the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Paro International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.





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  • 3 star Standard Hotels
  • Kathmandu
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  • All Standard Meals throughout the trip