Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek - GIO Adventures

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek


Rs.49,000
Product Code: TRDTL
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 11 Days
Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov
Grade: Moderate +
Region: Bhutan
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ITINERARY


Day 01: Bagdogra – Phuentsholing drive 175km /apprpx 3.5-4hrs drive

GIO guide will meet you at a pre designated point in Siliguri near the Bagdogra airport & NJP railway station. We will start on the drive to Phuentsholing by 2 p.m. The drive today is through the mighty plains of Bengal amidst many tea gardens, small towns and villages until you reach Phuentsholing which is the Indo-Bhutan border, a bustling commercial town. Free to explore the town on your own. Overnight in a hotel

Day 02: Phuentsholing – Paro drive 180km /5 to 6hrs, hike / 2-3 hrs

After breakfast and completing some permit formalities, you now ascend into the hills of the magical land of Bhutan. The drive takes you to heights of 2800m in about 4 hrs from sea level, with altitude changes the flora and fauna of the region. You come across the towns of Gedu, Chukha and many small settlements along the route. We will have lunch enroute and reach our destination, Paro around early evening. Paro is a beautiful town set in a majestic valley with the meandering Paro river flowing through it. We check into the hotel and without wasting anytime get down to business. We set out on a walking tour of Paro. Overnight in a hotel

Day 03: Paro sightseeing & hike to Taktsang hike 3 / 4 hrs & drive to Thimphu Drive 45 mins

Today is a special day as you hike up to one of the most famous sight & monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger Nest) monastery. After an early breakfast we take a short drive to the starting point and from there take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery. Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche did his meditation here for 3 months. The hike takes about 3 – 4 hrs depending on the capability of the hikers. This is also a photographer’s delight; the monastery is adorned with prayer flags and the stands in the cave of granite rocks 300m above the valley floor. Tea/Coffee will be served in the viewpoint cafeteria. We finish the trek and on the way back to the hotel visit the Kichu monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Genpo who built 108 monasteries around the region with the last being Lhasa in Tibet. We will also visit Drugyal Dzong at the end of the valley to complete our exploration of Paro valley. Later we will drive to Thimphu. Overnight in a hotel

Day 04: Thimphu – Genekha drive / approx. 1.5 hrs & trek to Gur (3290m) / 3-4 hrs

After an early breakfast, drive to Genekha (3 hrs). Genekha is a beautiful village and is the starting point of the trek. Today’s trek starts with crossing a beautiful river using a suspension bridge and from there entering a thickly forested region. Two hours of gradual uphill walk will get us to a huge rock platform which has picturesque view of the valley below and the Genekha village set in it. After a brief stop we continue our hike towards Gur which is a small clearing in the forest with a beautiful campsite. Flowers are abundant in spring time & in September. We set up a camp here. Overnight in trekking tents.

Day 05: Gur – Labatama (4100m), Trek /6-7 hrs

On the trail today after walking for some time we get great views of the Jomolhari peak & Kanchenjunga. Initially the hike is through a thick forest section and gradually shifts to some really interesting ridges where the vegetation is varied. There are Blue Pines, Birch, Spruce and Rhododendron trees along the trail. First section of the trail till we reach Pangalabtsa (4200 m) pass is very rugged and changes completely once we cross the pass into lush green meadows. The pass here is symbolized by huge cairn and one gets spectacular view of the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch, walk across hills and meadows to reach the base of the valley and then move up the valley to a campsite near Yutsho Lake where golden trouts are in abundance.

Day 06: Labatama (4100m) – Lake Exploration – Utsho Lake (4076 m) Trek / 3-4 hrs approx

It’s going to be a memorable hiking day today. After breakfast we will set out for the day’s trek. On this day we will explore several countless lakes in the region. Enjoy picnic lunch by the lakeside. For the adventurous there are several options to gain altitude by climbing one of the mountains in the vixcinity. Today we will camp by the side of lake Utsho.

Day 07: Utsho Lake – Panka (4000m), Trek / 5-6 hrs

After the lake tour we descend through undefined trails to join the Dochha Chhu (river) where we meet the regular trail. From here we walk down to the beautiful campsite at Panka. During the descend you will have a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks all way down.

Day 08: Panka (4000m) – Talekha (2925m), Trek / 6-7 hrs

This day you walk for the longest duration with lots of it being downhill and your knees are sure to complain. This difficulty aside it’s another day in paradise. We cross a couple of very interesting passes, each presenting great views and photo opportunities. There are good chances to spot pheasants and birds and also variety of flowers. First half of the trek is a mix of gradual uphill, downhill & level walking through beautiful meadows. We finally reach Talekha.

Day 09: Talekha – Chamgang – Thimphu Trek/1-2 hours & drive/ 45 minutes, Thimphu sightseeing

On this day after breakfast we will start descending towards Chamgang. Its all downhill walk to Chamgang. The trail is well marked and has beautiful vegetation all along. Variety of trees and flowers which is the highlight of trekking in Bhutan Himalayas are found in full glory here. In some time we reach the quaint village of Chamgang. Here resides probably the world’s most scenicly located prison. At Changang we board the awaiting vehicle and drive for about 45 mins to reach the capital, Thimpu where a hot shower and amazing experiences wait for us. Post Lunch we will set out for a sightseeing trip to Thimphu. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 10: Thimpu – Punakha (1250 m) – Thimpu, drive 80 kms one way

After breakfast you have the option today to drive to Punakha valley and visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong and Chimey Lhakhang/Monastery. The dzong here is surely the most beautiful one in Bhutan. Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan between 17 – 19th century. This trip takes about 2 to 2.5 hrs one way and goes through the famous Dochula pass from where one gets very good views. The dzong here is a sight to behold and a presents a memorable cultural insight into the unique culture of Bhutan. People not interested in going to Punakha can explore the beautiful outskirts of Thimpu today. There are several wonderful trails all around. Overnight in a hotel

Day 11: Drive back to Bagdogra/NJP/Siliguri from Thimpu, Drive / 8-9 hrs

Today we start from Thimpu at around 5 a.m and reach Siliguri by 1 or 2 p.m. we have breakfast enroute. This memorable trip ends at Siliguri

PRICE


Note :

  • Above prices are applicable for Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians Only
  • Trip prices starting for foreigners from : $2400

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transport as per the itinerary
    • From Bagdogra to Phuentsholing & back by Tempo Traveller / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Xylo
    • From Phuentsholing & back by good quality vans, coaches, etc. like Toyota Hiace, Toyota Coaster, etc.
  • Accommodation
    • In a comfortable hotel/guesthouse having rooms with attached washrooms with hot/cold water
    • Phuentsholing x 1 night
    • Paro x 2 nights
    • Haa x 1 night
    • Thimphu x 3 nights
  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Camping stools
    • Mess Tent
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till dinner on Day 10. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. On the trek meals are vegetarian while in hotels they will be a mix of Veg and Non veg.
  • Porter/horse charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Bhutan entry charges, permits & camping fee
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Porter/horse charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • All applicable Taxes

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (Arrival & Departure from Bagdogra)

For travel to Bagdogra & back one can choose between air and rail. For air travel, Bagdogra is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways and other commercial airlines. Train travel is also recommended with a number of options available with the closest railway station being New Jalpaiguri. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.

Weather Details

The climate in Bhutan varies widely depending on the elevation. In the southern border areas it is tropical; at the other extreme, in the high Himalayan regions, there is perpetual snow. Temperatures in the far south range from 15°C in winter (December to February) to 30°C in summer (June to August). In Paro the range is from -5°C in January to 30°C in July, with 800mm of rain. In the high mountain regions the average temperature is 0°C in winter and may reach 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. Rain occurs primarily during the southwest monsoon season from June to September.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Woollen gloves
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  12. Raincoat / Poncho
  13. Small light weight towel
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  16. Sun glasses
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole
  18. Sunscreen Lotion
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Books, if you like reading
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  25. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  26. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

11Days | Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov| Mod+ | Max Alt: 4100 mts (Labatama)


Sketch Itinerary

DAY 01: BAGDOGRA PHUENTSHOLING DRIVE 175KM /APPRPX 3.5-4HRS DRIVE
DAY 02: PHUENTSHOLING PARO DRIVE 180KM /5 TO 6HRS, HIKE / 2-3 HRS
DAY 03: PARO SIGHTSEEING & HIKE TO TAKTSANG HIKE 3 / 4 HRS & DRIVE TO THIMPHU DRIVE 45 MINS
DAY 04: THIMPHU GENEKHA DRIVE / APPROX. 1.5 HRS & TREK TO GUR (3290M) / 3-4 HRS
DAY 05: GUR LABATAMA (4100M), TREK /6-7 HRS
DAY 06: LABATAMA (4100M) LAKE EXPLORATION UTSHO LAKE (4076 M) TREK / 3-4 HRS APPROX
DAY 07: UTSHO LAKE PANKA (4000M), TREK / 5-6 HRS
DAY 08: PANKA (4000M) TALEKHA (2925M), TREK / 6-7 HRS
DAY 09: TALEKHA CHAMGANG THIMPHU TREK/1-2 HOURS & DRIVE/ 45 MINUTES, THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
DAY 10: THIMPU PUNAKHA (1250 M) THIMPU, DRIVE 80 KMS ONE WAY
DAY 11: DRIVE BACK TO BAGDOGRA/NJP/SILIGURI FROM THIMPU, DRIVE / 8-9 HRS

Description

Bhutan is undoubtedly the most exotic region in the entire Himalayas. What sets it aside from the other Himalayan regions, other than its stunning landscapes, is the presence of an extremely rich culture & the beautiful & ever welcoming people that inhabit this land. The experience Bhutan presents is magical, very different from anything else and one which lingers on for a long period. Everything here has a past and an interesting story around it. So for people who love mountains and the stories that have existed within these mountains for centuries, this is a perfect destination

One visit to Bhutan and the word Lush Green would have a completely different meaning for you. Just six hundred thousand people within its boundaries and a culture which loves conservation has ensured that the forests and foliage is absolutely untouched and pristine. The land is blessed with several high valleys characterized by vast flat undulating meadows which play host to quaint villages. The wide valleys here are something very rare in other regions of the Himalayas

This trip is beautifully crafted for people who love trekking in the mountains. In this trip there is a main trek called the Dagala 1000 lakes trek which is of moderate+ difficulty (with long walks on 3 days) and is an absolutely stunning trek in complete wilderness. There are many high altitude lakes, beautiful meadows, undulating valleys, inviting forest hikes and views of majestic snow clad Himalayas and not to forget the yaks and the Yak herders adding character to the trek. As part of this trip we also explore Thimpu, Paro, Haa & Punakha valleys. Within these valleys lies a treasure of culture, beauty and mystery. We explore these valleys (lot of it by foot) and the small villages, town and cities that lie within them. As part of the trip we hike up to Bhutans most famous sight and monastery, Taktsang or tigers Nest. We visit 3 majestic Dzongs (forts) in Thimpu, Paro & Punakha & also explore the beautiful towns of Thimpu & Paro, which surely are the most beautiful Himalayan towns across the Himalayas

Bhutan is easily accessible from India. You can fly directly from New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta & Bagdogra and join the group at Paro OR you could fly in or take a train to reach Siliguri (Bagdogra airport & NJP railway station are very close by) and from here drive to Paro as mentioned in the itinerary.

DETAILS
Duration 11 Days
Region Bhutan

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