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Today, Bhutan or the land of the Thunder Dragon is one of the most highly acclaimed travel destinations. This is a land of remarkable natural beauty with a pristine and intact environment and a friendly, tradition-bound people. To the discerning international traveler, Bhutan has become an exotic and enticing final frontier.

Bhutan’s present travel status comes as no surprise given that this tiny kingdom, the size of Switzerland, was zealously sequestered from the world for centuries. The door to this mythical Buddhist kingdom was opened to limited tourism only three decades ago.  Travel to Bhutan is still regulated through a policy of high value tourism.

At this time and age when tourism most often dictates national economics, travel to Bhutan is a refreshing experience. Here, a deeply ingrained sense of hospitality, a universally acknowledged ecosystem and a living culture ensures every traveler the best that any nation has on offer. Travel to Bhutan is really an exploration.

Explore a tradition and culture that has been preserved through the centuries. In Bhutan, it is not about seeing a display showcased for tourists but living and sharing an experience with the Bhutanese. From religious festivals to a celebration on a farm or a game of archery, become a part of it all. This is true interactive travel.

Bhutan Travelers is a product of the very evolution of tourism in the kingdom. From state-run tourism in the early years to privatization, Bhutan Travelers has always been there. Its strength lies in the deep understanding and insight of the nation and its people and the knowledge of clients acquired through years of experience.

Travel to Bhutan with Bhutan Travelers and we will accompany you through the most satisfying and memorable journey. We will unravel every myth and mystery and open the doors to untold adventures. Come and explore this bewitching land and leave knowing that you will return again, and again.

Bhutan Travelers packages are specially designed to suit the needs of every traveler. You can either travel to Bhutan as an individual or in large groups; we will be there every step of the way. Besides tours and treks, we also offer customized packages according to the wishes of the individual or group.

 

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Thimphu Bhutan
P.O. Box 1298
+975 232 8868 (phone)
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Trekking in Bhutan : Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

 

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Trip length: 13 Days
Level: Moderate - Hard
Season: February to June & October to December

Day 1: Arrive Paro
Drukair flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. If you arrive via Kathmandu, you can see the Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjungal. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.  After lunch, visit the 8th century old Kichu Lhakhang, From there drive to the Drugyal Dzong Ruins (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,329 meters, from the village below the Dzong. In the evening you can explore town and absorb the lifestyle of the people.  Overnight hotel in Paro.


Day 2: Hike to Tiger's Nest
Morning hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery, which is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3000 ft. and overlooks the Paro Valley. Taktsang or the Tiger's Nest is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites in the Himalayas. Guru Padmasambhava founded Taktsang Monastery in the eighth century. It is believed that the Guru came to this place on the back of a tigress from Khengpajong in the Kurtoe region and meditated for three months in a cave at Taktsang and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism.  The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion.  Hike back to Paro in the afternoon.  Stroll freely in Paro town in the evening.  Overnight hotel in Paro.


Day 3: Paro - Thimphu
Drive downstream alongside the Pa Chhu River to its confluence with Wang Chhu (Thimphu River) then up valley to Thimphu, the capital town. Before arriving Thimphu, visit Simtokha Dzong, Kingdom’s oldest Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Afternoon visit Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan. Then visit Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chhu which, houses the King’s Throne room and it is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot. Take a stroll through Thimphu market in the evening. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.


Day 4: Thimphu
After breakfast, visit the Art School where centuries old art of Bhutanese painting is taught. The National Library is another interesting place to visit, which houses vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Also visit Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit Handicrafts Emporium. Here exotic weaves in silk, wool, raw silk, cotton, silver jewelry, carpets, thangka paintings, bamboo ware and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available. Evening, drive to the broadcast tower for the fascinating view of Thimphu valley. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.


Day 5: Thimphu - Genekha (14 km, 4 hrs)
Drive for 45 min to reach starting point of the trek. The first day walk, over mule path, will end after four hours at the signboard of Genekha School. All through the trail, terraced fields and coniferous vegetation are abundant. Overnight camp at Genekha alongside a stream at 2,800m.


Day 6: Genekha - Gur (15 km, 4 hrs)
Today’s trek which is a true communion with the nature starts with alpine flora and fauna (birds are common). Two hours of gradual uphill walk and rest at huge rock platform, offers a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours, the trek ends. Camp at Gur, where flowers are abundant in spring.


Day 7: Gur - Labatama (12 km, 5 hrs)
While trekking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadows freshen the trekkers with poetic sentiments. The first pass symbolized by huge cairn gives a 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, ending the third day of trek. Camp near Yutsho Lake where golden trouts are in abundance.


Day 8: Labatama Halt
This day is for an excursion to any of three lakes: Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho. The day and place is ideal for trout fishing. Overnight at the camp.


Day 9: Labatama Halt
Excursion to Setsho and nearby lakes. Hike to Setsho Lake is easy and interesting. Afterwards walk over a small ridge and then down to Jagetsho Lake. Whole day trout fishing with packed lunch at lakeside. You can also attempt to climb the Jomo a 5,050 m peak. Lunch at summit with spectacular view around, can be memorable experience. Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day.


Day 10: Labatama - Panka (8 km, 4 hrs)
Walk for 20 min upwards and later you will have majestic view of Himalayan peaks during descent. This point is around 4,460m. The mountains peaks include Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsendegang and Gangche Ta. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are common sight, apart from yaks and horses.


Day 11: Panka - Talekha (8 km, 4 hrs)
This day entails the crossing of several passes, each one more impressive than the other. Search for different verities of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to Talekha and other to Wangdiphodrang. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the tip of the last Dagala range from where view of Thimphu is spread in the palm of observer’s hand. An hour’s walk and you are at the last camp, little above Talekha monastery.


Day 12: Talekha - Thimphu - Paro
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wild flowers), one reaches Talekha monastery and village and once again Thimphu view is superb. Passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, one reaches the main road to Thimphu where your transport will be waiting. Drive to Thimphu for lunch. Evening drive back to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.


Day 13: Paro - Depart
After early breakfast, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.


For details contact us:

Bhutan Travelers
P.O Box #1298
Thimphu Bhutan.

+975 232 8868 (phone)
+975 232 8869 (fax)
info@bhutantravelers.com (email)



 
Festival Schedule 2014
Bhutan Festivals
Punakha Festival
11 - 13 March 2014
Punakha Drubchen
08 - 10 March 2014
Gomkora Festival
07 - 09 April 2014
Talo Festival
07 - 09 April 2014
Paro Festival
11 - 15 April 2014
Domkhar Festival
09 - 11 May 2014
Ura Yakchoe Festival
11 - 14 May 2014
Nimalung Festival
05 - 07 July 2014
Kurjey Tshechu Festival
07 July 2014
Wangdi Tshechu Festival
01 - 03 October 2014
Thimphu Drubchen
28 Sept - 02 Oct 2014
Khaling Tshechu
09 - 11 October 2013
Tamshing Phala Choedpa
03 - 05 October 2014
Thimphu Tshechu Festival
03 - 05 October 2014
Thangbi Mani Festival
07 - 09 October 2014
Jakar Tshechu Festival
31 Oct - 03 Nov 2014
Jambay Lhakhang Drub
06 - 09 November 2014
Mongar Tshechu
28 Nov - 01 Dec 2014
Trashigang Tshechu
30 Nov - 02 Dec 2014
Trongsa Tshechu Festival
30 Dec - 01 Jan 2015
Lhuntse Tshechu Festival
30 Dec - 01 Jan 2015
 

Client's Testimonials

It is with great pleasure I recommend to you all the services of Bhutan Travelers if you intend travelling to Bhutan. Our two-week visit was a fantastic experience. From the pre visit logistics, to our airport rendezvous with our guide and subsequent travel through out Bhutan, this small company provided a personal professional service that I could not fault.
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