Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek - 6 Days

Duration: 6 Days   |   Based on 4 Reviews   |  
  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Food: All Standard Meals throughout the Trip 
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Cities & Comfortable Camping during the trek
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Max Elevation: 4,000 m

Embark on a breathtaking adventure in the pristine landscapes of Bhutan with the 6 Days Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. This immersive trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of the Dagala region, renowned for its numerous alpine lakes, diverse flora, and panoramic vistas. As you traverse through lush meadows, dense forests, and high mountain passes, immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Bhutan, making this journey an unforgettable experience.

The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek unveils an extraordinary and less-traveled path through the untouched realm of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. This enchanting journey promises a unique tapestry of lakes, mountains, and natural wonders, creating an exclusive experience for those seeking tranquility amidst breathtaking landscapes. Over the course of 6 days, this trek not only reveals the pristine beauty of Dagala's lakes but also unveils ancient monasteries and temples, illuminating the rich tapestry of Bhutanese Buddhist culture.

The heart of the adventure unfolds as you set forth on the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. Traverse through lush meadows, dense forests, and high mountain passes. Camp beside the pristine Labatama Lakes, witness the panoramic views of the Bhutanese Himalayas, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the alpine landscapes.

Experience the thrill of reaching an altitude of 4,000m, catching your breath amid sharp ascents and descents. The glacial lakes, including Utsho Tsho, Relistho, Setsho, Hentsho, and Jagestho, become your companions, offering reflections of the towering peaks surrounding them.

The trek is not merely a physical journey; it is a symphony of breathtaking views, diverse landscapes, and a deep connection with nature that words can only attempt to capture.

Contrary to the literal interpretation of its name, the trek does not lead to thousands of lakes; rather, it draws inspiration from mythical tales that once depicted this region as a land of countless lakes. The trek showcases prominent glacial lakes such as Utsho Tsho, Relistho, Setsho, Hentsho, and Jagestho, each contributing to the allure of the Thousand Lakes Trek in Bhutan.

This trail is a visual feast, offering awe-inspiring vistas of towering mountains, rolling hills, and serene lakes against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes. The trek challenges you, pushing you to an altitude of 4,000m, where moments of breath-catching become part of the journey during sharp descents and ascents. The Dagala lake trek transcends ordinary experiences, immersing you in nature's embrace, gifting sights that defy comparison.

Undoubtedly, the trek's unparalleled beauty reaches its zenith as you navigate through remote mountain villages, with the majestic Himalayas painting a mesmerizing backdrop. In these moments, the world's colorful chaos fades, replaced by an overwhelming sense of disconnection and serenity. The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek beckons those in search of an adventure that transcends the ordinary, inviting them to savor the untamed beauty of Bhutan's untouched landscapes.



  • Pristine Alpine Lakes: Explore the mesmerizing beauty of the Dagala region, renowned for its numerous alpine lakes. Each lake reflects the surrounding peaks, creating a stunning visual spectacle that changes with the light of the day.
  • Panoramic Mountain Views:Traverse high mountain passes and ridges offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Bhutanese Himalayas. From Labatama Pass to vantage points along the trek, the vistas are awe-inspiring and provide a sense of being surrounded by nature's grandeur.
  • Cultural Immersion in Paro:Begin your journey with a visit to Paro, a town rich in history and culture. Explore the iconic Paro Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff, and witness the spiritual energy that permeates the region.
  • Rhododendron Forests and Meadows:Hike through enchanting rhododendron forests, especially vibrant during the spring season. The trek takes you through lush meadows adorned with a riot of wildflowers, creating a picturesque setting at every turn.
  • Genekha Valley Views:Enjoy stunning views of the Genekha Valley from the initial stages of the trek. The juxtaposition of the valley against the backdrop of majestic mountains sets the stage for the adventure that lies ahead.
  • Camping by Labatama Lakes:Camp beside the pristine Labatama Lakes, surrounded by the serenity of the high-altitude landscape. The experience of camping at these remote locations under the starlit Bhutanese sky is both magical and surreal.
  • Cultural Interaction in Gur:Connect with the local culture in Gur, a picturesque campsite. Interact with the friendly inhabitants and gain insights into their traditional way of life amidst the mountains.
  • Trekking through Varied Landscapes:Experience diverse landscapes, from dense rhododendron forests and open meadows to high-altitude passes. The ever-changing scenery keeps the trek dynamic and captivating throughout.
  • Charm of Talakha Village:Conclude your trek in the quaint village of Talakha. Explore the local charm, witness the daily life of the villagers, and perhaps engage in cultural exchanges with the welcoming Bhutanese community.
  • Culmination in Paro:Round off your adventure by returning to Paro, reflecting on the memories of the trek. Whether exploring more of Paro or taking a moment to relax, it's a fitting conclusion to a remarkable journey.


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Upon your arrival in Paro (2,250 m / 7,382 ft), a scenic 54 km/1-hour drive will take you to Thimphu. As you step into the mountain kingdom of Bhutan, our team will warmly greet you and facilitate your transfer to a centrally located hotel in Thimphu. Bhutan's modern capital, Thimphu, stands as a unique blend of contemporary development and ancient traditions, serving as the nexus for government, religion, and commerce. Surprisingly, with a population of around 90,000, it remains the world's only capital city without a traffic light. Later, a leisurely walk around the local marketplace, just a few minutes from the hotel, introduces you to the authentic Bhutanese arts and crafts at the local craft bazaar.

Enjoy your overnight stay in Thimphu, immersing yourself in the distinct charm of Bhutan's capital.

  • Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
  • Meals: All Standard Meals
  • Place: Thimphu

Embark on the inaugural day of your trek, commencing with an early morning drive from Thimphu to Genekha Village, a picturesque journey spanning approximately 45 minutes. Notably recognized for its production of matsutake and chanterelle mushrooms, Genekha village sets the stage for your adventure.

The trek commences with a brief descent to the river, guiding you through terraced fields and a serene path adorned with coniferous trees and alpine flora. Crossing the river marks the beginning of a gradual ascent, leading to a rock platform that unveils a breathtaking panorama of the valley. Continuing for approximately two hours, you'll arrive at Gur (3290m), a vast expanse of yak pastures. A short walk amidst a profusion of wildflowers brings you to your campsite.

As the sun sets over Gur, the tranquility of the surroundings provides a serene backdrop for your overnight stay at the tented camp.

  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: All Standard Meals
  • Altitude: 3,290m
  • Place: Gur

Embark on the second leg of your trek from Gur to Labatama, covering a distance of 12 kilometers over a 4-5 hour span. The trail guides you across high ridges, unveiling the rugged and distinctive vegetation that defines Bhutan. During the spring season, the landscape comes alive with the vibrant hues of wildflowers and flourishing asparagus. Rhododendron-clad meadows paint a picturesque panorama, a visual treat for every trekker.

A significant milestone in your journey is the Paga Labsta pass, standing proudly at an elevation of 4,250m/13,943ft. From this vantage point, you're treated to awe-inspiring views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, a sight that etches itself into the memory.

Descending from the pass, the entire Dagala mountain range reveals itself, creating a breathtaking spectacle. As you traverse meadows and yak herder camps, a gradual descent leads you to the Labatama valley. Climbing steadily, you'll encounter Utsho Tsho Lake, also known as 'Gewa Tsho' or Turquoise Lake. Nestled at an elevation of 4300m/14,107ft, this pristine lake is renowned for its abundance of Golden Trout fishes. Your stroke of luck extends to camping right beside the lake, creating an enchanting overnight experience.

Under the vast Bhutanese sky, surrounded by the tranquility of Labatama, your tented camp offers a perfect haven for a night immersed in nature's embrace.

  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: All Standard Meals
  • Place: Labatama

Embark on a day that promises the trek's next major highlight – the towering mountainous landscapes surrounding you. Following breakfast, your journey commences with a climb along the western side of Dala Tsho Lake, perched majestically at an altitude of 4520m/14,829ft. The panoramic views from this vantage point are nothing short of mesmerizing, leaving you yearning for more time to soak in Bhutan's unparalleled beauty.

As you ascend to an altitude of 4,720m/15,485ft, a more elevated position unveils an even grander perspective of the mountains that adorn the horizon. Mt. Everest in Nepal graces the scene, offering one of the finest panoramic views. Portions of Mt. Kanchenjunga, straddling Sikkim and Nepal, come into focus. The Bhutanese peaks, including Mt. Jumolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt. Tshering Gang, Mt. Tsende Gang, Mt. Gangche Ta, Mt. Khangbum, and Mt. Masang Gang, stand tall, visible in all their glory.

Descending from this panoramic perch, you'll pass through Yak herder huts, eventually leading to the Doccha Chhu river. During winter, the locals vacate their huts to escape the biting cold, leaving the landscape serene. Following the high slope along the river, navigate ascents and descents until you reach Panka (4000m/13,123ft). Set against the backdrop of the Bhutanese mountains, your campsite offers a well-deserved rest and a night under the stars.

As night falls over Panka, the soothing sounds of nature accompany your sleep in the tented camp, creating a serene and memorable experience.

  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: All Standard Meals
  • Altitude: 4,000m
  • Place: Panka

Embark on the final leg of your trek, transitioning from Panka to Chamgang, marking the culmination of an exhilarating journey. The trail presents a series of passes, each rewarding the effort with breathtaking vistas. Endurance is repaid with panoramic views that stretch across the rugged landscapes, a testament to the beauty of Bhutan's high-altitude terrain.

As you traverse this terrain, be captivated by the allure of the Himalayan Blue Poppy, Bhutan's national flower, flourishing even in the harshest freezing conditions. The trek unfolds with a lunch stop at a trail junction leading to two destinations: Talakha and Wangduephodrang. Following lunch, the journey continues with a climb to the final pass of the trek, Tale La, standing proudly at 4,180m/13,713ft. From this vantage point, marvel at the views of the Dagala range and catch a glimpse of the modern city of Thimphu.

Descending through a forest adorned with birch, juniper, spruce, and rhododendron, the trail leads to the ancient Talakha Goempa, an architectural gem dating back to the 15th century. Perched at an altitude of 3080m/10,104ft, this unique structure stands amidst lush highlands, offering a glimpse into Bhutan's rich heritage.

Continuing through an apple orchard, the trek concludes in the village of Chamgang. From here, a drive takes you to Paro, where you'll be transferred to your hotel. After a refreshing break, immerse yourself in the charm of Paro's streets, adorned with a blend of modern and ancient buildings. Seize the opportunity to collect souvenirs and support local products, enriching your memories of this extraordinary journey.

As night falls over Paro, your overnight stay offers a moment of reflection on the trek's challenges and triumphs, surrounded by the tranquility of this picturesque Bhutanese town.

  • Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
  • Meals: All Standard Meals
  • Place: Paro

As the curtain falls on days filled with adventure and joy, the time to bid adieu has come. Our dedicated representatives will accompany you to the Paro International Airport in accordance with your scheduled flight time.

Having had the privilege of curating this memorable journey for you, we extend our heartfelt wishes for a safe and joyous onward journey. May the experiences of Bhutan linger in your memories, and may your future travels be filled with continued exploration and discovery. Safe travels!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Paro
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What to Expect

Enjoy seamless travel with all ground transport provided in a private vehicle, including convenient airport and hotel transfers.


Standard Options: Relax in comfort at accommodations such as Hotel Amodhara or Namseling Boutique Hotel in Thimpu, offering twin/double sharing basis.
Luxury Options: Elevate your experience by reaching out to us at [email protected] for exclusive luxury accommodation details.

Experience the embrace of nature with accommodation in well-appointed tented camps during the trekking days.

Explore Bhutan's cultural gems with all entrance fees covered for museums and monuments, along with the convenience of Bhutanese Tourist Visa processing.

Indulge in a culinary journey with full board meals, including standard breakfast, lunch, dinner, and delightful tea & snacks.

Travel comfortably with all ground transportation provided in a private vehicle, ensuring a smooth journey in line with the itinerary.

Enhance your experience with the guidance of an experienced, helpful, and friendly English-speaking Guide who will enrich your journey with insights.

Experience the trek with ease as porter and pack animal services are included, ensuring your comfort during trekking.

Support the local community with all Bhutanese staff and porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food, and clothing covered.

Be accompanied by licensed English-speaking Bhutanese Professional tour guides who will bring the culture and history of Bhutan to life.

Stay refreshed with mineral drinking water provided throughout the tour, ensuring your well-being.

Enjoy a hassle-free journey with all government taxes and official expenses taken care of, leaving you to immerse yourself in the beauty of Bhutan worry-free.

  • International Airfare:

        The international flight airfare (to and from Paro) is not included. For flight bookings, please contact us at [email protected].

  • Insurance Policy:

       Travel Insurance, covering trip cancellation, interruption, medical treatment, and repatriation, is not included in above price. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for your peace of mind.

  • Personal Expenses:

      Telephone calls, internet usage, laundry services, soft drinks, beers, and any alcoholic beverages are not part of the package.

  • Filming:

           Any special filming, camera, and drone permit fees are not included.

  • For Private and Customize Trip:

         Please contact us directly to discuss and personalize your trip according to your preferences.
         Contact us at [email protected] for more details.

  • Tips:

        Tipping for the guide and driver is expected but not compulsary.

  • Extra:

         Any additional services, activities, or personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary are not included. 

Useful Information

Important Information for Bhutan Travel

Traveling to Bhutan:
Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan, operates flights to Paro from various cities including Bangkok, Kolkata, Dhaka, Kathmandu, and New Delhi. Bhutan International Airport in Paro serves as the entry point, with a departure tax of Ngultrum (Nu) 300, approximately US$ 7, applicable for all destinations.
Overland entry and exit are possible through the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan. Phuntsholing is a 4-hour drive from Bagdogra, the nearest Indian airport, and a 6-7 hour drive from both Gangtok (Sikkim) and Darjeeling. The journey from Phuntsholing to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, takes around 6 hours.
Note: Flight expenses are not included in the trip cost and vary based on flight sectors. Druk Air offers flights from multiple locations, and it is recommended to book flights to Bangkok due to daily flights to and from Paro.

Luxury hotels and comfortable camping will be provided throughout the entire trip.

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are inclusive during your stay in Bhutan. Hotels offer a variety of cuisine, including Indian, Chinese, and continental options. Non-vegetarian dishes such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish are widely available. It is advisable to consult with the hotel or restaurant for recommendations on fresh and seasonal dishes.

Water Facilities:
Mineral water will be supplied throughout the trip.

Shepherd Holidays will arrange private transportation for the entire journey.

Trip Start Dates:
The trip will be organized on dates specified by you. Contact us for a customized departure date.

Group Leader:
Shepherd Holidays will provide a trained travel guide for your group. The emphasis is on experienced, courteous, and helpful leaders who are knowledgeable about local culture, ecosystems, flora, fauna, geography, and history.

Payment of Balance Amount:
The remaining trip balance can be settled in our office upon your arrival or through online payment before your arrival.

If you have purchased a voucher, please confirm your preferred tour date at least 30 days in advance. Provide your redemption code and voucher number via the provided link.

Bhutan Passport and Visas:
Clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months' validity from the return date. Visa applications for Bhutan need to be submitted to Shepherd Holidays at least 30 days before departure.

Bhutan Travel Group Size:
Private tours to Bhutan organized by Shepherd Holidays have no specific minimum or maximum group size. Travelers can choose any tour package and travel with friends, family, or colleagues.

Personal Travel Insurance:
It is strongly advised to obtain personal travel insurance covering baggage loss, medical expenses, trip cancellation, helicopter evacuation, and other emergencies. If without travel insurance, a credit card with a minimum US$5000 balance is required.

Trip Extensions/Add-Ons:
If you wish to extend your trip, Shepherd Holidays can organize additional tours to India and Tibet, as well as various trekking and activities in Nepal, including Everest Trek, Annapurna Trek, Manaslu Trek, Peak Climbing, and Nepal Tours.



Dear Travel Enthusiasts,

Embarking on a journey to the mesmerizing kingdom of Bhutan? Here's a key tip to ensure a seamless experience: independent travel is a no-go in Bhutan. Fear not, for we are here to guide you every step of the way!

Why Book with Us:

No Independent Travel:

Bhutan has unique regulations, and solo adventures are a road less traveled. But worry not – we've got your back!

Hassle-Free Planning:

Booking with us means leaving the logistics to the experts. From visas to cozy accommodations, reliable transportation, and expert guides – we handle it all.

Your Personal Touch:

Our suggested itinerary is a canvas waiting for your brushstrokes. Customize it to your preferences, ensuring an extraordinary adventure crafted just for you.


Prepare for an extraordinary journey through Bhutan, where every moment is curated for your delight. Let's make this trip uniquely yours!


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    Emma Thompson, United States

    Bhutan Tour A Symphony of Serenity

    The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek was a soul-stirring journey through Bhutan's untouched beauty. The pristine lakes, panoramic views, and cultural immersion created a symphony of serenity. Shepherd Holidays orchestrated a flawless experience, making every step a testament to Bhutan's magic.

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    Henry Watson, United Kingdom

    Bhutan Trek by Shepherd Holidays: Beyond Expectations

    Embarking on the Dagala Trek exceeded all expectations. The diverse landscapes, warm hospitality, and the expertise of Shepherd Holidays transformed this trek into a remarkable adventure. Bhutan's hidden gem unfolded with every step, leaving me in awe.

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    Isabella Martinez, Spain

    A Cultural Tapestry in Nature's Embrace

    The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek seamlessly wove together nature's beauty and Bhutanese culture. Shepherd Holidays curated an immersive experience, introducing us to local traditions amidst breathtaking landscapes. This trek is a cultural tapestry waiting to be explored.

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    Hiroshi Tanaka, Japan

    Unveiling Bhutan's Secrets

    Shepherd Holidays unraveled the secrets of Bhutan on the Dagala Trek. The glacial lakes, towering mountains, and the warmth of the Bhutanese people painted a vivid picture. An unforgettable journey that etched Bhutan deep into my soul.