5 Days Bhutan Hiking.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is easy 5 days Bhutan hiking and most trekking days are short but there are some long steep climbs. This 5 days Bhutan hiking trek starts near Thimphu to a large number of lovely high altitude lakes. The Trek is easy and most trekking days are short but there are some long steep climbs. It starts from Khoma (near Thimphu) and ends in Chamgang, Thimphu. The highest elevation on the trek is 4300 m.

Sketch Itinerary for 5 Days Bhutan Hiking

Day 01. Arrive at Paro and sightseeing:

Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1656, an ancient watchtower, which houses the National Museum.
  • Paro Rinpung Dzong which literally means “Heap of Jewels” built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro – Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang):

In the morning, hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery.

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After Lunch, visit to:

  • Ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

On the way back, visit to:

  • Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongtsen Gampo.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 03. Paro – Geynekha – Gur (Start of Trek):

In the morning, drive to Geynikha (1 ½ hours).

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built in 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo.

We drive further to Genekha.

We disembark at Gyenekha and walk past Tsochekha village.

Packed lunch will be served. We hike to Gur crossing a suspension bridge through oak forest.

Distance: 7 km, Walking Duration: 4 Hours, Altitude at Campsite: 3290 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 04. Gur – Labatamba:

We cross the pass at 4240 m for a view of Spectacular Dagala village. Pass though several herders camps enroute to the foot of the broad Labatamba valley at 4300 m near Utso Lake. Camp near the lake at 4300 m.

Walking Distance: 12 Km, 5 hrs, Ascent 1040 m, Descent 110 m.

Dinner and overnight in Camp.

Day 05. Labatamba – Panka:

5 days Bhutan Hiking

Camping at Panka.

The trail climbs along the western side of the lake and you can see good mountain views. From the pass there is a steep descent to another lake at 4350 m. A short distance beyond the lake leads to the valley and then to Panka at 4000 m.

Walking Distance 8 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 260 m, Descent 520 m. Camp at 4000 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 06. Panka – Talakha:

We cross a pass at 4000 m, then climbs along the side of the ridge to a crest at 4270 m. From here there is a view of the Dagala range and a view of Thimphu, far to the North. It is then a long descent through forests to the temple and village of Talakha (3080 m).

Walking distance: 8 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 180 m, Descent 1100 m, Camp at 3080 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 07. Talakha – Chamgang (End of the Trek) – Thimphu:

Talakha-Monastery-5 Days Bhutan Hiking

Talakha Monastery.

Today is the last day of Dagala Thousand Lakes trek. We walk downhill on a steep trail to Chamgang (2640 m) from where the Vehicle will pick you up and drive to Thimphu.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Walking Distance: 6 Km, 3 hr, 440 m descent.

Day 08. Thimphu sightseeing:

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts.
  • Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas.
Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world (51.5 m).
  • Witness Archery Match at Changlimithang.

In the evening, visit to:

Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu (76 Km, 3 hrs drive):

In the morning, drive to Punakha via Dochu La pass (3100 m).

  • We stop for a while at Dochu La pass to view Higher Himalayas.

Drive further to Punakha. On the way, visit to:

Punakha-Dzong

Punakha Dzong.

  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

In the afternoon, visit to Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, drive back to Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.