Bhutan – The Dagala Thousand Lakes Camping Trek

Andy CrisconiHimalayan Trekking Tours

chomolhari-bonte-la-trek-bhutanOur new Dagala Trek takes hikers into a region of exquisite wilderness dotted by a myriad of small beautiful lakes. Dagala is also know as the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes”. While most trekkers head for the popular areas surrounding Chomolhari Base Camp, the Dagala Trek remains a relatively little-known region which follows several ridgelines separating the Thimphu Valley to the south and the snow-capped mountains making up Bhutan’s northern border with China.

Our trek begins above the village of Genekha, located on the slopes of a hill between Thimphu and Paro. As the trek progresses and we gradually gain elevation, the Dagala region reveals many of its treasures in form of beautiful alpine meadows, sparkling lakes, nomadic yak herder camps and a variety of flora and fauna all encompassed in a pristine wilderness environment.

The trails in this area are now mostly used by nomadic yak herders traveling between ancestral grazing lands. During the spring season (April through May), the forests along the lower ridges are ablaze with blooming rhododendron. September and October is when the upper alpine meadows come alive with the colors of fall.

Trip Snippets:
11 days, 6 nights in hotels, 4 nights of tented camping, 5 days trekking. All main meals in Bhutan are included.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Max. altitude: 15,485 feet on a small peak above the Dala Tsho saddle