Dagala Thousand Lake Trek- The Most Stunning Trekking Route in Bhutan

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Many places in Bhutan feels so remote that you can imagine you are the first person ever to visit the vicinity. All treks in Bhutan must be arranged as camping trips because there are only a few villages in the high country and no lodges or hotels in the hills or highland besides a handful of homestays. All your gear, plus tents and food are carried by pack horses or at higher elevations yaks. 

Dagala trek is not difficult and most trekking days are short but there are some long, steep climbs. 

Dagala trek is considered one of the most beautiful trekking destination in Bhutan.  The trail is used only by yak herders, woodcutters and handful of trekkers but it was once a major trading route between Thimphu and Dagana. This accounts for walls, well-crafted stones staircases and other developments along portions of the route. The trail transverses into a side valley cross streams through birches and varieties of rhododendrons species. As the trekkers ascend, the vegetation changes to spruces, dead firs and larches. 

The six days’ trek takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you will be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world highest peaks including Mt Everest, Jomolhari, Masagang, Jichu Drake, Gangchen Tag and many more. During the trek, an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fly fishing and resting. It’s said that there are massive trout’s found in the lakes of Dagala. 

While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquillity and beauty of the natural landscape that you will enjoy during the journey. 

Highlights 

1.    Favourable Weather- The recommended times for this trek are April and late September through October. Snow in winter and early spring often blocks the route and makes it necessary to retrace one’s steps to the starting point. 

Utso- The Turquoise lake

2.    Stunning Landscape –  Trekkers treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world highest peaks including Mt Everest, Jomolhari, Masagang, Jichu Drake, Gangchen Tag and many more. 

3.    Campsite – the location of campsites is fascinating. One would wake up to surreal sunrise and snow-capped mountain. 

4.    Home to wild Rhododendrons– The route to Dagala is filled with wild Rhododendrons and other flowers like Blue Poppy, the national flower of Bhutan is found along the trail.  

5.    Shimmering Lakes – Dagala is known for its shimmering lakes located in between the glories and rugged snow-capped mountains. According to the ancient myth, its believed that in olden days, there use to be thousands of glacier lakes however with the passage of time and impact of climate change, some lakes have dried up. 

Next Post unravels the Journey of Denkars Getaway with other four women trekkers. 

We conquer the mountains and the weather treats us so so well. Nop we didn’t buy the myth of Aum Jomo casting rains when women are around the vicinity. We were welcomed by the dancing clouds and rainbows despite rainy days across the country. Its been more than a week and here I am still reminiscing the mountain breeze, that morning sky timelapse, that morning coffee, the silly dancing moves and more. 

Stay tuned!

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