thousand lakes trek is a short trek near Thimphu, passing
by picturesque high altitude lakes. This trek is for
moderate walkers. This trek will take you through terraced
fields, coniferous forest, then to passing several
impressive passes. You will see several varieties of
flowers, views of mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga,
Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tsherimgang,Khangbhum, Masagang,
Tsendengang and Gangchenta.
Day 02: Paro
Day 03: Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu
Day 05: Genekha
Day 06: Gur
Day 07: Labatama
Day 08: Labatama
Day 09: Labatama
Day 10: Panka
Day 11: Talekha
Day 12: Thimphu - Paro
Day 13: Departure
arrival at Paro Airport, you will be met by your
Mysterious Bhutan Tours and Adventures representative and
transferred to your hotel after completion of arrival
formalities. Evening, visit to Paro market and town.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
In the morning, we drive up the valley to Drugyal Dzong
(1646), which once defended this valley from Tibetan
invasion. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, its
towering outer walls are still an imposing sight on a fine
day; there is a grand view of Mt. Jomolhari from the
approach road to Drugyal Dzong. Drive back along the
valley to visit a traditional farm house and then the 1th
Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred
In the afternoon, visit Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a
watchtower and in 1968 inaugurated as Bhutan’s National
Museum. The collection includes art, relic, religious
thangkha paintings, postages stamps, coins and
handicrafts, as well as a small natural history
collection. Then walk down a short hillside trail to visit
Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), built in 1646, and now housing
the offices of the district administration and Paro’s monk
body. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Paro – Thimphu
morning drive down the valley following the Pa Chu (Paro
river) to its confluence with the WangChu (Thimphu river).
Turn left up the valley leading to the nation’s capital,
Thimphu. En route visit Simtokha Dzong (1627), the
kingdom’s oldest fortress which now houses the Institute
for Language and Culture Studies.
After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built as
a memorial to Bhutan’s third king (‘the father of modern
Bhutan’) and also as a monument to world peace. Then visit
Tashichhodzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building
situated by the Wang Chu. It houses His Majesty’s
secretariat, some ministries, and also the central monk
body during the summer months. In the evening, take a
stroll through Thimphu market and town. Overnight at the
hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, visit the following as time permits:
Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students learn the 13
traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; the National
Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist
literature, including some manuscripts dating back several
hundred years; the National Institute of Traditional
Medicine (outside only), where Medicine herbs are
compounded and dispensed, and traditional medicine
practitioners are trained; and the Folk Heritage and
National Textile Museums, for fascinating insights into
Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
After lunch, visit the government-run Handicrafts
Emporium, which carries a wide range of hand-woven
textiles and craft products, and browse in the bookshops
and many smaller handicrafts shops around the town. Take
an early evening drive up to a lookout festooned with
prayer flags, for a fine view of Thimphu and the valley.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu – Genekha (14 km, 4 hours)
for 45 minutes to reach the starting point for the trek.
The first day’s walk is along a mule path, passing by
terraced fields and coniferous forest, and ending at the
signboard of Genekha School. Overnight camp at Genekha
(2,800m) alongside a stream.
Genekha - Gur
(15 km, 4 hours)
today’s trek the true communication with nature begins,
and you will see many varieties of alpine flora and also
some animals and many birds. After two hours of walking
gradually uphill, rest at a huge rock platform, from which
there is a picturesque view of the valley below. After
another two hours the trek ends for the day. Camp at Gur,
where flowers are abundant in spring.
Gur - Labatama (12 km, 5 hours)
trekking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the
rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek takes us across
meadows where wide asparagus and other small plants grow,
and if taking this trek in the spring, you will feel you
are of the whole Dagala range, alpine meadows and yak
herders’ camps. We will lunch at a nearby yak herder’s
camp. After lunch we will walk across hills and over
meadows, ending the third day of our trek at Yutsho Lake,
where golden trout abound. Overnight camp near the lake.
day is for an excursion to any one of three lakes:
Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho. Your trekking leader will
tell you mystical stories about these lakes. This would
also be an ideal time and place for some trout fishing.
Extension to Setsho and nearby lakes. The hike to Setho
lake is easy and interesting. You could spend the whole
day trout fishing here, with packed lunch. Alternatively,
after reaching Setsho you could then cross over a small
ridge and go down to Jagetsho lake. Or you could try
climbing Jomo, a 5,050m peak. Lunch at the summit, with
spectacular views all around, can be memorable experience.
Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day.
Labatama - Panka
(8 km, 4 hour)
for 20 minutes upwards before beginning the descent at
around 4,460m. There will be splendid views of the
Himalayas on the descent. Your escort will help you in
identifying individual peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga,
Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tserimgang, Khangbum, Masagang,
Tsendengang and Gangchenta. Himalayan pheasants are a
common sight, due to the vegetation in this area.
Overnight camp on a grassy meadow at Panka.
Panka - Talekha
(8 km, 4 hours)
day entails the crossing of several increasingly
impressive passes. You will see several varieties of the
blue poppy (if trekking June-July) and also many mountain
birds along the way. Lunch at the point where the trail
divides into two paths leading to Talekha and to
Wangduephodrang respectively. After lunch, an hour’s
gradual climb brings us to the top of the last ridge on
the Dagala range from where there is a spectacular view of
Thimphu valley below. Another hour’s walk and you are at
the last camp, a little above Talekha monastery.
Talekha - Thimphu
- Paro (6 km, 2 hours)
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo
thickets and wild flowers) one reaches Talekha monastery
and village and once again the view of Thimphu is superb.
We walk through mixed vegetation and apple orchards,
finally reaching the main motorable road to Thimphu where
our transport is waiting for us. Drive to Thimphu in time
for lunch, and in the evening drive bake to Paro.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the Airport
for flight to onward destination.
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