Bhutan Dagala Trek

Dagala Trek
Dagala Trek
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Destination: Bhutan

Trip Duration: 10 Days

Grade: Moderate

Min Pax:3 pax.

Trip Type: Camping Trek

Accommondation: Camping

Transport:Private Vehicle

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Best Season: Mar- May and Sep- Nov.

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Dagala mountain range divides two prominent valleys of Thimphu and wangdi. The altitude of the plateau is around 4000 meters. It has many lakes of different sizes and in most lakes' one can find trout fish. Alpine flowers, rhododendrons, different species of pheasants, musk deer are found in abidance. The plateau is also a grazing ground for yaks in summer.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive Paro.

Day 02:Drive to Thimphu.

Day 03:Trek to Genekha.

Day 04:Trek to Labatama.

Day 05:Labatama.

Day 06:Trek to Jadula.

Day 07:Trek to Japhuna .

Day 08:Trek to Talakha (2925m).

Day 09:Talakha - Thimphu

Day 10:Thimphu- Paro

What's Includes

    • US$ 40 per person (Single entry visa fee)
    • Government royalty and all the taxes
    • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons
    • Accommodations in 3 to 4 star hotels on twin sharing basis
    • All meals (break, lunch and dinner)
    • Full time English speaking guide
    • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
    • Bottled drinking water in car

What's not Includes

    • Air  fare
    • Any alcoholic, nonalcoholic beverages and any other personal expenses
    • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc
    • Travel Insurance
    • Single room supplement charge
    • Luxury hotels/resorts are available on supplement cost
    • Specialized guides available on supplement cost 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Paro. Arrival at Paro Airport and you will be welcome by a tour guide from our company . The transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit National Museum and Paro Dzong. Overnight in hotel.
Meal: breakfast.

Day 2Drive to Thimphu. After breakfast drive toThimphu. Lunch at hotel. After lunch visit Memorial Chorten, Nunnery, Handicraft Emporium and evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3Trek to Genekha.Drive till Genekha Village, which is 40kms from Thimphu where you will start your trek. Overnight in Camp at Genekha beside the river bank. During the Matsutake season (August -September), you might be provided with fresh Matsutake bought from the villagers. Overnight in camp.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Trek to Labatama.Today's trek is all the way up till you reach the highest point for the day, Pagalaptsa alt.4,170m. From here you can see view of whole Himalayan ranges. From the pass you hike down for two hour besides the Yak herder's camp, to your camp. Overnight in the camp.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5Labatama.A days halt at this place will give a chance to visit many lakes around the place. Setso is the closest lake which takes only fifteen minutes walk. The rest of the lakes are further away which can be easily covered in a days excursion. A days excursion will discover many lakes on the top of this mountain. Once you get on the top of the pass you can have the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains around during the clear weather. A visit to the island peak of Amo Jomo is reccomended. Overnight in camp.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6Trek to Jadula.Today you have a gradual climb of 2-3hours to reach the Jomigue pass alt. 4,460m. From the pass some of the mountain of northern Bhutan can also be viewed. Then descend for about two hours to Jadula. Overnight in camp.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7Trek to Japhuna .The trail from Japhuna takes 1-2 hours through Rhododendrons up till the valley and Another 1-2hours to the lunch place. After another hour you will reach to the camp site Japhuna, which means a Rock Cave at an altitude of 3,800m. Overnight in camp.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8Trek to Talakha (2925m).From Japhuna continue the gradual climb till you cross Jeleze La Pass at alt 4,000m. On a clear day you can get the a good view of Jou Dake Gang, Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gangchen Tak, Masangang. After 2-3 hours gradual descend through the thick forest of blue pine and evergreen oak tree will reach you at Talekha monastery at the altitude of 2925m. Overnight in camp.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9Talakha - Thimphu From Talekha hike all the way down through the blue pine and evergreen oak trees till Semtokha Dzong where the vehicle awaits your arrival and drive to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10Thimphu- Paro Airport for Departure Access Bhutan Tours and Treks- tour guide will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward departure flight. Note: This trek is of medium difficulty range. It consists of a lot of ups and downs and it may take you above the tree line. The trek may involve 6-7 hours a day of walking and the elevation may go up to as much as 4000 mts. above sea level. You have to be a good walker to be able to enjoy this trek. A physical fitness check up is necessary.
Meal: breakfast.

Usefull Info

  • Short information about Bhutan:
    The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan lies along the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayas, location of Bhutan bordering the Tibetan Autonomous region of China in the North and North-West and the Indian states of Sikkim in the West and South-West, Assam in the south, Arunachal Pradesh in the East and South-East and West Bengal in South and South-West. The country within these borders forms a giant staircase, from a narrow strip of land in the south to some of the highest un-climbed Himalayan peaks on earth. With an area of 46,500 square kilometers, Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland both in its size and topography, being largely mountainous.It was the mighty Himalayas which protected Bhutan from the rest of the world and left the Kingdom blissfully untouched. The Drukpa  Kagyupa sect of Mahayana Buddhism provided the essence of a rich culture and fascinating history. The Bhutanese people protected this sacred heritage and unique identity for centuries by choosing to remain shrouded deeply in a jealously guarded isolation.
     
  • How To Enter Into Bhutan:
    Bhutan is a unique destination and as such it has a few unique rules. All tourists must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan. Visas are issued on receipt of full payment of your holiday by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The money remains with the Tourism Council until your travel in-country is complete before the local tour operate is paid. Bhutan does not restrict tourist numbers any longer and operates an open door policy.
  • By Air:
    Paro International Airport (PBH) is the only entry point to Bhutan by air. It is located in the south west of the country and served only by the country’s flag carrier Druk Air.E-tickets have been in use since April 1st 2008. Drukair operates 2 planes (two airbuses) which flies to Bangkok,Delhi, Katmandu, Bodhgaya, Dhaka, Singapore, Bagdogra & Guwahati.
  • By Land:
    There are three land border crossings located along southern border to India only. Phuntsholing in the west, Gelephu in the central region and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east. No border crossings are open along the Chinese northern border. Road permits are also required; however, these are processed by your local tour operator, along with your visa.
  • Accommodation:
    Bhutan being a very small country and a developing one has very few tourist accommodations which are luxurious but there are a lot of accommodations which offer basic necessities, especially as you travel further east.
    If you are looking for a bit of luxury then we can arrange for you to stay at 5-star establishments i.e. namely Amankora (in Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Gangtey and Bumthang), Uma Paro and Hotel Taj. These establishments have been developed as a result of Foreign Investment in Bhutan. They offer a variety of privileges which are quite unique from the other establishments, therefore be prepared to pay for these privileges. Also now we have some local hotels which have improved the services and facilities such as Zhiwaling. We can also arrange for cooks to accompany you on treks and camping tours that are skilled in coming up with delicious meals.
  • Language:
    We have many other regional languages and the National Language we speak is called as “Dzongkha”, but English is very common among Bhutanese as well and is spoken fluently by most of us. Therefore it is the second official language and it is a medium through which communication takes place.
  • Food and Refreshment:
    While there are ample restaurants on highways between main towns and the hygiene standards at such places is acceptable, the quality of the food is very low and the choice of dishes limited. In addition, the dining halls offer an environment no better than a bus station waiting room. Therefore, it is generally better to prepare food and refreshment for the journey at the point of departure.
    Bhutanese dishes consist mostly of vegetables, chili, cheese, chicken, beef, pork, yak, rice with “Ema Datse” is the national dish (chili & cheese stew) Momo (cheese or pork dumplings), Hogay (cucumber, tomato, onion, and cheese salad), curries with chicken or pork, Nosha Paa (beef and chili) – these are all popular Bhutanese dishes. Due to the hot flavoring and abundant use of chilies in the cuisine it is spicy. There is little to no seafood but on request you can get buffet style meals with choice of continental, Bhutanese and Indian Cuisine. Our cooks, who accompany the treks and camping tours, are well trained and equipped and can come up with delicious feasts every day. For beverages locals enjoy Yak Butter Tea (tea leaves, water, salt, & yak butter) and Ara (spirit distilled from rice).
  • Tour Guides:
    Our tour guides have good knowledge of the history and culture of Bhutan and are very hospitable in nature. They are certified by the Tourism Authority of Bhutan. The most common mode of communication is English but we can also provide guides who can speak French and Japanese.
  • Climate:
    Although geographically quite small, Bhutan’s weather varies from north to south and valley to valley, mainly depending upon the elevation. In the North of Bhutan on the borders with Tibet it is perennially covered with snow. In the western, central and eastern Bhutan (Ha, Paro, Thimphu, Wandue, Trongsa, Bumthang, Trashi Yangtse, Lhuntse) you will mostly experience European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. Punakha is an exception as it is in a lower valley and summer is hot and winter is pleasant. Southern Bhutan bordering with India is hot and humid with a sub-tropical climate. While the monsoon affects northern Indian it does not command the same influence in Bhutan. Summer months tend to be wetter with isolated showers predominately in the evenings only. Winter is by far the driest period while spring and autumn tend to be pleasant.
    There are four distinct seasons similar in their divisions to those of Western Europe. Temperatures in the far south range from 15°C in winter (December to February) to 30°C in summer (June to August). In Thimphu the range is from -2.5°C in January to 25°C in August and with a rainfall of 100mm. In the high mountain regions the average temperature is 0°C in winter and may reach 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. Precipitation varies significantly with the elevation. The average rainfall varies from region to region.
  • Currency:
    For Checking exchange rate , Please click here : Bank of Bhutan.
  • Clothing:
    Due to the varying temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress warmly, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments in order to keep warm. Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials in order for the body to be comfortable.As Bhutan is in its developing stage people think differently therefore it would be advisable for you to avoid walking around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. For visits to monasteries, dzongs and other religious institutions dress modestly and respectfully, and refrain from smoking while on the premises. Hats, caps, shoes etc. should be removed before entering the premises.
    You need to pack clothes as per season, sunglasses/spare glasses, pair of casual shoes, knife, hat, umbrella, camera, films and accessories (including spare camera batteries), insect repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit & safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, mirror, scissors, sun cream, lip salve, soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti-diarrhea pills, a preparation for the relief of sunburn, and any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.
  • Visa
    -Visa is needed for Traveling to Bhutan and it is processed in Thimphu through a local tour operator such as Bhutan Travel Gate. Foreign missions or embassies abroad will not grant tourist visa.
    -Passport details should be forwarded to the Travel agent at least 1 month prior to date of travel for visa processing.
    -The visa is stamped only on arrival in Bhutan with the support of visa clearance, which will be sent to you in advance.
    -Those Travelers, entering Bhutan via Druk Air, visa clearance number is forwarded to the concerned overseas Druk Air Stations and without this clearance number the passengers are not allowed to board the flight.
    -Travelers entering the country by surface through Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar (The border town in the Southern Bhutan), visa clearance number is forwarded to the Local Authority and the actual visa is stamped on arrival. Two copies of passport size photographs are required on arrival.
    -Visa fee is USD 40 per person one time and which should be paid along with the Tour payment. 
    For Details , Please find this link Bhutan Tourism Board.