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DAGALA THOUSAND LAKES TREK 10 Days / 09 Nights

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10 Days / 09 Nights

TRIPS START : Paro

TRIPS END : Paro

TRIPS GRADE : Moderate

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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is one of the most adorning and refreshing high altitude nature lovers trek. It take trekkers through an atmosphere surrounded by nature filled with alpine wildflower meadows, multitudes of several mesmerizing high altitude lakes, yak pastures with nomadic herders stone houses scattered throughout.  Interestingly if the weather is clear the surrounding valley treats you with some of the stunning views of the Himalayan peaks like- Mt. Jomolhari (7326m), Mt. Jichu Drakey (6794), Mt. Masang Gang (7165m), Mt. Gangchen Ta (6794), and many more. It is one of the strenuous treks, with highest campsite at 14,104ft / 4300m with a route taking you up to lofty, 15,416ft / 4700m, from where you will have a stunning view of the Himalayan peaks while enjoying the surrounding natural landscape.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is one of the most adorning and refreshing high altitude nature lovers trek. It take trekkers through an atmosphere surrounded by nature filled with alpine wildflower meadows, multitudes of several mesmerizing high altitude lakes, yak pastures with nomadic herders stone houses scattered throughout.  Interestingly if the weather is clear the surrounding valley treats you with some of the stunning views of the Himalayan peaks like- Mt. Jomolhari (7326m), Mt. Jichu Drakey (6794), Mt. Masang Gang (7165m), Mt. Gangchen Ta (6794), and many more. It is one of the strenuous treks, with highest campsite at 14,104ft / 4300m with a route taking you up to lofty, 15,416ft / 4700m, from where you will have a stunning view of the Himalayan peaks while enjoying the surrounding natural landscape.


Fitness Required: While traversing on any one of our exotic trek, a good amount of fitness level and stamina is required to complete and enjoy the trek. Most of the trek takes you through lengthy and harsh regions of Bhutan traversing continually high altitudes.  We encourage all our value trekkers to undergo fitness training prior to your trek journey.


Team and Equipment: Wild Mountain Adventure has sets of professional crew. The support team consists of a qualified guide, a cook, and a number of assistants. The ponies and yaks used on trek are accompanied by their owners, who go ahead of the group so that camp is already set up by the time you arrive. We provide a dinning tent, toilet tent, dome or A-frame sleeping tent (twin-sharing), mattress, foldable tables & chairs, plates & washing bowl with hot water for a morning wash. We also carry a basic First Aid kit and Drinks.


Food on Trek: All meals are included. We provide both local and continental healthy foods on camp. Our cook, coordinate the shopping with fresh and healthy products from the market and prepare in the camp to give you healthy, delicious meals. Breakfast: In Breakfast: we usually serve toast, juice, milk, coffee, tea, cereal, fresh fruits, fried bacon or sausage, pancakes and egg. Lunch: We usually carry packed hot lunch. Dinner: We serve range of freshly available meats, like grilled meat, fresh fish and chicken, fresh pork and beef, optional vegetable. We also provide local and regional specialties.


Where to Sleep: Various camping locations were used depending upon the available water source, into the pine clad valleys, majestic hinterland or spurs with endless views, a heaven of still and scenic beauty, near by the lakes and sometime in the most remote small rustic, wilderness with beautiful areas. Moreover, we used the existing clean campsite.


Travel Insurance: It is mandatory. Wild Mountain Adventure cannot control nor is responsible for unforeseen factors such as natural disaster or any other disaster that might affect the trip. It is essential and mandatory for you to hold adequate comprehensive travel insurance that covers all the activities you intended to undertake whilst on your trip - including health and fitness problem, lost and other related problem that is beyond our control.


Sustainable Trekking: As part of the global community, we encourage our value trekkers to support conservation of Bhutan’s natural environment by shouldering great responsibility with the Bhutanese in respecting, preserving and not polluting the environment. By doing this we as a team help preserve threaten the natural environment.


What to Bring: A large, soft duffle with many grab handles is better than a backpack. It will be lined with a plastic bag and put inside the hessian sack and carried by pack horses or yaks. You will be shouldering rather a light day backpack as you only have to carry your personal essentials that you will need during your day time. Pack things like camera, toiletries, rain jackets, first air kit etc into your backpack and rest will be carried by pack horses or yaks and they will go ahead so that camp is set up by the evening. 15kgs is the max weight carried by horses and you should not exceed your stuff more than that while on trekking.

A strong bag (waterproof) which will be carried by pack horses or yaks.

Rucksack/backpack for carrying your personal belonging during the day walk

Carry a fleece jacket, windbreak or down jacket depending upon the season you choose to trek

Carry Sleeping bags (extra inside fleece or silk liner is nice)

Flashlight (a headlamp is very useful and/ or one that can hang or stand upright in the tent) with spare batteries

Hiking boots Rain proofed, Hiking sticks (collapsible preferred), Sunglasses, Lightweight towel

Sun protection cream & preparation for relief of sunburn

Washing kits & toiletries (bio-soap is best for environment), wet wipes tissue.

First Aid kit suggestions: aspirin or pain killer, muscle soother, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti diarrhea pills, bandage, safety pins, Big Band-Aid plaster, Sore throat lozenges and your usual medicine and Insect repellent.

Re-hydration sports drink/powder, Water-purifier (though all water is carefully boiled in the camp)


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Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our local tour representative with a traditional welcoming style and after a short introduction at the airport you will be then transferred to your hotel. After a short break you will be led for a half day sightseeing in the picturesque Paro valley. Paro valley in reality is a village now transformed itself into a small town. Today it is undeniably undergoing lots of construction with booming contemporary buildings following the same traditional Bhutanese architecture. Your sightseeing in Paro includes a visit to the National Museum, Paro Dzong, Jangsa Dumtse Lhakhang and Zongrakha Ney. In the evening stroll around the somewhat a bustling small township of Paro.

Today we recommend a reasonably early start - drive up to the base of Tiger’s Nest (11 km from the town), and its now time to embark on your somewhat arduous adventure for the day. Taktsang is one of the supreme and sacred holy places in the entire Himalaya. The monastery lies at 3000ft/915m clinging to a vertical granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley and its one of the most spectacularly located monastery in Bhutan. Remember that the hike to Tiger’s Nest is quite an uphill task and it takes around three to four hours at an average speed. Returning from Tiger’s Nest, your last stop for the day is the historical Kyechu Lhakhang. This temple is one of the first and old temples in Bhutan built as early as seventh century.

Drive to Gyenekha, a beautiful village which falls under Thimphu district. This village is known for the production of Matsutake and Chantarelle Mushrooms. Your drive from the main road takes rough 8km track from the main road up to the Primary School from here a short descent to the river bank where your trek begins. Your trek begins with crossing a river and gradually ascends uphill till you reached a huge rock platform from where you will have a picturesque view of the valley below and good stop for your picnic lunch. From this place you will further walk for two hours to reach your campsite at Gur which lies amongst abundance of flowers, fig and juniper forest. Your campsite lies at an elevation of 10,824ft/3300m.

Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Wild Mountain Adventure has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Wild Mountain Adventure offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

GROUP SIZE YOUR BHUTAN TRIP COST
Single Individual

Group of 02 Members

Group of 03 Members and Above

Single Room Supplementary
USD 35/- Per Night

Single Tent Supplementary on Trek / Camping 

USD 30/- Per Night

One Time Bank Transfer Charges 

USD 45/-

The best and more convenient way to transfer your Bhutan tour payment is to wire through bank transaction.  Wild Mountain Adventure will provide the detail of the bank once you are fully conformed to your trip. We also accept credit cards, visa card or other means of transaction, however these form of transaction creates lots of problem both for clients and us as a company. Therefore, the better way is to wire through bank. Once after the arrival of your tour payment to Bhutan, we will send you the copy of the receipt. Your tour payment will remain with Tourism Council of Bhutan until your trip is over. Make sure a full payment should be made in advance along with your flight cost prior 3/4 months in advance to ensure a smooth planning of your trip. After receiving the payment, we will work out for your tour formalities and sent you the necessary copy of your trip including your visa and conformed flight.

Remember, when you transfer your tour payment to Bhutan other than USD, it is common that there will be a small shortfall on receipt of the payment. So make sure that your bank work out your currency equivalent of USD amount while sending.

Travel Insurance - We strongly recommend that you take out a holiday insurance policy. Please ask your travel agent or speak to your own insurance broker.

Please Note - Wild Mountain Adventure cannot guarantee accommodation in a particular hotel and reserves the right to substitute a hotel of similar standard should the situation requires it. In a large city and major towns, the quality of every aspect of Bhutan’s hotels and resorts is up to the highest international standards, but in more remote and adventure destinations, the first class hotels and resorts offering the fullest range of facilities do not always exist.


YOUR EVERYDAY BENEFIT
01
Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine
02
Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis]
03
Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation
04
Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours
05
Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries
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Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights
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Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees
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Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10%
09
Rate inclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40
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Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan



INCLUSIVE ON TREKKING / CAMPING
01 Rate inclusive of support team consists of qualified guide, cook, and a number of assistants
02 Rate inclusive of ponies and yaks used on trek accompanied by their owners
03 Rate inclusive of dinning tent, toilet tent, dome or A-frame sleeping tent (twin-sharing), mattress, fold-able tables & chairs, plates & washing bowl
04 Rate inclusive of basic First Aid kit box
05 Rate inclusive of drinks including local wine



COMPLEMENTARY SERVICE
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Arrival Refreshment
02
One bottle mineral water each a day
03
A small farewell gifts on the day of departure
04
One time cultural program for group exceeding above 7 members
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One time farewell dinner for group above 7 members at local farmhouse to give an insight into the traditional Bhutanese cuisine



YOUR EVERYDAY BENEFIT DOES NOT INCLUDE
01
Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes
02
Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage
03
Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English
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Rate does not include expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, potter, telephone/fax calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc
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Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management
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Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan
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Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 45
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Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc.


Hot Spring Therapy

We see fewer tourists giving value in discovering the natural hot spring, though it is common among the local Bhutanese people. There are numerous hot spring found in Bhutan and has been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries with a belief that water has miraculous healing power and medicinal properties to cure certain diseases, like arthritis, joint pain, and sinus.  Whatever your travel style may be, we will be happy to arrange 1 or 2 night hot spring program in your itinerary to make you experience great outdoor. 

Rafting Down the Untamed Waterways

Put a twist to your Bhutan adventure by adding one or two hours river rafting and kayaking program for your trip in Bhutan. The untamed fast flowing glacier fed rivers of Bhutan truly offers a kind of experience for those seeking adventure in an unspoiled and unexplored water ways of Bhutan. Regardless of your age and experience, beginner or professionally trained, just grab the paddle, get your feet wet with laughing and screaming and raft down the monstrous rivers with horrendous rapid and roaring current in a guided rubber raft. As you raft down the wide, strong and infinitely more challenging rivers, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. 

Horse Riding (day excursion)

When you are in Bumthang, experience a day excursion on going horse riding in the scenic Tang village. We offer three different options of riding suitable for all skill level with ride duration approximately between 4-5 hours with longer ride suitable for more advanced riders.  The horses are small and has weight limit of 100kgs for the excursion. They are in good condition, obedient, well trained and capable of handling the itinerary planned.  Bridles and bits are appropriate with properly fit saddles similar to what we call English and comfortable for the riders. The trails are well maintained making it easier and enjoyable for the rider to experience and explore the hidden side of the kingdom.

Bhutan Hotel Upgrade

Choices of luxury international boutique and spa hotels are mushrooming across the country. Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan. We have vast network of selected and preferred tourist standard hotels and lodges throughout the country. However, you can escape to an oasis where you can just let go and savor every relaxing moment that is unique to a higher level in a luxurious five star boutique hotels. All you do is pick up your choices boutique hotels for upgrade on your Bhutan trip, and it’ll be waiting when you get there.

Deluxe Classic Camping

Bhutan is all about great outdoors. The best way to experience this enchanting kingdom is by staying and spending one or two nights next to the community village, rivers, mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and unspoiled nature. It offers a certain intimacy with the environment that is seldom experienced by many. It is a journey of natural discovery with self-contemplation. The freshness of mountain breeze, the smell of spring flowers, the changing landscape of Himalayas, the sights and sounds of nature, all comes together to make you see the world with new eyes. 

Ride the Kingdom on Two Wheels

For the adventure lovers and keen cyclist, there is no better way to seek adventure in an unspoiled and unexplored environment than on two wheels. While you are here in Bhutan taste a bit of riding the kingdom on bike and unearth an amazing array of personal experience, which is seldom experienced in vehicle. The flat and almost traffic free roads make for excellent outings with some camping through in. For the experienced bikers there are challenging off-road dirt trails that winds through rough terrain. Whether you are into 1-2 days leisurely cultural ride or full biking tour simply select and add the components that is right for you. We have available biking trip to suit different levels of ability and interest. 

Hot Stone Bath

Besides hot spring there are traditional hot stone bath which is of heating up stones and then soaking in the water that is in turn heated by the stones. This creative hot stone bath method has been an important part of Bhutanese family life and traditional medicine for centuries. It is commonly used by Bhutanese people, believing that the heat of the water or the mineral released from the rock and the local herb all come together to producing medicinal benefits or cure certain diseases like joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders and arthritis. 

A game of Archery

Archery plays a significant role in the everyday life of the Bhutanese people. The game is played differently from the international game and is seen as a way of celebration, social gathering, communication and developing relationship with people. Archery tournament and competitions are held throughout the country amongst the people, departments, and villages and between regional districts and is played during religious and public holidays. It is a love that is shared by all Bhutanese people that has been manifested in the local lore, art, myths, legends and deities. The targets are placed at long distance as 140 meters where archer shoots one pair of arrow each way.