Named for the goddess Dagala, who protects the lake-dotted landscape south of Thimphu, the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a moderate 6 day hike best tackled in April or September–October.
From the trailhead at the pretty village of Geynikha — a 2-hour drive from Thimphu — the trek follows an old cattle route through old-growth oak forests to the first high pass at Pagalabtsa La (4,170m or 13,681ft). Beyond the pass, the trail drops into the wildflower-filled Labatama Valley, where adventurers can camp near Utsho Lake and spend an extra day enjoying the scenery. With the necessary permit, one can also fish for golden trout in the lake.
The track splits after Utsho Lake, giving trekkers the option of taking the high path up into the mountains. There, weather permitting, are brilliant views of the Dagala Range and the distant Himalayas. The last stretch of the trail crosses hillsides where blue poppies bloom in summer, before cresting at the trek's final pass — Tale La, a 4,185m (13,730ft) pass that looks down onto the Thimphu Valley and away to Jomolhari and Kanchenjunga to the northeast.
Duration: 6 days
Maximum altitude: 4,400m (14,435ft)/4,520m (14,829ft)
Includes: Guide, meals, camping equipment and horses/mules