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1000 Lakes Trek
9 Nights and 10 Days

$2520/-


It is a 6-day trek. You can see large number of lovely high altitude lakes on this trek. Although the trek is easy and short, there are some stretches with long steep climbs. It starts from Simtokha in Thimphu ends in Genekha, Thimphu. Best Season: March - November.

Here is a highlighted overview of this package

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro
  • Day 2: Thimphu
  • Day 3: Talekha
  • Day 4: Japhuna
  • Day 5: Jaduna
  • Day 6: Labatama
  • Day 7: Labatama
  • Day 8: Genekha
  • Day 9: Paro
  • Day 10: Depart Paro

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Day

one

Arrive Paro

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will receive you.

After an early lunch, we will take a quick visit to the ruins of 1647 AD Drukgyel Dzong followed by 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D. by a Tibetan King

On way back, we will visit Dungtse Lhakhang, which was built in 15th century. This will be followed by a visit to Ta Dzong, the watchtower built in 1649 AD to safeguard the main structure of Rinpung Dzong from the Tibetan invaders. It has been converted to house the National Museum in 1968.

We will also visit 1645 AD Rinpung Dzong located just below the museum. This massive fortress houses the District Administration office and the Monk Body

Early evening, take a leisurely stroll in the town.

Day

two

Taktshang Monastery Excursion

After an early breakfast, drive to the base and start our hike to Taktshang Monastery (2950m), built in 1684 AD.

A picnic lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria will be arranged.

After lunch, we will drive to Thimphu (60 KM from Paro), the capital city of Bhutan. While on the way, we will visit the 15th century Tachogang Lhakhang.

Day

three

Talekha

The trek starts from Simtokha Dzong where the ponies and camping crew members will be waiting with ponies. The trek trail leads through blue pine and evergreen forests till Talekha village which lies at an altitude of 2925m. The first two hours are difficult climb but the remaining two hours are pleasant walk through all blue pine forests. The Talekha village consists of five houses and a huge temple called Tale-Lhakhang. Overnight at Talekha campsite.

Day

four

Japhuna

The trek leads through thick forests of blue pine and evergreen oak trees into soft pine and spruce forests for about two and half hours. For lunch halt at a yak camp site. Here the tree line ends. After lunch you cross Jelezela pass at 4000m altitude. From the pass, one can have a breathtaking view of Thimphu valley and its surrounding mountain ridges. After crossing two ridges, you arrive at the second campsite, Japhuna, at 3800m altitude.

Day

five

Jaduna

The trail from Japhuna takes you up and down over several ridges for about four hours till you come across a small stream where you will find two trails which will lead you to the same destination. Along the route, there are many small lakes. After another hour and a half climb through rhododendron shrubs, you reach the third campsite which is also a yak camp at 4100m altitude.

Day

Six

Labatama

There are two trails, one going on the left side of Aum Jomo (highest peak in the Dagala range), and the other onto the right side of Aum Jomo over the Jomigue pass and Setso Yumtso lakes. We follow the trail that goes on the right side of Aum Jomo and climb up to the Jomigue pass (4460m) after passing the Dungka Tso lake. From the pass, you can see beautiful views of the high mountains towards the northern Bhutan. After the pass, you descend for about two hours to reach Labatama yak camp by the side of the Yumtso lake where you camp for the night.

Day

Seven

Labatama

You can visit several lakes and enjoy a good fishing day in the lakes or go back to Jomigue pass and climb Aum Jomo till the summit (5050m) which will take about 5-6 hours.

Day

Eight

Genekha

On this day you leave the lovely pasture of Labana and move out of Dagala range. The trail ascends gradually through beautiful landscape till you reach Pagalaptsa pass (4170m), the highest point of the day.

From the pass, you have beautiful views of the Genekha village and a portion of the Paro valley. After the pass, you gradually climb down through thick Rhododendron shrubs and thick oak forest till you reach Genekha village. Overnight in camp in Genekha.

Day

Nine

Paro

A short walk will bring you to the motor road where your transport will be waiting. Drive to Paro which is about 45 Kms and takes less than an hour.

Day

Ten

Depart Paro

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

Service INCLUDED on Package Rate:

The Package Tariff Rate covers the following land costs for a Standard Package:

  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis (Single room supplementary charge is US$ 50 per night during festival season and US$ 35 per night during other times) in best available tourist Standard hotels
  • All meals
  • Transportation
  • Trained English speaking guide and driver
  • Museum fees and other fees associated with the programme listed in the itinerary
  • 35% Tax to the Government

Service NOT INCLUDED on Package Rate:
  • Air Fares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Internet / Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Expenses of Personal Nature /tips

Optional Add-ons:

Standard Package upgrades can be made for the following at additional costs:

  • Standard Hotels : Deluxe Rooms/ Suite Rooms
  • Vehicle : 4-wheel drive SUVs
  • Guides : Other than English Speaking guides
  • Extra Activities : Cultural shows, guest speakers on specific topics, personalized religious ceremonies for well-being, traditional Bhutanese/Buddhist weddings, etc.
Visa Information

All foreign nationalities (except for Indian Passport holders) require a visa for Bhutan. Visa must be obtained before departing for Bhutan.

As Mandated by the government, your Bhutan Visa can be processed only upon receipt of the tour payment by the designated bank (Bhutan National Bank as of now) in Bhutan. The payment has to be made at least SIX WEEKS prior to the commencement of the tour. In order to process for our Bhutan Visa we will require the following information of yours:

  • Full name as it appears in your passport
  • Date and place of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Adresses: Both permanent and present
  • Passport Number
  • Type of Passport
  • Place of Issue
  • Date of Issue
  • Date of Expiration

Further, you will need to send us scanned copies of your passport and a passport size photograph.

Based on the information provided, Phuentshok Tours & Treks will process your Bhutan Visa and email you the same upon receiving the clearance as issued by the Department of Immigration.


Tourism Mandate

Tourism has been strictly limited in Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved and nurtured. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, that is to say that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. For these reasons, tourism is carefully monitored and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.

All tourists are required to make their travel arrangements for both tours and treks through an authorised tour operator on pre-planned, pre-paid and guided package. Independent travel in not permitted in Bhutan. The tour operator is responsible for all land arrangements during your stay in Bhutan including in-country travel and various permits (including route, heritage visits and special permits). Undoubtedly visitors can experience Bhutan in its true nature only on all-inclusive standard packages.


Insurance

There is no personal insurance of any kind included in the tour price. Therefore it is advised that your travel insurance be obtained from places of residence before the commencement of your trip. Phuentshok Tours & Treks will not accept liability for any illness, injury or death sustained during a tour/trek. However, all possible logistic support will be provided by the company.


Remittance of Tour Payment

Entire tour payment must be settled SIX WEEKS prior to date of arrival in Bhutan and Visa is cleared by the Government subject to advance payment only.


Delayed Arrival/Departure

There shall be no charges for the number of days of delyas in arrival of the visitors due to weather conditions, airline problem or road blocks. And accordingly there shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitors due to the same reasons as mentioned earlier.

However, visitors will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transportation and any other services required.


Cancellation Policy

The tour programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 30 days before date of arrival in Bhutan : Free
  • Before 21 days : 10% of tariff
  • Before 14 days : 15% of tariff
  • Before 7 days : 30% of tariff
  • 7 days or less : 50% of tariff
  • After arrival in Bhutan : 100% of tariff

The flights booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges. Similarly, charges apply any changes required for flight dates and names. Charges levied are as follows:

a. Cancellation of Tour:

  • Before 30 days of Date of Travel : 100% Refund
  • Between 10 – 30 days : 50% refund
  • Within last 10 days : No refund/ Ticket valid for 1 year
  • Administrative fee : US$ 25 per cancellation

b. Changes in flight dates : US$ 10 or equivalent local currency

c. Name corrections after obtaining PNR : US$ 25 or equivalent of local currency