5 Days Bhutan Trek

(Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek)

5 days Bhutan trek (Dagala Trek) starts near Thimphu. This is one of the best trek in Bhutan with trails passing through to a large number of lovely high altitude lakes. The 5 days Bhutan trek is easy and most trekking days are short but there are some long steep climbs. It starts from Khoma, near Thimphu and ends in Chamgang, Thimphu. The highest point is 4300 m. This 5 days Bhutan trekking trial is one of the very popular and is highly recommended.

5 Days Bhutan Trek Overview:

Trek duration: 5 days

Total duration: 9 nights / 10 days.

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Highest Point: 4300 m.

Starting Point: Khoma, South Thimphu.

End Point: Chamgang, Thimphu.

Sketch Itinerary for 5 Days Bhutan Trek:

Day 01. Arrive at Paro:


Rimpung Dzong.

Meet and Greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • The Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower which has been since 1967.
  • The National museum of Bhutan.
  • Visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong serves as the administrative center of Paro valley.

In the evening, visit to a typical Bhutanese Farm house.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro sightseeing:

After breakfast, two hours hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery.

  • Drukgyel dzong built 1644 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Day 03. Paro – Gur:


Tamchog Monastery.

After a relaxed breakfast, drive to Geynikha Gur.

  • On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thangthong Gyalpo.

We stop at Chuzom. The bridge is built on the confluence of the Paro river and the Thimphu river. The bridge connects the four districts of Paro, Haa, Chhukha and Thimphu. One will witness the three Stupas, built in Bhutanese, Tibetan and Nepalese style at Chuzom.

Packed lunch will be served.

We hike to Gur crossing a suspension bridge through oak forest.

Distance: 7 km, Walking Duration: 4 Hours, Campsite altitude: 3290 m

Dinner and overnight in Camp.

Day 04. Gur – Labatamba:


View from Dagala.

Walking Distance: 12 Km, 5hrs, Ascent 1040 m, Descent 110 m.

We cross the pass at 4240 m and enjoy the view of scenic village of Dagala, passing through broad Labatamba valley at 4300 m.  We camp near the lake at 4300 m.

Dinner and over night in Camp.

Day 05. Labatamba – Panka:

The trail climbs along the western side of the lake at 4500 m. We camp at Panka (4000 m).

Walking Distance 8 kms, 6-7 hours, Ascent 260 m, Descent 520 m. Camp at 4000 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 06. Panka – Talakha:

We cross the pass at 4000 m. You can see the view of the Dagala range and a view of Thimphu, far to the North. Then descent through forests to the temple and village of Talakha (3080 m).

Walking distance: 8 kms, 6-7 hours, Ascent 180 m, Descent 1100 m, Camp at 3080 m.

Day 07. Talakha – Chamgang – Thimphu:


Dagala Trek.

Walk downhill on a steep trail to Chamgang (2640 m) from where your vehicle will pick you up and drive to Thimphu.

Walking Distance: 6 Km, 3 Hrs, 440 m Descent.

After lunch, rest in the hotel.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Thimphu Sightseeing:

In the morning, visit to:

  • The National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha Dorderma (51.5m).
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple of Thimphu valley.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • The Dupthop nunnery.

After lunch, we visit:

  • National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts.
  • The Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas.

In the evening, visit to Tashichho Dzong, the seat of national government and Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu (76 Km, 2 hours drive):


Punakha Dzong

After breakfast, drive to Punakha.

  • We stop at the Dochu La pass with 108 temples and to view the Higher Himalayas.
  • Visit Chime Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.

In the evening, drive back to Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.