Thousand Lake Trek

Thousand Lake Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Bhutan
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Total Duration:10 days
  • Best Time:All around the year
  • Group Size:Minimum 2
  • Start Point:Paro
  • End Point:Paro
  • Accommodation:Hotels
  • Transportation:Private Transportation

About Thousand Lake Trek

Thousand Lake Trek is the short trekking in Bhutan. Though trekking is short in duration the plethora of natural attractions make your trip a memorable one. Bharal Adventure offers a magnificent package to witness the spectacular Lakes of Bhutan. The journey of A Thousand Lake Trek starts from Paro the city of Bhutan. Once you have landed in Paro the beautiful places like Monasteries, bridges and national museum visit as part of sightseeing welcome you to this glorious dragon kingdom. If you are searching for the trekking in Bhutan with the astounding Himalayas views then this is the one. Trekkers can have the splendid view of the mountains like Kanchenjunga and Bhutanese Himalayas.

Less explored trail provides tranquility and pristine atmosphere. The journey is somewhat strenuous compared to other touring or trekking activities in Bhutan. The first two days of the trekking can be challenging from Gynekha to Gur and up to Labatama. The strong desire and will power worth the millions as you will witness the heavenly beauty of nature. Trekking passes by the village of Gur and moves forward to Labatam crossing the rugged beauty of nature and rejoicing meadows towards Labatama. In Labatama we spend another day too for the hiking towards the three lakes of the region Rli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. There are plenty of activities to do in this place. You can enjoy and relax by doing some trout fishing in the area too. The strenuous climbing while coming to Labatama gets banished once you do these activities.

While trekking towards the Pangkha from Labatama you will witness the Himalayas as far as Everest of Nepal, Kanchenjunga of the Sikkim side, Jomolhari, Tsende Gang, Jichu Drake and other Bhutanese Himalayan ranges. The journey finally ends in Paro passing by Cherigang and Thimpu. Book the magnificent trekking or tour packages of Bhutan with the experienced team of Bharal Adventure. A Thousand Lake Trek in Bhutan is your ultimate holiday package to witness vegetation, birds and Himalayas of this small dragon kingdom.

Outline Itinerary

  • Arrival in Paro.
  • Paro sightseeing.
  • Paro – Genekha-Gur (Trek start) 15km, 4 hours.
  • Gur – Labathamba. 12km, 5 hours.
  • Labathamba halt.
  • Labathamba – Pangkha. 8km, 4 hours.
  • Pangkha – Cherigang. 10km, 6 hours.
  • Cherigang – Thimphu (Trek end). 6km, 2 hours.
  • Thimphu – Paro (1.2 hrs)
  • Departure.

Detail Itinerary

Arrival in Paro.

The joyous flight to Paro presents the splendid View of Mountains. Once you have landed in small dragon kingdom in Paro International Airport Bharal Adventure Representative will take you to the hotel. If you are travelling from Nepal then our representative might accompany you to Bhutan from Nepal itself. Afternoon will be filled with the sightseeing of museum and Rimpong Dzong. The strolling around the Cantilever bridge over Paro Chhu can be fun as well.

Paro sightseeing.

The glorious day of sightseeing in Paro formally takes place today. The drive to northern end of Paro Valley for the amazing hiking to Tiger Nest Temple takes place. Tiger Nest is the famous and symbol of national identity of Bhutan as well. The temple is on the vertical cliff above 900m from its foothill. This two hours of hiking helps to acclimatize for next day’s trekking. While returning back the historical Drukgyel Dzong and Kichu Temple are visited to pray for the best journey ahead.

Paro – Genekha-Gur (Trek start) 15km, 4 hours.

The trekking starts from the village Genekha. The scenes of the numerous different vegetations and alpine forest environment along with animals and birds on the trail welcome you on the trail. The continuous uphill walking takes you to the beautiful Gur Village for the overnight camping. If the season is spring you will see abundance of flowers around Gur.

Gur – Labathamba. 12km, 5 hours.

This is probably the most beautiful day of trekking. If you are travelling in spring season then if would feel as if you are walking on the flower carpet. The asparagus and other small herbal plants can be seen on the trail. The crossing of the first pass takes place here which gives spectacular view of the Dagala range. Alpine Meadows and Yak Herders camps too can be seen from this place. Walking along the meadows the journey ends at Yutsho Lake.

Labathamba halt.

This is the acclimatization day in Labathamba. The hiking trip will take place towards lakes as well as high altitude pass. If climate permits the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga which is world’s third highest mountain can also be seen. Apart from Kanchenjunga you can see Mt. Jumolhari which is the highest mountain of Bhutan.

Labathamba – Pangkha. 8km, 4 hours.

Just about half an hour of uphill and total downhill trekking takes place in this phase of trekking. While descending trekkers can see the beautiful view of various Himalayas like Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Tserimgang, Masagang, Everest and others. The trip ends in Pangkha.

Pangkha – Cherigang. 10km, 6 hours.

This is the trekking day full of crossing the passes. While crossing these passes trekkers enjoy the blue poppy flower, mountain birds and some animals too. The last ridge of the Dagala region is climbed in this trail from where one can see spectacular view of Thimpu Valley. The trip for the day ends in Cherigang.

Cherigang – Thimphu (Trek end). 6km, 2 hours.

The journey is very easy and beautiful. The walking on the trail full of varieties of vegetation and orchards make it even more spectacular. Once you have reached the motor able road then vehicle will transport you to Thimpu. After lunch the sightseeing of the memorial Chorten, Changangkha Jhakhang and Buddha Statue takes place.

Thimphu – Paro (1.2 hrs)

Bhutan still practices the traditional week end market. The morning walking around these markets for the observation of various handicrafts, paper mills and craftsmanship can be informative. The visit of the heritage folk museum and national library takes place before you travel towards Paro. The day’s trip ends in Paro.


The amazing Bhutan trekking and tour ends once we bid farewell to our Bhutan Partners. You can continue your holiday in Nepal or you can take flight back to your country. Bharal Adventure is always there for the best arrangement of your holidays.

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Cost Includes

  • Visa arrangement.
  • 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 & 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

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters
  • Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

The Annapurna Circuit with the best!

I first used Bharal Adventures three years ago when Arjun was my guide for my Everest Base camp trek. Arjun was very genuine, friendly and knowledgeable about the area and I felt very relaxed and in good hands. I adored the holiday and the beauty of the Himalayas so decided to return to Nepal again. This time to trek in the Annapurna region. I of course chose Bharal Adventures to be our tour guide company again. This again has been a fantastic experience.

The weather was unusually heavily snowy at times and meant that we had to turn around and change our plans slightly, which Arjun coped with very well. He was very flexible and accommodating and always tried his best to make us feel comfortable and enjoy our
trip to the fullest. I would recommend this company and this guide to anyone. He loves his country, its mountains and his job and it shows. A thoroughly great holiday, thank you Arjun and Bharal Adventures!

Jill Stenburge,

Amazing Annapurna – Incredible Nepal

Nothing prepares you for the Himalayas. Waking up every day to 5-mile high mountains is one of the most humbling and incredible experiences of my life. As a frequent traveller, this was my first time to Nepal, so I wanted to be sure my experience was going to match my expectations. On arrival, Arjun from Bharal was there to greet my partner and I with a smile - which he kept all week. Even when we were snowed in along the pass; walking slowly up the mountains and laying in a little too long - Arjun always made sure our needs were prioritized.

If you want a tour which is:

- Personal - Informative

- At your own pace

- Going to *the best places in Nepal

- One you will remember forever

I thoroughly recommend Arjun and Bharal. I came to Nepal as a tourist, to meet a guide and a porter. I left with 2 friends, incredible photos, lifelong memories and a promise we will return one day, with my daughter to tackle the incredible Manasalu!

Thank you Arjun! :)

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Luke James,

Amazing trek in Kanchenjunga region!

Last November I traveled to Nepal to visit the remote area of Kanchenjunga. I'm from Spain and did the Kanchenjunga circuit (North and South base camps) with my Indian friend. After many mails sent to several trekking companies based in Kathmandu we only received overpriced offers, until we finally met Arjun, the manager of Bharal Adventures, and our expectations changed immediately. He provided us with reliable information, answered all our mails quickly and carefully and made an itinerary to suit us at a very reasonable cost, exactly what we were looking for since a long time. Once in Kathmandu, his partner Bijay came to the hotel to introduce himself and give me some instructions before the trek and all the assistance I needed. The day before the departure, Arjun and Bijay invited us to have dinner at their home to offer us a warm welcome, they were really friendly. As per the trek itself, our guide had good experience in the Kanchenjunga region and managed all the situations in a solvent way. Besides, we were very lucky with the weather and could enjoy the trek with its stunning views. It was really a fantastic experience. Once the trek finished, Bijay and Arjun came to my hotel to be sure we received a good service during the trek and say goodbye. I can only recommend this trekking company to all the people traveling to Nepal. You will not be disappointed.

Hector Fernandez,
Barcelona, Spain

Unforgettable once in a lifetime experience To EBC led by Arjun & 3 amazing porters

Our journey started in 3 different cities in Malaysia, 6 travellers in all - Myself and my good friend Ray started out from Johor Bahru, Suk(the only female in our group) & Ricgen's journey started from Mallaca, the 4 of us met with See and Su in their home town of Kuala Lumpur, (KL) Malaysia. 

6 of us met in KL and departed from KL international airport for Kathmandu Nepal. where Arjun Dhakal met us at the airport and we transferred to our hotel and finalised all details for the EBC trek.
The next day we flew out to Lukla and this is where the real adventure began.
The actual trip is a story for another time all I will say is that this adventure was absolutely amazing in fact so amazing that I'm contemplating doing ABC with Arjun next year sometime.
Arjun and his team were very professional, his personable character allows for a very relaxed but very organised approach to everything during our trip.
The EBC adventure was one of the most amazing adventures I have ever experienced I would add that this trip rates equal to The Kokoda trek I completed in Papua Nuigini.
I want to express my gratitude to Arjun Dhakal and his team at Bharal adventures you were amazing and I would recommend this team to anyone interested in doing EBC

Kind Regards
& friends for life
Gavin Page

Gavin Page
Gavin Page,
South Africa

The incredible Kanchenjunga circuit with Bharal Adventure !

We were two persons intending to trek in the remote and restricted Kanchenjunga region. I am an Indian and was with a Spanish friend. After not getting positive responses from various organizations or getting quoted very high prices, we landed on Bharal Adventure. And it was a great experience right from the beginning. The extremely polite Arjun answered all of our queries patiently, tailored the itinerary according to our requirements and finally helped us with a knowledgeable guide for this 22 day trek. And when everything was done at a reasonable cost, we couldn't ask for more. The superb weather and views during the trek added to everything and the overall experience was fantastic. Highly recommended for all your adventures in Nepal !
Sandeep Bhat,

Everest Base Camp Hike 26/11 – 6/12

Going to the Everest Base Camp was once an impossible dream to achieve. 
With Bharal Edventure, the impossible dream comes to a reality. Mr Suraj, our guides, Ganesh and friends who made it possible for me to reach the EBC. I would not be able to go through the tough journey with extreme environments without their help and encouragement. 

Thank you very much for the hospitality given by Bharal Adventure especially Mr Suraj and Mr Arjun. Thank you so much for making this once impossible dream become possible. This is truly the most valuable experience I ever have.

Zaiton A,

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Lead by arjun and 7 porters to bring 14 of us to amazing journey to annapurna base camp. Very friendly and helpful. Received first class services from them and the porters also friendly and hardworking.Sure to look back for them for the next trip to nepal.
Fadhly Suhaimi
Fadhly Suhaimi,

Everest Base Camp Trek Dec- 24 – Jan 05 2019

Da jeg rejste alene, var det vigtigt for mig, at få afklaret alle spørgsmål. Arjun var meget behlælpelig og tålmodig med at besvare alle mine spørgsmål inden trekket. Selve turen var en super oplevelse. Deepak var vores guide. Han er en meget sympatisk, sjov og hjælpsom ung mand, der hele turen havde god føling med, hvordan det gik undervejs. Vi havde mange gode snakke om hvordan livet er i Nepal, for tidligere generationer op til i dag.
Det var en fantastisk oplevelse.
Tak for det :-)

Brigitte Utzon
Brigitte Utzon,

Atemberaubend und immer wieder schn

Everest view Trek mit schnen Aussichten und einem Guide, der auf alles achtet. Ich crate immer wieder in Nepal , nur habe ich mich in solche Hhen noch nie getraut. Es braucht schon etwas Vorbereitung , denn man muss fit sein fr thus ein Vorhaben. Schon allein der Flug nach Lukla ist ein Abenteuer fr sich . Man sieht Berge und Menschen , die mit wenigen Worten nicht zu beschreiben sind . Mit Suman act ich auf einen wunderschnen Weg unterwegs .Jedes mal, wenn er merkte, dass ich an meine Grenzen gekommen box, wurde erst mal eine kleine Rast eingelegt, in view of that dass ich mich immer wohl und gut aufgehoben gefhlt habe. So konnte ich den ganzen Weg geniessen. Vor allem suit ich sehr fasziniert, wie die Menschen da oben leben und wie herzlich sie doch sind. Der Weg alleine, ist mit all seinen Aussichten und seiner Geschichte , diese Reise wert. Noch einmal vielen Dank fr die liebe Beratung und einen Freund, der mir immer zur Seite gestanden hat.


Solo travelers welcome!

I went to Nepal on a 9-day trek in the Langtang region a couple years ago. I was traveling on my own so I really appreciated to be with a trustworthy and friendly guide Sujan. I would definitely recommend his agency and would like to go back myself!


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