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

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)

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!


Annapurna base camp

We did our trekking to Annapurna base camp & Muktinath with Arjun from Bharal Adventures. Quite a well-organized trip and both Arjun and porter Hari presented themselves with professionalism and we enjoyed the trip. It was awesome to watch Annapurna and Machhapuchare


Recommander l’Agence Bharal Adventure

Je tiens à recommander l'Agence Bharal Adventure que nous avons eu l'occasion d'utiliser dans le cadre de notre Trek au Népal.

En effet, nous n'avons eu qu'à louer le professionnalisme, l'accueil, le sérieux et la capacité d'écoute des différents interlocuteurs rencontrés au sein de l'Agence. Notre binôme Guide Sujan e a été omniprésent et rigoureux pour nous permettre d'atteindre nos objectifs personnels et de découvrir les charmes et secrets du Népal. La capacité d'adaptation, l'écoute, la sécurité, la gentillesse et la connaissance de leur métier sont les principales caractéristiques de ceux-ci. Notre satisfaction n'en ai que plus grande.

Au de-là d'un rêve qui a pu devenir réalité, ce trek qui partait de Shivalaya après Jiri jusqu' au Kala Patthar en passant par GokyoRi et le col du Cho La, est finalement une des meilleures approches de la découverte de ce pays et des paysages de haute montagne. 
C'est sur la recommandation de Base Camp que nous avons pu l'aborder, l'envisager et finalement le reussir. De fait, je retiens que si je devais avoir de nouveaux objectifs montagneux dans l'avenir au Népal, je n'aurai aucune hésitation à les contacter pour envisager avec eux ce projet


Everest Base Camp – Wonderful Trekking Experience 26 Nov – 7 Dec 2017

Me and my friends did EBC trekking from 26 Nov to 7 Dec and we had the best experience with Arjun from Bharal Adventure. I am The Snail Queen and I am not a strong climber and hiker but Arjun and the porters Robin and Sham helped me a lot so I can fulfill my dreams to reach Everest Base Camp. Thanks A lot for making this a memorable journey, thank you for sharing your knowledge on all the mountains and thank you for really showing me Nepal and its people and wonderful nature and of cos the magnificent and majestic mountains . I definitely recommend the services from Bharal Adventure if you are looking for more than just a hiking trip but a memory that lasts a life time


EBC trekking with Bharal Adventure

We team of 6 from Malaysia undergoing our trekking journey guided by our professional tour guide, Arjun Dhakal & 3 good porters. We managed to make it to EBC on 19 May 2018. Arjun he is well in arranging our itinerary included route, accommodation, meal and even care about our safety. I was having bad cough and walking very slow far behind my teammate on my last day of trekking down to Lukla. And he was walking next to me, never left me alone. Together we finally reached Lukla within estimated time. Due to bad weather, we were stuck at Lukla for 1 day, as our flight is on the day after. Arjun had been trying his best to get us helicopter ticket on the next day. Once ticket confirmed, we went down hill to Sukey to catch our helicopter. From there I saw some others feeling upset as they waited for 6 hours but couldn’t get their helicopter ticket back to Kathmandu. We are blessed that Arjun never dissappointed us. He had make us a wonderful and unforgettable trip. Thanks to Arjun! Highly recommended tour with Bharal Adventure

Suk wang,

Excellent people!

After many searches on the internet, fate took me to contact Arjun, one of the founder of Bharal Adventure. After emailing for 2 months, I eventually took the trip to EBC. 

Arjun, despite being on the road or enroute to EBC always did his best to reply to my email or whatsapp and patiently responded to my question. He did that in between is trekking whenever he got internet access. This includes giving me a very good price for the trip.

So, I took the trip in Apri to May 2018. I was met by Bharal Team at the Airport and took my hotel. The first impression was really good as the Team really looked after me well. They ensure everything was ok and constantly checking with me if everything was ok. They also ensure that I contact them if I needed assistance.

I met Arjun the night before the trip. He is a very nice, pleasant and polite young man. He is very open to all the situations that I might face including the additional costs that might be incurred such as personal shopping, extra meals and coffees, tipping, etc.

There were 5 of us in a group that trekked to EBC. We met at the airport in Kathmandu heading for Lukla. In Lukla, we were accompanied by 2 porters and 1 Sherpa and a group leader. So, there were 9 of us together as a team.

The trip went very well despite we had to medivac 2 of our team members at Gorekshep. The Team organized the helicopter the night before and constantly in contact with their team member in Kathmandu to ensure our team members are looked after when they reached Kathmandu by helicopter. The rest of us, continued our trip to Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri Lake.

The view was fantastic. I promise myself, circumstances forbid, that I will be coming back and heading for higher altitudes.

We completed the trip and along the way we built not only friendship with the entire team (including the sherpa and porters) but also a small family that travel and solve the issues together.

When we arrived back at Lukla, we were stranded for 1 day due to bad weather. Our team leader ensured that we eat and sleep well and did his best through his connections to get us on the first flight the following day, despite we missed our original flight and there were many other passengers.

In summary, the trip went very well and we were looked after extremely well by professional team of Bharal Adventure.

My recommendation to potential clients of Bharal Adventure, if you have needs or concerns (including cost) please just be open to them. They are open, respected and young people who place trust and honesty very high in their business dealings.


Perfect Everest Base Camp Trek

Really beautiful vacation - I intensely suggest this! You meander through this long beautiful river valley in the environment of steep slopes that begin out at 15-22,000 feet.Yet, soon enough you can see your destination off far afield away - the every highest mountains in the world. Its as a result marvelous to both be where you are but to as well as see where your journey is to comply to you. Also unbelievable are the 500 year pass sweet, easy, astonishing Buddhist Sherpa villages. And don't forget to fade away into the Tengboche Monastery - what a treat. I'm going protection!


Recommend Bharal Adventure to everyone

I travelled with my family in a Swiss Group to Nepal. We went on the Dhaulagiri Trekking Tour organized by Bharal Adventures. It was an amazing ...

Katharina Zurschmiede,

Great Trekking Company

Bharal Adventure does an amazing job facilitating and organizing trips of all kinds. They're a very personal tour company and from the moment yo...

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