This is a short trek, near Thimphu, which takes you through numerous high altitude lakes, hence its name. It is a moderate trek with short trekking days but with few long steep climbs.
Day 01. Delhi/Bangkok – Paro/Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu.
Day 02. Thimphu
Visiting in and around Thimphu.
Day 03. Thimphu – Khoma/Genekha (13 kms/5 hrs)
Drive towards the confluence at a junction 26 kms from Thimphu and follow the feeder road to Khoma and then to Genekha. Camp alongside a stream. Alt. 2800m.
Day 04. Genekha – Gur. (7 kms/5 hrs)
Cross the suspension bridge, then, steep climb to a saddle at 3200m and further to Gur at 3350m
Day 05. Gur – Labatama (12 kms/6 hrs)
It is a stiff climb up the ridge amidst variety of alpine flowers and across meadows to a pass at 4200m., past several yak-herders camp and enter Labatama valley. Camp near the Utsho lake known for golden trout.
Day 06. Labatama – Halt
With a lot of activities including walk to numerous lakes and even do some trout fishing and if it is during the month of September, you will see plenty of alpine flowers. Alt. 4300m.
Day 07. Labatama – Pankha (8kms/4-5 hours)
It is a day to see many lakes and the whole range of Himalayas from a peak at 4700m. Himalayan Monal Pheasants are also a common sight enroute.
Day 08. Pankha – Talakha/Simtokha (12kms/8 hrs)
It is another fascinating day with lots of alpine flowers, especially a variety of Blue Poppy flowers and many mountain birds. There are also good view of the mountains from the last peak of the Dagala range. Descend to Talakha monastery and further down to Simtokha and drive across Dochula Pass (3100m) to Wangduephordang. Alt. 1350m.
Day 09. Wangdue – Punakha/Paro
Visit Wangdue Dzong, then, to Punakha and hike to Khamsum Yuele Namgyal Chorten. Afternoon, visit Punakha dzong and drive to Paro. 155kms/6 hrs. Alt. 2200m.
Day 10. Paro
Visits in and around Paro including Tiger’s nest monastery.
Day 11. Paro – Delhi/Bangkok Exit