THOUSAND LAKE TREK-BHUTAN

A dramatic high altitude trek leading upto the climbing basecamp of the world’s 3rd highest peak Kanchenjunga 8585m in North Sikkim.

Difficulty

Grade 4

TREK

9 days trip with 6 days trekking

Dates

April14 - 22, 2018

AIRPORT

Nearest Airport - Paro

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Landing at Paro airport helps one avoid long mountain drives which are typical of treks right across the Himalaya

The Thousand Lakes Trek passes by picturesque lakes, alpine meadows, abundant wildlife and many yak herder camps set to a backdrop of magnificent mountainous landscapes. This trek involves crossing a 4500m pass with an optional opportunity to climb Juno peak at 5050m o!ering sensational views of multiple peaks in the Eastern Himalaya. Also includes in the trip are visits to multiple sites in Thimphu and Paro including the hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cli! 900m above the valley floor

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The flight into Paro offers some dramatic mountain scenery including a close view of Mt. Everest as it stands tall over the Lhotse / Nuptse ridge

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Prao is located in a beautiful wide valley and has an ancient feel to it with the city housing 150 monasteries some dating back to the 14 century

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The Paro Dzong is an impressive structure dating back to 1644 accessed through a most lovely wooden bridge

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The most popular and impressive site in Bhutan is the Tigers Nest Monastery 2950m.

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Tiger Nest takes about 3 hours to do the climb of 800m from the road head.

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Thanks to a new mountain road we reached Talekha 2900m, 90 minutes drive from Thimphu. The campsite was located adjacent to the village monastery.

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As you start the trek views of Thimphu valley open up along with a string of peaks visible towards the north

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The trail from Talekha was through forested sections and every few km one passed beautiful rhododendrons in full bloom

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The camp at Japhuna 3800m was in a forest clearing, we received a fair amount of snow through the night

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The trail now moves over multiple small passes none of which involve any significant climb

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Our campsite of the day at Jadula 4100m did not have water and we pressed on to Panka 4200m which turned out to be a most dramatic location

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The trail to Jomigue Pass initially started over meadows and then moved through a boulder field

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After the Pass crossing we descended to Labatama 4250m which was located on the valley floor

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By 10 am we were on Jomigue Pass 4500m but sadly due to a thick cloud cover, views were blocked out

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By the end of the second day the trail has moved through the tree line and the terrain is now dominated by wide valley’s, massive meadow stretches and multiple lakes

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The descent from Labatama moved over long meadow stretches

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Gur 3300m was our final campsite on the trek, located in a clearing surrounded by thick forest

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The trek ended at Genekha Village at 2800m and an hours drive took us to Paro

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