THOUSAND LAKES

TREK

The Thousand Lakes Trek in Western Bhutan was a short but strenuous outing of 5 nights and 6 days and involved an initial forest climb, crossing of multiple small passes finally leading up to the crossing of Jomigue Pass at 4500m. After the Pass the terrain was dominated by picturesque lakes, alpine meadows and many yak herder camps. Paro is an hours drive from the point where the trek finished and is an excellent place to spend a night celebrating the completion of the trek. Prior to the start of the trek we spent time in Paro and Thimphu for a couple days to acclimatise to the altitude. A great way to prepare for the trek was to climb to the Tigers Nest Monastery (2950m)

REgion

Western Bhutan

FIRST TRIP

April 2018

Trip Grading

3

Trip DURATION

9 days

Best Period

April, October

Side TRIPS

Climb Jomo Peak 5050m

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

1.    Relatively unfrequented trek in West Bhutan
2.    Varied terrain, trails through both forest and meadow sections
3.    Challenging pass crossing day
4.    Wide mountain views through the trek 

Thousand Lakes Gallery

TL_1

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.

TL_2

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

TL_3

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

TL_4

The trail from Talekha moving through through forested sections

TL_5

The campsite at Japhuna 3800m spread out in a clearing in a forest

TL_6

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

TL_7

The 3rd campsite is at Panka 4200m fairly close to the Jomique Pass

TL_8

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

TL_9

At Jomigue Pass 4500m over a thick cloud cover

TL_10

The descent to the road head over long meadow stretches

TL_11

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

TL_12

The trek ended at Genekha Village 2800m, an hour drive from Paro

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