Dagala Trek

Thousand lakes trek & sightseeing

Overview

          Dagala is the name in general for the mountains lying between Thimphu and Dagana. These complex  and mosaic of mountains are indeed paradox that there is a saying in Bhutanese, ‘even by the time the Djop (nomad) dies of old age, he won’t have understood Dagala’. Dagala is also known for having so many lakes, hence the name Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs. The route follows ancient path between Thimphu and Dagana. In ancient days, the Daga Penlop would be seen frequently travelling this route with a caravan of retinue as he paid his monthly or quarterly visits to his superior in Punakha or Thimphu. At every halt, legends surrounding lakes, mountains, stones and cliffs abound that you may wonder whether you have become Alice in Wonderland,  adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated with stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more. During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during you visit.

 

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

For the glimpse of the Magnificient..!

Overview

          To know the Magnificience of a mountain you should maintain distance - is a saying related to mountains.It is a dream of every  adventure enthusiast and a mountain lover to have a Glimspe of worlds highest peak Eve- Rest - 8898 M .Everest base camp trek traditionally is a route normally following the Hillary footstep which starts with a few hours’ drive to Jiri, but time and development of infrastructures has benefited this trekking region and thus has provided opportunities for people with limited time to trek this EBC trekking trail with a flying to Lukla.

The trekking route in the sherpa region of Everest base camp trekking is a feast to eyes and a  endless view of mountain surroundings with curiosity over dramatic landscape. The trail, whether you take a shorter version with a flight into Lukla or the classical trek from Jiri, it all follows the same course of Dudh Kosi river as you gain altitude trekking through forests of rhododendron ( Buransh ) and magnolia into almost arctic conditions when you walk the Khumbu Glaciers into Everest base camp. This trek is even more challenging doing almost a circuit with a trek into Gokyo, crossing the Chola Pass  or crossing  3 pass into Gorek Shep to Kala Pathar and EBC or vice versa.

To be frank , to see the highest point on earth “Everest” from quarters. The mystery of this trek is that one cannot get to see the Everest at close range as you get to see it from Kalapathar. However, the trek to base camp itself is sensational, an over whelming feeling that captures your heart mind and soul.A mountain journey with  each step ; each breath worthwhile and experience to cherish for a lifetime..!

 

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo - Ri

Emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass

Overview

          Everest base camp trek including high altitude emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass   is one of the most adventurous trekking route in entire Everest region. The trekking trail is popularly known as Everest Circuit trekking. It follows the route over high altitude pass called Cho - La Pass at 5330 meters into Everest Base Camp. This trek begins from Lukla a  hamlet situated 2860 M . After one day acclimatization in Namche bazaar it follows all the way to Gokyo Lake. Explore glacier lake  around the Gokyo valley.  From Gokyo lake  two hour climb to the Gokyo-Ri (5480m). Here one can enjoy the  stunning view of  summit views of mountain scenery including 8000 m peaks such as Everest peak ,Makalu peak and Cho Oyo peak .

The thrilling part of the  whole trek is to cross Cho  La Pass (5330m) over moraine and snow and finally reaching at Dzongla. After Dzongla the trail continuing rises steadily lateral moraine from the crest. On the left at the head of this valley a snow covered glacier can  see which is another pass to the right of the Kangchung peak. The final ascent  to the Cho La pass is the most prominent part in this trekking. The Cho La Pass also known as a Chhugyuma La in Sherpa communities. After crossing glacier lake can be seen major snow peak in Everest region including Mt. Everest. The trail continues downhill icy and rocky before to reach easier Yak pastureland in Dzonglha at 4830m.

Everest Gokyo Chola pass trek is another exiting opportunities is to reach foot of the world  highest mountain mount Everest. After  visiting  Everest Base camp via Gorakshep the  ultimate goal is  to  climb the summit of Kalapathar (5545m) from where you enjoy a glimpse and panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surroundings.

During Everest Base camp downhill circuit  trek you will  pass through Tyangboche, a place where a famous magnificent monastery is located. We take a rest there and savor the incredible scenery enchaining views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam 6812 M - Popularly known as Mothers Necklace, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangega, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Nuptse etc and back to Lukla airport 2860 M . On the next morning you take flight to Kathmandu. 

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Nepal)

North Face of Mighty Kangchenjunga (Nepal)

Overview

     Kanchenjunga [8598m], the 3rd highest mountain in the world and one of the world's most challenging peaks to climb, lies on the Nepal-Sikkim (India) border. This remote and less frequented trek is a spectacular and challenging walk across the length of Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp and has been described by many as the best trekking route in Nepal. One can experience tropical jungles rhododendrons, chestnut and oak forests before one gets above the snowline . This is a great way to experience the Nepalese culture and life-style of different communities, ranging from Rais, Limbus to Tibetan Buddhists, away from the hordes of tourists who throng the more popular/commercial treks.

     The trek climbs gently along the valleys of rushing river to the north side of Kanchenjunga. Enroute to the destination of PangPema, one can see the grandeur of the Khabur (6332M), Phole (6645M) and Jannu (7710M). From Pang Pema one can witness the grandeur of the Kanchenjunga panorama, TapleShikhar (6510M), GimmigelaChuli (The Twins 7350M), PathibharaKhas (Pyramid Peak, 7168M), KiratChuli (Tent Peak, 7365M) and Chang Himal above the Kanchenjunga Glacier.


Makalu Base Camp (Nepal)

 For A Glimpse of the Magnificient

Overview

     Makalu (8463 M), the fifth highest mountain in the world, is considered one of the hardest 8000 M peaks to climb because of its steep exposed ridges. This is a challenging and rewarding trek through one of the least developed parts of Nepal. The trek starts from Khandbari, though one may sometimes find a jeep up to Num. Along the walk up to Num one can see terraced farming (a paradise of bright green) amidst the thickly wooded forest surroundings, in places where there are settlements. From Num the trail seems like a vertiginous drop to the Arun Kosi river and then begins a continuous ascent up to the village of Khongma. The whole region (upto Khongma ) is very dense forests.

     It is no exaggeration, in saying a thick canopy of green extends as far as the eye can see. There is an eerie silence in these woods, broken once in a while by the sound of a stream or a waterfall. When the rays of sunlight filter through the occasional gap in the trees breaking the monotony of darkness one knows that there is a world beyond. If one thought the ascent to Khongma was tiring be prepared for more - as one crosses 3 passes the Ghugura La (Tutu la : 4050 M), Shipton La (4216 M) - named after Eric Shipton., and Keke La (4150 M) to Dobato. From Dobato the trail descends steeply into the Barun Valley and continues westward along the mighty Barun River, towards the picturesque campsite of Yangle Kharka. The whole trail beyond Yangle to Makalu base camp gives one a feeling that he is in paradise, with beautiful peaks named, rather unimaginatively, as Peak 3, Peak 4, and Peak 5 and so on till one reaches the mighty Makalu. It is a time to soak in the views. After a day spent in exploring the Makalu Base camp we retrace our steps.


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