Minkiani Pass Trek (5 days)
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Minkiani Pass is one of the less explored passes by trekkers in the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh. The 5-day trek to Minkiani Pass will take you to an altitude of more than 14,000 feet. Each day you will be trekking alongside brooks and rivers, and making your way through thick forests of oak, rhododendron and pine trees. You will also explore the magnificent Kareri Lake, and stay in tents for 2 nights at the banks of this lake. This trek is also great for keen bird-watchers and wildlife lovers, as you may spot a few exotic Himalayan birds and wild animals while trekking through the forests.

    This trek to Minkiani Pass is moderately difficult and is not recommended for beginners.

    Destination

    Minkiani Pass is located 4.5 km trekking distance away from Kareri Lake, at an altitude of 14,100 feet in the Dhauladhar ranges of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is covered with huge boulders and grass most of the times. Standing at the pass, you can see snowy Himalayan peaks all around. In 5 days, you will visit the magnificent Kareri Lake, pass by quaint Himachali villages and trek alongside babbling brooks and rivers. Every night, you will be camping at beautiful locations, and sleep under the blanket of stars. Throughout the trek, you will be staying in dome tents on twin/triple sharing basis.

    Destination highlights

    • Trek to Minkiani Pass at an altitude of 14,000 feet.
    • Camp at the banks for charming Kareri Lake.
    • Trek through lush forests of oak, rhododendron and pine trees.
    • Negotiate gushing streams by hopping over boulders.
    • Snap beautiful pictures with incredible background settings of Himalayan peaks.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are required to follow instructions of the camp leader during the Minkiani Pass trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the Minkiani Pass trek.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 3 days before departure of the Minkiani Pass trek: 30% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Minkiani Pass trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to alter or cancel the itinerary of the Minkiani Pass trek to maximize the safety of travellers and staff. Any costs arising due to such a change in the itinerary are borne by the traveller.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during the Minkiani Pass trek.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    There is no pick-up for Minkiani Pass Trek.
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    Drop off point
    There is no drop-off for Minkiani Pass Trek.
    Mode of transport
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    Start point
    Mcleod Ganj
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    End point
    Mcleod Ganj
    Time of departure
    09:00 AM
    Time of return
    06:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    26 hours
    Total distance covered
    49 km
    Start point elevation
    6830 feet
    Maximum elevation
    14000 feet
    Minimum elevation
    6830 feet
    Average per day distance
    10 km
  • Day 1 of Minkiani Pass trek: Mcleodganj to Kareri Village Camp

    Arrive in Mcleodganj by 09:00 hours. The operator will take you to a guest house where you can freshen up and have tea/coffee. After refreshing, you will begin the hike to Kareri Village. The trail to Kareri village is through a thick pine jungle and some small villages. The trek is mostly descent except for the last part. Kareri village is atop a ridge at an elevation of 5905 feet. Overnight in Kareri village campsite.

    Day 2 of Minkiani Pass trek: Kareri Village Camp to Riyoti

    The destination for today is Riyoti, a beautiful open grassland located in the banks of Nyund stream. The trek to Riyoti is quite challenging. The trail will take you along a brook, which you will come across multiple times. There are a few wobbly bridges along the way to cross the river, but if not, you will have to hop over the boulders in the riverine. Tonight, you will be camping at an open meadow in Riyoti.

    Day 3 of Minkiani Pass trek: Riyoti to Kareri Lake

    Today's trek will be the most scenic part of your trip. You will enter a narrow path flanked by towering mountains with a river gushing in the middle. Later, you will be hiking through a rocky trail while enjoying the views of beautiful views of flowers and vegetation. Today's excursion ends at Kareri Lake. The lake is situated amidst flourishing meadows, from where you will be able to see Baleni Pass and Minkiani Pass. You will be camping on the banks of Kareri Lake. 

    Day 4 of Minkiani Pass trek: Kareri Lake to Minkiani Pass and back

    Today is the toughest day of the trek. You will be challenged physically as you will be ascending a lot higher, up to 14000 feet. You will begin early in the morning after breakfast and trek for about 4.5 km to reach the top of Minkiani Pass. Explore the pass and enjoy the views of surrounding snowy mountains. After spending some time here, you will retrace your path back to Kareri Lake and camp at the same campsite.  

    Day 5 of Minkiani Pass trek: Kareri Lake to Mcleodganj

    It's the last day of Minkiani Pass trek. Start descending from Kareri Lake through a thick forest and alongside a river. You will notice the vegetation becoming denser as you lose elevation. From Ghera, board a jeep which will take you to Mcleodganj. Your trekking adventure ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Mcleodganj
    End point
    Kareri Village Camp
    Day start time
    09:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 km
    Trekking time
    4-5 hours

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kareri Village Camp
    End point
    Riyoti
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    8 km
    Trekking time
    4-5 hours

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Riyoti
    End point
    Kareri Lake
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 km
    Trekking time
    5 hours

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kareri Lake
    End point
    Kareri Lake
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 km
    Trekking time
    5-6 hours

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kareri Lake
    End point
    Mcleodganj
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 km
    Trekking time
    4-5 hours
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation in tents on double/triple sharing basis from day 2 to day 5
    • Meals include lunch from day 2 to lunch on day 5
    • Sleeping bags and mattresses
    • Services of experienced trek guide and support staff
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Any transportation during the trip
    • Accommodation in Mcleodganj
    • Pick-up and drop-off facility
    • Porters to carry luggage
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, cigarettes, beverages etc.
    • Any kind of insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Trekking shoes with ankle support (preferably waterproof)
    • Wind and waterproof jacket
    • Down jacket
    • Fleece jacket
    • Full sleeved shirt/t-shirt
    • Quick dry apparels
    • Trekking pants/shorts
    • Thermal inners
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Accommodation in tents on double/triple sharing basis
    • In-tent amenities such as sleeping bags and mattresses
      You need to get
    • Government issued ID card
    • Backpack (50-60 litres) with raincover
    • Day-pack with raincover
    • Walking pole
    • Antibacterial powder
    • Sleeping bags
    • 2x Water bottle (1 litre)
    • Trekking shoes with ankle support (preferably waterproof)
    • Lunch box and spoons/forks
    • Flashlight/headlamp with spare batteries
    • Sun-cap
    • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
    • Towel
    • Camera with extra batteries
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • Gaiters
    • Personal utilities like sunscreen cream, hand sanitizer, moisturiser, antibacterial powder, toilet paper and wet wipes, toothpaste, lip balm, quick dry towel, etc.
    • Woollen cap
    • Balaclava/neck gaiters
    • Spare sandals to use at the campsite
    • Cotton/woollen socks
    • Woollen gloves
    • Synthetic waterproof gloves
    • Personal first aid kit including all the essential medicines

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of Minkiani Pass trek: Mcleodganj to Kareri Village Camp

    Overnight in Kareri Village Campsite.

    After arriving in Mcleodganj, you will be taken to a guesthouse where you can change and relax. You start trekking before noon from Mcleodganj. No meals are offered today. You will have to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner at your own expense during the trek. Tonight you will be staying in tents on twin/triple sharing basis.

    Day 2 of Minkiani Pass trek: Kareri Village Camp to Riyoti

    Overnight in Riyoti campsite.

    Trek from Kareri village campsite to Riyoti. Today meal package includes Lunch and Dinner only. You will have to buy breakfast at your own expense. Accommodation will be provided in tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be available in tents.

    Day 3 of Minkiani Pass trek: Riyoti to Kareri Lake

    Overnight in Kareri Lake Campsite.

    Today's trek from Riyoti to Kareri Lake is the most scenic day of your entire trip. Today's meal package includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accommodation will be provided in tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be available in tents.

    Day 4 of Minkiani Pass trek: Kareri Lake to Minkiani Pass and back

    Overnight in Kareri Lake Campsite.

    Today's trek from Kareri Lake to Minkiani Pass and back is the toughest day of your trip. Today's meal package includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accommodation will be provided in tents on twin/triple sharing basis.

    Day 5 of Minkiani Pass trek: Kareri Lake to Mcleodganj

    Your trip ends today evening.

    Today's trek from Kareri Lake to Ghera and jeep ride until Mcleodganj. Today's meal package includes Breakfast and Lunch only. You will reach Mcleodganj by evening. Please note that dinner is not offered today.

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