Dharamshala Trek

Dharamshala Trek

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Explore the enchanted land of Dharamshala as you walk through dense forests, pine and oak trees. Witness snow-capped mountains and get mesmerised with the Dhauladhar mountain ranges.

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Dharamshala Trek Overview

About Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a hill station located at an average altitude of 4780 feet above sea level and set against a backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountain range in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley. This beautiful town is home to the Dalai Lama and His presence and a sizable Tibetan community have made Dharamshala a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.

Trekking in Dharamshala

This picturesque town is surrounded by dense coniferous forests of Deodar and pine trees making it ideal for trekking. Trekking here in Dharamshala is a treat for your senses as you visit temples and monasteries, witness the daily life of Himalayan shepherds, and spend a lot of time enjoying spectacular views. You will stop at some very scenic campsites along these treks, but the highlight is definitely the views of ManiMahesh Kailash Peak, the Pir Panjal range and the Dhauladhar Mountains.

Treks around Dharamshala: Triund Trek

One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is a grassy green hill called Triund hill. It is considered a jewel in the crown of Dharamshala, and Triund is a very popular picnic spot. It is a one-day and one of the easy treks in Dharamshala and a perfect weekend getaway. The trail is rocky and cut into steps at some places.

From Galu Devi temple there is a little path which goes through dense rhododendron and oak and deodar forest to end at the Triund summit, rewarding you with absolutely breath-taking, 180-degree views of the mountains and the gorgeous Kangra valley. During your trek in Dharamshala, if you are lucky you can see the birds like Alpine Ancestors and wild animals like musk deer and black bear

The Triund trek will take about four hours to complete and just the view of the evening sky from Triund is a good enough reason to pitch a tent here for the night. There are some great camping sites with beautiful views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range when you trek in Dharamshala

Treks around Dharamshala: Bir Billing

Another beautiful trek in Dharamshala is the trek to Bir Billing. Bir Billing has an altitude of 8530 feet and is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens. It is also considered the best and most popular paragliding spot in India. Here you can do tandem paragliding, expedition paragliding and trans-Himalayan paragliding flights throughout the year except during monsoons.

Treks around Dharamshala: Kareri Lake

For the uninitiated, there is the Kareri Lake trek which is one of the best treks around Dharamshala. Situated at an altitude of 10,500 ft, Kareri Lake is fed by the melting snow from the Dhauladhar Mountains. It's a good trek in Dharamshala for fit beginners, because it is mostly easy, but has some steep sections.

The trail takes you through alpine forests, over sparkling streams, and up to the lake, where you'll camp at the base of two passes, with views of mountains all around.

Treks around Dharamshala: Indrahar Pass

The Indrahar Pass is a prime attraction for Dharamshala Trek. At a towering height of 14,500 feet above sea level in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, this pass offers panoramic views of the Pir Panjal range, Mani Mahesh, Kailash peak and the underlying Kangra valley

This is a moderately challenging trek and is perfect for newbies and people with past experience looking for a fun trek in the Himalayas.

Best time for trekking in Dharamshala

Dharamshala has pleasant weather conditions through the summer months and hence, this is the best time for treks around Dharamshala. In this season the trails are dotted with flowers in full bloom and the countryside is lush with life.

Come July and the region sees heavy rain up until September and trekking becomes slightly tricky. Winters are severe in this region but the tourist crowds would be gone and you can enjoy the snowfall in your treks in Dharamshala.

Dharamshala Trek Summary

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Nearest city: Dharamshala
  • Total days: 2-4 days
  • Grade: Easy-Moderate
  • Max altitude: 8000 to 19500 feet
  • Season: Winter/Early Summer

Trek to Triund - 2 day

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Start point: Mcleodganj
  • Endpoint: Triund
  • Day start time: 08:30 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 9 km
  • Trekking time: 6 hrs
  • Overnight at campsite

Day 2:

  • Start point: Triund
  • Endpoint: Mcleodganj
  • Day start time: 06:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 9 km
  • Trekking time: 65 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 of the trek to Triund: McLeodGanj to Triund

Triund is one of the most popular spots for trekking in Dharamshala. The base for the trek is the town of McleodGanj. You will reach the campsite by 09:30 hrs. After a short briefing, you will start your trek to Triund. The trail is stunning and offers panoramic views of the picturesque mountains around.

The views are so attractive that you can’t help but admire the beauty and click pictures. You can grab a bit or sip on some hot beverage at the many cafes that you will come across on your trek. By afternoon you will reach the summit.

You can rest, explore the place or simply admire the beauty around. You will spend your night under the starry sky on a stunning mountain

Day 2 of the trek to Triund: Triund to McLeod Ganj

You will wake up to the chirping of birds and serene morning. After you freshen up, you will start your return trek to the campsite. You will reach Mcleodganj by afternoon. Your trek ends here.

Inclusions:

Your accommodation will be provided in tents on triple/quad sharing basis. All camping and trekking equipment required will be provided. The package includes fees of the trekking guide. Dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided.

There are arrangements made for a common kitchen/toilet tent. All meals mentioned in your package will be provided. Any permit charges or entry fees at locations are included. Your package consists of a first aid kit and is inclusive of all taxes.

Exclusions:

Travelling from your base city to Mcleodganj is excluded. Costs incurred due to unfortunate events will be additional. Any food or beverages other than the ones mentioned in your package aren’t included. This package doesn’t include any insurance. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

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Trek to Indrahar Pass – 4 Days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Start point: Mcleodganj
  • Endpoint: Triund
  • Day start time: 09:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs
  • Accommodation: Overnight at campsite in tents

Day 2:

  • Start point: Triund
  • Endpoint: Laka Got
  • Day start time: 07:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 68 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs
  • Accommodation: Overnight at campsite in tents

Day 3:

  • Start point: Laka Got
  • Endpoint: Laka Got
  • Day start time: 07:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 9 km
  • Trekking time: 8 hrs
  • Accommodation: Overnight at campsite in tents

Day 4:

  • Start point: Laka Got
  • Endpoint: Mcleodganj
  • Day start time: 07:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 14 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Mcleodganj to Triund

To trek to the Indrahar Pass, you will begin from McleodGanj. You will have to reach the McleodGanj campsite at 09:00 hrs. From here you will begin your trek to Triund. On the way you will witness dense deodar and oak forests and get a good view of the Kangra Valley.

The route to Triund is simply magical and you can’t help but click pictures of the trail. You will halt at the Galu Devi Temple. You will reach the Triund Campsite by late afternoon and can spend as much time admiring the Dhauladhar mountain ranges and basking in the sheer beauty of Triund. You will stay in tents at Triund.

Day 2 : The trek to Indrahar Pass: Triund to Laka Got

The next day you will resume your trek to Lake Got. The trail to this lake is a bit challenging and will take you approximately 5-hrs to get there. You can cross dense forests, witness snow-capped mountains and reach Lake Got by late afternoon. The Lake Got campsite is beautiful as well as interesting as it is near a small glacier.

You will witness small patches of snow and since this campsite is frequented by locals you will also get a chance to interact with them and understand their lifestyle. You will stay here in tents overnight.

Day 3 of the trek to Indrahar Pass: Day trek to Indrahar Pass

The day to trek to Indrahar Pass has finally arrived! Today. You will experience a stunning route as you make your way to the Indrahar Pass. If you’re trekking in the winters you will walk in deep snow with appropriate trekking equipment. It might sound a bit challenging but is also an experience that no trekker would want to miss. Once you reach Indrahar Pass you can indulge in the gorgeous views of the Pir Panjal. You will then retrace your steps back to Lake Got for an overnight stay

Day 4 of the trek to Indrahar Pass: Laka Got to McLeod Ganj

You will begin your trek back to the Mcleodganj campsite. You will reach the campsite later afternoon and your exciting trek ends. Here.

Inclusions:

Your accommodation in tents on triple/quad-sharing basis is taken care of. all camping and trekking equipment required will be provided. The package includes fees of the trekking guide. Dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided.

There are arrangements made for a common kitchen/toilet tent. All meals mentioned in your package will be provided. Any permit charges, or entry fees at locations is included. Your package consists of a first aid kit and is inclusive of all taxes.

Exclusions:

Travelling from your base city to Mcleodganj is excluded. Costs incurred due to unfortunate events will be additional. Any food or beverages other than the ones mentioned in your package aren’t included. This package doesn’t include any insurance. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

3-Day Trek to Kareri Lake

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Start point: Kareri Village
  • End point: Rioti Village
  • Day start time: 09:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs
  • Accomodation: Overnight at Rioti in tents

Day 2:

  • Start point: Rioti Village
  • End point: Kareri Lake
  • Day start time: 7:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 5 km
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs
  • Accomodation: Overnight at Kareri Lake in tents

Day 3:

  • Start point: Kareri Lake
  • End point: Kareri Village
  • Day start time: 7:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 11 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 of the trek to Kareri Lake: Kareri to Rioti

You have to reach Kareri village, which is the base camp for Kareri Lake, by 09:00 hrs. This one is an easy and fun trail as you make your way to Rioti. There is plenty to explore on this trail such as small villages, dense forests and lush green patches.

You will walk along natural river streams, cross bridges and reach Rioti by evening. You can explore the place, rest and retire to your tents for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 of the trek to Kareri Lake: Rioti to the Kareri Lake

The next day you will walk an exciting and gorgeous trail to Kareri Lake. It’s an uphill climb with a few rocky tracks. The views get better with every passing step. Once you reach Kareri Lake you can admire the stunning meadows and the towering Dhauladar ranges. You will set your tents and camp at Kareri Lake.

Day 3 of the trek to Kareri Lake: Kareri Lake to Kareri

This is the last day of your trek. You will trek back to Kareri village, pass the campsite at Rioti and descend to Kareri Village by evening. And, your trip comes to an end.

Inclusions:

Your accommodation will be provided in tents on a triple sharing basis. All camping and trekking equipment required will be provided. The package includes fees of the trekking guide. Dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided. There are arrangements made for a common kitchen/toilet tent.

All meals mentioned in your package will be provided. Any permit charges, or entry fees at locations are included. Your package consists of a first aid kit and is inclusive of all taxes.

Exclusions:

Travelling from your base city to Kareri Village is excluded. Costs incurred due to unfortunate events will be additional. Any food or beverages other than the ones mentioned in your package aren’t included. This package doesn’t include any insurance. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

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Best time to go/Weather

Dharamshala has great trekking spots and are favourable to visit around the year. If you love snow then most popular time is winters or early summers as you can witness the snow-capped mountains

Getting there

By Road: Dharamshala is well-connected with all the major cities of North India, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun etc. with state transport buses and plenty of private volvos plying on the route. Plenty of private taxis and shared taxis are also a great option to reach Dharamshala from Delhi or Chandigarh.

By Railways: Pathankot Railway Station is the closest railway station, which is 84.5 km from Dharamshala. From here you could take public transport or shared taxis

By Air: Gaggal Airport, commonly known as Kangra Airport, is the closest runway to Dharamshala. From the airport, cabs and buses are easily available. This would be the best way to travel for those coming from further away from North India and other parts.

What to wear

Trekking here in Dharamshala means trekking on the mountains of the mighty Himalayas. The weather is of high altitude mountains and the terrain varies greatly as you get higher. Therefore, what you wear matters a lot and one must dress appropriately to ensure you are safe, protected and have an enjoyable experience.

It is best to wear clothing that keeps you warm and protects you from any harsh terrain or rocks. Dress in layers, wear thermal underwear, warm t-shirts, trekking pants over thermal inner pants, warm and thick fleece and woollen sweaters. Wear and carry both regular and woolen socks for the temperatures get chilly at night.

Cover your head with a sun cap during the day, woollen gloves, muffler, neck warmers to cover your neck. Wear comfortable trekking shoes, and carry lightweight floater. Do not forget to carry a raincoat/poncho as the rains can be unpredictable here.

Do not wear any expensive jewellery or carry expensive gadgets with you.

What to carry

Your operator will provide you with an exhaustive list of items you must carry for the trek. Ensure you carry the following with you at the very least

A 50-60 litre rucksack, cotton clothes, warm jacket, feather jacket, fleece jacket, thermal wear, woollen cap that covers your head and ears, uv rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra pair of socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, personal toiletries, trekking pole/walking stick. Please carry any personal medication you might need.

Preparation/Fitness

Dharamshala has a host of trekking spots suitable for people of various fitness levels. Check the trekking spot details to understand the elevation and the trail. There are treks that are suitable for families, young children and beginners to introduce them to high altitude treks. There are also great beginner’s snow trek during the winter.

However, whether they are easy or tough treks, you must have a decent level of fitness. You should be able to walk at least 6 to 8 km everyday and be able to carry a 15kg backpack for adults. Try to have regular walks or runs in the weeks before the trek and practice climbing stairs or slopes around you for at least 15 min. This will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. Especially, when the terrain gets a bit more challenging during winter when it gets covered in snow.

FAQs about the Trekking in Dharamshala

What is the best time to go for Dharamshala Trek?

Winters are great for fairytale landscapes and snow covered meadows. The temperatures can be pretty harsh if you are not accustomed to very cold temperatures that may go below zero degrees.

Can first-timers do treks in Dharamshala?

Yes, absolutely. There are many trekking spots suitable for fit beginners, experienced trekkers and also suitable to go with family and friends.

What should I carry for the trek?

Your operator will provide you with a complete packing list, so do make sure you pack accordingly. However, here are some tips: you must carry layers, depending upon the season you are trekking in. While even the summer months will require warm layers and light sweaters, the chilly winters require thermal liners and fleece jackets. Your day-to-day outfit will consist of synthetic track pants, full sleeves T-shirts and a pair of sturdy trekking shoes.

You will need a windproof jacket, woolen gloves and socks and a balaclava to keep your ears covered. While these will keep you warm and covered, don’t forget to pack your daily essentials. You must keep a water bottle, light snacks, raincoat, torch and wet wipes always handy. And yes, insect repellents and your personal medication if any.

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