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  • 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: McLeodGanj to Triund

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

    Day 2: Triund to McLeod Ganj

    • 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 a 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 added. 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.

    Trek to Indrahar Pass – 4 Days

    3-Day Trek to Kareri Lake

  • Best time to go/Weather

    Dharamshala has great trekking spots and is favorable 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

  • Dharamshala Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Dharamshala Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    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?

    What should I carry for the trek?

  • 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 woollen 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, leather jacket, fleece jacket, thermal wear, a 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 every day 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.