Description: Starting from McLeodganj (Dharamsala) at about 6000ft in the Kangra valley and passing over the mighty snowbound Dhauladhar, the trail ends at Lamu in the Ravi valley. The trail is the traditional migratory and grazing route of the “Gaddis”, the colourful, semi-nomadic Hindu shepherds who belong to the Kangra and Chamba districts. Each spring, they bring their flocks from the foothills of the Kangra, over the Dhauladhar to the Ravi valley. From there they go higher across the Pir Panjal to the main Himalaya, and on to the rich grazing grounds of the Lingti valley in Spiti.
Location: Himachal Season: Summer (May - June) Autumn (Sep - Oct) Grade: Moderate Average Walking Time: 3 - 4 hours per day
Day 01: Arrive Delhi Upon arrival at Delhi airport, greetings and welcome by TEI representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi – Mcleodganj (2196 mts/7,200 ft)
Morning after breakfast drive to Mcleodganj. Lunch on the way. On arrival check in into hotel. Time at leisure to relax, evening a brief on the entire program and distribution of equipments, dinner & overnight in hotel
Day 03: Mcleodganj - Triund (2994 mts/9818 ft.) 10 kms/3-4 hrs
Early breakfast - your trek begins towards Triund passing through Dhramkot. The trail to Triund is generally gentle except last few kms. Dinner & overnight in tents.
Day 04: Triund – Lahesh Cave (3598 mts/11800 ft) 9 kms/ 3-4 hrs
Post breakfast - This day the trail follows the ridge behind the prayer flags above the. The trail climbs generally through oak and conifer forest and across the open meadows to the encampment at Laka Got. The last 200 - 300 mts is tiring to Lahesh Cave. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 05: Lahesh Cave - Indrahar Pass (4375 mts/14,350 ft) - Chatru Parao (12 kms/6 -7 hrs)
Early morning breakfast. Commence uphill trek with packed lunch. At the higher elevations there is a a steep 300 - 400 m ascent towards the crest of the Dhaula Dhar, before a 1 Km traverse just below the ridge to the Indrahar Pass. From the pass one can view Pir Panjal Range in the north and Mani Mahesh Kailash (5656 M) peak in the east. Descend from the pass to Chatru Parao. Dinner & overnight in tents
Day 06: Chatru Parao - Kuarsi (2747 mts/9010 ft) 15 kms/ 6 - 7 hrs
Start trek with packed lunch, the trail follows the true left of the valley for the first few kms. Later the trek crosses the valley on a permanent snow bridge and ascends steeply to an open meadow. Continue down the true right of the valley and after crossing a series of meadows finally descends to Kurasi. Dinner & overnight in tents.
Day 07: Kuarsi - Machetar (5886 ft) - Chamba (16 kms/ 5 - 6 hrs)Traveling 80 kms/3 – 4 hrs
Post breakfast, continue trek downhill with packed lunch. Today's trek continues into the valley and from the top mountain views of the whole region can be seen. Descend along the Barley fields to hit the road head to Machetar. From Machetar drive towards Chamba. Dinner & overnight stay in FRH/hotel.
Day 08: Chamba - Pathankot - Delhi
After breakfast day leisure for rest at hotel. Lunch at hotel. Visit Chamba city and market. Evening drive for Pathankot to catch train for New Delhi. Over night journey.
Day 09: Delhi
Arrive New Delhi railway station. upon arrival at Delhi transfer to Hotel. Breakfast at hotel and today visit Delhi and at evening transfer to airport to catch your onwards flight