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What You Should Know More About Trekking in Dharamshala
April-June: The weather in summers here is pleasant and cool during the summer months. The temperature varies between 22-35 degrees. Trekking during this time is an activity to do as the trek and weather are both favourable. You can visit various places in Dharamshala during this period of time.
July-September: The rainy season makes the place difficult for trekking. It is not advisable to trek during these months.
October-March: The temperature starts dropping rapidly and by December, we can expect the negative temperature. The place become a scenic marvel and snowfall begins from December. Trekking can be done, but one should take care of the weather as it is freezing for most of the times.
By Air: The nearest airport to Dharamshala is at Gaggal. It is 13 kms from Dharamshala. People can book flights from Delhi till here. Alternatively, you can also book flight till Chandigarh and a taxi from there till Dharamshala. The distance between the two is around 250 kms.
By Train: The best way to reach Dharamshala via train is to take a train till Pathankot which is at a distance of around 85 kms from Dharamshala. From Pathankot, you can take a cab to reach Dharamshala.
By Road: Depending on the source of your journey, there are numerous ways to reach Dharamshala. These ways include by bus, by taxi or even by self drive.
Dharamshala is a pristine and pictorial location for avid trekkers. Some of the famous winter treks in Dharamshala are:
Dhauladhar winter trek: This is one of the best winter treks with a moderate difficulty level. Most of the time is spent while walking through the Dhauladhar mountain ranges or in remote villages through the trek.
Triund Hill Trek: it is one of the jewels of Dharamshala valley and is quite popular among tourists. It is situated near the Dhauladhar range. This trek is suitable for all age groups, considerably easy in the beginning, but tourists face difficulty during the ending.
Indrahar Pass trek: On your way, trek through the camping ground of Triund, while marvelling at the beauty of Lahesh Caves, famous as Shepherd’s abode in winters. This trek offers you a glimpse of Dhauladhar range and PirPanjal mountain range
Snow Line trek: Marvel at the pristine beauty of the breathtaking snow clad mountains when you trek on this snowline trail.
Lahesh Caves trek: drench in the beauty of Lahesh Caves, famous as Shepherd’s abode in winters.
Dharamshala to Chamba valley trek which lets you encounter the views of natural environs.
Some of the popular summer treks include
Generally hill stations are safe for trekking and Dharamshala is another such beauty which provides a safe trekking experience to all visitors. People here are really generous and helpful. Most of the crowd lives in rural areas of Himachal thus crime rates are less.
Some of the tips are to exchange the money at authorised dealing shops and always ask for a receipt. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Keep your documents handy while travelling majorly your passport.
Always carry a map even when you are with a guide. Do not leave cash or valuables in cars or taxis and majorly do not trust strangers.
The Triund hill is considered the highest peak for trekking in Dharamshala. The Hanuman kaTibba peak in the dhauladhar range is the highest point of the Himalayas.
Yes, go on a Snow Line trekking experience to witness flora and fauna. Snow Line Trek initiates from Mcleodganj and lets you unwrap the beauty of the region. Enthral the views of amazing surrounds and discover mixed forests of deodar, oak and rhododendron and hidden monasteries and beautiful lush grasslands.
Trek to Lahesh Caves which is a tedious trek but totally worth the efforts, also a known temporary shepherd’s stay in during the summer months.
It is situated at top of the small glacier and is a perfect romantic plus adventure site in Dharamshala. The cost may vary starting from 4000 INR.
If you are older than 9 years, you probably can trek on Guna Devi pass. It is an easy or moderately difficult trek and offers you some tremendous views of Dharamshala terrains and valleys.
Laka Glacier is one of the most beautiful trek one can complete in a short duration, as it an easy graded trekking option.
Situated at 3200 metres from above sea level, it only takes 13 kms to reach the snowline at Laka glacier.
Bara Bhangal Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Dharamshala, commencing from Manali and through Lama Dugh crossing Than PariTibba, glimpsing Manali on the run and finally reaching baraBhangal range.
Yes, Jalsu Pass, also known as the Flower Valley of Himachal Pradesh, can be done, as it is situated at an elevation of 3900 metres and is the easy link between Chamba and Kangra tribal valley. It is a moderate graded trail and can be completed in a span of 3 days.
Yes, one can enjoy trekking on this beautiful high altitude, fresh water Kareri Lake which is 2934 metres above the sea level. This is a well-known hiking destination passing through subtropical forests and alpine grasslands.
Situated high between the magnificent range of Dhauladhar, this trail passes through gushing streams, wild and colourful orchards and alpine forest lands. Feel the powers of Shiva and Shakti temples shadowing the clear river.
Yes, Indrahar Pass is a fascinating trek because of its diverse offerings. Indrahar Pass trek is perched at a height of 4300 ft above sea level, and is a moderately difficult trekking site. This trek offers you a glimpse of Dhauladhar range and PirPanjalmountain range.
A perfect combination of colours of Himachal along with revering nature, this is not the most visited trek, but still, crosses the mind of several travellers from all age group.
Triund trek, is situated 18 kms from the city of Dharamshala, and is a scenic trekking location. It is a one day trek which offers Dhauladhar ranges just above the eyes. Triund trek is famous for well-defined forest trails and stunning views of the entire Kangra valley.
The evenings are really delightful which lures tourists to pitch in tents and enjoy a night here. The ridge elevation is between 2,810 and 2,875 metres. It is a one-day trek approx. 10 kilometres. This trek is suitable for all age groups.
Yes, Tosh Valley trek is a way to discover beauty of nature, and you can choose the way to climb up the Glacier. You can pursue the tracks that lead to the challenging Animal Pass or choose the steady easy climb to the Tosh Glacier.
This has a maximum elevation of 7874 feet above sea level and can be completed in a duration of one week. This trekking trail can be climbed in month of July to September. This popular trek connects the lush Kullu culture and greenery to the barren and rugged Spiti valley.
Yes, you can enjoy camping in Dharamshala in the alpine forests and jungles, amid deodar and pine trees to have a wonderful camping experience. You can choose to stay in luxurious hotels or spend a night under the sky admiring the stars in Dharamshala.
Dance around campfires and make that scrumptious meal over barbeque grills. Apparently, camps will be there in most of the treks but it’s always advisable to check the dates before booking, also collect information about camping facility in a particular trek.
Stay in tents with insulated mats and sleeping bags, experience Bon-fire and Music in the evening and luxury of fixed Europe style bathrooms.Tents will be spacious enough to accommodate upto 3 people.
The tents will be waterproof and light weighted and are equipped with comfortable sleeping mats or beds.
You must be really well equipped with all your essentials while going for trekking. The things you must carry while going for trekking in Himachal Pradesh includes:
Yes, Dharamshala is an ideal location to go solo. If a female trekker is planning to go, Dharamshala is a safe place as people here are really helpful. As for girls, trekking is extremely safe. The vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek.
If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
You will be provided with proper and comfortable sleeping mats. These will be long foamed mats on which a person can sleep with ease. Moreover, if you are already familiar with heat and insulation, these mats will help insulate your body from the cold grounds. Further, you can carry your own sleeping bag during the trek.
You can explore the activities in Dharamshala which makes this an even more inviting place to be.
Dharamsala is home to many holy places, temples, peaks and monasteries. Pilgrims from all over the world comes to witness the beauty of this natural heaven and to get blesssings of the deity. Some famous monasteries located in Dharamshala are:
Traveller Tales from Dharamshala
05 February 2016
This trip was amazing. It took us to the city full of Tibetan culture and their monasteries. I was expecting such a beauty. Along with the pleasant and beautiful climate, Dharamshala is not just an eye-candy. It has much more to offer in the context of sightseeing. What’s more there are a lot of adventure tours that one can take. If you are an adventurous person like me then you can also go for the short paragliding and trekking trips in Dharamshala along with this trip, if the time permits. This trip brought us back to New Delhi after the trip, which was a huge relief as we did not have to make the travel plans. We relished the trip with the beautiful memories of Himachal Pradesh and its Culture.
27 October 2013
Triund is the crown jewel of Dharamshala. It is situated in the laps of Dhauladhar mountains. I had an amazing experience with the Triund trek. It has a perfect view of mountains from one side and the Kangra valley on the other. Despite being a popular trekking spot, this trekking spot is not over crowded or polluted. This trek was one of the best experiences that I ever had. I so loved this trek and I want to do this trek again. This may sound stupid, but yeah I want to do this trek again sooner.
10 April 2015
As the trek started from Dharamshala, we all were looking forward to it. McLeod Ganj and then Kareri Lake...the trek was pretty easy and filled with awesome moments. The villages on the way were way better than we thought and for a moment we all felt like settling down there permanently.
18 February 2015
One thing I would like to mention here - The organizers organised this trek very well. Though it is only 3 days, we had plenty of fun and excitement all the way from McLeod Ganj to Trinud. Captivating sceneries, fascinating mountains, exciting terrains made our trek real amazing.
04 May 2015
Guys, this can be called as one of the best treks in the entire country. The beauty and the feel that it offers are simply above all. If you happen to miss it, you will miss it forever. Pack your bags, book your dates and just go for this one without even thinking twice.
06 April 2015
Our group of 6 people from Delhi had lot of fun and are happy to give a thumbs up for the Kareri Lake trek and experience. Within the span of 5 days, we had unlimited fun and the trails were so appealing. Really, a must trek to take for the beginners.
24 November 2015
Tosh is the place we would like to visit again and again. To see the double rainbow on waterfall was such a inexplicable feeling. I had never seen that beauty of nature before ever. It was such a wonderful feeling. The experience was out of world.
14 April 2015
We did the Kareri Lake trek during the summers. Even during that time, it was so beautiful and made our trek ever-memorable. The trekking guides carried out the entire trek so decently. Planning to visit the lake during the winters now!
14 April 2015
We did the Kareri Lake trek during the summers. Even during that time, it was so beautiful and made our trek ever-memorable. The tour guides carried out the entire trek so decently. Planning to visit the lake during the winters now!
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