A wonderful trek through the Himalayas combines the delightful hill station of Dharamsala and adjacent McLeod Gang – home to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan community. Our carefully planned itinerary provides magnificent views of the Dhauladhar range and the beautiful Kangra valley besides our experience at Pragpur, a Heritage Village.
In the north of the Punjab plains and rising to around 5,000 metres, the southernmost ridges of the Indian Himalaya are known as Dhauladhar. Here, amongst these ‘White Mountains’, the British established several hill stations, including Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj, which is today home to Tibet’s popular leader, the Dalai Lama. After a day’s exploration of this colourful Buddhist place of pilgrimage we trek through pretty villages and high pastures on the south side of the ranges, following trails used for centuries by the local shepherds and their flocks. Gaining height gradually and walking for an average of just 4 hours each day, we enjoy a series of scenic camping places with plentiful opportunities to meet friendly villagers. From our highest camp at Triund (2,850m) there are particularly fine views of the peaks and ridges of Dhauladhar. There is also time to see local craftsmen at work, visit the tea capital of the region and stay in a delightful old manor house in the World Heritage Village of Pragpur.
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Arrive Delhi, overnight train to Pathankot. Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Evening transfer to the railway station for journey to Pathankot. Overnight Train
Arrive Pathankot, drive to Dharamsala (90 kms;3 hrs). Morning arrival in Pathankot. Drive to Dharamsala. Afternoon, walk and visit Dalai Lama’s complex, Tibetan Library and St John’s Church. Evening free to explore the local bazaar. Overnight Hotel
McLeod Ganj (1760m) to Kareri village (1985m;3-4 hrs). Today meet the trekking crew and begin the trek. Walk from McLeod Ganj (1,760m) to Kareri village (1,985m) through some traditional Gaddi Shepherd villages and terraced rice fields. Overnight Camp
Kareri village to Barlai village (2475m; 3-4hrs). Gentle walk from Kareri to Barlai village through some forests home to pheasants, bears and leopards (not sighted very often as they stay only in the remote areas). Overnight Camp
Barlai Village to Dharamkot (2000m;4-5 hrs). A longer but very spectacular day today to Dharamkot as the trail passes through a woodland reserve overlooking the beautiful Kangra Valley. Overnight Camp
Dharamkot to Triund (2850m;3-4hrs). Continue the trek to the highest point at Triund (2,850m) to enjoy superb views of the snow-covered mountains of Dhauladhar on the way. Overnight Camp
Triund to McLeod Ganj trek (2082m;3-4 hrs), then Andretta Village by road. Walk downhill for about 10 kms to return to McLeod Ganj. After lunch drive to Andretta. Overnight Home-stay
Andretta Village to Pragpur via Palampur Drive down to Palampur. Visit tea gardens and stop for lunch. Later continue by road to Pragpur. Overnight Hotel
Pragpur to Pathankot, overnight train to Delhi. Morning is free to relax at the hotel or to explore the local area. Evening drive to Pathankot to board overnight train to Delhi. Overnight Train
Delhi. Arrive in Delhi in the morning and transfer to the hotel. Use day rooms to freshen up. Afternoon free. Evening departure transfer to International Airport.
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Suitable for families with young children
Highest Point (Max altitude)
Triund, 2850 metres
Fairly easy 5-6 hours of activity per day. May include some uphill sections, reasonable fitness recommended.
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