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Snow Trek: Kangra Valley Dhauldhar Range - Triund [Price on Request]


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Product Code: TRTU
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Duration: 5 Days
Season: Dec-Mar
Grade: Moderate +
Region: Kangra Valley (Himachal Pradesh)
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DAY 01: MCLEODGANJ – BOH – KANOL (15OO MTS.) – Drive(45 Kms. / 02 Hrs.)Trek 3-4 HRS

After breakfast today we drive to BohVillage the starting point of the trek. It is a steep ascent from Boh for about couple of hours to reach Batuni Village. At Batuniwe visit the village and witness the lifestyle of local people. Another hours climb takes us to Lingru Nag Temple which is our lunch point. After lunch it is a downhill walk through the lush green fields till we reach Kanol Village where we camp for the overnight stay.Overnight in the tents/ home stay.

DAY 02: KANOL - KARERI VILLAGE (1900 MTS. / TREK 4-5 HRS.)

After breakfast we start our trek walking through some beautiful small villages. Today we see village kids and also interact with the young local inhabitants. We reachKareri village by evening. The campsite is located on the banks of a small and beautiful rivulet. Overnight in the tents/ guest house at Kareri village.

DAY 03: KARERI – BAHL (1900 MTS. / TREK 4-5 HRS.)

A gradual more or less a flat walk from Kareri Village takes us to KhariBehi. From KhariBehi it is a steep downhill walk for about an hour to Rawa Village, situated on the bank of a small river. From Rawa village it is steep ascent for another 2 hours to Bahl Village. Camp near a small stream close to the village.Overnight in the tents/ home stay.

DAY 04: BAHL – TRIUND (2875 MTS. / TREK 4-5 HRS)

Early start is recommended as the trail is generally uphill for the day. Cross the Bhatedriver and follow a rough trail which climbs steeply through the forest to Galu temple. From here the terrain changes to a wide paved mountain path as we continue our gradual uphill climb all the way till Triund.”Triund” is set on an alpine meadow, high up on a ridge facing snowcapped peaks of Dhauladhar on one side and beautiful Kangra Valley on the other. Camp here for the overnight stay. Overnight in the tents/ guest house.u

DAY 05: TRIUND – MCLEOD GANJ (DHARAMSALA) VIA LETA(TREK 3-4 HRS)

This is probably the finest stretch of the trek from Triund to Mcleodganj. The excellent hike of the day offers excellent views of Dhauladhars. There are excellent views of Dhauladhar range in the north and Dhramshala valley in the south. We pass along a beautiful water fall before finishing our trek at Bhagsu Nag village near a Hindu temple. Trek ends here. From here we drive to toMcleodganj.

TRANSPORT OPTIONS (Delhi – McLeodganj – Delhi)

For travel from Delhi to McLeodganj & back, one can choose between rail & road. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. The closest railway station is Pathankot from where you could get local taxis and buses for McLeodganj. You could also hire a private taxi if you prefer one. For train details, you could log on to  www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on towww.irctc.co.in.

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dharamsala/McLeodganj that cost about Rs. 1000-1400 per person. They take about 13 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

This snow trek is organized between end Dec & Mar when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to popular belief, winters are a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. Also there are lots of local festivals in these months. In these months weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun and temperatures would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around 0 to 5 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of -5 to 0 °C.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications    

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required..

  1. Shirts/T-shirts – 3/4
  2. Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  3. Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
  4. Windproof/water resistant outer shell (Jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) with a proper hood 
  5. Down Jacket (with min 600 fill power rating)
  6. Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater 
  7. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower) 
  8. Woollen cap (Balaclava)
  9. Inner fleece gloves
  10. Outer waterproof gloves
  11. Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4-5 pairs)
  12. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  13. Comfortable waterproofTrekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
  14. Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  15. Gaiters
  16. Small light weight towel
  17. Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional) 
  18. Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  19. Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
  20. Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole 
  21. Sunscreen Lotion
  22. Lip Balm
  23. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  24. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  25. Personal toiletries
  26. Book, if you like reading
  27. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  28. Carry rain cover for your bags
  29. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  30. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the Right Trek & Training for It

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek Grading System

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

5Days | Dec-Mar| Mod+ | Max Alt: 3000mts (Ahead of Triund)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Mcleodganj Boh Kanol (15oo mts.) [drive 45 kms. / 02 hrs / trek 3-4 hrs]
Day 02: Kanol - Kareri Village (1900mts) [trek 4-5 hrs]
Day 03: Kareri Bahl (1900 mts0 [trek 4-5 hrs]
Day 04: Bahl Triund (2875mts) [trek 4-5 hrs]
Day 05: Triund Mcleod ganj (dharamsala) via leta [trek 3-4 hrs]

Description

This is one of the finest winter and early summer treks in the country. It is set in the Kangra valley with the back drop of the Dhauladhar range. This trek is initially in the foothills and towards the latter part one gains altitude and reaches the higher elevation regions. While walking through the foothills of Dhauladhar Mountains we pass through several remote tribal villages which add a very unique and lasting flavor to the trek. Also we make few visits to the family houses in the villages and get to know the local culture and tradition at very close quarters. This aspect of trekking is found missing on a lot of trails but not on this one where you get it in plenty

Dhaualadhar are themselves a mountain range quite apart from any other mountain range in the Himalayas. It is the outer most part of Himalayas. The rock faces of this granite range are so sharply cut that they fail to hold snow for long as a result you see snow in the gullies and on top. During this trek we walk through many Gaddi tribal villages. Gaddi is a semi nomadic shepherd tribe whose main occupation is agriculture and rearing of sheep and goat. The shepherds spend the whole summer on the mountains and during winter come back to the plains of Kangra with their flock of sheep and goat.

This is a perfect winter trek as one has the option of staying in village homes /small guesthouses along the trail on cold nights and one is not forced to sleep in tents. Day time is absolutely enjoyable with sun being out for most of the day. There are many highlights of the trek but for people fascinated by the idea of snow their moment of glory would be at and around Triund. The meadows here would be packed with layers of snow and one can walk endlessly on carpets of snow and enjoy the wonders that are brought about by the falling of snow

This trek is absolutely fine for fit first timers as well as seasoned trekkers looking at a moderately paced beautiful winter hike

DETAILS
Duration 5 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh - Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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