Triund - Trekking in the Lower Dhauladhars

Trekking in the Lower Dhauladhars

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Triund (2875m)

Trekking in the mountains is mostly about high passes & deep valleys, mountain ranges & snow covered summits, gushing rivers & small streams, alpine lakes & meadows, and of course a lot of flora and fauna. Well trekking in the Dhauladhars will give you a firsthand experience of all these features. This venture goes from the low lands of the Kangra valley to the southern branch of the greater Himalayan chain, called the Dhauladhar range. It separates the Kangra valley to the famous Chamba valley, both lying in the western part of Himachal Pradesh. The Dhauladhars looks in divine majesty over Kangra valley, and has a prominent impact on both social and cultural structures. For centuries natives of both the valleys have been travelling through these mountains, crossing high passes, for trade, commerce and religious purposes.

Shepherds, Gaddi, Triund

Gadi "Shepherds" Dhauladhar Range

Besides this, the shepherds also called ‘Gaddi ’; wander in these ranges in search of pastures for their sheep and cattle. Various alpine meadows and lakes are found, when one treks to these high passes. Gaddi people along with their animals, make long journeys to these alpine meadows, which are high altitude grasslands, and keep moving according to the season and availability of pasture.

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Akshat Ghildiyal
An adventure traveler and enthusiast, with panache for photography. He has been a part of GIO team since last one year with proven ability to lead the tours and make them a memorable one for you.

Due to these wanderings beautiful routes, connecting various villages with high passes and nearby valleys, have been developed. One of such routes is the circuit trail of the lower Dhauladhars. Connecting some of the most beautiful mountain villages, this trek concludes, at Mcleodganj, as one decends down from Triund


This trek moves thoroughly in the lower Dhauladhar ranges, wandering through some of the most beautiful villages in Himachal. Starting from Boh village, climbing on the lower Dhauladhars, trail reaches Kanol. Kanol stands atop a huge plateau, drained by small streams, flowing from the higher parts of Dhauladhars. With the availability of rich natural resources, the village is mostly self-sustained. The trek from here is mostly gradual as trail moves up and down, passing through beautiful mixed forests of oak, pine, rhododendrons and various other wild vegetation. Crossing various streams of fresh mountain waters, the trail moves through the villages of Kareri, and Bhal. Both exceptionally located and developed in a self-sustained, nature friendly way. This route is famous among the back packers as the peaceful villages, provide good base for travelling to various alpine lakes and high passes, like the Kareri lake, Lam Dal and the seven lakes, Minkaini pass, Indrahaar pass etc.

Himachali Village - Dhauladhar

Beautiful house in Dhauladhar Range

Towards the end of the trek the trail reaches its highest point, 2843m, at Triund. It is a hill standing parallel to the higher Dhauladhars, with Mun peak appearing at an arm’s length. The views from here are simply marvelous, with a progression of snow clogged high peaks like Matterhorn (4478m), standing tall. Spending a night here is recommended, as the stars fill up the sky, with a prominent trail of the ‘Milkyway’ connecting both the horizons.

Moon Peak, Mun Peak

Mun Peak (4610 m)

Trekking in the lower Dhauladhars is now days getting famous among the many reputed outdoor companies. GIO adventures, organizes such trek during the winter months. With a minimum of two highly experienced guides and a small group size, GIO Adventures offers India’s safest, most fun trek to the lower Dhauladhars. The trek is 4 days long and trek grade is Easy to Moderate. Any first timers can opt for this trek as most of the terrain is simple and gives a spectacular experience of the Himalayas.

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