After breakfast we drive to the Galu Devi Temple which is a 30 minutes drive. From here we start our hike for the day. The trail passes through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar trees and though it’s steep yet the excellent views of vast landscapes of Dhramkot and Dhramshala and the whole Kangra valley compensate for the efforts. Triund is a flat meadow on top of a ridge and receives a lot of snowfall during the season. From here panoramic views of Dhauladhar range towards the north and Kangra valley towards the south are worth memorable sight. Overnight in tents.
This morning after a nice warm breakfast you climb onto the ridge and traverse towards the snowline café, this is where the snowline is generally found in the months of summers. Today we will hike through the fields of giant boulders and a forest of oak and rhododendron filled with birds and flowers. We’ll walk towards the snowline café till the trail allows us to go before returning to the tents by sundown. Overnight in tents at Triund.
After breakfast we start trekking towards McLeodganj. Today’s hike is not difficult but technical, as you climb down the steep slopes, staying alert is advised. Trek ends here and one is free to stay in McLeodganj or continue with their onward journey.
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
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 to www.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.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (May-Jun) there will be lots of snow on the higher meadows and the pass which generally starts melting by June. Days are going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 5 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is hardly any snow at the start with possibility of snowfall towards the end of October, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (8-16 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-5 to 5 °C). Wind chill factor is something you need to be prepared for on most Himalayan treks so come equipped adequately.
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.
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.
…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
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
3 Days | Apr - Jun & Sep - Dec | Moderate | Max Alt : 3300mts (Snowline Cafe)
Day 01: Mcleodganj (2000m) - Triund (2875m) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 02: Height gain towards Snowline Cafe(3300m) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 03: Triund - Mcleodganj (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Towering above the Kangra valley, in the western part of Himachal Pradesh, Dhauladhar is one of the most unique and beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Rocky terrains with a million boulders jutting out of the mountain, makes it ambient to see and interesting to climb. In this getaway trek you will trek in the lower Dhauladhars and climb a hill top just in front of the mighty ranges. It is a 2843m hill, standing parallel to the higher Dhauladhars, with Mun peak appearing at an arms length. The views from here are simply marvellous, 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.
Trekking in the lower Dhauladhars is now days getting famous among the many reputed outdoor companies. GIO adventures, organizes such trek throughout the year. With a minimum of two highly experienced guides and a small group size, GIO Adventures offers Indias safest, most fun trek to the lower Dhauladhars. The trek is 3 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.
The Trekking in Triund starts from Dharamsala/McLeodganj which over the years has become a well-known hill vacation destination. This bustling Tibetan Buddhist town is home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government in exile.
During the end-May to mid-June period there is going to be snow on the trail and we will plan our hike keeping the conditions in mind.
|Region||Himachal Pradesh - Kangra, Himachal Pradesh|