Singhar pass

This pass is one of the difficult passes of the Dhauladhar range and is not very common amongst trekkers due to its very difficult approach. Local gaddis are frequently seen crossing this pass during summer and autumn with their flocks of sheep and goats. They take their flocks regularly across this pass for grazing up to Manimahesh and Lahaul and Spiti. It is interesting that these gaddi herdsmen, who are semi-nomadic, have been allotted pasturelands in very remote areas of Lahaul and Spiti. They cross these passes twice in a year with their livestocks. This pass is crossable by men and goats only; mules cannot cross this pass. Singhar the ‘Killer’ according to the local people is very unpredictable pass and one cannot be sure of weather conditions on it. Clouds emerge suddenly with strong winds and thunders; thus reducing the temperature considerably. Due to abrupt change in weather, situation at times become fatal for the trekkers.

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Thamsar pass

This pass is of exceptional beauty and one can behold from here both sides of the Kangra and the Ravi valleys. Mules can also cross this pass. It is mostly frequented by gaddis and trekkers to enter into Ravi valley. From this pass, a gradual trail descends to a vast snowfield to the north.

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Dhauladhar matterhorn

Dhauladhar Matterhorn or the Gauri Junda (4916 m) is located to the northeast of Dharamshala and is the highest peak in Dharamshala region. This peak requires technical climbing and therefore one must have technical know-how of mountaineering. The route to the peak approaches from Tang Narwana village to Toral Pass (4575 m) and then to the peak. The other route is from Jia Village to Supdhar, a camping place, below the Talang Pass and then to the peak after having one camp below the peak. The last ascent to the peak is almost vertical and is purely technical.

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