These lakes are the abode of lord Shiva. They are located in the midst of paradisaical grandeur & considered extremely sacred by local residents.
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The Dhauladhar deserves a special mention for its high altitude glacial lakes which have mythical background and are considered extremely sacred by local residents, who make pilgrimage to these lakes during the monsoon and post monsoon season.
These lakes are considered the abode of lord Shiva. They are located in the midst of paradisaical grandeur. The most prominent among them in the Dhauladhar region are Lamdal and the Nagdal. In the region between Minkiani Pass and Indrahara Pass there are seven big and small lakes.
Day 1: Mcleodganj to Triund (2875m) 9km.
Triund is a very well defined and easy trek which passes through Dharamkot village and Galu Devi and then to Triund. This is the one of the best trekking routes which gains a height of about 1000mts. in a distance of 9km.
This is one of the charming places from where the views towards Kangra valley and Dharamshala are delectable. One can enjoy the night view of the glittering lights of Dharamshala town, which makes the whole scene unique and memorable.
Day 2: Triund to Lahesh cave /Illaqua gote (3500Mts.) 5 km.
This is a beaten trek frequented by shepherds, trekkers and local people; it has a moderate climb. Vegetation comes to an end after Illaqua Gote at elevation of 3300mts. On the left of the snout, about 1.5km from Illaqua Gote towards Indrahara Pass is the Lahesh cave at 3500m, a natural rock cave shelter.
Day 3: Lahesh cave (3500m)/ Illaqua gote to Nagdal lake (4150m) over Indrahara Pass (4250m) 7 to 8 hours.
The trek to the Pass is long and passes over rock faces and at certain points involves very steep climbing. This provides a very scenic view of both Kangra and Chamba valley and offers a distant view of the Middle and Greater Himalayas.
Nagdal lake is one of the famous lakes in Dhauladhar region which is also known as Cobra lake near Indrahara Pass at the elevation of 4200m. Nagdal lake is situated to the left of Indrahara Pass. It takes about 2 hours to reach Nagdal lake from the pass. The route is not marked one has to hop up from boulders to boulders with utmost care and balance.
Day 4:- Nagdal lake to Naggar Lake/Minkiani gote via suraj kund, Chanderkup lake, Lamdal lake and Kali kund Lake. 7 to 8 hours.
This is the toughest but scenic and interesting part of the trek. A steady climb of 2 hours will take one to Bhimghasutri Pass (4580m) from the backside of Dhauladhar. After Bhimghasutri pass the route is trackless the whole path is bare and strewn with boulders. Steep snow slopes surrounded by rocky walls along the ice field takes one to Suraj kund lake.
From Suraj kund lake, Chanderkup lake (The moon lake) and Lamdal lake can be seen without any hindrance. From Chanderkup lake it takes one hour descend to Lamdal lake; the biggest lake in the hierarchy of mountain lakes in Dhauladhar range. Kali kund lake is just 300m below Lamdal lake on the way to Naggar lake. This route is very easy and well-marked till Naggar lake. Overnight stay at Naggar lake.
Day 5:- Naggar lake/Minkiani gote to Kareri Lake over Minkiani Pass (4250m).
Three hours of steady and stiff climbing over snowy and steep rocks takes one to Minkiani pass. The route is clear in the beginning and ascends gradually but become steep half way up to the pass. This provides a very scenic view of both Kangra and Chamba/Pangi valley and offers distant view of the Middle and Greater Himalayas. The route to the other side of the pass is clear and easy but very steep.
Day 6: Kareri Lake to Mcleodganj via Kareri village (26kms).
This 13km downhill walk on an easy grade will take you to Kareri village. The route is well marked and descends along the stream. After reaching Kareri village further 35km journey to Mcleodganj will be in cab via Ghera and Dharamshala.
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- All vegetarian meals beginning with breakfast
- Porter/mules for client baggage (one bag per client not weighing more than 15 kgs)
- Camping equipment
- Professional guide
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- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.