This is a fine and pleasent trek passing through innumerable water streams, rivulets, deep and dense jungle with rich fauna and flora of Himalayas.
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This is a fine trek passing through innumerable streams, rivulets, deep and dense jungle with rich fauna and flora. Villages along the route are located on steep slopes. The yellow and green terraced fields that inters paced them are a photographer’s delight. Like other high passes this pass provides a very scenic view of both Kangra and Chamba valleys and offers distant view of the Middle Himalaya.
Highest Altitude : Minkiani Pass (4250m)
Day 1:- Mcleodganj to Kareri village (1800mts) 13 kms.
This 13 km trek is smooth and enjoyable. It passes through the Dal Lake nestled in most natural scenic grandeur and surrounding by thick deodars, junipers, rhododendrons and thin variety of oaks. The road to the left of the lake turns to Satobari hereafter, a wide stony trail descends through a thick forest. This trail meets a hanging wooden bridge over the Gaj River at Ghera.
From here, there is steady climb of about 3km., which later joins a mule track allowing an easy walk up to Kareri. Thick pine forest makes the whole trek very refreshing and picturesque. Dhauladhar range looks majestic from here. One can view Gag and Bhimghasutri passes from a very close distance.
Day 2:- Kareri Village to Kareri Lake (3200mts.) 13 kms.
Kareri Lake is at a low altitude and is an easier trek. It is frequented mostly by Gujjars and Gaddis from the nearby villages because of extensive pasture lands. Clusters of dense conifers and different kinds of perennial flowers are a rare treat offered by this place.
Day 3:- Kareri Lake to Minkiani Got or Naggar over Minkiani Pass (4250mts.)
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 requiring a climb over hard snow and boulders.
Minkiani pass is at a small saddle with many ‘Trisuls’ where prayers for safe crossing are offered to Shiva. The route to the other side of the pass descends through moraines and one has to hop up from boulder to boulder. The trek terminates at Minkiani Gote (3500m) where there are few rock caves and lovely camping ground. In all, it take 6 to 7 hours to reach this camping place from Kareri Lake.
Day 4: - Nagaar Lake / Minkiani Gote to Lamdal Lake and back to Drakund 20km.
The route from here to Lamdal is not very difficult. One must walk with a slow pace initially. It takes only two hours to reach at Lamdal lake. It is the biggest and deepest lake in the Dhauladhar range. From Lamdal Lake the trek descends to the valley floor along Lamdal stream; the route is clear and at certain places involves crossing over streams. This trek becomes very tiring with a drop in the altitude from 3900m to 1800m.
Day 5: - Drakund to Barai village and then to Dunali 9km.
Drakund onward to Dunali is a bridle path. The trek passes through beautiful villages and takes 2 to 3 hrs at an easy pace to reach at Barai village. The jeep-able road has come up till Barai village from here Dunali is 7km by road, which is located along the Chamba-Bharmour road on the confluence of Ravi and Lamdal stream.
The trek ends at Dunali where one has a choice to go to Bharmour town 40km or to Pathankot via Chamba 130km.
- Transport cost for private departures
- 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
Not Included :
- 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.