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Baleni Pass Trek From Delhi

Duration : 10 Nights

Destination Covered : Delhi – Pathankot - Dalhousie - Kalatop - Khajiyar – Bharmour - Chatrari – Barie - Drakund - Minkiani Goth - Minkiani Base Camp - Minkiani Goth – Kareri Lake - Mcleodgunj - Delhi

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Baleni Pass Trek 10 Night / 12 Days Tour

Baleni Pass, also known as Minkiani Pass, situated at an altitude of 3730 Meters from the sea level, is at the base of the Dhauladhar range, between Chamba and Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is an ideal base for trekking. The route from Chamba to Kangra is through the Baleni Pass. On the way to the pass there is a rock cave built by the Gaddis. Gaddis use this pass to cross over with their sheep into the Bharmour to Kangra and vice versa. On the other side just below the Minkiani Pass is a small glacial lake called Kareri Lake. The Chamba Valley and the Pir Panjal Range can be seen from this top of the pass. Baleni Pass is one of the low lying passes, and is at the base of the Dhauladhar range. You cross alpine pastures, woods, shimmering streams, and picturesque landscapes. This Trekking Trail culminates at Mecleodgunj on the Kangra side. On the way you can explore the rock cave built by the Gaddies which they use during migration to lower and higher reaches with their flocks. Dhauladhar blocked on the North by a high ridge giving birth to a large glacier and a single stream coming out from all of them. Nowhere else are glacial lakes as plentiful. Infect, its around Baleni that they exist at all. Kareri Lake is on the Kangra side. Lam Dal, Nag Dal and Kali Kund on the Chamba side, all within a day's trek from the pass. Standing at top the pass and looking east, you see the Dhauladhar peaks forming a curve. Regarding trekking to Baleni pass we will start from Bharmour and it will ends at Dharamshala. During trek you will find glorious view of unexplored Himalaya.

Baleni Pass is an ideal base for trekking. The route from Chamba to Kangra is through the Baleni Pass. On the way to the pass there is a rock cave built by the Gaddis. Gaddis use this pass to cross over with their sheep into the Bharmour to Kangra and vice versa. On the other side just below the Minkiani Pass is a small glacial lake called Kareri Lake. The Chamba Valley and the Pir Panjal Range can be seen from this top of the pass.

Baleni Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary
Location: Himachal Pradesh
Area: Chamba Kangra
Best time to visit: Mid June to Early October
Altitude: 3730 ft
Day 1
Delhi – Pathankot

Take an overnight train to Pathankot from Delhi train station. Overnight journey.

Day 2
Pathankot - Dalhousie (80 Kms By Taxi)

On arrival at Pathankot, meet our executive and transfer to Dalhousie by car. On reaching Dalhousie, check into your pre booked hotel and in evening visit local sight seen of Small Hill station Dalhousie. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3
Dalhousie – Kalatop - Khajiyar – Bharmour (110 Kms By Taxi)

On arrival at Pathankot / Chakki Bank, enjoy the welcome reception party hosted by our executive in your honour. Thereafter, drive to Dalhousie. On reaching Dalhousie, check into the hotel and in evening visit local sight seen of Small Hill station Dalhousie.

Day 4
Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km Trek For Acclimatization Day)

Today, we will leave early in the morning after having a healthy breakfast and with packed lunch for trekking to Bharmani Temple. This temple is located on the ridge and is 03 km trek from Bharmour. In the evening, return back to your hotel in Bharmour for an overnight stay.

Day 5
Bharmour – Chatrari – Barie (50 Kms By Taxi)

After breakfast in the morning, we will move to a small village Chatrari by taxi and lead a distance of 38 km. Chatrari is small and beautiful valley village famous for its ancient shakti temple. Enjoy the ancient beauty of the village and visit the famous temple. Thereafter, we will move ahead toward Baire. After reaching at Dunali village, we will leave the main highway and take the link road to Barie. Spend the rest of the day for acclimatization in Barie and enjoy an overnight stay in the camp.

Day 6
Barie - Drakund (10 Kms Trek)

In the morning after breakfast, we will trek from Barie to Drakund. Drakund is a beautiful camp site. After crossing the Barie village, we will follow the nallah. A climb of up and downs will reach Drakund. On reaching the camp site, we will take rest to prepare ourself for the next day journey. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in the camp.

Day 7
Drakund – Minkiani Goth (12 Kms Trek)

Today, we will leave early in the morning after breakfast and with packed lunch group from the camp for adventurous trek. Drakund to Minkiani or Baleni Pass Base Camp is 12 km steep climbing trail through dense and thick forests. On the way, you will find Deodar and Pines trees in the forest. The route is rough and locals call this pass as Baleni Pass. This is a long tiring trek descends along the Drakund to Lamb Dal Nallah. The best season to visit this place is August and September, Gaddis and Gujjars are seen along with their sheep and buffaloes flocks. A trek of 5-6 hrs will take you to the destination Baleni Pass Base Camp. Revive your tired body here for next day. Enjoy dinner followed by an overnight stay with camp fire in the camp.

Day 8
Minkiani Base Camp - Minkiani Goth (10 Kms Trek)

Today, we will leave from Minkiani Base camp to Minkiani Goth or over Baleni Pass trek. This trek is a tough one. Thus, can be undertaken by only physically fit person and in favourable weather conditions. Generally, our travel guides do not take risk or take the group for trekking in bad weather conditions. Once the sky will be clear, the journey will start further. If the sky will be clear, then after taking light breakfast and packed lunch start moving ahead very early in the morning to ensure that the snow is frozen for easier walking

Minkiani Base camp to Minkiani Goth is a 10 km trek and very difficult trek that can be experienced only with the travel guide. En-route, we will climb to Lamb Dal for a holy dip. Lam Dal is considered as sacred and the largest lake in the Dhauladhar. Every Year in the month of August, pilgrims from Chamba and Kangra districts climb up the mountains to take a holy dip in the Lam Dal waters. The numbers are small enough to ensure there is absolutely no littering. All other times, the lakes are used for personal baths. Lam Dal is the beginning of a stream. As the stream continues west, it forms 3 more lakes. There are twenty two lakes in this Mountain range. After taking a holy dip in the Lamb Dal, we will trek downhill very carefully to Minkiani Goth over Minkiani Pass. Enjoy an overnight stay in the tents in Minkiani Goth.

Day 9
Minkiani Goth – Kareri Lake (10 Kms Trek)

After breakfast in the morning, we will trek from Minkiani Goth to Kareri Lake, which is situated in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. It's an easier trek for everyone from Minkiani Goth. It is frequented trek by mostly Gujjars and Gaddis from the nearby villages because of extensive pasturelands to graze their flocks. Clusters of dense conifers and different kinds of perennial flowers are a rare treat offered by this place. After long tiring last day, today is comparatively better day for trekking. Minkiani Goth to Kareri Lake is 10 km downhill trek, It is going down but very tiring, Charming view from the Kareri lake will be seen from the top even from Minkiani pass. After reaching at Kareri Lake you will forget all your tiredness. Enjoy an overnight stay with camp fire in the camp.

Day 10
Kareri Lake - Kareri Village (10 Kms Trek)

After breakfast in the morning, we will trek from Kareri Lake to Kareri Village, which is 10 Km trek where you will find first inhabitant after such a long and joyful trekking the trek goes steeply down to Kali Mandir or one can trek via Rohli which is a longer trek with mild ascents. The trek goes down along Kareri Nallah between a valleys thickly wooded on both sides. After a trek of 3-4 hrs will reach in the beautiful Kareri Village on the top of Dharamshala valley. You will find here watermills, contour farming, old long bridge which they are using from many year for the life journey.

Day 11
Kareri Village - Mcleodgunj (10 Kms Trek) - Delhi

Today, we will leave from Kareri Village to visit Mcleodgunj, which is a 10 Km trek where you actually join the road head. The trek passes through Ghera along the pines trees, Satabari and Dal Lake. After reaching at Mcleodgunj, transfer to Volvo station and from here catch AC Volvo Bus for Delhi. Overnight journey. Arrive Delhi next morning…



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