Duration : 11 Nights
Destination Covered : Delhi – Pathankot - Dalhousie – Kalatop - Khajiyar – Bharmour - Bharmani Mata Temple - Bharmour - Chatrari – Barie - Drakund - Lam Dal - Chander Koop Lake - Lam Dal - Drakund - Barie - Chamba - Bharmour - Chamba - Pathankot
The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises spectacularly from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra and Mandi. Chamba Mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. The Dhauladhar have a peculiar topography. Extremely rocky with a lot of granite, the flanks of the range contain a lot of slate, limestone and sandstones. Ascending from any side is a tough business, given the near vertical incline. This calls for really tough trekking and mountaineering. The crest of Dhauladhar is covered by a vast expanse of snow and perhaps this mountain range is the near snow line area in the whole of Himalayas which is easily accessible from the plains.All the way from Dalhousie to the Bara Bhanghal ridge, the Dhauladhar has more than 30 passes at an average height of 3500 meters to above 5000 meters, which afford an easy entrance to the Ravi valley and to the central Himalayas. This mighty range has vast trekking, mountaineering and skiing potential and is known for its unexplored and improvised treks. There is very little habitation on the range given the harsh conditions. But meadows abound near the crest providing rich pastures for grazing where large numbers of Gaddi shepherds take their flocks. The top of the crest is buried under vast expanses of thick snow. The range has rich flora and fauna and its exquisite beauty attracts mountain lovers who return many times over to savoir the delightful trails and there are many of them. The scenery from any of the passes of the Dhauladhar towards Pir Panjal and the Greater Himalayas is most captivating and spectacular allowing an unobstructed view of the mountain ranges and deep valleys with their far-flung, snow-clad, dome-like enchanting peaks. In addition to this, the region has a few small and unnamed virgin peaks.They offer an opportunity for amateur mountaineers, experienced trekkers and beginners to visit the unfrequented areas and open new vistas for adventure.
The Dhauladhar deserves a special mention for its high altitude glacial lakes which have mythical backgrounds 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 to be the abode of Lord Shiva. and located in the one mountain range. The most prominent among them in the Dhauladhar region are the Lam Dal and the Nag Dal. Dal is called to a Lake. Lam Dal is at an elevation of 3900 meters and approachable from Minkiani Pass, Inderhar Pass and Gaj Pass. There are twenty two Lakes in this mountain range including all the lakes. Many Local Gaddi shepherd, resident of Bharmour has visit many of these lakes during their migration journey with their flocks to Kangra valley and vice versa. The seven Lakes out of twenty two lakes are explored and are main attraction of Mountain. Main lakes are Lam Dal, Naag Dal, Kali Kund Dal, Chander Koop Dal, Dham Ghodi Dal, Sukh Dal and Naag Chatri Dal. Lam Dal Lake is the largest and the deepest in the area with a circumference of about 2.5 Kms. These above mention lakes are seven big lakes; hence it is also called the area of the seven lakes.Kali Kund, a well shaped lake is about 200 meters below the Lam Dal. It is worshipped by devotees on account of its religious background. Chander Koop (Moon lake) 4100 meters is a beautiful lake with ice blocks floating in it so it is also known as Ice Berg lake. Nag Chatri Dal (King Cobra Lake} near the lndrahara pass, is related to the Bhagsu Nag waters and is situated on the other side of the Dhauladhar at an elevation of 4200 meters. The devotees take a dip in this lake during the Manimahesh Yatra towards the end of August and early September. Almost every pass here has a lake below it. Nag Chatri Dal, and a small glacial lake to the left of Thamsar pass are prominent among these. While the water flows from the Dhauladhar towards the Kangra valley flows into the Beas, towards the Chamba it forms the drainage to the Ravi. In this trek we cover main lakes of this mountain range Lam Dal.
On arrival met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
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.
Today after breakfast, we will move from Dalhousie to the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary and then to Khajiyar. En-route, take pleasure of the scenic beauty of Mini Switzerland and take lunch. After Lunch, we will move to Bharmour via Chamba. On reaching Bharmour, check into the hotel. In the evening, we will join the Aarti at Chaurasi temples. Later, come back to your hotel in Bharmour for an overnight stay.
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.
In the morning after the breakfast, 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.
After breakfast in the morning, 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.
Today, we will leave early in the morning after breakfast along with a packed lunch for an adventurous trek. A trail of upword climb of 12 km through boulders and along with Nallah will reach a glacial lake know as Lam Dal. The devotees take a dip in this lake during the month of July. The run of 4 -5 Hrs from Kali Dal will reach Lam Dal. After reaching the lake, we will establish the camp and take a holy dip in the lake. Enjoy a night stay at Lam Dal.
In the morning, we will visit the Chander Koop lake. The Chander Koop Lake (Moon lake), a 4100 meters is a beautiful lake with ice blocks floating in it and also known as Ice Berg lake. Take the breakfast and packed lunch group will trek to Chander Koop Lake a run of 2 hrs will reach lake. Take lunch and spend 2 hrs at Lake return back to base camp at Lam Dal.
After visiting two major glacial lakes and some small lakes in the way of Dhauladhar range today, we will return back to Drakund through the trail went. Enjoy an overmight stay at the camp in Drakund.
After breakfast in the morning, we will return back to Barie village through dense forest. After reaching Barie, we will take the taxi and move to Chamba. On reaching Chamba, check in to the hotel for an overnmight stay.
In the morning after breakfast, the departure of troop will be done from Bharmour. We will move to Chamba and take lunch here. After lunch, we will visit the Laxmi Narayan Temple and Bhuri Singh Muesum. Thereafter, we will move further to Pathankot and catch night train for Delhi. Overnight train journey.
Arrival at Delhi train station by morning.
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