Dhauladhar round trek is one of the best trek to do for all age groups. It covers mountain and valley views,river crossings, Mountain villages of gaddi community and you can see their traditional lifestyle closely by interacting with them. This trek is also suitable to beginners who like to hike with there backpacks on Dhauladhar valley.
Duration: 4 Nights 5 Days
Season: January to December
Trek type: Easy
Trek Distance:33 kms
Short Itinerary: Mcleodganj- Kareri- Bal – Triund – Laka Glacier -Mcleodganj
Day1: Mcleod Ganj to Harnala Campsite via Kareri Village (2200m)
First day we will start from the beautiful town of Mcleodganj. From here almost 20-25 min car journey till Satowari. After that our trek will start. It is almost 5-6 hrs trek which go through the pine forests and cross tribal villages on the way. Kareri is a Gaddi tribal village and villagers are very hospitable. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Harnala campsite.
Day 2: Trek to Bal Over Rawa Village (2100 m)
Bal village is beautiful village situated on the bank of Gaj River one can closely go through the village life. Like previous day it is almost 5-6 hrs trek. Dinner and overnight stay in a Bal campsite.
Day 3: Bal To Triund (2850m) Via Magic View Cafe
Start ascent to Galu Temple (2300 m) and trek in Rhododendron forests, on the half way at magic view cafe have lunch and start trek to Triund ridge. From Triund panoramic view of the peaks of Dhauladhar on one side and the Kangra valley on the other is breathtaking. Campfires at Triund.
Day 4: Triund to Lahesh Cave and Back To Triund
There is a short ascent from Triund of almost 2 hours to Laka and Laka glacier then trail goes uphill to reach Lahesh Caves(Base) a temporary shepherd camp.Lunch will be served and start return to triund.By Evening back to the Campsite at Triund.
Day 5: Triund to Mcleodganj
After morning, Descent to Mcleodganj via Bhagsunag waterfall trail and end of the trek and services
Accommodation while on trek
Meals while on trek
First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff and High Altitude Chef
Transport from Mcleodganj to Satowari
Night stay and meals at Mcleodganj
Any kind of personal expenses
Food during the transit
Insurance (Travel & Trek)
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”
If you are beginner kindly offload your backpack, because trekking with heavy backpack in mountains is not an easy task especially when you are carrying around 8-10 kg uphill.
If you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter. Charges of offloading backpack 400per Day. Inform us in advance so that we can arrange.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover.
Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
Backpack (50-60 liter): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
Two warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
Sun cap: The sun is more
Hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
Socks (3-4 pairs): You can take a pair of woolen socks for the day one at night and one as backup.
Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
Trekking pole: It will you a lot while ascending as well as descending.
Daypack (20 liter): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
Two water bottles: 1 liter each
Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes