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Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek

Created with Sketch. Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Duration

11 Nights / 12 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

The Dalai Lama Trek begins in Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama and the centre of the Tibetan Community are situated – the heart of the world’s highest mountain range.

You will have time to spend in this fascinating town before seting off on foot to explore this stunning region. This special challenge incorporates India’s best sights and sounds. Our 5 day trek takes us through the Kingdom of Gaddi – a semi-nomadic race who spend months wandering the high passes with their cattle. With spectacular views of the Daula Dhar Mountain Range, your journey together takes us through rhododendron forests, passing through Hindu settlements and Buddhist Monasteries. This journey has everything we could ever wish for from a trip to India.

To end this most amazing of challenges, we have some free time to explore the incomparable Taj Mahal – one of the world’s greatest monuments to love ever built, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!

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Itinerary

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Day 01: Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, we are met by our local guides and transfer to a Hotel in Delhi to freshen up. There will be some free time to explore Delhi this afternoon, before we take the transfer to the train station to catch our sleeper train to Pathankot.

Day 02: Pathankot & Dharamshala

Arriving in Pathankot early morning, we then transfer by coach to Dharamshala - the spiritual home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. There we will be some free time today to explore this fascinating town, before we meet later in the evening for dinner and a briefing for the start of our challenge tomorrow.

Day 03: Dharamshala (Mcleod Ganj) to Kareri - 2,070m

Following breakfast at our Hotel, we take the transfer to our start point to begin trekking! Our first few kilometres are undulating until we reach Satobari Village, which is where we start our descent through pine forests to Ghere Village. We stop at a mountain stream to enjoy lunch - a great spot!
We continue after lunch with a steep ascent for about 2 hours to Kareri Village, where we set up camp next to the Laund River.
Trekking distance - approx. 12 km.

Day 04: Kareri to Bal Village - 2,330m

After experiencing our first night under the stars, we continue ascending on a gradual trail passing through many charming villages, passing beautiful open meadows and pine forests on the way. We take a short descent to the mountain stream to stop for lunch, then ascend sharply afterwards to Bal. We’re sure the memories of this day will never be forgotten. Trekking distance - approx. 13 km

Day 05: Bal Village to Triund - 2,995m

We continue our trek by crossing over a suspension bridge then ascending through rhododendron and pine forests for approx. 2 hours. We’ll soon come across the local ‘chai’ (tea) shop where we can take a rest and enjoy our surroundings.
All around us are the Gaddi Tribal people taking their cattle up to the high pastures of Lak and Triund. Continuing our ascent after lunch, we finally reach our camp on an alpine meadow facing the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Duala Dhar mountain range. Trekking distance - approx. 09 km.

Day 06: Triund, to Laka Got - 3,550m, then to Triund

Our trek today is a challenging ascent to see the fascinating Laka Got, situated at the tip of a glacier. There will be an opportunity for us to trek on the glacier in order to reach Lahes Cave - an overnight shelter used by the shepherds travelling over the mountains with their sheep.

After making the effort to climb up to the cave, we return to Triund for our last night under the stars. Trekking distance - approx. 10km

Day 07: Triund to Bhagsu Nag. Transfer to Dharamsala

Following our last breakfast in the campsite, we begin trekking over a grassy ridge which offers us lasting memories of the snow capped peaks that surround us.
Our trek continues with a steep descent to the Bahgsu Nallaha stream - we cross the stream by hopping over the boulders with the help of our local guides. We push towards Bhagsu Nag, which has a divine temple and natural springs which we can visit before taking the transfer back to Dharamsala. This evening we enjoy our celebratory dinner to take in our achievements.
Trekking distance - approx. 09 km

Day 08: Dharamsala - Pathankot

We have a free morning to further explore this magical town - why not visit the Tibetan market or take a visit to one of the majestic monasteries? In the afternoon, we take the transfer back to Pathankot train station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi.
Overnight: Train.

Day 09: Delhi - Agra

On arrival in Delhi, we will transfer to Agra and check into our hotel, where we can freshen up and have a tasty brunch before a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Red Fort, seat of the Moghul Empire. Then it is time for our celebration meal, overlooking the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunset.

Day 11: Agra - Delhi

In the morning very early, we will visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Avoiding the crowds that fill the area at midday, we get to experience this iconic symbol of love at its very best. In the afternoon we will head back to Delhi, check into our hotel and head into town to celebrate our trekking achievements in Junkyard - one of Delhi's hottest nightspots.

Day 12: Last Day in Delhi

oday is free to enjoy - visit the stunning Akshardham Temple, go shopping for bargains in Connaught Place, or marvel at one of the beautifully preserved heritage buildings that Delhi is famous for. Then transfer to the airport for our flight back to Home.

Included/Excluded

  • 01 Night stay Hotel (Fresh up) in Delhi with Breakfast.
  • 02 Night stay in Hotel in Dharamsala with Breakfast,Dinner.
  • 01 Night stay in Hotel in Agra with Dinner, Breakfast.
  • Train Tickets From Delhi – Pathankot & Back.
  • Private surface transportation as per the itinerary including toll, tax, parking and driver’s TA / Da.
  • Arrival / Departure assistance at Delhi airport.
  • Necessary railway station transfers.
  • For Trekking: Complete Trekking arrangements with English speaking guide, porters/ponies to carry your baggage (12 kg each), Tent for sleeping with mattresses, kitchen tent & utensils, toilet tent and All Meals during trek(Chinese, Indian & continental).
  • Trekking permit, camping & wildlife fees & Current government taxes.
  • Tips to trekking staff.
  • Air Fare, & Travel insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature like drinks, mineral water, telephone & Laundry etc.
  • Sleeping bags, personal equipment for trek.
  • Expenses due to bad weather, Land Slide, Road block and any other natural reason beyond our control.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, Delhi, India

FAQs

Do you arrange private tours / treks?
Yes, we do arrange private tours and treks, according to your will and wish.
Clothes Required for trek ?
Cotton shirts, T- shorts, jeans, etc. for day use. Socks and underwear 4/5 that can be easily washed and dried on daily basis. Trekking suits, light sweater, a wind proof jacket or lightly padded jacket, down jacket umbrella, sun hat, waterproof gear, etc.
Do your charges vary with the increasing / decreasing number of heads?
Cost always comes down with the increasing number of heads.

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Cynthia

23/02/2020
This was an absolute beautiful trip-and I felt so taken care of from the beginning! Manu and his staff are warm and caring souls. Our guide, Sanjay, could not have been better. He never rushed us and was always respectful. He spoke very good English and told some funny stories. He brought Chi to my tent in the morning. He was very knowledgeable about birds and trees, history and Indian culture. Our talented cook man, Vivk , was creative and so much fun to talk to and watch. He welcomed the interaction- I so loved his laugh! His food was so delicious and well prepared. He fed us well! The sweet man with the horses, Matri, was so caring of his four pack horses and you could tell from their peacefulness that they were well cared for. I could go on and on- I so highly recommend this company- there is none better. Manu and his staff will take care of you! Namaste
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kumar

22/02/2020

Brilliant

A group of us did this trek two years ago for our local Hospice and what a fantastic experience . Manu and his team .were brilliant . Nothing was l too much trouble . Everyone was very professional
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Kanan Hiyunri

26/01/2020

Dalai Lama Trek

I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful area of Dharamsala in northern India in October 2018 as part of a group. Manu and his team were wonderful, looking after us on the night trains and very encouraging when the walking got tough. The kitchen team produced the best food ever on a mountain and great tea to wake up to.
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