Manali to Dharamshala Trek (Shepherd's Trail)
Detailed itineraryDAY 01: Arrival Delhi
Reception in air port, transfer to the hotel, O/N in hotel.
DAY 02: Delhi to Manali (2000 m) 570 kms. 16 hours, by night tourist bus.
Full day sight seen in Delhi, evening transfer to bus station, night in comfortable bus.
DAY 03: Explore Manali
Morning reached Manali, check in hotel, Visit old Manali, Hadimba temple, Shiva temple and monastery in town are main attraction, afternoon free in town, Night in hotel.
DAY 04: Manali to Lamadugh (2500 m.) 5 hours. Trek
The first day of the trek leads through cool forests of giant deodars (Cedar), climbs gently through Manalsu valley with the Manalsu torrent for company. campsite in the lush green meadow of Lamadugh.
DAY 05: Lamadugh to Dohra Nalla (3100 m.) over Khanpari pass (3600 m) 6 hours. Trek
The trail now begins to ascend steeply through woodlands and meadows. With wild alpine flowers strewn all around. The brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the pass after which a descent leads to the campsite.
DAY 06: Dohra Nalla to Sangohar, the base of Kali Hani (3800 m.) 5:30 hours. Trek
A lovely walk through the lush forest and over the debris of glaciers. A short ascend to the campsite. All around the famous mountain peaks of the Kullu and Lahoul valleys afford an unforgettable evening.
DAY 07: Sangohar to Gaddi Gote (3600 m.) over Kalihali pass (4800 m.) 8 hours. Trek
Today the landscape slowly begins to change, as forests and meadows give may to rocky outcrops with patches of snow starring to appear. A rather steep climb through glacial debris and snow, and the top of the pass is reached. Breath taking views envelop the crest of the pass and after a brief stopover, descending through glacier and moraine leads to the campsite on the bank of the sparkling mountain stream.
DAY 08: Gaddi Gote to Lamba Phad (3300 m.) 4 hours. Trek
Now the trail leads down in to the Soony river, via Devi Gote. A small temple constructed by the shepherds (Gaddies) for the protection of the sheep and themselves from the natural catastrophes and the animal. Pay the homage to the Goddess and continue to the campsite.
DAY 09: Lamba Phad to Soony (3500 m.) 5 hours. Trek
Leaving this beautiful campsite, the path winds through rocky terrain, soon replaced by meadows again. The trail begins to ascend, a forest begins to appear, the river rushes through spectacular gorges: as soon as crossed via snow bridge or temporary wooden bridge, campsite is reached.
DAY 10: Soony to Bara Bhangal (2540 m.) 6 hours. Trek
The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor, after which almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny ancient village of Bara Bhangal.
DAY 11: Visit the village: Trek
A remote and isolated village open only four or five months in a year. The inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan shepherds (the Gaddies) who lead a nomadic life, leading their vast flocks of sheep and goats in high mountain summer pastures, and in autumn returning back to their isolated existence in the village.
DAY 12: Bara Bhangal base of Thamsar pass (3500 m.) 6.30hours. Trek
A steady climb to the camp site: the scenery changes there quite dramatically while the air became cooler. The cill of the evening is replaced with the comfortable warmth of a lively campfire .
DAY 13: Base to Panihartu (3200 m.) over Thamsar pass. 6 to 7 hours. Trek
Today the trail steeply emerges from the rocky and glacial terrain in to the softer landscape. The lakes on both side of the pass offer a spectacular view of Dhauladhar range with mighty Manimahesh Tibba on the north of the pass. Steep descend to the campsite of the Pannihartu.
DAY 14: Panihartu to Raj Gundha (2900 m.) 6 hours. Trek Panihartu to Raj Gundha (2900 m.) 6 hours. Trek
After breakfast drive to lamu Village and further trek to kwarsi. A footpath is developed and few small wooden bridges are made at few risky spots to ease the trekkers and local people.
DAY 15: Raj Gundha to Bir (2080 m.) 6 hours. Trek
The trail goes through the forest of oak and rhododendron. From Billing direct descend to the Bir. As the Billing is well known for the paragliding, the participants from all over the India as well as foreigners use to take part in the competition. On the way extensive view of the lush green Kangra valley are speated and soon the steep descend ends at the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir. A delightful last day to this most wondrous of the trek through the land of the legendary Gaddis, tough and wiry Himalayan shepherds.
DAY 16: Drive to Dharamsala
On the way visit the Tibetan settlement and the monastery at Bir, Chamunda Devi temple in Palampur. After driving 50 km., reached at Dharamsala. O/N in the hotel.
DAY 17: Visit Mac Leod Ganj,
The residence of H.H. the Dalailama, Tibetan handicraft centre. O/N in hotel.
DAY 18: Dharamsala to Delhi
Free day in Dharamsala , evening night to Delhi , night in bus .
DAY 19: Arrive Delhi
Transfer to hotel, day at leisure, O/N in hotel.
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