The rough terrain of the Kangra mountains makes it a perfect place for trekkers, rock climbers and mountaineers to have a go at their favourite hobby. Located in the Kangra valley amidst the great Himalayan ridges, Dharamshala is a place of ethereal beauty and charm. It’s a favourite among solo travellers as well as those travelling with their families.
A blend of soul-satisfying peace and adventure, it will satisfy the risk-taker inside you and at the same time appeal to those who love a relaxing holiday away from the city. As a tourist, you will find yourself busy with several things to do in Dharamshala.
There are many activities in Dharamshala to enjoy; trekking is one of the major attractions. The oak and pine forests on the ridge along with the snow-capped mountains contribute to making this a very pleasurable activity.
Among the places to visit in Dharamshala, some popular trekking spots are:
Camp Trek at Triund
Triund is one of the most popular places to visit in Dharamshala. This is a very challenging but rewarding trek and takes 3-4 hours. You have the option of camping there. Camping requires equipment, which local guides provide. Many head back from here, but camping and pushing for the snow-peaked Himalayas can be an amazing experience. The higher you go, the more serene beauty you will discover, such as watching the sun set over the mountains and witnessing ice caps melting into rivers.
Best time to visit: Although trekking can be done almost any time of the year at Triund, it is advisable to visit between March and May or September and December to avoid closure of bypasses.
Kareri Lake and Minkiani Pass
This trek spans four days but can be extended to five. Starting from the base camp of McLeodganj, it heads west, in the opposite direction of Triund. The first couple of days include longer but flatter terrain. However, it becomes challenging upon reaching Kareri Lake, where the terrain becomes steep and slippery. The trek ahead to Minkiani Pass is going to excite you if you are an enthusiastic trekker.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Kareri Lake is late spring or post monsoon.
Bhagsunag Waterfall and Shiva Café
These are two of the best places to visit in Dharamshala for those who want an experience of trekking but are wary of undertaking a long and challenging trail. A 2.5 km trek to the waterfall, and another 2 km to Shiva Café is one of the easiest and comfortable treks in Dharamshala.
Best time to visit: Late spring, as most of the snow would have melted by then, making the waterfall more attractive.
Tip: Avoid visiting between June and August; the terrain will be slushy because of the rain.
Trek to Chamba over Indrahar Pass
This is usually a 5-6 day trek with options to stay in established townships along the way. A long (but not very risky) route, it includes Chamba, Indrahar Pass, Pathankot, Chatru Parao, Kuarsi, and many other places to visit in Dharamshala.
Best time to visit: From March to May or September to December.
These treks are organised by the Government of Himachal Pradesh as well as many private companies. One can trek solo as well. However, in the interest of safety, it is recommended that amateur trekkers hire a guide.
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