Kangra Valley Trek

Kangra Valley Trek

StateHimachal Pradesh
LOCATIONDharamshala, H.P.
DISTANCE29 Km
DURATION4-5 Days
GRADEModerate
ALTITUDE4350 Meters
BEST TIME TO VISITMarch-June

It is a perfect trek in Himachal which is good for new as well as professional trekkers. This magical valley is located in Dharamshala. There are several experiences to revel in.

You can enjoy the mesmerizing view of Dhauladhar range, mystical lakes, ancient temples and unexplored charming Hindu villages. Dharamshala, McLeodganj is also a famous attraction which is a hill vacation.

Begin your trekking Kangra Valley by reaching the stunning high altitude Kareri Lake through the enchanting Kareri Village. Relish in walkthrough woody forests, camp beside a lake, interact with local people and get a whiff of their life, ascend steep slopes that are not too challenging and sink in the great views that abound all around.

The high wall of the Dhauladhars behind Dharamshala is cleft with a number of Passes providing access to Chamba district- Gaj, Minikiani, Kundli. The most challenging trek that is situated at a height of 4350m is Inderhara Pass.

It is one of the most picturesque valleys of the lower Himalayas; the Kangra valley is full of greenery and provides a tremendous contrast in the nature of places you visit. The region is famous for arts and crafts. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated.

Kangra was also home to the world’s oldest serving Royal Dynasty- the Katoch. This town was also ruled by some great invaders like Mohammed Ghazni, Mohammed Bin Tuglaq and Raja Purab Chand and then it was captured by British People. Kangra district is also known as Dev Bhoomi as it has numerous temple dedicated to different Gods of Sanatan Dharma.

The hilltop is the homeland of multiple gods and there are many other shrines in and around Kangra, namely Chintpurni Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Jwalaji. Be it mountaineering, hand gliding, Paragliding or parasailing. Kangra valley offers geological beauty and trekking facilities.

It is also a great place for adventure lovers like canoeing, rowing, sailing and water skiing. Kangra is also famous for its designer shawls and miniature paintings as well.         

Suggested Read: Kafni Glacier Trek

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Advisory:

  • Avoid trekking during nights.
  • Consult a physician.
  • Do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products should be prohibited during this trek.

Interesting facts about Kangra Valley:

  • Kangra Fort is the oldest fort in India.
  • Masroor Rock Cut Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is also known as Himalayan Pyramids.
  • There are around 15 rock-cut temples in Masroor Rock Cut Temple which are believed to be made by the Pandavas when they were in exile.
  • The view of snow-clad Dhauladhar is amazing from the temple premises.

Suggested Read: Dayara Bugyal Trek

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Route

  • Mcleodganj – Boh – Kanol (1500m)
  • Kanol – Kareri Village
  • Kareri – Bahl (1900m/ Trek 4-5hrs)
  • Bahl – Triund (2875m/ Trek 4-5hrs)
  • Triund – Mcleodganj (Dharamsala) via Leta (trek 3-4hr)

What To Pack

Here is your checklist for your treks. Make sure to pack these items.

Trekking Gear:-

  •    A rucksack with rain cover
  •    A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  •    UV Protection Sunglasses
  •    A trekking pole
  •    Raincoat
  •    Water Bottle
  •    A Full Sleeve Thick Jacket
  •    A Full Sleeve Sweater
  •    Thermal Inners
  •    Toilet Kit
  •    Hot Water Bags

Footwear:-

  • Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals -1

Miscellaneous:-

  • Camera (optional)
  • Personal medicine kit. Make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
  • Dry fruits, energy bars

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