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Minkani Pass Lam Dal Lake Trek
Route : Delhi - Dharamshala - Mcleodganj - Kareri - Minkani pass - Lam Dal - Dankund - Chamba
Total Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

Minkani Pass is one of the more visited passes in western Dhauladhar. After crossing the Pass we reach Lam Dal, one of the biggest mountain lake in Dhauladhar mountain range.

Days on Trek: 05 Nights/06 Days
Maximum Elevation: 4200 Meters Above sea Level
Starting Point of the Trek: Mcleod Ganj (Upper Dharamsala)
Rating:  Moderate to Difficult
Best time:  May to 15 July and September  to November
Highlights: High Himalayan peaks,tribal villages, Himalayan wildlife, wild flowers, etc.

Minkani Pass is one of the more visited passes in western Dhauladhar. After crossing the Pass we reach Lam Dal, one of the biggest mountain lake in Dhauladhar mountain range. Every year during the month of August and September local people from the foothills of Dhauladhar got on  a pilgrimage to Lam Dal and some continue from Lam Dal to Manimahesh Lake in Bharmaur.

Glimpse of the Trek

  • Day 01: Delhi - Jalandhar - Dharamsala
  • Day 02: Dharamsala
  • Day 03: On Trek. Mcleod Ganj - Satobari - Kareri Village (1900 M) 12 kms walk
  • Day 04: Kareri - Reyoti (2800M)  8 kms walk, 4 hours
  • Day 05: Reyoti - Kareri Lake (3200 M)7 kms, 3 hours walk.
  • Day 06: Kareri Lake - Minkani Pass ( 4200m) - Dalli (3500 m)
  • crosses over some a huge glacial moraine to reach the next campsite below Dal Lake.
  • Day 07: Dalli- Lam Da l- Dalli
  • Day 08:  Dalli-Drakund (2700 M) 14 kms, 5/6 hours walk
  • Day 09: Drakund - Dunali - Chamba 3 hours walk and 3 hours drive
  • Day 10: Chamba - Amritsar 6  to 7 hours drive
  • Day 11: Amritsar - Delhi

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Day 01:  Delhi - Jalandhar - Dharamsala
Board morning Shatabadi Express train at New Delhi train station leaving at 0720 Hours. Arrive Jalandhar city station at 1215 hours. You will be met by our driver at Jalandhar railway station and drive to Dharamsala(4hours drive). Arrive Dharamsala and check in Hotel. You can also fly from Delhi to Dharamshala.

Day 02: Dharamsala
Morning: Orientation tour of Dharamsala visiting H.H. Dalai Lama Temple and Tibetan Cultural centre.  Afternoon a short walk . Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 03: On Trek. Mcleod Ganj-Satobari-Kareri Village(1900 M) 12 kms walk
After a short drive for 20 minutes we reach Satobari village, the starting point of our trek. It is downhill walk  for two hours from Satobari to Ghera village.  At Ghera we cross a small stream over an improvised hanging bridge and continue the walk on a steep ascent for another three hours to Kareri village. Camp near a small stream next to Kareri village.

Day 04: Kareri - Reyoti (2800M)  8 kms walk, 4 hours
It is steep ascent through dense forest along the Liund river to Riyoti.The trail goes along the river which has to be crossed a number of times over some improvised bridges.  Camp in an open meadow at Riyoti.

Day 05: Reyoti - Kareri Lake (3200 M) 7 kms, 3 hours walk.
This short state is included in order to get acclimatized to the steep increase on the altitude.  Kareri lake is small mountain lake at the base of Minkani pass. The lake keeps religious significance for the local people who come here on pilgrimage very often. Camp in an open meadow on the side of the lake.  From here you have view of Baleni Pass, Minkani pass and the valley below.

Day 06: Kareri Lake - Minkani Pass (4200m) - Dalli (3500 m)
Leave after an early breakfast. It is steep ascent for four to five hours to reach the pass. During premonsoon (May and June) we have to walk on some patches of snow and ice to reach the pass but after June there is no snow on the trail to the pass. From the pass we have good view of the higher mountain on one side and the valley on the other.  You descend to the other side of pass.The trail crosses over some a huge glacial moraine to reach the next campsite below Dal Lake.

Day 07: Dalli - Lam Dal - Dalli
This day you do not shift your camp go for a side walk to visit Lam Dal, the biggest mountain lake in Dhauladhar. On the way you come across some small lakes.  Walk back to Dalli for overnight stay in camp.

Day 08:  Dalli - Drakund (2700 M) 14 kms, 5/6 hours walk
It is downhill walk through the alpine pasture full of wild flowers and crossing over small rivers we get to Drakund, the first village in Chamba Valley.  Camp here in the middle of the forest near Drakund Village.

Day 09: Drakund - Dunali - Chamba 3 hours walk and 3 hours drive
After breakfast we walk down to Dunali, the neares road-head in Chamba valley. We come across several other tribal villages.  Drive to Chamba town. Check in Hotel. Afternoon explore the historical town of Chamba.

Day 10: Chamba - Amritsar 6  to 7 hours drive
After breakfast drive to Amritsar. Check in Hotel in Amritsar. Afternoon witness the extraordinary joint retreat ceremony of the India and Pakistani guard and Indo-Pakistan board at Wagha.
Evening visit the Historical Golden Temple.

Day 11: Amritsar - Delhi
Morning transfer to Amritsar airport for flight to Delhi or Mumbai or to connect to your next flight back home. End of the Tour.

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