Trekking Expeditions from Chamba
If you have gone through our page on geography of Chamba you would know that the district is touched by three mountain ranges; i.e. Pir Panjal, Dhauladha and Zanskar Mountain Range. They divide the region into innumerable valleys watered by many small or big rivers. Consequently, the district provides numerous trekking trails. These take you through a land of great adventure and unspoiled beauty. Some of them are quite easy and require little experience while some are really tough and require not only great stamina, but also sufficient expertise.
Trek to Lama Dal from ChambaThis is one of the easier trekking routes from Chamba. One should be able to complete in five days. Like most other treks, the route is approachable through Bharmour, a heritage town located at a distance of 59.4 km from Chamba. However, the actual trek starts from Barie, a small village, located 50 km away from Bharmour. For more details you may go through out page on Trek to Lama Dal from Chamba.
Baleni Pass Trek from Chamba
First Four Days of Baleni Pass TrekDay 1: You reach Bharmour from Chamba and spend a day visiting its heritage temples. It will not only allow you to acclimatize, but if there is any last minute’s preparation to be done, you will get all kinds of help here. The town not only houses a number of trekking agencies, but there is also a branch of Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports located here. If you need any help you may call at 01895-225036.
Day 2: You reach Barie by jeep and spend the night there.
Day 3: You start trekking from Barie and reach Drankund by afternoon. It involves an eight kilometers of gradual ascend through a thick forest. You spend the night here.
Day 4: Today’s destination is Baleni Pass Base Camp. The trek will take you through a 12 km of steep climb through Deodar and Pine Forest. Under normal circumstances, it takes around 5/6 hours to cross this distance. Therefore, it is important to start early.
Across Baleni Pass on Day 5
On the way to the Baleni Pass you will see the Lama Dal. It is customary to take a dip in this holy lake before proceeding further. You may or may not follow the tradition; but the beauty of the lake is sure to mesmerize you.
To Macleodgunj from Baleni Pass
Day 7: Today’s trek takes you to Kareri Village, located at a distance of 10 km from the lake. This is the first hamlet you encounter after leaving Berie.
Day 8: Today you cross the last lap of your expedition and reach Macleodgunj after a 10 km trek. On the way you pass through Ghera, Satabari and Dal Lake. You may spend the night here or see the many tourist spots located in and around the town. Otherwise, you may go straight to Chamba or to Pathankot; the nearest railhead.
Jalsu Pass Trek from Chamba
The actual trek starts from Deyol. The place is 57 km away from Bharmour and is reachable by taxi. It is better to spend the night there and start your trek from the next day.
Start of the trek to Jalsu Pass
Day 2: Today’s trek takes you from Surie to Yara Goth; a run of 12 km amidst deodar forests and rhododendron bushes. These are intercepted by rolling grass land. If you are lucky you may come across serrows and musk deer grazing there.
Day 3: Today you cross Jalsu pass to reach Parie, a small village in Kangra district. It has a Primary School. The residents operate seasonal tea stalls for the benefit of the trekkers. The trail is 13 km long and a very pleasant one.
Day 4: Today’s trek involves 16 km march from Parie village to Utrala. The trail is easy and you will enjoy every minute of it. Utrala is the road head, from where you will get public transport to reach your destination. However, most trekkers stay on to visit Baijnath and Dharamshala before they go back to where they belong.
Indrahar Pass Trek from Chamba
Day 1: Today’s destination is Kurasi. From Lamu it involves 12 km of pleasant trek. The first part of the trail takes you through a small village called Hilling to a suspension bridge known as Hikim. From there you trek for six more kilometers through dense wood to reach Kurasi.
Day 2: Alyas is our next destination. It is the base camp for Indrahar Pass and involves 8 km of both gradual and steep trek. It generally takes around five hours to cross this distance.
Across Indrahar Pass from Chamba
Starting early, you trek for 3 km to reach Nag Dal, one of the seven holy lakes of this region. It involves a steep climb and therefore trekkers are advised to take a short rest here. It is also customary to take a dip in this lake before proceeding towards Indrahar Pass, which is merely 2 km away.
However, the trail between Nag Dal and Indrahar Pass is strewn with boulders and therefore very difficult to cross. The scenery from top of the pass is simply awesome. From here you can see the Pir Panjal Range in the north and Mani Mahesh Kailash in the east. You may finish your lunch while you are enjoying the view. Once you are done, you move towards Alyas Cave, also known as Lahesh Caves.
Day 4 and 5 of Indrahar Pass Trek
Day 5: Macleodgunj is located at a distance of 10 km from Triuind and one takes around 4 hours to reach the city. From there, you will get all sorts of public transport that will take you to your desired destination.
Gaj Pass Trek from Chamba
Now, from Alyas Base Camp you will reach Alyas Caves; but this time you will do so over Gaj Pass. Here too, it is important to start early while the snow over the pass is still frozen. The trail will first take you to Kali Kund, one of the seven holy lakes of this area. From there, climb through the ridge to reach Lama Dal. There are three more holy lakes on the way area. If you want to visit them as well you must start quite early. After you have visited them cross Gaj Pass to reach Alyas Caves. From there, reach Macleodgunj via Triund.
More Trekking Routes from Chamba
The Hanghar Pass Trek is another trekking route that goes through Holi. It takes you across the Hanghar Pass to Kandi in Kangra. Kiur Dal is an important stopover in this route. This trek also requires considerable experience.
Then there is the Thamsar Pass Trek. It is another tough trekking route from Chamba. It is approachable through Alyas (please refer Indrahar PassTrek). Kugti Pass trek is also approachable from this place. However, many also prefer to reach Alyas via Kugti village rather than via Kurasi. In fact, the mountain trails in Chamba offer different alternative and exploring them all may take your lifetime.