TOUR :Mountain of Lakes expedition

The Mountain of lakes trek is to be carried out in Dhauladhar. The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main outer Himalayan chain of mountains.
Route / Area: Bharmour - Chamba, H.P
Duration : 10 Nights - 11 Days
Accommodation : Hotel/Lodge & Tents for Outdoor
Transport : By Taxi as per group size
Altitute / Terrain : 14600, Gradual & Alpine
Best Period : May October

Over View

The Mountain of lakes trek is to be carried out in Dhauladhar. The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises spectacularly from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra and Mandi. Chamba Mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. The Dhauladhar have a peculiar topography. Extremely rocky with a lot of granite, the flanks of the range contain a lot of slate, limestone and sandstones. Ascending from any side is a tough business, given the near vertical incline. 

This calls for really tough trekking and mountaineering. The crest of Dhauladhar is covered by a vast expanse of snow and perhaps this mountain range is the near snow line area in the whole of Himalayas which is easily accessible from the plains.All the way from Dalhousie to the Bara Bhanghal ridge, the Dhauladhar has more than 30 passes at an average height of 3500 meters to above 5000 meters, which afford an easy entrance to the Ravi valley and to the central Himalayas. This mighty range has vast trekking, mountaineering and skiing potential and is known for its unexplored and improvised treks. There is very little habitation on the range given the harsh conditions. But meadows abound near the crest providing rich pastures for grazing where large numbers of Gaddi shepherds take their flocks.
 
The top of the crest is buried under vast expanses of thick snow. The range has rich flora and fauna and its exquisite beauty attracts mountain lovers who return many times over to savoir the delightful trails and there are many of them. The scenery from any of the passes of the Dhauladhar towards Pir Panjal and the Greater Himalayas is most captivating and spectacular allowing an unobstructed view of the mountain ranges and deep valleys with their far-flung, snow-clad, dome-like enchanting peaks. In addition to this, the region has a few small and unnamed virgin peaks. They offer an opportunity for amateur mountaineers, experienced trekkers and beginners to visit the unfrequented areas and open new vistas for adventure. The Dhauladhar deserves a special mention for its high altitude glacial lakes which have mythical backgrounds and are considered extremely sacred by local residents, who make pilgrimage to these lakes during the monsoon and post monsoon season.
 
These lakes are considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. They are located in the one mountain range. The most prominent among them in the Dhauladhar region are the Lam Dal and the Nag Dal. Dal is called to a Lake. Lam Dal is at an elevation of 3900 meters and approachable from Minkiani Pass, Inderhar Pass and Gaj Pass. There are twenty two Lakes in this mountain range including all the lakes. Many Local Gaddi shepherd, resident of Bharmour has visit many of these lakes during their migration journey with their flocks to Kangra valley and vice versa. The seven Lakes out of twenty two lakes are explored and are main attraction of Mountain. Main lakes are Lam Dal, Naag Dal, Kali Kund Dal, Chander Koop Dal, Dham Ghodi Dal, Sukh Dal and Naag Chatri Dal. Lamb Dal Lake is the largest and the deepest in the area with a circumference of about 2.5 Kms.
 
These above mention lakes are seven big lakes; hence it is also called the area of the seven lakes. Kali Kund, a well shaped lake is about 200 meters below the Lam Dal. It is worshipped by devotees on account of its religious background. Chander Koop (Moon lake) 4100 meters is a beautiful lake with ice blocks floating in it so it is also known as Ice Berg lake. Nag Chatri Dal (King Cobra Lake} near the lndrahara pass, is related to the Bhagsu Nag waters and is situated on the other side of the Dhauladhar at an elevation of 4200 meters. The devotees take a dip in this lake during the Manimahesh Yatra towards the end of August and early September. Almost every pass here has a lake below it. Nag Chatri Dal, and a small glacial lake to the left of Thamsar pass are prominent among these. While the water flows from the Dhauladhar towards the Kangra valley flows into the Beas, towards the Chamba it forms the drainage to the Ravi. In the “Expedition Mountain of lakes” we cover main lakes of this mountain range like Lam Dal, Naag Dal, Kali Kund Dal, Chander Koop Dal, Dham Ghodi Dal and Sukh Dal. Please Note that when the troop will be on the top of Mountain, the following trek plan is tentative and is flexible to change as per weather conditions on the spot. Tour Guide have right to change any plan on the top of Mountain by considering the valuable life of trekkers.
 
Outline Tour Itinerary   
 
DAY- 1 Reception at Pathankot and Drive to Dalhousie (80 Kms by Taxi)   
DAY- 2 Dalhousie - Kalatop - Khajiyar – Bharmour (110 Km by Taxi)
DAY- 3 Bharmour - Bharmani - Bharmour (Local sight seen & acclimatization Day)
DAY- 4 Bharmour - Chatrari – Samara (53 kms by taxi)
DAY- 5 Samra – Budhau Naag - Base Camp (Gradual gradient of 08 kms on feet)
DAY- 6 Base Camp – Kali Dal  – Lam Dal (Steep / Gradual gradient of 8 kms on feet)
DAY- 7 Lam Dal - Chander Koop Lake – Lam Dal (Steep / Gradual trek of 10 kms)
DAY- 8 Lam Dal - Naag Dal – Chatta Goth (Steep / Gradual trek of 12 km on feet)
DAY- 9 Chatta Parao – Kuarsi Village (Downhill 8 km on trek)
DAY- 10 Kuarsi Village - Lamu – Bharmour (Gradual trek of 12 km then by Taxi 39 Kms)
DAY- 11 Bharmour – Chamba – Pathankot tour ends here (Departure Day)

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

 Day 1 Reception at Pathankot /Chakki Bank & drive to Dalhousie (80 Kms by Taxi)
(Reception & welcome at Pathankot / Chakki Bank then drive to Dalhousie. After reaching Dalhousie check into hotel and in evening visit local sight seen of Small Hill station Dalhousie.)
 
Day 2 Dalhousie – Kalatop - Khajiyar – Bharmour (110 Kms by Taxi)
(After Breakfast at Dalhousie move forward to Kalatop wildlife sanctuary then to Khajiyar. Enjoy the beauty of Mini Switzerland and take lunch. After Lunch move to Bharmour via Chamba. After reaching Bharmour check into hotel. And in evening join the Aarti at Chaurasi temples.)
 
Day 3  Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km Trek for acclimatization Day)
(Early in the morning after breakfast and taking pack lunch, trek to Bharmani Temple. Bharmani temple is situated at the ridge and is 03 km trek from Bharmour. In evening return back to Bharmour and check into hotel. This day is to get familiar with local environment)
 
Day 4 Bharmour – Chatrari – Samra (53 kms By Taxi)
In the morning after breakfast group will move to small village Chatrari by taxi a lead of 38 km. Chatrari is small and beautiful valley village, Famous for ancient shakti temple. Enjoy the village and visit the famous temple. Then troop will move ahead toward Samra. After reaching at Samra village troop will visit here a Naag temple. Spend the left day for acclimatization and overnight stay in camp. 
 
Day 5 Samra – Budhau Naag – Base Camp (Normal gradient of 08kms trek)
Samra – Budhau Naag – Base Camp12 Kms run is quite interested as road head ends at Samra village. From here troop will go Straight for 2 Km through dense forest and will cross a small bridge over nallah then climb for two km and will reach at small destination Budhau Naag. There is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Naag. Stay while at Budhau Nag then move ahead to Base Camp just four kms along with nallah. After reaching base camp get rest for next day journey. Dinner and overnight stay will be provided in camp. 
 
Day 6 Base Camp – Kali Dal – Lam Dal (Steep / Gradual gradient of 8 kms trek)
Early in the morning after breakfast and taking packed lunch group will move from Base camp for adventurous trek. A climb of 2 km will reach a glacial lake know as kali Dal. Group will take some rest at Kali Dal and glimpse the beauty of Lake and surrounding. After taking Lunch at lake trek to Lam Dal. The trail upwards west crosses precipitous rock faces and through boulders will reach Lam Dal. Lam Dal is another biggest lake in the range. The devotees take a dip in this lake during the month of july.The run of 4 -5 Hrs from Kali Dal will reach Lam Dal. After reaching Lake establish the camp and take holy dip in lake.
 
Day 7 Lam Dal - Chander Koop Lake – Lam Dal (Steep / Gradual trek of 10 kms)
After spending a night near Lake, today group will visit Chander Koop lake. Chander Koop (Moon lake) 4100 meters is a beautiful lake with ice blocks floating in it so it is also known as Ice Berg lake. Take the breakfast and packed lunch group will trek to Chander koop lake a run of 2 hrs will reach lake . Take lunch and spend 2 hrs at Lake return back to base camp at Lam Dal.
 
Day 8 Lam Dal - Naag Dal – Chatta Goth (Steep / Gradual trek of 12 km on feet)
After visiting three major glacial lakes and some small lakes in the way of Dhauladhar range today group will trek forward to Naag Dal. Nag Chatri Dal (King Cobra Lake} near the lndrahara pass, is related to the Bhagsu Nag waters and is situated on the other side of the Dhauladhar at an elevation of 4200 meters. The devotees take a dip in this lake during the Manimahesh Yatra towards the end of August and early September. The trek of 5-6 hrs through boulders will reach at Naag Dal. Take holy dip in the lake and spend some time a then move downhill to Chatta Goth. After reaching Chatta establish the camp.
 
Day 9 Chatta Parao – Kuarsi Village (Downhill 8 km on trek)
After breakfast, move to a small village Kuarsi. A run of 4-5 hrs will reach at Kuarsi village. Spend the left day in the village and visit another temple of Naag known as Kuarsi Naag. Overnight in camp.
 
Day 10 Kuarsi Village - Lamu – Bharmour (Gradual trek of 12 km then by Taxi 39 Kms)
After spending a week in the Dhauladhar range and a circuit trek through glacial lakes return back to Bharmour. After a run of two hrs from Kuarsi, will reach another small village Lamu. Take the taxi from Lamu and reach Bharmour. After reaching Bharmour check in to Hotel.
 
Day 11 Bharmour - Chamba – Pathankot (190 Kms by Taxi 
After breakfast the departure of troop will be done from Bharmour. Move to Chamba take here lunch and visit here Laxmi Narayan Temple and Bhuri Singh Muesum. After that move further to Pathankot / Chakki Banks. After reaching Chakki Bank / Pathankot our outdoor team will depart the group here with lots of memories.

 

Fixed Departures

            Expedition Mountain of Lakes                             A Trek to Gaj Pass & Lam Dal Lake

The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises spectacularly from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra and Mandi. Chamba Mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. The Dhauladhar have a peculiar topography. Extremely rocky with a lot of granite, the flanks of the range contain a lot of slate, limestone and sandstones. Ascending from any side is a tough business, given the near vertical incline. This calls for really tough trekking and mountaineering. The crest of Dhauladhar is covered by a vast expanse of snow and perhaps this mountain range is the near snow line area in the whole of Himalayas which is easily accessible from the plains.All the way from Dalhousie to the Bara Bhanghal ridge, the Dhauladhar has more than 30 passes at an average height of 3500 meters to above 5000 meters, which afford an easy entrance to the Ravi valley and to the central Himalayas. This mighty range has vast trekking, mountaineering and skiing potential and is known for its unexplored and improvised treks. There is very little habitation on the range given the harsh conditions. But meadows abound near the crest providing rich pastures for grazing where large numbers of Gaddi shepherds take their flocks. The top of the crest is buried under vast expanses of thick snow. The range has rich flora and fauna and its exquisite beauty attracts mountain lovers who return many times over to savoir the delightful trails and there are many of them. The scenery from any of the passes of the Dhauladhar towards Pir Panjal and the Greater Himalayas is most captivating and spectacular allowing an unobstructed view of the mountain ranges and deep valleys with their far-flung, snow-clad, dome-like enchanting peaks. In addition to this, the region has a few small and unnamed virgin peaks.They offer an opportunity for amateur mountaineers, experienced trekkers and beginners to visit the unfrequented areas and open new vistas for adventure.

The Dhauladhar deserves a special mention for its high altitude glacial lakes which have mythical backgrounds and are considered extremely sacred by local residents, who make pilgrimage to these lakes during the monsoon and post monsoon season. These lakes are considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. and located in the one mountain range. The most prominent among them in the Dhauladhar region are the Lam Dal and the Nag Dal. Dal is called to a Lake. Lam Dal is at an elevation of 3900 meters and approachable from Minkiani Pass, Inderhar Pass and Gaj Pass. There are twenty two Lakes in this mountain range including all the lakes. Many Local Gaddi shepherd, resident of Bharmour has visit many of these lakes during their migration journey with their flocks to Kangra valley and vice versa. The seven Lakes out of twenty two lakes are explored and are main attraction of Mountain. Main lakes are Lam Dal, Naag Dal, Kali Kund Dal, Chander Koop Dal, Dham Ghodi Dal, Sukh Dal and Naag Chatri Dal. Lam Dal Lake is the largest and the deepest in the area with a circumference of about 2.5 Kms. These above mention lakes are seven big lakes; hence it is also called the area of the seven lakes.Kali Kund, a well shaped lake is about 200 meters below the Lam Dal. It is worshipped by devotees on account of its religious background. Chander Koop (Moon lake) 4100 meters is a beautiful lake with ice blocks floating in it so it is also known as Ice Berg lake. Nag Chatri Dal (King Cobra Lake} near the lndrahara pass, is related to the Bhagsu Nag waters and is situated on the other side of the Dhauladhar at an elevation of 4200 meters. The devotees take a dip in this lake during the Manimahesh Yatra towards the end of August and early September. Almost every pass here has a lake below it. Nag Chatri Dal, and a small glacial lake to the left of Thamsar pass are prominent among these. While the water flows from the Dhauladhar towards the Kangra valley flows into the Beas, towards the Chamba it forms the drainage to the Ravi. In this trek we cover main lakes of this mountain range  Lam Dal.

Area                                                              Bharmour, Chamba (H.P.)
Altitude                                                          13600 Feet
Grade / Terrain                                               Gradual and Steep
Experience Required  -                                    Little experience of trekking is required
Reception & Departure Place                            Bharmour, Bharmour
Accommodation                                              Hotel, Guest house, Home Stay wherever available and Luxury tents for outdoor
Attraction of Trek:-                                         Real Brahmpura, Ancient Chaurasi temples, Gaj / Bhim Gashutri Pass,  Lam Dal and Himalayan Flora &   Fauna and many more. 

AATGLT-01 TOUR ITINERARY FOR FIXED DEPARTURE

14 Oct     Reception at Bharmour

15 Oct     Bharmour - Samra - Bhudau Naag Temple(39 kms  taxi 8 kms on feet)

16 Oct     Bhudau naag temple - Alyas Base camp  (09 kms on feet)

17 Oct     Alyas Base camp - Kali Kund - Lam Dal (Gradual gradient of 20 kms appox on feet

18 Oct     Lam Dal - Drakund  ( 10 Km Trek)

19 Oct     Drakund - Barie - Chamba (Departure after Lunch)

 

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