Dharamshala – Trekkers Paradise


By : Meetanjali Sood

Dharamshala is a hub of many adventure sports and activities like mountain climbing, trekking, motor biking, paragliding, rock climbing, flying fox and night camping. The town of Dharamshala is blessed with the sprawling beauty and assures to give one a memorable adventure experience by venturing into some of the naturally blessed valleys of Dhauladhars.

Apart from other adventure sports in Dharamshala trekking has become the most popular sport among people of this small town as it adds to numerous health benefits. Walking into the deep valleys along the Himalayas is an opportunity to see some of the untouched and unknown destinations to find out the legendary stories about the wide, dense and crisscrossed valley of the Dhauladhar Mountains.

The Dhauladhar hills offer good possibilities of treks, as it is simply ideal for trekking tours. The village of Triund is 9 kilometers above Mc.leodganj and is the most popular trekking route not only with the locals but also among the foreigners who come here to explore the rugged terrains of the Himalayas. The snow line starts at Laka, which is about five kilometers from Triund and has all the elements of thrill and excitement for the trekkers.

The trek can be planned with a partner; the whole crew or else it could be organized through any travel agency. Himalayan Heights Adventure is one such adventure guide company at Mc.Leodganj that organizes night camps, mountaineering, and trekking camps to Triund, Balh village, Kaveri Lake and Snowline.

“We organize all types of trekking tours like summer camps, rock climbing, Alpine climbing, adventure camps and a certified adventure course of ten days for students and others. We specialize in quality tours for students, families or small groups and the minimum cost of each tours turns out to be nearly Rs.1000 per person which includes the main outdoor equipments, food and tents” quotes Nilesh Saini the owner of the company.

Dharamshala Trekkers Paradise
“If one plans to trek on your own then it is necessary to pack your bags with all the necessary outdoor equipments like jackets, sleeping bags, waterproof trekking boots and first aid kit. All the comfortable and necessary mountaineering and outdoor camping trekking equipments can be bought at affordable rates form our exclusive store says Krishnan.N owner of Wild craft store at Sidhbari that specializes in adventure and outdoor clothing and accessories.

Wild Craft Store

Dharamkot is a small tribal village from where the Triund trek actually starts. Walking from road towards the Bhagsu Nag temple is a good experience as it gives an insight into the snow covered mountains, huge glaciers, rich, vibrant yet simple and natural life of the locals known as Gaddi’s whose traditional occupation has been herding from centuries ago.

The trekking route passes through villages like Rawa, Dharamkot, Rakkar, Bhagsu and finally meets at the temple of Galu Devi. An overnight stay can be planned at Forest Rest House at Triund at a very reasonable tariff of Rs.500 per night. The local shepherds initially used this small hill terrain that is now known as the trekker’s paradise in summers to venture into Chamba district through the Dhauladhar hills. On way to Triund one can see small settlements of remote civilization and an unexplored fauna and flora that still lie protected by the sequence of huge mountains.

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