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Dharamshala Laka Pass Trek
Laka Pass Trek
Maximum - 05 Days
About This Trek:
A short, popular and strenuous trek
of 5-6 days, entailing steep ascent/descents of hundreds of meters
every day, even after crossing the pass. Generally open after the
first week of June, the passage becomes easier between 20 August and
30 September, when there is less snow. Cave shelters and rest houses
en route; a small group (4 to 6 persons) need not carry tents. The
path is well defined all the way and a porter or guide is not
necessary but could be helpful. Combining this crossing with a
return over the Minkiani Pass makes an ideal circular tour of about 10
McLeodgunj-Triund (2750m) 9Km -
Contact the Mountaineering Institute for an experienced guide or
porter. Buy provisions for at least four days. As this region
experiences the second highest rainfall in India, proper waterproof
sheets or raincoats should be carried. From the bus stand, head
upwards towards the mountaineering Institute, then over a road paved
with stones (somewhat similar to ancient Roman roads) for about 30 min
then turn right. At first rising gently, then steeply through thick
rhododendron and pine frests, the trail reaches a rich crest and the
Triund forest; panoramic view of the Kangra Valley plains on
one side and of the majestic Dhauladhar behind.
Triund-Laka Got (3350m) 6Km - Take
the trail heading upwards and left of the camp. It is seen
climbing gradually with a few ups and downs. After 2h reach a small
settlement of stone huts. Now turn right, facing the Dhauladhar, and
go down gradually to Laka Got where a few Gaddi shepherds and fellow
travelers can usually be seen ensconced beside Laka Glacier. Continue
for 1Km to reach a cave shelter called Lahesh, at the edge of the
glacier; not exactly a cave but a huge boulder resting on a big flat
rock at an angle at one end while the other edge rests on the ground.
A karri or foam mat spread on the floor makes it a comfortable
Laka Got-Laka Pass-Chhata (3380m) 8Km
- The ascent to the pass is over steep snow, so a stick or ice axe
should be carried. Start early in the morning. A few shepherds may
be seen going up with flocks of sheep; follow in their steps. This
4Km stretch over frozen snow and boulders may take as long as6-9h in
poor conditions. From te top (4350m) a clear view of the Pir Pajal
Range is obtained. (If there is time and you have an experienced
guide, visit the Chanderkup Lake situated about 4Km NW of the pass).
Descent on the other side to Chhata camp ground is gradual; good cave
shelter and a transient log hut.
Chhata-Kuarsi (2440m) 14Km - The
trail goes down moderately then steeply towards a stream for 1h,
crosses it, and climbs strenuously for 3h through thick forest to
reach a ridge crest. Then downhill for about 2h to Kuarsi, a typical
Gaddi village. Accommodation in the premises of a local temple
or in the camps.
17Km - Go down steeply for 1h to the Kuarsi Nala then climb steeply
for 3h to a point on a ridge called Sai Jot; no water in this stage
until coming to a natural spring situated on the right side of the
crest. Now go down gently through pine woods and fields to Jhanauta.
This big village has a Forest Inspection Bunglow and a few eating
shops. After another steep descent of 4Km reach Machhetar, a growing
village with a few eating shops; a road connects it with Kharamukh.
From here either take a bus to Chamba, or cross the Ravi river over a
bridge and traverse the
opposite ridge to reach Brahmaur in 4h.
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