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Mc Leodgunj Minikiani Trek Chamba
Minikiani Trek Chamba
Maximum - 10 Days
About This Trek:
The Trek Altitude - 4250m
A pleasant, moderately strenuous
trek of 5-6 days across the Dhauladhar; 3 nice lakes en route. Best
period: 20 May to 30 June and 20 August to 10 October.
I t i n e r a r y
the treks of Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) is connected by 'our coach'
with Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar.
DAY-1- McLeod Ganj-Kareri village (1870m)
13km Follow the metalled road towards Dharamshala cantonment to reach
the small Dal Lake. Now descend steeply on a rocky path for about 1h
30 to a stream and a few tea shops. Cross the stream and climb
steeply for 3Km; thereafter the ascent is gradual for 4Km to Kareri
DAY-2- Kareri-Kareri Lake (3500m) 13Km -
From the resthouse the track turns left and climbs gently along a
ridge. Passing through forest for about 3Km the trail meets a
stream. Without crossing it, turn right and climb through dense woods
for 4Km until coming to the Kareri Nala that issues from the lake.
Follow it upstream for 6-7Km to the lake; small temple and many
shepherds' stone huts on meadows round the lake. Unoccupied huts can
be used for overnight [the route for Baleni Pass (3765m) forcks left
(NNW) from here].
DAY-3- Kareri Lake-Mikiani Pass-Minikiani
Got (3500m) 8Km - The lake is situated right below the pass and
several snow gullies can be seen sweeping down from the ridge. Aim
for the extreme left gully, or ask a local shepherd for directions.
During June and later the best way is well defined. The approach
heads up slippery grass slopes then (usually) soft snow, and may take
4-5h to cover the 4Km to the top. The last part lies through a big
maze of boulders and the top of the pass is strewn with them. The
other side is less rough; tread right then bear left to reach
Minikiani Got below in 3-4Km. A few huts and rock shelters here.
DAY-4- Minikiani Got-Lam Dal and back 6Km -
Diversion. Lam Dal lies 3Km E of Minikiani Got and the way lies over
large boulders. The lake is held to be sacred by local people. About
3Km above this lake is another called Nag Dal (3960m) and beyond it
yet another called Chanderkup (4260m). From the latter one can reach
Laka Pass further E (qv).
DAY-5- Minikiani Got-Drakund (1860m) 15Km -
From Minikiani Got traverse a few snow slopes NW then follow the left
bank of Donali Nala downstream. After 7Km the trail crosses the Nala
and reaches Gaddi Got in another 3-4Km. Now follow a rough track
along the right bank and re cross the stream. The last stretch of 2Km
goes through dense woods until arriving at Drakund camps
this is a two roomed building with a separate kitchen pleasantly
situated in an apple orchid, with the Donali Nala flowing 100m below.
DAY-6- Drakund-Dunali (1200m) 17km - The
trail passes through Drakund village, crosses the Nala and descends
along the right bank to reach donali; a few hamlets and tea shops
along the way. On the main Chamba-Brahmaur road, Donali is a small
settlement with a few
eating shops. Chamba is 28Km W and Brahmaur
37Km E (buses).
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