After hiking to Everest Base Camp in November, which would be showcased on NDTV good times as TV Serial from 28th Feb- 8pm, I have decided to take you all on the trip of your lifetime – a chance to experience an adventure trip so surreal that you will return with a completely new definition of what a summer holiday trip should be. I have joined www.thefolktales.com for this trek , to take you on an experience.
Introducing a Himalayan Camping and Trekking expedition in May 2015 – Gaj Pass Trail
The mighty and imposing Dhauladhar Himalayan ranges in the backdrop, complete with snow clad peaks, gorgeous terrain coupled with winding roads that steep down, lined by the quaint Himalayan houses on one side and lush forests of deodar on the other comprises the Gaj Pass Trek. Beautiful birds the likes of which you will have never seen before, chirping away to wake you up in the morning and a serenity that will make you forget all the worldly troubles that you have to deal with.
Is this your idea of a week in the mountains?
Month- 19th-25th May, 2015
About Gaj Pass
There are several high altitude glacial lakes across the Dhauladhar ranges and Lam Dal holds the most prominent position among them all. Gaj Pass is the most suited and most convenient route to reach Lam Dal. The pass is situated at an altitude of 4140mts and follows a treacherous path that comprises of moraine terrain, glacial routes, dense alpine forests and vast expanses of open pastures.
About the trek
The Gaj Pass Trail trek is a moderately difficult expedition that takes you through an untouched and completely non-commercialised route to the Dhauladhar ranges. The trail follows the course of the Gaj river with numerous wooden bridges and natural jacuzzis along the way, taking you through dense alpine forests and amazing terrain.
The first stop will be Bagga Dhar which is a pastureland of the local Gaddi shepherds of the area. After a night of camping here, the trek will move further to the snowline. Those feeling up for the task can actually summit Gaj Pass while others can enjoy a day of Himalayan trekking and enjoyment in snow.
Preparation for trek
I would soon upload new blog here “As to how to prepare for trek”, the training I did of only 15 day before I left for Everest Base Camp. You must be a lazy person just like me, who doesnt work out regularly but this training will surely help you. Watch this space soon!Incase you want a special email , then just ping me your email id.
DAY 1 – Arrive Pathankot & drive to Bonthu Village (BASE CAMP) (1600M)
As the group will arrive the taxis will take them to the Base Camp i.e. to the Bonthu Village. After arrival the lunch will be served and tents will be allotted. Post lunch the group will walk to Bonthu Village and river Gaj. Dinner followed by bonfire and songs/group entertainment.
MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 – Acclimatization trek to Naddi (2000M/8KMS)
The view from the base camp is spectacular a confluence of two glacial rivers right in front and snow capped peaks just to the side. The back view open up views of dense forests and the front view showcases the quaint little Bonthu Village. The group will go for an acclimatization walk after breakfast and will return till lunch. Post lunch, the group will prepare their rucksacks for the trek and some camp activities.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACTUAL TREK PROGRAM
DAY 3 – Trek to Camp 1 at Bagga (2450M/7KMS)
Post breakfast the group will depart for trek to Camp I and will reach till lunch. Snow from this camp will be very near! On arrival Rasna/ Lemonade will be served. Post lunch, welcome address by the camp leader and allotment of tents on sharing basis will be made. In the evening, soup time followed by dinner and campfire. The group will logout from the hectic day and will sleep in the tents.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 – Climb to Snowline and beyond (3200M/9KM)
Great spectacular views of the Dhauladhar snow mountains from the top. It’s a Height gain day to Snowline and beyond. Hence post breakfast the group will depart for the trek and will enjoy the spectacular views. The group will return back till lunch. Evening at leisure. In the evening, soup time followed by dinner and campfire. The group will logout from the hectic day and will sleep in the tents.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 – Trek to base camp (1600M/7KM)
After spending two beautiful days at Camp 1 its time to scale down! Post breakfast the group will depart for trek to Base Camp and will reach till lunch. On arrival Rasna/ Lemonade will be served. Post lunch, welcome address by the camp leader and allotment of tents on sharing basis will be made. In the evening, soup time followed by dinner and campfire. The group will logout from the hectic day and will sleep in the tents.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 – Trek back to Dharamkot and local sightseeing
After breakfast, the group will make its way back to base at Dharamkot. Rest of the day is free for rest and leisure. Night to be spent in Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 – Drive back to Pathankot
Post breakfast the group will pack their bags and will leave for Pathankot to board the train for their homes. Now it’s time to bid adieu to all the comrades who spend the 9 memorable days with each other.
Now the final part which will not burn hole in your pocket but definately will create sweet memories!!
EMI Option available (Contact: [email protected])
Ex – Pathankot price: Rs. 2,500/- per person per day (+3.09% service tax)
Total cost of the trek: Rs 17500/-(+3.09% service tax)
Two transfers from and back to Pathankot in non a/c private Mahindra Maxx Jeeps/ Winger on sharing basis as per the itinerary.
Accommodation in tents on sharing basis.All meals as per itinerary.Local Guides accompanying the group during trek.Services of Camp Leaders.All pre-established camp sites as per the itinerary.Tents, sleeping bags, Carry mats.Adventure activities as per site constraints.Camping & forest fees etc.Accommodation in hotel on Quad Sharing basis
Personal expenses of participants and entry charges at local attractions
Return travel cost from Delhi – Pathankot
The package price will be deducted as per the following conditions strictly. No refund will be entertained without receiving a cancellation request effective from the date of receipt of letter.
Notice of less than 30 days: Half fee refund
Notice of less than 15 days: No refund
No refund will be given to people who are unable to complete the trek or abandon it due to any reason.
For the nature lover
You simply could not have found a better place to spend your holidays than this. The snow – capped mountains of the mighty Dhauladhar surround these beautiful towns all around. Everywhere you look, there is natural beauty and exquisite sights in abundance. The vegetation, the flowers, the animals and the whole atmosphere is so unique and untouched that you will feel as if you have been transported to a different dimension altogether. Bird watchers will find this place to be their personal heaven. The narrow winding streets will be surrounded by dense trees of Deodar, making those leisurely strolls all the more enchanting. Every sunrise and sunset will be a sight to behold. Whether it is McLeodGanj or Dharamshala or even Bhagsunath, there will be plenty of sights to keep all your senses occupied.
For the Culture Enthusiast
These towns have become a sanctuary for Tibetan refugees and will thus, give you a chance to explore and experience their culture from close quarters. Some of the most popular places to visit in McLeodGanj, Bhagsunath and Dharamshala will concern this amazing dynasty and its cultural heritage. The Tibet museum, the Kalchakra Temple, the Men-Tsee-Khang Museum, the many monasteries and the Secretariat of the Tibetan Government in Exile – all these represent a glorious tradition that is surviving and now thriving in the beautiful hermitage. Plus, there is always the Himalayan way of living that you can witness and understand. So all in all, these small Himalayan towns represent a cultural feast.
For the Food Lover
Think Authentic Tibetan cuisine, think Israeli food, think delectable Lebanese dishes. McLeodGanj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkot and Dharamshala represent a melting pot of some of the most exotic and interesting food-styles of the world. If you think of yourself as a Food lover, there will be something to keep your palate occupied throughout your stay. And if you are not in an experimental kind of mood, the traditional Indian food is always available.
For the religious kind
Make sure you visit the Bhagsunath temple when you are in this region. The place is truly one of a kind. Not only the fact that it has a glorious waterfall that you can enjoy, but Bhagsunath temple’s history will also keep you occupied and engaged throughout your visit. The place truly reverberates with the air of spirituality. You will love the time you will spend here.
For the Adventurous
Looking for an adrenaline rush? How about trekking and climbing to some unexplored Himalayan destinations? With many trails beginning from the region, trekking in Dharamshala, McLeodGanjand Bhagsunath form a major tourist attraction. The amazing ranges surrounding the place offer many hidden treasures to explore – a treat for any adrenaline junkie! One of the more interesting hikes is the Indrahaar Paas trail, an extravaganza of nature, adventure, snow and amazing beauty. Explore what true adventure is all about.
For the Shopaholic
From Tibetan antiques to amazing clothing – you can find the best of everything in the markets of this region. Spices and medicines, handicrafts and accessories, books on almost every subject, woolens to summer wear, trekking gear and almost everything else. All available at fantastic prices! The Tibetan Handicrafts Cooperative Centre, TCV Handicraft Centre and the other local markets are must visit tourist places in Dharamshala, McLeodGanj and Bhagsunath
We are passionate about village and nature tourism. Through travel, we educate our guests on responsible ways of traveling that helps not only in minimizing the carbon footprint but also in maintaining the local Eco-System. Some of the travel practices that we recommend are:
- Our destinations take you to regions which are, by the grace of God, still close to nature and have balanced Eco-Systems. It is very important to understand that while traveling to an off-beat place, we are going into someone else home and that we should respect it
- Carry a water bottle that can be re-filled. Avoid purchasing multiple plastic ones
- Minimize the plastic bags, glass objects and any other non-biodegradable material that you carry in luggage from your home location
- Carry a small bag to collect any waste material that you may produce while on treks or village walks
- Respect the local community, their culture, food, religion, beliefs and ways of living
- Dress up keeping in mind local culture. Ask the family if you have questions about the local beliefs and practices
- We request you to avoid intake of alcohol during the trek
- You will be surrounded by rich flora and fauna. Please appreciate their beauty in their natural habitat Refrain from plucking flowers or disturbing animals
- We thank you for choosing this flavor of travel. It is you who help us in creating employment for locals in a village through travel and in sustaining local forms of art, culture, traditions and languages. We urge you to share on responsible travel with your family, communities, blogs and social media channels
Doesnt this trek sound interesting where you want to spend your summer seeing snow ?. Then pick up the phone and call me/whatsapp me on 9820883928 or email : [email protected]