Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama


Dharamshala in Kangra Valley is also a home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community. It is one peaceful ambiance in the Kangra Valley where the travelers can visit the holy place. Trekking in Dharamshala is one of the trending activity.

The Himalayas are blessed with gorgeous landscapes and different mountain ranges. In the Kangra district, the snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar in the backdrop are one of the most awe-inspiring parts in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a paradise for nature lovers for seeking an adrenaline rush. No doubt, it has attracted tourists across the world, it also offers some of the best treks in the country. Trekking Dharamshala to experience the views of Kangra Valley from Dhauladhar range. 

The place is calm and pleasant because of the peaceful surroundings and most of the monks, nuns mediate in the compound in Dalai Lama temple.


Here are the Best Treks To Do In & Around Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj.

1). Kareri Lake Trek

Minkiani Pass Views from Kareri Lake, Dharamshala Trek with Heaven Riders India

Acts as a passage to Chamba valley via Minkiani Pass & Baleni Pass

Duration: 3 days
Max elevation: 9625 ft
Starting point: Kareri village
Endpoint: Kareri village
Hike Grade: Easy-Moderate


Kareri Lake is a high-altitude freshwater lake to the south of the Dhauladhar Range, located at an altitude of 2934M. Trekkers will come across the artistic shepherd villages which makes the trek even more scenic and serene.

The lake remains frozen from early December to March and April and it is a perfect getaway for weekend treks. At the hilltop, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti.

Kareri lake is an ideal trek for beginners and experienced trekkers as well. Once reaching the lake provides splendid and stunning views especially the Dhauladhar Range passing through streams, green meadows, and shrubs. The trail is varied and you will cross through a variety of wildflowers alpine forests, Rhododendron trees. The lake is also formed by the flow of the water bodies from the Minkiani Peak.

2). Triund Trek

Triund during winters

Trail is as refreshing as you move ahead to walk through rhododendron & oak trees

Duration: 2 days
Max elevation: 9,640 ft
Starting point: McLeod Ganj
Endpoint: McLeod Ganj
Difficulty: Easy


Triund is undoubtedly one of the most popular treks of Dharamshala & Mcleod Ganj. It is an easy trek for all age groups and can be attempted by the experienced trekkers too.

Triund trek tops in Trekking Dharamshala, starts from McLeod Ganj and can be done easily done over the weekend. The routes to Triund open up multiple hidden trails like Indrahar Pass which acts as a passage to Chamba Valley. If you want more solitude, you can hike up to Indrahar Pass and watch the gorgeous peaks of Manimahesh Kailash and Pir Panjal Range. Triund trail is also birdwatcher’s delight as the trekkers will find songbirds.

Apart from this trek, people also wander around the quaint villages near McLeod Ganj. The town is also known as Little Lhasa and one can experience the Tibetan culture.  Read about Triund Trek Experience


3). Indrahar Pass Trek


Trek full of flora & fauna, rhododendrons with fascinating views

Duration: 5 days
Max Elevation: 13,779 ft
Starting point: McLeod Ganj
Endpoint: McLeod Ganj
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Indrahar is a high altitude mountain pass located at an altitude of 4342metres in the outskirts of Dharamshala. It is one of the inspiring treks in Himachal Pradesh. The trekkers will be mind blown walking through the scintillating landscapes, illuminating streams, quaint lakes, and deodar forests. It is an ideal trek who likes challenges on their way.

A trek full of flora and fauna, rhododendrons with the fascinating Dhauladhars on the background makes it more enriching and wins the heart of the adventurers and tests the limits. Indrahar Pass is in top five list of Trekking Dharamshala.

One has to cross too many boulders and climb over scree on the way to the top and can only be attempted by those who have a good level of fitness. It passes through Triund, Laka Pass and Lahesh Caves. To the south of Indrahar Pass, one will get to witness the stupendous views of Indian Plains and to the north the pristine peaks of Manimahesh Kailash and Pir Panjal Range. The pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts where you get to watch the fascinating villages and tiny hamlets.


4). Minkiani Pass Trek

Minkiani Pass Trek Dharamshala with Heaven Riders India

Jaw- dropping views makes Minkiani Pass unforgettable trek

Duration: 5 days
Maximum elevation: 13,250 ft
Starting point: Kareri village
Endpoint: Kareri village
Difficulty level: Moderate

Minkiani Pass is a less explored shepherd’s trail located in the Dhauladhar range. Kareri Lake acts as a passage for Minkiani Pass. This trek gives a sense of adrenaline rush to the trekkers. What makes this trek different from others is because of the location and scenic beauty. Trekking in Dharamshala, Miankiani pass is one the passage to Chamba from Kangra Valley.

It provides jaw- dropping views from the Minkiani Top, Dhauladhar ranges and Pir Panjal Range which gives the trekker a true Himalayan experience.

This trek also gives spiritual and cultural making it one of the best camping experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventurers. The trail passes through Rhododendron and Oak trees, alpine forests and Lord Shiva located near Kareri Lake.


5). Dhauladhar Lakes Trek

Dhauladhar Lakes Trek with Heaven Riders India

Experience the less explored alpine lakes of Dhauladhar

Duration: 5 days
Maximum elevation: 13,238 ft
Starting point: Kareri village
Endpoint: Kareri village
Difficulty level: Moderate


The Dhauladhar Lakes are the pristine and holy lakes that unfold the hidden gems of Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the lap of Dhauladhar mountains, the trek starts from the village Kareri and then goes up to Minkiani Pass at 4000m and the trekkers reach Lam Dal lake.

Camping is strictly prohibited in Lam Dal because it is considered a sacred lake.

Trekking in Dharamshala, The lakes are untouched & very less explored except for a brief period of time that is during the monsoon season when the pilgrims trek during the Janmashtami. The trail passes through Oak trees, Rhododendrons and amazing views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges to the North and the Punjab plains to the South.


When was the last time you did something for the first time.

– John C. Maxwell



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