Love trekking and mountains? Well you are just like me then. And if you really are a mountain lover, you can simply find the following quote so well fitting.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir, The Mountains of California
Going to mountains is like discovering yourself, disconnecting from the world and feel life in every breath and step. How many of us remember to look in to the night sky and forgetting if there were any thoughts in your mind just moments ago? A starry night on top of mountain can do this to you. Believe me, it is addiction.
The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main Outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra and Mandi.
Me and a bunch of friends planned a trip to Dhauladhars and the journey started. We started with a Five hours bus journey from Jalandhar(Punjab) to Dharamsala(Himanchal) early morning at around 5AM. We slept a little in bus to save on time and once we reached Dharamsala, we headed straight to McLoaed Ganj which is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and only half an hour away from Dharamsala.
Once there, rushed in to a restaurant to boost our spirits and energies with some nutritious and light food to help us in journey.
It takes between 3–4 hours to get to the top of Triund, and it was already 1PM. So we took a cab from Mcloed Ganj main market to Galu Devi temple (From where the actual trek starts) and at around 2PM, we started our journey with the following gesture.
Oh yeah!! Bring it on!!
Taking a few breaks and appreciating the nature’s beauty refreshes you really. The view was breathtaking….
On your way to Triund you will come across two refreshment shops first one named Magic View Cafė at a height of 2,500 meter run and owned by Shri Joginder Sharma since 1984 and other adjoining Magic View Cafė is Best View Cafė run by Shri Hemraj since 1998. From here it should take you another one hour to reach the top depending on your stamina.
At around 5:30PM we reached the top of Triund and rooted our tents.
Freeze or sleep?? Freeze it is :D
We woke up early at 5AM to get ready for the trek to Dhauladhars and things started to get interesting. We saw a healthy and handsome dog sleeping in front of our tents, one bite of snickers chocolate and he was our friend, we named him “Cheeku”.
Cheeku cheeku cheeku.. Aja Aja Aja.!!!
Cheeku was our new friend and companion from there on and luckily it was familiar with many routes to Dhauladhars.
The last refreshment shop on the way is the Snowline Cafe when trekking from Triund to Dhauladhars, it takes 2–3 hours to reach there depending on your speed any stamina. Illaqua glacier is only one hour away, which is also a source of water up in the mountains so no wonder that we had some fun there and also some rest and refreshment for our bodies.
We got our mouths numb with the freezing water, but it was worth it :)
And of course we found a good place on Illaqua glacier to chill the red bulls we carried all the way.!!
Jam ja sim sim !!
The peaks here are Moon Peak (4610 Metres), Slab Peak (4560 Metres), Rifflehorn Peak (4500 Metres), Two Gun Peak (4490 Metres), Camel Peak (4520 Metres), Arthur Seat (4520 Metres and Arthur Stool Peak (4525 Metres)
Above in the pics we were right under the Moon Peak which can be attempted through a ridge on the right side of the Illaqua glacier straightway to the top. The easier way to scale Moon Peak is to climb the Indrahara Pass (4350 m) and then traverse a ridge on the other side of the pass and approach the peak.
On the way to peak you can find rest in Lahesh caves only 1–2 hours away from the Illaqua glacier and from there around 4–6 hours of steep climb depending on your fitness to reach the peak. Once there, cross over towards Chamba from Indrahar or come back to Cave or Triund the same day.
Hope you like our journey and will soon plan one for yourselves
Originally published at zugadu.com on October 16, 2014.