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Panoramic views of the surrounding mountains
Farming in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas
Buddhist Prayer Wheels
Unforgettable camping spots
Looking out to the snow-capped peaks of the Dhaula Dhar mountain range
Vistas of the Kangra Valley

Dalai Lama Mountain Trek

India Trek
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About the Challenge

This magnificent trek offers the ultimate combination of breath-taking scenery and fascinating culture, in the southernmost ridges of the Indian Himalayas. Starting and finishing at McLeod Ganj, residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and a large community of Tibetan Buddhist exiles, this challenge promises an extra-special experience.

We trek through the friendly villages, high pastures and forests of the southern flanks of the Dhaula Dhar (White Mountains), gradually gaining height as we follow trails used for centuries by local shepherds. We’re constantly rewarded with far-reaching vistas of the beautiful Kangra valley and surrounding mountains, but with a high point of 3200m, remain at relatively low altitudes.

This trek is packed with diverse cultural discovery, exceptional trekking and magnificent landscapes – all the ingredients for an unforgettable trip!


Dalai Lama Mountain Trek


OPEN 11 DAYS
  • On arrival, we transfer to a nearby hotel, where we can freshen up after our overnight flight and enjoy lunch before heading out to the bustling city for an afternoon sightseeing tour, including Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid, the impressive 17th-century red-sandstone mosque, and famous markets of Chandni Chowk. Later this evening, we head to New Delhi Railway Station to board our overnight train. A cultural experience in itself, the journey takes us from the crowds and chaos of Delhi through rustic scenes of life in the countryside in our comfortable air-conditioned sleeper carriages. Night train.

  • Arriving at the small city of Pathankot in the early morning, we meet the awaiting local crew and vehicles at the station and begin our journey deeper into the foothills of the Himalayas towards the former British hill station of Dharamsala and its hilltop neighbour, McLeod Ganj. Now home to the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan Buddhists, this colourful settlement, known as ‘Little Lhasa’ has become a pilgrimage centre. After checking into our hotel, we set off on a walking tour. We visit the Dalai Lama’s complex, the Tibetan Library and St John’s Church. In the evening we have a briefing over dinner, and anyone who wishes can head out to explore the fun shopping experience of the local night bazaar. Night hotel.

    Drive approx. 3 hours

  • After an energising breakfast, we meet our local guides and head out on the first day of our trek challenge. Setting off from McLeod Ganj (1760m), we have a gentle ascent through pine forests, traditional Gaddi shepherd villages, and terraced fields of rice and barley towards Kareri village. We gain a wonderful insight to the local way of life here in these remote villages, as farmers work their land and livestock in ways that have changed little for centuries. Our camp for the night is set in a picturesque spot beside a river and watermill. Night camp (1985m)

    Trek approx. 6-8 hours

  • Continuing our gradual ascent, we leave Kareri behind us, trekking once again through remote villages, open meadows and rhododendron forests. These forests are home to a rich and diverse birdlife, including colourful pheasants, as well as larger animals including deer and even black bears and leopards – although it is extremely rare to see these! Upon reaching Barlai village, we stop for a relaxed lunch, before more uphill trekking brings us to our camp at Bahl village. Night camp (2100m)

    Trek approx. 5-7 hours

  • We have a challenging but spectacular day of trekking to look forward to, as we head through a woodland reserve with the promise of fantastic views of the surrounding mountain scenery. We pass through the small village of Galu, making our way through forests of cedar and rhododendron. Our destination today is our highest camp at Triund, where our reward is the particularly awe-inspiring views of the permanently snow-capped peaks and ridges of the Dhaula Dhar mountain range. The panorama extends out across the Kangra Valley and down to McLeod Ganj. The evening sky is a sight in itself! Night camp (2850m)

    Trek approx. 5-6 hours

  • This morning we enjoy breakfast with a marvellous view, before heading out on a round trip to Laka Got, where open meadow meets the end of a glacier. Our trail traverses along the glacial moraine to reach Laka Got (3200m), a temporary shepherd encampment and the highest point of our challenge. Here we can revel in the views over Laka Glacier, which until early summer remains full of snow, before it is melted with the monsoon. We can also see across to Lahesh Cave, a shelter used by shepherds when travelling over the mountains with their flock. We should have plenty of time to enjoy the views and a picnic lunch, before returning to our camp at Triund for our last night under canvas. Night camp (2850m)

    Trek approx. 5 – 7 hours

  • This morning we turn our backs on the mountains and enjoy the last section of our trek, which is mostly downhill and fairly relaxing after all our uphill trekking over the previous days! Back in McLeod Ganj, we have time to explore more of this unique town, including the monastery. If time allows we may also be able to visit Norbulingka Institute, near Dharamshala, which is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture. Back at our hotel we enjoy a well-deserved meal to celebrate our many achievements this week! Night hotel.

    Trek approx. 3-4 hours

  • We can enjoy a more leisurely start to the day than we’ve been used to, and enjoy some free time for last-minute shopping in McLeod Ganj. In the afternoon, we regroup for our transfer back to Pathankot ready for our overnight train to Delhi. Night train.

    Drive approx. 3 hours

    (Lunch not included)

  • Arrive Delhi early morning and transfer to international airport our flight to London.

    (Lunch not included if not in-flight)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 10 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £3,350 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £2,350 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,450 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Delhi return
    • Overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides and support team
    • Vehicle support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to any sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • India entry visa 
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable charges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 10 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £3,450 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £2,450 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,500 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Delhi return
    • Overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides and support team
    • Vehicle support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to any sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • India entry visa 
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable charges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 10 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £3,450 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £2,450 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,500 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Delhi return
    • Overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides and support team
    • Vehicle support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to any sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • India entry visa 
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable charges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

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