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trek Little Tibet - Irish Cancer Society

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure

We depart Dublin and arrive into London Heathrow for our over-night flight to Delhi.

 

DAY 2

Arrive New Delhi

We arrive in India’s capital city and transfer to our hotel in the centre. We have a little time to relax before our first taste of delicious Indian food and a tour of some of the highlights of the city. After our welcome supper we transfer to New Delhi central station for our overnight train to Pathankot in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya.

DAY 3

Dharamsala and the Dalai Lama

On arrival we transfer 3 hrs to the old hill station of McLeod Ganj 1750m, also known as Upper Dharamsala. Here the white peaks of the Himalaya on the horizon guard the place and reminds the largely Tibetan refugee population of their lost Tibet. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in Lhasa though, as there are many reminders; the smiling Tibetan faces, shrines, prayer flags, mantras carved in stone, Buddhist monks in red robes, and Tibetan music. This afternoon we are able to visit HH the Dalai Lama’s residence and the Kalachakra Temple.

DAY 4

Konal Village - 12 km

Dharamsala is a great place to start our journey and after a good early breakfast the 2hr transfer will bring us to Boa Village on the banks of the Brahal River. Our trek begins with a steep climb to the remote tribal village of Batuni and just above it, the Snake God Temple at Lingru Nag. This is a picturesque place to enjoy lunch, after which we descend through forest, terraced fields and small villages to our camp at the village of Konal, 1,600m.

DAY 5

Kareri - 14 km

From our camp we start with a constant and tough climb through dense pine and deodar forests for about 4hrs to the top of the ridge. Our route from here is surrounded by the most magnificent views as we continue along the ridge path all the way to the village of Kareri at 2070m. The setting for our camp tonight is surrounded by rolling hills in a picturesque meadow on the banks of the Laund River with distant views of the mountains and slate roofed villages on the other side of the river.

DAY 6

Bal Village - 12 km

After breakfast we continue our trek with a gradual but tough ascent to a typical mountain village where we are welcomed by the locals. We can see the traditional way of life of the local shepherds and perhaps share a cup of hot sweet Chai. The distant views of the Dhaula Dhar mountain range accompany us as we continue through open meadows, pine forest and villages to our lunch spot in the valley by a mountain stream. Dense forest of bamboo, oak and pine surround us this afternoon until we reach a col from where it is another short climb to Bal village at 2330m. From here a descent through terraced fields bring us into camp by a glacial river.

DAY 7

Laka Got - 15 km

Today is one of the highlights of our challenge as we reach the height of 3500m. From our camp we climb the steep trail through magnificent forest. Once we arrive at the ridge, we make a gradual ascent on a path used by the Gaddi tribal people during their summer migrations to Laka and Triund. From mid afternoon the views open up into the panorama of the Dhaula Dhar mountain range. Our camp tonight is at Triund and for those with more energy there is a chance to visit Laka Got.

DAY 8

Dharamsala - 15 km

And so to the last day of our trek. The classic Himalayan views today are dominated by the snow covered peaks and of the valley below us, into which we start to descend. Our trail takes us through mixed forests and a river which we cross by boulder hopping, to a small teashop and a perfect lunch spot by an attractive waterfall. For the afternoon we have a short trek to the trailhead at Bhagsu Nag where our jeeps will be waiting to drive us to the luxury of our hotel in Dharamsala. Tonight we relax once again in comfortable surroundings and enjoy a fantastic celebratory meal after our tough challenge.

DAY 9

The New Delhi Flyer

We enjoy a good breakfast before having the rest of the day free to visit the Tibetan Bazaar and the monastery. In the afternoon we transfer to Phatankot station where we board the New Delhi Flyer for our overnight train to Delhi.

DAY 10

Delhi

We arrive into Delhi and transfer to our hotel where we have the chance to freshen up after our journey. The rest of the day is free to explore this vibrant city at leisure and buy any last souvenirs to take home.


* Flight may be a night flight tonight

DAY 11

Arrive Home

We bid farewell to Delhi and board our flight back to the UK and on to Dublin.

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