GAJ PASS TREK
Gaj pass trek is quite interesting among the trekkers. Gaj, named after Bhim's Gaja came down and struck somewhere in the vicinity leading to water springing from the rocks, this pass also known as Bhim Gasutri Pass and is a gateway to Lake County. When you climb Gaj, you don’t just climb up the Dhauladhar; you also climb right into the lap of some beautiful high altitude lakes and complete solitude. Right across Gaj, on the other side is Lam Dal, the largest lake in the Dhauladhar.Every Year in the month of August every year, pilgrims from Chamba and Kangra districts climb up the mountains to take a holy dip in the Lam Dal waters. The numbers are small enough to ensure there is absolutely no littering. All other times, the lakes are your personal baths. Lam Dal is the beginning of a stream. As the stream continues west, it forms 3 more lakes. There are twenty two lakes in this Mountain range. The Dhauladhar granite ensures water is ever clear as it ever got. Flanked on both sides by the high Dhauladhar ridges, this stream and the lakes are worth a pilgrimage in themselves and that’s exactly people come here for.The best way to do Gaj pass is to start from Bharmour via Samra, walk a Budau Naag temple then to Kali Kund, after that to Lam Dal, climb to Chandra Koop Dal, track back to Lam Dal, many other lakes Lastly. The detail of trek has given below.
DAY-1 Welcome to Bharmour
After reception and welcome drink we take you to the Hotel for some rest. In evening we take you to 84 Chaurasi ancient Temples for evening Aarti then back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
DAY-2 Bharmour-Chatrari - Samara
(Normal gradient of 53km bus / jeep able road)
Early in the morning after breakfast troop will move to Chatrari village by taxi a lead of 38 km. Chatrari is famous for ancient Shakti temple. After taking lunch at Chatrari troop will move to Samra last destination of the day. Samra is beautiful small village and famous for Naag temple after visiting the Naag temple spend the left day at Samra for acclimatization and overnight stay in camp.
DAY-3 Samra- Alyas Base Camp
(Gradual gradient of 12 km on feet)
Early in the morning after breakfast troop will move through village and climb through dense forest toward a nallah and gives feeling like a way to heaven. After a Short run one hour of straightway troop will reach at nallah and Goth. Rest for half hour troop will move and climb through the rocks and will reach at Budau Naag temple. Rest a while then climb through a beautiful ground and will reach at Bottom of kali Kund known as Alyas or base camp. Alyas a run of 1 – 2 hours from Budau Naag. Acclimatize your body and brain for next day journey which will be full of joy and adventure. Overnight stay in camp at Alyas.
DAY-4 Alyas Base Camp– Alyas caves over Gujj pass
(Normal gradient of 12km on feet)
Alyas - Gujj Pass - Alyas 12 Km trek is totally depending upon the weather and physical condition of trekker. Generally Travelling Guide will not take the risk or allow crossing the passes in bad weather conditions and will wait for clearing the sky. If sun shine then after taking light breakfast and packed lunch start moving ahead very early in the morning around 6:00 am to ensure that the snow is frozen for easier walking and if fails to cross the pass before 12 - 1:00 pm otherwise will create big problem as heavy snow winds, rainfall even snow fall can be happen. So early in the morning after Light breakfast troop will move ahead for their adventurous and joyful day. After starting moving ahead shortly will reach at lake know as Kali Kund. Climb through snow and ridge will reach at the top of lamb Dall and after going downward carefully will reach at lamb Dall. There is three more lake will come in the way but take more time if want to visit. These all lakes are considered as sacred many devotees from Chamba and Kangra comes here to take holy dip in these lakes. After reaching at Lamb Dal go through Bhim Gasutri and reach at Lahesh caves. It is a climb of three hrs from Lamb Dal to Lahesh Caves. Overnight stay will be in caves.
DAY-5 Alyas caves - Triund
(Normal gradient of 7 km busable road)
Triund is a small and beautiful destination in the Himalaya and is situated 9 kms from Bhagsu Nag which is now very famous among foreigner tourist as a trekking paradise. Triund is name of a ridge in Dhauladhar Himalayas and it shows very close look for Moon peak-Inderhar Pass. After taking breakfast around 8:00 Am 9kms trail will start toward Triund. The trail goes generally through Oak and conifer forest and across the open meadows to the encampment at Laka Got. After a trek of 5-6 hrs will reach at Triund. Spend the left day at Triund and enjoy the beauty of nature and natural resources. The dinner and overnight stay will be provided in tents at Triund.
DAY-6 Triund - Mcleodganj (10 kms on feet)
Early in the morning move ahead toward Mecleodgunj through small village Dharamkot. After a trek of 10 km in 3-4 hrs will reach at Mecleodgunj last destination of the trek and will take unforgettable lunch at Mecleodgunj with Anna Adventures & Tour’s outdoor team. Our outdoor team will depart the troop here with good wishes and with hopes to visit again and again for more trekking in unexplored Himalaya.
Don’t forget to visit Glorious Chamba District, If interested Anna Adventures & Tour will take you to the Chamba, Khajiyar, Kalatop, Dalhousie for sightseeing with adding one more day in your remember able journey to Lord Shiva . The facility of picking and dropping to nearest Railway head / Airport and nearest cities is also available but on extra charges.