The Expedition Mountain of lakes is to be carried out in Dhauladhar. The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises spectacularly from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra and Mandi. Chamba Mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. The Dhauladhar have a peculiar topography. Extremely rocky with a lot of granite, the flanks of the range contain a lot of slate, limestone and sandstones. Ascending from any side is a tough business, given the near vertical incline. This calls for really tough trekking and mountaineering. The crest of Dhauladhar is covered by a vast expanse of snow and perhaps this mountain range is the near snow line area in the whole of Himalayas which is easily accessible from the plains.All the way from Dalhousie to the Bara Bhanghal ridge, the Dhauladhar has more than 30 passes at an average height of 3500 meters to above 5000 meters, which afford an easy entrance to the Ravi valley and to the central Himalayas. This mighty range has vast trekking, mountaineering and skiing potential and is known for its unexplored and improvised treks. There is very little habitation on the range given the harsh conditions. But meadows abound near the crest providing rich pastures for grazing where large numbers of Gaddi shepherds take their flocks. The top of the crest is buried under vast expanses of thick snow. The range has rich flora and fauna and its exquisite beauty attracts mountain lovers who return many times over to savoir the delightful trails and there are many of them. The scenery from any of the passes of the Dhauladhar towards Pir Panjal and the Greater Himalayas is most captivating and spectacular allowing an unobstructed view of the mountain ranges and deep valleys with their far-flung, snow-clad, dome-like enchanting peaks. In addition to this, the region has a few small and unnamed virgin peaks.They offer an opportunity for amateur mountaineers, experienced trekkers and beginners to visit the unfrequented areas and open new vistas for adventure. The Dhauladhar deserves a special mention for its high altitude glacial lakes which have mythical backgrounds and are considered extremely sacred by local residents, who make pilgrimage to these lakes during the monsoon and post monsoon season. These lakes are considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. They are located in the one mountain range. The most prominent among them in the Dhauladhar region are the Lam Dal and the Nag Dal. Dal is called to a Lake. Lam Dal is at an elevation of 3900 meters and approachable from Minkiani Pass, Inderhar Pass and Gaj Pass. There are twenty two Lakes in this mountain range including all the lakes. Many Local Gaddi shepherd, resident of Bharmour has visit many of these lakes during their migration journey with their flocks to Kangra valley and vice versa. The seven Lakes out of twenty two lakes are explored and are main attraction of Mountain. Main lakes are Lam Dal, Naag Dal, Kali Kund Dal, Chander Koop Dal, Dham Ghodi Dal, Sukh Dal and Naag Chatri Dal. Lamb Dal Lake is the largest and the deepest in the area with a circumference of about 2.5 Kms. These above mention lakes are seven big lakes; hence it is also called the area of the seven lakes.Kali Kund, a well shaped lake is about 200 meters below the Lam Dal. It is worshipped by devotees on account of its religious background. Chander Koop (Moon lake) 4100 meters is a beautiful lake with ice blocks floating in it so it is also known as Ice Berg lake. Nag Chatri Dal (King Cobra Lake} near the lndrahara pass, is related to the Bhagsu Nag waters and is situated on the other side of the Dhauladhar at an elevation of 4200 meters. The devotees take a dip in this lake during the Manimahesh Yatra towards the end of August and early September. Almost every pass here has a lake below it. Nag Chatri Dal, and a small glacial lake to the left of Thamsar pass are prominent among these. While the water flows from the Dhauladhar towards the Kangra valley flows into the Beas, towards the Chamba it forms the drainage to the Ravi. In the “Expedition Mountain of lakes” we cover main lakes of this mountain range like Lam Dal, Naag Dal, Kali Kund Dal, Chander Koop Dal, Dham Ghodi Dal and Sukh Dal. Please Note that when the troop will be on the top of Mountain, the following trek plan is tentative and is flexible to change as per weather conditions on the spot. Travel Guide have right to change any plan on the top of Mountain by considering the valuable life of trekkers.
Area Bharmour, Chamba (H.P.)
Duration Nine Days (9)
Altitude 4450 Meters / 14600 Feet
Grade / Terrain Gradual and Steep
Season May – 15 October
Experience Required - Little experience of trekking is required
Reception & Departure Place Bharmour, Bharmour
Accommodation Hotel, Guest house, Home Stay wherever available and Luxury tents for outdoor
Attraction of Trek:- Real Brahmpura, Ancient Chaurasi temples, Chatrari, Samra, Lam Dal, Kali Kund, Chander Koop Lake, Naag Dal, three Passes and Himalayan Flora & Fauna and many more.
TREK: - Bharmour-Chatrari-Samra- Kali Kund lake- Lam Dal Lake- Chander Koop Dal Lake – Inderhar Pass -Naag Dall - - Kuarsi - Bharmour
DAY-1 Welcome to Bharmour
Bharmour is the unexplored destination, situated in the Dhauladhar region and Pir Panjal Ranges of Himalaya, between the Ravi and Budhil valley, and known for the Gaddi peoples of Bharmour. The trekking in Bharmour and the hidden treasures are good enough reasons for visiting such a beautiful small town. The Dhauladhar region and Pir Panjal Ranges of Bharmour are a unique destination in world, lots of bird species, beautiful dense forests with meadows, Land and home of the Lord Shiva, diverse flora and fauna, historical and religious monuments, High altitude peaks, 12 Passes, and the home of the Gaddies, an indigenous tribe of Himachal Pradesh. 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 53 kms 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
(Gradual gradient of 12 kms 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 is 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 – Lam Dal
(Steep / Gradual gradient of 6 kms on feet)
Alyas Base Camp – Lam Dal is 12 Km trek is totally depending upon the weather and physical condition of trekker. Generally Travelling Guide will not take the risk or allow to cross 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 Lake. Climb through snow and ridge will reach at the top of Lam Dal and after going downward carefully will reach at lamb Dall. There are three more small lakes 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 Lam Dal take Lunch. Lamb Dal Lake is the largest and the deepest in the area with a circumference of about 2.5 Kms. If weather will clear and hope to be clear for next 24 hrs, then Lam Dal will be the Base camp otherwise travel guide will decide what to do? He will have open option to go toward Chander Koop side for base camping or toward Inderhar Pass side. If weather is not good then he will have another option to back last night Base camp for camping.
DAY- 5 Lam Dal - Chander Koop Lake – Lam Dal (Steep / Gradual gradient of 10 kms on feet)
Alyas Base Camp – Lam Dal is 12 Km trek is totally depending upon the weather and physical condition of trekker. Generally Travelling Guide will not take the risk or allow to cross 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 The already visited Kali Kund, a well shaped lake is about 200 meters below the Lam Dal. On reaching top when you look behind the view of Kali Kund is glorious. It is worshipped by devotees on account of its religious background. Chander Koop (Moon lake) 4100 meters is a beautiful lake with ice blocks floating in it so it is also known as Ice Berg lake. Chander Koop Lake is situated downhill toward Minkiani pass so go down and visits Chander Koop Lake and come back to Lam Dal. During the months of May and June there are floating ice bergs can be seen that’s by this Lake is also known as Ice Bergs.
DAY- 6 Lam Dal - Naag Dal – Chatta Goth
(Steep / Gradual gradient of 12 km on feet)
This Expedition Mountain of Lakes also gives you a circuit trek through Gaj Pass and Inderhar Pass. Lam Dal to Chatta Goth through Naag Dal at the higher elevations there is a steep 300 - 400 meters ascent towards the crest of the Dhauladhar, before a 1 Km traverse just below the ridge to the Inderahar Pass. From the pass one can view Pir Panjal Range in the north and Mani Mahesh Kailash (5656 M) peak in the east. Descend from the pass downhill to Naag Dal. Naag Dal is big Lake and requires 45 minutes for round trip. After rest, move down to Chata Goth Base camp. Dinner & overnight in tents
DAY- 7 Chatta Parao – Kuarsi Village
(Steep / Gradual gradient of 8 km on feet)
Today’s trek is quite interested as you are below the snow line and find different types of wild flowers, meadows, deodar, pines trees and many type of Himalayan flora and fauna After breakfast, continue trek downhill with packed lunch. Today's trek continues into the valley and from the top mountain views of the whole region can be seen. Trek of 4 – 5 Hrs will along with the Kuarsi nallah reaches Kuarsi Village. Kuarsi is last village of the Bharmour toward Inderhar Pass. There is temple of Naag. Dinner & overnight stay tents.
DAY- 8 Kuarsi Village - Lamu - Bharmour
(Gradual gradient of 12 km on feet then by Taxi 39 Kms)
After Breakfast move from Kuarsi to Hilling. A trek through dense forest for one hour reaches to the Hikim Bridge. Take small rest now moves to Hilling through decent path, the path shows you by Bharmour come under schedule tribe. Trek for one more hours will join you with road head at Hilling. Now trek more three kms via road will reach you at Lamu Village, here you can get Taxi and return back to Bharmour via Garola, Kharamukh. Revive and refresh your body from long and interesting trek to Mountain of Lakes.
DAY- 9 Departure Day
After taking breakfast in hotel with our outdoor team. Our outdoor team will depart the troop here with good wishes, remember able memories 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 Bharmour . The facility of picking and dropping to nearest Railway head / Airport and nea
rest cities is also available but on extra charges.