A Wonderful trek through the Himalayas that includes a visit to the delightful hill stations of Dharamsala and the adjacent quaint and charmingly distinct McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama and a vibrant Tibetan community. Our carefully planned itinerary offers magnificent views of the Dhauladhar range, the beautiful Kangra valley and an amazing experience of Pragpur, a heritage village. North of the Punjab plains and rising to 5,000 meters above sea level, lay the southernmost ridges of the India Himalayas, the Dhauladhar. Here, amongst these ‘White Mountains’, the British established several hill stations, including Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj, which is today the ‘Sharma and Karma’ capital, home to Tibet’s popular leader, the Dalai Lama.
After a day’s exploration of this colourful Buddhist place of pilgrimage we trek through pretty villages and high pastures on the south side of the ranges, following trails used for centuries by local shepherds. Gaining height gradually and walking foe an average of just 4 hrs each day, we enjoy a series of scenic camping sites with plentiful opportunities to meet friendly villagers. Camping at Triund (2,850m), allows for particularly fine views of the peaks and ridges of Dhauladhars. There is also time to see local craftsmen at work, visit the tea capital of the region and stay in a delightful old manor house in the World Heritage Village of Pragpur.