Mountains Love

Enjoying Indrahar Pass -

Mountains Love

 

This is not about the height or difficulty level of Mountain Pass….it’s more than that! 

I got up early by 03:30 am to get ready for my third High Mountain but first long duration and length hike with all ration and cooking stuff on backpack. Left home around 5:40 am and was at Dramman around 06:15 am and the good thing was like election campaign days and marriage functions, for all taxis were engaged, so I’d to kill myself at Dramman for almost 2 hours and finally at 8:30 am got the lift up to Kandwari….

I remember my first high mountain hike of Indrahar Pass in Dhauladhar Mountain Range..during my first climb and stay in Indrahar Jot, the feeling I had was just like a child has once he/she sits on the shoulders of parents and seeing the views around that are generally barred owing to once height!

Pir Panjal Range and ManiMahesh Kailash Peak Chamb

Pir Panjal Range and ManiMahesh Kailash Peak Chamba

But before my climb to Indrahar Pass I’d been invited and confined only to Triund and Snowline cafe of Triund Hill for many many times, many times…even Lahesh Cave was far for me…but then on July 19th 2011 with a hint from Dhauladhar, I finally dared to climb up to Lahesh Cave through thick fog humanly alone but accompanied by mystic sounds coming from melting glaciers waterfall and since I had no clue of Lahesh Cave, I just followed the Red Arrows (here Om letter has nothing to do with Religion)

Om Letter with Red Arrow Marks

Om Letter with Red Arrow Marks

but soon they also vanished in thick fog and all I could hear was the mysterious sound of glacier waterfall (just like some women/girl singing with smooth and thin voice)!

Never judge a Mountain and Hill by it’s height!

It was only in August 2013, when I was accompanied by Gordon Cole (his was also first climb for Lahesh Cave) we reached the same spot where I’d lost the Red Arrows in thick fog and had seen only the glacier waterfall, I realized that on July 2011, I was standing right in front of the Lahesh Cave but could not see the cave due to thick fog!

Leftover Glacier Waterfall in front of Lahesh Cave

Left over Glacier Waterfall in front of Lahesh Cave

Mountains O Mountains, mountains love have fascinated my soul ever since I opened my eyes to this amazing planet and was of 2 feet height and during my stay in Dharamsala things just went like crazy, the sight of Dhauladhar and Triund Hill were so tempting I’ve no words to explain but since I’d no company that time so i could not think of climbing up..but the night of December 31st, 2000 and a badly planned group hike to Triund Hill was a nightmare, but even after a cold feet night in the caves of Triund, the first campground of Triund Hill, I enjoyed the morning views of Dhauladhar and TriundHill.

But that joy was short, as after consuming water stored in kerosene can made my tummy go mad and we were forced to climb down early in the morning…and that mismanaged trek to Triund re-ignited my desire of Solo Hill walks and post that year I went hiking to Triund infinite number of times all the way from Chandigarh (I’m not trying to impress and ignore many other hikers and tea stall owners in Triund).

But every time I’d been to Triund, always gazed at the Mun Peak and tried to locate Indrahar Pass. Even from the Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi (located at the real top of Triund Hill), it was only gazing Mun Peak and tracing Indrahar Pass.

Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi at real top of Triund Hill

Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi at real top of Triund Hill

Every time, I only got directional words towards the trail to Indrahar Pass from cafe owners in Triund, the first campground of TriundHill..and finally on August 2013 another unplanned trek to Lahesh Cave with Gordon Cole also with thick fog we managed to reach Lahesh Cave and further were followed and accompanied in by Manu Singh Panwar and his friends in Lahesh Cave (now all were new on this trail).

Manu and I took the lead and followed the Red Arrows and we were tailed by Gordon Cole and friends. On trail we were greeted by another stream of thick fog and mild rain and bit of hail…we took shelter under overhang boulders, wherever we could find and then a blue hole appeared through thick black clouds giving us hope and strength to keep on climbing and trekking.

Here I must thank Rijul SherGill (Dhauladhar Trekker) and other trekkers for sharing photographs of Indrahar Pass and the temple of Jota Wali Mata a top.

Jota Wali Mata at Indrahar Pass

Jota Wali Mata at Indrahar Pass

After trekking through boulders, fallen rocks and crawling through stairs like trail we got the sight of Trishula and that re-energized us.
As a welcome gift Dhauladhar again showered us with thin hail and mild mild rain but with cold winds…and finally we were hugging Indrahar Pass in Dhauladhar Mountain Range and were blessed by Jota Wali Mata.

“Respect Nature, please do not throw your garbage in Nature”

Amazing views, you have to see it to feel it….it was still raining and fog was climbing up from Chamba side thus barring the views of Pir Panjal Range and Triund Hill and after spending about 45 minutes, we decided to climb down and luckily one of our friend slipped over the moving rock on trail but was gifted with life by sacrificing an injury to his finger….and we were back in Snow-Line Cafe for sharing our experiences and some folk song numbers on Guitar by Manu Singh…and my second call to Indrahar Pass was on October 2013 with Raman Sharma of Simla and this time the views were all crystal clear and we spent a good 01:30 hours at Indrahar Pass, enjoying the company of Dhauladhar, Jota Wali Mata and bright Sun shine for the tan…we even got the views of  Pir Panjal Range, the trail to Kuarsi and sight of Holy home of SHIVA and PARVATI the MANIMAHESH KAILASH PEAK and many other peaks.

So back in Kandbari and so much awaited climb for Waru Pass.

We burned most of our energy from a steep trail with a Speedy Race to Satchaali the base camp for Waru Jot. As per standards of Hiking, this was not hiking but a race. By the time we reached the base camp, I was tired to the bones with tummy going nuts. Lessons I learned – (A) “Don’t drink water from every source!” (B) Walk with steady steps and not run.

“Never walk or climb mountains and hills as a race, rather be like a shepherd, who guides his flock of sheep and herd of goat.

Base of Waru Pass ahead Satchali

Base of Waru Pass ahead Satchali

“Never walk or climb mountains and hills as a race, rather be like a shepherd, who guides his flock of sheep and herd of goat. Enjoy the walk and the views, keeping a tab on Sun shine”

The thick snow on trail to Waru Pass from the base was just like, you must not Hurry and have Patience, Observe , Learn and once you are ready then come to me…..that’s what Waru Pass also sounded saying to me…just like Indrahar Pass had taught me, before letting me hug Dhauladhar and this is also what GOD tries to teach us humans to Learn and Purify yourself before Salvation and Moksha from the cycle of Birth and Rebirth ~

Again I don’t want to Prove anything to Anyone and I am not Above Nature also, I have no Grudge to anyone (it’s not easy to overcome this but Work is in Progress)  So I will come again…..

How to Trek to Langha Mata

How to Trek to The Temple of Langha Mata

Langha Mata with temple site in the lap of Green hills looked over by Dhauladhar Mountains in Palampur side. This is an easy Day Hike trek, so we advice start early in the morning.

Trek But Please Do Not Throw Your Garbage on Trail and near Temple premises, carry an extra bag to put your garbage in.

To reach the starting point of trail to Langha Mata temple, you need to reach village Nanahar, which comes after Village Kandbari and Village Khas Bari.

You can board a Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation Bus (HRTC) leaves Palampur ISBT around 07:30 AM and goes through Old Palampur Bus Stand and bus stop near Punjab National Bank at 08:00 AM (keep a watchful eye if you decide to board from Old Bus Stand), this bus will drop you near Govt Sr Sec School and Primary Health Center of Nanahar and by the side water filtration system, the starting point of this trek.

For more Read Here at triundhill

Jalsu Pass Trek

A must do easy to moderate trek by any adventure enthusiast and nature lover before the system converts it in to hell in the name of development, easy access and comfort and what ever kind of Excuse we Humans can come up with – The Jalsu Trail!

This Trek can be started either from Chamba side or Palampur, Paprola and Utrala side. The Utrala side is the best testing for the Beginners and one of the best option for Solo Trekking for Experienced Trekker and Hiker!

But never under estimate Nature and Mountains. Never judge mountains by their height. Though the trail for Jalsu Pass is open between May to October end still the Best time for trekking on Jalsu Trails is between August end to first week of October. As between Aug to Oct first week, you can find company of shepherds on trail and can even find shop cum shelter huts operational. These huts charge 60 INR for lunch or dinner and 10 INR for Tea and no charge for the night stay.

The govt is trying to make road through this unspoiled heaven and this will result in destruction of Peaceful enviornment of this Trail, uprooting of Age old huge Deodar Trees, Hunting of Leopards and Bears, Loss of grazing grounds just like in Triund Hill, illegal occupation of land for hotels and guest houses and which ultimately will deteriorize our supply of clean Air to breath and polluted water of the rivulets.

Instead of destroying such trails and mountains by making Coal Tar or Concrete Roads, the Govt should develop such trails without harming the Forest and Nature, just like US develops Trails in its National Parks.

You may check trail images over this link => Jalsu Trails

 

Developing McLeodGanj and Dharamsala

Tourists and trekkers have been coming to Dharamsala McLeodGanj, Bhagsunag and Dharamkot and trekking to Triund Hill for to be close with Nature.

To breath fresh air, enjoy the views of Mountains, Deep Horizon and seek Peace are some of the main reasons that made McLeodGanj and Triund Hill a favorite spot in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, though Manali and Simla are still pretty popluar. But in both locations like Shimla and Manali, Nature has to pay a very heavy price for helping out stressed tourists.

In the name of comfort and luxury, we have converted Shimla the Queen of Hills to a Queen of Concrete Hills and Manali is also on the same direction to become another concrete jungle.  Beside this the term Development (Negative Development) has also caused more of damage to Nature and with that we are spoiling the beauty of Mother Nature, the same very beauty for which tourists come here to enjoy.

In Kangra district too famous spots like Dharamsala, McLeodGanj, Bhagsunag, Dharamkot, Naddi and Satovari are getting developed with concrete structures. The felling of Green Cover (Pine and Cedar) has been rampant since year 2000 and it has just crossed its limit this time.

Many new hotels and restaurants have come up in places where earlier the spots were covered with thick Deodar, Pine and Rhododendron trees. Now we even want to develop Mountains by constructing Cable Cars and Rope Ways.

With all this unbalanced and negative development we are killing Nature and the things that are the main attractions in Himachal Pradesh.

Back in Simla as you are about to reach Shimla, the view from distant is very disturbing unless you don’t understand what Nature is. Few months back, in TaraDevi region of Simla hundereds of age old Trees were uprooted for some fancy hotel.

In 2000 if you visited Bhagsu Waterfall the Waterfall and the surrounding area used to be more greener and even the Waterfall was huge and alot more beautiful. In Dharamkot, Naddi and Satovari too the green cover has shrunk to a large extent and now you only see hotel rooftops.

We modern humans have no respect for anything and anyone. Technologically we are advancing but when it comes about Humanity, Senstivity and (Etiquettes) Cleanliness of Nature, we are loosing it day by day. It is only for the Photosession and to be in news. We even don’t help out the fellow humans in need than how come we can feel the pain of Mother Nature. We are pretty Modern and over educated!

And most of all with all this kind development, Dharamsala McLeodGanj are certainly losing the International Trousit base!

Kareri Lake

Kareri Lake Trek

Trek to Kareri Lake and Trekking around Triund

 Kareri Lake Trek From Dharamsala

For Kareri Lake trail you need to reach Ghera Village either using a taxi or bus leaving from Dharamsala ISBT around 07:45 AM or via a foot trail from Satowari Village.You don’t need to go Chari. Bus fare is 15 INR. From Ghera Village there is a road under construction suitable only for jeeps.

The trek starts from Ghera Village. From Ghera Village you need to cross the bridge.

Kareri Lake Trek at Ghera Village

Kareri Lake Trek at Ghera Village

The Trail

Once through this bridge first you need to turn right and then take left turn on road and on third right turn there is jungle trail going upward from left hand side. Here you need to skip the road for short cut. Or you can continue on road which after 45 minutes connects to trail for Kareri Village.

Kareri Lake Trek to Kareri Village

Kareri Lake Trek to Kareri Village

Since this road is under construction so better option is the short-cut jungle trail going upward from left hand side. This is easily visible to attentive eyes.

Shortcut for Kareri Village on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Village on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut trail on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut trail on Kareri Lake Trek

You can cover this shortcut trail within 15 to 30 minutes or take the road with 45 minutes walk.

temple on shortcut trail to Kareri Village and Lake

temple on shortcut trail to Kareri Village and Lake

and on way will come across a small temple.

The Turn for Kareri Trail

Once you reach the road head…you need to take the trail going downward to your left hand side

the turn for Kareri Lake Trek

the turn for Kareri Lake Trek

For Kareri Trail

This downward trail goes through fields and one children day care centre and in between you will come across a drinking water source adjacent to another temple and livestock shelter on left.

Kareri Lake trek through fields

Kareri Lake trek through fields

The Trail is clear and you need to cross a small bridge and after the bridge you will see Children Day Care Centre on right hand.

Children Day Care Center on Trek to Kareri Village

Children Day Care Center on Trek to Kareri Village

From the front of this centre the trail goes two way..the left downward trail goes through the stream and you need to cross the stream carefully or you can continue on the trail to right and cross the stream via a small concrete bridge which exists in front of a home on the other side.

Climb for Kareri Village

Climb for Kareri Village

Once you reach the other side the trail gets steep but with easily visible step trail. In the centre you will come across a resting point with a small tree for shade.

rest point on kareri lake trek

rest point on kareri lake trek

After this rest point the trail goes through a small tree cover and after 20 minutes walk at the end of Tree Cover on left side you will come to see another temple dedicated to Sheetla Mata with a water tank.

temple of Sheetla Mata on kareri lake trek

temple of Sheetla Mata on kareri lake trek

Final Climb for Kareri Village

After this the step are bit of more steep nature with upcoming road after a fall of 300 meter on right side..so carefully tread and climb upward and then skip the trail going through fields and take on the trail on right hand side follow this trail and after a few meters you will cross the fence and then a few meters more walk will see a water tap on left and the way to Sanjeev’s Home Stay

Here you have the option for Home Stay (prior consultation is recommended with owners) or continue on the trail going upward in right hand and you will go through fields and land in front of a home with two directional trail..skip the left trail continue on the trail to right and then turn left and will come out on road head..here need to be careful and take the upward trail on right hand which goes along with water supply pipe with more than 1000 meters fall on right hand.

At one point you will exit at the sight of another Temple in a distance and Forest Department Rest House.

Forest Dept Rest House in Kareri Village

Forest Dept Rest House in Kareri Village

Kareri Village to Kareri Dal or Lake

After 10 minutes rest continue on the trail going adjacent the Rest House on Right Hand side..it will be like new place with trail steps going through trees here avoid the downward trail and continue with the trail going straight with a left turn here you will also see 2-3 water tanks. Here the under construction road restarts..follow this road trail and you will come across the first bridge.

Real Kareri Lake Trek

Real Kareri Lake Trek

From here it should take minimum 45 minutes and maximum 1 hour to touch the single Kareri Lake Trek starting from the right of the much wider concrete bridge connecting Kareri Village to Salli and Noli villages..this bridge is over Lyund Rivulet originating from Kareri Lake at the base of Minkiani Peak of Dhauladhar Mountains of Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh.

the bridge over rivulet from Kareri Lake

the bridge over rivulet from Kareri Lake

The Wide Bridge and old wooden bridge, Note the Upward Trail on Right Hand Side

After this Wider bridge the climb from right hand side gets steep and goes through dense forest still the trail is clearly visible and after a climb of minimum 45 minutes you will come at a point where the trail divides to 2 way one going right hand with a huge boulder on wall side..and other going left side with a bended water pipe.

the left hand turn

the left hand turn

Skip the right hand trail and follow the left hand trail that goes through Lyund Stream (Lyund Stream generates from Kareri Lake) After carefully crossing this stream the step trail will be steep so go easy with no hurry and race.

lyund stream from Kareri Lake

lyund stream from Kareri Lake

Continue on this trail and from one flat point you will see a seasonal Gaddi Hut under a overhang boulder on the other side of the Lyund Stream here too the trail is clearly visible so just be careful for the Wild Animals..the trail is again long and steep..after 30 minutes climb you will come in open patch with sand like soil here tread carefully..and after this point the trail becomes straight and with a Natural Drinking Water Source on left side. Refill and refresh here for next trail.

Kareri Lake Trek post Lyund Stream

Kareri Lake Trek post Lyund Stream

Continue on this trail with turn and then climbing down and then up..watch out for slips and your steps for on the right hand side the fall hosts Lyund Stream 🙂 !

After a long walk you will come over a small metal sheet bridge over Lyund Stream.

Metal Sheet Bridge Over Lyund Stream

Metal Sheet Bridge Over Lyund Stream

Once you cross over this metal sheet bridge the trail goes through boulder with a overhang cave of Gaddi shepherds on right hand side.

Now from here the trail has no deviations…so follow this long and steep trails with easy and fun walk without exhausting yourself. Depending on your capacity you may cover this long trail from here with in 2-3 hours least or more. But please avoid throwing garbage on trails..and you will see 2-3 Gaddi Huts on both sides of the trail and some on the opposite side of the Lyund Stream.

The Final Climb for Kareri Lake

The Final Climb for Kareri Lake

After a tiring climb and walk you will for the last step cross the Lyund Stream without bridge for final climb for Kareri Lake trek and will enter the high shores of Kareri Lake.

SHIVA & SHAKTI in Kareri Lake

SHIVA & SHAKTI in Kareri Lake

Here you will find one seasonal tea shop and four rooms with open kitchen made using block stones and with earthen roof and also more of three oldest shelters with tin roof, block stones and wooden flooring and two temples dedicate to SHIVA and SHAKTI and in front is the Kareri Lake hosting Minkiani Peak in background.

Minkianin Pass with Kareri Lake

Minkianin Pass with Kareri Lake

Here you will also find 6-10 seasonal Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake.

Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake

Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake

Note :-  Please Trek and Enjoy the Beauty of Mother Nature But Then Also Be Good To Nature and Avoid Throwing Trash or any kind of Garbage on Trails even if you already see trash on trails. At least do your part by not throwing your garbage.

Happy Trekking, Camping and Hiking in Dhauladhar Mountains…also maintain the “Holy” environment of  Jots (Passes) beside of Goddesses and Gods of Dev-Bhumi! 

Also for this trek there should be minimum two friends, solo trekking is not advised unless you have done this trek earlier too, and Best Time is between June to October first week.

And carry your own food stuff as there are no cafes or tea stalls on trail and clothing as per weather plus shoes with good grips and First Aid kit.