Billing Hiking Trekking and Camping

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How to Go Hiking Trekking to Billing

 

How to Go Hiking Trekking to Billing, the Second Best Paragliding Launch Site of Asia in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Hiking and trekking around Triund near Palampur, Baijnath.

Billing is the Second Best Para-gliding Launch Site of Asia in Himachal Pradesh, distt Kangra and is linked via road and the jungle hiking trail as well.

If you don’t want to use automobile or taxi and want to go to Billing, then this post will guide you on how to go hiking, trekking to Billing.

To start your hiking to Billing, you need to reach Bir and the building of Tourist Information Center and the Water Storage tank few meters behind the building the by the side of the Bir-Billing Road.

To start your Billing Hike and Trek

1st. Reach Baijnath by road either from Dharamsala, Palampur or Kangra side.

2nd From Baijnath ISBT board any bus bound to Bir (mostly you will find Anurag Bus Service and HRTC ordinary state bus, that ply directly from Baijnath, Palampur and Dharamsala ISBT or Himsuta a Volvo Bus of Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation from Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi ISBT)

3rd Once you reach Bir bus stop marked with gate to Tea Factory and some shops. Walk towards North east, by pass road heading to the village Gunehar and another one to left going towards Rest House.

You will notice the building of Tourist Information Center on your right hand side. Keep on walking on the road to Billing. After around 2-3 minutes’ walk you will notice a medium sized concrete Water Tank to the right of Bir Billing Road and to your right downward side.

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View of Water Tank to the right of Bir Billing Road

4th Just to your left, you will notice a rough trail going northward, here is a map link for the Bir-Billing Jungle Trail.

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The Bir Billing Jungle Trail

Climb upward and now you are on the old jungle trail to Billing, no need to worry about Wild Animals, but still remain alert and keep walking straight upward, avoid any trail going deep left or deep right.

Climb upward and now you are on the old jungle trail to Billing, no need to worry about Wild Animals, but still remain alert and keep walking straight upward, avoid any trail going deep left or deep right.

With your watchful eyes you will identify the trail without any problem.

Keep walking upward and this very trail will cross the Bir-Billing Road four times…but the trail is shorter than the road. This is an easy hiking trail with a little bit of steepness on final climb.

After the first and second intersection with Bir-Billing Road, the trail will cross the road third time and it is marked with a sun shelter point. From this point you will see the gate and the trail for the temple of Mata Shatvadini.

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The trail for the temple of Mata Shatvadini

The temple is situated amidst the jungle and by the side of Bir-Billing Jungle Trail. Keep walking slowly and steadily with little pause for catching up the air. After around 10-15 minutes you will stand in front of the temple.

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Temple of Mata Shatvdini

After the temple Bir-Billing Jungle trail intersects Bir-Billing Road (marked with two concrete benches) for the fourth time.

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Here the steepness of the trail also increases and you will have to be extra careful while climbing here, the steepness of trail is around 30 to 50 meters or less and you may get the company of macaques.

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The View of Forth Trail and Road Intersection from steep point of Bir Billing Jungle Trail

After that the trail is like some easy hill walk and little climb before merging with the Bir-Billling Road.

In Billing you will find 4-6 tea stalls, one forest rest house and a small village sort of providing tents for overnight camping and food.

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Billing, the Seconf Best Paragliding Launch site of Asia in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

From Billing you can also go on Hillwalking towards RajGundha the gateway to Thamsar Pass via KukurGundha, Palchek and Behdpal and if you seek more of adventure then can go up to Bada Bhangal

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…..

Lam Dal Trek

The long trail to Lam Dal

Lam Dal Trek

Lam Dal the longest lake of Dhauladhar Mountains is in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India.

One trail for Lam Dal is from Dharamshala, Ghera and Gaj Pass, second is from Dharamsala, Ghera, Kareri village, Kareri Lake, Minkiani Pass and Lam Dal, third is from Dharamsala, McLeodGanj, Dharamkot, Gallu, Triund, Lahesh Cave, Indrahar Pass, Nag Dal and Lam Dal, and the fourth one is from Shahpur, Baleni Pass and Lam Dal and one more from Dharamsala, Ghera, BhimGasturi Pass and Lam Dal. The other two three are from Chamba side.

 

Lahesh Cave to Indrahar Pass

Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass

Lahesh Cave to Indrahar Pass

(Last time on December 2012 I’d witnessed a lone girl from Germany staying all night alone in cold Lahesh Cave and in the morning heading to Indrahar Pass. I’d followed her foot prints in snow and managed to climb up to 200 meters above Lahesh Cave but since I’d a terrible night in Illaqa I’d lost all strength to climb further, so I decided to enjoy the snowy views from there.

As I was climbing down I’d met two more hikers heading to Indrahar Pass they even offered me their guidance but since I was out of strength I politely refused. Well that was 7 months back in year 2012.)

Today I was feeling good and ready to move up.  With Gordon, Manu Singh and his friends, from Lahesh Cave we started our climb for Indrahar Pass. Fog was also accompanying us.  This time the trail was almost clear (except Fog) and Red Arrow marks were visible at some points and Cairn at some points. We followed both and were thinking of bringing Red Color paint on next trek so that we repaint those faint Red Arrow marks.

We had climbed only 400 meters when it started raining and were equipped with only 3 umbrellas 2 temporary rain coats, Gordon had his own rain coat and I’d forgotten mine back at home.

We found a rock for shelter and managed to cover our selves……with every drop of rain it was getting colder.   Good thing was that it only drizzled for 15 to 20 minutes and after that there was a spot of bright opening with shining blue sky in the middle of thick fog and clouds. But as we could see the sky above Triund Hill and Illaqa was covered with thick fog.

With the rain coming to halt we decided to move on. Manu Singh suggested that he and I should keep the lead on the rest of the group members so that we trek the trail and our lead will keep others move on.  We opted for 2 minutes break after every 15 minutes climb and that provided us the opportunity to enjoy the views and keep a watch over other members that were trailing back.  This way I also got the moment to shot the trails.

Pause on Trail to Indrahar Pass amidst Fog and Rain

Pause on Trail to Indrahar Pass amidst Fog and Rain

On the trail Manu Singh shared his trekking experience in Churdhar Pass. As we were climbing up Manu Singh kept asking me about the feature and landmark of Indrahar Pass and since I had seen the images of Indrahar Pass and read in Blogs of Rijul Gill, I told him that we will see a temple and Trishuls in Indrahar Pass. We kept on moving and I was able to spot the Trishuls on the high edges of Dhauladhar Mountains and pointed to the spot, on seeing that Manu Singh was full joy and like more of strength.

Now we felt more energized and continued our climb but then Dhauladhar showered again but it was only a drizzle and again we were lucky to find a rock for shelter. Vicky and Gordon had also caught us up. Vicky had with him a spare plastic rain coat. Vicky and Manu Singh offered me that spare rain cover and which was also my need for the moment.

Manu Singh kept on moving with his fixed umbrella and Vicky also moved further with Gordon. Now I was alone under the cover of the rock, so I decided to use the rain coat and move on. After a little climb as I turned to my right side the moment was like “W0W”!

We were on the shoulders of the mighty Dhauladhar Mountain. I walked further and saw Manu Singh with umbrella standing in front of the temple. The view was perfect for the photo shoot.

Manu Singh Panwar at Indrahar Pass and Temple of Jota Wali Mata

Manu Singh Panwar at Indrahar Pass and Temple of Jota Wali Mata

I spotted a central point and took a few shots of Manu Singh standing in front of the temple. Manu Singh was shouting “HAR HAR MAHADEV!” and I also responded with “HAR HAR MAHADEV!”  I asked Gordon Cole to shout “HAR HAR MAHADEV!” and he did :D!!

Well that was the end of our unplanned hike for Indrahar Pass….but as I saw the Red Arrow marks going further, I was feeling tempted for climbing down towards Chamba. Leaving it for some other day I offered prayers to Jota Wali Mata and took more of shots. We had allotted 1 hour for staying in Indrahar Pass. Gordon, Manu Singh and his friends were enjoying the views and I was feeling like I was at home!

 The wind was cold with another drizzle. As I said was tempted so I climbed down about 50 meters towards Chamba district and…..!  I was surprised with the steep very steep stairs laid using rocks. I took some more shots of the left over Glaciers and of the valley down in Chamba district. From Indrahar Pass we can see Pir Panjal Range, Holy ManiMahesh Kailash Peak of SHIVA and SHAKTI, Tent Peak and many other…but that day all was fog and clouds that we saw.

There was another thing that surprised me….the magic flowers of Dhauladhar Mountains; they were so bright, vibrant, colorful and full of energy. I thought of uprooting some to bring back at home but then felt that these magic flowers are good and prefect with Dhauladhar, so I discarded the thought of bringing them to home.

Magic Flowers in Indrahar Pass ~ Dhauladhar

Magic Flowers in Indrahar Pass ~ Dhauladhar

Chamba Side from Indrahar Pass Dhauladhar

Chamba Side from Indrahar Pass Dhauladhar

It was 05:20 pm and I saw a thick layer of fog crawling up slowly from Chamba side…..seeing that I climbed back to Indrahar Pass and suggested to my friends that we should start our descend for SnowLine Cafe.

We bid farewell to Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass and started our trek back to SnowLine Cafe and Triund.

Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass

Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass

Indrahar pass

Indrahar Pass ahead Laka and Triund

Indrahar Pass

Indrahar Pass a mountain Pass at an altitude of 4,342 metres (14,245 ft) beyond Triund Hill, Snow-Line Cafe and Illaqa, a traditional gateway to Chamba/Bharmour from Dharamsala. When there was no road connectivity the people of Chamba and Kangra used Indrahar Pass to travel both side and it was not only for hikers, whole of the families used to migrate from this route and due to heavy snow in those days they even had to come across causalities and more.  Though today with the convenience of roads and public transport all have switched to bus and other means of transport. So now a days during summer and monsoon in search of green pastures for their live-stocks, only Gaddi shepherds use this pass to cross over to Holi, Bharmour and Lahaul Spiti and they are joined by hikers and mountaineers.

Kuwarasi in Chamba district is the first village you will come across if you start your hike from Dharamsala, Triund and Indrahar Pass.

Indrahar Pass Triund Baba

Kareri Village and Dal Lake

Kareri Village is another interesting place neighboring Triund Hill. Kareri village is approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 16′ 50.93″ N  76° 16′ 50.77″ E and is just 3km from Ghera village.

From Kareri village, the Kareri Lake (Locals of Kareri call it Dal Lake) is at a distance of 13km and approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 19′ 18.52″ N  76° 16′ 37.06″ E and about 2,934 meters  above sea level. Kareri Lake is a high altitude lake with low depth and its primary source of water is snow melting from Mankiani Peak, with Nyund stream as its main outflow in Dhauladhar region.

You can reach Kareri village from Dharamsala via Ghera village. For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com

Heaven on Earth for Nature Lovers and Hikers

Triund a paradise in its own is one day trek on one of the oldest migratory route seasonally used by Gaddi shepherds of Chamba and Kangra districts. Heaven on Earth for Nature Lovers and Hikers

Triund Hill is located at a height of about 2,842 meters above sea level and with a distance of about 9 km from McLeodganj ( located at height of 2,082 meters above sea level ) and 17km from Dharamsala ( located at a height of about 1,457 meters ).

During your trek if you are lucky enough can see the snow birds and black bear. Once you reach top of Triund hill you will find yourself standing in front of the mighty and humble looking snow-clad Dhauladhar (the mountain peak of Dhauladhar is at an altitude of about 4,800 meters from sea level).
Once you reach Illaqa your soul can experience the majestic and positive energy that Dhauladhar Mountain disperse off all around. The shepherds and trekkers cross over Indrahar-Pass (located at height of about 4,342 m above sea level) to reach Chamba .

On Trek from Mcleodganj to Triund you first reach Dharamkot and then Shri Galu Devi temple (located at a height of about 2300 meter)  here you will find a small refreshment shop named Rest A While from here the trek gets a bit of hard.