There are still many left….but as of 2017, I got the opportunity to attempt Pass all thanks to one new trail mate also from Chamba. Manyank Jaryal, he too had attempt Pass and we were linked by the Admins of http://www.facebook.com/Triund. We shared details and made a rough plan of around 3-4 days high mountain hike and that too without guide. I would like to mention, though we chose to have no human guide but online there is good information on trail. So we read it (Though ground detail and online details, they are not same always…as on ground things change with Nature) and followed in. Our Hike and Trek to Dhauladhar Mountains…read here
WikiLoc Trail to Triund Hill from Gallu Devi Temple Dharamsala
Triund can be accessed from regular trek like via McLeodganj -> Dharamkot->Sh Galu Devi Temple or via McLeodganj -> Bhagsu->Sh Galu Devi Temple and also from via McLeodganj -> Bhagsu->Bhagsu Waterfall-> and the village on the north east side of Waterfall or you may try the shorter but more steep trek from Bhagsu which will take u directly close to Magic View Cafe and Best View Cafe.
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.
4th Just to your left, you will notice a rough trail going northward, here is a map link for 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.
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.
After the temple Bir-Billing Jungle trail intersects Bir-Billing Road (marked with two concrete benches) for the fourth time.
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.
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.
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
The Native Connection
I didn’t do any preliminary search before starting with the title “The Native Connection” it just came from with in! I don’t know why!
This post is not Anti American or any Nation, Govt Specific!
As I recall…with the height of about 3 foot, I entered the class room for the first time…somewhere back in a remote village and as my curious eyes surveyed…a calendar bought my attention.
Approached it and saw a Native Indian (US Native) village portrayed there…saw something like sledge attached to a horse and then my eyes stuck on a big feathery wig sort of that was adding to the aura of the native chief…felt bit of frightened but at the same time anxious (I must say that fear factor was because…it was the first time I saw them and that big wig)…then I saw another native family with kids…this time kind of fascinated.
Here I must say after seeing the hills that had attracted me first…this calendar with Natives portrait was the second that attracted my soul!
The moments came and went by…we moved within the modern “Society” in Himachal Pradesh…here the Disney cartoons and western movies again introduced “Natives” but all of them portrayed Natives as villains, bad people! I didn’t fall in to their propaganda.
But the movie “Call of The Wild” this movie touched with from within…and the last few scenes…where the natives attack the man and his friend and the dog! I felt sorry for the man, who was there for gold only (later I learned, the gold was not meant to be dug out, for it is the jewel of our Mother Nature.)
Well more of the moments passed. I moved in to Dharamsala, here Dhauladhar Mountains and Triund again synced in.
I was walking in the lines of the “Society” and then moved to Chandigarh.
The corporate short life was good but showed me the true images of “Society” and was introduced with the words “Racism”, “Favoritism” and “Politics”.
Good thing for me was like…I had a friend from Mandi (HP), who was in Sales/Marketing and we had good understanding…he taught me a lot of good things about this double faced society (though I still have to learn a lot).
More of moments went along…the office and corporate politics forced me to quit Chandigarh for good!
Back in HP had good time to get indulge in DIY’s, Volunteering, Tree Plantation, Hiking, Trekking and Camping, synced back with Mountains and true Nature.
Here must thank Twitter, Facebook for re-introducing Natives and this time the images were true, not like that of trigger happy yankee or cowboy movies and those distracting Walt Disney cartoons.
Some documentaries and movies like “White Feather 1955”, Navajo Joe…made me to search about Natives…who are they, where they live…sort of.
The “Internet” is like a huge, deep pile of Facts, Knowledge and Truth but here one must be careful as the double faced “Society” has put traps with fake knowledge with support of propaganda and witnesses supported by the word “Money”!
The internet told me that “It was not only the Hitler, who committed mass murder of Jews in Gas Chambers”.
But long before Hitler, it was the white settlers, who committed mass genocide of the Native tribes in America to gain control of the Native land, resources and water! The Natives were forced to Live like “Lions put in zoo cages”, the Reservations!
I searched more and there is plenty of valid, genuine witness that tells…that the genocide of the Natives was first mass murder, which was upheld by the Law, a law made by the settlers!
Even Adolf Hitler was inspired by this genocide of the Natives!
Then I read more on latest news and the word “NoDAPL, “Fossil Fuel”, “DAPL”, “KXL” popped out!
The DAPL, the pipeline was to go through same river that source Clean Water, to Bismarck, majority here is white Americans (It is wrong to term humans as white, black, red, pale or brown), but this is how our Society has taught us to differentiate each other!
The people of Bismarck protested the DAPL and this pipeline was re-routed from a point where the Missouri river provides “Clean Water” to the Native tribe “Standing Rock Sioux” and not to mention other Americans further below.
I don’t know why my soul/conscience feels for the Natives. The humans, all are Native to this planet…but it is just that most of us are way too advanced to feel the real connection of Nature and the soil of this planet!
We talk of colonizing Mars with SpaceX by Mr Ellon Musk!
True we must do research, use science and technology for a sustainable lifestyle! But not to colonize others and other planets! We as humans have done more of harm to this our own planet.
As humans we if don’t respect the same planet, which gave us birth, fed us and made us strong! Just think how you/we will respect the new planets that we as humans will colonize! If Mars and other planets have feelings….then must say…they must have fear of humans!
We must use science and technology to heal this planet our home!
Nature is the only being that can support human generations in true humanity! Science will sustain human life but it will be like hells…imagine you have breakfast with two tiny capsules, see birds, butterfly, trees, rivers, mountains in digital mode! That will not be humane but more of like real time Zombies!
The Hollywood is not all that crap. On seeing how the selfish humans are bent on destroying their own generations, Robots and Aliens will for sure take control of Humans! AI is Now REAL (Artificial Intelligence)!
Is it only then, when some tiny group of humans will try to come back to Planet Gaia Earth!
Get out of that Cricket, cheap modern bollywood! There is more then just selfies, there is GMO, GMO Mustard, Cotton, Monsanto and Bayer, silently taking control of our Food system.
Be Native Again!
When I say Native, I am not asking to go back in cave age…but adopt a Sustainable Lifestyle, Protect Wild Life, Plant and Protect Trees, Save Rivers, Mountains…for it is only because of these “Beings” Humans life is Beautiful!
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!
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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…..
Kareri Lake Hike
Kareri Lake or Kumarwah Dal, is a high Dhauladhar Mountain shallow water lake….what more of so appears to be a huge pond extended to be like a lake by the locals.
The reason why it appears to be extended by humans is that…the there are water exit points which are raised with a mixture of stone blocks and concrete.
Because of this, the restricted flow of water of Dal or Lake, the lake water is not suitable for consumption or bathing…reason…this November end we observed (without microscope) micro organisms floating in lake water and there may be more of nano organisms.
Kareri Lake is not a Fresh Water lake because it is not suitalbe for drinking, as of the shop near lake temple…that shop itself gets it’s part of drinkable water via a PVC plastic pipe which goes through the lake and is directly connected to inlet point from which fresh water flows in to the lake and avoiding any contact with lake water.
Between October to December, you are not supposed to camp by the side of the lake and the reason for that is (except if you have proper and standard stuff to purify the water), the water source of lake goes below ground…and the PVC pipe runs dry and whatever water is flowing is either almost stagnant in nature or is not suitable for consumption even after boiling and don’t even think of bathing!
By mid or end of November you can see shallowness of the lake and with in 20 meters of lake center you can notice boulders with grey grass clearly, which forms the base of the lake.
Also one more thing the if you are on hike then do avoid drinking the water of Lyund rivulet that flows by the side of the trail and all along the trail and at the point where once you cross the Lyund rivulet and once more after the metal sheet bridge.
The reason why, same…the water comes directly from the lake and nowadays the locals have set up a toilet with its outlet right on Lyund rivulet. So if you/anyone poop in that toilet…the “stuff” directly mixes with water and further pollutes the water which is already full of micro organisms (tiny snail head type and other tiny worms)!
We were once joined in by a local family from Salli village and they helped us to identify the water points, which are Clean for consumption….and those points are as follows >
- After you take on the main trail from road concrete bridge, you cross the Lyund rivulet via huge boulders and will climb a step trail and face an open stretch and further climb up to see the trek/trail with sandy composition…keep on walking and will notice one water point by your left side, skip that one and continue walking…
after around 10 minutes walk you will notice another water hole to your left, but this one has sitting arrangement around it…this is the first water point which is safe for consumption…refresh and refill here.
- After this keep on walking and you will see Lyund rivuelt to your right fall be alert here and safe…keep on walking through boulders and turn left and then right to cross over the metal sheet bridge and pass the shepherd campsite marked with goat/sheep droppings and a boulder cave…you will see another water stream flowing from the right side of the trail and the cave…so you can use this individual water stream for consumption….but do avoid Lyund water which is on to your left hand side. There is a suitable camping spot as well….and just a little further there is a tiny water source flowing by the side of a small tree…this is the second good clean water spot (look out for step trail and water flowing to its right).
After this campground keep on walking for another hour or more and you will walk up, down and notice a shepherd hut across the Lynund rivulet…keep on walking up and then straight…you will also notice water flowing under boulders to your right…skip that and after more of walking you must notice water gushing out from the boulder wall to your right…this water spot is the last Clean water spot….and you will experience its being clean and refreshing just by the touch of the water, because it is comparatively more colder and flowing at fast pace. So if you are thinking of overnight camping by the side of the lake between Nov to Dec then better refill your bottles and campers from here. From here the trail to lake is just 30 minutes walk.
We Wish You A Safe, Clean and Green Hike, you may or will notice trash all along the trail and by the side of the lake and temple…but please do not throw your part of trash/garbage…keep it in a spare bag and please bring it back to Dharamsala for proper disposal…Mother Nature and Dhauladhar will be glad to see your responsible behaviour!
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.