Best Treks Near Macleodganj, Dharamshala (Dhauladhar Range)

Himachal Pradesh is about Hiking and trekking, the whole Himachal is divided into 12 districts, and Dharamshala is part of the District Kangra.

Kangra district gives you the opportunity to see and trek the Dhauladhar mountain range. In this post, I am going to tell you all of the famous Dhauladhar mountain range Treks near the Macleodganj Dharamshala.

Name Of TrekAltitudeDifficulty Level
Gallu Devi Temple6,700 ft.Easy
Bhagsu Waterfall7,000 ft.Easy
Shri Guna Devi Temple7,500 ft.Easy
Triund9,350 ft.Easy
Kareri Lake Trek9,600 ft.Moderate
Snowline10,800 ft.Moderate
Lahesh Cave11482.94 ft.Moderate
Minkiani Pass Trek14,000 ftModerate
Indrahar Pass14,000 ft.Moderate
Moon Peak15,125 ft.Advance
Nag Dal18000 ftAdvance

1. Shri Guna Devi Temple | 7,500 ft.

Guna Devi is a small Hindu temple of Goddess Kali situated in the village Guna. This temple is one of the holy pilgrimages of Gaddi Shepherds. It’s located around 8 Km from the Maclaodganj and around 4 Km from the Naddi Village.

It’s one of the easiest treks in Macleodganj. During winter, you will have to trek on snow to reach the temple. So if you are a beginner and want to experience snow trekking, then Shri Guna Devi Temple is the best option for you.

Shri Guna Devi Temple

How To Reach

You can trek all of the ways to Shri Guna Devi Temple from Macleodganj.

Best Time To Come: 

  • Summer will be the most comfortable time because of the favorable weather.
  • During Mansoon, you can witness many waterfalls on the way, but trekking can be a little difficult during Monsoon.
  • Winter is best if you want to experience snow trekking.

Where To Stay:

You can return the same day to Mcleodganj, as it will just 8 km. But if you want to stay, there are some places in the temple where you can spend the night. But you have to carry all of the essentials with you like Blanket etc.

Where To Eat:

There are some places to eat just a few meters below the temple.

2. Bhagsu Waterfall

Reaching Bhagu waterfall is very easy as it’s just around 1 and a half Km from the Bhagsu Nag Temple. You can reach the Bhagsu Nag temple by car or cab. So you just need to trek only around 1 and a half KM to reach the Bhagu Nag Temple.

Bhagsu Waterfall

How To Reach

You can take a cab from Mcleodganj to BhagsuNag Temple. From the temple, you have to trek all the way to the waterfall.

Best Time To Come: 

I was there in summer, and the waterfall was dry, so to enjoy the waterfall you should come during the Mansson. 

Where To Stay

There are no places to live nearby the waterfall, but there are many hotels nearby the temple where you can stay.

Where To Eat 

On the Bhagsu Nag Waterfall, there is a very famous cafe named Shiva Cafe. You can eat there.

3. Kareri Lake Trek

It’s one of the best moderate levels of trek near Mcleodganj. Kareri Lake is the freshwater lake in the south of the Dhauladhar range. Melting snow from the Dhauladhar range serve as the source for the lake. In winter, from December to April, the lake stays frozen. There is also a temple dedicated to lord shiva and shakti.  

How To Reach

The trek for Kareri Lake will start from the Kareri Village. You can trek to Kareri Village from Mcleodganj. Or the village is also well connected with the roads, so you can also book a cab to reach Kareri Village.

Best Time To Come

  • Summer will be the most comfortable time because of the favorable weather, and if you want, you can also trek furthermore.
  • During the Monsoon, heavy rainfall can interrupt your journey. So I will not recommend you to come in Monsoon.
  • During winter, the lake stays frozen, and many people like to trek this in winter because of this. But during this period the trek will not be easy as in summer so please keep this thing in mind.

Where To Stay & Eat

  • You can book camps and stay at Kareri Village.
  • You can also take your own camp there and cook your own food.
  • There are also many food points where you can eat.

4. Minkiani Pass Trek

Minkiani Pass is around 4 to 5 km from Kareri Lake, and it’s considered as one of the less explored treks of the Dhauladhar Range. It’s one of the challenging treks near Mcleodganj, which is going to test you at every point.

How To Reach

  • Day 1: Reach Kareri Village
  • Day 2: Trek to Kareri Lake
  • Day 3: Trek to Minkiani Pass 

Best Time To Come

  • Summer will be the most comfortable time because of the favorable weather, and if you want, you can also trek furthermore.
  • During the Monsoon, heavy rainfall can interrupt your journey. So I will not recommend you to come in Monsoon.
  • During winter it’s imposible to trek for the average trekkers.

Where To Stay & Eat

There is no place to stay and eat.

5. Gallu Devi Temple

Gallu Devi temple serves as a basecamp for the Triund Trek. Reaching here is very easy, if you are not interested in trekking, then you can come here by two or four-wheeler.

If you are planning for Triund, then you will have to start your trek for the Triund from here.

How To Reach

  • You can come here by two or four-wheeler.
  • If you are in Dharamkot, then you can easily reach by 30 to 50 minutes of the hike.
  • If you are in Mcleodganj, then you can go trek all the way, or come to Dharamkot by car and then hike from there to Gallu Devi Temple.
  • If you are in Naddi, then there is a way from the village, which will take you to the Gallu Devi temple. 

Best Time To Come

  • Summer is the best time in terms of favorable weather.
  • During Mansson, you can see many waterfalls on the way and around Gallu Devi temple.
  • During winter, you can see snowfall around.

Where To Stay & Eat

There are some stay and food points around Gallu Devi temple.

6. Triund

Triund is one of the most famous treks in the Mcleodganj and famous for many reasons.

  • You can see a very close view of the Dhauladhar Mountain Range
  • From there you can go to Snow point to see snow and glacier
  • Triund is easy to trek in comparison to other treks
  • Best place for camping
  • It serve as a basecamp for the Indrahar pass

How To Reach

Reach Gallu Devi temple from the Mcleodganj; from there, the trek for the Triund will start. There is another way to reach Triund, which is from BhagsuNag waterfall.

Best Time To Come

  • Summer is the most favorable time because of the comfortable weather.
  • Mansoon can interrupt your trekking, so I don’t think Monsoon will be a good time to come.
  • You can also come here in winter, but there will be snow, so trekking and staying will not be as comfortable as summer.

Where To Stay & Eat

There are camps and food points.

7. Snowline 

Snowline is just 3 to 4 km from the Triund, where you can see the snow and laka glacier. From Triund, it’s just a few kilometers, but you can see snow all around.

During summer, you will find no snow on the Triund, so if you are looking for snow, then you should reach to the Snowline.

How To Reach

First, you have to reach Triund; from there, Snowline is just 3 to 4 Km of the hike.

Best Time To Come

  • Summer is the most comfortable time because of the Favorable weather.
  • I am not so much sure about the Monsoon, but I don’t find it comfortable for trekking.
  • During winter, you will witness heavy snowfall here, but trekking and camping will not be easy as summer. Also, you can’t predict the weather.

Where To Stay & Eat

There are 2 to 3 cafes on the Snowline where you can stay and eat. But in winter, during heavy snowfall, you may not find any place to stay.

8. Lahesh Cave

Lahesh Cave is a cave above 4 to 5 Km from the Triund Snowline. Triund is very famous and crowded because there are cafes, pre-established tents, so you can easily stay there.

Lahesh cave is located in between the Indrahar Pass and Snowline. You have rent camps and all of the other essentials of survival if you want to stay in Lahesh Cave. Otherwise, you have to return back to the Snowline the same day.

How To Reach 

The trek for Lahesh Cave will start from the Snowline, which is around 4 Km from Triund Hill.

Best Time To Come

  • Definitely summer after April because snow gets melt till this time, so you can easily trek.
  • Monsoon is not recommended if you are a beginner. If you are an advanced trekker and well aware of the condition, then you can do this in Monsoon.
  • During winter, this is an impossible trek. I can’t say about the advanced trekkers.

Where To Stay And Eat

You can return the same day or can camp in the cave, but you have to bring all of the essentials for food and stay with you.

9. Indrahar Pass

It is one of the most popular moderate levels of trek near Mcleodganj, which connects Kangra valley and Chamba.

In the past, when roads were not well established like today, then people use this path to reach Chamba. Some locals tell me that it will take 5 to 6 days to reach Chamba from the Snowline.

From the Indrahar Pass, you can view the Manimahesh peak and Pir Panjal ranges.

How To Reach

  • Day 1: Reach Snowline, which is around 4 km from Triund
  • Day 2: Trek to Lahesh Cave and spend a night there.
  • Day 3: Trek to the Indrahar Pass

Best Time To Come

  • Definitely, summer after April is the best time to come, because snow melts till this time so you can trek.
  • Monsoon is not recommended if you are a beginner. If you are an advanced trekker and well aware of the condition, then you can do this in Mansoon.
  • In winter, during peak snow time, it’s really impossible to trek to the Indrahar Pass.

Where To Stay And Eat

I am not sure, but a local guy tells me that there is no place to stay on Indrahar Pass, so you have to return to the Lahesh Cave and camp there.

10. Moon Peak

Moon Peak is one of the best trekking spots in the Dhauladhar Range. To reach here first, you have to first reach the Indrahar pass, and from there, you can reach Moon Peak. I have not been to Moon Peak, but I have been to the Lahesh Cave, and trust me, Moon Peak is going to thrill you.

How To Reach

  • Day 1: Reach Snowline, which is around 4 km from Triund
  • Day 2: Trek to Lahesh Cave and spend a night there.
  • Day 3: Trek to the Indrahar Pass and then reach Moon Peak

Best Time To Come

  • Definitely, summer after April is the best time to come, because snow melts till this time so you can trek.
  • Monsoon is not recommended if you are a beginner. If you are an advanced trekker and well aware of the condition, then you can do this in Mansoon.
  • In winter, during peak snow time, it’s really impossible to trek to Moon Peak.

Where To Stay And Eat

I am not sure, but a local guy told me that there is no place to stay on Moon Peak, so you have to return to the Lahesh Cave and camp there.

11. Nag Dal

Nag Dal is one of the 7 highest lakes in the Dhauladhar ranges.

  • Nag Dal Lake
  • Lam Dal Lake
  • Kali Kund
  • Kareri Lake
  • Chanderkoop Lake or the Moon Lake
  • Sukh Dal
  • The Dam Ghodi Dal

To reach here, you have to cross the Indrahar Pass. The local peoples go to the Nag Dal to worship and take a bath in the holy lake during Janmashtami and Radhastami.

How To Reach

  • Day 1: Reach Snowline, which is around 4 km from Triund
  • Day 2: Trek to Lahesh Cave and spend a night there.
  • Day 3: Trek to the Indrahar Pass and then reach the Nag Dal

Best Time To Come

  • Definitely, summer after April is the best time to come, because snow melts till this time so you can trek.
  • Monsoon is not recommended if you are a beginner. If you are an advanced trekker and well aware of the condition, then you can do this in Mansoon.
  • In winter, during peak snow time, it’s really impossible to trek to the Nag Dal.

Where To Stay And Eat

You can camp at the Campsite near Nag Dal, but you have to carry all of the essentials with you. 

Best Advanced Treks In Dhauladhar Range

  • Indrahar Pass
  • Moon Peak
  • Nag Dal
  • Minkiani Pass

Best Treks Near Mcleodganj Which You Can Do Throughout the year

  • Triund
  • Kareri Lake
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Snowline
  • Gallu Devi Temple

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Hi, i'm Rahul Choudhary. I am a content marketer by profession, and a traveller by choice. I am travelling for three years, but occasionally, now I am slowly shifting my career to Travel Blogging as it is the perfect match of my career and passion. I am self-employed, which gives me the complete freedom to work from anywhere. Even I am very much inspired by the digital nomad lifestyle.