Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Main Square, McLeodganj
Main Square, McLeodganj
One of the key highlights of this trek is that it takes you to 4,610 meters in just few days. Right from the time, you land in McLeodganj, you’ll be enthralled by the mighty Moon Peak that marks the most visible and attractive landmark in Dhauladhar Himalayas. Moon Peak climb is a comparatively shorter yet challenging trek. The steep gradient makes this a challenge doubled by bouldery and rocky later part of the trail. Moon Peak becomes greater and more beautiful as we progress on our trail.
Moon Peak and Indrahar Pass lies in the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of Western Himalayas. Lying in Himachal Pradesh, the range divides two districts of Chamba and Kangra (Dharamshala). Another major plus for the trek is that it starts from McLeodganj. McLeodganj is one of most popular hill towns in the country and world renowned for being seat of Tibet government in exile. A trekker can club his adventure with cultural tour of the town and also go shopping and food tasting here. McLeodganj is a foodie’s paradise for sure.
The trail starts from the town itself. Initial trek to Guna devi temple is now connected by road as well. Though walking gives a good warm up and a short tour of the lisestyle of local people. Guna Devi to Triund is steep but marked trail. We can also find 3 snack-shops on the way where you can re-energize yourself. Trek upto Triund is very popular and busy with many foreign guests treading the route on a daily basis. Triund is a beautiful mountain grassland. In the night it offers some magical views of the valley below.
Beyond Triund, the trail begins to narrow down and crowd begins to trim down as well. Snow Line Cafe and Ilaqa Got lie at about one hour trek from each other. From green forests to bouldery path and we reach Lahesh Caves. These are natural caves and can accommodate a small group inside. From Lahesh caves, Indrahar Pass is a steep climb up on a rocky trail. We scale the top at 4,300 meters and enjoy magnificent views of the Kangra valley. From there, we descent to the Chamba side and we go for Moon Peak climb from Chatta itself and come back to the base.
We might find some local shepherds (Gaddis) on the way especially near Ilaqa Got. We’ll surely find people from different nationalities while trekking. And also will get to experience the local lifestyle of people living in such high altitudes. Although there is no permanent settlement as the place lies buried in snow for good 5-6 months but many shop owners make this a temporary home for 6 months and cater needs of trekkers.
This is the chance for very few to reach the top of this wonderful iconic peak of Dhauladhars. Come fall in love with the mountains!
NOTE: Moon Peak climb is an expedition so we keep our itinerary flexible so as to give our climbers the best chance to reach the summit as per the overall team’s strength and capabilities.
Its a beautiful well marked trail. We start in the morning at around 8 am. Today we gain a total of over 1000 meters in altitude. Triund is a beautiful ridge and a meadow.
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
We trek from Triund to Ilaqa Got in the morning. We pass through Snowline Cafe (1-2 hours from Triund) and Ilaqa Got at another one hour. We will keep it as a rest day and go for a acclimatization walk to the mountain range base.
Meals Included: All Meals
Today we start after breakfast in the morning. It might be one of the easier days. Though climb to Moon Peak can be attempted from Ilaqa. We cut short the duration by two hours for tomorrow and make Lahesh Caves as our base. If group is ready to go for climb on this very day, we can try an attempt starting very early in the morning. This can also be used as an additional day in case weather is not favorable.
Meals Included: All Meals
We start early, cross the beautiful Indrahar Pass. After descent we again ascent and climb the Moon Peak (4700 m.). After brief stay there, we return to our base by later afternoon.
Meals Included: All Meals
In the morning, we start from Ilaqa to McLeodganj to end a memorable journey.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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|11 May – 15 May||Open|
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|25 May – 29 May||Open|
|01 June – 05 June||Open|
|08 June – 12 June||Open|
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|22 June – 26 June||Open|
Camping Type Accommodation for 4 nights
Five Nights Camping during Trek
Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
Toilet Tents (Pit Style)
Lunch / Refreshment on the Way
All Meals (Veg.) during the Trek
All Meals Cooked in Hygienic Conditions
Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
Natural Spring / Purified Water during Trek
One Qualified Trek Leader
One Local Guide
Porters / Mules (for Equipment)
Safety & Rescue
Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence
Crampons / Micro-spikes to the Trekkers (if Required)
Cramponing (training) before the use of crampons
First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
Maximum 12 Trekkers in a Batch
Camping & Forest Permits and Fee
Tips, Gratitude to the Team
Any Other Service Not Mentioned Above in Inclusions
Applicable on the total tour cost and not the advance amount.
Cancellation up to 30 Days: 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 – 30 Days: 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 – 11 Days: 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days: No refund.
Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.
Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.
Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.
Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.
No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.
Getting Wet and Falling Sick.
Slipping and Falling down.
Carry Rain-Protection gear to stay dry and comfortable.
Wear Strong Shoes with Good Grip.
Wear Goggles while trekking in daylight. Wear photo-chromatic lenses if you wear spectacles.
Delayed help in case of emergency or getting lost.
Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader and Guide.
Walk with the group and keep a watch on your group members.
Acute Mountain Sickness (happens due the lower partial pressure of Oxygen at altitudes above 8,000 feet)
Symptoms – headache, muscle aches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face; rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath with physical exertion, coughing, chest congestion, inability to walk or lack of balance.
Gradually attain height.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water, at least 2-3 liters a day. Drink a lot of water/juice/tea etc.
Abstain from alcohol and smoking.
Eat high caloric food.
Acclimatize for a day or two before you start a high altitude trek. Take plenty of fluids and try to avoid unnecessary physical exertion.
If you’re going to an unknown terrain, they can attack you. Be Careful.
Don’t go anywhere alone, especially after dark.
Keep your eyes and ears open and try to stay in a group.
Purchase necessary Heath insurances that will cover up the cost of treatment.
Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader.
Walk on the defined trail.
Things to Get:
1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy and comfortable shoulder straps and supporting frame. Add-on poncho can be considered to keep it dry.
2. Trekking shoes. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Shoes should have good grip, ankle support and waterproofing.
3. 2 x waterproof track-pants. Track-pants are light. Plus when things get cold you can wear one over the other. DO NOT bring Jeans, Shorts, Capris, etc.
4. 3 x cotton t-shirts – full sleeves preferred.
5. 1 x Fleece jacket; a woolen sweater would be an alternative.
6. 1 x Wind-proof jacket. 7. 1 pair x thermal inner.
8. 2 pairs x sports socks and 1 pair x woolen socks.
9. Woolen monkey cap / balaclava that covers the ear.
10. 1 pair x woolen gloves and 1 pair of synthetic gloves (water proof).
11. Sun Cap and Sun-glasses which cover your eyes well.
12. People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: a) Use contact lenses. b) Photo-chromatic glasses c) If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
13. Towel (Thin, quick drying type).
14. Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+) and one Lip-balm.
15. 2 x Water bottles (1 L each).
16. Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps preferable).
17. Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
18. Although we carry first-aid kit, we recommend you carrying a personal medicine kit. If you are travelling with friends, you can share one amongst 2-3 people. Contents:
a) Crocin – 5 tablets
b) Avomine – 4 tablets
c) Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
d) Diamox – 5 tablets
e) Brufen 400 – 5 tablets
f) Combiflam – 5 tablets
g) Disprin – 5 tablets
h) Norflox – 5 tablets
i) Spasmindon – 5 tablets
j) Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
k) Band aid – 5 strips
l) Digene – 5 tablets
m) Gauze cloth – 1 small roll
n) Leukoplast – 1 small roll
o) Cotton – 1 small roll
p) ORS – 5 packets
q) Betadine cream
r) Moov / similar spray
s) Dettol / Savlon.
19. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc. (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available during trek)
20. Slippers / sandals (for walking around campsite, you can share this with tent mates).
21. Trekking / Hiking Poles (at least one – mandatory)
22. Some trekkers feel loss of energy more than others. While there is adequate food provided on the trek, carry dry fruit combinations as light snacks. Glucon-D can help in instant energy and considered good in AMS as well (not proven).
23. Gaiters (Mandatory for snow treks)
24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
25. ADVENTURE SPIRIT.
IMPORTANT: NEVER LEAVE ANY PLASTIC OUT IN THE NATURE. Plastic is only for use. If you’ve spare plastic bag, free hands and some will, we’d recommend you collecting non-biodegradable waste from the trail and bringing back as much as possible. We all can do our bit for the Mother Nature.
1. Leave your denims behind – these are ill suited for treks and add weight.
2. Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Plus it is not recommended medically and we do not allow any!
3. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles (Bisleri etc.), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non-bio degradable material.
4. After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 7-8 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
5. Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 15 days). The list of things mentioned here are exactly what you need and nothing more.
6. To protect yourself from cold, dress in layers. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
7. The trek dates / itinerary / plan are liable to be changed in case of non viability or hostile weather conditions.
Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents:
a.) An identification card (like driving license, voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy.
b.) A passport size photo.
c.) A medical and disclaimer certificate. The documents are mandatory. Without them you will not be allowed to trek.
For any trek physical fitness is a must. Make sure you start to train yourself a few weeks from the commencement of the trek. Starting from brisk walking one should be able to run comfortably for 4-5 kms. in 30 minutes ensures that you are ready to take on the harsh conditions of a high altitude trek. If you are just fit, you will still be able to do the same trek, but the difficulties you face will be harder. So it is best to be 100% fit for you to enjoy the trek without worries.
Services/Equipment’s provided by us on the Trek:
1. Member Tents and Sleeping Bags.
2. Kitchen set-up and toilet tents.
3. Cooking utensils.
4. Services of professional trek leaders, guides and support staff.
5. Food (Veg. + Eggs) while on trek.
6. Crampons / Spikes, when required.
7. Forest permits.
8. Camping charges.
9. First-Aid Kit and Oxygen Cylinder with our team.
10. Mules/porters to carry the above mentioned luggage.
11. Happy Lifetime Memories.
One trek leader, one guide, one cook & around 15 to 20 helpers and porters, that makes a total staff of around 20 to 25 professionally qualified / locals accompanying 15 to 18 trekkers.
Our team is aware of high attitude problems and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with our backpack. Our team is trained and always present to manage emergency situations. Oxygen cylinder remains with the group in all our treks over 3500 meters altitude.
Also, team has a right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary. Final word of the trek leaders will have to be followed by all the members.
No, Diamox is not advisable. Best is to naturally acclimatize to the altitude. If you want use so please consult your doctor before use.
Yes, our first priority is to provide the safety environment for all trekkers. Girls’ safety and comfort is of foremost importance to us. Even our allocation of tents and rooms is made on the basis of female to male ratio in the group.
Yes, you can offload your bag. But you should intimate us at least 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the portage your your bag accordingly.
We always serve vegetarian food during the trek with a choice of eggs sometimes, as per the trek menu. However, on certain trails and private groups, we can add non-vegetarian options on custom basis.
Yes, it is always advisable. We only carry basic first aid medicines. Also, where our team helps in emergency situations. In no way, one can replace a physician. If you have been specially prescribed some medicines, please do bring them along.