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Minkiani pass lies in Dhauladhar Range of Indian Himalaya’s. It is a popular trekking route for adventure seekers as the area offers excellent scope for exploring peaks as well as captivating natural scenic beauty. The Minkiani Pass trekking route helps hikers to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of countless streams, green forests, dense jungles along with rich flora and fauna. Have a great trekking experience and gather some unforgettable memories.
Minkiani Pass is considered sacred by locals living along both side of Dhauladhar; the valleys of Kangra and Chamba. Located at an elevation of 4035 meters, Minkiani Pass offers an astonishing view of majestic peaks falling in Kishtwar Kashmir.
Go through a most picturesque journey of the spectacular high altitude freshwater lake in Kangra valley. The trail passes through lush green forest packed with silver oak and longleaf Chir pine woods accompanied by a freshwater river Nyund as you walk along its curves. A perfect destination for adventure lovers who love to be around mother nature for peace of mind and to click the best shots of the place. Moreover, the lake goes frozen from December to March and cannot be accessed without technical mountaineering equipment like ice-axe and crampons. This Minkiani pass takes you to the temple of Lord Shiva next to the Kareri Lake. It introduces the Himalayan spiritual and cultural part, making it one of India’s best camping spots. Such camping excursions make it worth all the time and efforts spent.
The trek includes comfortable double / Triple sharing lodging in tents. Also includes camping style dome tents along with sleeping bags & sleeping mats to make optimum comfort. The trek provides you with a cooperative cook and kitchen helper/staff. Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served along with tea/coffee throughout the trek and stay.
Have breakfast early, and start hiking from Kareri Village to Rioti camp. Starting from the village of Kareri, the venture takes you on a narrow path between lush mountains and a narrow gorge. En route, you will come across the region ‘s diverse flora. As you keep gaining height, the thick vegetation becomes less dense. You’ll walk on a rocky trail later, and then a river along. All the deciduous vegetation will soon disappear, and only spruces and firs will be visible.
This Minkiani trek part, i.e. The village of Kareri to Rioti trek demands steep climbing while trekking. Minkiani pass trek is particularly popular for this section of the trail where you can cross the stream Liund over and over again. The journey, in terms of scenic beauty and Himalayan vista, is highly rewarding. Experience the sheer thrill of crossing river boulders, conniving trees, narrow paths, makeshift or dilapidated bridges which act as the interconnecting points between two sides of the river. Reach the Rioti alpine grassland, which offers an excellent camping ground for the first day of the Minkiani pass.
Today you enter Minkiani pass base, the day you will navigate through a slippery, rough, and narrow path along the gorge of the river. Walking through beautiful sight, as the gushing river’s continuous sound makes a mystical impact on the mind of trekkers. From the gorge, you start to walk upwards to the camping site of kareri lake. The 2-hour trek will take you to a pleasant meadow, from where you can see the Baleni Pass, the Minkiani Pass and a valley below. For the night, that will be your camping ground.
Today, have enough satisfying breakfasts. .The toughest section of the Dharamshala Minkiani Pass Trek starts, 4.5 km hike takes you to the top of Minkiani Pass at an altitude of about 14000 feet. The views of the surrounding mountains from the top will be mesmerizing. Indulge yourself into a photoshoot before you continue your trek back to the campsite near Kareri Lake.
Start going down from Kareri Lake and trek along a gushing river. The dense vegetation will soon reappear when you reach a lower altitude, and you’ll see tall deodar and pine trees. Once you have reached the village of Kareri, board a Jeep and drive to Dharamshala, where Minkiani Pass and Kareri Lake Trek end.
Kareri is situated in the Dharamshala, Kangra a Himachal Pradesh district. If you are interested in doing this trek, reach Dharamshala first. Now, you might ask how to reach Dharamshala. Here are some travel options…
If you’re going to come by air, then it’s going to be the best way as Dharamshala has its airport called Gaggal. So, from any of India’s major cities, you can quickly get to Dharamshala.
This will be the most accessible approach if you’re willing to travel from Delhi or Chandigarh, particularly if you’re on a limited budget. Take a direct bus from Delhi to Dharamshala and reach Dharamshala in just several hours, about 8 to 10 hours. Most of the coaches run overnight so; you should take note.
If you’re looking for the cheapest way of travel to reach Dharamshala, then it would be by train. Still, it can get a little challenging as Dharamshala has no railway station. To reach Dharamshala, take a train till Pathankot and travel on a bus for approximately 2-3 hours.
Now that you have entered Dharamshala, you need directions to reach trek’s starting point. The place is known Kareri village, and via Ghera, you will have to come. There are very fewer options to get to Kareri village; you can either take a bus from Dharamshala to Ghera and then trek up to Kareri village or just hire a taxi to get to Kareri village as no direct bus run to that locality.
May-June and September-October months are the best time to visit this location, as the weather here during these months is very good. During winters it can get pretty cold here and the summer season is a perfect time to come here to avoid the cities’ scorching sun. If you’re looking for snow trekking, which is more challenging but also more spectacular, then in January-March you should think of trekking.
If you are an adventure lover, Thatharana trek can be done across the year. There is also an opportunity to go snow trekking from December to March to Thatharna. So, this is the best choice in your hand if you want to do snow trekking.