About Dhaulashar Ciruit Treks and Adventure
The Dhauladhar Circuit derives its name from the Dhauladhar peaks of Western Himalaya. It passes in the shadow of the mighty and majestic snow clad Dhauldhar ranges,
which dominates the beautiful Kangra valley, dotted by flower filled meadows, temples, tea gardens and flocks of sheep.
This circuit covers Delhi - Chintpurni - Jwalamukhi - Kangra - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba - Dharamsala - Chamunda - Palampur - Jogindernagar - Delhi.
Location : Dhauladhar Ranges, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Highest Mountain Height : Hanuman Ka Tibba ( White Mountain) - 5639 meters ( 18500 feet)
Average Mountain Height : 4500 meters to 5180 meters
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Known For : Himalayas, Treks, Flora & Fauna, Glaciers, Lakes
Best Time to Visit : All year round
Nearest Railway station : Pathankot
Nearest Airport : Gaggal
The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main Outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises spectacularly from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra and
Mandi. Dharamsala, the headquarters of Kangra district, lies on its southern spur in above the Kangra Valley, which divides it from Chamba.
The highest peak in the Dhauladhar range is the Hanuman Ka Tiba, or 'White Mountain' just behind Dharamsala, , about 5,639 m. or 18,500 ft. high. There are several
peaks which are close to 5,180 m. or 17,000 ft in Dhauladhar Ranges. the Dhauladhar range is also known as the Outer Himalayas or Lesser Himalayas.
Dhauladhar Ranges start from Dalhousie at the northwest end of Himachal Pradesh and are spread through-out the Himachal state and end near Badrinath in Garhwal. About
90% of the Dhauladhars Ranges lie almost entirely in Himachal Pradesh.
Dhauladhars are distinctive in their typical dark granite rocky formations with a remarkably steep rise culminating in sharp streaks of snow and ice at the top of
their crested peaks.
The Best View of Dhauladhars can be seen from the Kangra valley. The elevation of the Dhauladhars ranges widely from 3,500 m to nearly 6,000 m. From the banks of the
Beas river in Kulu, the range curves towards the town of Mandi. Then, running north, it passes through Barabhangal, joins the Pir Panjal range and then moves into Chamba.
Trekking Options in Dhauladhar Ranges :-
The Dhauladhars have a peculiar topography. Extremely rocky with a lot of granite, the flanks of the range contain a lot of slate stones (often used for the roofs of
houses in the region), limestones and sandstones.
Trekking (Ascending) from any side is a tough business, given the near vertical incline. This calls for really tough trekking and mountaineering. There is very little
habitation on the range given the harsh conditions. But meadows abound near the crest providing rich pastures for grazing where large numbers of Gaddi shepherds take
their flocks. The top of the crest is buried under vast expanses of thick snow.
As a matter of fact, Triund - Ilaqua, approached from the hill station of McLeod Ganj, is the nearest and most accessible snow line in the Indian Himalayas. The range
has rich flora and fauna and its exquisite beauty attracts mountain lovers who return many times over to savour the delightful trails and there are many of them.
Several peaks both virgin and scaled have drawn mountaineers from all over the world. Some of the well known Peaks in Dhauladhar are listed below :-
Mun Peak (4610 m) near Dharamshala,
Kailash (5655 m) in the sacred Manimahesh region,
Gaurjunda (4946 m), near the Talang pass, which is also commonly referred to as the Dhauladhar Matterhorn,
Christmas (4581 m),
Toral (4686 m),
Dromedary (4553 m),
Riflehorn (4400 m),
Lantern (5100 m),
Arthur's Seat (4525 m),
Camel (4520 m),
Slab (4570 m)
Trekking in Dhauladhar Ranges are very popular and loved world wide, Because of its beauty, the friendliness of the Gaddi people who live on both sides of the range,
and relatively easy access world wide.