Trekking and Camping in Dharamshala

We offer you the complete trekking experience as a part of your trip to Dharamshala. We've been organising Himalayan treks and expeditions for decades as our adventure outfit - Above14000ft and have a comprehensive understanding of the area along with an impeccable safety record.

Dharamshala is very accessibly placed near the start of many Himalayan trek routes. For families and beginners, we would recommend the selection below of overnight treks. The difficulty level ranges from an easy half an hour walk to reach the Bal Nala campsite to an 8 hour day to reach the Kareri Lake.

When you book your trip with us, we take care of all the logistics and provide the guide, camping equipment, cook, sleeping bag, transport etc.

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Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri | Above 14000 ft | Forktail Villa | Sightseeing

One of the best short treks near Dharamshala, the Kareri Lake trek takes you to a  glacial lake at 3000m. The clear waters of the lake are surrounded by meadows, high altitude forests and towering mountains. The Kareri Lake is en route the Minkiani Pass that goes over the Dhauladhar mountains to reach Chamba.

Day 01: Forktail Villa - Kareri Village - Kareri Lake

Duration: 8 hours

We start early after breakfast. A two-hour drive from Forktail Villa gets you to the road-head of the trek - Kareri Village. From here it is a walk on a gentle, very well marked trail through broad-leafed forest. The forests give way to open grasslands and boulder fields as we walk along the Nyund Nala. There is a Shiv temple and some food shacks along the way. Reach Kareri lake by the early evening and camp nearby.

Day 02: Kareri Lake - Forktail Villa

Duration: 5hours

We spend a leisurely morning exploring the area around the lake and pack up in the early afternoon. Descend to Kareri village and drive back to Forktail Villa.

Trip Cost

Rs 7000 per person (tax inc.)

This is a custom trip for min 4 people

Triund Trek

Triund | Above 14000 ft | Forktail Villa | Camping

Triund is a very popular trekking spot, and has panoramic views of the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and Kangra valley on the other. The trail continues onward to Lahesh Caves and Indrahar Pass. Along the way, there are many small chai shops where one can refresh during the hike. This trek is unavailable during the winter.

Day 01: Forktail Villa - Dharamkot - Triund

Duration: 6 hours

We start early after breakfast. A 40 min drive takes us to the Galu Devi temple - our road-head. The walk is at a moderate incline through mixed old-growth forests of cedar, oak, and rhododendron. The trail gradually opens up to meadows and sweeping views of the Greater Himalayas and the Kangra valley. A last steep ascent brings us to Triund top where we camp for the night.

Day 02: Triund - Forktail Villa

Duration: 3hours

We spend the morning exploring the meadows and retrace our steps to return to the road-head. Drive back to Forktail Villa. Trip ends!

Trip Cost

Rs 3500 per person (tax inc.)

This is a custom trip for min 4 people

Kareri Village Homestay

Kareri Village | Above 14000 ft | Forktail Villa | Camping

A great option for those looking to spend a bit of time away from the town and steep themselves in the culture of the Kangra valley. We stay at a local homestay in Kareri village and take short walks around the village.

Day 01: We leave Forktail Villa after an early Lunch. A two hour drive gets us to Kareri village. The homestay is a 10-minute walk from the road. We freshen up and leave for a walk around the village. Come back in time for a bonfire and delicious local Kangri dinner.

Day 02: Optional early morning visit to the village fields, breakfast and departure. Reach Forktail Villa for lunch.

Trip Cost

Rs 3500 per person (tax inc.)

This is a custom trip for min 4 people

Bal Nala Camping

Kareri | Above 14000 ft | Forktail Villa | Sightseeing

A short camping trip for people looking to dip their toes into the outdoors or for families with very young or old members who still want to have an outdoor experience. The Bal Nala is a spectacular winter campsite perched on the banks of a gentle stream.

Day 01: We leave Forktail Villa in the early evening. A half hour drive gets us to the road-head. The campsite is a 20 minute walk from the road. Evening tea at the campsite and leave for a walk around the area. We can take a walk to the forest or explore the village and the fields nearby. Come back in time for a bonfire and a delicious local Kangri dinner.

Day 02: Optional early morning walk around the campsite. Leisurely breakfast, and departure. Reach Forktail Villa for lunch.

Trip Cost

Rs 2500 per person (tax inc.)

This is a custom trip for min 4 people