You will be reaching Pathankot railway station early morning and afterwards transferred to Dalhousie which usually takes around 3-4 hrs. We will arrange for the pick-up. After arrival at Dalhousie you will check-in in Hotel and breakfast will be served. After light lunch there shall be an Orientation session with our management, guides and support staff. An acclimatisation of approximately 2-3 hrs in which we shall descend towards the Panjpulla valley. After the walk the activities of Mountain Rippling, River Crossing and Mountain Climbing shall follow prepare once mind and body for the upcoming trek. In evenings you can check out the local market and also have a leisure trip of Dalhousie town. Dinner will be served at the Hotel.
Trek To Kalatop
Approximately 5/6 hour walk. A hiking over 2500 feet through the Panjpulla waterfall stream and crossing the foothill of the Gangi Pahari (Mountain). We trek further along the Mountain ridge and come across a beautiful grazing meadow set below the stark peaks of the Gangi Pahari range of mountains. Following remote trails and crossing numerous ridges we reach Bara Pathar, temple of the local deity “Bhuvani Devi” amidst the forest thick forests of Deodar (Cedar) trees and alpine hills. We shall break for lunch and rest before resuming the trek. After 90 minutes of trekking we shall reach Lakar Mandi. There is a hamlet of Dhogria tribals. Dhogria are hardworking Muslims and have common decedents from Gujjars, but have a bit different lifestyle. From here, one trek leads to Kalatop Wild life reserve. This is a pleasant, plain walk. Kalatop is at an altitude of 2440 meters. This reserve covers an area of 3069 hectares. Its altitude varies from 1185 meters to 2768 meters (3910 ft-9134 ft.) The terrain is steep and typical of the Outer Himalayas. It is drained by several tributaries of the Ravi River which lies just to the north. The temperature varies from -10°C to 35°C. An area that is home to leopard and Himalayan black bear. The night camp will be in a small Himalayan village known as Kalaban. Dinner will be served and the evening bonfire will mark the end of today’s adventure.
Kalatop To Khijjar
Your pair of sturdy trekking shoes will be tested on this day of trek, as we further descend into the Kalatop wildlife reserve into the slopes of the Dhaula Dhar mountain range. Steep ascent and descent on rocky and narrow trails, through an area that is home to the Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Black Marten, Leopard, Deer, Barking Goral, Squirrel, Serow, Jackal, Langur which are often spotted roaming carelessly in the reserve. The vegetation inside the sanctuary consists of blue pine, deodar and oak forests. The forest also has dense undergrowth. After crossing from various ridges we reach Khijjar. Khijjar is located at an altitude of 1920 meters (6400 ft). This saucer-like, green meadow, with a small glacial lake in the centre, and surrounded by a dense forest of deodar trees and mountains will be our camp site with a small cultural programme to end the evening.
Khijjar To Jot
Approximately 6-7 hours walk. A good day of walking along the upper ridges of the Dhaula Dhar, at about 3000m with a background of the Pir Pinjal and Panji Range ranges. While crossing through Dainkund to our south is an expansive view of the Ranjit Sagar Lake opening out in to the plains. Beyond lays the plains of Punjab, with the rivers Ravi, Chenab and Beas flowing through. On a clear night once can also see the lights of Amritsar and through binoculars one can spot the lights of Lahore as well. The walk is lush green and the path manageable. Continuing through Gujjar territory, we trek further along the ridge before descending to a sheltered summer settlement of rough stone huts in the Nauri valley. Now heading into the realms of the Gaddi shepherd we start to traverse some of the more difficult nomad trails through the most spectacular landscape. A beautiful grazing meadow set below the stark peaks of the Dhaula Dhar range of mountains. After a comparative smooth trek of 5-6 K.M we will reach Jot. Chowari Jot (pass) is located almost in the midst of Chamba and Chowari, this Pass (Jot) provides you with the beauty of Kainthli Dhar full of deoder and kail trees. Touching a height of almost 8000ft it snows heavily in the winter and has a pleasant season in the winter. A wellearned evening to relax around the campsite or explore the surrounding ridges and valleys. Camp with bonfire.
Drive To Pathankot
After a late morning and breakfast. Approximately 4 hours drive time. We drive to Pathankot to proceed for our onwards journey