13 days 12 nights
These lakes of the western Dhauladhar range have been never explored as frozen in past years, so few of our team members done a recce in the last two years in late winters to check the accessibility and resources for the expedition. Finally this year we are going to explore these lakes for Frozen very first time and it will be historical so that we created this opportunity for other trekkers, adventure seekers, nature lovers, photographers, and next-generation mountaineers or explorers to understand the expedition-style Himalayan exploration on Dhauladhar range.
The top of the Dhauladhar range remains covered with a vast area of snow during most part of the year, which is why it is named Dhauladhar, “Dhaula” means White, and “Dhar” means Stream. It rises from the plains of Punjab to the north of Kangra and raises till Kullu valley. The Dhauladhar have a strange topography, although mostly composed of granite, other is limestone and sandstone, and the edges of the range exhibit frequent formations of ‘slate’ (often used for the roofs of houses in the region). That is why climbing from any side is difficult, given the near-vertical inclining. This calls for highly technical 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.
There are several glacial lakes in the Dhauladhar range. Prominent among them is the “Lam Dal” which is the biggest one of all with a circumference of about 2.5 km. It is a very sacred lake and considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. There are other very sacred lakes like the Nag Dal, Nag Chattri Dal. The other beautiful lakes are the Chanderkup Dal above the Lam Dal, and the very sacred Kali Kund just 150 m below the Lam Dal at an elevation of 3900 meters. During this expedition, we will explore six major lakes Nagara Dal, Kali Kund, and other three unnamed lakes.
As this is a first exploration expedition, we are not going to share actual itinerary or route map publicly until participant confirms their booking. Our expedition into the Dhauladhar range begins with a long road trip from the capital city Delhi, the idealistic trip itinerary would be like as given.
Room allocation on arrival at Hotel (Twin sharing basis) short city tour later in the evening.
Group will depart to the starting point of the expedition; there will be an orientation overnight camp and final health checkup for acclimatization.
Group will trek and stay for the night in tents.
Group will climb to our first Base camp.
Whole day at BC 1 for acclimatization and exploration on lakes.
(The scheduled itinerary is subjected to change as per climate conditions, participants must carry one buffer day)