Himachal Pradesh Backpacking trip includes some of the best locations to visit in Himachal such as Mcleodganj, Bir and Barot Valley. Wander through the curvy roads and take vibrant photos at every Insta-worthy location, while you experience Himachal like you never did before.
Himachal Pradesh Tourism is crucial to the Himachal government as it is one of the major attractions of the state and as well a major contributor to the state’s economy and well-fare. There are a number of attractions in Himachal Pradesh such as Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, and much more.
Himachal has a strong takeaway from Tibetan culture and you would feel the strong presence of a deep-rooted Tibetan culture throughout the whole state. Also, Himachal Pradesh had provided shelter to the Tibetan refugees during the Tibetan uprising and there is a famous Dalai Lama temple in Mcleodganj, which had been visited quite a few times by Dalai Lama itself.
While Himachal is famous for its hill station and its tourist-friendly environment, each hill station itself has its own significance. Mcloedganj is famous for its lakes, waterfalls, museums while Bir is famous for Paragliding, which took place at billing, a nearby place from Bir.
Apart from those, Barot Valley is a place that has yet been unexploited by travelers as there is not much information out there but it does provide a redeeming experience of trekking in the lap of nature.
The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh is during the months of September to June. During these months, the Himachal had already received heavy rainfall and the weather in Himachal return to its best state.
There are various places to visit in Himachal Pradesh and each one captures different essence of the state. Famous places to visit in Mcloedganj are Dal Lake and St. John in the Wilderness while some of the famous places to visit in Bir are Deer Park Institute and Palpung Sherabling Monastery.
The reasons you need to check out the Himachal Pradesh Backpacking trip in 2019 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Himachal Pradesh with Justwravel.
Day 1 : Overnight Travel from Delhi to Mcleodganj
Day 2 : Reach Mcleodganj. Sightseeing and Night Stay
Day 3 : Day Hike to Triund .Night stay in Mcleodganj
Day 4 : Mcleodganj to Bir. Night stay in Bir
Day 5 : Bir to Barot. Night stay in Barot Valley
Day 6 : Barot to Mcleodganj. Drop at Mcleodganj. Overnight journey to Delhi
Day 7 : Reach Delhi early in the morning
1st Feb to 7th Feb Open
15th Feb to 21st Feb Open
29th Feb to 6th Mar Open
14th Mar to 20th Mar Open
21st Mar to 27th Mar Open
4th Apr to 10th Apr Open
18th Apr to 24th Apr Open
2nd May to 8th May Open
We assemble at RK Ashram Metro Station /Kashmere Gate by 7 pm and meet the other group members.
We will be travelling overnight travel from Delhi to Mcleodganj by Volvo Bus
Open your eyes in the mighty mountains of Dhauladhars. The overnight bus will have you reach Mcleodganj by 10 in the morning.
Check-in into your hotel and enjoy the morning tea and breakfast on arrival and have rest in your comfortable stays. Post lunch, we will explore Mcleodganj. A visit to Namgyal Monastery, The Dalai Lama Temple, and Bhagsu Waterfall and then get back to the hotel by evening.
After dinner, you will be given a brief about the next day, when you trek to Tiund.
Wake up to a refreshing morning in the mountains.
After breakfast, we’ll start our trek towards Triund hill. The trek to Triund starts from Mcleodganj main chowk.
The gradient of the trek is easy except some stretches and the total trekking distance is 9 km. The trail takes you through the dense forests of pine with some scenic views of valleys. It takes around 5-6 hours to reach Triund.
Triund is situated at an altitude of 2875 meters (9432 feet) above sea level. Camps will be setup at Triund. Enjoy the views of Kangra valley. Expect a cold and breezy night at the top.
Trek down by evening and spend the leisure time at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mcleodganj.
Post Breakfast we’ll begin our journey towards Bir. Bir is 80 kms from Mcleodganj and it takes about 3 hours to reach.
Bir is famous as the Paragliding Capital of India.
Reach Bir by afternoon and have some rest at the Campsite.
Explore the Bir monasteries and the cafes in the evening, watching the paragliders come down from Billing like Birds everywhere.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.
Post breakfast, drive to Billing from Bir where you will be starting your paragliding. You can see the entire valley in front of you.
After the paragliding session of 15-20 mins, we start for Barot Valley.
Barot is a small village situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The route to Barot is made exquisite with clear views of the dense cedar forests and terraced fields. Barot is the gateway to Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. Monal, Black Bear, Ghoral, etc. are the main wildlife attractions of the sanctuary.
Barot Valley is around 80 km from Bir and takes about 3 hours to reach.
Go to the Uhl riverside and spend some leisure time around the only natural water body of the region. You can enjoy fishing if you like it.
Dinner and Overnight stay at a homestay in Barot.
Today is the last day of our Tour.
We explore Barot Valley with the Barot temple and the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary and leave for Mcleodganj post-lunch in the valley.
We will reach Mcleodganj by evening.
Take overnight Volvo bus from Mcleodganj to Delhi.
Reach Delhi early in the morning.
End of Tour.
Volvo Bus Tickets Delhi to Mcleodganj and return
Transport by Tempo Traveller from Mcleodganj to Mcleodganj
Stay on Triple /Double sharing basis
10 Meals as per Itinerary
Trek to Triund
Paragliding session of 15-20 mins at BIR
Local Sightseeing as per Itinerary
Any meals apart from mentioned in Inclusions.
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry, etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
Booking amount is non-refundable.
No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.
50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.
90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.
If due to any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control. Act of God, we won't be able to refund the complete amount.
For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.
Down Jacket /Main Jacket
Thermals (Upper & Lower)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
First Aid Kit
Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
McleodGanj - Hotel Stay
Bir - Camp Stay
Barot - Homestay
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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