Minkiani Pass Trek is among the very less explored treks in Himachal Pradesh. The pass lies 7 kms from Kareri lake and is a perfect blend of scenery and adventure in Dhauladhar mountain range. Once can witness various species of Himalayan birds and wild animals, and if you are lucky enough you can get a glimpse of Himalayan fox, snow leopard and many others. Minkiani Pass lies at an height of 4,343 meters same as Indrahar pass. The route to Minkiani Pass is steep and needs good fitness level.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Dharamshala, District Kangra Himachal Pradesh|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 08:00 AM so that we can start by 08:30 AM|
|ALTITUDE||4,343 m (14,250 ft)|
|WEAR||Comfortable warm clothes, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Day 1: Dharamshala to Kareri Lake
Approx trek time – 6 hours
Altitude – 4,780 ft to 9,626 ft
Tip – In case you run out of water, you can fill up your bottles from various small springs on the way or from the waterfall
Trek gradient – Ascent all along, however, steep parts in some areas have been cut into rocky steps
Pluses – Shacks at regular intervals
Accomodation – campsite by Kareri Lake
On Reaching Dharamshala, meet and greet our team and after a quick briefing by the team we will drive to Kareri Village which is 27 kms from Dharamshala in the pre arranged shared cabs. Beginning at the Kareri, you walk through dense forests of mixed pine and broadleaf for 1.5 hours; although it is advised to stay wary of pine needles scattered on the ground. Birdwatchers can spot the black drongo and red-billed magpie on the way. You will soon hit a metal road and after walking on it for another 15 minutes, you will hit the Nolli Bridge. After a curve before the bridge, the trail goes again into the forest. You can stop for snacks at the shack near the curve. Climb a few steps along, ascending after crossing a waterfall, there is another shack to relax. Moving on, cross the Nyund River via a metal bridge and reach the grassland along the banks of the river. Birdwatchers note, you can spot birds here such as brown dipper, redstart, warbler and even Himalayan griffon vultures. Walk for anther 15 minutes to reach the banks of Reoti. The place makes for a picturesque setting, complete with valley views and a stream flowing right next to you. You will find a shop at Reoti that sells packaged foods, meals, tents and sleeping bags. After walking for 1 hour from Reoti, you will find a shack which is the last rest-halt before Kareri Lake. Proceed from there onto the rocky crossing to go across the nallah and reach stone steps taking you to the hilltop where you will find a Shiva temple. From there, you can also spot the Kareri Lake which can be reached by following the trail along its banks. From this point, you can also get a glimpse of the Dhauladhar range and a trail going up to the Minkaini Pass, which lies around 7 kms from the lake. Kareri Lake also serves as the base camp for Minkiani Pass and Lam Dal.
Day 2: Kareri Lake to Minkaini Pass and back to Kareri Lake
Approx trek time – 8 hours
Altitude – 9,626 ft to 14,250 ft
Trek gradient – Steep ascent all along
Day two is the most difficult part of the trek as we will ascend to Minkiani pass. Rocky tracks and glaciers make this trek quite challenging. We have to start early so that we can get more time to spend at Minkiani pass. After expending some time we will fall back to Kareri Lake. The overnight stop will be at Kareri lake.
Day 3: Kareri Lake to Dharamshala
Approx time – 5 hours
Altitude – 9,626 ft to 4,789 ft
Trek Gradient – Gradual ascent and descent
Tip – For your water requirements, you can fill up your bottles as there are several small springs at short intervals
After Breakfast spend some time exploring areas around Kareri Lake. we trek back to the Kareri village. This will be a long day but not tough as we will be descending back to the village. On reaching Village, we have our lunch and later we drive back to Dharamshala. This will mark the end of a short, adventurous trek .