Snowline Trek: Explore the Hidden beauty of Dhauladhar

30-Apr-2019 Divyanshi Dhouni0

The feeling of always getting more and more never get away. One such thing is trekking and it becomes more remarkable when you are trekking in Dhauladhar. Snowline Trek is located in the lap of mother nature surrounded by majestic Dhauladhar. It has an exciting campsite which provides you with spectacular views of Mcleodganj. Imagine this vision growing more as you hike upward!

Triund to Snowline is a 3 kms trek only which takes you to better views and more adventure. The trail is more thrilling as compared to Triund trek. This place is full of snow even in winters which remains such for a long time. Why would anyone not want to go further when you have so much more just at a small distance!

Snowline Trek

Location

Snowline Trek is situated in Mcleodganj near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Located at an elevation of 4,500 m, it has tons of sceneries to offer you. The giant Dhauladhars never fails to amuse you. Snowline is an extended part of Triund Trek.

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Triund and snowline are done together and some people also go to Lahesh Cave. One has to reach Dharamshala and from there to Mcleodganj. Dharamshala to Mcleodganj is a distance of 7 kms. In Mcleodganj the trek starts from a place called Dharamkot which is 7 kms from the main Mcleodganj market.

How to Reach

The famous town of Dharamshala can be reached from Delhi overnight. Buses are available from ISBT Kashmere Gate which operates mostly at night. You will reach Dharamshala in the morning. Buses from Chandigarh and Shimla are also frequently available which takes around 5-6 hours to reach.

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From Dharamshala, you can hire a taxi or take a bus towards Mcleodganj or Dharamkot. If you are coming by air, the nearest airport is Gaggal airport at Kangra. This airport is just 12 kms away from Dharamshala.

The nearest railhead is Pathankot which is at a distance of 85 kms. Buses are easily available from Pathankot to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj which would take around 2-3 hours.

Climate

Mcleodganj is known for its giant Dhauladhar and awesome climatic conditions. The weather becomes pleasant in the summer months from April to June. The average day temperature is 25 degrees and at night it is 10 degrees. The meadows shine their best at this time and lofty Dhauladhar ranges dazzle in snow.

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At the end of June, the monsoon starts approaching. From the month of September to November, the weather is pleasant again with greenery all around. After November, the temperature starts dropping. The temperature becomes very low at day and falls below zero at night. The region is covered in the snow till March.

Best Time to Visit Snowline Trek

Dhauladhar ranges emit their beauty perpetually in all season. The best time to visit Snowline Trek can be in the month of April to June when the weather is extremely pleasant.

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In monsoon, very fewer people attempt this trek because of the slippery rocky surface. Another best time can be from the month of July to November when there is greenery all around and the hills are moving towards the winter season.

Route

Mcleodganj to Triund

The main town from where the trek starts is Mcleodganj which is a suburb of Dharamshala. In Mcleodganj, the trek starts from Dharamkot. There are two routes to trek to Triund, one through the Galu Devi Temple and another one is through Bhagsu waterfall.

We usually take the former one. The whole trek is of 9 kms and you can easily climb it in 4-5 hours. You will be getting guesthouses before starting the trek where you can rest for a while and freshen up. The trek will start at and you will pass through forests. The trail is easy and moderate. You can have tea and snacks at the points present on the way.

You will reach Triund Campsite by the evening where you will get evening snacks. Enjoy the beauty of the hills. Capture its beauty relish in the sunset which is worth witnessing! You can pitch your tents and have your dinner before you go to sleep in the lap of the hills.

Triund to Snowline

Wake up early the next morning because you cannot miss the magical sunrise that all witness at Triund. Witness the morning beauty of the Dhauladhar ranges surrounding you. Breakfast will be given at the campsite. Post Breakfast we will leave for Snowline. Snowline is located at an altitude of 3,300 m above sea level. The distance from Triund to Snowline is around 2.5 kilometres.

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It takes 2 hours to reach Snowline from Triund. This path is tricky as compared to the previous one. You may find a good amount of snow here in the early summer months. There is a cafe which has the name of the place- ‘The snowline cafe’. Enjoy here in the snow and camp tonight in this freezing atmosphere with amazing sky views.

Back to Mcleodganj

Waking up to beautiful morning views is way beyond the words. Get up early and take the experience of the sunrise. After having breakfast we will hike our way back to Dharamkot via Triund. Lunch can be done at Triund. You will reach back at the base till afternoon and would be transferred to Mcleodganj from where you can proceed to your destination.

Things to see in Mcleodganj

The mesmerising town of Mcleodganj has everything to offer to everyone. There is peace, there is an adventure, the calm and composed culture and beautiful Himalayan ranges. Apart from some amazing trekking destination Mcleodganj has various monasteries, temples and viewpoints. You can read our blog to know about these places here.

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Snowline Trek Package

The whole trek is of 2 nights and 3 days starting from Mcleodganj to Mcleodganj. The average package that you can get is between INR 3000- 5000 depending upon the number of people and requirement. It also depends and end point and so depends on your starting an endpoint and if you need any equipment. If you don’t want to take a package, you can hire trekking equipment and join a guide. But it is advised to get a package for a comfortable stay.

Conclusion

Trekking in Dhauladhar, especially Triund and Snowline Trek, is always filled with excitement and eye-catching views. The giant Dhauladhar is so inspiring that it always motivates you to challenge yourself for more. If you are planning for a weekend, then Mcleodganj provides you with the best options. Hope you are already planning the trip in your mind.

Divyanshi Dhouni

Author: Divyanshi Dhouni

I am Divyanshi Dhouni. An avid reader, a keen observer and a versatile personality. In love with words, hills and food. Still learning to write! I believe that optimism and self-belief lead to achievement in life!

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