Trek – Baleni Pass / Minkiani Pass
Area – Chamba – Kanga (H.P.)
Duration – Eight Days (8)
Altitude – 3750 Meters / 12500Feet
Grade / Terrain – Gradual and Steep
Season – 15 May – 15 October
Experience – Little experience of trekking is required
Reception & Departure Place Bharmour, Mcleodganj
Baleni Pass, also known as Minkiani Pass, situated at an altitude of 3730 Meters from the sea level, is at the base of the Dhauladhar range, between Chamba and Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is an ideal base for trekking. The route from Chamba to Kangra is through the Baleni Pass. On the way to the pass there is a rock cave built by the Gaddis. Gaddis use this pass to cross over with their sheep into the Bharmour to Kangra and vice versa. On the other side just below the Minkiani Pass is a small glacial lake called Kareri Lake. The Chamba Valley and the Pir Panjal Range can be seen from this top of the pass. Baleni Pass is one of the low lying passes, and is at the base of the Dhauladhar range. You cross alpine pastures, woods, shimmering streams, and picturesque landscapes. This Trekking Trail culminates at Mecleodgunj on the Kangra side. On the way you can explore the rock cave built by the Gaddies which they use during migration to lower and higher reaches with their flocks. Dhauladhar blocked on the North by a high ridge giving birth to a large glacier and a single stream coming out from all of them. Nowhere else are glacial lakes as plentiful. Infect, its around Baleni that they exist at all. Kareri Lake is on the Kangra side. Lam Dal, Nag Dal and Kali Kund on the Chamba side, all within a day’s trek from the pass. Standing at top the pass and looking east, you see the Dhauladhar peaks forming a curve. Regarding trekking to Baleni pass we will start from Bharmour and it will ends at Dharamshala. During trek you will find glorious view of unexplored Himalaya.
Gaj pass trek is quite interesting among the trekkers. Gaj, named after Bhim’s Gaja came down and struck somewhere in the vicinity leading to water springing from the rocks, this pass also known as Bhim Gasutri Pass and is a gateway to Lake County. When you climb Gaj, you don’t just climb up the Dhauladhar; you also climb right into the lap of some beautiful high altitude lakes and complete solitude. Right across Gaj, on the other side is Lam Dal, the largest lake in the Dhauladhar.Every Year in the month of August every year, pilgrims from Chamba and Kangra districts climb up the mountains to take a holy dip in the Lam Dal waters. The numbers are small enough to ensure there is absolutely no littering. All other times, the lakes are your personal baths. Lam Dal is the beginning of a stream. As the stream continues west, it forms 3 more lakes. There are twenty two lakes in this Mountain range. The Dhauladhar granite ensures water is ever clear as it ever got. Flanked on both sides by the high Dhauladhar ridges, this stream and the lakes are worth a pilgrimage in themselves and that’s exactly people come here for.The best way to do Gaj pass is to start from Bharmour via Samra, walk a Budau Naag temple then to Kali Kund, after that to Lam Dal, climb to Chandra Koop Dal, track back to Lam Dal, many other lakes Lastly. The detail of trek has given below.