Embark on an expedition to one of the less explored and untapped beauties deep within the mighty Himalayas by choosing the Minkiani Pass Trek. Located at an altitude of almost 4343 meters above the sea level, this trek lies on the Dhauladhar range in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It has been classified as a moderate level trek that involves some steep climbing and requires basic levels of fitness and stamina.
A great option for a short and adventurous getaway, the 4-day Minkiani Pass trek itinerary takes you through the most scenic locales sprinkled with abundant natural splendor. You will pass through dense and lush green forests of oak, rhododendron and pine trees, numerous gentle streams, and a rich flora and fauna. You will also witness breathtaking sights of the Dhaladhar and other ranges like Pirpanjai and Zanskar on the northern side. One of the most magnificent spots you will come across along the trail is at the Kareri lake. This is a well known tourist attraction around Dharamshala that draws visitors for its sheer beauty. The trek is a great option for wildlife lovers and bird watchers as you can expect to spot a few exquisite Himalayan birds and wild animals as you make your way through the jungles.
Arrival in McLeodganj
Arrive from your home towns to the meeting point which is at McLeodganj and check into your hotels to freshen up before embarking on your Minkiani Pass Trek.
Take refreshments at the hotel and set out on your trek by first heading to Kareri village along an easy trail through dense forests of pine trees.
Stop awhile on the trail to enjoy your packed lunch and a little rest in the shade of the trees.
You will pass through several small villages on this 5-hour trek where you can also stop by to interact with the local villagers.
Reach the campsite in Kareri Village by sundown where you can have dinner and rest for the night.
Warm fleece and woolen jackets
Windproof jacket preferably with a hood.
3 collared and full sleeved T-shirts.
Trekking pants with zippered pockets.
Thermal inner wear particularly for the nights
Woolen cap, woolen gloves, woolen socks for the night
3 to 4 pairs of regular socks
Sun hat or cap with neck cover to protect from the sun
Raincoat / poncho
Backpack with rain cover
Daypack with rain cover
Head lamp with extra cells
Good quality trekking shoes or boots with great grips and ankle support
UV protected sunglasses
Lightweight floaters or sandals
At least two water bottles of 1 liter each
Light snacks such as dry fruits, granola bars, chocolates, energy drink powder
ORS / electrolytes
Pain relief spray
Bandages and crepe bandages
Medicines for fever
Medicines for pain
Medicines for indigestion
Medicines for altitude sickness
Anti-fungal powder and cream
You have to first reach McLeodganj from where you will set off on your Minkiani Pass Trek and there are several ways to reach McLeodganj.
The nearest airport to McLeodganj is the Gaggal Airport which is about 20 km from the main town. You can avail one of the few flights that operate here from different parts of the country or take a flight to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and a connecting flight to McLeodganj from there. Once at the airport, you can take a bus or taxi service to reach McLeodganj in 30 minutes.
There are several AC, deluxe and non-deluxe buses for McLeodganj operated by the HRTC that you can take from Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Dehradun, Pathankot or Dharamshala. The distance from Delhi to Pathankot is about 500 km that can be covered in approximately 13 hours.
The nearest railway station to McLeodganj is at Pathankot which is almost 100 km away. It is well connected by direct trains from most of the major cities across the country such as Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jammu Tawi, Amritsar, Tatanagar, Durg and Haridwar. Once at the station, you can take a bus or taxi to reach McLeodganj.
The Minkiani Pass trek lies on the Dhauladhar range in the Kangra district of McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh. The pass is situated at an altitude of almost 4343 meters above the sea level.
The Minkiani Pass trek is considered a moderate to challenging one with some steep climbs, rocky trails, and tricky stretches. It has an altitude of almost 14,000 feet above sea level and is not recommended for beginner level trekkers.
The best time of the year to do the trek is between the months of December and April. The Minkiani Pass Trek in April has the most pleasant weather, is ideal for the journey, and you can enjoy some of the best views during this time.
The highest altitude of the Minkiani pass trek is about 14,107 feet above sea level that you can reach after trekking for about 50 km. The trek starts from the village of Kareri and takes you past the Kareri lake all the way to the very summit from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Pirpanjai and Zanskar ranges.