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Laka Glacier Trek with Triund, Mcleodganj

Situated at a height of 10,600 ft and surrounded by snow-capped Dhauladhar peaks

Laka Glacier Trek with Triund, Mcleodganj

Duration

3D/2N

Pickup Point

Bhagsunag Taxi point

Accomodation

Tent

Overview

Nestled in the lap of Kangra Valley, Laka Glacier is surrounded by Dhauladhar range located at a height of 10,600 ft. above sea level. Laka Glacier trek is one of the most offbeat treks of Himachal. The entire trekking route is decorated with dense rustic forest, soul pacifying waterfalls and beautiful Himalayan sights.

Triund and Laka Glacier trek starts from the biggest waterfall in Mcleodganj - Bhagsu Nag. Snow-clad mountains of Himalayas will keep you occupied with their grace throughout the trekking trail. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar range and the camping experience at the Triund top under the star studded sky. Get the thrilling experience of walking on a snowline and soak in the scenery all around. Spend some time playing with the snow at Laka Got- a small temporary settlement based at a close proximity of Laka Glacier.

Quick Info:
Laka Glacier trek distance: 26 km
Laka Glacier trek difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Laka Glacier temperature: 16 to 25 degrees celsius during the day and 0 to 10 degrees Celsius at night
Laka Glacier weather remains pleasant all around year except in winters due to heavy snowfall
Laka Glacier height: 10,600 ft
Laka Glacier trek best time: All year except the monsoon(July, Aug) & Winter(Jan, Feb)

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Mcleodganj to Triund

  • Trek distance- 7 km; Trek time- 3-4 hrs
  • Altitude- 6,831 ft to 9,432 ft
  • Meals- Evening snacks and Dinner

Day 2: Triund to Laka Glacier and back to Triund campsite

  • Trek distance- 12 km; Trek time- 7-8 hrs
  • Altitude- 9,432 ft to 10,600 ft to 9,432 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Trek back to Mcleodganj

  • Trek distance- 7 km; Trek time- 3-4 hrs
  • Altitude- 9,432 ft to 6,831 ft 
  • Meals- Breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

 Day 1: Mcleodganj to Triund

  • Start your Laka Glacier trek from Bhagsunag taxi stand, Meet your trek Leader. After the briefing session, start your trek to Triund. 
  • The trek trail is easy except for some stretches and the total trekking distance is 7 km. While on the trek, walk through the dense forests of pine and enjoy the stunning views of the valley.
  • It takes around 5-6 hours to reach Triund top. 
  • Enroute take a pit stop at the famous Magic view cafe.
  • Upon reaching Triund top, enjoy the breathtaking views of Dhauladhar Ranges. 
  • Check-in to camp, freshen up, and have some leisure. 
  • Enjoy the dinner with a bonfire under the sky full of stars. Overnight in the camps

Day 2: Triund to Laka Glacier and back to Triund campsite

  • Wake up early and get mesmerized by the awe-inspiring views of Dhauladhar Ranges. 
  • After breakfast, start your further trek to Laka Glacier. It takes 3-4 hours to reach the Laka Got, a temporary shepherd encampment situated at the close proximity of Laka Glacier.
  • On the trail enjoy the scenic views of the snow clad mountains. 
  • Upon reaching the glacier, enjoy a packed lunch while treating your eyes with the beauty of the himalayas.
  • After spending some leisure time and playing with the snow, start your descent back to Triund campsite.
  • After arriving triund top enjoy the mesmerizing sunset with the hot tea.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in the camps.

Day 3: Trek Down

  • Wake up and enjoy the beautiful sunrise and stunning views of the snow- covered mountains of Dhauladhar.
  • After breakfast, start your downhill trek towards Mcleodganj. 
  • Reach Mcleodganj by afternoon. Bid a warm farewell to the fellow trekkers. 
  • Trek ends here.

How to reach?

By Air: Gaggal Airport or Kangra Airport at Dharamshala is about 20 km away from McLeod Ganj and is well connected to Delhi, Kullu and Chandigarh. Airlines like Air India Regional, SpiceJet Airlines operate regular flights from these cities for Dharmshala. After reaching the airport, traveler can hire taxis or take buses to reach their destination, which takes around an hour.

By Train: Pathankot Railway Station, situated approximately 90 km away, is the closest broad gauge railhead serving those headed to McLeod Ganj. Some of the popular trains available.

By Road: A number of state owned and private buses connect McLeod Ganj with other cities like Delhi (500 km), Chandigarh (250 km) and Dharamshala (20 km). In New Delhi, most of the buses leave from the Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Majnu-ka-Tilla (a Tibetian camp). Deluxe buses of Himachal Pradesh Tourism are also available from Himachal Bhawan. One can also drive to McLeod Ganj from Delhi via NH 1, a journey of about 10 hours.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

Laka Glacier trek package includes:

  • Accommodation in camps(double/triple sharing)
  • Evening snacks and dinner on day 1
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 2
  • Breakfast on day 3
  • Trekking with certified guides

Exclusion

Laka Glacier trek package excludes:

  • Personal essentials
  • Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
  • Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.
  • Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages
  • Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.
  • Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.
  • Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.
  • In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers.
  • Loading and unloading of personnel luggage.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Any king of emergency evacuation charges.

Advisory

  1. Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.

  2. RT-PCR negative certification: This is mandatory for goSTOPS treks. Without it, you will not be allowed to join us. You are exempted only if you’ve taken two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

The difficulty level of the trek is easy to moderate. It’s the best option for beginners and also the most popular trek in India. The trek is not recommended if you are suffering from asthma or other severe respiratory diseases. However, if your physician says you are good to go, you may consider taking this trek.
The ideal time for this trek is during May, June, September and October. The climate during these months remains pleasant during the day and gets a little cold at night. Rainy seasons are also a perfect time for the Triund trek. Even though it is a good time, overnight camping is impossible or would be difficult during this season. During winter months i.e. January, the trek to Laka glacier remains closed due to heavy snowfall.
The distance of Laka Glacier from Triund is approximately 6 km. Depending on your fitness level and speed, the trek should take between 4 to 5 hours.
Laka Glacier height is 10,600 ft above sea level. The trek to Triund and Laka Glacier is considered easy and suitable for amateur trekkers.
Usually, we take 22-24 people in one batch including males and females. We need a minimum of 6 people for a fixed departure, but for the customized trip, the group size doesn’t matter.
Absolutely. The safety of girls is of foremost importance to us. We always create a friendly environment on the trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Triund Laka trek starts from the Bhagsunag waterfall taxi stand. From here, the tour commences with an 7-kilometer trek to Triund. The Laka Glacier Trek is fairly short, and spans across 2 nights and 3 days.
Yes. April falls under the pre-monsoon season when the glacier is covered entirely with snow. In fact. April is one of the most favorable months for trekking the Laka Glacier.
A well-trained and well-informed guide is essential for the trek so they could arrange for the necessary permits and guide you safely through the mountain terrains.
During the summer, Laka Glacier temperature ranges from 16 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day and 7 to 10 degrees Celsius at night. During the winter, the temperature ranges from 14 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day and 1 to 5 degrees Celsius at night.
The best suited shoes for this trek route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is also a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village.

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