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Mcleodganj (8N/9D)

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Welcome to Back-Pack-Go
We hope you leave the city version of you behind. We're going to the hills
Let us give you a little idea of how we at Vagabond Experiences do group trips. First of all, we don’t do ‘tour operators’. Every group will be accompanied by an Experience Manager (AKA. EM). EMs are trained to do one job; help you have a comfortable, safe, and fulfilling experience.
There’s no room for prejudices where we’re going. There’ll be great food, beautiful views, and some good vibrations! Come alone or with old friends, make some new ones, write a story, climb a mountain, jump into a river, dance, sing, and fall in love. Do everything you've always wanted to. We implore you to break free.

 

Meeting point: New Delhi | Majnu Ka Tila at 5:30 pm sharp

Highlights

-Explore the serene Dalai Lama Monastery
-Visit to the Tibet Museum
-Hike to Triund
-Camp 2 nights in front of the snow-capped Dhauldhar range
-Paragliding from Asia's highest (and the world's second-highest) take-off point at Bir-Billing

 

Batches: 19th-25th May (6N/7D), 25th May-2nd June (8N/9D)

Places covered: Dharamkot, Bhagsu, Naddi, Mcleodganj, Triund, Bir-Billing
 

Day 1: Goodbye City-Me.

Our journey will begin directly at Delhi; 05:30 pm at Majnu Ka Tilla bus stop to be precise. From here, we board a direct bus to McLeodGanj saying goodbye to our city lives.

Travel: 12-13 hrs bus journey (Delhi > Dharamshala)

 

Day 2: McLord! I’m Coming Home.
Reach Dharamshala early in the morning. Our homestay is located in Dharamkot, a picturesque hill town which is just a 25-minute cab ride away from us with spectacular views of the entire valley. After breakfast in Dharamkot, head to H. H. Dalai Lama Temple, Namgyal Monastery, and the Tibet Museum. Visit St. John’s in the Wilderness Church. Sample some local cuisine for dinner.

Travel: 25-min cab ride (Dharamshala > Dharamkot)

 

Day 3: Naddi-Buddies

A good night’s rest and a heavy breakfast later, head to Naddi, a tiny, peaceful village nestled amongst the pine-covered mountains and vibrant yellow mustard fields. Begin our first hike toward the pristine Naddi River where we’ll spend our day lazing next to the river and exploring the valley. Dinner will be back at McLeodGanj. Feel free to explore the town at night.

Travel: 30-min cab ride (Dharamkot > Naddi)

 

Day 4: It’s pronounced tree-oond not try-und.

Aaah! The big day! We trek to Triund, one of the peaks of the Dhauladhar mountain range. After an early breakfast, head to Galudev Temple. We make our way to Triund, which is 2,850 meters (9,350 ft) above sea level. It is a day-long hike but the serene mountainous landscape, rare wildlife and a trail dotted with magical little cafés with breathtaking views will keep you going. Camp in tents facing the majestic snow-clad mountain range through the night.

Travel: 30-min cab ride (Dharamkot > Gallu Temple)

 

Day 5: Snow and Steady

After experiencing an unforgettable sunrise, we’ll have breakfast and trek right up to the snow line. Be warned, we take our snowball fights very seriously. Small icy streams and glacial waterfalls are a common sight on this trail. Another night of camping, music and good food lies ahead.

 

Day 6: Muscle-Discovery Day

After breakfast. say goodbye to Triund and start the descent. Reach our rooms in Dharamkot by afternoon. This is the day to rest muscles you didn’t even know you had. The evening is at leisure. You can check out some of the popular cafes in the area which have music lessons, live music, meditation sessions, and workshops happening every other night.

Travel: 30-min cab ride (Gallu Temple > Dharamkot)

 

Day 7: I Believe I Can Fly

After an early breakfast, we make our way to Bir-Billing where we can spend the day walking around this beautiful town. Visiting the Sherab Ling monastery, exploring the Tibetan colony or paragliding are a few of the things you can spend your day doing at Bir. We re-group by evening and make our way back to our homestay in Dharamkot. 

Alternatively, spend the day gorging on some Bhagsu cake or sit in a cafe and listen to music the whole day! Experience the titular evening at Sunset Cafe in Gallu.

Travel: 2-3 hour cab rides (Dharamkot > Bir Billing > Dharamkot)

 

Day 8: Last Day, Last Chance

After breakfast, check out. Make final shopping calls at McLeodGanj market. Head to Dharamshala, Board the semi-sleeper bus early in the evening. 

Travel: 12-13 hour bus ride (McLeodganj > Delhi)

 

Day 9: The Toughest Goodbye 

We'll reach Majnu Ka Tila bus stop early in the morning. Trip ends. Say goodbye to the hills and hello to nostalgia, of course, until next time! 

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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)

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Inclusions

-Bus fares to and from Delhi and McleodGanj in a semi-sleeper AC bus
-Accommodation in rooms with attached washrooms on a double-sharing basis (Click for photos)
-Camping in tents with sleeping bags and foam mats at Triund on a double-sharing basis
-Private internal transport (taxis) throughout the trip
-2 x breakfast & 2 x dinner at Triund
-All activities and visits to places as per itinerary
-Basic medical and first-aid kit assistance
-Transport to Bir-Billing (paragliding)
-All permits, tolls, and parking charges
-Experienced local guide
-Assistance by Vagabond Experience Managers

Exclusions

-Meals (except breakfast & dinner at Triund)
-Paragliding cost
-Travel Insurance

THINGS TO CARRY

1. Sturdy shoes for trekking (well-fitting, neither loose nor tight)

2. An extra small backpack for day outings (20-30 ltrs)

3. Reusable water bottle (avoid buying mineral water bottles to reduce plastic waste)

4. Toiletries, Torch, Lip-balm, Sunscreen, Sunglasses.

5. Personal Medication (Asthma, allergen medication etc.)

6. Slippers/flip-flops

7. Rainwear (jacket/poncho) & rain cover for bags

8. Binoculars, Camera (optional)

9. Sufficient liquid cash as there are very few ATMs in McLeodGanj

10. Crepe-bandage (each person should have 1 roll each)

11. Warm clothes (Temperature appropriate clothing)

 


HOW TO REACH

Depending on how you're travelling to Delhi, you can either take a rickshaw or taxi (Uber/Ola) to Majnu ka Tila at 5:30pm. Further details regarding the exact location will be shared closer to the trip date


Policy and Terms

-30 days prior to the date of departure, Rs 6,000 will be deducted.

-Between 29 to 15 days prior to the date of departure, Rs 10,000 will be deducted.

-Between 14 to 7 days prior to the date of departure, Rs 15,000 will be deducted.

-6 days to the date of departure, no refund shall be admissible

-3.8% of all booking amounts are payment gateway charges. This amount is not refundable

(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website)

 

Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

Frequest Questions

Q: What region of north India are we traveling to?
A: We're traveling from Delhi to Mcleodganj which is a suburb of Dharamshala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

Q: Where will we be staying?
A: Rooms at Mcleodganj will be on a double-sharing basis with washrooms attached. The home-stay will have a running hot water facility depending on the power cut situation. These are home-stays and not hotels. There will be no room service. 2 nights camping at Triund will be in tents on a double-sharing basis

Q: How will we be travelling?
A: We will be travelling from Delhi to Mcleodganj and back in AC semi-sleeper Volvo buses. We will transit within Mcleodganj by taxis

Q: What is the food scene?
A: Vagabond will provide dinner and breakfast at Triund. The EMs will guide you to the best restaurants in the hood. There are ample non-veg, veg, jain, and vegan options.

Q: What altitude would we be traveling to?
A: Mcleodganj is at an altitude of approximately 6,830 ft (2,082 m) while our campsite at Triund is at 9,350 ft (2,850 m)

Q: What will the temperature be like while we're there?
A: Temperatures rise to a maximum of 30°C during the day and can drop to a minimum of 15-20°C during the night (and 5°C at Triund campsite)

Q: Is there mobile connectivity in Mcleodganj?
A: Other than our trek to Triund, you will have network and internet for the rest of the trip

Q: Are there any ATMs where we're traveling?
A: There are a couple of ATMs at Mcleodganj market, however, carry liquid cash at all times.

Q: Can I smoke/drink on this trip?
A: We at Vagabond do not refrain our participants from smoking or drinking on our backpacking trips. However, there are times you will be disallowed to do so (monasteries, treks, sacred spaces etc). Indulge in these activities very responsibly.

Q: What will the group size be?
A: We will have a maximum of 15 travellers and 1-2 Vagabond EMs

Q: Is there any age limit to join this trip?
A: No, there is no age limit to join this trip. However, based on our previous experiences, the age group of travelers is usually between 20-35.

Q: Can I join this expedition solo?
A: Of course you can! We have a good number of solo travellers on almost every Vagabond experience.

Q: How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip?
A: This trip involves a lot of walking! Most of the real exploration happens on foot. If you have any physical, mental or medical conditions that may affect your capacity to do the trip, you must inform us before you confirm your seat.

Q: How do I know if I’m fit enough?
A: You should be able to walk a distance of 5kms in less than 35 minutes for 5 days continuously. If you are above 40 years of age, you should be able to walk a distance of 5 kms in less than 45 minutes for 5 days continuously.

Q: Are there doctors/hospitals in Mcleodganj?
A: Mcleodganj market has a doctor’s dispensary which is at a convenient distance from our homestay

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