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Back-Pack-Go! Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh (8N / 9D)

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Welcome to Back-Pack-Go!

We personally 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 | AKA. Ex-Man). 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.

Bus

A/C Volvo semi-sleeper

Stay Not Applicable

Meals Not Included

(The bus will stop at a restaurant on the highway for dinner)

Our journey will begin directly at Delhi; 05:00 pm at Majnu Ka Tila bus stop to be precise. From here, we board a direct bus to McLeodGanj saying goodbye to our city lives.

Travel Not Applicable

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Meals Not Applicable

Reach McLeodGanj early in the morning. Our home-stay is located in Dharamkot, a picturesque hill town which is just a 10-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.

Trek

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Meals Not Applicable

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.

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Tents

Twin-sharing tents with sleeping-bags and floor mats

Dinner

(Dinner at the Triund campsite will be only vegetarian.)

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.

Trek

Tents

Twin-sharing tents with sleeping-bags and floor mats

Breakfast, Dinner

(Breakfast & dinner at the Triund campsite will be only vegetarian.)

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.

Trek

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Breakfast

(Breakfast at the Triund campsite will be only vegetarian.)

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.

Car

4-8 seater taxis/jeeps

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Meals Not Applicable

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 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 Mcleodganj.
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.

Bus

A/C Volvo semi-sleeper

Stay Not Applicable

Meals Not Applicable

(The bus will stop at a restaurant on the highway for dinner)

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

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Stay Not Applicable

Meals Not Applicable

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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Inclusions

-Bus fares to and from Delhi and McleodGanj for semi-sleeper AC buses
-Accommodation in cozy, rustic and comfortable home stays with decent amenities on a double sharing basis
-Accommodation in good quality tents and sleeping bags while camping at Triund
-Private internal transport (taxis) through the trip
-Breakfast & dinner for both nights at Triund
-All activities and visit 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 guides
-Assistance by Vagabond Experience Managers
-Vagabond Merchandise

Exclusions

-Meals on all days (except 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)

12. Hand sanitizer and reusable face-masks

 


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. Further details regarding the exact location will be shared closer to the trip date

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Policy and Terms

-In case of cancellations within 30 days of the trip, Rs 6,000 will be deducted.

-In case of cancellations within 15 days of the trip, Rs 10,000 will be deducted.

-In case of cancellations within 7 days of the trip, Rs 15,000 will be deducted.

-In case of cancellations on the day of departure, no refund shall be admissible

-In case of cancellation from our end due to COVID-related reasons, an 85-100% refund will be initiated, depending on any cancellation charges we may have to bear.

 

Frequest Questions

1) What region of north India are we traveling to?

-We're traveling from Delhi to Mcleodganj which is a suburb of Dharamshala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

2) What altitude would we be traveling to?

-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)

3) What will the temperature be like while we're there?

-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)

4) Is there mobile connectivity in Mcleodganj?

-Other than our trek to Triund, you will have network and internet for the rest of the trip

5) Are there any ATMs where we're traveling?

-There are a couple of ATMs at Mcleodganj market, however, carry liquid cash at all times.

6) Can I smoke/drink on this trip?

-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.

7) What will the group size be?

-We will have a maximum of 20 travelers excluding 2 Vagabond Experience Managers

8) Is there any age limit to join this trip?

-No, there is no age limit to join this trip. However, based on our previous experiences, the age group of travelers is usually between 22-35.

9) Can I join this expedition solo?

-Of course you can! We have a good number of solo travellers on almost every Vagabond experience.

10) How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip?

-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. 

11)How do I know if I’m fit enough?

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. 

12) Are there doctors/hospitals in Mcleodganj?

-Mcleodganj market has a doctor’s dispensary which is at a convenient distance from our homestay

 

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