Minkiani Pass Trek

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Minkiani Pass Trek Dharamshala

About Minkiani Pass Trek

Minkiani Pass is the ideal trek to give an adventurous touch to your life. It is regarded as twin of another famous Indrahar Pass in the region of Dhauldhar. It is also also held sacred by locals living on either side of this range, Kangra and Chamba Valleys, these snow-fed lakes is Shrine Lake in the laps of Dhauladhar range. Minkiani Pass trek provides splendid views of majestic peaks like Sickle moon and Brammah falling in Kasmir. This trek is perfect blend of beauty and adventure.


  • Duration:  5 Nights and 6 days.
  • Prerequisite:  Good fitness level is needed.
  • Highest Point: Minkiani Pass
  • Season: June to Mid October
  • Location: Himachal Pradesh and Chamba Districts
  • Trail Length: 66 Km
  • Nearest Railway station: Pathankot
  • Nearest Airport: Gaggal, Dharamshala
  • Further option: Can be combined with Indrahar pass for the round trip.


  • Day 1: Dharamsala

    Arriving in Dharamsala – the spiritual home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. There we will be some free time today to explore this fascinating town, before we meet later in the evening for dinner and a briefing for the start of our Adventures trek.

  • Day 2: Mcleod ganj to Kareri – (2,000 m 13 Km )

    We will meet up at our office in Bhagsu nag and then we drive up to Satobari Village via cab and it takes around 20-25 mins to reach there. The trek starts from forest guest house in Satobari which is also the highest roadhead in Kareri Village. The trail to Kareri Village if of 11 km where we cross the local village, the pine forest, iron bridges, beautiful streams and some landslide are before we reach the beautiful campsite located near the river. Overnight stay in camps.

  • Day 3: Kareri to Kareri lake- (2934m 13 Km )

    The next day's trek is of 13 km from Kareri village to Kareri lake. The trek goes steeply up to Kali Mandir and leads us to the popular attraction of the entire trek that is the Kareri Lake at 3100m above sea level. The lake is fed by the melting snow of the Dhauladhar Range and remains frozen from early December to March-April which serves as the main attraction. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake. The views here are simply stunning! Overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 4: Kareri Lake via Minkiani Pass to Kareri Lake

    After breakfast we start our trek to Minkiani got taking you to the summit of Minkiani Pass at an altitude of around 14000 ft. It takes roughly 5 km to reach the pass. The views of the surrounding mountains will definitely be amazing from the top .We spend some time have lunch and then trek back to Kareri lake. Overnight in camps.

  • Day 5: Kareri Lake to Kareri Village- Mcleod ganj

    After an early breakfast we start our trek as its going to be a long trek today. We walk back the same route and on reaching Kareri Village we board our cabs back to Mcleod Ganj. Overnight stay in hotel.

  • Day 6: Mcleod Ganj to our Destination

    Today we have a relaxed breakfast and then we have time to go shopping and explore the bustling market and enjoy lunch at the line up cafes before boarding a bus back to destination.


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Quick Facts:

  • Trek starts from the most famous place, the home of Dalai Lama Mcleodganj, which gives you an opportunity to explore the nearby tourist attractions.

    The trek is a very famous path for locals to visit the holy Lam Dal and cross over to Chamba.

    You get to watch the starlit sky during your stay in the camps which makes your trek more memorable.

    Pass by a number of beautiful streams, lush green landscapes, boulders and jungles to witness some rare species of flora and fauna.

    Enjoy the picturesque views of the Himalayas.


Available Group Departures:

  • Weekend Departure

Note: Customization available


How to reach Dharamshala/Mcleodganj?

Gaggal Airport or Kangra Airport at Dharamshala is about 20 km away from McLeod Ganj and is well connected to Delhi, Kullu, and Chandigarh. A number of state-owned and private buses connect McLeod Ganj with other cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dharamshala. Pathankot Railway Station, situated approximately 90 km away, is the closest broad gauge railhead serving those headed to McLeod Ganj.


Things To Carry for Minkiani Pass Trek

  • Good Sleeping bag
  • Trekking Boots
  • Trekking poles (Optional)
  • Shirts / T-shirts
  • Trousers / Track Pants
  • Windproof jacket (preferably Gore-Tex)
  • Fleece / Full-sleeve
  • Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear(upper & lower)
  • Mittens (Woollen gloves)
  • Woollen socks (extra pairs to be carried)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Cameras (with extra memory and batteries)
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries Books, if you like reading


What is the best time to visit Minkiani Pass?

The best time to visit is from December to April as you can enjoy the different shades of nature. The trail takes you through the lush green vegetation, snow-clad mountain and gushing streams.

Is Minkiani Pass suitable for beginners?

The Minkiani pass is situated at an altitude of 14,107 ft so not suitable for beginners.

What is the total distance of the Minkiani Pass trek?

The total distance is 66 km.

Can the trek be done in 3 days?

Yes, the trek can be done in 3 days if we start from Kareri Village.

Is there a risk of avalanche or wild animals during the trek?

There are few chances of an avalanche in Minkiani Pass but no wild animals.

Where is Minkiani Pass situated?

The trek starts from Mcleod ganj and It is situated in Himachal Pradesh.

What are the stay options at the top?

There are couple of options to stay starting from forest guest house which can be pre booked, two private lodge and you can also rent camps too.

What is Minkiani Pass trek famous for?

The Minkiani Pass Trek is famous among tourist as Trekking, high altiutde Trek, Camping.

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