This page is being written with the disappointment of having to cancel a trek. Any errors made on this page are purely incidental, fictional and should be ignored.
Jokes apart, these pages for each trek will supplement the GPS drawn map on OSM. Click this link to get the start point on Open Street Maps. Below is a verbal description of the route with waypoints or visual aids, which will help you identify this route.
- Galu Temple - Triund: About as straightforward as it gets. If you have reached Dharamshala, you can reach McLeodganj and if you have reached McLeodganj, you can reach Galu temple. Triund is too famous a trekking destination for the route to be obscure. The trail is clear and anyone will let you know the way. Just a small word though. A few minutes after the start, the trail branches towards a waterfall. The detour is 1 km and if you decide to visit, you will need to come back to the main trail. There are other trails apart from the 'main trail' which are a little tougher, though shorter. Professional guides often use these less used trails.
- Triund - Lahesh Caves: Set off North from Triund, trail very clear again. The trail moves a little below the ridge and opens on a alpine pasture near Snowline Cafe, where you lose altitude for sometime, the first and only time you will do this upto Indrahar pass. After Snowline, the trail is a little less conspicuous. The general direction is towards the glacier/stream/dried stream depending on the season. A little later, while still on the left bank of the stream, you will cross a dilipidated structure, the ex Forest Rest House. The trail snakes towards the stream and then crosses it somewhere. The crossing point can be your choice anytime before the trail along the left bank becomes steep. On the other side, walk parallel to the stream for sometime till you see a few very large rocks, which is Lahesh Caves and is clearly marked on the GPS trail. It is often foggy and therefore no visuals are available. You may want to see the image gallery as well to get a general idea of the rock structure you are looking for.
- Lahesh Caves - Indrahar Pass: You can see Indrahar pass from Lahesh Caves. There is no specific trail because there are rocks and some alpine grass all around and the trail is where the feet are. Overall, you are still moving a a lot North and slight East. Use the waypoint marked 'Indrahar Pass' on the map for navigating. As of fall 2009, the trail is marked with red painted arrows but that is temporary. Another waypoint you can use is 'Ghandu ki Hain', also marked as a water point on the GPS trail.
- Indrahar Pass - Chata Caves: There is only one way down from the pass. You reach a small plain and on the left a dried rock bed, which is Sukh Dali Summer trekking is using makeshift sledges on the frozen stream. Late season is walking left from Sukh Dali along the slopes. Summer, you dont need to bother, there is only one stream and one route. Late season, take a straight down left from Sukh Dali and walk along the alpine pastures. Keep finding a route on the least steep slope. You are heading for the point where all the small streams from the peaks around merge and flatten a little. Chata Caves is on the left bank. The opposite side is a vertical mountain, continuation of the one visible from the pass. Again use the GPS trail and the 'Chata Caves' waypoint.
- Chata Caves - Kuvarasi: We are into the well marked trail world again. Head North on the left bank. You will soon see a trail which snakes past many waterfalls and a beautiful jungle. After a 2 hour walk, steep slope to the stream and cross the stream. This bridge is waymarked. The trail is clear after the crossing again. For reference, you cross Omal Kuddu and Mandhara, both of which are on the GPS trail. 2 hours from Mandhara, Kuvarasi is visible a few hundred metres below the ridge. A steep climb down and first thing you reach is the Nag Mandir.
- Kuvarasi - Lamu: Clear trail out of the village. Ask anyone in the village, no confusion.
Remember to go by waypoints and before you use the GPS trail, read this page as well.