How to Trek the Chamba Valley, India

Chamba Valley Trek Photo

This is an outline on how to trek the Chamba Valley, India. I will provide details that include maps, costs, logistical requirements and facts as well as links to a full written narrative, photos and videos. This is a self-guided adventure on a shoestring. Follow the links to dig deeper into the adventure.

This is a difficult and dangerous trek near Dharmshala. It requires a high mountain pass crossing and camping gear (no guesthouses or tea shops on most of the route). The Chamba valley is remote and treacherous. For skilled and prepared trekkers only.

Difficulty Level:
This is a Moderate Activity

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Himachal Pradesh Map
Himachal Predesh Map

 

GPS Waypoints :

Chamba Valley Trek Waypoints – Datum WGS84
Wpt #
Description
Altitude (m)
Lat (N)
Lon (E)
1
Upper Bhagsu – trail at 9am
1880
32 14.881
076 19.927
2
Seasonal farm bldg/barn w shrine
2161
32 15.069
076 20.099
3
Best View Cafe (2 chi shops) w shrine oops am looking for them?
4
Trund Chi shop, NW side of plataue
5
Snowline Cafe (tent) food & stone huts
6
Abandoned building at river
7
Water source at river
8
Cave (flat rock shelter), nite1 camp
9
trail above cave
10
trail – small emergency cave
11
trail
12
trail
13
trail
14
trail
15
trail
16
pass
17
snow slope down, over the pass
18
snow slope down
19
trail at water
20
Las rock shelter, near river at stream
21
trail
22
emergency camp, nite2, off trail, b/f river x
23
x main river over snow bridge, to rock slide
24
back on trail, above rock slide
25
2 rock shelters & a shrine (plus another shelter above, around corner, out on glade)
26
End of glade
27
washed out trail. Follow water pipe up to cross over crest. Unsafe climb.
28
trail
29
ridge
30
above Quarse village
31
Quarse Village (no GH’s, 1 shop, & home stay options…see school teacher)
32
exit trail of village
33
trail split. Go R, NOT down & x river), stay on S side of river.
34
bridge over side tributary, steep
35
Lamu village
36
end of trail, start of road
37
Dali village, main road junction – bus out.

 


cost range

Total Cost Range of this Activity is: $

Details:

2 Nights in a Bhagsu guesthouse (before & after trek)
Trek carried in food (sleep 2-3 nights in tent or stone cave)
Homestay (w/meal) in Kuarsi village
Bus transport back to Dharamshala, then Bhagsu
$10
$15
$10
$15
Total $50
2009 prices

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