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Moon Peak Expedition

Dhamshala
Excellent

Duration

4 Night 5 Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

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Overview

Moon Peak

Moon Peak Expedition Overview

Introduction

Moon Peak is a beautiful summit perched in the Dhauladhar Range of the western Himalayas. It is a moderate peak climb for the neophytes who are looking forward to doing adventurous and high-altitude treks. The altitude may be underrated by some passionate mountaineers to call it a climbing expedition, but the rise of the mountain and steepness offers all the aspects of climbing a peak.

Moon Peak comprises of moderate level of technicalities requiring adequate strength and endurance. It is a mixed climb of rocky ascends steep traverses and a strenuous summit attempt.

Moon peak is located in the rich flora and fauna valley of Kangra district ornamented with tea estates, herbal medicinal plants, and great landscapes fascinating the travelers to experience the abundance of varied atmosphere.

Moon peak in the Dhauladhar range which divides two districts of Kangra and Chamba, is often famous for their shepherds, who had discovered most of the trailing routes between far-flung regions. Moon peak route which was also a shepherd’s trail detouring from the Indrahar pass to Chamba valley in search of better pastures, has now been opted by adventure seekers as a trekking or climbing route to find acme of the Dharamshala region.

One can see the Moon Peak right from the start of the trek, rising ferociously through the clouds. The immense force during the birth of the Himalayas can be seen on this particular peak, which on one side drops greatly to the plains of Kangra valley and on the other side, snowcapped mountains surrounding the great Himalayan grandeur.

Moon Peak Altitude and Location

The Moon Peak, at an altitude of almost 15,125 feet, is the most visible and towering landmark in the Dhauladhar mountain range. The Moon Peak Trek starts from Mcleodganj in Dharamshala and passes through the popular camping ground of Triund, the Laka Got, Lahesh Caves, and Indrahaar Pass.

Moon peak expedition

Moon Peak Expedition Trek distance

The Moon Peak trek covers an approximate trekking distance of 45 km starting from Triund top.

Moon Peak Expedition Trek weather

The temperature in Summers: 20°C to 25 °C day and falls to 5°C to 7 °C at night
The temperature in Winters: 10°C to 15 °C day and nearly 0 to -7 °C at night

Moon Peak expedition Difficulty

Moon peak trek is a moderate to difficult trek. It is graded 6/10 in terms of the difficulty scale.

Best time to visit Moon Peak Expedition

The best time for Moon Peak Trek is during May, June, September, and October.

Moon peak expeditionHow to reach starting point – Mcleodganj

By Flight

Flights are available till Gaggal airport for traveling to McLeodganj. From Gaggal one can travel to McLeodganj by road. There are direct flights available from Delhi to Gaggal airport. Air India and SpiceJet airlines offer services from the Indian capital to the mountainous airport.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi has connectivity with Indian as well as world cities. From Gaggal airport, taxis are available for McLeodganj. The McLeodganj taxi union, Nandani Travels, Bhagsu Taxi Operator Union, Himachal Holidays, Bharadwaj Taxi Services, offer travel from Gaggal airport to McLeodganj. These companies also offer online booking for taxi services.

By Bus

HRTC (Himachal Road Tourism Corporation) provides AC, deluxe and non-deluxe buses for McLeodganj from Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Dehradun, Pathankot, and Dharmashala. Buses originate from Tibetan colony Manju ka Tilla in Delhi, it takes around 13 hours to complete the overnight journey.

The distance of McLeodganj from various cities is, 90 km from Pathankot, 240 km from Manali, 250 km from Chandigarh, 400 km from Dehradun, and 500 km from Delhi. Multiple buses are available from Dharamsala, as it is in the lower region as compared to McLeodganj. Dharamsala to McLeodganj one can take shared taxis or buses for the short distance of 5.5 km which takes around 30 minutes to reach.

Laxmi Holidays, City Land Travels are some private travel companies offering their services other than HRTC in this region. The national highway NH 20 connects McLeodganj with the rest of the country.

By Train

Pathankot is located around 100 km from McLeodganj and is the nearest broad gauge railway station. The nearest railway station from McLeodganj is Kangra, which is a narrow-gauge railway station and it is 30 km away.

Train travel enthusiasts can take this journey to enjoy the marvels of the railway, but this journey takes a longer time as it is a toy train. There are direct trains from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jammu Tawi, Amritsar, Tatanagar, Durg, and Haridwar. Multiple trains in a day connect Delhi and Jammu Tawi via Pathankot.

Highlights of Moon Peak Expedition Trek

  • Regarded as a moderate level trek and can be graded as a 6.5/10 trek in terms of difficulty.
  • The trek covers an approximate trekking distance of 45 km.
  • The best time to take the trek is between April till October.
  • One reaches this high-altitude peak after crossing Indrahar Pass.
  • Reach the summit of Moon Peak in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Celebrate the beauty of the Himalayas from 15,200 feet.
  • Explore beautiful views of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges.
  • Stay in tents under the stars at picturesque campsites.

Moon Peak Expedition Trek Activities

Day 1: Mcleod ganj basecamp

Reach our Mcleod campsite. Explore the site and the place for today. Prepare yourself for the high-altitude trek. Relish in the Mcleod sunset, have your nourishing dinner, and stay overnight.

Day 2: McLeodGanj to Triund top (9 KM / 5 Hours)

The trek goes through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron, and deodar trees. The first two kilometers are a steep ascent but there is a gradual ascent after Galu Devi Temple. The last 1 kilometer is again a steep ascent through the forest. Triund is a flat meadow on top of a ridge.

From here panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on the other is a memorable sight. Night stay at tents or private houses.

Day 3: Triund – Lahesh Cave (3500m) Trek/6Km

This is an acclimatization day. After a short ascent from Triund traverse, a ridge to reach Laka Got a temporary shepherd camp. Laka Got is situated at the snout of a small glacier, which is full of snow and ice in early summer, and the snow melts away during the monsoon.

From Laka Got it is asleep ascent for 2 km. Over the rocky ridge to reach Lahesh cave. Night stay in the cave of camp at Laka Got.

Day4: Lahesh Cave to Moon Peak and Return to Laqa Got

Start after an early breakfast and take the uphill route to reach the Moon peak. Navigate tricky sections on the trail, requiring one to climb over steep inclines and large boulders.

From the top, one gets awe-inspiring views of Dhauladhar mountains, the Indrahar Pass, and the lower hills of Triund. After spending a little while on the peak, climb back down to Ilaqa Got. Overnight in tents at Ilaqa Got.

Day 5: Ilaqa Got to McLeod Ganj

Trek downhill on a short and easy trail to McLeod Ganj, arriving in the town by late afternoon. The trek ends here.

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Things to Carry for Moon Peak Expedition

  • Backpack 65/90 L

With fully adjustable suspension system and loops and easy to open compartments access.

  • Water Bottle

A reusable water bottle/hydration flask – 1.5-2L

  • Energy Bars

Nutrient-dense with oats, nuts, seeds, and fruit.

  • Weather Appropriate Clothing

Warm and waterproof clothing for winters, wind and waterproof jackets for monsoon, breathable clothing for summers.

  • Warm Jacket

Fleece/padded jacket to keep you warm.

  • Sun protection

Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses Etc

  • Rain Protection

Waterproof & windproof rain jacket for winters.

  • Flashlight And Extra Batteries

Lightweight and a textured grip with rechargeable batteries.

  • Extra Pair of articles of clothing

When the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you can take off or put on layers as required.

  • Towel

Lightweight – cotton/bamboo/linen/microfiber easy to dry.

  • Personal Hygiene Kit

Hand sanitizer, biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton washcloth,
unscented wet wipes, toilet paper, a menstrual cup (if necessary), or feminine hygiene products and a sealable plastic bag to carry them out. a sizeable plastic bag to do laundry in.

  • Mini First Aid Kit

First aid for emergencies

  • Personal Medication

 

  • Trash Bag

Normal kitchen garbage bags to keep the trails you trek beautiful, clean, and free of garbage.

  • Moisture Cream

Vaseline/Cold cream to keep your skin from drying out.

  • Tissues

A pack of tissues is always useful in any case.

  • Slippers

With flexible sole and good grip, water-resistant.

  • Gloves

Breathable, durable, absorbent, and insulating ability to keep your hands warm.

  • Warm Hat

Woolen skull cap/hats with fleece lining for winter treks.

 


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HIGHLIGHTS

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Mcleod ganj basecamp

Reach our Mcleod campsite. Explore the site and the place for today.

Prepare yourself for the high-altitude trek. Relish in the Mcleod sunset, have your nourishing dinner, and stay overnight.

Day 2 : McLeodGanj to Triund top (9 KM / 5 Hours)

The trek goes through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron, and deodar trees. The first two kilometers are a steep ascent but there is a gradual ascent after Galu Devi Temple.

The last 1 kilometer is again a steep ascent through the forest. Triund is a flat meadow on top of a ridge.

From here panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on the other is a memorable sight. Night stay at tents or private houses.

Day 3 : Triund - Lahesh Cave (3500m) Trek/6Km

This is an acclimatization day. After a short ascent from Triund traverse, a ridge to reach Laka Got a temporary shepherd camp.

Laka Got is situated at the snout of a small glacier, which is full of snow and ice in early summer, and the snow melts away during the monsoon.

From Laka Got it is asleep ascent for 2 km. Over the rocky ridge to reach Lahesh cave. Night stay in the cave of camp at Laka Got.

Day4 : Lahesh Cave to Moon Peak and Return to Laqa Got

Start after an early breakfast and take the uphill route to reach the Moon peak. Navigate tricky sections on the trail, requiring one to climb over steep inclines and large boulders.

From the top, one gets awe-inspiring views of Dhauladhar mountains, the Indrahar Pass, and the lower hills of Triund. After spending a little while on the peak, climb back down to Ilaqa Got.

Overnight in tents at Ilaqa Got.

Day 5 : Ilaqa Got to McLeod Ganj

Trek downhill on a short and easy trail to McLeod Ganj, arriving in the town by late afternoon. The trek ends here.

Included/Excluded

  • 4 nights camping
  • All meals (veg) during the trek
  • Camping equipment (sleeping mats, tents, mattresses, sleeping bags)
  • All kitchen equipment
  • Service of an experienced mountain guide
  • Service of 1 cook, and helpers
  • fasten during summit day (if required)
  • Stretcher for rescue
  • Oxygen cylinder and oximeter with the team
  • Care medical kit with the support team
  • Any sort of transportation
  • Medical travel insurance
  • Any tips to the support staff
  • Anything not mentioned within the inclusions
  • Cost escalation thanks to changing in itinerary Natural reason of unforeseen conditions like Landslides, Road
  • Blockage, inclemency , Social or Political Unrest, Strikes, sudden pack up of any govt office etc.

Durations

4 to 6 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Best Time to Visit

June - Oct

Tour's Location

Dhamshala

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Shankar Narayan

15/06/2021

Moon Peak

we Group of 4 members done many similar treks , but this one was first expeditions. mcleodganj to triund was usul trek , also easy for us done in 4 hours . but the real thrilling adventure comes after laka glacier , starting we were walking in hard snow, little bit difficult task , after lahesh caves we started to walk on soft snow. need more energy and stamina to attain moon peak , in between we crossed majestic indrahar pass. at last the great moon peak . Its like visualization in movies we spend around half hour in tip of the mountain , the view of whole dharmshala region. we have to return fast because climate change . this was a majestic trek beynd the imagination. thanks for the guide ayush, nischel and pradeep done great job, taken care and guided us well .
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