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Dalai Lama Trek

Embark on this incredible 5-day Dalai Lama trek in the awe-inspiring Himalayan mountain range. During this adventure, you will be immersed in the Kingdom of Gaddi —a semi-nomadic shepherd communty rearing their sheep and goats through the high passes. You'll be treated to stunning views of the Daula Dhar Mountain Range as you hike through the iconic red and pink rhododendron forests, trek through Hindu settlements, and explore sacred Buddhist monasteries. 







Accommodation and Meals

Hotel, Wild Camping, Overnight train



Meeting Point


Annual Leave


Group Size



April - May and Mid Sept - Mid Nov

Walking Distance


There's nothing quite like exploring the Himalayan Mountain range, and this trek is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself, but also immerse yourself in this unique culture.
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Ian Brown

I am extremely grateful to Tribal Tracks for all their hard work and support to make this such an amazing experience from start to finish. It could not have been better!

Jessica Watson

The most incredible, inspiring thing I have ever done!

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James Brown

Tribal Tracks' attention to detail, organisation and ability to be flexible was second to none. We truly couldn't have asked for more. From the top of the organisation down to the mules, the whole trip was just superb, we couldn't have asked for more. Thank you!

Alex S

Loved it - the best way to catch up with friends, challenge yourself and explore a beautiful country.

Felix H

Fabulous trek in the Atlas mountains - great organisation, with really good local guides and local food.

Tim G

I have no words to describe the experience of standing at Upper View Point and seeing that view. It was a fantastically organised trek and I have already recommended Tribal Tracks to others (and would absolutely do another adventure with you!) Just what my soul needed ❤️

Caroline K

Trip Highlights

Trekking in the Himalayan Mountain Range

Learn about the Gaddi community as you trek amongst them

Visit the Taj Mahal and the Akshardham Temple

Sleep under the stars

All the info you need

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At a Glance

Join us for an unforgettable trek, which starts in Dharamsala, the residence of the Dalai Lama and the heart of the Tibetan community.

From here, our journey unfolds on foot, leading us through the captivating foothills of the magnificent Himalayas. En route, we'll traverse rhododendron forests, explore Hindu settlements, and visit Buddhist Monasteries.

This challenging five-day trek entails 6-9 hours of daily walking. It concludes at the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the World's Seven Wonders. The trek blends cultural exploration and breathtaking landscapes, with moderate distances and some demanding elevations. The maximum altitude reached is 3550m.

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Dates & Prices

This expedition is brand new for 2024. The best times to go are between April and May and September to November.

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General Notes

In a nutshell, almost everything!

  • International flights including departure taxes and baggage allowance
  • Tribal Tracks UK qualified mountain leader;
  • All accommodation as specified in the itinerary;
  • Supporting in-country guides;
  • Logistical support crew;
  • All transfers by private minibus or bus as per itinerary, internal flights (if applicable);
  • All meals from arrival until departure, soft drinks, tea, coffee and drinking water;
  • Virtual pre-departure briefing;
  • Dedicated pre-departure support from a named Tribal Tracks director.

This is what you will need to pay for/ buy/source yourself.

  • Personal travel insurance which should be valid and cover all activities in the itinerary;
  • Immunisation costs;
  • Personal equipment and clothing on the kit list;
  • Tipping for local guides and drivers;
  • Single supplement (for sole occupancy of accommodation where available);
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation and delays;
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Visas (where applicable)

It is important that you read the itinerary carefully, and take account of the rating we have given it.  

Although our challenges are not technical, they do require a good degree of physical fitness. The conditions will require stamina and strength, which you should recognise and train for. This will be a much better experience if you are fit and prepared. You should feel comfortable walking 6-8 hours per day.

In setting the maximum size of our groups, we take a number of factors into account.

Altitude, degree of difficulty, the terrain, the climate and time of year, all determine the maximum group size.  Sometimes it will be 20, sometimes it will be 8-14, but safety is always our priority.

The minimum number to participate is 2. You will be accompanied by a Tribal Tracks UK Leader, Mountain Leader qualified, as well as supported by our local, in-country guides.

It is a requirement of Tribal Tracks booking terms and conditions that each supporter must hold their own travel insurance which covers the trip and the activities they are doing.

We advise you to put insurance in place as soon as possible. Your insurance must be valid and in date, covering the entire period that you are travelling for, including the return journey home.  It should cover medical and personal accident risks, and should include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services, where appropriate. We are happy to help you if you have any queries about this or have any difficulties. 

Tribal Tracks has 100% Financial Protection and has a trust account with the Protected Trust Service, member number 5566.

This means that all client monies paid to Tribal Tracks are held in our dedicated trust account, which is supervised by an independent trustee. This means that in the very unlikely event that Tribal Tracks ceases to trade, your money is safe. For more information, please visit this link. Any flights booked for you by Tribal Tracks will be ATOL protected under our own ATOL certificate.

Tribal Tracks considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have thorough safety systems in place.

In the event of an injury, we have an evacuation plan in place for all elements of the trek route. We do ask that you look after yourself during the trek in the following way, as this will help avoid unnecessary problems:

  1. Trekking is a major challenge so make sure that you are well hydrated throughout.  You will be provided with plenty of water so please ensure that you fill up your water bottles with at least 2 litres at breakfast and again after lunch.
  2. Don't let a hot spot become a blister! The moment you feel any rubbing, stop and apply some zinc tape.  This will ensure that the tape gets rubbed, not your foot.  If you don't do this, you will get a blister.  While blister plasters are good, it is better not to have a blister in the first place.  Please also tell the Tribal Tracks leader as they are very good with feet and can help you!
  3. Hygiene. It is very important to wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom.  If you can't wash your hands, apply lots of anti-bacterial gel.  The 'gold standard' is hand washing, followed by gel.
  4. Communication.  If you are not feeling well, or have any sort of issue, please tell the Tribal Tracks leader.  They are there to help and are very discreet.

We know that the unexpected can happen.

While you are away, things can happen at home and people may need to get in contact with you.  This can be tricky when you are in remote areas.  So, shortly before departure, we provide you with an Emergency Procedure document to distribute to your nearest and dearest.  This sets out how to contact Tribal Tracks and the steps Tribal Tracks will then take to get in contact with you.

It is really important that you are well prepared for your physical challenge and that you are confident that you will be able to fully participate.

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in the trek, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to step out of the trek. Although this is a very rare occurrence, by booking this trip you agree to section 11 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances, we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

At Tribal Tracks, Responsible Travel is enormously important to us, and our commitment to responsible travel is evidenced in every itinerary that we prepare.

Core to our business is the belief that holidays can and should be enjoyable to the traveller but should be conducted in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner which brings benefit to local communities. This is implemented through a variety of measures which can be found in our Responsible Travel policy - We encourage you to read this and to play your own part in travelling responsibly.

Some charity trips will offer two models of payment, self-funded or minimum fundraising. What is the difference?

With self-funded, you pay the cost of the trip yourself (the deposit and the balance) and then on top of this, you fundraise for the charity independently.  This means that 100% of the money you raise goes to the charity.

Minimum fundraising works slightly differently. 

You pay the cost of the deposit yourself. Then, in addition you must pledge to raise a specific sum for the charity, called the Minimum Sponsorship Sum.  This is specified on the booking form and is the sum you must raise after you have paid the deposit yourself. You fundraise for this amount. Then, at least ten weeks before you depart, you must give the charity at least 80% of the Minimum Sponsorship Sum.  At that point, your place on the trip is guaranteed. The balance of 20% follows within a specified time after the conclusion of the trek (usually 4 weeks). 

If you do not reach your fundraising target, you have the option of self-funding to reach your target or forfeiting your deposit and not going on the trip.  Our advice is to begin fundraising as soon as you can and the charity will be able to help you with this!

Ground only trips

If your trip is based on a ground only price you will need to arrange your own international flights. You can booked flights 11 months prior to departure. If you would like Tribal Tracks to book your flights they will need to be paid in full when confirmed.

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Optional Extras

If you want to extend your stay, just ask and we can help you plan an exciting Indian odyssey.

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