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Himachal Backpacking Trip 2021 -Mcleodganj-Bir-Barot

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Plan The Unplanned presents to you a one of a kind Himachal Backpacking Trip to Mcleodganj, Bir and Barot filled with loads of adventure and scenic beauty. Bestowed upon with a splendid ambiance of the lofty snow-clad mountains, deep gorges, thickly forested valleys, large pristine lakes, cascading streams, and falls along with a lot of orchards, Himachal Pradesh is undoubtedly a gateway to heaven. It also boasts a myriad of religious places, shimmering lakes, ancient monasteries, and historical heritage sites. Himachal Pradesh is a flocking destination for many adventure sports and mountain biking for riders as the mountain roads are a joy to ride on. Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan culture deeply rooted as it provided refugee to the Tibetan refugees. 

It would take more than a month to thoroughly backpack through Himachal, but we bring you a backpacking trip to experience and live Himachal for 7 days. The Mcleodganj, Bir, Barot Valley backpacking will take you through curvy roads and vibrant sceneries.

Mcleodganj is a suburb of Dharamshala and is known for the world-famous Dalai Lama Temple. It has a large population of Tibetans which has a great influence on the culture of this place. Famous for its lakes, waterfalls, museums, and waterfalls along with some good treks like Triund, Mcleodganj is a perfect place to start the backpacking. Paragliding in Bir is one of the most famous adventure sports in the world, with the view of the snow-capped mountains and the lush greenery of the thick forests, it’s a birds-eye view of the world below. Let’s finally head over to a place that is less explored and exploited by the tourists and trek through the beautiful Barot Valley.


  • Triple Sharing - ₹ 15,999/-
  • Twin Sharing - ₹ 18,299/-

Himachal Backpacking - An Overview

Day 1: Overnight Travel from Delhi to Mcleodganj

Day 2: Reach Mcleodganj. Sightseeing and Night Stay

Day 3: Day Hike to Triund. Night stay in Mcleodganj

Day 4: Mcleodganj to Bir. Night stay in Bir

Day 5: Bir to Barot. Night stay in Barot Valley

Day 6: Barot to Mcleodganj. Drop at Mcleodganj. Overnight journey to Delhi

Day 7: Reach Delhi early in the morning

Price Inclusions

  • Volvo Bus Tickets Delhi to Mcleodganj and return
  • Stay on Triple /Double sharing basis
  • 10 Meals as per Itinerary Day 2: Breakfast + Dinner, Day 3: Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner, Day 4: Breakfast + Dinner ,Day 5: Breakfast + Dinner, Day 6: Breakfast
  • Tempo Traveller for local Transport on rest of the days
  • Trek to Triund
  • Paragliding session of 15-20 mins at BIR
  • Trip Leader
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Any Entry Fees
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

Pickup Point

Majnu Ka Tila/RK Ashram Metro Station by 6 PM, Delhi

To and fro Transport in a Tempo Traveller(AC – Pushback)/Volvo Bus(AC – Semi Sleeper) from Delhi

Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )


Himachal Backpacking - Mcleodganj - Bir - Barot - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Mcleodganj from Delhi 

Gather around at the specified pickup points to start the backpacking journey. We will be traveling overnight on a bus from Delhi to Mcleodganj.

Day 2: Reach Mcleodganj and Sightseeing

Wake up to the beautiful roads and the gorgeous sight of the mountains in the small town of Mcleodganj. You will arrive at around 10 AM.

Check-in to the hotel and enjoy your morning tea and breakfast with a view. Laze around for a while and post-lunch put on your shoes to explore Mcleodganj. We will visit the Namgyal Monastery, The Dalai Lama Temple, and the Bhagsu Waterfall

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                                              Bhagsu Waterfall


Namgyal Monastery which is in Dharamshala was founded by the second Dalai Lama Gendun Gyatso and is a personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. This beautiful monastery will enrapture you even though you are not familiar with the religion. There is a special aura that can be felt in the serene ambiance and the figures of Buddha.

                                                   Namgyal Monastery

The majestic and cascading Bhagsu Waterfalls is situated near the Bhagsu village at a height of 7000ft above sea level. The prime importance of this place is due to the Bhagsu Nag temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. A 1km walk away from the temple into the lush green, the falls present itself in extreme grandeur.

Have dinner and get some sleep to start the trek the next day.

Day 3: Triund Trek

Wake up, have breakfast and put on your trekking boots as we will be trekking to Triund peak today.  We will start the trek from the Mcleodganj main chowk. The trek is a simple trek with a few tricky stretches, but hey! We are there to pull you up through those. The total trek distance is 9kms and you will be trekking through a trail between dense forests of pine and stunning views of the Valley. In about 5-6 hours you will reach the top where you can set up a camp and enjoy the beauty of the Kangra Valley.


We will start trekking down after lunch and make it back to Mcleodganj by evening. Spend the rest of the evening street shopping. There are many small street vendors as well as shops where you can buy Tibetan jewelry, clothes, Himachali sweaters, and many more artifacts.


Enjoy your dinner and sleep off the tiredness if any!

Day 4: Reach Bir and Explore Bir

Post breakfast we will be doing a road trip from Mcleodganj to Bir which would be 80 km stupa. Billing which is further located 18 km upwards from Bir is the takeoff site for the paragliders while Bir is the landing site. Spend the day exploring the monasteries like Sherabling, Chokling, Nyingyang, and Tsering. Experience the zen vibes of the monasteries and the cafes. Watch the gliders glide down and relax for the day.

Day 5: Paragliding and Travel to Barot

Have a light breakfast as you will be paragliding from Billing to Bir. Let the adrenaline flow through as you start to Billing in a jeep and take the plunge from atop a mountain with a pilot behind you. The view of the thick forests, the monasteries, and the small villages combined with the crisp cold air on your face is something off a bucket list. You will be in the air for around 15-20 mins and will land in Bir. Carry the adrenaline rush and the excitement ahead as we will be road-tripping to Barot next!

                            Paragliding from Asia’s Highest Paragliding Site

Barot is a small village in the Mandi district. With dense cedar forests and terraced fields, it is a mesmerizing place located on the banks of the river Uhl. It is famous for its trout fish farm, treks, and the home for many animals like the Monal, Wildcat, monkeys, and the black bear. After 3 hours and 80kms, we reach Barot Valley.

Spend the remaining of the day by the riverside doing anything you’d love to. You will be served dinner at the homestay you are staying at in Barot.

Day 6: Barot Valley Exploration

Show more enthusiasm as it’s the last day in the Himachal! We will take to explore the Barot Valley. We start with the Barot temple and then the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. We will be leaving for Mcleodganj post-lunch.

We will reach Mcleodganj by evening and take an overnight Volvo back to Delhi.

Day 7: Arrive Delhi by morning

Reach Delhi early in the morning. Carry back the smiles, memories, and new friends as you head back home.

Sounds like an exciting itinerary right? Well, what more are you looking for, join Plan the Unplanned on this amazing backpacking journey to create memories you will cherish forever.


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.
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