JT2 Himalayan Trek to Raheel Got
Located in a quaint and quiet little corner of the Dhauladhar Himalayas is a valley that few travellers know about, and even fewer have ventured into. This is a trekking place in the Himalayas that is so pristine, you would feel as if you are here alone with Mother Nature in your own private dreamscape. This is a landscape that looks surreal enough to be straight out of heaven. Surrounded by dense alpine forests and guarded by the imposing Gaj Pass, Indrahaar Pass and Bhimgasturi Pass, this is meadow in Dweepdhar Valley is beautiful enough to leave you spell bound. This is Raheel Got – your very own paradise near Dharamshala.
About Raheel Got
Raheel Got is an alpine meadow located in the Dweepdhar Valley near the base of the Gaj Pass near Dharamshala. The location is relatively unknown to commercial trekkers and even to most local Gaddis who only venture here in search of grazing pastures for their flocks. The raging glacial river descending from the mountain ridges surrounding the Passes overhead is like a loud and ever-present friend in the valley, whose sound is both calming and a little intimidating at the same time. Alpine forests of deodars, rhododendrons, pines, walnuts, firs, oaks and more are packed closely into every corner of the Dweepdhar valley that teems with wildlife and is mostly untouched by urbanisation. And as you venture forward on this easy Himalayan trek towards Raheel Got, you pass countless waterholes with crystal clear water as well as rushing river rapids formed on the glacial stream as it makes its way down to River Beas in the Kangra Valley below. The meadow is very strategically placed, and serves as a lesser known route to the famous Kareri Lake and Lam Dal. With pristine landscapes and amazing views, Raheel Got is the perfect option for those looking for an offbeat Himalayan trek.
JT2 Raheel Got Trek
Himalayan Trekking Package for May
A pristine forest, untouched pathways and surreal views are what await all trekkers here on the JT2 Raheel Got Trail. The trek will take the group to Dweepdhar Valley in the Dhauladhars which is known for being a hub for bird life. Both Base Camp and Top Camp are located next to a river and unmatched views of the valley are guaranteed. The trail itself offers numerous Jacuzzi-like ponds and raging rapids – both, as the river makes its way down towards Kangra where it becomes one with the Beas River in Kangra. All in all, this trek is an unmatched getaway for every nature lover.
- Duration: 5 Nights – 6 Days
- Max Height: 3750mts
- Total Distance Covered: 32kms
- Pick Up and Drop: Pathankot/Dharamshala
- Snow: Guaranteed
Wildlife of Raheel Got
The Dweepdhar Valley and its surrounding forests are extremely rich in flora and fauna. Raheel Got especially, being located next to the jungle stream and surrounding by a dense treeline, attracts many wildlife species. Commonly spotted wildlife in the valley include Himalayan Ibex, Red Fox, Himalayan Weasel, Indian Porcupine, Brown Bear, Jackal, Barking Deer, Himalayan Palm Civet, Musk Deers, Jungle Cats and Himalayan Tahrs.
Snow Leopards have also been spotted from time to time in the valley, however they remain confined to the upper reaches of the mountain passes nearby.
Birding is an especially exciting activity for nature lovers on a Himalayan break near Raheel Got as the valley is home to numerous species of birds that are easily spotted in the forest and around waterholes and streams. These include Himalayan Magpies, Scarlet Minivets, Himalayan Bulbuls, Slaty-Headed Parakeets, Great Barbets, Black headed Jays, Redstarts, Whistling Thrushes, Himalayan Griffons, Himalayan woodpeckers and many more.
The valley remains mostly isolated except for the few settlements near Rawa Village. The meadows and pathways on the trail are usually walked on by Gaddis who take their flock for grazing to higher pastures through these routes. This also adds to the adventure as during a summer Himalayan trek here, you will be able to witness flora and fauna that remains mostly undisturbed.
Raheel Got - At a glance
- Raheel Got Height: 3750 Mts
- Raheel Got Mountain Range: Dhauladhars in the Himalayas
- Raheel Got District: Kangra
- Nearest Town to Raheel Got: Dharamshala
- Nearby Attractions to Raheel Got: Kareri Lake and Lam Dal
- Passes Visible from Raheel Got Trek: Gaj Pass and Indrahaar Pass
- Peaks Visible from Raheel Got Trek: Moon Peak
- River near Raheel Got Trek: River Gaj
- Nearest Village to Raheel Got: Rawa
- Raheel Got Weather:
- Summer – 26oC to 10oC in the Day and -2oC to 4oC in the Night, snow visible on peaks/passes and accessible in some glaciers
- Monsoon: 9oC to 18oC, regular rainfall, snow begins to melt away in most glaciers.
- Winters: 4oC to -15oC, snowfalls usually starting in January
How to reach Raheel Got
Travelling to Raheel Got will require a bit of forward planning and organisation at the end of the traveller. The nearest Railway Station to Raheel Got is Pathankot which is 118kms away from the base of the trek. The nearest Airport to Raheel Got is the Dharamshala airport at Gaggal which is 54kms away. Dharamshala happens to be the nearest town for the Raheel Got trek and one can easily book a Volvo from Delhi to Dharamshala and then take a taxi or local bus to Ghera which happens to be the last road head for the Valley.
The Raheel Got trek begins from Rawa, near Ghera Village and will encompass a total of 32kms walking (to and fro) and a height gain of 2000mts overall. Two camps are usually required on the Raheel Got Trek and it will take about 5 Nights/6Days to complete (Rawa to Rawa including a separate day for acclimatization). Since the trail winds its way along the jungle stream and will take you through dense forests and untouched wilderness, we recommend that you plan for the trek with an experienced adventure tour operator beforehand. It is unwise and often dangerous to venture out on Himalayan treks alone and without professional, experienced guides.