If adventure is your choice of drug then you have found the perfect activities to indulge in on a quick weekend getaway – Trekking and Paragliding. An exciting trip that combines the best of land and air adventures and offers you the very best in adventure that you could ask for.
This trip starts and ends in McLeodGanj and in 4 days you experience trekking, hiking, tandem paragliding and also local sightseeing – all this in and around the picturesque hill town of McLeod. You trek you way up to Triund Top on day 2, almost at 9000 feet, making for a perfect trek for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. While the trek is rated easy, the rocky terrain makes it challenging in some spots, adding to the excitement. The views on the top are sure to take your breath away and you will notice a sudden drop in temperature making you reach out for those jackets, kept comfortably in your backpacks.
The next day is an adventure that tops the list of every adventure seeker – tandem paragliding in Bir. All you have got to do is to reach the location, listen to the safety instructions and then get ready to be swept off your feet, literally, by our experienced pilot. The view below would leave you spellbound and this is one experience you will never ever forget.
This weekend getaway to McLeodGanj is a must –do for all those who want to experience Trekking and Paragliding in the Himalayas.
On Day 1 arrive in McLeodGanj on your own early in the morning and check in to the hotel. You may rest awhile as you have your breakfast in the comforts of your hotel. Later during the day you could go for local sightseeing visiting Norbulingka Institute, Dalai Lama Temple, Naddi village and St John's church. Return to the hotel later in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
We will start this day early as this is the day when we go for a day hike to Triund, which is approximately 7 kms from McleodGanj. It roughly takes up to 4 hours to reach Triund Top. You gradually hike uphill passing by the local villages and Golu temple. As you move further up hill, you encounter rocky steep climb with occasional bouldering. The highlight of the entire route are the 3 stops at local tea houses where in you can relax and enjoy hot Maggi and tea to gather some energy. Once atop the hill, you are sure to get mesmerized and stunned by the amazing vista of the Dhauladhar ranges. Spend quality time on the meadow enraptured by the view of the mountains. Later start downhill hike by afternoon to reach McLeodGanj by evening. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Today after having sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, embark on a yet another exciting adventure activity to Bir, tandem paragliding. Experience the thrill of soaring high up in the air and take in a bird’s eye view of the Dhauladhar mountains. It is quite a safe aero sport to try your hands at especially as you will be co-flying with an experienced pilot who will steer the gliding. All you have to do is to sit back and enjoy the view. Return to McLeodGanj by 4 PM and spend the evening exploring the local Tibetan market, where you could shop for trinkets. Have your dinner and return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
This is the day when this trip full of fun and adventure comes to an end. Have your breakfast, check out from the hotel and leave for your return journey.
Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days
Location: McLeodGanj, Himachal Pradesh
Best Time to go: Throughout the year
Months for Paragliding: 1st February-20th June (Spring-Summer), 15th September-1st January (Winter-Autumn)
1. Deluxe Hotel on twin sharing basis
2. 3 Breakfasts
3. Day hike to Triund
4. Paraglidingby trained licensed pilots at Bir
5. Personal taxi transfers for paragliding McLeodGanj-Bir
6. Mountaineering licensed guides with assisting staff to organize trek
7. Rain Gear
8. Walking Sticks
9. Four servings of Tea
1. Meals not specified above
2. 9.0% Government service tax