Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal offers a virtual bonanza for trekkers. From moderate to strenuous treks ranging up to 11 days and the best season to trek over here is during the months of June to October. One of Himachal's classic routes is the Chandra Bhaga triangle and the Baralacha Pass at a height of 4,833m. Kullu - Manali region, together with Lahaul and Spiti areas, offer possibly the best soft, medium and hard trekking opportunities. Besides, the main Kullu and Parbati Valleys, there are many idyllic side valleys, all leading to passes or snow covered summits of the Pir Panjal and Himalayan ranges. Some popular treks include: Batal to Chandra Tal & Baralacha Pass, Dharamsala to Chamba over Indradhar Pass and Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama, which is also known as Kinner Kailash Circuit.
BATAL TO CHANDRA TAL & BARALACHLA LA
Altitude: 4,800m. Duration: 18 Days Time Period: Mid-July to September The Baralacha La (4,800m) is a double pass. It marks the divide between the main Himalayas and Lahaul Range, and also between Himalayas and the Baralacha Range, which extends north to the Zanskar. The mountain ranges provide an impressive backdrop, and a night's camping will afford fine views. ITINERARY Day 01: Arrive Delhi Day 02: Delhi – Manali, 2,000m- 570-km, 16- hours. Day 03: Manali Day 04: Manali to Marsu via Seten, 2,500m- 5-hours. Day 05: Sethan to Balu Gyra, 3,300m- 5-hours. Day 06: B/Gyre to Shea Gharu, 3,700m, over H/Pass, 4,200m- 6-hours. Day 07: Shea Gharu to Chhatru, 3,360m. Day 08: Chatru to Chhota Dara, 3,440m- 5-hours. Day 09: Chhota Dara to Batal 3,640m- 5-hours. Day 10: Batal to Chandra Tal, 4,200m- 6-hours. Day 11: Chandra Tal Day 12: Chandra Tal to Topko Yongma, 4,370m- 6-hours Day 13: Topko Yongmo to Topko Gongmo, 4,450m- 4-hours. Day 14: Topko Gongmo - Baralachala Base Camp, 4,550m Day 15: Base camp to Baralachala, 4,800m- 4-hours. Day 16: Base camp Baralachala to Manali, 135-kms. Day 17: Manali to Delhi Day 18: Delhi - Onward Destination.
Altitude: 3,600m Duration: May-June and September-October Time Period: 9 Days Few trekkers make it to the spectacular, all but inaccessible Pangi Valley, sandwiched between the soaring Greater Himalayan Range in the North and the Outer Himalayan range of the south. Several peaks have never been climbed, and onward paths lead to Kashmir, Lahaul and Zanskar. Trekkers already acclimatized can complete this moderately difficult trek in 9 or 10 days. ITINERARY Day 01 Manali- Udaipur- Raoli, an 8-hour drive by taxi. Day 02 Raoli- Sach, 2,150m, is a 6-hour trek and on the way good temples to see. Day 03 Sach- Kilar, one can go to Mindyhat temple in the morning before starting for Killar. Day 04 Kilar- Bindrabani, 2,800m, steep down to Chenab River and then 5-hour steep ascents to Bindrabani. Day 05 Bindrabani- Bagotu, 3,600m, 2.5-hour climb to Duna Sarai, 2,500m and then 3-hour further to Bagotu. Day 06 Bagotu- Satrundi, 3,400m, 4-hour steep ascent to the Sach Pass and then 2-hour descent to the camp. Day 07 Satrundi- Traila 2,000m, 4-hour down going to Alwas and 3-hour to Traila Day 08 Traila- Chamba, 9,96m by taxi, 5-hour drive. Day 09 Chamba Pathankot via Dalhousie by taxi, 6-hour drives. TOUR END
DALHOUSIE-DHARAMSALA OVER GHASUTRI PASS
Altitude: 4588m. Time Period: 10 Days Most of the routes in this trail are used by Gaddi Shepards, who cross from north to south in the winter, cradling bundles of lambs and kids in their jackets, and return to the northern pastures in summer. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m, Distance 20-km. Walk up to Kalatop and then through the beautiful forests to Khajjiar. Enjoy the beauty surroundings of the lake, temple and the green meadows. Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. While going down enjoy the wonderful view of the distant mountain ranges and Chamba valley down below. Day 03 Chamba to Chhatrari, 1,900m, Distance 4-hour journey by bus. Day 04 Chhatrari to Chalau, 2,800m, Distance 15-km. Walk through the green fields, villages and mixed forests, along the stream. Day 05 Chalau to Chanderkup Tal, 3,450m, Distance 10-km. A mixed terrain but later becomes steep and even rough patches have to be negotiated. Day 06 Chanderkup Tal to Alyas, 2,800m, Distance 12-km. Steep and rough route to the Pass, which remains covered with snow for most of the time. The snow and steep slopes on both sides of the Pass make it possible for the locals and Gaddis to slide down. Sliding down over any slope is called Ghasutri in local dialect and so is the name of the Pass. Day 07 Alyas to Rawa village, 2,100m, Distance 14-km. It is all going down but a rough route. Day 08 Rawa village to Dharamsala, 1,250m, Distance12-km. It is well-marked route and going down to Dharamsala. One can go via Macleodganj to visit this part of the town.
Day 09 From Dharamsala proceed towards by bus to Delhi, Shimla or any other place. TOUR END
DALHOUSIE - MANALI (VIA KEYLONG) OVER KUGTI PASS
Altitude: 5,040 m Duration: 11-12 Days Another demanding route is the one that crosses Kugti Pass, at an awesome altitude of 5,040m. From Hadsar, an hour by bus from Bharmour, the path follows the River Budhil for 12-km to Kugti, known for fine Yak milk and curds. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m Distance 20-km. either via Kalatop or direct through thick forests and the wild life sanctuary. Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. Descend and enjoy a good view of distant mountains and Ravi valley down below. Day 03 Chamba to Bharmour, the Base Camps situated at 2,195m. Distance 64-km by bus via Rakh, Durghati and other villages. Visit old temples and other buildings of old capital of Chamba. Day 04 Bharmour to Hadsar, 2,317m, Distance 13-km. The route is along different terra up and down through forests. Day 05 Hadsar to Kugti, 2,640m, Distance 14-km. The route is along the Budhil stream with many ups and downs through green forests. Day 06 Kugti to Duggi Caves, 3,354m, Distance 13-km. amidst the green valley and panoramic view, Kartic temple at Keling is worth a visit. Kailash peak is also visible from here. Cave is sufficient for 15 persons. Day 07 Duggi to Alyas, 3,660m, Distance 12-km is a tough route. At Kudi there is a big grassy plateau and a stone hut. Day 08 Alyas to Khardu, 3,550m, Distance 15-km. A steep ascent to Pass and then steep descent after the Pass. Day 09 Khardu to Shansha, 2,950m, Distance 14-km. A rough treks over stones and loose boulders. From here either go to Keylong or return to Udaipur via Triloknath. Day 10 Shansha to Keylong, 2,050m, Distance 7-hours journey by bus. Visit Kardang Monastery and meet the tribal people. Day 11 Keylong to Manali, 2,050m, Distance 7-hours journey by bus. TOUR END
DALHOUSIE - MANALI OVER MARHU PASS
Altitude: 4,365m Duration: 12-15 Days This trail again leads the path to Kugti pass and is a very arduous trek. After enjoying the fine views of the towering peaks of Lahaul and Zanskar from the summit, one plummets once again to the head of Khardu glacier. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m Distance 20-km. either via Kalatop or direct through thick forests and the wild life sanctuary. Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. Descend and enjoy a good view of distant mountains and Ravi valley down below. Day 03 Chamba to Bharmour, the Base Camps situated at 2,195m. Distance 64-km by bus via Rakh, Durghati and other villages. Visit old temples and other buildings of old capital of Chamba. Day 04 Bharmour to Hadsar, 2,317m, Distance 13-km. The route is along different terra up and down through forests. Day 05 Hadsar to Kugti, 2,640m, Distance 14-km. The route is along the Budhil stream with many ups and downs through green forests.
Day 06 Kugti to Duggi Caves, 3,354m, Distance 13-km. amidst the green valley and panoramic view, Kartic temple at Keling is worth a visit. Kailash peak is also visible from here. Cave is sufficient for 15 persons. Day 07 Duggi to Alyas, 3,660m, Distance 12-km is a tough route. At Kudi there is a big grassy plateau and a stone hut. Day 08 Alyas to Khardu, 3,550m, Distance 15-km. A steep ascent to Pass and then steep descent after the Pass. Day 09 Khardu to Shansha, 2,950m, Distance 14-km. A rough treks over stones and loose boulders. From here either go to Keylong or return to Udaipur via Triloknath. Day 10 Shansha to Keylong, 2,050m, Distance 7-hours journey by bus. Visit Kardang Monastery and meet the tribal people. Day 11 Keylong to Manali, 2,050m, Distance 7-hours journey by bus. TOUR END
DALHOUSIE-MANALI VIA BHARMOUR-UDAIPUR OVER KALICHO PASS
Altitude: 4,800m. Duration: 18 Days Time Period: Mid-July to September Trekking routes lead north from Brahmour (2,130m) across passes covered with snow for most of the ayer. The challenging trek over Kalicho Pass (4,800m), aptly names as 'the abode of Kali' (the Goddess of death), starts with a gradual ascent of 24-km to Badagram (2,325m). ITINERARY Day 01 Arrive Delhi Day 02 Delhi – Manali, 2,000m- 570-km, 16- hours. Day 03 Manali Day 04 Manali to Marsu via Seten, 2,500m- 5-hours. Day 05 Sethan to Balu Gyra, 3,300m- 5-hours. Day 06 B/Gyra to Shea Gharu, 3,700m, over H/Pass, 4,200m- 6-hours. Day 07 Shea Gharu to Chhatru, 3,360m. Day 08 Chatru to Chhota Dara, 3,440m- 5-hours. Day 09 Chhota Dara to Batal 3,640m- 5-hours. Day 10 Batal to Chandra Tal, 4,200m- 6-hours. Day 11 Chandra Tal Day 12 Chandra Tal to Topko Yongma, 4,370m- 6-hours. Day 13 Topko Yongmo to Topko Gongmo, 4,450m- 4-hours. Day 14 Topko Gongmo - Baralachala Base Camp, 4,550m. Day 15 Base camp to Baralachala, 4,800m- 4-hours. Day 16 Base camp Baralachala to Manali, 135-kms. Day 17 Manali - Delhi Day 18 Delhi - Onward Destination. TOUR END
DHARAMSALA TO CHAMBA OVER INDRADHAR PASS
Altitude: 3,150m. Duration: 7 days Time Period: May to November Dharamsala is one of the prominent starting points for trek over the rocky ridges of the Dhauladhar range, which rise steeply from Kangra Valley, surmounted by passes as high as 4,600m. The most frequent route from Dharamsala to the Chamba Valley, over the Indradhar Pass, is arduous in places, but most novice trekkers manage it in around five to seven days.
ITINERARY Day 01 Arrival at Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala. Acclimatization walks. Day 02 Sight seeing and visiting, His Holiness Monastery, St. John’s Church in Wilderness, Dal Lake, Bhagsu Shiva temple and water fall, Naddi Talnoo. Preparation for trek and packing. Day 03 Mcleod Ganj- Gunna Devi, 2,310m- 8-kms, pass through Tibetan Children village, Dal Lake and then to Balh Nullah. Naddi to Balh Nullah is a thick deodar and Oak Forest and sight of a leopard is very common feature. After a steep climb of an hour one reaches at Galu on top and enjoys views on all sides. From here a 4-km trek is facing the sun that traverses towards Gunna Devi and the Kali temple. Day 04 Gunna Devi- Jari Gote via Kanjrala, 3,000m-12-kms. This place has got very thick forest of mixed variety, lot of medicinal plants and wildlife in abundance. Form here a steep ascent is followed upto Relu Gote and then a gentle climb and traverses to Jeri Gote which abruptly opens after a long jungle walk. Jari Gote is located at the base of Bhimaghasutri Pass. Day 05 Jari Gote- Illaqa Gote, 3,150m- 8-km. In the month of June the whole trek is partially covered with snow up to Illaqa Gote, which offers a view of the Pass and the Mun Peak as well as the other snow capped peaks. Day 06 Illaqa Gote- Triund, 2,975m- 10-km. Triund is the base camp for trekkers going to Chamba and Bharmaur. Lasu green meadows, closets view of Dhauladhat, sunset and panorama of Kangra valley, plains of Punjab and Shivalik ranges are the unique sights from this place. Day 07 Triund- Mcleod Ganj, 1,760m- 9-km. A lovely trek descends down the valley. It’s a welldefended trail with picturesque scenes of Mcleod Ganj, Bhagsu and Dharamsala town. TOUR END
HADSAR TO CHANDRA VALLEY VIA KUGTI PASS
Altitude: 5,040m. Duration: 7 Days The trek over the Kugti Pass can ideally be combined with a trek to Mani Mahesh Lake. Option: Hardsar to Mani Mahesh Lake This option takes two to three stages to complete. From Hadsar (2,280m) the pilgrim trail commences the steady climb towards Dancho (2,250m), where most of the pilgrims take up an overnight stay. It takes approximately three hours to complete this 7-km stage. From Dancho it takes a further three hours to climb alongside the Gauri stream to Mani Mahesh Lake. Mani Mahesh Lake (3,950m) is set beneath the peak of Mani Mahesh Kailash, the traditional seat of Lord Shiva. Most pilgrims trek from Dancho to the lake and return to Hardsar. ITINERARY Day 01 Bharmaur, 2,130m – Hadsar, 2,320m, 13-kms by Jeep, Hadsar – Manimahesh and back 13-kms treks. Day 02 Hadsar – Kugti village, 2,590m, 12-kms. Day 03 Kugti village – Kuddi Got, 4,000m, 12-kms. Day 04 Kuddi Got – Khardu, 3,540m over Kugti Pass, 5,040m, 10-kms. Day 05 Khardu – Shansha village via Raape village 12-kms, Shansha - Udaipur by jeep. Day 06 At Udaipur visit to Trilok Nath temple and Mrikula Devi temple. Day 07 Udaipur – Manali via Rohtang Pass, 3,979m by jeep. TOUR END
KILLAR - LEH VIA POST LA (PASS)
Altitude: 5,490m. Duration: 12-15 Days The wild and picturesque Pangi valleys subdivision headquarters are situated at Killar, which is located in the deep and narrow gorge of the river Chandrabhaga. The foaming river, the high crags of the gorge and the difficult terrain are a challenge for intrepid trekkers.
ITINERARY Day 01 Killar to Ishthari, 2,226m, Distance 7-hours. The route is easy and one has to pass through Dharwas. Day 02 Ishthari to Atholi, 2,225m, Distance 6-hour via Shol. Moderate walking. Day 03 Atholi to Shashut, 2,750m, Distance 7-hours. Cross the bridge and the trek ascend along Padar River to Gularbagh, where horses are available. The river has to be crossed twice. Day 04 Shashut to Dangel, 3,245m, Distance 5-6 hours. On way pass through a Buddhist village – Machel and its inhabitants have their relations in Zanskar valley. Porters can be hired here. There are sapphire mines behind this village. Trek one hour more. Day 05 Dangel to Tilput Got, 3,585m, Distance 5-6 hours. From Dangel one has to follow the Dharlang Nallah to Tilput Got at the crossing of this trek with another trek coming from Shol over the Kaban-La, 4,905m. Day 06 Tilput Got to Chomo Chhumkhor, 4,100m, Distance 6-hours. The route is ascending along the Nallah till the confluence of another stream. Local people with their animals may be seen around. Day 07 Chomo Chhumkhor to Camp I, 4,475m, Distance 5-6 hours. Trek along this Nallah to the crossing of another route coming from Sersank Pass. Day 08 Camp I to Camp II, 4,815m, Distance 6-7 hours. Now the route is ascending over the boulders, stones and moraine. The shepherds have marked the route well. Day 09 Camp II to Camp III, 5,150m, Distance 4-5 hours. The route is steep and one has to walk at height. So it is better to camp near the Pass. This will help in acclimatization too. Day 10 Camp III to Camp I, 4,850m, Distance 6-7 hours. Climb to the Pass for a beautiful sight on all sides. Walk down to the Sumdo where the trek from Kangla lot meets. Day 11 Camp I to Camp II, 3, 675m, Distance 6-hours. Going down along the stream till another confluence of two streams. Day 12 Camp II to Padam, 3,560m, Distance 7-hours via Pibcha across the river where another route from Manali joins. From Padam proceed either to Leh or return to Manali. TOUR END
MANALI TO CHANDRA VALLEY VIA HAMTA PASS
Altitude: 3,960m Duration: May, June, August, September, and October Time Period: 5 Days The trek from the Kullu Valley over the Hampta Pass to lahaul, the old Carvan route to Spiti, is a classic. Rising to 3,960m, it is high by Kullu standards; do not undertake it without allowing good time for acclimatization along the way. ITINERARY Day 01 Arrival Manali, 2,050m and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02 Drive from Manali to Pirni village, further steep walk via Pandu Ropa to Chhika, 3,000m, camping site Day 03 Chhika- Hamta, 4,268m- 10-km, one can have a close view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan Peaks, further retreat the steps back to confluence of Patpori Nallah and Hamta Nallah. Day 04 Pataori Nalla- Sarotu 3,400m-12-km, during the traverse of hills one will gain maximum height of 4,000m and cross Jobri Nallah, the camping ground is a grazing place on the way one can visit the famous cave of Wangdwar. Day 05 Sarotu- Bhanara- Manali, 13-kms, trail descend to Bhanara village a place for old beautiful temple and ruins of forts of Piti Raja. Gradually traverse on the way from the famous Arjun Gufa and Shabbri temple to Manali.
MANALI-HAMYA HERBAL TREK
Altitude: 4268m. Duration: June to September
Time Period: 8 Days This treks natural trail follows from Manali to Chikka, situated at 3,000m and for camping one has to go over to right bank of Hamta Nallah. This site is having plenty of choices of natural hubs and a nice experience for those who are not just looking for a hike experience. Say hello to nature! ITINERARY Day 01 Arrival Manali, 2,050m and acclimatization walk. Day 02 Manali Pandu Ropa- 10-kms, Pandu Ropa is situated at 2,800m. The camp is located on the left bank of Hamta Nullah. From here three trek leading to different valleys, which are abundant in herbal plants. Here one can find beautiful caves and tents can also be pitched. Day 03 Pandu Ropa- Chikka and back to Pandu Ropa – 6 kms, Chhika is situated at 3000 mtrs. Here and further above the tree line plenty of bushes and herbs e.g. gentian, Kurro, Swertia Chirata, Mantha- Sylvstris, Cannabis Sativa & Morchella are available. Day 04 Pandu Ropa – Balugera (base of Hamta)- 10 kms, Balugera is situated at 3,800m approximately 3-km below Hamta Pass. Day 05 & 06 In search of herbal plants e.g. Aconitum heterophuyllum, Gentian Kurroo, Discorea, Pdophyllum haxandrum, Valeriana Wallichii, Mantha- Sylvstris and many other medicinal plants. This herbal trek is gaining height upto Hamta Pass. At Pass, a panoramic view of peaks in Central Lahaul and close view of northern face of Deo Tibba, 6,001m and Indrasan, 6,221m is available. Day 07 Return Journey- Hamta to Pandu Ropa. Day 08 Pandu Ropa- Manali. TOUR END
UDAIPUR TO PADUM (ZANSKAR) VIA KANG LA
Altitude: 5,200m Duration: 17 Days Time Period: July, August & September A drive for 6-hours by Car/Coach to Darcha, from where the trek starts, enroute the famous Rothang Pass, the gateway to the tribal valley of Lahaul and Spiti regions. For those who seek adventure to explore the barren desolate and can touch natural beauty, this trek is great experience and rewarding one. One should not miss the incomparable Phuktal Gompa perched high on the cliff. ITINERARY Day 01 Arrive Delhi Day 02 Delhi Day 03 Manali Day 04 Manali -Darcha Day 05 Darcha-Palmo Day 06 Palmo-Zanskar Sumdo Day 07 Zanskar-Sumdo-Chumik Nakpo Day 08 Chumik Nakpo-Lakhong Day 09 Lakhong-Kargiakh Day 10 Kargiah-Purni Day 11 Purni-Phuktal Gompa Day 12 Purni-Mune Day 13 Mune-Padum Day 14 Padum-Leh Day 15 Leh Day 16 Leh- Delhi by flight Day 17 Delhi -Onward Destination TOUR END
MCLEOD GANJ TO MACHETER VIA INDRADHAR PASS
Altitude: 4,350m Duration: 8 Days Time Period: June to October There are dozens of treks that can be covered over the Dhaula Dhar ranges, but the most famous are this one out of Mcleod Ganj and also the easiest one. The treks over the Dhaula Dhar can easily be combined with a trek out Brahmour over the Kugti Pass. ITINERARY Day 01 Arrival at Dharamsala/ Mcleod Ganj, acclimatization walks. Day 02 Sight seeing of prominent places, town, and monasteries and know about the area. Day 03 Mcleod Ganj- Triund, 2,975m- 9-kms, it takes 3-hours to reach Triund, which is known for scenic grandeur presenting closest views of Dhauladhar. Below the valley one can enjoy the sunset and plains of Punjab and Shivalik ridges. The place is unique for stargazers; green meadows give a cozy feeling to a tired trekker. There is a forest bungalow constructed during the British regime. Day 04 Triund- Lahesh Cave, 3,350m- 7-kms, the journey takes 3-hours, the Lahesh Cave is located at the base of Indrahara Pass and it is a big rock overhang to provide shelter for 8-9 trekkers. One can also camp below the cave in flat open area. The trek crosses all along Illaqa Gote. Day 05 Lahesh Cave- Chatta Parao, over Indrahara Pass- 4,350m, 3-4 hours steep and taxing climb, this is the most frequented pass. TOUR END
The Baralacha La (4,800m) is a double pass. It marks the divide between the main Himalayas and Lahaul Range, and also between Himalayas and the Baralacha Range, which extends north to the Zanskar. The mountain ranges provide an impressive backdrop, and a night's camping will afford fine views. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m, Distance 20-km. either via Kalatop or diret through thick forest and the wild life sanctuary. Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. Descend and have good view of distant mountains and Ravi valley down below. Day 03 Chamba to Kalhel, 1,230m, Distance 55-km journey by bus. Day 04 Kalhel to Tikri, 1,615m, Distance 16-km. After crossing Chanju Nallah, the trek rises and goes to Tikri. Day 05 Tikri to Chanju, 2,135m, Distance 20-km. Easy walking and then ascending the Charar Nallah through Bagal and Bhula Villages. Day 06 Chanju to Bhangor, 2,450m, Distance 14-km. After crossing 2 streams the route goes through dense forest; lovely walking. Day 07 Bhangor to Sillagharat, 1,830, Distance 12-km. Climb to the Pass and then descend to the other side for a night camp in the Pangi Valley. Day 08 Sillagharat to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 20-km. Trek down along Hul Nallah. One has to cross and recross it many times. TOUR END
DALHOUSIE - BARA BHANGAL
Duration: 8 Days This trek follows the green landscaped trails of Khajjiar, which is a lovely picnic spot site of Himachal Pradesh. From here a 30-km long footpath, passing through thick deodar forests leads to Chamba. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m Distance 20-km. either via Kalatop or direct through thick forest and the wild life sanctuary.
Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. Descend and have good view of distant mountains and Ravi valley down below. Day 03 Chamba to Channota, 2,201m, Distance 18-km. From Ulansa the route turns to right, passes through Gurola and climbs to Sual along Chanaota Nallah. From here one route goes to Kuarsi, Distance 19-km and one to Dharamsala. Day 04 Chanaota to Holi, 1960m, Distance 19-km. The trek goes down to Lamu and ascends along left bank of Ravi to Sutkar and then to Holi. Day 05 Holi to Nayagram, 2,285m, Distance 19-km. Walk along the left bank of Ravi passing Deol and Garoh villages. From here one fan go to Baijnath via Sural Pass. Day 06 Nayagram to Dharari, 2,440m, Distance l6-km. cross the river to the other side and walk through Bajoli and Sind villages. Day 07 Dharari to Ratnapani, 2,500m, Distance 16-km. along the river for some distance and then cross to the left bank. Day 08 Ratnapani to Bara Bhangal, 2,540m, Distance 16-km. At certain places the route is difficult. From Bara Bhangal one can go either to Manali or to Dharamsala. TOUR END
DALHAUSIE-KISHTWAR VIA SACH PASS
Altitude: 4,390m Duration: 12 Days This trek is also among some of the many treks that pass through the dense Deodar forests of Khajjiar. The trail also presents a chance to explore the various wild horizons and hilly beauty in and around Dalhousie and the ideal time to trek is during summer. The gradual climb to Sach Pass (4,890m), which remains open from June to October is toughie! So be prepared for some steep climbs. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m, Distance 20-km, walking through the forests. Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 8-km. Steep going down with a beautiful view. Day 03 Chamba to Tarella, 2,000m, Distance 8-hour via Tisa by bus, passing through green fields, villages and Chamera Hydle Project. Day 04 Tarella to Satrundi, 3,400m, Distance 16-km and a steady climb. Day 05 Satrundi to Bindrabani, 2,800m, Distance 18-km. Gradual climb to Sach Pass and then decend to Bindrabani. Day 06 Bindrabani to Killar, 2,600m, Distance 16-km. going down hill via Bagotu. Day 07 Halt to visit nearby villages and enjoy the views while resting and relaxing. Day 08 Killar to Ishtahari, 2,226m, Distance 27-km. Descend and level walking via Dharwas. Day 09 Ishtahari to Atholi, 2,225m, Distance 22-km. Level walk via Shol. Day 10 Atholi to Shasho, 2,287m Distance 14-km and level walk. Day 11 Shasho to Galhar, 2,288m, Distance 22-km. Level walk along Chenab River. Day 12 Galhar to Kishtwar, 1,525m, Distance 4-hour journey by bus. See Kishtwar town in the afternoon and then proceed to Jammu. TOUR END
DALHOUSIE - MANALI OVER CHOBIA PASS
Altitude: 4,966m Duration: 8-10 Days The descend that one takes from Dalhousie to Chamba valley is full of panoramic natural horizons and while exploring the nature one also gets the opportunity to visit the temples and shrines of this religious town. But caution should be taken in the trail from Chobia to Alyas, which is a difficult one and the hike is steep till one reaches the base of the pass. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m, Distance 20-km. Walk via Kalatop or direct through thick forests and the wild life sanctuary.
Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. Descend and have a good view of distant mountains and Chamba town down below. Day 03 Chamba to Bharmour, the base camp situated at 2,195m. Distance 64-km is covered by bus. Visit the old palace and temples. Guides and supplies can also be arranged here. Day 04 Bharmour to Chobia, 2,745m Distance 15-km via Hadsar. The route first goes down to Budhil River and then ascends. Chobia is the last village on this route. Day 05 Chobia to Alyas, 3,355m, Distance 12-km. Difficult and steep climb to the base of the Pass. Day 06 Alyas to Alyas, 3,250, District 15-km. Pass is situated between Barakanda, 5877 m and Tend Peak, 6,133m. Final pitch is very steep. Descent over stone and crevasses top on the other side. Day 07 Alyas to Trilokinath, 2,915m, Distance 20-km. stay for the night or go down to Udaipur to catch the early morning bus. Days 08 Trilokinath to Manali, 2,050m, Distance 9-hour journey by bus via Udaipur TOUR END
DALHOUSIE - MANALI OVER DRATI PASS
Altitude: 4,694m Duration: 10 Days For witnessing a lavish display of natural scenery, have a hiking expedition towards Manali that is the principal show place of Kullu valley. Another place that covers in the trek are Udeypur (also spelt as Udaipur), situated at an elevation of 2,743m above sea level. This place is also located at the junction of the mighty Mayar Nallah with the main river Chandrabhaga. ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m, Distance 20-km. either via Kalatop or direct through thick forest and the wild life sanctuary. Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. Descend and have a good view of distant mountains. Day 03 Chamba to Sillagharat, 1,830m, Distance 20-km. After crossing Saho NaIlah the route rises and turns to left along Hul Nallah. Day 04 Sillagharat to Bhangor, 2,450m, Distance 17-km. Crossing and re-crossing Hul Nallah the route climbs to Banatu Bridge and then through forest to Bhangor. Day 05 Bhangor to Chanju, 2,135m, Distance 15-km. After leaving Bagal on the left, follow the Chanju nalla after Lunek. Day 06 Chanju to Alyas, 4,300m, Distance12-km. through Kalpra village to the base of the Pass. Day 07 Alyas to Tindi, 2,650m, Distance 20-km. Steep climb to the pass and then descent over moraine and grassy slopes. Day 08 Tindi to Udaipur, 2,743m, Distance 3-hour journey by bus. Visit the Trilokinath temple in the evening and join the prayers. Day 09 Udaipur to Manali, 2,050m, Distance 9-hour journey by bus via Rohtang Pass TOUR END
DALHOUSIE - UDAIPUR – MANALI OVER SACH PASS
Altitude: 4,390m Duration: 12 to 15 Days ITINERARY Day 01 Dalhousie to Khajjiar, 1,951m, Distance 20-km. Wonderful trekking through thick forest and the Wild Life Sanctuary. Day 02 Khajjiar to Chamba, 9,96m, Distance 18-km. Descending and having good view of distant mountains and Ravi valley.
Day 03 Chamba to Tarella, 2,000m, Distance 84-km. By bus passing through green fields, villages and Chamera Hydle Project. Day 04 Tarella to Satrundi, 3,400m, Distance 16-km. Beautiful wild flowers meadow at this point and above. Day 05 Satrundi to Bindrabani, 2,800m, Distance 18-km. Over the Sach Pass down to Bindrabani. Day 06 Bindrabani to Killar, 2,600m, Distance 16-km. Descending. Killar is the headquarter of Fangi Valley. From here one route goes to Kishtwar in Jammu and another to Manali. Day 07 Killar to Sach Village, 2,200m Distance 15-km. There is a famous Mindhal temple worth visiting opposite to Sach. Day 08 Sach to Purthi, 2,150m Distance 20-km R.H. and temples with villages. Easy going through the valley. Day 09 Purthi to Raoli, 2,450m, Distance 19-km. Enjoy a pleasant walk along the Chenab River. Day l0 Raoli to Tindi, 2,650m, Distance 16-km. The village and temple may be visited in the evening. Day 11 Tindi to Udaipur, 2,743m, Distance 4-hour journey by bus, in the afternoon visit Trilokinath temple and then return to Udaipur. Day I2 Udaipur to Manali, 2,050m, Distance 9-hour journey by bus via Rohtang Pass. TOUR END
DHARAMSALA - NAYAGRAON TREK
Altitude: 3,693m. Duration: 10 Days Time Period: June to October Most of trail from Dharamsala pass through forests of Deodar, Pine, Oak and Rhododendron, cross-streams and rivers, and wind along vertiginous cliff tracks, passing the occasional lake, waterfalls and glaciers. Because the varied altitudes the snowline in this region is perhaps more easily accessible than at any other hill resort and it is quite possible to trek upto it after early morning's start. ITINERARY Day 01 Arrival at Dharamsala and acclimatization walk Day 02 Sight seeing to His Holiness Monastery, St. Joha’s Church in wilderness, Dal Lake, Bhagsu Shiva temple and water fall. Day 03 Drive to Bir by jeep, about 64-kms. From Dharamsala, sight seeing in Bir. Day 04 Bir- Billing and Rajgaunda- 14-kms. By road, Bir to Billing is along the road, the trek goes to the North of Billing along a spur above the Uhi River with an easy 2-hour trail to Rajgaunda. Day 05 Billing- palachak, 2,770m- 12-kms, Billing to Thamsar Jot and further to Barabhangal is a mule track, the Pass is comparatively higher than other passes of Dhauladhar but it is most frequented and well marked and generally used by the people of Baijnath and Barabhangal for want of any transport facility. Day 06 Palachak- Panihardu, 3,693m –9-kms, it takes about 3-hours to reach Panihardu over some Meadows and snowfields during May and June. There is steep climb at places; tent pitching is advised at this place. During summer season the local people put up tea stalls. Day 07 Panihardu- Udeg/ Marhu, 3,690 Mts.- 17-kms, this is a long haul, one must take an early start to avoid mid day winds and bad weather. The trek is arduous being steep. There is a small glacial lake a little below the Pass, after about 4 hours strenuous climb one reaches Marhu, which has a flat land for camping. Day 08 Marhu- Barabhangal, 2,550m –18-kms, this is again a long trek, which descended steeply over rock cliffs. Many steep ridges have sot be negotiated before reaching Khaner village, it takes about 3 hours to reach Dhardi village. There is one short tricky rock face about 200-ft. above the river; the rest of the trek is normal.
Day 09 Dhardi- Nayagraon, 2,245m- 14-kms, a descent along the river at an easy pace and after 3-hours arrival at a Dhaba or a small restaurant. The trek leads down towards a steel cable bridge on the south bank one Kilometer above Nayagraon where there is a rest house, Dhardi is being connected by a jezebel road from Nayagraon to facilitate the people of Dhardi and Khaner to reach Barabhangal comfortably. Day 10 Nayagraon- Deol, 2,020 Mts.- 8-kms, an easy trekking trail, rather jezebel path, to reach Deol, The Bus Head/ Deol is emerging as a big village with few shops and eating-places. From Deol one gets bus to reach Kharamukh, Bharmaur or Chamba. TOUR END
JAGATSUKH TO BASE OF DEO TIBBA
Altitude: 4,480m. Duration: 6 Days Time Period: May-June, September-October The base of Deo Tibba is reached via the forests, alpine meadows, and high grazing pastures of the Jagatsukh Nala - a return trip of between four or five days that is hard going in places. ITINERARY Day 01 Arrival Manali, 2,050m and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02 Manali- Khanol, drive to Jagatsukh, further trek upwards through the forests ends up a place known as Khanol on the left bank of Dhuangan Nallah. Day 03 Khanol- Chhika, 6-kms, trek through unspoiled lushgreen forests, Alpine the camping site surrounded by beautiful rock climbing area. Day 04 Chhika- Seri, 5-kms, treks through alpine meadows with moderate climb for camp at Ser plateau. Day 05 Seri- Chandertal, 4,480m and back Seri with small pack one can visit to Chander Tal area, skied mountain of the Himalayan. Day 06 Seri- Manali, same trails follow back to Jagatsukh via Bhanara village, jeep drive back to Manali. TOUR END
KINNER KAILASH PARIKRAMA
Altitude: 5,242m Duration: 7 Days Time Period: May- September Mount Kinner Kailash has religious significance for a huge Shiva Lingam the representation of Lord Shiva. The circuit around the whole range attracts many pilgrims every year. The Parikrama begins from Kalpa via Triung and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley. One has to drive up to Thangi and the actual trekking begins from here. ITINERARY Day 01 Kalpa- Thangi, 2,966m-50-km, by bus, school building can be used for night, and tentage accommodation. Day 02 Thangi- Lambar, 2,89m-12-km, trek slightly going down. Day 03 Lambar- Charang, 3,506m- 12-km, the trek is through different terrain. Day 04 Charang- Chitkul, 3,450m- 14-km. Over Charang Ghati, 5,242m, gradual climbing to the Pass and then easy descending. Day 05 Chitkul- Rakchham (2900 m-12 km) Jeepable road in operation during season, otherwise trek down to Rakchham. Day 06 Rakchham-Sangla (2590 m-14 km) Along the Baspa river in the Sangla Valley. Rest house available. Day 07 Sangla- Karchham (1982 m- 17 km) Through the Sangla valley with good view of mountain ranges. TOUR END
MANALI TO BEAS KUND
Altitude: 3,980m. Duration: 9 Days Time Period: May-October This easy trek takes you to the source of the river Beas, near Rohtang Pass. The walk is an easy one with Scenic Mountain View till the source of the river. Even children can undertake this trek too. ITINERARY Day 01 Arrive Delhi Day 02 Delhi – Manali, 2,000m- 16-hours. Day 03 Manali Day 04 Manali - Solang Valley, 2,050m. Day 05 Solang – Dundi, 2,775m. Day 06 Dundi - Beas Kund Day 07 Beas Kund - Solang Nallah Day 08 Manali – Delhi, 5,40-kms Day 09 Delhi TOUR END
MANALI - PADAM VIA BARALACHA LA
This trek starts across Rohtang Pass, which is the gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, and Pangi & Zanskar Valleys. Once reaching Keuling, the trekker has to go across Baralacha pass, which is the source of three rivers namely, Chandra, Bhaga, and Yunam. As one reaches Padam, the sub-divisional headquarter of Kargil district of J&K; try visiting the Bardan Gompa, one of the oldest Gompas of the region. ITINERARY Day 01 Drive to Darcha over the Rohtang Pass via Keylong. Day 02 Trek to Patsao, 3,820m. It was a center for trade between India and Tibet and a beautiful place for night stay. Day 03 Trek to Suraj Tal, 4,800m. Bhaga River originates from it. Day 04 Trek to Keuling, 4,200m, over Baralacha La, 4,954m. Day 05 Trek to Lingti ground, 4,300m, in Ladakh region along the Yunam River. Day 06 Trek to Khamerup, 4,500m. Streams on the way must be negotiated carefully. Day 07 Trek to Chhumickmarpho, 4,800m. Then cross Phirtse La, 5,435m. Day 08 Trek to Zingchen, 4,650m. Day 09 Trek to Kuru. TOUR END
MANI-MAHESH CHHUI YATRA
Altitude: 4,171m Duration: 9-Days Scared to Lord Shiva and his divine consort Parvati, the lake of Mani Mahesh is 35-km from Bharmaur. Past Gaddi villages and wide meadows that give way to bare rock and snowfields, this tarn is a 9-day trek from Bharmaur - via Hadsar and Dhanchha. ITINERARY Day 01 Chamba, the Base camp is situated at 9,96m. People from various parts assemble here to join the Chhari Yatra. Day 02 Chamba to Julakari Mohalla, 1,050m, Distance 8-km. The procession with Chhari and other gods starts from the Lakshmi Narayan temple. Day 03 Julakari Mohalla to Rakh, 1,190m, Distance 14-km. On the way, more and more people from the villages join the procession.
Day 04 Rakh to Durghathi, 1,372m, Distance 22-km. More and more devotees join the procession. Day 05 Durghathi to Bharmour, 2195m, Distance 23-km. Some ceremonies are held in the temples. More devotees join procession for further journey. Day 06 Bharmour to Hadsar, 2,317m, Distance 13-km. Since, the procession grows big, it takes more time to the next halt. Day 07 Hadsar to Dhancho, 2,440m, Distance 12-km. For night halt, there is no suitable camping place after this point. Day 08 Dhancho to Mani Mahesh, 4,170m, Distance 10-km. Steep going. Devotees with advanced age take more time for the final stage due to steepness of route and height. Mani Mahesh is an ancient and most beautiful temple. Day 09 Mani Mahesh to Chamba, 9,66m, Distance 102-km. Return by bus from Hadsar. After the holy dip in the sacred lake, the procession starts back. This sacred lake is situated at the base of Chamba Kailash, 5,656m. TOUR END
THE SHALI TREK
Altitude: 4,800m. Duration: 18 Days Time Period: Mid-July to September Visible from Shimla and facing Mashobra, is the Shali peak. At 3,200m this is the highest in Shimla's vicinity. The summit presents an unimpaired view of the area around and holds an ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhimkali. A wealth of herbs encircles the peak, and local belief maintains that breathing their air in early summer or autumn can cure chronic ailments. Interestingly, spring is not advised as it is believed that the fumes of fresh shoots emerging from the soil can render a person unconscious. The stout shrub sat brewer that grows in the local area was once used by the local area was once used by the local Kolis to make a kind of papyrus. The Trek: Drive upto Mashobra and walk down to the glade of Sipur. Carry on 8-km through picturesque woods, fields and orchards to the village of Thaila. Cross Nauti stream that races through a deep gorge. Here begins the 6-km climb to the hamlet of Kuthnol. Then is the final 6km ascent to the peak. A thick forest lies on the northern face of the Shali hill. An additional hike may be made to the adjacent 'Choti' or small Shali and the lake of Karyali. Camp overnight at Shali or at Kuthnol. Alternatively, drive upto the village of Gulthani that lies about 8-km short of the peak and walk the rest of the way. This route is via Mashobra, Baldian and Thaila. TOUR END
WANGTU TO KAZA VIA THE PIN VALLEY
ITINERARY Day 01 Arrive Delhi Day 02 Delhi – Manali, 2,000m- 16-hours. Day 03 Manali Day 04 Manali - Solang Valley, 2,050m. Day 05 Solang – Dundi, 2,775m. Day 06 Dundi - Beas Kund Day 07 Beas Kund - Solang Nallah Day 08 Manali – 5,40-kms Day 09 Delhi