Manali – Kinnaur over Pin Parvati Pass

pin parvati passDay 01 : Arrival Delhi – Meet at the airport and transferred to hotel. Most international flights lands in night-stay in Delhi is recommended.

Day 02 : Reaching Chandigarh. Hotel stay. Do visit ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day 03: Travel to MANIKARAN via KULLY VALLEY

Day 04: Manikaran-Pulga: Walking Time 3-4 hrs.> Manikaran at 1700m is very popular religious place where people of all faiths comes to wish. Pulga 2100m is very famous among trekkers but mostly returns back. Small tea stalls and hotels are settled in apple orchards and are usually crowded with foreigners.

Day 05: Pulga-Kheer Ganga: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Trail gradually ascends to Kheer Ganga which is a scenic place and now supported by a ” shelter” which is usually heavily crowded by foreigners. Kheer Ganga2850m is a open meadow.

Day 06: Kheer Ganga-Bhojtunda: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Steay ascend to the gorge. Valley then widens and trail crosses several beautiful pasturs supporting many types of wildflowers. There are some Gujjar/Gaddi shepherd emcampments and this will be last human settlement you will be watching. Bhojtunda is 3200m high pastur.

Day 07: Bhojtunda-Thakur Khan: Walkgint Time 4-5 hrs.> Crossing through rocks and dense vegitation. You will see remains of Indian Army helicopter which crashes in high winds when trying to land-just toppled due to velocity of wind. Thakur Khan 3400m is above the cliffs.

Day 08: Thakur Khan-Mantakal Lake: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> You will be lucky if you could see any shepherd encampment. There is a natural bridge and is known as Pandu Bridge.Trail makes some ups and downs and then goes through flowered meadows. To reach Mantakal Lake 4070m, it is 200m of steep ascending over boulders which may not be tough for people who had some expereince but first timer may find learning lessons.

Day 09: Manatak Lake-High Camp: Walking Time 7 hrs.> Crossing terminal moraine and walking by cairns through boulders is high altitude ritual and expereinced trekkers will find it easy and first timers will be able to learn how to find route among boulders and scree of terminal moraine. In bigger climbing expeditions-even expereinced climbers had been seen loosing their ‘way through’. So, this type of walking in high altitude is must to learn for people who love Himalayan trekks.

Day 10: High Camp-Pin Parvati Pass-Pin valley: Walking Time 5 hrs.> From high camp, steep 300m climb to a snoefield and then a small col is way to cross this legendary pass.Pin Parvati Pass 4810m is marked by cairns and prayer flags. Descending is gradual.

Day 11 : Pin valley-Mud: Walking Time 8hrs.> Gradual desceding towards valley floor to village Mud 3600m.

Day 12 : Mud-Sangam: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> A gradual walk though Spiti valley which is a landscape of it’s own type. Sangam is a road head and you can catch bus for manali or Shimla.

Day 13 : Traveling To Recong Peo-hotel stay.

Day 14: Travel back to SHIMLA

Day 15: Travel back to DELHI

Shorter Options in Parvati Valley:

Camping: Manikaran is road head and as we mentioned Pulga is 2-3 hrs. walking distance and is ideal place for camping with families /friends.Old and small kids can easily walk on jeepable road which is well marked with tea stalls en route. himadventures.com is regularly using this region for summer camps and as well as family camping.

Trekking: If not for Pin Parvati pass-one can easily reach to Kheer Ganga and Mantalai beyond.

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Kaza to Manikaran over Pin Parvati Pass

Pin Parvati PassA tough and challenging option which should be only taken by trekkers, explorers and climbers who are experienced about high altitude and remote trekking in mountain ranges.

Day 1: Takeover from AIRPORT – Most international flights lands in night- we provide takeover from airport and shift to hotel. Take rest. If you are coming from DOMESTIC FLIGHT- you can reach CHANDIGARH same day.

Day 2: Reaching CHANDIGARH – In moderate traffic of DELHI- it can take 5-6 hrs in reaching CHANDIGARH. Chandigarh is modern and planned city of INDIA. Do have a visit in evening at internationally famous ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day 3: Reaching RECONG PEO- We start travel after breakfast and it is a long traveling day to reach RECONG PEO.

Day 4: Rest Day – We suggest you to take local walking in mountain as this willhelp you in getting acclimitized to mountain air.

Day 5: Kaza-Sagnam
Sagnam is situated on the right bank of river Pin. One has to experience a ride on a JHOOLA bridge to reach the village. This is a single wire suspension bridge which is crossed sitting in a sling and sliding on the wire with the help of an Ibex horn. World famous breed of horses called Chaumurti can be seen in this valley.

Day 6: Sagnam-Mud, 11 kms
Mud is the last village in the valley. Trekkers will like to see Sword dance performed by wandering lamas called Buzhen.

Day 7: Mud-Glacier camp, 14 kms
Trek to the campsite by the side of Pin river is difficult.

Day 8 Glacier camp-Mantalai, 14 kms
Trek on the glacier for more than 4 hours to reach the top of the Pin Parbati pass, alti 16500 feet. From the pass very beautiful view of both the valleys can be had. Britishers had tried to connect both the valleys by road but in vain.

Day 9: Mantalai-Thach, 13 kms
Trek down stream along the left bank of Parbati river. Thach is a wide pasture. Good camping ground.

Day 10: Thach-Khirganga, 11 kms
Go downstream along the left bank to reach Khirganga hot water springs, alti 3354m. Good camping ground.

Day 11: Khirganga-Pulga, 9 km

Day 12: Pulga-Manikaran, 12 kms
Pluga is located in a very narrow valley with steep hills. The area is totally forested.

Day 13: Travel back to KULLU

Day 14: Travel back to CHANDIGARH. 6- 7 hrs journey.

Day 15: Travel back to DELHI.

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Keylong to Manikaran over Barashigri Glacier

Keylong to ManikaranA moderate level trail which requires some experience as Barashigri Glacier may be hard for first timers.
Day-1: Takeover from AIRPORT – Most international flights lands in night- takeover from airport and shift to hotel. Take rest. If you are coming from DOMESTIC FLIGHT- you can reach CHANDIGARH same day.

Day-2: Reaching CHANDIGARH – In moderate traffic of DELHI- it can take 5-6 hrs in reaching CHANDIGARH. Chandigarh is modern and planned city of INDIA. Do have a visit in evening at international famous ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day-3: Reaching MANALI- We start travel after breakfast and very soon we find ourselves in VALLEY OF GODS- this is famous KULLU VALLEY.

Day-4: Rest Day – We suggest you to take local walking in mountain as this will help you in getting acclimatized to mountain air.

Day-5: Reaching Keylong – traveling over ROHTANG PASS

Day-6: Keylong-Gramphu,

Day-7: Gramphu-Chhatru, see details on Manali to Keylong over Hamta Pass.

Day-8: Chhatru-Chhota Dara,

Day-9: Chhota Dara-Foot of Glacier,
Cross river Chandra. Then trek over loose moraine to reach a fiat grassy patch for camping.

Day-10: Foot-Glacier Camp,
Go jumping, avoiding and negotiating crevasses to camp on rather flat and safe patch on the glacier. If lucky you may find signs of another camp there.

Day-11: Glacier Camp-Concordia,
Concordia offers breath taking view. Four glaciers meet here. One can see alternating longitudinal stripes of brilliant white ice and dark debris. Camp at about 4700 m near a tarn in the middle of the glacier. Safe from avalanches and falling stones.

Day-12: Concordia-Chopini Thach/ end of Tichu Glacier,
From Concordia the ascent to the Gunthar Pass is Slow. It may take more than two hours. Alti of the pass is 5985 m. Another two hours strenuous walk brings one to the other tongue of this glacier. One may like to pitch tents here for the night or like to go to Thach for rest.

Day-13: Thach-Kalboti,
From the tongue of the glacier the route is narrow along the right bank of Tichu nullah. Down this route one ends up stating at a 30 ft high rock with no other passage visible. However there is a very narrow and impossible looking passage along the gorge. One may repel down to reach Kalboti or may prefer to climb the rock to follow a longer route to reach Kalboti taking an extra day.

Day-14: Kalboti – Rest day.

Day-15: Kalboti-Pulga,
From Kalboti follow the right bank of the Tosh nullah to the point Where it meets Parvati river. From there follow the right bank of the river to reach Pulga.

Day-16: Pulga (2895 m)-Manikaran, 12 kms
Pulga is located in a very narrow valley with steep hills. The area is totally forested.

Day 17: Travel back to Chandigarh – Hotel stay.

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Manali to Keylong over Hamta Pass

3Lesser known route, used to be shepherd trail. Requires good fitness and aptitude to walk over high passes and trekking into remote wilderness.

Day 1: Takeover from AIRPORT – Most international flights lands in night- we provide takeover from airport and shift to hotel. Take rest. If you are coming from DOMESTIC FLIGHT- you can reach CHANDIGARH same day.

Day 2: Reaching CHANDIGARH – In moderate traffic of DELHI- it can take 5-6 hrs in reaching CHANDIGARH. Chandigarh is modern and planned city of INDIA. Do have a visit in evening at internationaly famous ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day 3: Reaching MANALI- We start travel after breakfast and very soon we find ourselves in VALLE OF GODS- this is famous KULLU VALLEY.

Day 4: Rest Day – We suggest you to take local walking in mountain as this willhelp you in getting acclimitized to mountain air.

Day-5: Manali-Settan (2050m), 11 kms
One comes across good stiff jungles along the route. Visit the village.

Day-6: Settan-Panduropa, 8 kms
Chhika is situated below the Hamta Pass. Camp site is available on the fight bank of the .Hamta nullah and near Khrei nullah.

Day- 7: Panduropa-Chhika (3000m), 6 kms
This 4268 m high pass remains open between May and September. This pass is not as windy as the Rohtang pass. Camping ground is available below the Hamta pass on the other side in the Lahaul valley.

Day- 8: Chhika-Hamta, 10 kms
Steep climb down. Ford a side nullah. At Chhatru one can see the ruins of old village ravaged by the fury of fiver Chandra. PWD rest house and camping ground available.

Day-9: Hamta-Chhatru (3360 m), 10 kms
Rather an easy walk along the fight bank of river Chandra. The scenery resembles moonscape. It is desolate and dry. At Gramphu, 5 kms short of Khoksar one meets the metalled road.

Day-10: Khoksar-Sissu (3120 m), 14 kms
Along the right bank of the river. The valley flattens out at Sissu and appears strikingly green. Visit the waterfall on the left bank and the temple of Lord Ghepan, the supreme deity of Lahaul. Also visit two fountain slabs, one lying near the bridge and the other near the temple. Permit obtainable at Khoksar.

Day-11: Sissu-Gondhla (3160 m),12 kms
Along the right bank of the river, one can see beautiful precipices opposite Gondhla. Visit Tower of Gondhla and rock carvings near the Govt. School at Gondhla.

Day-12 : Gondhla-Keylong (3156 m),18 kms
Upto Tandi follow the road. Tandi is the confluence of rivers Chandra and Bhaga. From Tandi follow the right bank of river Bhaga. At Tandi visit Tupchiling Gompa. At Beeling on way to Keylong one may like to visit a small cave temple just above HRTC workshop. From Beeling take the shortcut to reach Keylong, the administrative headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti.

Day 13: Reaching MANALI- road travel.

Day 14: Manali to CHANDIGARH- same route

Day 15: CHANDIGARH to DELHI.

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Rupshu Valley over Kongmaru La

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Southeast of Leh this high altitude cold desert is the western extension of the Tibetan Plateau. Previously closed to visitors, this region offers some of the most amazing scenery to be found in Ladakh It is a land of monasteries and high passes, dissected by numerous mountain ridges and traversed by a number of ancient trading routes. We will venture in a mineral wilderness where only a few nomads live, totally reliant on their yak and sheep herds for their subsistence.

ITINERARY FOR RUPSHU VALLEY TREK

Day 01: Delhi. Airport – hotel transfer.

Day 02: Delhi – Leh (3500 m) by plane. Afternoon at leisure in Leh, where we can take a walk to the colorful bazaar.

Day 03: Leh – Hemis (3505 m) by car. Visit of the most famous and oldest monasteries of Ladakh (15th and 17th century), Thikse, Shey and Hemis.

Day 04: Hemis – Shang Sumdo (3850 m) in 4 h. Today we leave the Indus valley. We descend towards Martselang, then go up the valley, which is fairly narrow in some places, then continue along the riverbed to Shang Sumdo. A short and pleasant stage, in anticipation of the next two long following days.

Day 05: Shang Sumdo – Latza Kongmaru (4800 m) in 7 h. We progress along the river whose banks are punctuated with ochre rocks. From Chukirmo village, the track leads into narrow gorges where ponies need to be unloaded twice and go up to the base of Kongmaru La.

Day 06: Latza Gongmaru – Kongmaru La (5050 m) – Langtang Chu (4250 m) in 7 h. From the pass, there are great views north towards eastern Korakoram and China, whilst the southern vista is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatze (6400 m) and the Ladakhi range. We take a ridge trail and descend zigzagging across scree. Afterwards the path easily descends towards Nimaling summer pastures and Markha valley, the most beautiful valley in Ladakh.

Day 07: Langtang Chu – Yakrupal (4700 m) in 4 h. We climb up the large valley, and after crossing a stream follow on along a morainic wall.

Day 08: Yakrupal – Zalung Karpo La (5200 m) – Sorra (4200 m) in 5 h. We carry on upwards until the valley divides and take right. From the pass, we follow a ridge trail leading to another pass, then plunge into the valley.

Day 09: Sorra – Dat (4200 m) in 5 h. We follow gorgeous woody gorges until they widen into a valley. Manis and shortens are spread on the trail leading Sara and Dat rivers. Dat is a green village, where cultivation and vegetation takes every fragment of land.

Day 10: Dat – Yar La (5000 m) – Lungmo Che (4010 m) in 6 h. An easy climb takes us to the pass, where we enjoy a dramatic vista over the Rupshu. Sometimes some “Khyangs”, wild donkeys, go up to the caravans, frightening our ponies.

Day 11: Lungmo Che – Sangtha (4200 m) in 3 h. Then transfer by jeep to Sarchu. The landscape completely changes into a vast arid plain. Tibetan nomads mainly populate the area. The road to Sarchu winds its way up to the Lachlung La pass (5060 m).

Day 12: Sarchu – Manali (2000 m) by jeep. This journey is rewarded by magnificent landscapes. The road goes through amazing switch back roads, pass the blue Suraj Tal lake to Darcha and pass through Rohtang Pass (3954m) the last pass of this journey. The landscape is breathtaking. Rohtang Pass is a very wide pass, and is one of the most beautiful passes in the Pir Panjal. The view on both sides is exhilarating.

Day 13: Manali. Surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, Manali is also known as “Queen of Mountains”. It is a gloriously colorful market place for the surrounding villages. Visit old Manali, Hadimba temple and Vashisht village.

Day 14: Manali – Delhi (Private vehicle).

Day 15: Delhi. Day at leisure. Safety day for your international flight.

Day 16: Delhi. Hotel – airport transfer.

OPYION: You can travel to LEH by road.

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Padam To Lamayuru over Hanuman La

4Day 1 & 2 : Reaching Padam from Sirinagar /Leh

Day 3 : Rest Day ( Acclimatization )

Day 4: Padum-Karsha : Walking Time 2 hrs.> There is a monastery at Karsha belonging to 10th century.

Day 5 : Karsha-Pishu: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Karsha 3600m, gradual ascending to village Rinam 3350m. Pishu is at 3470m.

Day 6 : Pishu-Hanumil: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Trail skirts around Zhanskar River and usually a level walk. Pidmu 3420m is about halfway. Hanumil 3380m is all about few houses.

Day 7 : Hanumil-Snertse: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Steady upwards to Purfi La 3950m, Coming to Zhanskar River and then steep ascending and descending and again 400m climb for Snertse 3850m. This is a shepherd settlement.

Day 8: Rest Day ( High Pass )

Day 9 : Snertse-Hanuman La – Lingshet: Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Hanuman La 4950m. Descending is steep.Do visit Lingshet monastery which is very old and is close to the era when Budhism was being established in this area.

Day 10 : Lingshet-Base Singge La: Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Netuke La 4280m. There is one more 400m climb of Khyupa La 4300m. It then gradually ascends to base of Singge La 5050m.

Day 11 : Singge La-Photaksar: Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Climbing steep scree to negotiate Singge La. Gradual descending to Photaksar 4200m but requires patience as one gets too tired by the end of day.

Day 12: Rest Day ( High Pass )

Day 13: Photaksar-Sisir La -Hanupatta: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Sisir La 4850m. Spectacular view back of Zhanskar Range. Hanupatta 3760m is gradual descending.

Day 14 : Hanupatta-Wanlah: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Gradual descending, Wanlah 3250m is a small village.

Day 15 : Wanla-Lamayuru: Walking Time 3-4 hrs.> Gradual and wet day as some of the trek goes through watery and vegetative growth.

Day 16-17 : Travel to Sirinagar/ Leh.

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Padam to Manali over Umasi La

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Day 1 & 2 : Reaching Sirinagar from Delhi

Day 3: Camp at Sonmarg for acclimatization.

Day 4 : Reaching Padam from Sirinagar / Leh

Day 5 : Padum-Zongkul Monastery: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> High above the valley floor is situated Zongkul monastery of 11 century at 3750m.

Day 6: Zongkul-Base of Umasi La: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> 4400m high Umasi La base is gradual ascending from monastery.

Day 7 : Umasi La Base -High Camp: Walking Time 7 hrs.> Ascending glacial valley, no creavasses and distance can be covered in 1 hr. to Umasi La 5340m. Route is marked by cairns and flags. Last 100m is steep snoe and ice section. Pass is a small gap in the cliffs. This pass is regularly crossed by monks and they have worked hard to point route in such a high road !

Day 8 : High Camp-Suncham: Walking Time 8 hrs.> The snowfield you were last night is creavassed area, so have to be carefull, steep 300 m descending to glacier floor.Walking is easier.Suncham 3250m is gradual descending and requires bit patience.

Day 9 : Sunchem-Marchel: Walking Time 3 hrs.> Trail leads through several villages, Marchel 2790m support Budhist monastries.

Day 10 : Marchel-Atholi/Gularbagh: Walking Time 8 hrs.> Gradual descending to Shashut 2600m.Atholi 2250m is famous place in the region.

Day 11: Atholi-Shoal: Walking Time 2-3 hrs.> Shoal 2400 is bit grdual ascending and descending.

Day 12 : Shoal-Istahari: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Steep ascent of 500m, at 2820m Istahari is last main village in J& K state.

Day 13 : Istihari-Kilar: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Long descending to Shophu Nullah, and village of Kilar 2750m is now well connected with jeeps and buses.

Day 14: Reaching Manali

Day15 : Reaching Delhi/Chandigarh.

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Padam to Leh Over Cha Cha La

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Day 1 & 2
: Reaching Padam from Sirinagar/ Leh

Day3: Rest Day ( acclimatization )

Day 4 : Padum-Zangla:Walking Time 7 hrs.> From Padum trail crosses though Zangla 3370m to well graded trek to Stongde 3500m. A jeep road now covers much of this route.

Day 5 : Zangla-Cha Cha La Base : Walking Time 3 hrs.> Gradual walking but do take rest at base.

Day 6: Rest Day ( High pass)

Day 7 : Base-Cha Cha La-Camp: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Rough scree to negotiate, final 200m are hard and requires patience. But view from top proves that effort was worth. Cha Cha la at 4950m is very famous pass.

Day 8 : Camp- Tilat Sumdo: Walking Time 6 hrs.> River crossings, gradual walk through shepherd pasteur to reach Tilat Sumdo 3750m.

Day 9 : Tilat Sumdo-Base of Rubrang La : Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Rubrang La 4350m. You may encounter Khampa nomads who live a traditional nomadic lifestyle.

Day 10 : Rest Day

Day 11 : Rubrang La Base-Markha: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Climb to Rubrang La 5020m takes two hrs.offers beautiful view of Stok and Zhanskra Ranges from top, Gradual ascedning through a gully, descending is also gradual to Markha village 3850m.

Day 12 -13-14 : Markha-Hemis: These three stages can best be done via Kangmaru La which is in Namling plateau.

Day 15& 16 : Back to Manali.

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Markha Valley

Markha Valley

 

Day 1 & 2 : Travel to Manali from Takeover Point and stay for a day for proper acclimatization. Local sightseeing can be undertaken by foot. ( Walking is essential while acclimatize)

Day 3& 4 : Travel to Leh by Jeep / Tourist Bus

Day 5 : Rest Day at Leh ( Stay in Hotel )

Day 6: Spitok-Rumbak: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Spitok monastery is one of the most importance as being one of the oldest from 15th century. A gradual walk through village Jingchan 3600m to Rumbak 3750m.

Day 7: Rumbak-Yurutse: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Spectacular view of Stok Range from Yurutse 4150m.

Day 8: Ganda La-Markha Valley: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Gandal La 4920m requires steady ascent and slow pace. Scenic view of Zhanskar Range. Through village Kaya 3650 it is gradual walk to Skiu 3700m.

Day 9: Rest Day

Day 10: Skiu-Markha: Walking Time 7-8 hrs.> Trail crosses the river Markha several times. There are army bridges so no problem in crossing river although in past it was a big problem and people have to trek kms. for finding proper place to cross safely. Markha village at 3850m is gradual walk through typical Ladakh trail.

Day 11: Markha-Nimaling: Walking Time 7-8 hrs.> Nimaling at 4650m is steady ascending and descending. Nimaling Plateau is green pasture where you can see permanent encampment of shepherds. This is a place which further provides excess to deep hidden valleys.

Day 12: Nimaling-Chogdo via kangmaru La: Walking Time 6 hrs.> This is not as strenuous as it looks. Stady ascent to La 5050m will require 2 hrs. at most. From there you can see scenic view of Nimaling Plateau which seems like a land out of dreams as this is only green pasture among brown and gray land of rocks and scree. Chogdo at 4050m is gradual but long descent.

Day 13: Chogdo-Hemis: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Walking besides stream, this is gradual walk to world famous monastery of Hemis which is said to be having links with Christ and Guru Nanak Dev, a Saint/Guru of Sikhs.

Day 14 & 15: Traveling Back to Manali

Option 2: Do you think it is too much for you ? Instead of compelete circuit- choose this option in which..

Trek Day 1: Hemis – Shang: Drive from Leh and short walk to Shang/Chogdo.

Trek Day 2: Shang to base of Nimaling ( Kang Maru La ) La ( 5030m ). Gradual ascending besides tributary from Kang Maru La.

Day 3: Rest Day

Trek Day 4: Over La to camp in Nimaling Plateu. Gradual ascending and descending. This is rock and scree trail.

Day 5 : Rest Day

Trek Day 6 : Back to Shang

Day 7: Back to Hemis.

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Panchachuli Glacier (“E” Face)

Panchachuli Base Camp

Ensconced by the river Dhauli Ganga, Sobla is the entry points of the Darma valley. In Sobla the trekkers put on their rucksacks and get ready for the vigorous journey ahead. Here onwords, it’s a 35-40 km trek that passes through Dar, Bungling, Sela, Nagling, Baaling, and Duktu/Dantu village in the darma valley before reaching Panchachuli Glacier. On the final lap at village Duktu/Dantu one gets the majestic spectacle of Panchachuli that derives its name from the five peaks, named after the legendary Pandavas. The 5 kms length and width of glaciers project out from this range of hill. Atrek of about 4 kms from village Duktu/Dantu leads to the base of the glacier.

The glacier is seen from Duktu/Dantu villages as well as from the starting point of Yuli river situated 4 kms away in the base of Panchachuli. The five peaks of Panchachuli create the unforgettable specter of Him Khand, Yuli river skirted by the jungle of Devdaar and Bhoj Patra trees and vast meadows.

Ex. Dharchula (Duration 7 Days)

Day 1: 35 kms by bus, 5 kms by Trek, Dharchula – Dar (N/H)

Day 2: 12 kms by trek – Dar-Sela (N/H)

Day 3: 11 kms by trek – Sela-Baaling (N/H)

Day 4: 6 kms by trek Baaling – Duktu/Dantu (N/H)

Day 5: 19 kms by trek Duktu/Dantu – Panchachuli – Duktu/Dantu – Nagling (N/H)

Day 6: 12 kms by trek Nagling Bungling (N/H)

Day 7: 5 kms by trek, 35 kms by bus Bungling

Ex. Delhi (Duration 9 nights 10 days)

Delhi – Almora – Dharchula – Panchachuli – Dharchula – Lohaghat – Delhi.

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Kedar Tal

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A ten days trip which involves drive to Gangotri , the ancient source of the holy river Ganga and trek to the finest high altitude Himalayan lake, Kedar tal (4912 mts) punctuated with breath stopping close view of Greater Himalayan peaks e.g. Thaleysagar (6904 mts), Brigupanth (6772 mts) and Jogin Group of peaks. The emerald lake with melting snow of Kedar glacier originates kedarganga, a tributary of Bhagirathi, considered as lord Shiva,’s contribution to Bhagirathi. One can encounter a good variety of high altitude fauna e.g. Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear with a great variety of birds. The trek is bit strenuous, but the rewards are very high.

DAY 01 ARRIVE RISHIKESH . OVERNIGHT HOTEL

DAY 02. RISHIKESH / UTTARKASHI DRIVE 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT: TOURIST BUNGLOW
Early morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi. Situated on the bank of roaring Bhagirathi, this town is famous for its institute of mountaineering. The drive to Uttarkashi is beautiful and along the Bhagirathi river. Arrive Uttarkashi and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.

DAY 03. UTTARKASHI / GANGOTRI DRIVE : 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT : TOURIST BUNGALOW
Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri. Lunch en route at Gangotri, with a hot refreshing bath in hot spring. Arrive Gangotri and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.

DAY 04. GANGOTRI / BHOJ KHARAK TREK: 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT : CAMP Morning after breakfast trek to Bhoj Kharak. The steep ascent to Bhoj Kharak starts as we leave the camp. After an hour climb we travers kedar gorge to reach Bhoj kharak. The entire trek is along Kedar Ganga , through fir (cedus ) and Bhoj (birch) trees. The bark of birch was used as paper for ancient manuscript in Inida. Arrive Bhoj Kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 05. BHOJ KHARAK/ KEDAR KHARAK TREK: 4-5 HRS OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Today we leave the tree line and trek through a long meadow with Bhrigupanth peak in backdrop. Arrive and camp near the gushing stream in the meadow. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 06. KEDAR KHARAK/ KEDARTAL TREK: 4-5 HRS. OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Today the trek is very steep and through boulders and stones. After 3-4 hrs walking on difficult terrain we reach Kedartal . Arrive and camp. Enjoy an excellent sunset on Thaleysagar peak with its reflection in the lake. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 07. KEDARTAL / BHOJ KHARAK TREK:: 4-5 HRS. OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Early morning witness special sunrise on the peaks and lake. After breakfast trace your steps back to Bhoj kharak. Lunch at Kedar kharak. Arrive Bhoj kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 08. BHOJ KHARAK / GANGOTRI TREK: 4- 5 hrs. OVERNIGHT : TOURSIT BUNGLOW
Early morning start trekking down to Gangotri . Witness evening prayer at Gangotri temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganges. Meals and overnight tourist bungalow.

DAY 09. GANGOTRI/ RISHIKESH DRIVE : 9-10 HRS. OVERNIGHT : HOTEL
Morning after breakfast drive towards Rishikesh. Lunch at Uttarkahsi. Meals and overnight Hotel.

DAY 10. RISHIKESH OUT
Morning after breakfast proceed for onward destination. Tour terminates.

ALTITUDE: Rishikesh: 360 mts. Uttarkahsi: 1158 mts. Gangotri 3140 mts. Bhoj kharak: 3780 mts. Kedar Kharak :4270 mtd. Kedar tal: 4912 mts.

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Pin Parvati Pass

Pin Parvati PassDay 01 : Arrival Delhi – Meet at the airport and transferred to hotel. Most international flights lands in night-stay in Delhi is recomended.

Day 02 : Reaching Chandigarh. Hotel stay. Do visit ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day 03: Travel to MANIKARAN via KULLY VALLEY

Day 04: Manikaran-Pulga: Walking Time 3-4 hrs.> Manikaran at 1700m is very popular religious place where people of all faiths comes to wish. Pulga 2100m is very famous among trekkers but mostly returns back. Small tea stalls and hotels are settled in apple orchards and are usually crowded with foreigners.

Day 05: Pulga-Kheer Ganga: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Trail gradually ascends to Kheer Ganga which is a scenic place and now supported by a ” shelter” which is usually heavily crowded by foreigners. Kheer Ganga2850m is a open meadow.

Day 06: Kheer Ganga-Bhojtunda: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Steay ascend to the gorge. Valley then widens and trail crosses several beautiful pasturs supporting many types of wildflowers. There are some Gujjar/Gaddi shepherd emcampments and this will be last human settlement you will be watching. Bhojtunda is 3200m high pastur.

Day 07: Bhojtunda-Thakur Khan: Walkgint Time 4-5 hrs.> Crossing through rocks and dense vegitation. You will see remains of Indian Army helicopter which crashes in high winds when trying to land-just toppled due to velocity of wind. Thakur Khan 3400m is above the cliffs.

Day 08: Thakur Khan-Mantakal Lake: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> You will be lucky if you could see any shepherd encampment. There is a natural bridge and is known as Pandu Bridge.Trail makes some ups and downs and then goes through flowered meadows. To reach Mantakal Lake 4070m, it is 200m of steep ascending over boulders which may not be tough for people who had some expereince but first timer may find learning lessons.

Day 09: Manatak Lake-High Camp: Walking Time 7 hrs.> Crossing terminal moraine and walking by cairns through boulders is high altitude ritual and expereinced trekkers will find it easy and first timers will be able to learn how to find route among boulders and scree of terminal moraine. In bigger climbing expeditions-even expereinced climbers had been seen loosing their ‘way through’. So, this type of walking in high altitude is must to learn for people who love Himalayan trekks.

Day 10: High Camp-Pin Parvati Pass-Pin valley: Walking Time 5 hrs.> From high camp, steep 300m climb to a snoefield and then a small col is way to cross this legendary pass.Pin Parvati Pass 4810m is marked by cairns and prayer flags. Descending is gradual.

Day 11 : Pin valley-Mud: Walking Time 8hrs.> Gradual desceding towards valley floor to village Mud 3600m.

Day 12 : Mud-Sangam: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> A gradual walk though Spiti valley which is a landscape of it’s own type. Sangam is a road head and you can catch bus for manali or Shimla.

Day 13 : Traveling To Recong Peo-hotel stay.

Day 14: trave back to SHIMLA

Day 15: Travel back to DELHI

Shorter Options in Parvati Valley:

Camping: Manikaran is road head and as we mentioned Pulga is 2-3 hrs. walking distance and is ideal place for camping with families /friends.Old and small kids can easily walk on jeepable road which is well marked with teastalls enroute. himadventures.net is regularly using this region for summer camps and as well as family campings.

Trekking: If not for Pin Parvati pass-one can easily reach to Kheer Ganga and Mantalai beyond.

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Kinner Kailash Circuit – Baspa Valley

KinnaurStrenuous trek which requires some high altitude trekking experience . A Unique chance to see tribal culture of Kinnaur. Inner line permit required for Non- Indians and Indians have to register themselves at ITBP check post. A Valid ID is required.

Day 1: Takeover from Delhi airport and 4 hrs of journey for CHANDIGARH. Overnight stay at CHANDIGARH.

Day 2: Reaching SHIMLA -travelling through SHIVALIK MOUNTAIN RANGE.

Day 3: Reaching Recong Peo-this is long but scenic journey-you will be traveling on OLD SILK ROUTE. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Obtaining PERMIT and traveling to THANGI which is 2 hrs drive.

Day 5: Rest Day and short walks for proper acclimatization.

Day 6: Thangi-Lambar: Trail gradually ascends to village Lambar which is a small village with ITBP check post at 2890m.

Day 7: Lambar-Surting: Surting is a small high land and here meets two river streams forming Lambar river. A high tech ITBP post at 3150m , will check your papers as they already had been intimated by Lambar and Thangi posts about movement of trekkers.

Day 8: Surting to Charang: Walking Time 3hrs.> Charang is famous for it’s monastery Rest Day for proper rest and acclimatization. This ia parallel walk and you will enjoy the scene.

Day 9: Charang to Below Lalanti Pass: This is moderate level of ascending and we will camp below LALANTI PASS.

Day 10: Reaching Lalanti : : Lalanti is a high altitude shepherd pastures and snow leopard is also seen here in winters. This area is also famous for Ibex. trail ascends gradually to Lalanti 4420m.

Day 11: Short walk to base of pass. Most walk is on moraine and boulders.

Day 12: Rest Day- next day have to cross pass- and a descending to Chitkul Valley.

Day 13: Lalanti-Chitkul via Charang La (5260m) : Walking Time 8-9 hrs. Hard day, should be early started. Walking though impressive terminal moraine, negotiating 200m of steep climb to pass from where spectacular view of Gharwal and Sangla Valley is seen. Descending is steep upto 200m and then becomes gradual to Chitkul 3450m which is also a read head.

Day 14: Reaching SHIMLA- we shall be starting early from CHITKUL and by evening we shall be reaching SHIMLA.

Day 15: Reaching Delhi.

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