Area: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Maximum Altitude: 4298 metre/14,000 ft.
Duration: 5 Nights 6 Days
Season: June to October
Day 01: Delhi - Manali (12 – 14 hrs.)
The guests will arrive in Manali in the early morning and are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhl bus stand (16 km short of Manali). A representative of the trek will receive and drive them to base camp. Unwind and refresh yourself at camp nestled in a beautiful apple orchard. Explore surroundings, Naggar Castle, Roerich art Gallery etc. Please ensure you are properly geared up for the trek. Any last minute shopping can be done from Manali. Guests will then meet the team and staff who will brief on the trek and take any query. Enjoy the delicious dinner around a bonfire with the group and retire early.
Day 02: Base camp – Prini – Chikka (3530 M) (40 MIN. DRIVE THEN WALK 6/7 HRS)
In the morning, after breakfast we will drive 15 km to Prini, situated on the left bank of River Beas on the Naggar – Manali road. After the bridge on the junction of Duggal and Allain Nala, we will climb a steep ridge to reach the village of Sethan (3000 mts). It is a 12 km trek and will take about 3 hrs. The trail passes through thick forests to the Lahauli village of Hampta. The trail alternates between thick forests and open grounds for 12 km to Chikka. The trek crosses many glacial streams over improvised wooden bridges. Beautiful forested peaks are visible from Chikka after 3 or 4 hrs of scrambling. From here, we will get an excellent view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan group of peaks. When we arrive at Chikka, we will camp here for the night.
Day 03: Chikka - Juara - Bhalu Ka Ghera (3627 M) – Ratni Thach (3800 M)
Today we will gradually ascend the valley, the trail continues to the alpine meadows which are full of interesting flora, crossing stream at Juara, glacial features of the surrounding mountains can be seen along the way. Bhalu ka Ghera, also known as the Bear’s Circle, is the place where brown bears are said to hibernate during winters and during the right time of the year, several species of wild flowers can be seen. After a trek of about 6 km, we will reach a lovely meadow called Ratni Thach (3800 mts). It is a beautiful camping spot and we will camp here for the night.
Day 04: Ratni Thach – Hampta Pass (4298 M) – Shiya Goru (3597 M)
Start the day early by climbing up for about 2 km up to the Hampta pass (4270 mts) while walking on the snowfields. It is now time to get shutter happy with your camera. The final ridge is a little steep to climb and when snow-bound you will you will have to cut steps in the ice up the pass. The view from here is jaw dropping. The peaks of in Lahaul, particularly in the Kulti valley and of the Chandrabhaga group, are seen as a huge cluster, with peak of Mulkila IV raising its head above them. From top of the pass you can see the majestic Mt. Deo Tibba (6001 m), Indrasan (6221 m) and the mighty Greater Himalayan and Pir Panjal Range. A short descent leads to the campsite at Shiya Goru. We will camp in a beautiful meadow by the stream.
Day 05: Shiya Goru – Chattru (33600 M) – Batal (3960 M) – Kunzum La (4590 M) – Chandratal (4300 M)
Today’s trek begins with crossing a small stream and a walk following the valley stream down to the mighty River Chandra. The descent to River Chandra is a bit steep and follows a long ridge. Once in the valley you will re-join the road which crosses the bridge across the river to Chatru. However gentle the river appears, do not try to ford the River Chandra – always use a bridge. This deceptive river has swept away many trekkers trying to take a shortcut. Arriving by the side of Manali-Spiti road at Chattru, we will stop here for tea and lunch break before driving to Chandertaal via Chhota Dhara (3517 mts) and Batal. There are lovely views of the “Chhota Shigri” (small glacier) and “Bara Shigri” (big glacier) along with several high peaks of Lahaul. From Batal onwards it can be very windy as the valley opens up here. The road climbs steeply around many bends to Kunzum La in the east. This road leads to Spiti valley. There is a new footpath leading from Kunzum La that descends to Chandertal, however the more direct approach is the road from Batal, going into the Chandra valley in the north. We wil be driving along the left bank river Chandra after crossing a bridge near Batal. The trail continues for about 14 km to the scenic campsite at the bank of Chandertal, from here you can see the panoramic view of the Chandra-Bhaga Range.
Day 06: Chandratal – Kunzum La (4590 M) – Kaza – Kibber – Chatru – Rohtang La (3980 M) – Manali
The emerald coloured expanse is breath-taking. Spend the morning at leisure by the mesmerizing Chandertal Lake. Situated in a bowl and in a beautiful crescent shape, it offers a view of many peaks. The massive Samundri Tapu glacier joins the valley from the west. It is linked with some major peaks and the Mulkila group at its head. Then, as all adventures come to an end to make way for new ones, we drive to Kaza over th Kunzum La (4590 m) pass and visit Ki Monastery, Kibber before driving back to Manali via Chatru, Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and Marhi. We can trek back or drive to Batal and have lunch there or at Chatru. Rohtang Pass offers splendid view of the Lahaul Valley. We will then head on to Manali. The trek ends here and those leaving the same day will be dropped in Manali to continue your journey back to Delhi.
Celebratory dinner and bbq over bonfire awaits us at the base.
Relax at the base camp or go paragliding or rafting, go angling or just chill by the River.
How to Reach
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali.
Manali is well connected with Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours.
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