Region: Parvati Valley Total Duration – 4 Nights / 5 Days Maximum Altitude – 4182 m/ 13800 ft Grade – Moderate. Best Season – May to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 48 km Sar pass is one of the most popular trails in Shivalik range. Sar, in local dialect, means a lake. Sar Pass is a moderately challenging trek in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, situated at an altitude of 14000 ft, it can be considered as a great introduction to high altitude trekking. This trek is also very popular amongst Indian trekkers. Sar valley overlooks the beautiful Parvati valley abundant in natural treasure. The valley is surrounded by snow clad mountains, perennial streams, waterfalls, and lush green forests. It is the seventh heaven for any adventurous traveler and nature lovers. The base camp for Sar pass trek is at Kasol. It is surrounded by snow capped mountains temperate climate and elegant pine forests. It resembles much the beauty of molten gold in the first and last beams of sunlight. It is truly breath taking to watch the sunset or sunrise from this point. Kasol is the base for most of the trekking trails in the Parvati valley. It is also called as the little Israel of India. So Kasol offers a genuine Israeli food and such other cuisines like Indian, Continental etc. Kasol is located near to the Manikaran, a holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs. Manikaran also has the hot water springs which are known widely. The serene meadows on the way are a sight to see. After driving for about an hour the trail commences. The trail is packed with dense forests, streams, waterfalls and rocky terrain. The trail to the camp is moderate but steep at the end. Camp is at remote village Grahan. It is as picturesque as its predecessors. Grahan is an ancient village with traditional Himalayan houses surrounded by rhododendron trees. The ascent after Grahan is steep and strenuous. Slow and steady pace of walking is advisable as it assures good acclimatization. Minh Thach is the next campsite, where locals used to graze their livestock. Then we reach Nagaru, which is the last camp before reaching Sar pass. It is a freezing site because of the gusty winds and cold nights. After a long and arduous trek, the sight that Sar pass offers seems like an illusion in it’s beauty and spirit. The top of the Sar pass offers a magnificent view of Himalayan Peaks and meadows. The descent down to Bishkeri is moderate through rhododendron forests. Bhishkeri is a striking meadow campsite with multiple flowers and birds species. One can rejuvenate himself by spending a night at this place. From Bishkeri to Barshaini is a exciting downhill terrain through lush green forests. On the way twin villages Pulga and Tulga will pass by. Then cross the river Parvati and climb for a while till road head at Barshaini. Take bus or taxi to Manikaran. From here depart to your preferred locations. Trekking, after all, is about the joy of solitude and silence, as much as it is about forming everlasting friendships. If you are interested in doing this trek, minus the fanfare of fixed departures, you can book with one of the local operators in the Great Wide Open Adventure Travel Network and cross the Sar Pass, with just your own friends for company. The trail is accessible between April to October every year. How To Reach Manali Distance by road:- Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 540 km's). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay. Nearest Railway Station:- Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 km's) and Chandigarh (310 km's) Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa. Nearest Airport :- Nearest Airport is Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000 ‐ Rs.2,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. Check the operating flights to Kullu as due to weather conditions flights gets cancelled.
Region – Kullu and Spiti Valley Total Duration – 4 Nights / 5 Days Grade – Moderately difficult Maximum Altitude – 4227 m/ 14600 ft Best Season – Mid June to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 50 KM Hampta Pass Chandratal Lake Trek Hampta is the eastern – most pass on the Pir Panjal range which divides the valleys of Lahoul, Spiti and Kullu. This trek route is the shortest line between the Chandra and Beas rivers and was the favored route before the road over the Rohtang Pass was constructed. Hampta Chandra Taal trek is surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks, Deo Tibba, Indra Asan, and Indra Kila. Hampta pass is a popular destination for trekkers & campers accessible on foot from Sethan about 5 days. This is one of the most beautiful and feasible trek for all trekkers, Leads through the meadow of flowers, pine forest, oak and Rhodo, Over the Hampta pass 4200 mtrs to arid and dry Chandra valley as Compare to Kullu Valley. First reach Manali, drive to Prini. Trek starts through Prini village, ascending to Jobdi nala via taxi offers extensive view of the Kullu valley. Easy walk of two hour to the campsite just after the road head. The trail begins by flat from Jobri nala to Chhika walking through the forest of Mapple, Silver Fir, Pine and Oak, paved by the grass and stone and fields of the wild flowers. One can have à cup of tea in a small teahouse on the way, which will refresh you. a gentle ascending walk of an hour ends at the first days camp site- Chikka(3500m.). A pleasant meadow between high bluffs, just above the tree line: common to see a couple of gujjar encampments there. Stay at beautiful campsite in Chhika. As we start on the following day, after an hour once have to cross the river than hiking through zigzag uphill on snow and moraines brings you to the Balu ka Ghera camp site after full day trek. Balu ka ghera offers magnificent evening and twilight views that one cannot forget .High altitude valley often have great lights in the evening and mornings. Next day the trail begins to ascend towards the mighty Hampta pass from Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru camp. As we go higher to 4000m.the oxygen level starts to decrease and weather can cause any situation. The trail is steep incline till the pass on ice, snow, along glacial lakes and rocky valley. After the incline and passing over the Hampta pass, one can enjoy the view of magnificent Himalayan peaks, Deo Tibba, Indra Asan, Indra Kila. The view of the north – Lahoul and Spiti is Amazing.2000 feet straight below is the Hampta stream, emerging from the Hampta glacier to the east and flowing north wards to the Chandra valley. Descent is initially very steep, but then it is a lovely walk of about three hours on the alpine grasslands on right bank of Hampta to the Chandra River. In between descending down one can have snow slides alongside on the route. As we arrive at Shea Goru landscape is quite different and desolate. Shea gohru is located aside of a river and has very cold temperature with strong winds which makes this place coldest campsite of the whole trek. The trail from Shea Goru to Chhatru (3360m) descends towards the left bank of the river and have to cross it once. Soon the Chandra River and distant valley of Lahul/ Spiti come in to view. After 5 hours of descending to river bank slopes down from the high cliffs all around Chhatru, is an ideal location for the end of the day. Have some rest at Chhatru and drive to Chandratal Lake if time allows or In the morning after breakfast drive to Chandratal Lake. Take magnificent scenery of the lake surrounded by bald peaks vast meadows on the banks of the lake, is a perfect site to explore and hang around. Drive back to Chhatru. Drive to Manali through Chandra valley over Rohtang pass (4050 m.) the gateway between Lahul/ Spiti and Kullu “valley of the Gods” Descending by snake-curved road through the pasture of wild flowers and forest of silver Oak, Fir, Popular and waterfalls will accompany till Manali. How To Reach Manali Distance by road:- Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay. Nearest Railway Station:- Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa. Nearest Airport :- Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000‐ Rs.2,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu. Things To Carry:- Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes. Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking. Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals. Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night. Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow. Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle of their own. Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet. Mandatory Documents:a)Registration Form b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor) c)NOC form (by trekker)
Region: Manali Total Duration – 3 Nights / 4 Days Maximum Altitude – 4240 m/ 14000 ft. Grade – Moderate to strenuous Best Season – May to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Manali ; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 35 KM. Brighu Lake Trek The Bhrigu lake a magical place in the lap of Mighty Himalayas, located at 4240m. lies in the east of the Rohtang pass. It is one of the most frequented treks of Manali. It is decent route for those with less or without experience of trekking. This trek takes you through forests to high pastures and offers ultimate scenes of the Kullu Manali Valley. The lake is also meant to be spiritual and holy to the locals and is worshipped by the pilgrims on special occasions. The lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu. It is an ancient saying that the sage used to mediate near the lake for years. Hence it has been rendered sacred due to the locals believe that this lake never freezes completely. The trek starts from Gulaba about 15 kms far from Manali. It is located around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) far from Gulaba village. It can be reached by trekking either from the Vashishth temple, which is famous for its hot water springs, close to the town of Manali or from Gulaba village. Actually there is no settlement in Gulaba and is an area of the Pir Panjal mountain range. The trail to the lake takes one through dense forests of Deodar Oak and is truly fulfilling. As climbing higher the landscape changes into vast and the great valley of Kullu Manali is in front. Ascending the mountain could be a challenge yet the reward of being at camp is promising. Snow capped mountains all around with stunning natural atmosphere is always eye catching. Reaching up to the camp takes some pleasant hours. The camp at Raoli Kholi offers best evening colours and the magical nights with stars glazing better than any place. The next day commence towards our prime destination Bhrigu Lake. The trail is not so demanding but long enough to tire someone. Climbing over mountain ridges brings again the spectacular scenic beauties that one cannot escape by looking at it. The lake is situated at such height that most of the mighty peaks of the valley are visible. The peaks such as Hanuman Tibba, Manali Peak, Friendship Peak, Ladhakhi Peak and Priyadarshini Range with Pir Panjal range. The Lake is not so big in dimensions but deep and alluring in the lap of huge rocky mountains. Spending some of the quality time at this place would bring tranquility and pleasure to someone came from the busy urban life. Returning back from downhill is always a challenge however being careful and conscious about the situation will help someone descend fine. The trail should be walked and enjoyed well, only then one will feel satisfied by himself being at the mountains. The camp would be reached by the evening. Enjoy the sunset painting colors in the sky while having a hot cup of tea. Next morning capture the beauty around on the way and head back to the roadhead by the same route. Drive back to Manali and depart to your destinations.
Region: Manali / Lahaul Valley/Ladakh Total Duration – 10 Nights / 11 Days Style Of Trip – Cycling Maximum Altitude – 5350m /17582 feet. Grade – Difficult. Best Season – June to September. Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 470Km Cycling is widely regarded as the mean of being fit. It is so joyful to ride the bike long distances, instead of driving by a vehicle. If you are a cycling enthusiast and are looking for a new challenge in cycling, come across to the Manali-Leh route, the highest motorable road in the world. It is an adventure filled cycling trip in picturesque settings, where there cannot be a better route than this one. Cycling 500 km over high altitude mountains, crossing some of the highest passes in the world, is no mean challenge, especially because the roads are reasonable and are non-existent at some places. One has to be prepared physically and mentally to complete this journey. And so, with physical fitness, mental resolve and a truckload of excitement start your journey from Manali. The overnight bus journey from Delhi to Manali is comfortable, safe and takes 14 hours to reach the destination. One has to get off at Patlikuhl a few km. further from Kullu and take taxi or bus to the camp at Larankelo, about 8 km. from Patlikuhal. At the camp you will meet the rest of the group, consisting people of varying ages and the organizers. Moreover, the times that we were to face together invariably brings out the best in people. The experience you will get during these ten days goes beyond anything words can explain. If there are the daunting challenges of continuous up slopes, biting cold winds, and uncertain weather, there are also the joys of riding miles of down slopes, getting the first glimpse of the destination and the spell bounding beauty of the mountains. The route takes you through vast grounds of Sarchu and the plateaus of the endless More plains to nomads villages on the way. You might get a chance to see wild animals like Blue sheep, Ibex, Yaks, Marmots, wild horses etc. As we reach Rumtse the landscape turns to a bit greenish side which feels like awesome after days of seeing arid nature. Every morning you will wake up wondering what challenges the day would bring and every night you will go to sleep with the satisfaction of having lived up to another challenge. It would be more appropriate to say that each day will amble away as we pedal through it and yet in no time we find ourselves in Leh. Then to the highest motor able pass at Khardung-la at the height of 5600m. by cycle, demands a great stamina to excel at the top and less oxygen makes it more difficult to ride. But at the end once you reach the pass all the fatigue vanishes by conquering it. The feeling throughout the expedition is outstanding and one should do it once in a life for sure. The expedition ends at Leh, here on one can leave to their preferred destinations.
Region: Manali / Parvati Valley Total Duration – 3 Nights / 4 Days Maximum Altitude – 3700 mtrs / 12030 ft. Grade – Easy to Moderate Best Season – May to November Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Manali /Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 48 Km Chandrakhani Pass Base trek The Chanderkhani Pass located in the middle of lush green Kullu valley is the most famous trek of Himachal Pradesh. The Chanderkhani Pass trek is done all year in any season. But the trek done in winter has a different charm and experience. In winter the trek offers great views of snow laden forests, mountains, meadows, peaks like Inderasan, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba and some prominent ranges such as Bara Banghal Range, Pir Panjal Range, Priyadarshini range. This trek can be done by anyone, even those who have less or never been to the mountains. The trek starts from Naggar, located on the left bank of the river Beas, at 1700m., an ancient town and former capital of Kullu (till 1460 AD) . The valley holds rich culture, traditional houses, great temples and beautiful locations all across the region. One can enjoy visiting Art gallery, Naggar Castle and many other places in the surrounding. Situated in the middle of the Kullu Manali valley Naggar is approachable even in the heavy snowfalls too. In winter the snowfall turns this valley into heaven. The trail for Chanderkhani Pass actually starts from the Rumsu village. Rumsu is an ancient village just few km’s above Naggar. The trail to the pass passes through in the middle of the village. The temples in the village have beautiful intricate carvings. Houses made with wood and stone are interesting to see the rural architecture. The huge Deodar trees can be seen in the middle of Rumsu village. These trees are sited in the surrounding of the temple, are meant to be sacred and holy trees as believed in the whole valley. These trees are so huge that it takes a bunch of people to circle or hold it around. Going further from Rumsu the trail brings us to the initial uphill through the forest. The trail till the campsite is full with dense forests of Deodar, Pine, Fir and Oak trees. One can encounter huge trees of horse chestnut en route too. While climbing up we reach at the place called Stelling, a pastoral meadow which normally is covered with snow in winter. Have lunch and spend some time at Stelling cause further on the snowy trail will start. The conditions and the ratio of snowfall will decide the beginning of snow trail. It could start from the woods above Rumsu village or further up from Stelling or below. So snow will appear somehow on the trail sooner or later. Treading on the snow is not easy as beautiful it looks in a picture. Though walk slowly and steadily that you won’t slip or fall. Few ups and downs then we reach at Ghon Kradi. Our first day s camp at Ghon Kradi, is mainly a little meadow with huge trees all around and abandoned shepherds shelter. ‘Ghon-Kradi’ in the local dialect means ‘Hammer and the Axe’. It is one of the places from where locals used to collect wood for winter. A bonn fire is appropriate on such chilly temperature in the evening. So spend a beautiful night with lighting up the camp fire at Ghon Kradi. After Ghon Kradi an enchanting trail to Naya Tapru will continue. The route to Naya Tapru consists of great snow, as great that trees and its branches are almost immersed and wrapped inside snow. Some smaller trees and a lot more vegetation is seen lost under the great snow. Walking on the deep snow could be a challenge, but with strong will and endurance one can easily pass these obstacles. As you go up the trail, the whole of the Beas valley opens up to you. You begin to see the Dhauladar Range beyond the Beas valley in all its snowcapped glory. The terrain leading uphill is slightly steep on just below the Naya Tapru (9,970ft). However the scenic beauty around would make one to forget fatigue and discomfort. At naya tapru you can have soothing views of most of the Himalayan ranges from a great distance. After spending quality time at Naya Tapru we head back towards the campsite at Ghon Kradi. One should reach the camp by the late afternoon. Stay another wonderful night at Ghon Kradi making Bonn fire on the snow. Next day climb down to roadhead following the same route till Rumsu. From Rumsu ride back to Naggar by any local conveyance.
Region: Manali Total Duration – 3 Nights / 4 Days Maximum Altitude – 3700 mtrs / 12800 ft. Grade – Easy Best Season – May to October Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Manali ; Organized Campsite Food – On trek – All meals included Distance – 30 KM. Beas Kund Trek The Beas Kund trek is one of the most popular treks in Manali which takes one to the origin of the river Beas at an altitude of 3700 mts. and to many of the ancient glaciers located around it. Mythology has it that Beas Rishi meditated here and wrote the epic Mahabharata. Beas kund is a magical place, which is surrounded by the peak of Hanuman Tibba, Ladakhi peak, Manali peak, Muker beh, Sheti Dhar peak and the well known Friendship Peak. There are cascading waterfalls on the way and crystal-clear lake called as Beas Kund. The route to Beas Kund starts near Solang nallah. The trail to Beas kund from Solang Nallah is approximately 15 kms long. A jeep road goes up to Dhundi from Solang Nallah where the SASE, Manali, has a study unit. Route to Beas Kund is three days average trek, that will take us through snow fields (in winter) moraines, meadows, over boulders and glaciers. Bakar thatch is a highland meadow and it takes a leisurely walk of 2-3 hours to reach. The route passes through coniferous trees to alpine pastures. The trail is moderate with few climbs in between. As we reach at Bakar thach one could see snow capped peaks, rocky mountains, glaciers and moraines. Bakar thach is the base for all the expeditions and trekking done in this mountain range. The next stop on this trek is Beas Kund a holy lake located in the lap of massive mountain ranges. As we had started, after two hours of gradual trek, the trail goes uphill for a short distance on moraines, and then traverses over a glacier field to the Beas Kund. Beas kund is a serene lake with spiritual beliefs concerned to it. It is a holy place for the locals and is kept clean by every visitors. Legend has it that if someone pollutes the place the weather changes dramatically and sometimes costs the lives of people. After all the lake is holy and polluting around it could be an act of foolishness. At Beas kund spend some quality time in the tranquility of pure Nature. Then trail back same way to the camp at Bakar Thach. Next morning trail down to the road head at Dhundi.
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