Total no. of days: 17 days
Type of Trek: Moderate to Strenuous
Total no. of trek days: 6 days
Fixed Departure dates: Minimum 6 - 8 member group
Starting point of trek: Barsheni
End point of trek: Sagnam
Location Chart: Delhi - Mandi - Barsheni
- Phulga - Khirganaga - Tunda Bhuj - Thakar Kuan
- Pandu bridge - Mantalai - Base of pass - over
Pin Parvati - Chinpatta Maidan - Mud village -
Sagnam - Dhankar - Kaza - Kunzum pass - Manali
Situated In Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh
Best time to Visit: April and May, September to mid-November.
Considered as one of the most demanding treks in northern Himalayas but as someone has written "long and difficult the trek, the more is its magic". With increasing altitude the whole surrounding mesmerises the hikers. The changing colours of the mountains are unique and the evening sunlight makes the surroundings even more beautiful. Due to the difficult nature of this trek, our experienced guide and team will help at every step to make it an experience to cherish. Our commitment is for client safety and value-for-money services.
Day 1: Delhi (315m) - Chandigarh (365m) - Mandi (750m; 4 hours by train and then 5 hours by car).
Leave Delhi for Chandigarh by Shatbadi Express at 07.40 in the morning. From there we take you to Mandi one of the district headquarters of Himachal Pradesh. Mandi is a beautiful town situated on the banks of river Beas. Mandi has been blessed with 80 beautiful temples and the temples of Panchvaktra and Trilokinath are famous for their architecture. There are many places to explore near Mandi like Parashar lake, Kamru Nag lake, Barot valley and Jehjheli valley, yet unexplored places near Mandi. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 2: Mandi (750m) - Barsheni (6 hours drive) - trek to Phulga (2290m) camp for 4 hrs
Leave Mandi, we reach Manikaran with its sikh temples and hot water springs early afternoon. Porters wait for us to take us for the short trek to our forest camp at Phulga. This is about 4 hours, we go along the right bank of the Parvati river through a broad forest road. Camp near the forest rest house for the night.
Day 3: Phulga (2290m) - Khirganga (2960m); 4 - 5 hours (10km)
The trek again is through forests and surrounding mountains create a beautiful backdrop. We reach Khirganga known for its hot springs and solitary temple on a rock. Camp overnight.
Day 4: Khirganga (2960m) - Tunda Bhuj (3285m); 4 - 5 hours (17km)
We cross meadows and forest and as the valley opens up we reach our camp site at Tunda Bhuj. The surrounding thickly wooded hills present a soothing sight as we relax at our camp.
Day 5: Tunda Bhuj (2960m) - Thakar Kuan (3560m); (16 km)
Through birch forests, crossing rocks and dense vegetation, this section of valley is difficult at places as the trail frequently skirts rock faces that are difficult for laden porters. Reach Thakar Kuan above the cliff section. Overnight in tents
Day 6: Thakar Kuan (3560m) - Pandu bridge (3700m; 7hours; 12km)
Today is a long day as we go through thinning forests of Birch and Conifer and head out above the tree line. Bushes and scrub appear and the trail becomes a bit rough with stones and boulders. We cross two meadows and reach the natural rock bridges at Pandu bridge crossing this natural bridge, we head on to our camp site.
Day 7: Pandu bridge (3700m) - Mantalai (4115m); 8 - 9 hours; (15km)
The trail climbs steadily towards the glacial lake of Mantalai which is also considered the source of the Parvati river.
Day 8: Mantalai (4150m) - Base of pass (4573m); 5 - 6 hours; (12km)
There are numerous streams emerging from this small lake. The path now consists of mainly moraine as we head towards our camp site at an altitude of about 4400m.
Day 9: Base pass (4573m) to other side (4000m); 10 - 11 hours; (13km) finally over to Pin Parvati pass (5319m)
The trail is covered with snow almost year round. The path is known only to trekkers who have been there before and our expert guide leads you to a small snowfield to the top of the pass at 5319m. Boulders emerge from snow as we cross the pass and descend to the other side. Camp is held at 4000m.
Day 10: Camp (4000m) - Chinpatta Maidan (3950m); (14 km)
We are now technically in the Pin valley and skirting the Great Himalayan National Park. We head down to Valley floor. Camp overnight.
Day 11: Chinpatta Maidan (3950m) - Mud village (3800m); (15km)
We encounter the Pin river, rushing towards meeting the Spiti river, and wide valley. Camp overnight near village of Mud.
Day 12: Mud (3800m) - Sagnam (3650m); 8 hours; (16km)
There is a road that now leads to the next village of Sagnam. Rest for the day or we have the option to visit Kungari Gompa, back to camp.
Day 13: Sagnam (3650m) - Dhankar - Kaza (45km)
Travel from Sagnam to Dhankar Monastery. This monastery rests high over the valley and is a stupendous example of local architecture. We have the option to visit 1008-year-old Tabo monastery where His Holiness the Dalai Lama performed Kalchakra in 1996. Check in at a hotel for overnight stay in Kaza.
Day 14: In Kaza (3600m)
After freshening up we take you to Kye monastery which is 12km from Kaza, the largest and most attractive monastery. Then we take you to Kibber (4250m) 2nd highest permanently inhabited village of the world which is connected by a motorable road. After the day's excursion back to Kaza for overnight stay.
Day 15: Kaza - Kunzum pass (4551m) - Manali (2050m; 225km; 10 - 12 hrs)
Leave very early for Manali via Kunzum pass and Rohtang pass. Evening check in at a hotel at Manali for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 16: In Manali (2050m)
After breakfast we take you to the famous Hadimba temple - a famous woodwork in Pagoda style architecture. Then we visit Nagar castle and Roerich Art Gallery - dedicated to the famous Russian painter Nicholas Roerich who married the Indian cine idol Devika Rani. And then we visit Snow point. Afterwards we visit Vashist famous for its hot water springs. After this expedition we go back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 17: Manali - Chandigarh (365m; 315km; 8 hrs) - Delhi (315m) by Shatbadi Express
Leave Manali for Chandigarh to catch onward train to Delhi.
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