This trek is one of the great treks of Himachal Pradesh, exploring mountainous terrain across Kullu Valley and Chamba district. The 10-day trek, over mountain passes and through thick pine forests, is a walk through the real Himachal Pradesh. You get to visit the remote and untouched village of Bara Bhangal right in the middle of the trek and see how they have been living their shepherd, or 'Gaddi' lifestyle for hundreds of years, living in home of wood and stone and enjoying traditional Himachali meals of rice and red beans (rajma). The trek starts in Manali in the Kullu Valley and crosses over the Thamsar Pass (4665m) to end in Bir near Dharamsala.
Day 01: Arrive in Manali
Day 02: Manali to Lamadug (3017m)
Day 03: Lamadug to Riyali Thach (3400m)
Day 04: Riyali Thach to base of Kalihani Pass (4010m)
Day 05: Kalihani base to Devi ki Marhi (3850m) crossing Kalihani Pass (4725m)
Day 06: Devi Ki Marhi to Dal Marhi (3900m)
Day 07: Dal Marhi to Bara Bhangal village (2882m)
Day 08: Bara Bhangal village to Mardh (3830m)
Day 09: Mardh to Plachak (2721m) via Thamsar Pass (4878m)
Day 10: Plachak to Rajgundha (2440m) to Billing (2310m)
HOW TO REACH MANALI
- Bhuntar Airport, right next to Kullu town, is 52 km south of Manali. Taxis are available at the airport and a Bhuntar to Manali trip costs about Rs. Rs 1000.
- Volvo buses leave from Delhi to Manali on a regular basis. The journey takes 12 to 14 hours and the seats are quite comfortable. The buses usually leave in the evening from Delhi and get into Manali next day early in the morning. You can book bus tickets here - www.booking.hptdc.in
- Taxis are also available to Manali. Taxis offer more flexibility as you can stop wherever you want and choose your own departure schedule.
INCLUDED IN THE COST
- All ground transportation wherever indicated in the itinerary. The pickup and drop off point will be your hotel.
- All accommodations on the trek is on a twin-sharing basis.
- Equipment: Tents, down sleeping bags with fleece liners and foam mattresses, trekking poles, ice axes, ropes, and luggage bags.
- Dining facilities: mess tent, camp chairs, camping table
- All meals during the trek: breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner featuring Indian, local Himalayan and Chinese cuisine. Please indicate your preference for veg or non-veg meals or any other special dietary needs while booking.
- Trek team: guide, kitchen staff, porters and pack ponies.
- All camping fees and permits for the trek.
- Medical kit with medicines for high-altitude sickness and oxygen bottles.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST
- Hotel accommodations and meals in Manali
- Alcoholic beverages
- Entrance fees for temples or monasteries
- Tips for the staff
- Costs caused by natural calamities or situations beyond our control - rain, bad weather, road blockage, landslides, or any political disturbances that may require extra boarding and lodging. Please arrange your own travel insurance before the trek.
THINGS TO CARRY
- Personal backpack with rain cover (50-60 liters)
- Day-pack with rain cover (20-30 liters)
- Walking stick (optional)
- Head-mounted flashlight
- Water bottle
- Snacks: energy bars, dry fruit, electrolytes
- Personal medical kit and hygiene kit including sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, moisturiser, anti-bacterial/anti fungal creams, brush and toothpaste, toilet rolls and towels
- Woollen hat / Balaclava / Sun hat / Sun glasses with UV protection
- Woollen / Waterproof gloves
- T-shirts / Thermal inners
- Quick-drying trek pants (avoid denim jeans - these do not dry quickly and are not comfortable for long-distance walking)
- Fleece shirts and jackets
- Down feather / Holofil jackets
- Wind/Waterproof uppers and lowers
- Raincoat / Poncho
- Woollen socks / Flip flops / Trekking boots / Gaiters
- Gumboots, if crossing glaciers or heavy snow