KASHMIR GREAT LAKES TREK
Kashmir is known as the crown of India. It is indeed a paradise on earth, due to its unmatched beauty and grandeaur. Kashmir falls in between the greater Himalayan ranges and the Pir Panjal mountains. It has numerous enchanting meadows and pristine lakes. Kashmir has a variety of adventures to offer to a avid trekker, which is beyond ones imagination.
The kashmir great lakes trek is one such beautiful trek. This trek takes you to some of the beautiful lakes situated in the tantalizing mountains and meadows of Kashmir region in Himalayas. Starting from the Sonamarg, at the base of Zozila, it passes through the Kishansar, Gadsar, Vishnasar, Gangabal, Satsar and Nundkol Lakes. You will also encounter some unknown Lakes in the path that accentuate the beauty of this trek. Your trail will end at the village of Narang.
Day 1. Srinagar to Sonmarg.
First you have to reach Srinagar. Srinagar is the capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. There are various means by which one can reach Srinagar. There are flights from Delhi ,which takes about 1 hour to reach srinagar. You can come by road.The jammu Srinagar highway is a magical journey.The valley begins just after you cross the jawar tunnel.You are treated with views of amazing landscapes all the way. Once you reach Srinagar ,we will drive to Sonmarg which is about 3 hours away. From here we walk to the campsite at Satkuri. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 2, Sonamarg -shekdur-Nachnai
Today we start our exiting journey into the mountains. There is moderare walk for about 3 kilometers. Then you come across a lone shop. This is the only shop on the trail. You can refresh yourself with a few snacks and cold drinks. After about ten minutes of ascending you reach a big green meadow. The meadow is sloped towards the valley side. You can view the entire sonamarg village from here. Pine trees grow here in abundance. This place has an himalayan climate which is ideal for pine trees. There is a small water body at a short distance, the water of which is so pristine , that the reflection of the trees is crystal clear. Then its like magic on earth, you enter into a forest of Maple trees. This will be a walk of your life, as the grass below feels like velvet and the trail between the maple trees makes u feel amazing. When you reach the top of the ridge the Maple forest ends. There are many paths in this route, so dont get confused, just stay in sight of your trek leader.From this place you will be able to view the entire sonamarg valley. The streams, the pines, the maple trees and the huge meadow make you realize why Kasmir is called one of the most beautiful tourist locations in the world.
The climb ends here for now. you can view the snow capped mountain of Shekdur from a meadow. There is another 3 hours walk along the meadow. After some time you will see a stream. This has to be crossed over. Nichnai is now not too far off. You walk along the valley, which is quite wide. You can see the mountains on both sides. The gushing waters of the stream makes lot of noise. Its a hours walk along the stream. Then again a meadow appears. This is the camping ground of Nichnai. its been a long walk. Time to relax and relish some snacks. Overnight stay at Nichnai in tents.
Day 3. Nichnai to Vishansar lake (12000 feet)
Start the day early because its a long walk today. The Nichnai pass can be seen from the campsite. We will walk along the left side of the stream. You will feel the ascend getting steeper. It will take about an hour to climb the pass. From the pass you can view the Sonamarg valley.Dont let the climb worry you, make sure to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and feel the crisp mountain air. The altitude of the Nichnai pass is 13500 feet. The pass is surrounded by mountains on all sides. There is a steep climb along the Nichnai pass. The effects of altitude can be seen here. You might have a mild naseua or headache. When you reach the top of the pass, the trail starts to descend. The path is not too well defined and is rugged at places. Make sure to move slowly down the path. After some time you will come to a meadow, which has lots of red flowers. This is a place to view the beauty of the Himalayas at its best. There is a small stream to be crossed. The water of this stream is too cold. Be brave for some time. Facing the cold is mostly a mindgame. You can also see a another small stream. This is a river just coming out of its source the Vishansar lake. After a short walk we reach our camping site. Vishansar lake is just 100 meters from our camping this spot.You can spend the rest of the day leisuring around the place. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4. Vishansar – Kishansar lake- Gadsar pass- Gadsar.
The next morning take the trail by the right of the lake. After about 45 minutes of moderate ascend, we reach kishansar lake. Kishansar gets its name from the kIshansar peak, which can be viewed from here. As we go higher the lake and the meadows form a wonderful frame for photographs.After Kishansar lake many beautiful meadows can be seen.You follow the path along the ridge. There comes a point from where Vishansar and Kishansar lakes can be viewed togather. At the end of the ridge is Gadsar pass. At an elevation of approx 12700 feet ,it is the highest point of the Kashmir great lakes trek. You walk along a narrow alley for some time and you can see lots of Iris flowers. Just a short walk from here is gadsar. In Gadsar you have to camp in the army area. if you want to go further you have to seek permission from the army.
Day 5. Gadsar to Satsar.
Start the day early. Satsar is 10 kilometers away. Walk towards the stream. You can cross the stream without the bridge. If you think you cannot cross the the stream you can take the bridge, only it will be a more steeper climb. You will go through beautiful meadows again today. This area is high security area so the Army people could ask for permits on the way just before the first lake of Satsar. Satsar is a area of seven lakes. Atleast five of them are always filled with water.This also depends on the season you are visiting the place. This is the place which we are going to camp for the night. Overnight stay will be in tents.
Day 6. Sarsar to the twin lakes of Gangabal.
Start the day early as its a long 9 kilometers walk to Gangabal. The path goes though undulating landscape, and you have to walk up and down initially. You walk along the biggest of the Satkar lakes which comes in the last. After a half an hours walk you will reach a tree covered area. A ridge line will be visible now more distinctly, and you have to start climbing towards the ridgeline. A zig zag path takes you to the top of the ridge. There are two more ridges to cross. The path is rocky and goes though boulders. You will be able to see the biggest of all the lakes Gangabal it all it’s beauty and grace. From here it’s a continous descend until you reach a green patch. On the way you encounter a small stream, which freshens you while the tough descend. You first reach the lake of Nandkol, this place has been a big campsite.Nandkol lake is at the base of the Harmukh peak. There have been complaints in recent past that people throw lots of rubbish here. Make sure you dont do this. There is stream which joins Nandkol with the lake of Ganagabal. Cross the stream by the man made bridge and you reach your camping area. Over night stay here in tents.
Day 7. Gangabal to Narang.
Today is the last day of the trek. Take the trail along the ridge line instead of a the one along the river. When you look back the Harmukh peak looks magestic and impressive. There will be a lot of small wild flowers on the meadow. Watch your steps so you make sure you do not go crushing them as you walk. After some time you will be able to spot some villages and houses. You might get mobile signal and you can give a call back home. that is if you have some battery power left. In the end there will be a sudden drop in altitude as you will drop to about 3000 feet in about four kilometers. Be sure to walk with caution. You will ultimately reach the stony village of Narang. It will feel great to be back in civilization after 7 days. after a short walk you reach the road ,which takes you back to Srinagar. Time to bid goodbye.
First it was a trek at -20, now join me at 20,000 feet.
Duration: 9 Days
July 16, 2016 – July 24, 2016
July 23, 2016 – July 31, 2016
Aug 01, 2016 – Aug 06, 2016
Aug 13, 2016 – Aug 21, 2016
It has been a wish of every mountaineer and trekker to climb a summit of 6000 plus meters. Stok Kangri is the most accessible peak in this elite club in the Himalayas. This majestic peak can be seen towards the southern sky from the town of Leh.
Roopkund is a trekkers paradise. Far away from aggravating habitations . at the awe inspiring altitude of 5029 mtrs above sea level, hidden in a cirqued nest of the garhwal himalayas, lies this pure pristine lake. It is inaccessble most of the year, due to heavy snow and ice cover. The lake remains frozen most of the time of the year.The lake is at the base of Trishul and Nanda Gunti peaks, and is surrounded by moraine -strewn glaciers. The trail meanders through virgin himalayan forests, which are strewn by enchanting undulating huge meadows like Ali bugyan and Bedni bugyal. This place does cast a mersmering spell on you. Roopkund is 5 kms from a place called Bhaguwawasa This trail has wonderful campsites. Roopkund lake has lots of myth and folk lore related to it. Like all high altitude lakes this lake is considered sacred. Every 12 years a ”Nanda Devi raj raj” yatra dedicated to the Godess Nanda is organised here till Homkund ,which starts from Nauti village near Karnaprayag. Numerous remains of human skeletons are found around Roopkund , stories of which are told here, the most prominent one being that these people died of a hailstroam five to six hunded years ago. what they were doing there is still a mystery to be unveiled . In all., Roopkund is a completely unique package of trekking and camping experience in the Indian himalayas.
Day 1. Katgodam to Lohaganj. (213 kms)
There are various trains from Delhi to Katgodam. Most of the trains run overnight. When you arrive at Katgodam our representatives will be there to receive you. We will then start our journey towards Lohaganj. Lohaganj is the road head point ,from where the Roopkund trek starts. Its a long but interesting journey between Katgodam and Lohaganj. The road passes through some lovely landscapes and beautiful sceneries. The town of Almora falls in between. Most of the journey is along a river. At night we halt in Forest rest house/ log houses or tents.
Day 2. Lohaganj to Didna (8 kms).
The trek starts from Lohaganj. Today the trek goes till Didna, a tiny village along a meadow. First there is a steady climb till Lohaganj pass. Then there is a walk downhill till you reach the Bedni river. Bedni river is also known as the Bedni Ganga. After crossing a bridge , the trail goes through a forest of Bamboo and Oak. The climb is gradual till the village. Just beyond the village is a meadow, which will be the camping ground for the evening.
Day 3.Didna to Ali Bugyal.(10 kms).
Rise early. Todays trek goes again through a forest of Oak and Bamboo.The gradient is moderate, and you will start enjoying your climb.The landscapes are mersmerising. These is the Garhwal Himalayas at thier best. Ali Bughyal is long green meadow situated on top of a hill,which makes it a awesome site for a all round view of the magnificient mountains. Ali Bugyal one of the best camping sites in the Gharwal himalayas. Camp for the night here in tents.
Day4. Ali Bugyal to Patharnachauni (5 kms)
The trek is comparitabily easy today. Your trail takes you to the other side of the ridgeline.This is the most interesting thing about wlking in the mountains, when after crossing a ridgeline the view changes. A new chain of mountains can be seen. Ghora Latoni on the Roopkund trek is a wonderful campsite. The views are awesome from here. Camp overnight in tents.
Day 5. Patharnachani to Bhagwabasa (6kms)
On todays trail you can encounter snow,as you climb to an elevation of more than 4000 metres. If not acclimitized properly ,you can have the feeling of high altitude dizziness. However this is not permanent. You get used to the altitude. This is high altitude trekking,so you have to take certain measures that will help you acclimitize and you will not feel the fatigue and not be short of breath. Have plenty of water, that is remain hydrated. Take small steps, and dont try to hurry. As we go higher the greener pastures are replaced by more desolate rock stewn places.Bhaguwabasa at an elevation of 4100 metres is one such place.This place is exposed to icy northern winds.Overnight stay in tents
Day 6. Bhagwabasa to Roop Kund Summit and back to Bedni Bugyal.
This is the most fasinating day of the trek . Roopkund lake is 3 to 4 hours walk from Bhagwabasa. Its about 5 kms of moderate climb. It is advisable to start the day early. There are 3 main reasons for this. Firstly you can cross the streams without getting wet,because of the low temperature ,there is less flow. The weather get bad during the latter half of the day and there are chances of having a whiteout . Lastly the earlier you begin your day,more time you get to explore,and you can walk upto Junargali. Junargali is half an hour walk from Roopkund. Junargali is the highest point on Roopkund trek. Explore the Roopkund area for some time, and enjoy the moments here.Return to Bedni Bugyal for overnight stay in tents.
Day 7. Bedni Bugyal to Lohaganj (11 kms)
As you start your return trek, bid goodbye to an unforgettable experience as you can capture a glimpse of Mt. Trishul from Bedni Bugyal on a clear day from Kanakdhar, en route Wan. Follow steep descents, gradual climbs through forests packed with blooming rhododendrons. After a steep descent for the Neel Ganga, arrive at Wan. From here, you’ll drive to Lohajung. Spend the night here.
Day 8. Lohaganj to Katgodam.
After getting to the base camp at Lohajung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Lohajung. This is a great place to relax and chill out and our rewarding trek.Early morning start drive towards Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our trek ends.
This trekking route is in Chamoli District of Uttrakhand. It is more famous for The view it offers of the great 7000 meters club peaks like Kamet (7756mtrs ), Trishul(7120 mtrs), Chaukhamba (7128 mtrs) and Nanda devi ( 7817 mtrs). . The kauri pass has a magnificent and enchanting view of many other peaks Neelkant, Hathi Ghoda parvat, and Dhronagiri. It is a delight to watch some of the great mountains of the Indian Himalayas on this trek. This route is also trekked in winters.
Day 1. Reach JoshiMath.( 1890 mtrs)
Joshimath is 265 kms from Hardwar. It is the gateway for many expeditions , treks, and Pilgrimages. The road goes through Dev prayag, Rudraprayag, and Karnaprayag. Joshimath has many hotels, lodges, and a GMVN Rest house.
Day 2. Joshimath to Chitrakhana(3300 mtrs) , via Dhak.
There is a road till Dhak village. Dhak is 12 kiolmeters from Joshimath. From Dhak , its time to take the trekking trail towards Chitrakhana, which is appox 6 kms. The valley opens up after some time. Camp overnight at Chitrakhana.. You can view the snow capped mountains from this route , including the 7138 mtrs high Chaukhamba 1.
Day 3. Chitrakhana to Tali top, 6 kms.
The trek starts through green vegetation , and a few trees of Rhododendron and Spruce. After an hours walk you reach a ridge at an elevation of 3500 meters. . Just some distance away is a meadow which serves as a camping ground.
Day 4. Tali to Kauri pass and back, 8 kms one way.
The day , has to began early, as it’s a long trek today. The ascent to Khullar top is gradual. , then traversing though a snow area, we reach Kauri top. The wind is hard here, as it is in all cols. . The view is breath taking. You can see the magnificent Nanda devi (7816 mtrs. ) Nanda devi is the highest peak , totally inside Indian territory. Return to Tali for over night stay.
Day 5. Tali to joshimath via auli
The trail goes through the Famous Gursan Bughyal. It is a moderate descent to Auli. Auli is a famous for its skiing slopes. Then You drive to Joshimath .
Day 6. Joshimath to Haridwar.
Manali is the main point you have to reach. Then across Rohtang(3900mts) 49 kms from Manali, you reach Grampoo.Turn right from Grampoo, after crossing chattru and chotta dara, you reach Batal. Batal is around 100 kms from Manali.You can stay over night in Batal. You can drive to Chandertaal through a jeep road or trek 18 kms to reach Chandratal and it will take us about 5-6 hrs, while on this trek we will get a nice view of the Lahaul range, peaks like Minar(6172 M), Talagiri(6279 M), Tara Pahar(6227 M) and Mulkila (6517 M). At Chandertaal only tented accommodation is available.
Next morning after breakfast we will trek to Tokpo Gongma(4350 mts/14300 ft.It is around 12 kms, and takes around 6hrs of walking. The trek is through rocks and scree.Enjoy a good view of the mountain peaks and glaciers throughout walk.there is a big river crossing to be done before reaching the campsite, so please do not go alone or if you don’t have technical skills.pitch your tents at tokpo gongma.
It is advisable to leave the camp early the next morning. You have 2 rivers to cross today. There are a few snow bridges to be crossed. You can use a rope while crossing the river. The magnificent view of snow capped peaks stay with you until you get to the first major stream.the first stream is relatively easier . the water is icy cold. Then after 3 hrs , you will reach the bigger stream , this is the topko yongma, If you keep walking upstream, you will reach a snow covered area. Maybe you are lucky enough to find a snow bridge here.You have to camp at the grassy patch of tokpo yongma.Topko yongma is at an altitude of 4620 mts. The trek from topko gongma to topko yongma usually takes 5 to 6 hrs.
The walk from topko yongma to Baralacha is a beautiful one . One stream has to be crossed. Then there are green plains which are vast, this place is called baralacha south. The landscape here is awesome. After a short walk you reach Baralacha station at Manali Leh highway. Baralacha La means the summit with cross roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul meet here. Near Baralacha La is the beautiful emerald lake, Suraj Taal, the source of the Bhaga River.
Deo tibba base camp trek.
Day 1. Manali.
Manali is where you have to arrive. Manali is 309 kms from Chandigarh, and 207 kms from Shimla. Arrive in Manali, and check in. Stroll around the town , for acclimatization.
You start from Manali , and reach Jagatsukh, 6 kms from manali. You start the trek Upward from Jagatsukh, and after 4-5 kms of easy walk, you reach Khanol(2200 mts). This is an ideal place to camp.
Next day, walk along the Jagatsukh stream, and though a forest of oak, pine and rhododendron , to reach Chikha(3000 mts). There is a lovely meadow here, and lots of sheep herds are here with their flocks. This place is ideal for camping.
Next morning start early for Seri(3900 mts). To the deo tibba glacier, You can have a glimpse of Deo tibba from here. You can camp here or go back to Seri for the night, or return to Seri.
Next day Seri to Chikha, and then Chikha to Jagatsukh, and then drive up to Manali.
Elevation. 4240 mtrs.
This is also a high altitude lake trek, near Manali. It is located towards the east of Rohtang. It is 6 kms from Gulaba. This trek can also be done from Vashist , which is 3 kms away from Manali.
Day 1 . Manali.
There is lot to do around in Manali, once you reach there. The best is walk around the town for acclimatization. There are a few old temples around, or maybe a stroll around the market place, which will help you push up your fitness level for the trek.
Day 2. Trek to Gulaba, Rohilikholi.
Gulaba falls on the Manali Rohtang road . You can drive up to Gulaba, and then trek to Rohilikholi, where you camp for the night. The trek is approx. 6 kms.
Day 3. Rohilikholi to Bhrighu lake and camp at Panduropa.
It’s a 5 hrs trek from Rohilikholi to Bhrighu lake. The lake is considered sacred. It’s a enchanting landscape. . It’s a great view from the ridge. You can view Hanuman tibba to your west, and athe Chandrabhaga ranges lie toward the north.. Inderasan and Deo tibba can be viewed towards the south. Descend down to Panduropa , for over night camp.
Day 4. Trek to Vashist.
As you descend through the green forest area, you can view the Beas valley . Then apple orchads and cultivated land approaches. You reach Vashist. You can enjoys the hot spring water bath here, and drive down to Manali.
Patalsu is a mountain summit near Manali. It’s a popular trekking route , due to its proximity to Manali, and substantial height gain . The trek is also done by mountaineers who come from lower elevations, to get acclimatized with high altitude, before venturing into much higher altitudes. The trek goes through the last village of Kullu, through a forest , into alpine pastures. It’s a magnificent view from the top. You can view Hanuman Tibba(5930 mtrs), Indrasan (6221 mtrs) , and Deo Tibba (6001 mtrs).
Trek to the next campsite Solang Valley. Solang is 11 kms from Manali, with an elevation of 2950 mtrs.. The trek goes through dense forest, Apple orchards, and old villages. There are many streams on the way. Set up Camp at Solang Nala.
It’s a few 150 mtrs descend from Solang towards the Beas river. Then after crossing a bridge, there is moderate to steep gradient. The trek passes through dense forest, into alpine pastures. Its about 6 hrs trek to the summit. It’s a magnificent view from the top. You can view Hanuman Tibba(5930 mtrs), Indrasan (6221 mtrs) , and Deo Tibba (6001 mtrs). Return to Solang campsite for the night.
Passes have always had mysteries and stories about them . Chanderkhani is one such enchanting and beautiful pass, at an elevation of 3600 mts. The trek goes through dense forest, green and alpine meadows. Once across the pass you descend into the secluded town of Malana.
Yo can stay overnight at Kullu or Manali. The starting point of the trek is Naggar, which is 00 kms from Kullu. There is a lot to see in Naggar, like the nagar castle, Roiriech art gallery, and the Tripurasundari temple.
Naggar To Chiklani
Start the trek from Nagar. There is a steep ascent for some time. Then you reach a village named Rumsu. (2135 mtrs). From the village , another 4 hrs walk takes us to Chiklani (2378 mtrs) .The trek is mostly through forests. . Camp here for the night.
Chiklani to Nagruni(3000 mtrs)
Its a short and gradual climb towards the pass from Chiklani. Once on the top of the pass, you have a magnificent view of the high mountains covered with snow. You can have an enchanting view of the Pir panjal mountains, the expedition peak of Deo tibba, and the mountain range that rises from the parvati valley . Nagruni is a campsite surrounded by forests.
Nagruni to Malana(2652 mtrs)
There is a short climb up to the village. Manala was once a world in itself. It has a totally different dialect from rest of the kullu valley. The people are fair skinned and light eyed. They have entirely different cultural , social, and religious traditions and practices. There is a Camping site outside the village.
Malana to Jari, and Manali.
There is about 45 minutes descend to a place named Jari. From here you board into jeeps for your journey back to Manali or Kullu. Overnight stay in a hotel.
This is one beautiful trek, which follows a beautiful trail along the Beas valley, into the mountains of the Dhauladar ranges. It takes you through lush green shephards meadows, and forests of Himalayan Birches and Junipers to a place from where the river Beas eventually originates. Beas kund is the name given to a small pond where Sage Beas used to meditate. This lake is considered sacred as it is believed that Sage Beas use to bathe here.The lake is fed by melts of snow from the mountains above.
Day 1. Manali to Dhundi (3150 mts)
Dhundi is 18 kms from Manali. On the way is Solang . Solang is famous for its long slanty meadow, which makes it a ideal sking ground. Its also famous for paragliding as there is a flat grass patch for landing. There is a road till Dhundi, but it’s a restricted to go beyond Solang. The route between Solang and Dhundi has to be trekked. Dhundi is a tranquil place , distant from the main tourist hustle bustle of the valley. The first night’s camp is here.
Day 2. Dhundi to Bakharthach.(3300 Mtrs)
The trek gradually starts taking ascend now. There are lots of lush green pastures on the way. Bakharthach is a small meadow on a small hillock. Bakherthach as the name suggest is a sheep’s grazing ground. From Bakherthach , one can view the seven sister peaks, Priyadarshani peak being the highest. This place is a base camp for most expeditions to the peaks above like the Mt Friendship and Mt. Shetidhar. The Mountaineering Institute at Manali also sets its camp here to impart Snow and Ice training. Camp for the evening here.
Day 3. Bakharthach to Beas kund (3650 Mtrs) and back to bakharthach.
Start the trek early morning . There is a gradual short climb and we reach a small moraine area.Then there is a long walk on a flat land. There are many small stream to be crossed. You can jump over them at places , or you walk over a bridge of stones. This place is paradise as you are surrounded by high mountains and snow covered peaks on thee sides. The flat land ends and you reach the Beas kund lake. This is a small lake fed by the melting waters of the snow mountains above. The river Beas originates here.
As this lake is considered holy, it is mandatory to take your shoes off at a marked territory before the lake.
Day 4. Trek back to Solang nala.
Next morning enjoy the wonderful view of the mountains around Bakharthach. Then trek back to Solang valley.Reach Manali by evening.
PIN PARVATI TREK (5300 mts.)
Passes always had legends, even today they are mysterious ,challenging and revealing. Walking across a high pass has alway given travelers an opportunity to be part of an age old legend. In olden times when there were few roads and transport facilities were limited, people walked over these high passes for getting to greener pastures or for visiting relatives across the mountains. Pin parvati trek , is a trek which joins the Parvati valley of Kullu to the Pin valley of Spiti. Thus the name Pin parvati pass. The interesting part is the sharp contrasting landscape difference between the two valleys , the parvati valley is a huge bio diverse area, whereas , pin valley is a cold desolate desert.
Day 1. Manali.
Arrive at the beautiful town of Manali. Situated at at elevation of 2050 metres at the banks of River Beas, Manali is the hub of adventure activities in the region. In the evening stroll around the local market. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 2. Manali- Buntar – Bharsheni.(2216 mtrs). 4 hrs
You start your journey along the Beas river and reach Buntar, which is 50 kms from Manali, and 10 kms from Kullu. From Buntar take the road along the Parvati river, after crossing Manikaran you will reach Barseni (2216m). Barseni is the road head camp for Pin Parviti trek. 2 kms ahead the villages of Pulga. Overnight stay in Tents/ homestay at Barsheni.
Day 3. Barsheni to Kheerganga(3020 mts) . 5hrs.
You walk though the villages of Kalga and Puga. On the way you will see the confluence of the Tosh nallah and the Parvati river. The last village on the route is Nathkhena. You have to cross over the Parvati valley to the left bank. There is a brigde to cross the river. The trek now goes through a lush green forest of Pine, Deodar, Oak and Rhododendron. After another short walk you reach a alpine meadow known as Kheerganga. It has hot water sulphur springs.Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4. Kheerganga to Tundabhuj (3285mts). 5 to 6 hrs.
The treks starts to ascend gradually today. The trail goes through forests and small meadow portions keep coming on the way. There are amazing views of the parvati valley from this trail. There are three streams to be crossed today. There is a log, tree stump, or improvised bridge over the streams. When you have crossed over the last one you can see the campsite of Tundabhuj which is a open meadow. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5. Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan(3620 mts) .5 to 6hrs
The initial trail is relatively flat. Then the trek goes through a rocky patch, and the path is not well defined in some places. It is advisable to trek after Tunda bhuj with a experienced guide. There are a couple of streams to be crossed today. One of the streams has to be crossed using a pulley bridge. Thakur Kaun is a well defined pasture, with lots of wild flowers like Buttercups, Iris and Poppies. This is an ideal place to camp. Overnight
Day 6. Thakur Kuan to Odi thach (3800mts) .5 hrs
There is a another pulley bridge to be crossed today. There are areas full of boulders, and lot of streams gushing down. It is here, where the legendary Pandav pull (bridge) lies.This is a stone bridge put across the stream. There is a steep ascent towards the last though lots of scree. Many western Himalayan flower species like the Himalayan blue poppy bloom here. Odi Thach is a wonderful camping site ,with a wonderful views of the Snow covered mountains. Camp for the evening at Odi Thach in tents.
Day 7. Odi thach to Mantalai. (4115 mts).7 hrs
You will feel the temperature dipping now. The nights are much colder now.The route towards Mantali turns towards the right side of the valley. If you see far, you will see a rocky ridge which you will pass after an hour of walking. After crossing this ridge you will see the swamp land along the Parvati river basin and walk in the extreme left side of the valley. After a rocky patch which is a morraine area, you will reach Mantalai lake, and then the Mantalai camping area. Camp overnight in tents.
Day 8. Mantalai to Pin parvati base camp (4300 mts)7 hrs.
Early on the trek, the gradient is gradual. There is a stream which has to be crossed, and you have to remove your shoes to cross over. The icy water does get cold. Then the climb gets steeper and you encounter ice area as you are closer to the base camp.It keeps gets steeper and tougher. . There is lots of rock area here. Navigation has to be proper so that you do not venture into the wrong direction. Between the big rocks and boulders there is a flattish land, which is the camping area for the evening. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 9. Pin Parvati Base to Camp crossing the pass, on the spiti (pin valley )side.
Start the day early.The Altitude of the pass is 5300 mts.The weather usually worsens during the latter half of the day, so plan your trek early so you can cross the pass in good time, and have a nice view from the top. The trek usually takes 8 hrs.The trail goes though snow and you have to trek along a glacier . Be careful of crevasses, there are real deep ones. There are times you have to use a rope. The climb to the top can take about three and half hours. The top of the pass is beautiful, and like all Himalayan passes, you can hear the flutter of prayer flags. There are some amazing views of the snow capped mountain ranges the most prominent being Manerang peak. The descending toward Pin Valley is steep, so it is advisable to rope up and lot of care is to be taken while walking down the trail. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 10. Camp to Tiyai camp.(3700 mts) 5 hrs.
Today is a beautiful walk through amazing landscapes, with a spectectular view of the pin valley. There are a few stream to be crossed. You may find some improvised bridges and pulleys on a few. Remember Snow fed streams are in full flow during the middle of the day, make sure you cross them early. There are signs of some greenery now. Overnight stay in tents at Tiyai.
Day 11.Tiyai to Mud(3650 mtrs) and drive to Kaza (3650 mtrs)
First the trail goes through barren and stark area. After some time you can see a green valley in the distance. This is the village of Mud. Mud is the last village of the Pin Valley. You will be happy to be back in habitation once again. The people are very friendly and inviting. There are a few Dhabas and some small Home stays here. From Mud proceed to Kaza. Overnight stay in Guest House/Hotel at Kaza.
DAY 12. Kaza to Manali.
After an early breakfast, we pay a visit to the famous Kye Monastery. The monastery was made in the 11th century, and has 5 floors. It has about 250 monks. The view from the terrace of the monastery is amazing. Then we head for Kibber, which is one of the highest inhabited villages in the world at an elevation of 4270 metres. From Kibber we start the journey across The 4590 metres Kunzam pass and the 3990 metre high Rohtang pass. The passes offer some exellent views of the snow covered Chandrabhaga ranges. Reach Manali in the evening and check into a comfortable Hotel.