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Malana - Chanderkhani Pass Trek

Product Code: TRCP
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Duration: 5 Days
Season: May-Nov
Grade: Moderate
Region: Himachal Pradesh
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DAY 01: Naggar– Rumsu (2150m)– Stelling (1350m) Trek /5-6 hrs

We will meet at Naggar and straight away commence our trek. The day’s walk is through the blue Pine and Deodar , walnut, golden Oak and wild Cherry. From here there is a climb of about little more than an hour will take us to Rumsu village. From Rumsu there is prominent path which leads us to the pastures of Stelling. Overnight in the tents at Stelling.

DAY 02: Stelling – Base Camp Chiklani (3450m) Trek/5-6 hrs

Today your hiking initially is extremely beautiful on pasture lands of Stelling and Ghalkrari. From here the Birch treesl can be seen replacing the Oak and conifers. Later a gradual climb will take you to the base camp Chiklani. Overnight in tents.

DAY 03: Base Camp Chiklani – Chanderkhani pass (3650 m)– Nagruni thach (2800m) (Trek / 5 - 7 hrs)

The entire trek offers excellent views of snow covered mountains and beautiful open valleys. This day we climb to the Dhalakda Pathar anf from here continue gradual climb on the ridge to Chanderkhani pass. Its awesome sight from the pass as the Bara bangal range is towering high in the west, Pir Panjal in the north and Parvati in the east. From the pass the descend is steeper towards Nagruni in comparison to the ascent to the pass. With cautious foot steps we reach Nagruni our campsite for the night stay. Overnight in tents.

DAY 04: Nagruni Thach – Malana (2600m) (Trek / 5 - 6)

The trail from Nagruni continues to descend steep in times to reach Malana. The walk is enjoyable and awesome through the conifer foerst. Arrive in Malana village and cmp for overnight stay. Overnight in the tents at Malana.

DAY 05: Malana – Jari  – Kullu (Trek / 2 - 3 hrs) (Drive / 1 - 2 hrs)

This morning continue to descend on steep but well defined path towards Jari. Initially the peth descends through the fields and later enters the forest dominated by Deodar trees. . We continue to trek to Jari. From Jari we board the awiting vehichel and drive to Kullu via Maniraran. Arrive in Kullu our trip end here.



  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Accommodation
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Camping stools
    • Mess Tent
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 till lunch on Day 5. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
    Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)


  • Transport of any nature (to include transport click on the transport box above)
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • GST


  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.




Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)


Down jacket (for additional warmth)


Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover


Warm Gloves


Waterproof Trekking boots




Rucksack (60 ltrs)


Waterproof gaiters


Warm high-length woollen socks




Trekking poles


*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra


  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true


Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)

For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  3. Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
  4. Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) with a proper hood
  5. Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  6. Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  7. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  8. Woollen cap (Balaclava)
  9. Inner fleece gloves
  10. Outer water proof gloves
  11. Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4 – 5 pairs)
  12. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  13. Comfortable waterproof (Goretex) Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
  14. Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  15. Gaiters
  16. Raincoat / Poncho
  17. Small light weight towel
  18. Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  19. Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  20. Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
  21. Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole
  22. Sunscreen Lotion
  23. Lip Balm
  24. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  25. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  26. Personal toiletries
  27. Book, if you like reading
  28. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  29. Carry rain cover for your bags
  30. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  31. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)


Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.


5 Days | May - Nov | Mod | Max Alt: 3650 mts (Chanderkhani Pass)

Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Naggar - Rumsu (2150m) - Stelling (1350m) (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 02: Stelling - Base camp Chiklani (3450m) (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 03: Base camp Chiklani - Chanderkhani Pass (3650 m) - Nagruni thach (2800m) (Trek / 5 - 7 hrs)
Day 04: Nagruni Thach - Malana (2600m) (Trek / 5 - 6hrs)
Day 05: Malana - Jari - Kullu (Trek / 2 - 3 hrs) (Drive / 1 - 2 hrs)


This is a trek meant for people who dont have too many days on them and yet want to get a very up close and personal experience of the big mountains and the Himalayan culture. Chandrakhani Pass is a beautifully tranquil mountain pass about 3660 mts above sea level in Himachal Pradesh. The key attraction is the fabulous views of the Pir Panjal and Parbati Range and the Deo Tibba Peak. Also adding a truly memorable flavor to the trek is the fact that it introduces the trekker to not only the beautiful locales of the Kullu Valley but also to the isolated cultures of this hilly area, which is unique and very interesting

The early months (April early June) there is lot of snow on the trail and this can make the trek interesting but the walks slightly difficult as one needs to exert more. This trail can be done in monsoon months as well as winters (with added precautions). Find below a short write up on places covered during the trek


The Kullu valley and the mountains that create the backdrop are ensconced between two mountain ranges Pirpanjal and Dhauladhar. The river Beas that flows trhough the Kullu valley completes the charming picture. On the left bank of the Beas, at 2057 mts, lies Naggar, an ancient town and former capital of Kullu till 1460 AD, when the capital was shifted to Sultanpur about 30 kms away. This ancient town commands beautiful views, especially to the North West of the valley the pristine Beas river and the fertile fields with beautiful evergreen vegetation and trees and the majestic mountains that surrounds it. Naggar is also home to the Naggar Castle unique because it is over 550 years old and made of stone and wood. This has been converted to a heritage hotel now. Naggar had also been made home by Nicholas Roerich in 1929. His house there has been converted to an art gallery and museum and is open to visitors.


You begin this trek through a forest to Rumsu. As you go up the trail the whole of the Bease valley opens up to you and you begin to see the Dhauladal Range beyond the Beas valley in all its snowcapped glory. The trail has dwarf Rhododendron shrubs and Bhojpara trees in the lower reaches and as you go up the vegetation gets sparser.

The path follows the ridge, which divided the Beas river on our left and the Malana stream to our right. While the ascent to the ridge had been on gentle slopes, the mountain fell steeply on the Malana side. Pillars assembled from loose rocks marked the top of the ridge.

You will pass by an open grassy area along the ridge marked by large stone markers (natural stone slabs brought up as offerings and kept one top each other to create a sort of pillar or just plated into the ground like a tombstone) by the locals who do this to honour their sacred demi-gods (Devtas), the area being their sacred habitat of the devtas. You soon reach the Chadrakhani pass marked by a sort of a gateway made by travellers two mounds of rocks through which you have to pass. The descent starts from here. It is gradual but soon becomes steeper.


When you eventually reach Malana, you find that it is a cluster of stone roof houses (around two hundred of them). The majestic peaks of Chandrakhani overlook Malana, which is connected to Kullu by two other passes besides the beautiful Chandrakhani pass, the Parbati valley crossing and the Rashol pass.

Malana is an autonomous self-sufficient village whose inhabitants claim Greek ancestry. The Malanis believe that they are the descendents of Alexander-The Great. For this reason Malana is even called Little Greece. The village population is around 1500 and has an unique system of administration with a higher and lower court guided by the spirit of village god Jamlu. According to the locals they are one of the first democracies in the world and do not follow the Constitution of India. They follow an indigenous system and they believe they are independent and superior to others not of the village who are considered untouchables. The unique geographically remote location of Malana has enabled it to preserve its culture and biodiversity. It is an ecological haven.

For the visitor to the village there is a long list of Dos and Donts. While the locals are friendly, visitors are encouraged to keep distance and not to touch anything in the village. The village is divided into two areas, upper Malana (Dhara Beda) and lower Malana (Sor Beda). The local language of Malana is Kanashi. Interesting thing to note here is that the language does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in its neighbourhood. It seems to be a mix of Sanskrit and several Tibetan dialects. Two important festivals are celebrated in Malana, Badoh Mela celebrated in August and Fagdi Mela in February.

The Malanis have 11 clans and they marry inside the 11 clans of the village only. Never has a Malana person married outside the village. There is no restriction to the number of marriages men or women want to have. All the middle-aged people have been married at least 10 to 15 times. Marriage is a simple affair and those wishing to be married or remarried assemble in the main village square. The men, with fire torches in their hands, will look for a bride who consents to the union. In case of a dispute over the father of the child, the decision of the woman holds. Although the Malanis are wary of strangers, amongst themselves they co-exist and cohabit without restrain.

The MalanaJariManikaranKullu stretch on the last day can be done on foot as well as by jeep. When you descend from Malana you will come by the Malana river. There are two hydroelectric projects on the river. The Malana and Parvati rivers meet just below Jari. Malana I Power Plant Project carries the waters of the Malana in pipes downhill directly into the Parvati, some kilometres above the point of confluence. You have to cross a bridge over the Parvati to get to the gates of the Malana I Power Plant from here on the road goes towards Manikaran.


Manikaran falls under the state of Punjab and is located in the Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati, towards the northeast of Bhuntar in Kullu. It is located about 45 kms from Kullu and stands at an altitude of 1760 mts. Aprt from its beautiful landscape, the highlight of Manikaran include its hot springs and pilgrim centres for Hindus and Sikhs.

The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the great flood, and thus it is a sacred area. It has many Vaishanavite temples including a Gurudwara. According to legend, the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley when Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The earring was picked up by the serpent deity, Shesha, who disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha returned the earring only when Shiva performed the Tandava (cosmic dance) by shooting it up through the water. According to local legends, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the earthquake of 1905.

Duration 5 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh

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