Upon reaching Manali, check in to your rooms and spend rest of the day chilling and getting acclimatized. One can go for small walks to the nearby temples or monastery or maybe check out the market to do some last minute shopping for the trek. Overnight in the hotel.
In the morning, you drive to the dam site at Jobra and from here walk through a very pleasant landscape. The walk initially goes through a mixed forest having pine, spruce, chestnut and maple trees. Crossing an alpine meadow, you may notice various Gaddi shelters, which they use during the grazing season. Later you cross the river at a vantage point, if the Gaddis haven’t made a makeshift bridge somewhere along the river. We cross the river and climb to a beautiful meadow called Chikha along a side stream. Today’s hike is a gentle one and will take about 2 hrs. Having rested for some time one will be advised to walk up a short distance to a nearby waterfall which also plays host to a number of white capped redstarts. Overnight in tents.
After a healthy wholesome breakfast, continue along east of the valley past some beautiful birch groves and waterfalls. As we trek due north one can see the hanging glaciers at the base of Deo Tibba. The trek gets much easier as the gradient levels out. Overnight in tents
Today is a long day, it might be difficult if the snow has not melted. You cross Jagatsukh stream and climb the grassy ridge towards the left of the waterfall. Over here you get spectacular views of Deo Tibba (6001m). The route continues across the grassy slopes that leads to a moraine at 4800 m. Rest here for a while and digest the views and then head back to Serai. Overnight in tents.
On this day we trek back to Jobra nalla via chikha. This will take about 5-6 hours. Overnight in tents.
It’s an interesting day’s hike today. We cross the stream immediately after the campsite and start gaining height and moving towards a gorge section towards the right side moving along the river. We will walk through boulder sections, meadows filled with wildflowers, cross a waterfall and a side river which might require careful handling to reach our campsite for the day, Balu-ka-Gheera. This hike will take about 3.5 to 4 hrs with a few breaks in between. This campsite is along a network of river channels and has big mountains guarding it on all sides. Our guides might also take the decision to walk for an additional hour and reach an upper campsite also called by the same name. This will make next day’s climb a bit shorter. We rest and relax at the campsite and get charged for the next day’s climb to Hampta pass. Overnight in tents.
Today weather and trail conditions will decide what time we leave but it’s going to be an early morning departure for sure, between 5-6:00 a.m. The walk is in all probability going to be partially/completely on snow depending upon season and weather conditions. From the camp we start with a steep climb on scree slopes to reach a ridge and from here we continue climbing towards another ridge which leads to the pass. This climb will take about 4-5 hrs and one will be rewarded with absolutely out of the world views all around. Indrasan and Deotibba peaks completely dominate the landscape and the ranges towards Lahaul look quite majestic. We spend some time at the top taking pictures and to have lunch and having regained our energy start climbing down carefully towards our destination for the day, Shea Gahru campsite, which is set beautifully between the mountains. This descent will take about 2-3 hrs. Overnight in tents.
The hike today is completely downhill and in a completely contrasting landscape typical of Lahaul & Spiti regions. There are a couple of tricky sections in between involving careful traverse and river crossings so we let our guides carefully guide us through these sections. We move through a long scree and boulder section which overlooks the road leading to Spiti. We finish at Chatru and from here board the waiting vehicles to take us to Chandratal. This ride will take about 2 – 2.5 hrs. Chandratal is a complete delight to senses and lazing around the lake can be a surreal experience. Overnight in tents.
Please note that there is a possibility that the road to Chandratal is not open. In this case our guides will decide the course of action in consultation with the group members.
After breakfast we start on our hike from the lake to the top of the Kunzum pass at 4600m. This is an easy hike and one moves along the landscape getting a very good feel of this semi-arid terrain. We finish at Kunzum pass where we board the waiting vehicle and from here drive to Manali via the Rohtang pass.
For travel to Haridwar and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Season for this trek is from mid-June to mid-October. In the early days of the season we will catch a lot of snow on the high passes which reduces considerably by August. As the season proceeds we might catch rain towards Kullu-Manali valley but on the other side in Spiti, we will have sunny days. Days are generally going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 6 °C. In the latter part of the season (Sep – mid-Oct) there is very little snow on the trail and good weather throughout but with possibility of snowfall. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-18 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 6 to 4 °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.
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
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.
- Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
- Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
- Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
- Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
- Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
- Woollen cap
- Woollen gloves
- Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
- Scarf/muffler (optional)
- Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
- Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
- Raincoat / Poncho
- Small light weight towel
- Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
- Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
- Sun glasses
- Walking stick / Trekking pole
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Lip Balm
- Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
- Personal toiletries
- Books, if you like reading
- Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
- Carry rain cover for your bags
- 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
- Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
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
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.
9Days | Jun to Oct | Mod+| Max Alt: 4800 mts (Deo Tibba)
Day 01: Manali (2050m) Rest & Acclimatize
Day 02: Manali (2050m) - Jagatsukh (1850m)- Jobra Nalla (2707m)- Chikka (3100m) Drive 1 Hrs Trek 2-3 Hrs
Day 03: Chikka (3100m) Serai (3900m Trek/ 5-6hrs)
Day 04: Serai (3900m) - Deo Tibba Base (4800m) Serai (3900m) Trek 7-8hrs
Day 05: Serai (3900m) Chikka (3100m) Trek 5-6hrs Drive 1hr
Day 06: Chikha (3000m) Balu-Ka-Gheera (3600m) Trek/4-5 Hrs
Day 07: Balu-Ka-Gheera (3600m) Hampta Pass (4300m) Shea Gahru (3700m) Trek/6-7 Hrs
Day 08: Shea Gahru (3700m) Chatru (3300m) Chandratal (4300m) Trek/3-4 Hrs & Drive/2-2.5 Hrs
Day 09: Chandratal Kunzum Pass (4600m) Manali (2000m) Trek/3-4 Hrs & Drive/5-6 Hrs
This is a pleasant trek to the base camp of Deo Tibba peak and an introductory glance at the beautiful Himalayas in the Manali region. The trek begins at the village of Jagatsukh, which is 6 km from the town of Manali. The trail ascends up the valley alongside the Jagatsukh nala, a pristine Himalayan stream where a hydroelectric plant is being established. We continue to follow the stream to high meadows and pasture lands at Chikka. The climb up the valley continues until one reaches the large flat pastures at Seri, surrounded by the lesser peaks of the region. The first glimpse of Deo Tibba can be seen from here. After crossing Jagatsukh nala a couple of times, and passing the Tenta waterfall on a nearby ridge, one reaches the base camp of Deo Tibba. The high altitude becomes evident as snowfields are in sight everywhere from here onwards. Further ascent brings us to the moon-shaped lake called Chota Chandratal which is the source of the stream. The establishment of the hydroelectric project has extended the motorable road up to Jobra Nalla and this shortens the length of the trek by one day. The trek is one of the easiest ones to get accustomed to the pleasures of trekking in the Himalayan ranges. The vast meadows at Serai (formerly a glacier) and Tenta are some of the most enthralling places to spend time at. This is a spectacular view that haunts every trekker giving a unique experience. During the spring season the valley gets covered with green and the variety of flora, and bird species is a absolute treat to the nature lovers.
The striking highlight of any trek involving crossing over a pass into the Lahaul/Spiti region is the wonderful contrast in landscape that one gets to enjoy and this trek is similar in this regard. We start from absolutely lush green valleys of Kullu & Manali and land up in semi-arid region of the Lahaul valley. This wonderful trail is meant for everyone, right from fit/adventurous first timers to seasoned hikers. The pass itself is very inviting and poses fewer challenges compared to some of its brethren but is in no way a cakewalk. This trek is quite interesting and moderately challenging in stages with the difficulty of the pass being governed by weather conditions. You will be required to cross the reasonably high Hampta pass (4300m), do a few river crossings, camp in complete wilderness and walk long stretches on certain days. The trek to Hampta pass offers unmatched variety & excitement all along the trail to take care of any exhaustion that might set in.
The trek starts from the beautiful Manali valley with a short ride from Manali town getting us to the starting point of the trek. During the first two days of the hike we move through lush green landscape having several meadows inhabited by local gaddis (shepherds). This is a very enjoyable and relaxed stage and one camps at beautiful spots. We walk along rivers and streams and cross a few waterfalls. There is an interesting mix of spruce, horse chestnut, pine, deodar, oak and birch trees all along this section. Shepherd dogs, sheep, white capped redstarts and whistling thrushes comprise the wildlife you get to encounter. Depending upon the season you will also get to see a good variety of alpine flowers. Next stage we approach the Hampta pass through a relatively challenging terrain which involves walking over scree slopes and boulder ridden trails. The route to the top might be under snow depending upon the conditions and might pose some difficulties. The close views of Deotibba, Indrasan and other unnamed peaks will give you a feel of being completely immersed in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. This is an experience you will surely cherish all your life. We crossover the pass and descend steeply to the grass lands of Shea Gahru. This stage would take about 8 hrs or so.
The last stage of the trek is in the stark and beautiful Lahaul valley and will take us to Chatru from Shea Gahru. This is an easy section with a few tricky situations to keep you on your toes. From Chatru we board a waiting vehicle to be driven up to the beautiful Chandratal lake where we camp for the night. Chandratal is truly a jewel of the mountains being one of the finest high altitude lakes in the country. Next day we hike up from the lake to Kunzum La (4600m) through a very scenic landscape. Here we board the waiting vehicle and drive to Manali.
|Region||Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh - Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh - Spiti|