Kugti pass Trek
Photography by Arjun Majumdar
Kugti Pass is located near the scenic hamlet of Kugti at an altitude of around 5,050 m above sea level. Its part of the Pir Panjal range of Central Himalayas, and a perfect destination for trekkers. Ascending this pass, one can reach the Duggi Plain, a pasture land and an ideal camping ground. Standing at the summit, one can see the spectacular Manimahesh Kailash Peak and Dhauladhar ranges, and also the snow capped mountains beyond Lahul valley. At the base of the Kugti Pass, one can explore the Leah Cave.
The trekking trail starts at Brahmaur that leads to Hadsar, which is 13 km away, and from Hadsar you ascend and descend to reach Kugti village. To reach the Duggi Plain, you need to pass through the village, and cross a side-stream, and climb along the Budhil Gorge. On the trekking route, you come across Keylong temple and also the temple dedicated to the reigning goddess of Kugti Pass – Murkula Devi.
From the temple, you climb through alpine meadows to reach Duggi camping ground. This vast rocky grassland is located at the confluence of the Budhil River and Duggi stream.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Exact Location:Kugti Pass is located in Bharmaur of Chamba district.
Nearest Town: Bharmaur
How to Reach:
Kugti Pass can be reached from Bharmaur. There are two roads to Bharmaur, one is via Banikhet and Chamba while the other route is via Khajjjiar and Chamba. The first route is the longer one but has better roads while the second route is narrow and hilly. It is a 4 hours drive from Dalhousie to reach Bharmour.
The Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar is the nearest airport and the nearest rail head is at Joginder Nagar. One can reach Kugti Pass also from Dharamsala, which is well connected by road. There are buses available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla and Pathankot for Dharamsala.
The nearest railhead to Dharamsala is at Kangra Mandir, located at a distance of 22 km, and the major railway junction is at Pathankot, 85 km from Dharamsala. Pathankot is well connected with all the major cities in India.
The nearest airport to Dharamsala is the Gaggal airport in Kangra valley. The airport is at a distance of nearly 12 km from Dharamsala and reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach Dharamsala.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity:
Kugti Sanctuary: Kugti Sanctuary is situated at an altitude ranging from 2,195 m to 5,040 m. The undulating habitat plays host to snow leopard, ibex, brown langur, common cat, leopard, deer, musk marten, Himalayan yellow throated fox, Indian/red Serow, ghoral, Himalayan thar, monal and snow cock. One can also find number of medicinal plants here. It is located at a distance of about 30 km from Bharmaur and 15 km from Kugti village.
Bharmaur: This picturesque small town is bounded by high mountain ranges, and is known for its ancient temples and monuments. Bharmaur is the base for the Manimahesh Yatra, and there are a number of trekking trails that start from here.
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