Bharmour to Manimahesh
An Indian trek from Bharmour to Manimahesh is a unique trek which reveals a combination of adventure & religion.
Our trek starts from Bharmour to Manimahesh which is a Holy lake at 4115 m, the beautiful Manimahesh Lake, located at the base of Mount Kailash or Chamba Kailash (5775 m).
It is known as Abode of Lord Shiva. In Bharmour, visit the village of Chatrari, which has 2 temples dedicated to Shakti Devi and Lakhna Devi.
The sculpture of the idols is of ancient vintage and superb quality. This place is also famous for its Gaddi clan and temples which are more than 1000 years old.
Bharmour has been the capital of the region for more than 400 years. Before touching Manimahesh, you will cross Gauri Kund "the lake of Goddess Parvati". It is a lake where females can dip in Ice cold water.
Manimahesh is 34-km away from Bharmaur, at a height of 4,170m. The view of the mountain top of the Manimahesh Kailash and its reflection in still waters of the lake are enthralling.
Trail down carefully; this will bring you to Dhancho.
Trek Grade: Easy
Chaurasia: Chaurasia temples have 84 shrines, it is believed that 84 Siddhas had passed through the area to Manimahesh to settle down and meditate.
There is a shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, in Manimahesh. It is a brass sculpture of Nandi, the holy bull.
Kugti: The famous Kugti Pass sets at an altitude of 5040 meters. It is a difficult trail from Bharmaur to Keylong.
Kugti has rest house which offers an impressive panorama of the coniferous forests. Visit the famous temple of Keylong Wazir, 2 kilometers away from here.
Please note: Major attractions also include the wooden architecture and the metallic idols of Bharmour.
How to get there:
By Air: There are airports in Gaggal, Pathankot, Chandigarh. All these places are close to Chamba.
By Train: Closest railway station is Pathankot, well connected to main cities in India.
By Bus: Chamba has the bus station which is around 3 km away from the heart of the city. Chamba is well linked by public channel system to all nearby cities.
Places to visit nearby:
Chintpurni is full of picturesque settings. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chintpurni Devi. This religious spot is mostly visited by pilgrims of Buddhist and Hindu as well.
Rewalsar is the most holy place for Buddhists. Only 24 km away from Mandi city, this place has a majestic lake called Rewalsar, set at an elevation of 1360m.
It is nestled with dense vegetation and mountain ranges. You can get a chance for boating in lake.
Other mesmerizing places in the vicinity are the temple of Bani Mata and beautiful
Best time to visit: June to October
- Get acclimatized with trekking gears.
- Carry along energy boosters like juices, snacks with you while trekking.
- The descent is tricky. Avoid walking fast while trekking down.
- Do not spoil the camping site.
Things to carry:
- Warm jacket / pullover
- Warm gloves
- Warm socks
- Prescribed medications (if any)
- Backpack / rucksack
- Warm track pants / trousers and shirts
- Hiking shoes
- Flash light with extra batteries
- Suntan lotion and toiletries
- Camera (optional)Water bottles