Kiryuni to Parmar Kumar
Pangi Valley is the remotest and the most captivating valley of Chamba district, and according to Dr. Hutchison, unique in its grandeur and beauty. The valley not only is blessed with natural and scenic beauty but offers plenty of opportunities for trekking enthusiasts.
The Kiryuni to Parmar Kumar trekking trail is located at around 3750 m above sea level. The Kiryuni Pass to Parmar Kumar is an arduous trek compared to the often used routes from villages of Findroo and Sach.
Usually, the approach to Kumar is either from Findroo or from Sach villages. This trek to Parmar Kumar via Kiryuni pass starts from Killar and takes you through Kiryuni villages. From the villages, the trail winds up all the way to cross the ridge dividing Kiryuni and Parmar.
Parmar valley mainly comprises of three villages Parmar Bhatori, Parmar and Kumar. Headquarters of Kumar Panchayat and located 3 km from Parmar, Kumar is the largest of three villages in Parmar valley.
Seri is the last village in Kiryuni, and its a steep ascent to reach adhwari, and then to Parmar and Kumar.
The trek can be divided into two days. On the first day, you can pitch your camp above the adhwari of Kiryuni village, and then on the second day, trek to reach Parmar by starting the climb in the morning.
The uphill trek to Kiryuni dhar winds upward after crossing through risky areas. There are some patches with loose sandy soil. The last stretch below the dhar is difficult as you have to negotiate a very steep slope. The view from the top is invigorating and enchanting.
The trail descends down to vast, verdant grasslands before dropping down abruptly towards Parmar Bhatori, which houses a Buddhist temple. From this village the trek leads further down to Parmar and Kumar villages.
Aftre Kumar, trekkers can go to Sach village. The other trail leads to Findroo via Gowari, and this trail is considered to be quite picturesque as it passes through a dense forest of deodar and pine.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Exact Location: Kiryuni and Parmar Kumar are part of Pangi Valley in Chamba district.
Nearest Town: Killar
How to Reach
There is a well-defined mule trek from Killar to Karyuni. Chamba-Killar route has been opened and heavy vehicles are allowed to ply on this route via Sach Pass.
This 170 km route is known as Alwas-Killar road and is part of Ahju khara Mukh - Chamba - Tissa- Alwas- Killar road.
Alternatively: From Manali: take the road across Rohtang Pass via Khoskar and Tandi to Udaipur. And reaching Udaipur, follow the road going to Killar up to Sach. And, start your trek from Sach to Parmar.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Pathankot that is well connected with all the major cities in India.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Gaggal airport in Kangra valley.
Best Time to Visit: April-June and October-November
Zanskar Range: Parmar valley leads you to Zanskar Treks, which lies to the north of the main Himalayas. This range runs through Lahaul and Spiti district, and the second highest peak of Garhwal region is located here. Zanskar River cuts through this range.
There are several routes that criss-cross through it, including Parang La, Lachalung La and Marang La, Nera La, and Kungri La.
Sach: Sach is located at an altitude of 8000 feet above sea level. From here, two major trekking trails originate. While one goes towards the Saichu sub-valley, the other trail leads you to Parmar sub-valley.
Grade: Easy To Moderate
Best Time to Visit: March-April, October and November.
Things to keep in mind:
- Prior permission required from District Forest Officer (DFO), Wildlife Chamba
- If you are planning to stay at the rest house, you need to book your accommodation in advance
- To take a vehicle into the sanctuary, you require a permit from DFO