Located 13 km from Hadsar is the village of Kugti (2590 m), which has a population of around 1000 people.
Most of the inhabitants belong to the Gaddi tribe. The narrow trail from Hadsar leads you through small wooden bridges over streams, and takes you to the village.
You can visit the ancient Kelang temple crossing the green fields of the village.
Situated at more than 5,000 ft above sea level, Kugti Pass is 10 km from Kugti village. It is one of the three passes over the Pir Panjal into Lahul.
Kugti pass offers a panoramic view of Mount Kailash to the south and the peaks of Lahul valley to the north. Lahes is the base of Kugti Pass.
Kugti Sanctuary is around 87 km from Chamba, and is situated at an altitude ranging from 2,195 m to 5,040 m. The vegetation of the sanctuary comprises of moist deodar forest and western mixed coniferous forest area.
The vegetation of the sanctuary is known for its medicinal plants.
This sanctuary plays host to a number of Indian Wildlife species. One can spot 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.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Exact Location: Kugti is one of the most remote tribal villages in the Chamba district.
Nearest Town: Dharamsala, Chamba
How to Reach:
From Bharmaur, one can reach Hadsar by jeep. From Bharmaur, Kugti Sanctuary is located around 30 km.
To reach the village and the sanctuary, one has to trek from the Hadsar roadhead to Kugti Village which is at a distance of about 15 km. The nearest railhead is in Pathankot.
Best Time to Visit: April-June and October-November
Kelang temple: Located around 5 km from Kugti village, Kelang temple is dedicated to Bazir of Lord Shiva. The temple is at an elevation of around 3,200 m above sea level.
Manimahesh Lake: From Hadsar, one trail leads you to Manimahesh Lake and other to Kugti village. A glacial lake, Manimahesh is situated at an altitude of around 4170 m.
It is one of the highest lakes in Himachal Pradesh. This crystal clear lake is at the base of Chamba Kailash (Manimahesh Kailash Peak), and has religious significance especially for the Gaddi tribes.
Best Time to Visit: May-June and September-October