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This was my first trek in Himalayas and I totally enjoyed it. Natural beauty was everywhere forest and snow covered mountains. People in the group were...
Amazing trek with exciting trails and we really got our money's worth! Trip was well planned and executed. Special thanks to our guide who was very coo...
Departure: On Weekends
About the Chanderkhani Pass Trek:
This breathtaking Chanderkhani Pass trek encompasses a plethora of jaw-dropping sights alongside the gorgeous environs of Himachal Pradesh. This trekking package in India begins at Naggar and after crossing the Chanderkhani Pass at 3600m, the trail heads to the Malana village, famous for its distinct and very reserved social culture.
This trek is laden with a bunch of beautiful alpine pastures offering gorgeous views of some of the highest snow-covered mountain peaks and open valleys. The trail requires walking through the blue Pine and Deodar, walnut, golden Oak and Wild Cherry. The remarkable sight from the pass is magnified by the Bara Bangal range towering high in the west while the Pir Panjal ranges fall in the north and Parvati in the east. A typical trek up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Chanderkhani Pass is one those Himachal trekking packages that is ideal for all trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers.
About the Destination:
Reigning at a staggering altitude of 3,660 meters above sea level, Chanderkhani Pass is cradled in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The Chanderkhani Pass Trek is ideal for a beginner and falls into the 'easy' category. The trail is lined with dense forests of deodar, blue pine, walnut, wild berry and golden oak, and carries you through scenic alpine pastures. Mesmerising vistas of Himalayan neighbours like Deo Tibba, and ranges of Pir Panjal, Parbati and Bara Bhangal greet you in all their snowclad glory.
Posing as a scenic bridge between the valleys of Kullu and Parvati, Chanderkhani Pass guarantees to put you in a Himalayan daze with the blanketing beauty. Originally, this route was the only way to reach Malana village before a proper road was laden. The trek begins from Rumsu in the village of Naggar and carries a beautiful backdrop of the Kullu Valley. The Pass Base Camp Nauya Tapru can be reached by trekking through dense alpine forests carpeted with brilliant flora and foliage. Reaching the actual Pass requires treading through snow laden trails that seem like something out of a fairytale!
Chanderkhani Pass is a window to some of the largest Himalayan behemoths which chaperone your journey. It treats you with sweeping meadows unfurling against the canvas of majestic Himalayan peaks. The grandeur of the fencing beauty captivates your senses throughout the trek. One of the best treks in Himachal Pradesh for beginners, Chanderkhani Pass is essentially an archetype of Himalayan trekking, though every trek is unique in its own way. Besides the natural beauty that the journey envelops, it exposes trekkers to the unique culture of Himalayan villages. If you’re craving for a Himalayan adventure, but have only a handful of days to spare, head to the Chanderkhani Pass without hesitation.
Maximum Altitude: 11,970ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Railway Station: Pathankot is the nearest railway station
Airport: Bhuntar (Kullu) airport
This day, you assemble at Naggar and begin the Chanderkhani Pass trekking experience right away. The activity is a delightful one amidst Blue Pine and deodar, walnut, golden oak and wild cherry areas. Once at this place, you ascend for around an hour or more to the path that brings you to Rumsu Village. From here, there is a clear route that takes you to Stelling pastures. Tonight, you will sleep in tents.
This day, enjoy a hike that would first be on charming Stelling and Ghalkrari pasture stretches. When at this place you can see Birch trees. Sometime during the course of the Chanderkhani Pass trek, you take a steady ascend to the Chiklani basecamp. Tonight, you will sleep in tents.
Your whole trekking journey provides stunning sights of snow-clad mountains and charming open valleys. Today, you ascend to the Dhalakda Pathar and later proceed to a steady uphill on the ridge of the Chanderkhani Pass. From here, soak in the great views of Bara Bangal range in the west, Pir Panjal to the north and Parvati in the east. After that you start your climb down gets steeper when on the way to Nagruni as compared to the climb up to the Pass. Tread carefully and arrive at the camping ground of Nagruni where you will pitch tents for the night.
This day, the path from Nagruni carries on to an at times steep downhill till you arrive at Manala. Enjoy the trek that is a charming one amidst conifer forest. Reach Malana Village and pitch tents for the night.
Today morning, you carry on with the downhill climb on a steep through a route that is marked well till Jari. At first, you go downhill amidst fields and then pass through a woody area of mostly Deodar trees. Proceed downhill to Manala Nallah. When at this place, cross the gorge area and arrive at Manala Power project site. Proceed walking to Jari, from where you hop in to a vehicle to be driven to Kullu through Maniraran. Reach Kullu that marks the end of your Chandrakhani Pass trekking journey.
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Rated : 5.0
This was my first trek in Himalayas and I totally enjoyed it. Natural beauty was everywhere forest and snow covered mountains. People in the group were very friendly and our trip leader was very helpful. Food during the was also good and best time was in the evening when after a day long trek you sit together other fellow travel and have lot fun on campsite. It was one of the best trip of my life.
Rated : 5.0
Amazing trek with exciting trails and we really got our money's worth! Trip was well planned and executed. Special thanks to our guide who was very cooperative through out the trip. I had heard a lot about Malana village and always wanted to go. When we reach this village on day 4 it was like dream come true. We did camping at remote places and meet some of the amazing people during the trek.
Rated : 5.0
Passing through the narrow and unknown terrains were the most exciting. Greeneries all the way and the snowy peaks made the trek more intriguing for me. The best thing about these treks is that no matter you are you would enjoy the trek.
Rated : 5.0
To reach Manala village we have to cross over Chanderkhani Pass. The trek passes through beautiful alpine pasture and we have beautiful view of some of the high mountain peaks. Tough terrains there is not so easy and the weather is unpredictable.
Rated : 5.0
Chanderkhani Trek was indeed a pleasant experience. Apart from awesome trekking experience I got to meet such wonderful people. The best thing about these treks is that no matter you are solo or with friends you get meet so many new people - it was more of a learning experience for me.
Rated : 5.0
This experience was simply out of this world. Really nice place and what a view from our base camp.
Rated : 4.0
The trek was really nice for the rate we paid. Most treks are costly if they are to be good. This trek was good but not costly. The trek started with a forest walk throughout. After going through the forest, we went up the snow capped peaks. These led us to the further ranges of the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. It is one of the popular ranges. On the other side, slowly we saw the Beas valley. We camped at some of the beautiful locations before reaching the peak and completing the trek. In short, it was a memorable, adventurous, and a fun-filled experience, to say the least.
Rated : 4.0
The first part of the trek was through a forest. There were many paths immediately above Rumsu and I was happy that Hira was with me to show the way. As we went up, the snow capped peaks of the further ranges of the Dhauladhar on the other side of the Beas valley became visible. We passed some nice camping sites. With some more altitude gain,i get to meet new people and also made new friends and had an awesome trek.
Rated : 4.0
Beauty and fun! This trek was an amalgamation of fun and beauty totally. We had a really great time with the trek. The trek led us to the beautiful scenaries, landscapes, and picturesque locations of Himachal Pradesh. Our camping sites were amazing where in the evening we used to listen the stories of fellow trekkers.
Rated : 4.0
The beauty of the Himalayas is simply indescribable and if anything could show you that, its this mindblowing experience at the Chanderkhaini Pass in Himachal. It is simply breathtakinga nd the trek is something like out of a fairytale. Pretty villages, charming outsposts, you will see everything and more on this exciting excursion.
When is the best time do Chanderkhani Pass Trek?
The best time to do the Chanderkhani Pass Trek is mid May to End September except July & Aug.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
This trek is begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.
What all things I should carry for the trek?
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Hiking boots Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks (3 pairs) Spare laces Trekking trousers Waterproof overtrousers Underwear Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve) Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket Sunhat Warm hat Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2) Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)* Washbag and toiletries Antibacterial handwash Small towel Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Small padlock (to lock your KE
What kind of shoes I should have?
You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?
There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. Meal will include nutritional vegetarian meals, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. Vodafone and BSNL are the only mobile networks that work in patches along the way (but are inconsistent).
What about trek guides & leaders accompanying?
There will be two guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. We provide with the best of trekkers for guidance and a smooth sailing journey. There will Porter/mules as well for carrying camping equipment & rations.
Is Chanderkhani Pass a good trek for first timer?
Yes, this trek is an easy to moderate level trek. But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise.
How is weather on Chanderkhani Pass Trek?
Entirely depends on the months you have chosen to trek in. The second season between October to November when the temperature ranges between 1 - 6°C, visibility is excellent and there may be occasional snowfall. However if you have chosen December to go for this trek, it gets bitter cold.
What is the difficulty level of this trek?
This is an easy to moderate level trek, good for first timers as well.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
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