Trekking in Kalicho Pass
Located at an altitude of 4990 m in Bharmaur, Kalicho Pass lies on the Pir Panjal Range. It is bounded by Miyar Nala in the Chenab Valley and Lahaul. Also, near to the pass is the Ravi Valley.
Kalicho Pass is considered to be an ideal base for trekking. There is a small temple dedicated to goddess Kali at the top of this pass.
From Kalicho Pass, it is an 18 km down hill trek to the famous Trilokinath temple.
The well-defined trek from Bharmour to Keylong is via Kalicho Pass: Bharmour - Bhadra via Banni Devi temple - Leudi - Bansar - Alyas - Kalicho Pass - Trilokinath - Keylong.
You can drive from Bharmour to Badgram, and start the trek from Badgram to reach Bhadra via thick forest area.
Bhadra is the last village before Kalicho Pass. The famous Banni Devi temple is in Bhadra.
A 15 km trekking takes you to Leudi from Bhadra, and from Leudi, you cross streams to reach Bansar.
You can trek for 5 km to reach Alyas, and then move towards Trilokinath via Kalicho pass.
To reach the top of Kalicho Pass, it takes around 5 hours. Climbing the pass is a challenging task.
Enroute, there is a sudden gain of altitude, and tough and rock terrain, vertical climbs make this uphill trek a sweating experience.
You descend down to reach the famous Trilokinath temple. After Triloknath, its a jeep or bus ride.
State: Himachal Pradesh.
Exact Location: Kalicho Pass is located in Bharmaur. District: Chamba
Nearest Town: Bharmaur
Distance from Delhi: 540+ km.
How to Reach:
Kalicho Pass can be reached from Bharmaur. It is a village located 107 km from Dalhousie.
There are two roads to Bharmaur, one is via Banikhet and Chamba while the other one is via Khajjjiar and Chamba.
The first route is the longer route but has better roads while the second route is narrow and hilly.
It is a 4 hours drive from Dalhousie to reach Bharmour. Dalhousie is well linked by road with public and private transport.
Bharmaur is situated 80-km away from Dharamsala. There are regular bus services between Chamba and Brahmaur.
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular jeep and bus service between Brahmaur and Hadsar.
By Air: Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Kalicho Pass, and the nearest railhead is Pathankot.
Kugti Sanctuary: Kugti Sanctuary is situated at an altitude ranging from 2,195 m to 5,040 m.
The sanctuary is home to some of the rare and endangered species, including 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.
The sanctuary is also a source of many medicinal plants. It is located at a distance of about 30 km from Bharmaur and 15 km from Kugti village.
Dalhousie: It is a picturesque hill station built during the British period. It is located at an altitude of 2039 m above sea level.
The place is bounded by alpine vegetation.
Some of the major attractions in Dalhousie are Jandhri Ghat, Satdhara Springs, Subhash Baoli, St Francis Church, and more.
Satdhara Springs is said to have great therapeutic value since it contains mica with medicinal properties.
Bharmour: Bhamour was once called Brahmpura, and was the ancient capital of Chamba state.
It is situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in the Budhil valley.
Along with its pristine natural beauty, the place is known for its ancient temples.
The famous temple of Bharmour is Chaurasia. There are around 84 shrines located inside the boundary, and hence the name Chaurasia.
The beautiful Manimahesh temple is one of the shrines.
Manimahesh: Situated at an altitude of 4,170m and 34-km away from Bharmaur, this is an important pilgrim center for the followers of Hindu religion.
You can view the magnificent peak of Manimahesh Kailash from here.
Trek Grade: Strenuous/Difficult
Best Time to Visit: May to June and September to October.
Keep in your Trek Bag:
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
- Summer: -3 degree C to 30 degree C, March to June, from 20 degree C to 38 degree C
- Winter: -20 degree C to 15 degree C, October to February, 5 degree C to 15 degree C.
- Monsoon: around 38 degree C, July to September
- Pick up from the Airport / Railway Station
- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Airport transfers
- Group medical kit
- Good quality accommodation
- Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and insulated mat
- Private transportation
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits
- Porters to carry all personal and group equipment.