10 Nights / 11 Days
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding trek preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
Day 1: Return to Manali. (1800m)
Reporting – Acclimatization – Trek Orientation & Briefing – Trek Planning & Window Shopping (Sufficient time would be given for visiting market and nearby places)
Day 2: Manali to Lama Dugh (3017m).
(4 hours) (approx. 8 to 9 kms.)
After breakfast, we'll set out on our journey to Loma Dugh. The hike begins in dense deodar and pine forests and leads to the lush green valleys of Manali. Along the way, the sunlight will filter through the trees, producing a magnificent light and shade scenario. As we climb upward, a steep ascent will be waiting for us. After climbing this portion, one may see the beautiful Deo Tibba and Indrasan.Following this difficult elevation, the trail follows a slant trail to the campsite on the right side of a ridge. We soon arrive in a wide alpine meadow surrounded by blossoming flora and wild trees. We arrived at Loma Dugh after a 4-5 hour journey. It's a lovely place to spend the night in tranquil surroundings.
Day 3: Lama Dugh – Riyali Thach (3400m) ( 4 hrs)
Today, we'll hike for around 3-4 hours to Riyali Thach. We will continue straight uphill below Khand Pari Tibba (4000m). The steep trail on the vertical slope may exhaust one's mind, but the visual grandeur presented along the ascent is enthralling.After navigating the difficult section, we arrive at the Riyali Thach campground. From this campsite, one can enjoy the town of Manali and the beautiful Kullu Valley located along the Beas River. The setting is stunning in the evening, when the twilight sun colours the sky. We'll spend the night in Riyali Thach.
Day 04: Riyali Thach – Kalihani Pass (4010m) Base ( 6hrs)
Start early after a hearty breakfast and make your way to the Kalihani base. As we go through the big open meadows, the trail is really fascinating. The flora decorating the alpine slopes is breathtaking. Following the track will lead to an exhausting descent to a stream, so crossing the frigid water will provide you with new energy and acclimatisation. The trail will then ascend with a strong gradient for 3-4 hours before reaching the base of Kalihani. Once at the campsite, one can have a nice cup of tea while taking in the mesmerising ambiance and enormous peaks that surround the dwelling. The beautiful Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks are at their highest point from here. One can see the snow-capped mountains and grand peaks that stand boldly in front of us. Watch the twilight tint the sky in the evening, and at night, begin staring at the brilliant stars with a clear night sky.
Day 05: Kalihani Base to Devi ki Marhi (3850m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m) (8hrs) 11–12 kilometres
After a hearty breakfast, begin your climb to Donku Thach through the Kalihani pass. The day is long, with a steep ascent at the start, followed by long stretches of scree, moraines, and the vast Kalihani Glacier until you reach the pass. We will spend some time at the top of the pass admiring the view of the gigantic glaciers and the mighty Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal peaks. The steep downhill descent begins after the pass. As we reach the campsite at Donku Thach, we will pass through several glacier lakes. Enjoy an overnight stay in a tent at this charming campground.
Day 06: Devi Ki Marhi (3900m) – Dal Marhi (6 hours) (approx. 8 to 9 kms.)
As on previous days, leave early after a magnificent breakfast. On today's trip, the trail follows the Kalihani River slantwise for a while before descending into a dense forest of Birch, Fir, and Oak. The trail becomes more moderate, with few ups and downs. The journey to Dev Ki Marhi will take approximately 6-7 hours. The only challenging part is a steep rise shortly before the campsite. As you arrive at Dev ki Marhi's campsite, sip some tea and enjoy the scenery at your leisure. Spend the night in these beautiful surroundings.
Day 7: Dal Marhi – Bara Bhangal (2882m) (Six hours) (approx. 8 to 9 kms.)
After a nutritious breakfast, begin your journey to Dal Marhi. It takes roughly 6-7 hours to walk through the trees and rivers. At first, follow the mountain ridge alongside the Kalihani Stream. Start descending after this slant into the natural woodland of birch, oak, and fir. The trail is remarkable since it runs through untamed vegetation and animals and resembles a hinterland. The trail continues with a few ups and downs to navigate. Finally, the mild trail concludes with a steep climb before reaching the Dal Marhi. A vertical trek may be distressing as one gets closer to the campsite, but it is only a matter of time before you overcome and tread down.
Day 8: Mardh – Bara Bhangal (3830m) (5 hrs) (approx. 8 to 9 kms.)
Begin your day with an early rise, breakfast, and departure for the walk to Bara Bhangal. It is the only large village in the associated valley. The track begins with a downhill slope and continues until it reaches the Ravi River. The path then enters a dense grove of Conifers and continues until it reaches the settlement. The canopy en route to the jungle could be a moment to remember. We are now approaching the village of Bara Bhangal. Here we will pitch up camp and spend the night. If time permits, visit the community and its inhabitants.
Day 9: Mardh – Bara Bhangal (3830m) (5 hours) (approx. 8 to 9 kms.)
Begin your day with an early wake-up call, breakfast, and departure for the hike to Bara Bhangal. It is the only significant village in the surrounding valley. The path starts downhill and continues till it reaches the Ravi River. The trail then traverses a dense grove of Conifers before continuing on to the village. The canopy on the way to the jungle could be a memorable experience. We're getting close to the settlement of Bara Bhangal. We'll set a camp and spend the night here. Visit the community and its inhabitants if time allows.
Day 10: Plachak (2440m) – Raigundha (2310m) (6 hours) (approx. 8 to 9kms.)
Today, get up early after breakfast because the day is full with trials. Continue on the trail towards Thamsar Pass. The path consists of everything that is associated with high altitude mountaineering. The moraines will be the first obstacle to overcome, followed by scree and, lastly, glaciers to hinder our progress. The ascent is very difficult until you reach the Thamsar Pass. It is a severe ascent of 4878m. At such altitudes, the air is thinner, and high altitude difficulties would emerge. So be cautious and aware of the situation, or inform the guides about it. We arrive at the top of the pass after a difficult climb. One may see the magnificent Kangra Valley from here. The other side of the pass descends steeply till we reach the campsite. The journey is long and exhausting, so walking downward requires extra effort. We arrive in Plachak after hours of arduous struggle. Stay the night at the lovely Plachak campground.
Day 11: Raigundha - Billing/Bir (4/6 hrs)
The day is the simplest of the entire walk. We will first travel to Rajgundha, then to Billing, an international paragliding activity destination. The moderate trail winds through lush green forests with several streams and large meadows.
How to Reach Manali
Distance by road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
How to reach Naggar:
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
Nearest Railway Station:-
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport :-
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes.
Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking.
Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.
Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.
Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.
Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle of their own.
Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photo
e) Photocopy of Valid id proof (PAN is not allowed)