One of the most delightful treks in the Manali region affording views of lush green valleys, towering snow clad mountains and barren hills with surrealistic forms and shapes. Excellent for the trekker who is reasonably fit. Leaving the Manali valley, the trek proceeds through evergreen cool forests of walnut, oak and pine. The views of the entire Kullu valley are excellent and are glimpsed all along the trail. Once atop the Hamta Pass (4200m.) then it is into The Chandra valley of Lahaul & Spiti district where barren towering mountains rise above lush green fields of potato and barley. And once atop of the Rohtang Pass (3970m.) another spectacular panorama of peaks appears in to the Lahaul valley and also one can have a dazzling view of luminous vale of the Manali valley. An unforgettable trek, known to very few trekkers.
SEASON: July to Mid October
MAX. ALTITUDE: (4270m.)
NO.OF DAYS: 05Days
Day 01: Manali/ Prini – Panduropa (2700 m) 4 hours.
Drive 3 km from Manali to Prini and Trek to camp with 2-3 hrs on the steepest section at the start . on the way there is Sethan village which is occupied by a horse people’s community those who came from Spiti & Kinnaur many years ago, known as a Khampas (gypsy community) and we finally reach the campsite Panduropa amidst Silver fir trees. Overnight in camp.
Day 02: Panduropa — Juara (3530m) 5 hours
Today one has to cross mountain stream couple of time first to reach a beautiful camp site at Chhika which is just below a water fall. After that trail goes along the rushing river on the right side and rocky cliff on the left side. Just before the camp site at Juara one has to cross another small but rushing and cold stream .o/n in camp.
Day 03: Juara – Shea Gahru (3200m.) 6hrs
Over Hamta Pass (4270m.). The trail now begins to ascend towards the mighty Hamta Pass (4270m.) and one can have close views of Deo Tibba and fabled Indrasan peaks. After that it is all the way descend down in a zigzag right to the campsite Shea Gahru. Shea Gahro means a very cold place because it is very adjacent to the glacier snout. o/n in camp.
Day 04: Shea Gahru – Chhatru (3360m.) 3hrs
Today’s walk is quite easy along the river. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point via Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti. overnight camp at Chhatru.
Day 05: Chhatru – Manali drive.
Today is 5 hrs drive to Manali from Chhatru .
At Rohtang Pass (3970m.)one can have a another spectacular panorama of peaks appears in to the Lahaul valley and also one can have a dazzling view of luminous vale of the Manali valley.