TREKKING IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

The main trekking areas in Himachal are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, routes over the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, the numerous treks out of Kullu and select treks in the Trans-Himalyan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Most trekking areas are between 1500 metres and 6000 metres.

With well over two hundred defined trails, the variation in terrain is also enormous. Low scrub-land and paths through paddy fields, give way to trails strewn with pine needles. Then come woods of oak and flowering rhododendron, which merge into forest of Himalyan cedar – ‘deodar’ – and spruce. On most trails, small pastoral hamlets dot the way. Cunningly hidden between the high mountains are passes which were once known only to migrant shepherds and dare all traders. These lead to the fabulous wastes and swift rivers of the arid Trans-Himalya. A host of combinations and variations take the trails through changing countryside. The degree of physical output can also be changed to suit your requirements. For example, the same trek can be developed from a week to last longer. Or, the two ends of a trek can be the same, but the trails can be designed to be taxing, or gentle.

There are several agencies that conduct treks. Guides, equipment, porters, pack animals and maps are available at major starting points. The old Forest ‘dak bunglows’ that are strategically placed along many trek routes, add a considerable measure of nostalgic charm and convenience for trekkers. Practically all have an aura of the past, and lie nestled in deep woods. In addition, the State Electricity Board and the PWD also have rest houses. Most of these are marked out on trekking maps and advance booking is possible. The Forest Rest Houses are booked by the area’s Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) and the PWD and Electricity Board ones are booked by the concerned Executive Engineer.

Training facilities, with basic and intermediate courses are available at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (Kullu) Ph: 01902-250337, 252342, 252206 and at its Regional centres at Dharamsala (Kangra) Ph: 01892-221787 and Bharmour (Chamba) Ph: 01895-225036, Mountaineering sub-centre Jispa (Lahaul & Spiti) Ph: 01900-233230. Excellent camping facilities exists at these points.

List of himachal Trek routes 

Bara Bhangal Trek
Duration : 13 Days Min.
Region: Dharamsala, Dhauladhar
Grade: Streneous

Bir – Billing
Duration : 2 Days / 1 Night
Region: Bir – Billing
Grade: Easy

Bir – Billing + Adventure Activities
Duration : 3 Days / 2 Nights
Region: Bir – Billing
Grade: Easy

Over Indrahar Pass
Duration : 6 Days Min.
Region: Dharamshala, Dhauladhar
Grade: Moderate

Triund – Snowline
Duration : 2 Days Min.
Region: Macleod Ganj – Dharamshala Valley – Shivalik hills
Grade: Moderate

Beas Kund Trek
Duration : 10 Days Min.
Region: Manali-Solang Valley
Grade: Easy

Macleod Ganj-Chamba
Duration : 8 Days Min.
Region: Macleod Ganj/Dharamshala
Grade: Moderate

Kinner Kailash Circuit
Duration : 15- Days Min.
Region: Tribal Kinnaur
Grade: Sternuous

Pin Parvati Pass
Duration : 15- Days Min.
Region: Parvati Valley/Kullu
Grade: Sternuous

Manali-Hamta Pass
Duration : 10-12 Days Min.
Region: Kully Valley/Manali
Grade: Moderate

Triund-Laka Glacier
Duration : 7 Days Min.
Region: Macleod Ganj
Grade: Easy/Family Trekking

Sar Pass
Duration : 12 Days Min.
Region: Parvati Valley/Kullu
Grade: Easy

Manimahesh Lake
Duration : 8 Days Min.
Region: Chamba / Bharmaour
Grade: Easy/Moderate

Chanderkhani Pass
Duration : 10- Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Chandertal Lake
Duration : 10 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Easy

Deo Tibba Base Camp
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Tapri to Kalpa
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Tapri To Chitkul
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Sar Pass
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Sangla to Dhamwari
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Sangla To Dodra-Kwar
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Sangla To Barang
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Manali
Grade: Moderate

Recong Peo to Nako
Duration : 11 Days Min.
Region: Recong Peo – Tribal Himachal Pradesh
Grade: Tough

TREKS THROUGH VARIOUS PASSES IN THE PIR PANJAL RANGE (May to mid Sep. only) 3-15 days

Hamta Pass 14,500 ft JagatSukh/Manali to Chatru 4-8 days
Tentu Pass 15,000 ft Manali to Bara Banghal 6-10 days
Laluni Pass 18,000 ft Bara Banghal to Tandi in Lahaul valley 6-10 days
Kugti Pass 16,800 ft Bharmour to Jhahlma in Lahaul valley 7-11 days
Chobia Pass 16,400 ft Bharmour to Udaipur in Lahaul valley 7-11 days
Kalicho Pass 16,000 ft Bharmour to Udaipur in Lahaul valley 7-11 days
Drati Pass 15,600 ft Tissa to Tindi in Pangi valley 7-10 days
Marwa Pass 14,500 ft Tissa to Rauli in Pangi valley 7-10 days
Keyon Pass 16,400 ft Tissa to Purthi in Pangi valley 7-10 days
Alipattan Pass 16,500 ft Tissa to Sach Khas in Pangi valley 7-10 days
Cheni Pass 14,700 ft Tissa to Sach Khas in Pangi Valley 7-10 days
Sach Pass 13,800 ft Tissa to Kilar in Pangi valley 7-10 days
From East to West Sara Umga Pass 16000 ft Tos Nala (Manikaran valley) to Chatru (Lahaul valley) 7-10 days
Rohtang Pass 13,500 ft By vehicle
Pin – Parvati Pass 16,500 ft 12-15 days
Ash Jot – Bara Banghal to Tandi 6-10 days
Lahmi Jot – Bara Banghal to Tandi 6-10 days
Duggi Pass – Bharmour to Udaipur in Lahaul valley 7-11 days
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