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Chandrakhani Pass Trek Kullu
Pass Trek Kullu
Maximum - 04 Days
About This Trek:
are possible after Chanderkhani Pass, and a number of alternatives are
appended. The pass can be crossed between April and November but the
best period is 10 May to 30 June, and 20 August to 15 October.
I t i n e r a r y
the treks of Kullu (Himachal Pradesh India) is connected by 'our
coach' with Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar.
Manali-Nagar (1767 / 1840m) -
Rumsu (2135m) 29km - Reach Nagar by bus. From the bunglow go towards the
Roerich Art Gallery, turn right and climb for 3 Km t Rumsu village, an old
typical habitation with a temple. Continue for 4km to a camp ground (2378m).
Rumsu-Chanderkhani Pass (3541m)-Malana 12Km -
The trail leads through tall pines along the S side of Chakki Nala. After 3km
the forest limit is reached and alpine meadiws stretch ahead. The pass is
shaped like a crescent moon hence the name. After June there will be little
snow on the ground, and a rising traverse up the curved ridge leads to the top.
Extensive panorama all round of the Bara Bangahal, Pir Panal ad Parbati ranges.
On the other side, a clear trail descends
steeply for 4km to Malana. Until 20 years ago, entering Malana was prohibited.
Even now, though one can go into the village, visitors must not touch the walls
of the temple or accost the people. This locality is a republic, governed by a
parliament called Koram. The inhabitants have distinct customs. Camp outside
the village near a stream.
Malana-Chhota Grahan Thach (3355m)
12Km - An enjoyable stretch; a broad trail meanders N/NE along the Malana Nala,
throgh dense forest and meadow clearings; the valley widens at the camp ground.
This is an ideal camping place with a variety of wild flowers and herbs all
Chhota Grahan-Khiksa Thach (3660m)-Malana
Glacier (3840m) 13km - The trail ascends to a ridge, goes down to the stream
again and continuous upwards through bushes. after 3h reach a small valley,
Khiksa Thach, which offers views of high peaks and is drained by tiny streamlets
of clear water. It now becomes difficult to follow the main stream; bear left
on to a ridge and follow this with several ups and downs for 3-4h, and finally
down on to the Malana Glacier. Ali Ratni Tibba towers majestically above to the
S; to the N are the peaks of Indrasan (6221m) and Deo Tibba (6001m).
Variation of this trek - 1
The shortest way back ovedr the Chanderkhani
Pass starts near Chhota Gramin in the upper Malana Valley. Cross a precarious
log bridge and take a meandering path NW at a moderate angle up to Dadru camp
ground, then to the Nagruni (3200m). In another 3.5km the path joins the main
trail coming down to Malana, not far from the top of the pass.
Variation of this trek - 2
Apart from descending the Malana Valley to Jari
through the lower gorge, steep and not very pleasant, crossing the Rashol Pass
is prefered by trekkers and is quite enjoyable. From Malana stream. A path
bears E and SW through fields, then dense forest. The climb steepens below the
pass which is reached in 4h from Malana. Descend the S side steeply through the
forest and rhododendron to Rashol hamlet; small cave 1km before this place.
Below Rashol the path heads down steeply for 5km to a village, from where a
track is taken E along the Parbati river for 3km to cross a bridge and reach
Kasol on the Kullu-Manikaran road; tourist bungalow and forest resthouse.
Regular bus service along this road back to Kullu Valley.
Variation if this trek - 3
Having gone back to Chanderkhani Pass, a path
strikes SW along the Chanderkhani crest to Phodil Thach (c.3500m), under Peak
3680m, where the path curves NW, following the top of the ridge down to Chaklani
Thach (c. 3200m). Many fine views. It continues descending gradually through
the forest, past Gugti Thach, Parol Thach and Shedu Pathar Thach under Pt.
3339m. From there the path drops steeply to cross Cakki Nala and
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