The Chanderkhani Pass to Malana - 2N/3D
The state of Himachal Pradesh has more than 65 formidable and awe inspiring passes. Though each pass surpasses the other in one way or another, it is one of the most serene, beautiful and an elixir of peace which is a treat for all nature lovers. Chanderkhani pass is in the Pir Panjal range of the Kullu valley and is undoubtedly the most beautiful passes on Mother Earth. PERIOD.
Day 1:Haripur – Pulag – Chaklani (6-8 hrs)
Those who have not stayed overnight at our base join us at our base in the morning for breakfast.
After breakfast drive 10 km to Pulag. Commence the trek from the beautiful village of Pulag. A gradually increasing ascent from Pulag meanders through lush green forests of Deodar, Pine, Chestnut and some of the most exotic flora and fauna.
Take in the intoxicating breath of fresh air and as you walk through the alpine jungles, you are transported into fields and meadows that will make your heart skip a beat. Once you are one with nature here, the gradual climb will now head to slightly higher altitude and that is where one sees life.
The trek opens into lush meadows and then comes the shepherd encampment (gaddi) at Nava Tapru. A comfortable pace of walk will take about 5 to 6 hours to reach Chaklani. We will camp overnight here for the night.
As this is also a photographer’s haven, the sunrise here is surreal and a must click. The formidable view of the Dhauladhar range will leave you spell bound.
Chaklani – Chanderkhani Pass (3600 m) - Malana (6-8 hrs)
After breakfast, commence the trek from Chaklani. Listen to the Sound of Silence and connect with yourself.
With open valleys on all sides and at the height of almost 3600 meters, Chanderkhani pass changes the definition of serenity, beauty and calm for all. This is rightly known as “The Valley of Gods”.
Legend has that Jammu Devta (the presiding deity of the mystical Malana village), unfastened a holy basket in which were all the Gods of the Kullu region at the Chandrakhani Pass. As the strong winds blew, they carried the Gods to their present abodes all across the region. Hence, it is a place which is sacrosanct and revered to the natives.
After spending some time on top of this most beautiful pass, start the steep and a bit tricky descent to Malana.
As you reach Malana, you realize why it is so mystical. Until 2 decades ago it was completely isolated from the outside world. They have a very unique and autonomous way of existence. Even the dialect is very different. Jamlu Devta is the devta revered by the Malanis and hence no leather articles are allowed around the holy premises.
Camp outside the Malana village, Chill with bonfire and scrumptious meal.
Day 3: Malana – Jari (4-5 hrs)
After a healthy breakfast explore the village and interact with the villagers to get a glimpse of their lifestyle. Then trek down from the Malana village to Jari on the Manikaran road.The descent to takes about 4 hours.
This is where we part ways to meet soon for another adventure.
(From here you can easily get cab/bus to Manikaran or Kullu for your onward journey)
**Those travelling the next day are welcome to continue their stay with us as it would be our pleasure to be in your company.
- 2 nights stay at ‘dA Base’ located in an orchard in Haripur, Manali.
- Pick up and drop from Patlikuhl bus stand, Manali
- Stay in 2-3 men tents during trek.
- All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian)
- Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide
- Kitchen equipment, cook and helper
- All the Camping arrangements
- Porterage – pony/porter for your personal belongings (in the luxury package)
- Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
- All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps
- ‘Leave No Traces’ protocol charges.
- Guaranteed amazing Himalayan experiential adventure holiday.
- Cost of travel to and from Manali from your city
- Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical)
- Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
- Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.
- Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
- Nominal cost for bonfire, barbeque and all meals at Mountaineerz base in Haripur (choice of veg/ non-veg).
- Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
- porterage @INR. 300 per day in case alpine style trekkers need porter/pony
Maximum Altitude: 3,660mts
- We suggest guests arrive at our base in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali on the Naggar road, the day before the start of the trek.
- All guests are welcome to stay with compliments at our Base in Haripur, Manali in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go angling, and interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire (**) before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return.
- If coming straight to our base in Haripur from Delhi, get down at Patlikuhl bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.
- Soak up the environment – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you sit calm and observe.
- Do not forget your cameras and extra batteries
- Wear clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget water-proof jackets and warm clothing.
- Do not litter the environment.
- A pair of good trekking shoes is a must and a pair of gaiters suggested for trekking in April.
- Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered
- You don’t need any ‘special’ gear for this trek, apart from a good pair of boots. The trick is to layer sensibily and for temperatures dipping to zero, 3 layers are normally enough – 2 full sweaters and a jacket. Same for legs, you need layers thickness is secondary. For inners, 2 t-shirts or 3 at most are perfect. It’s simple for every 5 degree dip in temperature, add a layer.
Adventure Gear List:
Woollen cap and woollen gloves, thermal under-garments, warm sweater, woollen trousers / thick track pants for trekking, woollen socks, rain gear (jacket, trousers/ parkha), warm jacket, torch, full sleeves t – shirts, sun block lotion, chap-stick (lip salve), good hiking (preferably waterproof) shoes with ankle support, gaiters, camera, films, battery backup etc. one duffel bag for personal items (sky bags etc. will not be accepted to be carried by horse– not more than 10 kg strictly), one knapsack for item of daily use (to be carried by you), personal medicine
With our every escapade we bring you closer to the best of adventure travel. We bring you an experience that encompasses the quiet and the wild, the divine, the exotic and the spiritual side of “The Valley of The Gods.”
- 100% refund if cancelled before 7 days
- 50% refund if cancelled before 3 days
- No refund after that
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced ladies. All treks are extremely safe for ladies and we have a lot of solo clients who are ladies.
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There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.
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Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world\'s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond any one’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members. To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.
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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.
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Our trip will start from the base camp in Haripur, 14 km short of Manali. If you are travelling by Volvo bus, you are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhal bus stand and we will receive you from there and drive you to the base camp
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The water during the trip is fresh and it is recommended to carry your personal reusable water bottles and filters as well.
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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point:
pick-up from Patlikuhl bus stop