Delhi – Jalandhar – Dharamsala
Board morning Shatabadi Express train from New Delhi at 0720 Hours to Jalandhar. On arrival at Jalandhar railway station at 1215 Hours our driver will meet you and transfer by road to Dharamsala(4 hours drive). Check in hotel in Dharamsala.
After breakfast drive to Naddi village from where you start a short acclimatization walk for two hours. It is leveled walk through a thick cedar forest from Naddi to Bhagsu Nag village. Enroute you visit a Buddhist stupa in the middle of the forest. After lunch in Bhagsu nag drive lower Dharamsala to visit Norbulingka, a Tibetan centre for learning and preserving traditional art and craft. Afternoon visit H.H. Dalai Lama Temple. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Dharamsala – Bir- Billing (2350M) 2 hours drive and 4 Hours walk
After breakfast Drive to Bir (70kms, 2 hours drive). The trek starts from the small village of Bir, a mixed community of all clans and, and more recent Tibetan settlements. Before starting your day walk you visit the most beautiful monastery at Sherabling near Bir. From Bir it is about 8 kms on a steep short cut trail to Billing. Night stay in tents.
Billing to Rajgunda (2640M) 13 kms, 5 hours walk
After a short ascent for half an hour we enter the forest of rhododendron and deodar trees. It is almost a gradual ascent for two hours to reach Chaina, from where we descend down to Rajgunda village. Camp near the village.
Rajgunda to Plachak (2920 M), 09 kms
This short stage in included in order to get acclimatized to the steep increase in the altitude. Night stay in tents.
Plachak to Paniharthu (3750 M), 12 kms, 5 to 6 hours walk
It is steep ascent for few hours to reach Paniharthu, the base of Thamsar Pass. During early summer we already find snow and ice near Paniharthu. Camp hear for overnight stay.
Paniharthu – Thamsar Pass (4800M) – Marhu (4150M)
Leave after an early breakfast. It takes 05 hours to reach the pass after negotiating through patches of glacier and moraines. From the pass we have superb view of the high Himalayan peaks and the ravi valley below. Another three hours to go down to the next camping place at Marhu.
Marhu – Barabhangal Village(2450 M) 8 kms
Three hours to go down to Barabhangal, one of the most remote villages in Himachal Pradesh. The village remain cut off from the outside world for almost six months in a year due to heavey snowfall on Thamsar pass which is the only easy route we can approach the village. It is interesting to find that some of the villagers especially the oder people have never been out of the village all their life and have not seen even the small wonders of the outside world. For example they never sat in a bus or a car.Camp near the village. Afternoon explore the village of Barabhangal.
Barabhangal Village to Suni Got (3500M), 14 kms, 6/7 Hours walk
After crossing the ravi river over a wooden bridge we enter into no man’s zone land. There is no human habitation after Barabhangal village until we reach Manali. We come across several shepherd camps to reach Suni got. Night stay in tents.
Suni got to Lambaparh (3715 M)14 kms, 6 Hours walk
Uphill and downhill walk takes us to Lambaparh, a long green pasture where we camp for overnight stay.
Lambaparh to Devi Marhi (4230M) 11 kms
Walk along the alpine pasture until you reach Kalihani Nullah(stream) that originates from Kalihani glacier. From here we start to ascend towards Kalihani pass. Devi Marhi is a temporary shepherd encampment where they stay overnight begore crossing over Kalihani Pass. Camp here for overnight stay.
Devi Marhi – Kalihani Pass (4800M)- Sanghur Got 14 kms, 7 to 8 Hours walk
Leave after an early breakfast. Walking over the glacier it takes 4 hours to reach the Pass. From the pass we have a good view of the high Himalayan peaks and the valley below. It takes another 3 hours to walk down to the camping place.
Shanghur Got to Lambadugh (2600 M), 16 kms, 6 hours walk
This day we walk on the long green pasture to reach our next camping place at Lambadugh.
Lambadugh – Manali 12 kms, 4 hours walk
Last day of our trek. Downhill walk throught the forest takes us to Hadimba, the road-head above Manali. After a short drive you reach Manali. Check in Hotel in Manali.
Rest day in Manali. Explore on your own.
Manali – Delhi
Morning free time in Manali. Later afternoon transfer to bus station in Manali to board overnight Volvo bus (13 hours Journey) to Delhi. End of the tour.
(1). This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered, and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you gain altitude gradually , you get a good and proper time to acclimatise properly while travelling through the Central Himalayas . Every day there is enough free time to make walk / or to relax your own so you could experience the people and culture from much close on the tour.
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