Ideal time : 6 days
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : Best time to visit: mid June to early October.
Located at an altitude of 3660 m in the Kullu Valley, Chandrakhani Pass offers the tourists a fabulous view of Deo Tibba Peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains. The expedition to this region introduces you to various hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh that are extremely popular. In order to reach the serene pass, you have to pass through Malana, which welcomes you with small settlements and lush greenery. The journey is so appealing and refreshing that it makes the road through Malana one of the major highlights of the trek. The Chandrakhani pass is a favourite for those who seek natural beauty as well as those in search of adventure with mountains and valleys in the backdrop.
The Parvati valley, with all its beauty, makes for an amazing trek. The Chandrakhani Pass in the area is a popular base for trekking. The valley is narrow with steep mountains rising on both sides. The region is under police surveillance due to the high prevalence of drugs and tourists wandering in search of drugs. Not only that, the scenic beauty of the Kullu Valley and the mountain peaks cover the horizon completely and is indeed a visual treat for people making it apt for those people who have a zeal for travelling and exploring nature. Due to this reason, this region is also called The Valley of Gods and is a preferred destination for many.
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Approx trekking distance (Both sides) : 35 km
Base Camp : Manali
Difficulty : Easy - Moderate Gradient
Highest point of trek : 3,660 m
Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport, Kullu
Nearest Railhead : 285 km
Region : Kullu Region
Starting point of trek : Manali
Day 1 : Manali Ð Naggar Ð Rumsu Ð Ganachalani
Distance: 15 kms
Arrive at Manali early in the morning and take your time to be relaxed at the hotel. You can visit Hadimba Devi Temple, the old Manali town and the Mall Road. Get back to hotel for a hearty meal and an overnight stay. Depart for Naggar early in the morning which is about 21 km away. During your short drive you will pass through the Roerichs Cottage and then the main bridle path about 1 km before forking uphill towards the Rumsu Village. Visit the ancient wooden temple there which is believed to have close ties to the temple dedicated to Jamlu in Malana. From here begins you trek on foot. You will head up from Rumsu through a ridge towards the east of the village and then follow a well laden path. Te trail goes through a dense cover of forest of Deodar, horse chestnut and pine. Keep along the trail until your reach Ganachalani. Pitch your tents here for the night and take good rest.
Day 2 : Ganachalani Ð Celanti
Distance: 12 kms
Proceed from Ganachalani towards Celanti. The trail ascends through the forest for first 4 km leading towards a series of open meadows. You may spot some animals grazing the lowest meadows perched at 3000 m accompanied by their shepherds from the Kullu valley. You will also get a chance to admire the fine scenic beauty extending from Kullu Valley and Manali to the Pir Panjal range and right across the Bara Bhangal Range from these alpine meadows. The trail has not ended yet and will take you through a small forest adorned with rhododendrons and then to a series of alpine meadows ultimately leading to Celanti. This is your campsite for the day.
Day 3 : Celanti Ð Chandrakhani Pass Ð Dadru
Distance: 15 kms
Begin your third day of the trek early in the morning in order to cherish the stunning views at the pass. It takes around one hour trek to reach the Chandrakhani Pass from here. Walk along the ridge line and cairns that ultimately defines the pass. You will be spell bound by the views on to your north, the Ghalpo Peaks of Lahaul- Dharamsure (6446 m) and Papsura (6451 m) and the other peaks of Upper Tosh valley standing mightily. You will also get the glimpse of the snow clad Himalayas extending up to the head of the Parvati Valley. As you keep along the trail, you will notice the track from the pass to Dadru remains below the ridge line, about 100 m, for another 2-3 kms. Descend the down to the meadows at Nagarvani perched at a height of 3350 m. After crossing a couple of rivers and passage through the silver fir and oak forest, you will arrive at the village of Dadru. Pitch your tents here for night and rest for the upcoming day.
Day 4 : Dadru Ð Malana
Distance: 8 kms
ItÕs time to depart from Dadru towards Malana. For that continue along the Malana Riveruntil you arrive at a bridge across the river and a trail going towards the Kasol River. The trail will ultimately lead you to the Rashol Pass (3260 m) and the Parvati Valley. Keep trudging along the same path to finally arrive at Malana Village, an isolated place serving as home to about 50 families. The village has its own language, customs, laws, all made and governed by the village elders. It is also your campsite for the day, so prepare your tents and rest for the night.
Day 5 : Malana Ð Jari
Distance: 20 kms
Today you will be heading towards Jari, which is about 20 kms from Malana. Begin the trek along the trail descending to the valley floor, from where it is a fairly level walk through a dense forest for 5-6 kms. The trail will lead you to new dam built across the Malana River. Another 12 km into the trek from the dam wall will take you to Jari. This final section of trekking will take about 2-3 hours of trek. Jari is a beautiful place situated just above the confluence of the Rivers Malana and Parvati. Stay here for the night and enjoy the scenic beauty around.
Day 6 : Jari Ð Manali
It is finally the time to get back to Manali. Have early breakfast and drive back to the base camp, which will take about 6 hours of drive. This marks the end of this amazing trip.