Manali - Manikaran - Mantalai Lake - Pin Parvati Pass - Dhankar - Kaza - Manali
Period of operation: Mid
July to September.
Highest Altitude: 5319 m
minimum of three day of acclimatization is recommended for this trek
at a height of 2000 m or more.
Manali Manikaran Pulga (100 kms) Travel by car/jeep from Manali
to Manikaran (85 kms). Manikaran is a holy place for both Sikhs and
Hindus alike and also has the Worlds hottest Sulphur Spring. Start
the trek from Manikaran to Pulga (15 kms) through the forest road. Overnight
in tents at Pulga (2290 m).
Day 02: Pulga Khirganga (10 kms)
Gradual ascent through villages, fields and forest. Khirganga (2960
m) is a holy place with Hot water springs. Overnight in tents.
Day 03: Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj (18
kms) Through forest level walking to reach Tunda Bhuj (3285 m). The
trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wildflowers
in the summer. Overnight in tents.
Day 04: Tunda Bhuj - Thakar Kuan
(16 kms) Through birch forest crossing rocks and dense vegetation. This
section of valley is difficult at places as the trail frequently skirts
rock faces that are difficult for laden porters. Reach Thakur Kuan (3560
m) above the cliff section. Overnight in tents.
Thakar Kuan - Pandu Bridge (12 kms) Beyond Thakar Kuan, the trail passes
several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river by a natural
rock bridge. Trek for 12 kms to reach Pandu Bridge (3700 m). Overnight
Day 06: Pandu Bridge - Mantalai
Lake (15 kms) Trek for 15 kms to reach Mantalai lake (4116 m), the source
of Parbati river. There is a choice of grassy camp- sites just beyond
Mantalai. Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Mantalai Lake - Camp I (12
kms) Walk over the glacier & moraine and cross small lakes & streams
to reach Camp I on the base of Pin Parvati Pass. Overnight in tents
Day 08: Camp I - Camp II (12 kms)
Cross over the Pin Parvati Pass (5319 m) and enjoy the view of several
peaks of Kullu & Spiti region. The descent from the pass is gradual,
over a snowfield. Camp near the confluence of Pin river with other small
streams. Overnight in tents (4450 m).
Day 09: Camp II - Chinpatta Maidan
(14 kms) Trek down the valley along the left bank of Pin river. Overnight
in tents at Chinpatta Maidan (3955 m).
Day 10: Chinpatta Maidan Mud (15
kms) From here trek down to the first village of Pin Valley, Mud (3811
m). Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Mud Sagnam (16 kms) Sagnam
is a big village on the confluence of Pin and Parahio rivers. Overnight
in tents in Sagnam (3650 m).
Day 12: Sagnam Dhankar - Kaza
(45 kms) Travel from Sagnam to Dhankar Monastery. This monastery rests
high over the valley and is a stupendous example of local architecture.
Overnight in tents in Kaza. Day 13: Kaza - Manali (225 kms) Travel from
Kaza to Manali by jeep. The trek ends in Manali.