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Malana Adventure over Chandrakhani pass


Malana Adventure over Chandrakhani pass

Malana Adventure over Chandrakhani pass(9 Days)

Trek Type: Moderate

Malana, a solitary village situated at a height of 2650 metres (8750 ft), perched on a ledge above Malana Nala is perhaps one of the greatest curiosities of Kullu Valley. Malana remained isolated from the rest of the world for a long time, unaffected by modern civilization, villagers here have their own lifestyle and social structure.

People are strict in following their customs. With a population of around 1500 inhabitants, it is one of the oldest democracies of the world with a well-organized parliamentary system, guided by their devta (deity) Jamlu Rishi – a sage from the Puranas. The residents of Malana speak “Kanashi”, language which does not resemble to any of the dialects spoken in its neighbourhood. The outsiders are considered to be inferior and consequently untouchable. Visitors must to stick to the prescribed paths and should not touch any of the walls, houses or local people.

Chandrakhani literally meaning ‘Lunar Crescent’ offers fascinating picture of the verdant surroundings and the rugged grandeur. Near the pass, numerous clumps of rhododendron and other varieties of flowering shrubs add to the beauty of the highland pastures. You get striking views of giant snow peaks from the top of the pass. The downward trek from Chandrakhani to Malana, through Nagruni and Khiksa Thach situated amidst astounding beauty of Malana valley and Malana glacier, affords unforgettable vistas of mountain scenery.


Day 1: Arrival in Manali

Transfer to Hotel. Spend few hours walking around the town to acclimatize yourself to the surroundings. Visit famous Hadimba temple and walk to interesting Old Manali. O/n Hotel.

Day 02: Manali (1950 mts) to Naggar (1850 mts) and Rumsu (2135 mts) by Car, Trek to Forest camp (2300 mts), 2 hours

Drive to Naggar, a lovely countryside drive which takes you to capital of old Kullu state called Nagar. Visit 1000 years old temple dedicated to Gayatri Devi at Jagatusukh. Visit Nagar castle built in typical Kullu architecture style which used to be the residence of the royal family. Visit Roerich estate which belongs to famous Russian artist called Nicholas Roerich. Further uphill drive to Rumsu village with traditional wooden houses is the place to begin the trek. Steep and gradual walk to the campsite set amidst the forest. O/n Camp.

Day 03: Forest camp to Chiklani (3300m), 6 hours

Arrival in Manali and Transfer to Hotel. The path leads you steadily up to the camp at the base of the Chandrakhani Pass, through the forest of Oak, Birch, Fir and Poplar. Meadow of wild flowers and Rhododendron bushes surrounding the camp provides spectacular views of Kullu valley down below. O/n Camp.

Day 04: Chiklani to Nagruni (3100 mts) over Chandrakhani Pass (3660 mts), 5 hours

A gradual climb of couple of hours to the pass offers a magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks of Kullu and Spiti region. Spend quality time enjoying the 360 degree view from top of the pass. Easy walk to the campsite in large & quiet pasture of Nagruni surrounded by the forest. O/n Camp.

Day 05: Nagruni to Khiksa Thatch (2900 mts), 5 hours

Normal trekking routes would head straight down to the Malana village but the valley above the village in itself is full of breathtaking scenery. We’ll head up the valley through ever-changing scenery of birch and alpine fir trees and into the shadow of the mighty Ali Ratna Tibba. This colossal mountain dominates the Malana Valley and provides a stunning backdrop to our camp for the night.

Day 06: Malana Glacier & Valley Exploration, 4-5 hours

A relaxing but spectacular day. Today you will trek towards the Malana glacier at the head of the valley. Depending on the time of year, we’ll be able to get close to the snout of the glacier and experience the feeling of being right in the middle of some remote Himalayan terrain. You’ll be surrounded by towering peaks on all sides and may catch a glimpse of some of the area’s amazing wildlife. Return to camp at Khiksa Thatch later in the day. O/n Camp.

Day 07: Khiksa Thatch to Malana Village (2650m), 5 hours

We will follow the Malana River down the valley and trek straight into the village of Malana. It is mandatory to observe the rules laid down by the village authorities while in Malana. To break a rule could result in a fine of a goat sacrifice to the village God! Enjoy the surroundings and observe the interesting way of life of the locals. O/n Camp.

Day 08: Malana to Manikaran (1760 mts), 3 hours trek, 2 hour drive

A steep descent of about couple of hours down to the river bank followed by one hour of level walk to road head. Drive to Manikaran, a small town set on the banks of the Parvati River famous for its natural hot water springs - perfect way to finish and to get refreshed after an arduous trek. O/n Hotel at Kasol village.

Day 09

Realxed morning followed by check out. Drive to Bhunter (Kullu) to board the Volvo bus or Taxi for onward/ return journey.

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