Mantalai Trek

 

 

Trekkers also come across Lake Mantalai on their way to the Pin Parvati pass. However, the trail upto Mantalai, situated at 4100 m (13,500 ft) is a challenging Trek in itself, involving a significant gain in altitude from the base.

Total Distance: 86k.m Approx
(Challenging, May to Oct)

Day 01: Manali – Manikaran -Barsheni  (100 kms)
Travel by surface from Manali to Manikaran (85 kms)

Day 02:Barsheni  – Khirganga 
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 
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 
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.

Day 05: Thakar Kuan – Pandu Bridge 
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 in tents.

Day 06: Pandu Bridge – Mantalai Lake 
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 – Pandu Bridge 
Trek back the same way from Mantalai to Pandu Bridge. Overnight in Tents

Day 08: Pandu Bridge – Thakar Kuan 
Trek back the same way from Pandu Bridge to Thakur Kuan. Overnight in Tents

Day 09: Thakar Kuan – Khirganga
Trek back from Thakur Kuan to Khirganga. Overnight in Tents

Day 10:Khirganga- Barsheni – Manikaran – Kullu or Manali drop
Return to Barsheni from where a vehicle will pick you up and drop you back at Kullu or Manali where the trek ends.

Kullu Manali

Our Kullu-Manali packages are a combination of must-see sights as well as off the beaten track ones. Adding a trek into this mix helps you experience the mountains to the fullest. A suggested itinerary:

Day 01: Delhi/ Chandigarh to Shimla
Day 02: Shimla sightseeing
Day 03: Shimla to Naggar/Manali (7 hrs)
Day 04: Naggar sightseeing(Jana waterfall, Krishna Temple, Heritage village Jana and Roerich Art gallery)
Day 05 to 07 Treks (Brighu lake or Chanderkhani pass)
Day 08: Manali – Manikaran – Manali
Day 09: Manali- Sightseeing (Hadimba temple,Vashisht temple, Jogni waterfall and Manali mall)
Day 10: Rohtang Pass – Manali.

Khirganga Trek

If there is just one trek that you have the time for, then this trek in the Parvati Valley is it. As much as we would wish to keep this place a secret, if we absolutely have to share it, then we would want to be your guides to this magical hot spring. Trek alongside the wild Parvati River, through wooded alpine forests and gushing waterfalls. A 6-7 hour trek takes you to the pristine hot springs on top surrounded by a ring of snow-capped mountains. After a hard day’s trek soak in the hot springs, camp at Kheerganga and return the next day.

Day 1: Manali to Tosh (drive  and camp at Tosh)
Day 2: Start trek at Tosh. Reach Kheerganga. 6-7 hrs. Camp at Kheerganga
Day 3: Come down to Tosh and drive back to Manali

3000m  (Easy, April – October)

Pin Parvati to Spiti Valley

Start the trek in green forests and end up in the stark mountain deserts. This trek, starting at Manikaran, takes you from the lush Parvati valley along the powerful Parvati river to its source – the glacier fed lake of Mantalai – and on to the harsh and beautiful Spiti valley in its varied shades of brown. A strenuous, but exciting trek over ice-fields with crevasses and finally into the Pin Valley National Park with chances of spotting some wildlife like snow leopard, Spiti wolf, ibex and ghural.

5319m   (Strenuous, June – October)

Day 1: Manikaran
Day 2: Pulga
Day 3: Khirganga
Day 4: Tanda bhuj
Day 5: Thakur kuan
Day 6: Pandu Pul
Day 7: Mantalai lake
Day 8: Base Camp – Pin Parvati Pass
Day 9: Ghurgul
Day 10:Mud
Day 11: Sagnam

“I had the pleasure of doing Pin Parvati Pass with Himalayan Brothers Adventures in August 2014. They were professional as well as much fun. Great team work from everyone made the journey a joy to do. Stunning place to trek I recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it.”
-Sue Hanlon, New Zealand