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Malana-Chandrakhani Pass - 4 Days

Malana-Chandrakhani Pass
10500

If you want to explore scenic valleys of Kullu, the Chanderkhani Pass is a must-do! You will negotiate a moderately difficult terrain on all four days on this trek, surrounded by breathtaking views of gorgeous Himalayan peaks such as the Dhauladhar range, Bara Bangal range, and the Idrasan peak. You will trek alongside ancient shrines, quaint villages with wooden houses and rocky outcrops. You will cross over bubbling mountain streams and the snow-capped peaks will always follow you. It is a steep incline to the Chanderkhani pass at an altitude of 12,000 feet, but the views of the mighty Himalayas are rewarding and you will be greeted by big fluffy clouds on the top. You will also have the chance to explore the secluded village of Malana. The Malana-Chanderkhani Pass trek is ideal for trekkers looking to ascend to higher altitudes on a short trek.

The Chanderkhani Pass is a mystical adventure in the lap of the Himalayas. Trek through walnut, cherry and oak trees in Naggar from where you will gradually climb to rhododendron and birch forests in Naya Tapru. The rolling meadows, open green terraced pastures, gurgling streams and meandering trails make this a picturesque trek. You will pass ancient shrines and olden villages, experiencing their culture and lifestyle.

The Chanderkhani Pass offers spectacular views of the the Pir Panjal range and the peaks are covered with a stroke of mystical clouds. The pass leads you to the mysterious Malana village that has fascinated travelers for years because of its myths and faith.

Malana Village: is a small tribal community of tribal people, who has a unique culture and their own democratic government. Malana village government is considered the oldest democracy in the world. It is believed that the Greeks under the leadership of Alexendera the great came all the way to Malana village, where few soldiers who were left behind from his army, intermarried here and develoved a society that came to be known as Manala village Society , which is known to be the oldest democracy of the world.

The village has its own law. In recent times no police ever entered the village and they do not have any respect for the outside authority.  Most of the villagers want to stay detached from rest of the world but slowly it is changing and people have started getting mixed up with the outside world.

To reach Manali village we have to cross over Chanderkhani Pass. The trek passes through beautiful alpine pasture and we have beautiful view of some of the high mountain peaks.

WEATHER DETAILS

In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

Day 1
Manali to Nagger (1740m) 21km Drive then trek to Ghoni Karadi (2578 m) 4 hrs

Day 2
Day 2 Ghoni Karadi to Base of Chanderkhani pass (3600m) 5hrs

Day 3
Day 3 Base of Chanderkhani to Chanderkhani Pass (3660m) then to Malana (2650m) 6 hrs

Day 4
Day 4 Malana to Manali (2 hrs walk down to malana dam) then drive to Manikaran then to Manali 85 km

Day 1: Manali to Nagger (1740m) 21km Drive then trek to Ghoni Karadi (2578 m)

  • Drive:  22-25 km / 1 Hr
  • Altitude: 2578 m
  • Trek: 6-7 kms trek / 4-5 hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Time taken:  1 hour drive + 4 hour trek.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents

From Manali we drive 21 km on the left bank of Beas River, which presents spectacular sights of the villages along the way. In Nagger we visit Nicolas Roerich (Russian) art gallery and Nagger Castle and start the trek to Ghoni Karadi, a gentle climb through apple orchards and the lovely village Rumso.

Day 2: Ghoni Karadi to Base of Chanderkhani pass

  • Altitude: 3600 M
  • Trek: 7-8 Km / 4-5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from camp. Late season streams likely once the snow melts.
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

Today we have an easy climb through the forest of conifer to alpine meadows, which offer a magnificent view of the Pir Panjal Range and peaks rising up above 6000 m.

Day 3: Base of Chanderkhani to Chanderkhani Pass (3660m) then to Malana (2650m)

  • Altitude: 3660 M
  • Trek: 10-12 Km / 6-7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy to Moderate
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Campsite as there are very limited/No source (depending on the season)
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

A lovely trail, which leads to the pass and offers splendid views of the Dhaula Dhar Range, Parvati Valley and Malana Valley. We descend to Malana. In the evening we visit Malana Village and explore the local life.

Day 4: Malana to Manali (2 hrs walk down to malana dam) then drive to Manikaran then to Manali

  • Drive:  80-85 km / 4-5 Hr
  • Trek: 4-5 kms trek / 2-3 hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy mostly downhill.

Today we walk through the forest of deodar and cross the Parvati River before reaching Kasol. We drive to the hot spring of Manikaran, where we can enjoy a nice hot bat; then drive back to Manali.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Transportation from Manali to manali
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
  • Safety Equipments.
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation and meals in Manali.
  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

The Malana-Chandrakhani Pass is a Easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Malana-Chandrakhani Pass, note that the temperature drops to around -3 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 12 degrees. This extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

Distance by road:-

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 540 km's). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.

Nearest Railway Station:-

Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 km's) and Chandigarh (310 km's) Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.

Nearest Airport :-

Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Km's. ​Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000‐ Rs.2,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

Price From INR11,500 INR10,500/person
10,500
Total 10,500 INR

Trip Facts

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Easy
  • 12030 ft
  • Day time: 17°C-20°C; Night time: 3°C-4°C
  • 30-35 km
  • May-July & September-November.
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Manali to Manali
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Camping
  • Chandigarh or Manali is well connected to Delhi
  • Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar

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