About Place: This is one of the most captivating treks in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. At an altitude of 9,938 feet, lies the village of Malana also known as the village of Taboo. Malana is considered as one of the oldest democracies in the world and it is widely believed that people of Malana are direct descendant of Greeks, who visited India during one of their campaigns under Alexander the Great. The Malana - Chandrakhani Pass trek begins at Naggar after a short drive from Manali off the left bank of River Beas. After crossing the Chanderkhani Pass (3600m), this trek gets to the Malana village, famous for its distinct and very reserved social culture. Care and respect for local customs is essential.
* Chandrakhani Pass is one of the most beautiful places at an altitude of 3,660 m located in the Kullu valley. Chandrakhani Pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal and Parvati range of mountains.
* Malana is an ancient Indian village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This solitary village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley to the north-east of Kullu Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world with its own lifestyle and social structure and people are strict in following their customs.
What is included in the tour
- Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent.
- Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food
- Guide, cook and camp helpers.
- Tented accommodation
- First Aid
- Forest Permission Charges
- Trained Coordinator for the trek
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any expenses of personal nature like phone call etc.
- Any air/train to reach Delhi and return from Delhi.
- Travel from Delhi to Manali.
- Any hotel accommodation.
- Horses with horsemen to carry your loads on the route.
- Your Accommodation or any other expenses before or after the trek schedule.
- Extra food apart from above mentioned things.
1. Backpack (55 - 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
2. Daypack (20-25 L) - optional. Useful for summit/pass day, handy if you want to offload your backpack on the trek.
3. Trekking shoes - Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on Snow and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
4. 3 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
5. 3 cotton t-shirt with collar. Avoid bright colours like red and fluorescents. Stick to lighter tones. There are plenty of Birds and Animals one would come across while trekking and you won't want them to get scared with your dressing sense.
6. One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
7. A full sleeve thick Jacket.
8. 4 pairs of Undergarments.
9. 1 pair of Thermal Inners.
10. 4-5 pair of Sports Socks.
11. Woolen Monkey cap/Balaclava that cover the ear.
12. Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
13. Hand Gloves (water proof).
14. Sun glasses - Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown. Blue coloured Sunglass cannot block UV rays.
Avoid multi toned ones too. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and are mandatory for treks.
15. Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
16. Trekking Pole is mandatory.
17. People who wear spectacles should have any one of these:
Photo Chromatic Glass.
If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectales.
18. Light towel (a quick drying kind).
19. Chap stick or Lip Balm.
20. Cold Cream and Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 40+).
21. 2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not carry packaged water bottles.
22. Life straw personal water filter (optional) - buy them online at Pepperfry
23. LED torch with extra set of cells/ Head Lamps (preferred).
24. Personal Toilet Kit (minimal) and Toilet Paper.
25.Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory).
26.Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
27.While there are adequate food provided on trek, some do feel very less energetic compared to others. So you can carry few energy bars, dry fruits, etc.
Day 1: Arrival in Manali and Jeep ride to Base Camp:
The team will be transported by jeep to Pulag (Base Camp) via Naggar (29 km) from Manali. Delightfully situated on a wooded slope and commanding an extensive view of the valley, it is famous for its temples, ancient castle, and the Roerich Art Gallery. The orientation program will be conducted regarding general awareness of the trek with marching and packing techniques.
Day 2: Pulag to Nayatapu - 4 to 5 Hours (10,000 feet / 3048 Meters) :
We start the trek after breakfast. The trail goes through dense forest full of oaks, fir and chestnuts. Its moderate ascent & will take almost 4-5 hours. We will be on plain ground from where we can see the view of Beas River, Manali city & many more beautiful villages & peaks. Overnight stay in Nayatapu campsite. Legend has it that thousands of years ago, Jamlu (the presiding deity of Malana) was carrying a basket containing the Gods of Kullu. On the top of the pass, when he opened the basket, a very strong wind blew and the Gods fell all over the Kullu valley to their present abodes. Since then, the valley is known as the valley of Gods.
Day 3: Nayatapu to Chaklani (2378 Meters). 3 - 4 Hours
Trek today will be moderate and takes around three to four hours depending on the pace. Hanuman Tibba and Friendship peaks are visible from the distance. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Chaklani to Nagruni (3000 Meters) via Chandrakhani Pass (3660 Meters). 5 - 6 Hours.
Today, we will trek all the way till Chandrakhani Pass at 3,600 Meters with a steady climb through conifer forest and meadows. The trail offers magnificent views of Pir Panjal range, Dhauladhar range with peaks rising above 6000 mts and Parvathi valley. Packed lunch at Chandrakhani pass and start the descent for Nagruni campsite. Overnight stay at Nagruni.
Day 5: Nagruni to Bihali. 3 - 4 Hours
The trek to Bihali from Nagruni takes aroud three to four hours. The trek route here is a moderate Ascent all the way and trekkers will find a small village named Dhudhon where people of Malana lives for cultivation. Overnight stay in Bihali.
Day 6: Bihali to Malana and back to Pulag.
On this day we will trek to Malana village and get down to Malana Dam to take a jeep ride back to Pulag base camp via Parvati valley. Overnight stay at Pulag.
Day 7: Departure
After having a breakfast, the jeep will drop you back to Manali. The trip ends here with loads of memories. :)
Meeting Point : Manali Bus Depot at 07:30 AM
Ending Point : Manali on Day 7