Trek Chandrikani Pass, Manali, India
Candrikani Pass is an amazing experience for beginner to intermediate trekkers and a great way to acclimatise before tackling a mountain with a summit climb.
Situated between the small, traditional village of Malana and Rhumsi, you'll get a real slice of Northern Indian culture. As you walk, you'll meet horsemen and their horses, be asked in for a cup of tea at the local villages, visit Hindi temples, and see villagers wearing traditional dress. All of this, plus a fabulous 360 degree view of the Himalayas from the top of Chandrikani Pass. If you're lucky - you may even pick up a canine friend to keep you company on your way, too!
Day 1: Manali to Rumsu to Naya Thapru
After breakfast you'll be met by your guide and driver for the short drive to Naggar. Starting from Naggar you'll trek through Rumsu up to the meadows of Naya Thapru by the late afternoon where you'll set up camp. Accommodation: Camping (B, L, D)
Day 2: Naya Thapru - Base of Chandrakhani Pass
After Breakfast, start trek to Base of Chandrakhani Pass. Today easy climb through forest of conifer to alpine meadows which offers a magnificient view Pir Panjal range and peaks rising above 6000 mtrs. Camp at the base of Chandrakhani Pass. Accommodation: Camping (B, L, D)
Day 3: Base of Chandrakhani Pass to Chandrakhani Pass (3660 mtrs) to Malana
A lovely trail leads to pass and offers splendid view of Dhauladhar range , Parvati valley and Malana valley. Reaching the Chandrakhani Pass, standing above the clouds with a panoramic view all around is a divine experience. A steep descent to Malana where you'll sleep in the local guesthouse. Accommodation: Guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 4: Malana to Malana Dam to Manali
Today you'll visit Malana village and explore local life. Malana is considered to be one of the first democracies in the world. Many documentaries have been made about this small village. You'll then trek to Malana Dam, where you'll be met by a driver and taken back to Manali and your hotel. Accommodation: Hotel (B, L)
About the Area
The beautiful Kullu Valley
Manali is situated near the end of the Kullu Valley at the base of the Himalayas. The landscape here is breath taking. From the centre of town and you'll look down upon the clear waters of the Beas river and up at endless snow-capped mountains. Manali is a wealthy and clean town built on apple farming so orchards abound. You'll also find Manali is full adventure activities including skiing, trekking, white water rafting and zorbing! It's the perfect place to visit year-round although summer is the peak season.
Legend has it that years ago Jamlu (the presiding deity of Malana) was carrying a basket of all the Gods of Kullu. On the top of the pass when he opened the basket all the Gods blew all over the Kullu Valley. Since then the valley has been known as the Valley of Gods. Getting to the top of the pass is a challenge for the legs but the breathtaking 360 degree view of the himalayas and the Valley of Gods below makes it all worthwhile.
Getting to the top of the pass is a challenge for the legs but the breathtaking 360 degree view of the himalayas and the Valley of Gods below makes it all worthwhile.
Hotels & Guesthouses
3-4-star accommodation available in Manali. You'll be able to choose which hotel you like the best, although we recommend the Baikunth Magnolia or Nature Treat Homestay. All hotel rooms have an ensuite and water and electricity supplies are fairly reliable.
Single rooms and tents (when camping) can be requested for an additional cost (subject to availability); please enquire at the time of booking.
When camping you will stay in 2 man tents. Camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents each day, cook all meals and wash up for you - all you need to do is relax. You'll be greeted each morning with freshly brewed Chai or coffee and each evening when you get to camp, with snacks and a hot drink. It's also possible to bring your own tent and/or sleeping mat if you prefer.
A camping feast!
Meals will be included as stated in the itinerary (B,L,D). Meals provided on the tour will be mainly Indian-style like curries, roti and parantha with a few Western meals such as pasta or noodles.
A sample day
Breakfast: tomato and cheese omelette with toast, juice, tea/coffee and fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, juice and a chocolate bar
Dinner: okra curry and rice with roti and fresh fruit for dessert
Snacks also provided along the way - fruit, chocolate and drinks including bottled water
Meals outside the itinerary will be your choice with numerous Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Western restaurants as well as supermarkets available in most cities should you wish to make your own. Choice of food can be limited in smaller villages. We recommend choosing vegetarian dishes - these are often the best option anyway! Eating in India is very cheap and you should expect to pay only ~$5-10 AUD per meal in an average restaurant.
Fitness and safety
This is one of the easier treks in the Indian Himalayas, but due to the altitude and number of hours walking each day we recommend you have a reasonable level of fitness and spend time in Manali before the trek to acclimatise. We can provide you with a training program to help improve your fitness prior to the tour - all you need to do is ask.
This is fully guided tour. Under no circumstances will you be left alone to make your way to the next camp. All guides are trained in first aide and there will be a complete first aide kit. There is the option of carrying your own pack or utilising porters.
We even tell you what to pack!
A suggested packing list will be provided to you with your itinerary, so you'll be sure to have everything you need.
Please contact us for total cost. As we custom-build all of our tours, the cost for your tour will vary on your exact itinerary.
The price of the tour qouted to you will include:
- All transfers returning from Manali
- All meals as listed in the itinerary (B,L,D)
- Accommodation including hotels, guest houses and tent, mattress and sleeping bag when camping
- Experienced local English-speaking guide
- First Aid support
The price of the tour quoted to you will exclude:
- Travel Insurance
- Additional meals as noted in the itinerary
- Any additional purchases if required