Duration: 6 Days | 5 Nights
Best season: Apr-may | Sep-Nov
Chandrakhani Pass is one of the most beautiful and serene pass, at an altitude of 3660 m located in the Kullu valley. Chandrakhani Pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains. The trek begins from the village of Naggar, located about 21 km from the town of Manali. The popular trek route of Chandrakhani Pass involves a circular route from Naggar to Chandrakhani Pass and back to Manali via Malana. From the village of Naggar, the trek begins with a gradual ascent upto Rumsu and Ganachalini. The path is through forested cover of pine, deodar, and chestnut. The trek then breaks out to the alpine meadows at higher altitudes. The view from these meadows of the Kullu valley, Manali, Pir Panjal, and Bara Bhangal ranges is spell-binding. A camp can then be established at Nayu Tapru below the Chandrakhani Pass. Reaching the Chandrakhani Pas, standing above the clouds with a panoramic view all around is a divine experience. We then descend down the Kullu valley to the unique, and secluded town of Malana. Further descent, and we reach the road-head at Jari, which is the ticket back to Manali. The trek is one of the popular and easiest of treks that introduces the traveler to the remote, hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh. The landscape through the trek varies from the alpine forests at the start of the trek to the alpine meadows. The scenic beauty of the Kullu valley, and the mountain peaks that dot that horizon is a treat for the nature lover throughout the journey. The region is also known as the Valley of Gods. Legend has that Jamlu (the presiding deity at Malana), opened a basket containing the gods of Kullu at the Chandrakhani Pass and the strong winds blew the gods to their present abodes.
Day 1: Manali – Naggar – Rumsu – Ganachalani (2700 Mtr)
Post breakfast; embark on a drive to Naggar, a tiny settlement known for its castles and temple. From Naggar, you will be starting your trekking expedition. A kilometer trek through the bridle path will take you to Roerichs cottage and then to the village of Rumsu. In the Rumsu village, you will be visiting an ancient wooden temple, dedicated to Jamlu in Malana. After a relaxing break at the village, you will trek up the ridge to reach the east side of the village. Thereupon, you will pass through a forest of deodar, pine and horse chestnut, to reach Ganachalani. Dinner & overnight stay in Ganachalani tent.
Day 2: Ganachalani – Celanti (3500 Mtr)
Begin your trek with an uphill 4 km trek from Ganachalani to reach meadows, which will be located at an elevation of 3000 m. From the meadow, you can get a glimpse of Manali, Kullu Valley, Pir Panjal Range and Bara Bhangal Range. Further, you will pass through small rhododendron forest and series of alpine meadows to reach Celanti. Dinner and overnight stay at Celanti.
Day 3: Celanti – Chandrakhani Pass (3650 Mtr / 11972 Ft) – Dadru (3000 Mtr)
After breakfast, start trekking uphill for an hour to reach Chandrakhani Pass. From the pass, you can see the impressive view of Ghalpo Peaks of Lahaul- Dharamsura (6446 m) and Papsura (6451 m) and the other high peaks in the upper Tosh valley. After a relaxing break at Chandrakhani Pass, you will start trekking downhill to reach Dadru via the meadows at Nagarvani. Dinner and overnight stay at Dadru Camp.
Day 4: Dadru – Malana (2650 Mtr)
From Dadru, start trekking along the Malana River, till you reach Rashol pass (3260m) and the Parvati valley via Kasol village. From the Rashol pass, start trekking downhill till Malana for overnight stay and dinner. Malana is considered as the oldest democracy in the world. Since the inception of their judiciary system, there have been hardly any changes.
Day 5: Malana – Jari (1520 Mtr)
Today is going to be the last day of trekking. From Malana, a downhill trek of about 5-6 km will take you to a dam. From the dam, you will further travel for 12 km to reach Jari, a magical green rimmed village located just above the confluence of Malana and Parvati rivers. Dinner & overnight stay in Jari tents.
Day 6: Jari – Manali (6 Hrs Drive)
After an overnight stay at Jari village, you will board a bus, which will take you to Manali. Dinner and overnight stay at Manali hotel.