A minimum of
three day of acclimatization is recommended for this trek
at a height of 2000 m or more.
Day 01: Manali Lamadugh (6 hrs)
Start trek from Manali (2050 m). The first day of the trek
leads through cool forests of giant Cedar, Alder and Oak.
The trail ascends gently at first, through the Manalsu
valley along Manalsu stream. Extensive views of Kullu
valley appear and slowly fade into the distant as the
first campsite in the lush green meadows of Lamadugh is
reached. Beautiful views of the surrounding peaks dominate
the scene. Overnight in tents at Lamadugh (2727 m).
Day 02: Lamadugh Dohra Nallah (7 hrs)
Now the trail ascends steeply through woodland and meadows
with wild alpine flowers strewn all around. On the way
brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to
the ridge afetr which a descent leads to the campsite at
Dohra Nallah (3394 m). Overnight in tents.
Day 03: Dohra Nallah Kaliheyni Base I (6 hrs)
A lovely walk through lush green forests leads to campsite
(4000 m) at the base of 4697 m high Kaliheyani pass. All
around are mountain peaks of Kullu and Lahaul valley,
presenting an unforgettable panorama. Overnight in tents.
Day 04: Kaliheyni Base I - Kaliheyni Base II (6 hrs)
Today the landscape slowly begins to change, as forests
and meadows give way to rocky back-drops with patches of
snow. Steep climb through glacier and moraine leads to the
camp II on the bank of mountain stream. Overnight in
Day 05: Kaliheyni Base II Gaddi Thach (6 hrs)
Now the trail leads down into the Sunni river valley and
upto a buff overlooking the river. Overnight in tents at
Gaddi Thach (3424 m).
Day 06: Gaddi Thach Lambapaharh (4 hrs)
Tha path passes through rocky terrain and later it is
replaced by meadows. After crossing a large snow bridge
you are in forest and little ahead is the campsite (Lambapaharh
3485 m) near a stream. Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Lambapaharh Camp I (7 hrs)
After descending to the river bank, camp for overnight,
near a stream (3636 m). Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Camp I Upper Barabhangal (6 hrs)
The trail now winds its way down towards the
valley floor, after which an almost level walk
leads to the camp just before the tiny village
of Barabhangal. Overnight in tents.
Day 09: Upper Barabhangal Barbhangal (4 hrs)
Today finally the ancient village of
Barabhangal is reached. Overnight in tents
Day 10: Barabhangal Camp II (6 hrs)
A remote and isolated village, it is
accessible only for four to five months a
year. The inhabitants are the legendary
Himalayan shepards the Gaddis who lead a
nomadic life with their vast flocks of sheep
into high mountain pastures once the snow
melts, and then return to their isolated
existence in the village. From Barabhangal
village trek to camp II. Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Camp II Marrhi (4 hrs)
A steady walk and an hours climb leads to the
campsite at Marrhi (4000 m). The scenery
changes quite dramatically while the air
becomes cooler. Camp at the base of the 4772 m
high Thamser pass. The chill of the evening is
replaced with the comfortable warmth of lively
campfire. Overnight in tents.
Day 12: Marrhi Plachak (6 hrs)
Today the trail slowly emerges from the rocky
terrain into the softer landscape of lakes,
meadows and forests. Numerous lakes dot the
countryside interspersed by cascading
waterfalls. A descent through green wooded
slope leads to a tiny tea shop, this is the
village of Plachak (2424 m). Overnight in
tents near the village.
Day 13: Plachak Billing (6 hrs)
A pleasant walk through a leafy bridle path
and tiny villages literally hanging on the
shoulders fo the hill-sides, giving thema
magical, surrealistic appearance. Ahead lies a
tiny village of Billing for camp (2424 m).
Overnight in tents.
Day 14: Billing Bir (4 hrs)
On the way, extensive views of the lush green
Kangra valley are the welcome site and soon
the steep descent ends at the tiny Tibetan
settlement of Bir, the land of the legendary
Gaddis the tough and weary Himalayan
Shepards. Travel to Manali or Dharamsala by
car/jeep. Trek ends.