Tosh Valley – Animal Pass

The Tosh is a feeder valley of the popular Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass. The Tosh Nallah meets the Parbati river at Pulga coming from the North. The Tosh valley is initially narrow but as you progress higher the valley starts to open up and you cross several beautiful meadows. At the head of the valley is the Tosh Glacier surrounded by some well known peaks: Papasura (6451m) & White Sail (6446m).

SEASON: Mid May – October

MAX. ALTITUDE: 4560m

NUMBER OF DAYS: 07 days

TREK GRADIENT: Moderately challenging

Day 01: The participants arrive in Kasol / Manikaran.

Day 02: Kasol / Manikaran – Tosh village by jeep (2400m) – trek fromTosh village – Buddhaban (3020m)
Duration: 4 hours

The ascent to Barsheni from Manikaran takes about an hour over steep mountain roads. The trail starts from above the Barsheni village, with a commanding view of the Parvati valley dam that is under construction and the confluence of Parvati and Tosh rivers. The walk is a gradual climb from the Tosh village we follow the raging Tosh river through dense pine forests to Buddhaban, a largish meadow with a spring of its own and many rocks.

Day 03: Buddhaban – Sharam Thach (3505m)

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

It’s a long day’s walk as the path climbs from Buddhaban to cross the treeline. It then continues over meadows and rhododendron clusters to the high altitude meadow at Sharam Thach.

Day 04: Sharam Thach – Shamshi Thach (3800m)

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

An initial steep climb peters out to a narrow path over patches of snow. The Tosh river continues its noisy course throughout. After a short descent, you arrive at Shamshi Thach, beautifully set in a little bowl at the base of the valley. To the north is the Tosh Glacier, to the east the massive face of Kullu Makalu peak and the glacier descending from it.

Day 05: Exploratory day at Shamshi Thach

Duration: 6 – 8 hours

There is a choice of either going up to Animal Pass (4560m) for the day or hiking upto the snout of the Tosh Glacier (4300m).

Day 06: Shamshi Thach – Buddhaban

Duration: 4 hours

Retrace your steps back to Sharam Thach.

Day 07: Buddhaban – Barsheni

Duration: 2-3 hours

Head back to the road head at Barsheni, cutting short a day at Tosh Village

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