Goru Pass Trek
Trip Type: Trekking
Region: Manali - Himachal
Duration: 08 days
Max Altitude: 4800m
Batch Dates: Custom Trips only
Goru Pass Trek Overview
The Goru Pass is an old shepherd's trail connecting the Duhangan valley and the Malana valley. Set deep in the subsidiary valleys of the Beas, the Goru Pass makes for a secluded trek set amongst very well connected areas.
We start the trek on the same route as the Deo Tibba climb. Deo Tibba and Indrasan were infact, first climbed by approaching them through the Malana Nalla and the Goru Pass region. We start the trip from Manali town, drive to Jagatsukh village and onward through a series of hairpin turns to reach the roadhead at Khanol village. It is a two-day hike over moderate terrain along the Duhangan Nalla until we reach the picturesque Seri flatlands with its gushing waterfalls over the Tenta cliffs. Here we diverge from the Deo Tibba route to approach the Goru Pass and onward through the pass to the Malana Glacier and down to Malana village.
The Chanderkhani Trek also connects a subsidiary of the Beas Valley to the Malana valley, the Goru Pass goes to a higher altitude and is a slightly longer and much less explored alternative to this popular trek with awe-inspiring views of the higher mountains surrounding the Manali region.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Day 01: Manali
Arrive in Manali in the morning and check into your hotel. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. Final gear check and prepare for the climb ahead. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 02: Manali - Chikka (3500m)
Duration: 3 hours
We start our drive from Manali to Khanol Via the Jagatsukh Village. From the road-head at Khanol, it's a gradual climb through the forest to reach the open pastures at Chikka. We trek along the Duhangan Nala today and camp on its banks. There is a temple and a few huts at Chikka. It also has many huge boulders that make for fun evening exploration.
Day 03: Chikka - Seri (3800m)
Duration: 5-6 hours
The day starts with a moderate ascent through a mixed forest that we quickly leave behind. We trek through the tree line to reach the alpine meadows at Seri. The flatlands at Seri are a summer pasture for the animals in the valley villages. We camp right next to the Tenta cliffs with multiple waterfalls crashing to the rocks below.
Day 04: Seri - Chota Chandertal - Seri
Duration: 6 hours
Today, we leave for an excursion upto the Deo Tibba base camp and onward to Chota Chandertal Lake. A short hike and a few switchbacks along the Tenta cliffs gets us to the Base Camp. Another short hike over loose moraine and scree gets us to the glacial Chota Chandratal Lake (4480m). Return to Seri for the night.
Day 05: Seri - Goru Thach (4000m)
Duration: 3 hours
An easy day today. We leave the Deo Tibba trail and make our way south to the base of the Goru Pass. Our campsite today is a meadow routinely used by shepherds during the summer.
Day 06: Goru Thach - Goru Pass (4800m) - Bareh (4100m)
Duration: 7 hours
Our longest day yet. We start early and make our way to the pass. The trail today gives us great up close views of Deo Tibba, Norbu and Bansi Peaks. The terrain is initially gradual but gives way to moraine, snow and some icy sections depending on the season. From the top of the Pass, view the peaks of the Parvati valley and the mountains of the KR range. We make our way downhill to the high Malana valley and follow the Nalla to reach the shepherd huts at Bareh. Camp here for the night.
Day 07: Bareh - Malana (2750m)
Duration: 5 hours
We make our way to Malana village today losing a lot of altitude. Cross pastures, shepherd huts, streams and finally high altitude jungles to reach Malana. We stay the night at the village
Day 08: Malana - Kullu
Duration: Drive: 1.5 hours
Our vehicles come to pick us up and drive to Kullu town. Trip Ends!
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.
- Nutritious, high-calorie vegetarian food will be served for the whole trek.
- Guide, cook and camp helpers.
- Porters/ Horses to carry loads on the whole route.
- Participants are not expected to carry any loads other than a small daypack with a camera, some trail layers and some trail food.
- Two people will be accommodated in one tent.
- Transport Manali hotel to Road Head and back.
- Hotel accommodations in Manali for 1 day before the trek.
- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Food in Manali
- Accommodation in Manali on return.
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover.
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lts with rain cover.This you will need in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable water proof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua forclaz 100, 500 or 600.
- 2 -3 pairs of cotton socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks ( these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking).
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. We do not recommend you get Denims or Jeans as they get hard to trek in.
- Tshirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferable cotton t-shirts that are full sleeves. You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns.
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair.
- Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket - 1 pair.
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair ( optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Raincoat/ Poncho - what ever you get make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
- Warm Beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarfs etc in addition to your beanie.
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves.
- Sun Cap- 1 no
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 litre each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)