Kalihani Pass Trek
Trip Type: Trekking
Region: Manali - Himachal
Grade: Moderately Challenging
Duration: 08 days
Max Altitude: 4725m
Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only
Kalihani Pass Trek Overview
The Kalihani Pass trek in the Kullu valley takes you to the upper reaches of the Pir Panjal range. We start the trek near the famous Hadimba temple in Manali and make our way high above the town through old growth Cedar, Spruce and Oak forests to reach Manali's expansive meadows. We walk through many seasonal shepherd camps as they make their way through the lush meadows moving higher as the summer progresses. Early in the season, one can have the unique experience of being on top of the Kalihani Pass along with herds of sheep and goat as they make their way through the pass and into the Kangra and Chamba valleys.
The Kalihani Pass is a pathway to the remote and ancient Bara Bhangal village - uniquely situated at the intersection of the Kullu, Kangra and Chamba valleys. The village is a further two day walk away from the pass and makes for a good traverse.
As we gain altitude on this trek, we get excellent views of Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Inderkila and Rohtang Pass close by and the many peaks of the Bara Shigri glacier further in the distance.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Manali
Arrive in Manali in the morning. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. The group meets for a trip orientation in the evening by the trip leader at the hotel. Overnight in a hotel - meals and stay not included in the trip cost.
Day 02: Manali - Lama Dugh (3017m)
Duration: 5 hours
The climb is through thick forests. As one gains height in this steep climb, the distinct views of different faces of Indrasan, Deo Tibba and peaks of Bara Shigri glacier open up. In the last leg, the path turns to the right and one traverses the ridge horizontally and enters the campsite on an alpine plateau studded with a thick growth of alpine flowers.
Day 03: Lama Dugh - Riyali Thach (3400m)
Duration: 5 hours
The height gain on this day is approximately 1 km. The trek is through a steep ridge below Khanpari Tibba (4000m). From this point, one can have an expansive view of Manali, situated on the left bank of River Beas and the whole upper Kullu valley, which appears swathed in the different colours of the season.
Day 04: Riyali Thach - Base of Kalihani Pass (4010m)
Duration: 6 hours
A long day today. The trail proceeds over open meadows initially followed by a steep descent to a stream. Crossing it, the path continues in a steep climb for about three hours until we arrive at the base of the Kalihani Pass. Make sure you catch the views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from the campsite.
Day 05: Base of Kalihani - Kalihani Pass (4725m) - back to Base
Duration: 8 hours
Today will be a long day with a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a moraine, and the Kalihani glacier. Take time at the pass to get a splendid 360-degree view of hanging glaciers, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. A steep descent will bring you back to the camp.
Day 06: Base of Kalihani Pass - Rani Sui (3400m)
Duration: 6 hours
We retrace our steps to Riyali Thach and go further to Rani Sui, where there is a small mountain pond.
Day 07: Rani Sui - Bogi Thach (3000m)
Duration: 3 hours
Today's is an easy walk downhill to the meadow at Bogi Thach. The path winds through thick pine forests with cedar and deodar trees.
Day 08: Bogi Thach - Panaga (2300m) - Manali
Duration: 3 hours
Continue downhill till the village of Panaga from where a vehicle will picks us you up and drops us to Manali. Trip ends!
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
- Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft).
- Insulated sleeping pads.
- All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
- Guides, Cook and camp staff.
- Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person
- All HP state Forest Permits
- All transport Manali to Manali and back.
- All hotel stays
- Any food in hotels.
- All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Personal clothing
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover - asc360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
- Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
- Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lt with rain cover - Goes on the horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lt with rain cover- 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 sports shoes.
- 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks - 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 trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in.
- T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
- Fleece Jacket
- Rain & Wind Protection
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Warm Cap
- Sun Cap
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
- Toiletries - sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter 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.)