Tosh Valley - Animal Pass trek

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Trekking

  • Region: Tosh Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 08 days

  • Max Altitude: 4560m

  • Best Season: May - Oct

  • Trip Begins: Manikaran

  • Trip Ends: Manikaran

Tosh Valley - Animal Pass Trek Overview

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).

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.

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Detailed Itinerary

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: 7 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: 5 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: 5 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: 5 hours

Retrace your steps back to Buddhaban.


Day 07: Buddhaban - Barsheni

Duration: 4 hours

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


Day 08: Barshaini

Breakfast and departure. Trip Ends!

Cost Includes

  • All transfers in a non-ac vehicle as per the itinerary (Hotel - Hotel)
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip 
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents/ hotel
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water ( meals in hotels not included) 
  • Guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Portage up to 10kg/person 
  • Insulated sleeping pads
  • All permissions where applicable

Cost Excludes

  • Sleeping Bags
  • 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
  • Transfers to and from hotels at the beginning and end of the trip
  • Transport to and from Manali at the beginning and end of the trip
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control

Things you need to get

- 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
- Gloves 
- Sun Cap
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Camera.
- 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.)

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