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CHANDERKHANI PASS and MALANA VILLAGE Experience Malana culture & meet its distinctive people, Trek to Chanderkhani pass & Malana valley

CHANDERKHANI PASS and MALANA VILLAGE
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Overview

Malana - A Lost Utopia in the Himalayas - By Dr. Virendra Bangroo -
Below the Chanderkhani pass of the Kullu valley lies a small cluster of around two hundred stone roof houses constituting a village called Malana. Its inimitable culture and the temple of Jamlu distinguish the village. The village consists of around 1500 inhabitants and has an impeccable system of administration with a higher and lower court guided by the spirit of village god Jamlu. Malana stands out as an autonomous self-sufficient unit whose inhabitants claim Greek ancestry. Some stories about the village called "a little Greece," this village in the interior of the Himalayas is its architecture, language, worship rituals and autonomous administrative system. The unique geographical location of Malana has enabled it to preserve its biodiversity and it is an ecological haven.


Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes - it can be reached from Parbati valley crossing over the 3180 metres rashol pass and via Naggar over the 3600 metres beautiful Chanderkhani pass. For the outsiders, there is a long list of do's and don'ts to be followed in the village. The people are friendly but outsiders are told to keep distance and not to touch anything in the village. Malana is divided into two - upper malana (dhara beda) and lower malana (sor beda). Kanashi, the language of Malana, does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in its neighbourhood but seems to be a mixture of Sanskrit and several Tibetan dialects. Two important festivals are celebrated in Malana. One called Badoh Mela is celebrated in august and the other called Fagdi mela in february

TRIP FACTS 
Region - Malana valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate
Max Altitude - 3660 m Chanderkhani pass
Trip Length - 6-7 days Delhi to Delhi & 4 days Manali to Manali
Activity - Walking & Trekking
Best time - Mid May  to  July, Aug, Sept, until mid Nov

INCLUDED IN THE COST

·  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.

·  All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.

·  Accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping pads, trekking poles.

·  All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

·  Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

·  Portage of your baggage's.

·  Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

·  Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

·  Includes gst 5%.

 

OUTLINE  ITINERARY
Day 1
: Manali (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 mtrs) Rumsu ( 2060m) . Drive 21 kms, Trek to Rumsu – Chaklani (3200m) Base of Chanderkhani Pass (3200m), trek 5 hours.
Day 2: Trek to Chandrakhani pass (3660m) - Nagruni (2800m), 5-7 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Malana (2650 m). 5-6 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to valley floor 1 hr, drive to Jari - Manali. 4 hrs.

 

DETAILED TRIP DOSSIER
DAY 1: MANALI (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 m) - Rumsu ( 2060m) . DRIVE 23 kms, TREK TO CHAKLANI BASE (3200m), 5-6 hrs
From Manali we drive 21 km to Naggar on the left bank of Beas river. Which presents spectacular sights of villages all along the way. At Naggar we visit Nicolas Roerich (Russian) art gallery and Naggar castle. And start trek at this point. Gentle climb through apple orchrds to lovely village of Rumsu. Easy climb through forest of conifer to alpine meadows which offers a magnificient view Pir Panjal range and peaks rising above 6000m. Overnight camp. 

 

DAY 2: TREK TO CHANDRAKHANI / CHANDERKHANI PASS (3660m) - NAGRUNI (2800m), 5-7 hrs
Leaving camp we trek along the ridge leads us to pass. Its approx 1-2 hrs gentle climb to pass. Numbers of stone piller can be found at pass mainly an offering by villager to their deities. From pass an impressive view towards North Beas River valley, to the East Malana glacier and numbers of peaks rising above 6000m, towards South Parbati River valley. We continue our trek along the ridge to our next camp at Nagruni. 

 

DAY 3: TREK TO MALANA (2650 m). 5-6 hrs.
Today leaving Nagruni we descend slowly through thich pine forest to Malana village. Arriving at Malana visit meet locals and must not forget to follow the instruction given at shops, temple and in around. Overnight camp outside of village. 

 

DAY 4: TREK TO SHORT BEFORE MALANA DAM 1:30 hr, DRIVE TO JARI - KASOL - VISIT MANIKARAN -MANALI. 4 hrs.
We take the old Malana trail to valley floor. Steep descent to road and drive to Jari - Manali. 

 

Pics: Chanderkhani Pass - Malana

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Manali (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 mtrs) Rumsu ( 2060m) . Drive 21 kms, Trek to Rumsu – Chaklani (3200m) Base of Chanderkhani Pass (3200m), trek 5 hours

    From Manali we drive 21 km to Naggar on the left bank of Beas river. Which presents spectacular sights of villages all along the way. At Naggar we visit Nicolas Roerich (Russian) art gallery and Naggar castle. And start trek at this point. Gentle climb through apple orchrds to lovely village of Rumsu. Easy climb through forest of conifer to alpine meadows which offers a magnificient view Pir Panjal range and peaks rising above 6000m. Overnight camp.

  • Day 2 Trek to Chandrakhani pass (3660m) - Nagruni (2800m), 5-7 hrs

    Leaving camp we trek along the ridge leads us to pass. Its approx 1-2 hrs gentle climb to pass. Numbers of stone piller can be found at pass mainly an offering by villager to their deities. From pass an impressive view towards North Beas River valley, to the East Malana glacier and numbers of peaks rising above 6000m, towards South Parbati River valley. We continue our trek along the ridge to our next camp at Nagruni.

  • Day 3 Trek to Malana (2650 m). 5-6 hrs.

    Today leaving Nagruni we descend slowly through thich pine forest to Malana village. Arriving at Malana visit meet locals and must not forget to follow the instruction given at shops, temple and in around. Overnight camp outside of village.

  • Day 4 Trek to valley floor 1 hr, drive to Jari - Manali. 4 hrs.

    We take the old Malana trail to valley floor. Steep descent to road and drive to Jari - Manali. 

Inclusions

INCLUDED IN THE COST

·  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.

·  All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.

·  Accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping pads, trekking poles.

·  All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

·  Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

·  Portage of your baggage's.

·  Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

·  Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

·  Includes gst 5%.

 

Exclusions

·  Domestic flight.

·  Hotel  in Manali

·  Travel insurance.

·  Soft or hard drinks.

·  Entrance fee at Gompas.

·  Personal tip to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver.

·  Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule. 

 

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Testimonials

We had a great 3 days trekking adventures with good quality camping equipment, great food and lots of fun with horses. Nice family adventure! After we really had an interesting time. Once we stayed with nomads since the home stay was already closed, this was really interesting experience. Sure, the hotel in Leh was great. We enjoyed the lake and the staying at the small village, we got a lot of ...

Mrs Annette and family - GERMANY - 28 Sept
Mrs Annette And Family - GERMANY - 28 Sept
Trekking Gear & accessories Check List

What we provide

We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

  • 3-4 Person roomy 3-4 season tents for 2 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent. (Toilet seats on demand) and other camping accessories.
  •  Filtered drinking water for longer trips / Water purification tablets.
  •  Sleeping bags + liner and comfortable sleeping pads.
  • Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware,etc.
  • Three course meal (Dinner), hot packed lunch, post trek snacks.
  • Trekking poles and Duffel bags
  •  Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-

  • Day pack: A bit of bigger size in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch,
Foot wear :-
  • Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
  • Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandles for river crossing.
  • Socks both Woollen and cotton as desire.
  • Clothing :-
  • Gore tex jacket or similar.
  •  Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
  •  Wind/Rain jacket: (ie gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
  • Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
  •  Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
  •  T-shirts for day time
  •  One midweight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
  • Short pants, underwear,
  • Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
  •  Woollen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
  •  One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
  •  A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves
  •  Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :-

  • Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
  • Sun screen and lip protection.
  • Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
  •  Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
  • Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles.
  • Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
  •  One toiletories kit, small towel.
  •  Reading and writing materials.
  • Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
  •  Water purification tablets
  • Nylone or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff
  • One pocket knife light.

Others :-

  • Gaiter
  •  Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
  • Mosquito rappallent cream.
  • Small Binocular.
  •  First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetemol, antibiotics for diarrhoea, anticeptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
  •  Vitamine tablets or similar.
  • Extra passport photos.
  •  A bottle of wine to enjoy with staff, if you drink. Or to use for other purposes.

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