Malana Chanderkhani Pass

Malana Chanderkhani Pass
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

OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 1: Manali (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 m) Rumsu ( 2060 m). Drive 21 km, Trek Chaklani (3200 m), trek 5 hrs.

Day 2: Trek to Chandrakhani pass (3660 m) - Nagruni (2800 m), 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 ITINERARY
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. 



COST INCLUDES
Ø  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
Ø  Pickup from hotel and drop at hotel in Manali.
Ø  All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.
Ø  Accommodation in 4 season tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.
Ø  Meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Tea, snacks during the trek
Ø  Qualified & trained well English speaking trekking guide and experienced crew.
Ø  Porters or mules for porterage of trekking gear and your baggages.
Ø  Camping fee, trekking permits and park fee.
Ø  Goods and services tax.
Ø  First aid medical kit. 

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

Cost includes
Ø  
All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
Ø  Pickup from hotel and drop at hotel in Manali.
Ø  All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.
Ø  Accommodation in 4 season tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.
Ø  Meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Tea, snacks during the trek
Ø  Qualified & trained well English speaking trekking guide and experienced crew.
Ø  Porters or mules for porterage of trekking gear and your baggages.
Ø  Camping fee, trekking permits and park fee.
Ø  Goods and services tax.
Ø  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

Cost excludes

×     Domestic flight.  Delhi - Kullu, Kullu - Delhi

×     Hotel in Manali. (Booking of rooms on request).

×     Delhi - Manali, Chandigarh - Manali transfer (Booking of private taxi on request)

×     Travel insurance.

×     Soft or hard drinks.

×     Equipment rentals (Can rent at Manali all trekking and mountaineering gear)

×     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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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


Tour details

TRIP FACTS
Malana valley - Himachal Pradesh, 
Difficulty Level - Moderate, 
Max Altitude - 3660 meters
Trip Length - 6 to 7 days Delhi to Delhi
4 days Manali to Manali, 

4 days of Trek
3 nights of Camping
Activity - Trekking / Hiking
Best time - May to Nov 


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Naggar – Chandrakhani – Malana – Kasol
"The team was very hospitable and I had an amazing experience trekking with them. Everything was very well organized for us and customized to our capacity and requirement. They did everything to make our trek the most comfortable possible. The tents and equipment, sleeping bags etc. were clean and good. 
The food was amazing, we literally got 3 course meal especially the dinner after a long days trek was very comforting. The guide and porters were all very responsible and good. I would definitely use & recommend their services travellers in this area."
Surbhi S & group of 4 – NEW DELHI – 31 August – 4 September

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