Potala Adventurers Trekking - Our Trips

  • A Himalayan village on the path of Alexander the Great - Trek to remote & lonely Bara Bhangal village - home of Himalayan shepherds
    Trek across beautiful Pir Panjal range into Dhauladhar range of lower Himalaya to remote & lovely village of Bara Bhangal - home of Himalayan shepherds. Over craggy passes, pass icy glaciers and ancient monasteries. The Dhauladhar range divides the Kullu and Kangra valley of Himachal. To the north lie Lahoul and Spiti, which have a fantastic range of snow peaks- a mountaineer's paradise.
    This trek is one of the most enchanting and picturesque, leading from the Kullu valley to scenic Kangra valley over the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas A high altitude trek, anyone reasonably fit will find it an almost dreamlike experience. Each day presents a different and startlingly beautiful landscape all lavishly decorated, a trek that leaves one with wonderful awesome of the Himalayan regions. The Trek terminates at Bir near Dharamsala: the mini Lhasa in India which is the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A demanding and challenging trek into the Bara-Bhangal region, which still remains cut off from the World by 4500- 4700m high passes and still, a very few trekkers find their way here. 

  • Our new and updated trekking route in Ladakh & Zanskar will take you to one of the remotest parts of the Indian Himalayas. With passes over 5000m and through canyons & gorges, you will pass through many villages along the way and meet with locals at their homes that are with our Zanskari staff. Spectacular view of Greater Himalayan range and its peak rising above 6000m, some of best view are K2 and Nanga Parbat from Kanji La view of Nun 7135m and Kun 7077m and Akshu, Doda 6550m and Brahma 6574m. peak in Southern Zanskar, wild routes while crossing of Phirtse la 5450m. A complete crossing of Ladakh and Zanskar from North to South.
    Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing. We drive to Lamayuru enroute vising Likir and Alchi Gompa. Crossing a small pass near Lamayuru you enter in jaw-dropping Shilla gorge and after crossing of Yogma la to Kanji village. Along the stream to base and further crossing of Kanji la 5342m, one of the highest pass in this trek after Phirtse la 5450m, we descent to sumdo and long ascent to Pikdong la to the remote village of Shade. From Shade you follow the Oma chu to the base of Hanuma la to large plains of Zanskar at Padum, here you will have the opportunity to visit a number of sights. Along the Tsarap River to one of the most spectacular sights of our trek to Phuktal and finally exploring the high villages of Southern Zanskar we climb to our last pass to the vast plains of Sarchu. Where our trek ends. Instead of going back to Leh, you will drive on Leh - Manali highway to the hill resort town of Manali. A couple of days to relax at this hill station before making a final departure to Delhi.
    Four weeks in Ladakh Zanskar - Trekking in the Indian Himalayas & Zanskar Odyssey.

     

     

  • One of the least explored trekking routes and mythical journeys in the Indian Himalaya. With passes over 5000m that connects Sarchu to Kanji. Zanskar grand traverse, Zanskar wild and remote or La Grande Traversee du Zanskar is an updated Zanskar traverse known to the world as Darcha Lamayuru. Twenty-two days of walking in the heart of spectacular landscape and the complete crossing of Zanskar from South to North. Zanskari village which remains cut off from the rest of the world for eight months. The inhabitants of Zanskarpa live in serenity and inner peace. 
    Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing. We drive to Sarchu crossing the Taglang la 5268 m on Leh - Manali highway known as 2nd highest mountain road in the world. We pass through high plains on the Rupshu Changthang to the wide valley of Sarchu., from where we cross the highest pass of our trek Phirtse la 5450m and descend to Lungnak River valley. Passing through villages and exploring the daily life of Zanskari to Phugtal gompa. Which is built under a huge cave. We continue to Shade one of the remotest village in Himalaya, a series of high passes and narrow gorge of Zangla before we visit Karsha and Padum.
    Our 2nd stage will take us through the Ladakh part after crossing Hanuma la into Lingshed, Final ascent to Sengge la to Photoksar where our trek ends.

  • The Kang Yatse II 6200m or Kang Yatze is located at the East end of the Markha valley region of Ladakh just above Nimaling plains. The Kang Yatse peak is the most dominant peak in Markha valley. The lower western Peak of Kang Yatse II is easier (Alpine PD - Peu Difficile) and more frequently climbed. The main summit of Kang Yatse I required some technical ability. Dzo Jongo is a delight of trekkers as it doesn't require any technical climbing. If you are seeking for first Himalayan 6000m peak and away from the crowd that you may see in Stok Kangri peak. This side of Markha remains calm most of the time.  

  • Pin Parvati pass at an altitude of 5,319 m / 17,450 ft connects the Parvati valley (Kullu) in the west and Pin valley (Spiti) in the east. Pin Parvati can be cross without any technical difficulties. In Parvati valley, the trail begins at a relatively low altitude, which makes better acclimatization before crossing 5319m. After the large alpine meadows of Tunda Bhuj you reach the large flat valley floor at Mantalai, where moraines of Parvati glacier comes to an end. Leaving the valley, steep path to the left to base camp. A long stretch of a glacier crossing, the trail runs through steep scree to the small pass, which provides a panoramic view of Great Himalayan range peaks, Parvati South, Parvati North, Pinnacle, Kullu Eiger all above 6`000 m. A steep descent to Pin River. The easy trail along the left banks of Pin River to Mudh (3820m), the last village in the Pin valley. With the extreme differences in climate, Pin valley is much more rugged and barren than Parvati valley. This cold desert valley with its snowy crags, cliff, jagged rocks, and other fossils makes Pin valley a unique geological lab. Pin valley national park is home to snow leopard, red fox, marten, weasel, Himalayan Royle Pika, bearded vulture, golden eagle, lynx, and Tibetan wolf. The Pin area is conserved as a national park since 1987. The main attraction of Pin valley is the Chamurthi pony, known for its fast, sure-footed-on mountain terrain, moving safely on ice, and is well adapted to cost and harsh environment.

    Due to the southern edge of the main Himalayan range, during summer monsoons often at the foothills determine the weather, which brings rain and snow around the pass. Mudslides at Pin valley can cause unpleasant surprises during the monsoon, which brings the Pin valley cut off from the main Spiti valley.  The best time to go for this trek remains is from mid-June to mid-July and from the third week of August to the end of September. But be careful after the third week of September, when frozen monsoon tails can bring huge snowfall at the main Himalayan range.
    The picturesque village of Mudh,  where the trek ends are surrounded by barley fields. From here, a jeep safari into the Spiti valley offers opportunities to visit the sights of Spiti i.e. Kungri, Tabo, Dhankar, Lalung, Langza, Comik, and Kee - Kibber, before returning to Manali.

  • Pangi  & the unexplored world of Pangwalas. A rugged, remote yet beautiful Himalayan valley close to the Greater Himalaya Range. Leaving the Chenab River valley to the North there are some magnificent valleys inhabited by Bhatori tribes i.e. Chask Bhatori, Hudan Bhatori, Sural Bhatori. Bhatori refers to inhabitants of Pangi valley who follow Buddhism. On this trip, we mostly take on Chask & Tuwan. Surrounded by virgin mountains, unscaled peaks, untrodden paths where only a few travelers, adventurers find their way. After organizing various treks, expeditions in Miyar valley, and some trips in Batori regions we at   Potala Adventurers offer this trekking tour for the lovers of Pangi & Pangwalas. Pangwalas are cheerful & good-looking people with a sense of humor & mostly their singing tradition. Pangwalas love music & dance, music it's their tradition.

  • Bhabha pass 4865m a.k.a. Tari/Tarik la / Bhapa pass/Tarikhango ancient trade route
    Pin valley national park, Rupi Bhaba wildlife sanctuary, The pride of Spitian – Chamurthi horses

  • Miyar valley is situated in North West of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The Miyar valley is stretching over 75 km from Udaipur to the great Kang la. Miyar Nala as it is often known, with the Miyar River running down from the snout of Kang la glacier into Chenab River for almost 50 km. This glacier stretches a further 24 km up to the high Kang La jot ( 5,468 m). The North of Kang La lies Zanskar of Ladakh union territorry. Miyar valley is also known as the valley of flowers. It’s an unspoiled area similar to Zanskar and local people in the area follow Buddhist customs and are mainly shepherds and farmers. During summer cultivating peas, Barley, and other vegetables.
    July and August are prime times to visit this magnificent valley, blooming with high-altitude flowers, medicinal plants, herbs, and the rare Blue poppy are quite famous among all. The Miyar valley is comparatively easy to reach by road and there are plenty of unspoiled things to explore which are still hidden from the outside world. The best time to do the Miyar valley trek is from Mid May to Mid July and September. Miyar valley is a paradise of Gaddi Shepherds, their flocks of sheep and goats graze in the high-altitude meadows until late summer. Known to the outside world as Yosemite of India or the Himalayas, many professional rock climbers have made ascents of unclimbed peaks, still, some peaks have not been climbed yet. We at Potala Adventure have successfully made logistic support for professional rock climbers in the past, the first ascent of Lotus tower SE face was climbed by Cyrill Bosch, Elias Gmunder, Arunas Kamandulis, and Gediminas Simutis all logistics to them given by Potala Adventurers.

    Leaving Manali we drive to Udaipur which is famous for wood carved Mrikula Devi temple, continue to drive we enter the Miyar valley. Arriving at Urgos where there is a small gompa and further at Shukto, where we start our trek to Khanjar, Thanpattan, Zardung, and finally to Kesar Yon Chhap which means seven sacred water at the snout of the Miyar glacier at the bottom of Castle peak, which dominates the Palphu area. A day to explore the Chhudong valley.  Takdung glacier faces Southwest and the Pimu la glacier sits on the opposite side of the Miyar River. The climbing peaks in the area are Neverseen tower (5,990 m) nearly 6,000 m located above Tawa glacier, Ogre I, II, & III, Lotus, Iris, Mt. Maudit, Om Shanti, Shabnam, Garuda peak, Premsingh peak, Toro peak, Ashoka's pillar, Mt. Mahindra peak (6080 m). Apart from these peaks, the well-known peaks in Miyar valley are Mt. Menthosa (6,443 m), Tharang I, II & III, and Phabrang (6,172 m).

  • Lahaul has comparatively little rain during the monsoon. A rain shadow area suitable for trekking especially during July and August. This tour takes us to Central Lahaul especially in Gahar and Tinan valley. The stronghold of Buddhist communities. The Rangcha Gali signifies to these people as secret parikrama as much as close to Holy Kailash. Each year thousands of pilgrims coming from all over the Himalayan regions perform Kora of this Drilbu Ri. From a trekking point of view, Rangcha Gali presents spectacular sights and views of Gangstang, Kyarkyoks, Lady of Kyelang, Keorang peaks and the Shikar Beh range along the left bank of the Chandra are most favorably spots to explore. Beginning to trek from Yurnad, the trail goes through the barley fields and green slopes. Passing through small villages to Kardang. Finishing Kora at Khindang, we drive to Labrang and climb up to Gaddi gud, a shepherd's favorite destination. Finally at the glaciated lake of Ghepan ghat or Ghepan Tso. Located at the North side of Ghepang peak. this lake is known as Aliyas Lake. A long time ago a Spanish trekker visited this lake and named it Aliyas. Traditionally the locals from Telling - Labrang called this lake Ghepang Tso / Ghepan Tso.

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Welcome to Potala Adventurers Himalaya. Potala Adventurers is a place where you can have unique info, filled with our regional knowledge on trekking in Ladakh & Zanskar, Lahaul-Spiti & Kinnaur, Kullu & Manali, Garhwal & Eastern Kishtwar regions of Indian Himalayas. Potala Adventurers is a small trekking company, organizing treks and a varieties of customized trips in Indian Himalayas. We offer a wide range of trekking and overland trips in the Indian Himalaya for short and long holiday seekers. All of our treks are unique in its, own specialty and planned carefully to benefit maximum visits of places of the area that you are visiting upon. We will be happy to share our experiences of our Himalayan regions; its culture, history, tales, nature, brilliant landscapes, and native people. Our programs include: Zanskar traverse, Parang la & Nomads of Rupshu, Nubra valley, Markha valley & Stok-Kangri Ascent

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BEST OF KULLU MANALI

  • There are two fascinating treks South and North side of Deo Tibba. In this trek, we take the trail that goes North of Deo Tibba at Piang Neru, from where it provides a more clear view of Deo Tibba peak situated at an altitude of 6001m in the Eastern Pin Panjal range of the Himalayas. Lush green meadows carpeted with wildflowers as well as herbal plants grow abundantly here. A comfortable trek, the route is full of panoramic views along thick forest and alpine plateau to the Piang Neru. Piang Neru nullah or Jobri nullah is a principal tributary of the Hamta nullah.

    From Jagatsukh/Banara we follow one of the best alpines walks with an untiring gradient to Sarotu Thach (Thach – meadow), Jogi dug, Rauli Kholi. Crossing the wonderful alpine plateau a breath-taking view of Deo Tibba appears with magical suddenness. Piang Neru is at about 3700 meters where lateral moraines of the Piang Neru glacier comes to an end. We walk to the source of Jobri nullah, just beneath the Deo Tibba peak on rocky terrain and glacier. Finally, we make our way through Marhi which is a favorite area of Shepherds, and the final descent to Jobri.

  • Bhrigu Lake is located at the East of Rohtang pass and above the Gulaba slopes. Situated at Pir Panjal eastern end mountain range and at an altitude of 4170 m / 13681 feet above sea level. With a panoramic view of Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, the Great Himalayan range, and numbers of peaks rising above 6000m.The closest 6000m peak nearby are Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Maker Beh, and Shiker Beh. And most mesmerizing peaks that remain insight are Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters peaks.
    Bhrigu lake opens up to mesmerizing natural vistas that showcase an endless alpine carpet of meadows, streams that carry crystal clear water along the winding paths, and sweeping vistas of magnificent snow-capped mountains.  
    This tiny lake is known to locals as "Bhrigu". The lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu and it has a great religious significance to locals, especially of Vashisht and nearby villages.
    Our classic 3 days Bhrigu lake trek sets out at Gulaba 23 km from Manali and ends at Vashisht village. With many trails to Bhrigu, our trekking route changes based on snow conditions. May until mid-June either one can start from Gulaba - Rola kholi - Bhrigu lake and back to Gulaba. The other route which involves more ascending starts from Kulang - Mori dugh - Bhrigu lake - back to Mori dugh and Kulang. In our classic Bhrigu lake trek, you will have the opportunity to spend two nights at a different camp, which will give undoubtedly more natural views of Manali.

    For those who are speed trekkers, we offer you a Bhrigu lake trek in one day. The route for Bhrigu lake in one day is Gulaba - Raoli khoi - Bhrigu lake - back to Gulaba 10 to 12 hours.
    Bhrigu lake trek is one of the favorite short treks in Manali. An ideal weekend trekking in Manali for both beginners as well as experienced hikers.

     

  • The elegant Deo Tibba 6001m. is located east of Manali, above Jagat Sukh village. The Southeast ridge is clearly visible from while crossing of Hamta pass. Deo Tibba and Indrasan Peak 6200m dominate the entire region East of Manali. The surroundings of Deo Tibba above 3500m. provide the finest skiing and heli-skiing slopes known worldwide today. We start our expedition from an ancient village of  Jagatsukh to Chikka, which is at an altitude of 10200 feet. The further crossing of Seri and to Tenta - our base camp for the Deo Tibba climb. We will go for camp I and via Piton ridge climb Deo Tibba. 
    Superb 6000m summit in Kullu valley, approach to the base with short trek & view of GH range and its peak

     

     

  • Friendship peak is a stunning and spectacular mountain standing at 5289m elevation located just above Beas Kund and on the Pir Panjal range in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Friendship peak is perfect for the first Himalayan summit and its trekker's delight. The entire area is surrounded by spectacular peaks and glacier Hanuman Tibba (5932m) and Seven sisters peak to the west, Maker Beh (6069m), Shikhar Beh (6200m), Ladakhi peak (5345m) to the North as well as peaks of Great Himalayan ranges in Lahaul. The Southern slopes are steep but it doesn't require any technical ability to climb. A view of Indrasan (6221m) and Deo Tibba (6001m) to the South at a distance is a rewarding point on this trek.
    Friendship trekking peak is an ideal peak for those with no mountaineering experience. The best months for this trek are from May to Mid July, when the western slopes of the peak remain covered with snow and September & October months remain rocky terrain.

     

     

  • From Jagatsukh we follow one of the best alpine walks with an untiring gradient to Sarotu thach (Thach – meadow) and Raudi Khodi. Crossing the wonderful alpine plateau a breath-taking view of Deo Tibba appears with magical suddenness. Piang Neru at about 12000 feet where lateral moraines of the PiangNeru glacier come to an end. Finally easy descent to Chikka at Hamta nallah and along the rock wall to Chachoga heights to Chadiyari village.

  • Deo Tibba base camp trek, also known as the Chota Chandertal trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the Manali region. A favorite trekking route to the base of Deo Tibba peak goes through Duhangan valley. It takes 3 days to reach the base camp located near a glaciated lake called Mini Chandertal. The emerald blue water of Chota Chandertal lake is located close to the glaciers that fall on the southeast face of Deo Tibba. The North-East Ridge is clearly visible from crossing the Hamta pass. Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (6200m) peak dominate the entire region. The other clearly visible peaks are the Norbu peak (5226 m) and Jagatsukh peak ( 5050 m)
    Setting off from Manali we drive to the ancient village of Jagatsukh located 6 km south of Manali, once it was an old capital of Kullu valley. Leaving Jagatsukh the road winds up to Allain Duhangan power project point from where the actual trekking starts. First climb through an alpine forest filled with pine, spruce, oak, fir, and silver birch trees and along with the crystal clear Duhangan stream. We climb up to Chikka which is famous for its Takshak nag temple and natural stone carving. Continue along with the steam we pass the beautiful high pasture of Seri and climb to Tenta, which is beautifully located, surroundings with hanging glaciers, crystal clear streams, and waterfalls. Finally exploring In around Chota Chandertal situated at 4480m and the domains of Deo Tibba itself makes this trip one of the best trekking experiences in the Manali region. The best time to do this trek is from Mid May to Mid October.

  • Hamta  Pass trek is the most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit. Hamta pass lies on the beautiful Pir Panjal range and is a small corridor between Lahaul and the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta pass is frequently used by Shepherds of the lesser Himalayan region. Seeking high-altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summertime. Numbers of wildflowers and varieties of herbs can be found at an altitude between 3000 to  3800m. 
    Setting off from Manali we drive to Sethan village 2700m and continue to Panduropa - Jobri. Our starting point of the trek. Setting off from Jobri first we cross the ford on Jobri nullah originating from Deo Tibba massif. The route from Chikka to Jobri passes through the forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut, and Birch tree. A gradual climb to Jwara and Balu ka Ghera. Balu ka Ghera is better known for Bear's den or Bear's circle. Can see it only from May end to mid-June. The final ascent leads through boulder and scree to the Hamta pass. Spectacular view of Indrasan 6221m and Deo Tibba 6001m only can have on a clear sky. Crossing the river near Shea Goru camp we descend to the river bed and follow the left bank of Chandra River to Chatru. Where our trek ends. From Chatru we drive to visit Chandratal and spend a few hours at this Lake and return back to Chatru and continue to Atal Tunnel Rohtang, Dhundi, Solang to Manali.
      

     

     

  •  All year round  
    Day hikes in Manali. Manali day hikes are for those who want to enjoy a brilliant walk on the outskirts of Manali town. Starting from a 2000m the day treks goes up to 4000m thus gaining a 2000m altitude in a day. All-day hikes start early morning. After the end of the trek, some require transportation to get back to Manali, and some start at Manali and end at Manali. The day hiking tour allows its participants to enjoy the beautiful green forests, above tree line meadows, and spectacular view of Pin Pannjal and the Great Himalayan range.

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