POTALA ADVENTURERS TREKKING - OUR TRIPS

  • 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).

  • 14-15 Days Manali to Manali
    Umasi La - The Southern entrance to Zanskar, Mesmerizing Kishtwar Shivling

    Remote and beautiful Paddar - The Sapphire land, Scenic drive along the Chandra Bhaga River

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • The mythical trek that has made the reputation of this Himalayan region as the Great Zanskar Traverse or Grande Traversee du Zanskar (GTZ).
    The great traverse of Zanskar is among the most outstanding trekking. Cut off from the world more than 8 months of the year by the snow, the Zanskar is one of those mythical lands whose visit is deserved. Between India and Tibet, this ancient Himalayan kingdom has long been isolated from the rest of the world, surrounded by the high peaks of the Great Himalayan barrier. The opening up of the region is on the agenda, and the roads progress gradually in the valleys. Time is running out and it's time to enjoy this beautiful trek before it's too late! The Zanskar is today a region that remained authentic, punctuated with small traditional villages, rich in their Buddhist culture, omnipresent in this part of the world. Monasteries perched on eagle's nests, swinging rope bridges, women in "Perak" covered with turquoises ... You follow this mythical route, with steps studied for good acclimatization to the altitude, and a transfer in the vehicle to avoid the dusty trail that now runs through the Padum Valley. The famous village of Lamayuru is on the program, as well as the iconic monastery of Phuktal, a grand monastery adjoining its cliff ... The great traverse of Zanskar is also a sporting route.
    17 days of walking and 6 mountain passes to cross in the heart of spectacular landscapes, The trek is divided into two parts. The first, which goes from Kanji to Padum, is rather sporty with numerous passes, which is enough to give you some muscle pain. That's what pain is love. The second part, from Padum / Raru to Sarchu, is quite relaxed to the muscle until making the final crossing of Surichan La (5660m)-

    The Great Zanskar traverse has long been the reference trek of the Indian Himalayas by its commitment, its difficulty, and the incredibly isolated areas by which it travels. On the topographic maps as in the imagination of adventurers, the Zanskar remains an authentic end of the world.

  • 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.  

  • The Parang La is a high mountain pass located in between Spiti and Ladakh. The Parang la trekking route follows an ancient, historical and traditional trade route once was between Spiti, Changthang & Tibet. it's an 8 days trekking from Dumla near Kibber to Korzok. The route crosses the upper reaches of the Pare Chu and continues to the Lake Tsomoriri in Ladakh. The Parang la at an altitude of 5570 m. To the south of the pass there are less snowfields . To the north is a long glacier crossing. To the Northwest there is Takling La, which is nowadays used less by trekkers, mostly takes Parang La route. Opened to tourist since 1994, Potala Adventurers took first commercial trek in 1996, Kibber - Kiangdam - Pang trek. Since than we have organize numerous treks in this region, some of which were includes also the climb of Chamser - Lungser Kangri. To add more adventure in this trip, a Mentok Kangri climb is an option.

    Setting off from Dumla near Kibber (4250m), Kibber meadows is breeding ground for famous Spiti horses and also the home of elegent Snow Leopard. The route goes to Parilungbi gorge. Stepping over the Thaltak meadows, moraine stretches, crevasses and glaciers, climb to the high mountain pass of Parang La (5570m). The source of Pare Chu River. Following the Pare Chu, which flows towards South into the Tibet frontier near Chumar village and again enters in Spiti valley, 
    There are no people on the whole route, unless you meet a few Changpa nomads near the Lake at Kiangdam. Today most of nomadic herdsmen lives between the valley near Thelakong la, Lanyar area. A vast valley that goes from near Kiangdam. It is a high altitude trek, the route remains above 4400m most of time. Thus a proper acclimatization at Kaza or Kibber is essential for doing this trek.The other challenging and significant problem can be the crossing of multiple mountain stream, which can be a very cold during bad weather. It is therefore essential to have good sandals. The last two campsites location are best in the entire trek. The rewarding point is at the end of trek when you reach deep blue turquoise Tsomoriri at the Kiangdam, southern shore of Tso-Moriri. Kiangdam is named after Kiang (Tibetan wild ass) that roams in this area. Tsomoriri is also breeding ground for the black necked crane, bar headed geese, Brahminy ducks. Arriving at Korzok trail goes to the large changpa settlement at Korzok phu and ascend to Yalung Nyau la, the another high pass of this trek. Soon a series of passes and passing & meeting with Changa nomads we finish our trek at Pongunagu near Tsokar. Finally short drive to join Leh - Manali highway at Debring and to Taglang la, than along the Indus river to Leh.

     

  • 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

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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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  • Beas Kund - Beas so named after Rishi Sage Vyas and Kund is the Hindi word for a tiny pond. This tiny and high-altitude alpine lake of Beas Kund at an altitude of 3,700 meters / 12,139 feet is situated at the higher and upper valley of Solang, located at the North end of Manali and at the foot of Mt. Shitidhar, Ladakhi, and Friendship peak.
    It’s an ideal base camp for climbing nearby peaks Shitidhar, Friendship, and Ladakhi peak (5,345 m). The Westside of Beas Kund is a magnificent peak of Hanuman Tibba 5,990m, which access through a tiny pass above this lake. The entire area is surrounded by spectacular peaks and Glaciers around Beas Kund. Our Beas Kund trek starts from Dhundi at a distance of 8 km from Solang Nala, Solang which is a popular destination for skiing in winter and summer outdoor activities. Setting off from Dhundi the trail goes along the stream upward to Beas Kund and Seven sisters peak, Hanuman Tibba, and Friendship peak remain insight throughout the trek.
    Beas Kund trek offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains all around.
    An easy trek for all ages.

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • Kalihani pass 4820m located on Pir Panjal range and the extreme west of Manali, And this Khanpari tibba lies at an altitude of 4020m, is one of the best and perfect spot to view Beas River valley at once. To the West lies Kalihani pass at an altitude of 4830m Connecting remote Bara Bangahal village of Kangra district. During summer to late Autumn, this area is mainly inhabited by Shepherds and this pass is frequently used by them to go rain shadow of high grassland. Apart from Sheperd's route, this area has one of the best trekking routes in the Manali region. Spectacular view of Great Himalayan Range and snow-clad peak rising above 6000m Indrasan 6220m, Deo Tibba 6001m to the East and Maker Beh 6068m, Shikar Beh 6200m to the North and looking down the beautiful Kullu valley are main characteristics of this trek.

    Setting off from near Hadimba we climb gently through the thick forest of Cedar and Oak. Climbing up through the Manalsu River valley the gentle slopes and lush green meadows of Lamadugh appears. Later trek beneath the ridge of Khanpari Tibba (4,025m) we arrive at a place from where Indrasan (6,220m.) And Deo Tibba (6,001m.) peaks can be seen. One can see the full view of Manali town and upper Kullu valley. Continue going upward through brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron, Birch pave on the way, and wildflowers all around. Arriving at the dome of Khanpari to have a spectacular 360-degree view of the Great Himalayan Range to the East, Dhauladhar to the West, and Pir Panjal to the North. Keep your attention towards wildlife to see Monal, Fox, and Bear.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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

     

     

  • Rani Sui Lake located on the extreme west of Manali, lies below Khanpari Tibba 4025m, this Rani Sui lake and Khanpari Tibba is one of the best and perfect spots to view Beas River valley at once. To the West lies Kalihani pass at an altitude of 4830m Connecting remote Bara Bhangal village of Kangra district. During summer to late Autumn, this area is mainly inhabited by Shepherds and this pass is frequently used by them to go rain shadow of high grassland. Apart from Shepherd's route, this area has one of the best trekking routes in the Manali region. Spectacular view of Great Himalayan Range and snow-clad peak rising above 6000m i.e. Indrasan 6220m, Deo Tibba 6001m to the East and Maker Beh 6068m, Shikar Beh 6200m to the North and looking down the beautiful Kullu valley are main characteristics of this trek.

    Setting off from near Hadimba we climb gently through the thick forest of Cedar and Oak. Climbing up through the Manalsu River valley the gentle slopes and lush green meadows of Lamadugh appears. Later trek beneath the ridge of Khanpari Tibba (4,025m) we arrive at a place from where Indrasan (6,220m.) And Deo Tibba (6,001m.) peaks can be seen. One can see the full view of Manali town and upper Kullu valley. Continue going upward through brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron, Birch pave on the way, and wildflowers all around. Arriving at the dome of Khanpari to have a spectacular 360-degree view of the Great Himalayan Range to the East, Dhauladhar to the West, and Pir Panjal to the North. Keep your attention towards wildlife to see Monal, Fox, and Bear.

     

     

  •  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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