Potala Adventurers Trekking - Our Trips

  • Miyar Valley is situated in the 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). North of Kang La lies Zanskar of Ladakh union territory. 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 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 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).

  • 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 crossed 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 the moraines of the Parvati glacier come 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 the 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 has been 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 being 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 is 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.

  • 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.  

  • Homestay trek in Ladakh gives you an opportunity to experience the local village life of Ladakhi.
    Homestay trek in Ladakh is the best way to interact with the villagers. In this trip, we explore the Markha valley. Markha Valley is one of the most famous treks of Ladakh Region. It is an amazing trip to get introduced to magical and remote Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh. Markha valley remains one of the most popular trekking routes in Indian Himalaya. This trek offers an abundant treasure of natural beauty, mountains with different colors, shapes and size. With altitude exceeding 3000m to 6000m and its numerous small villages along the trails, pastures, and passes. The valley is greatly dominated by Kang yatse (6400m) and its surrounding peaks. However, there are great chances to observe wild species in the late afternoon and early morning.
    Setting off from Leh after 1-2 days of well acclimatizing for our Chilling to Chogdo or Markha valley homestay trek. We drive to Chilling and trek to Skiu village. We follow the Markha River to Nimaling plains. Meeting locals and visiting their house and exploring the region finally steep descent from Kongmaru la to Chogdo. Where our trek ends. A short trek of 5 days is well suited for travelers looking to experience trekking in Ladakh as well as the same time experiencing Ladakhi village life. Homestay trek in Ladakh is a unique experience and we love to run this trip, but also can arrange a 7 days Markha valley camping trek if you prefer.

  • Chandra Tal (the Lake of Moon) is situated at an altitude of 4270m in the Himalayan region of Lahaul and Spiti. Situated mostly in the part of Spiti. Chandratal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The trail from Kunzum to Chandratal is more scenic and panoramic overlooking Samudra Tapu glacier, CB peaks, KR group of peaks, and the highest Mulkila peak standing west of Chandratal. The vast meadows of the Lake and its surroundings are the favorite summer home for Gaddi Shepherds who graze their flocks in the vicinity of the Lake. The Gaddi shepherds have long held traditional grazing rights in the area. The Lake is also one of the two high-altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites. 
    Baralacha la is a high mountain pass connecting Lahaul valley of Himachal to Ladakh Zanskar of Jammu Kashmir. Baralacha La is one of four high mountain pass that is on the Manali - Leh national highway. Baralacha La is the source of three rivers i.e. Chandra, Bhaga, and Tsarap. Chandra Bhaga later becomes Chenab at Tandi. In another way saying Baralacha la is the source of the Chenab river.
    It is high altitude trek surrounded by glaciers and the high mountains of Lahaul, so proper acclimatization is needed before leaving for this trek from Chandratal or Kunzum la.

    This trekking program, sets out from the Manali, crossing Rohtang la first camp at Chota Dara. The first two days we have set for proper acclimatization before the actual trek begins at Kunzum la. First-day magnificent drive along the Chandra River valley to Chhatru - Chota Dara. Then driving up to Kunzom La pass (4551m) having a view of Spiti valley, 8 km trek down in large meadows, the lake of moon approached. Further, the trail crosses the two river crossings of Tokpo Yongma and Tokpo Gongma. Crossing over the boulders and grassy stretches, reach the top of the Baralacha la which is seven km long. The pass joins the Manali-Leh national highway.
    An isolated and peaceful trek in Lahaul

     

  • 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, you 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, this 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.

  • Trek through high plateau of Changthang above 4500m, Deeper look insight the life of Changpa nomads and  meet their families. Daily walks above 4500-5400 m, Spectacular Lakes of Tsokar and Tsomoriri, Magnificent views of snow capped peaks rising above 6000 m. Tailor made booking options and climb of 6000m

  • There are 4 passes that connects Pin valley with Kinnaur and Kullu i.e. Bhaba pass, Shakarog Khango,
    Lartsaway and Pin Parvati pass. To the southwest lies the Bhaba pass which connects Pin valley with Bhaba valley of Kinnaur. Its named also Tari Khango and its more popularly known as the Bhaba pass. Spitian people has long been used this pass as a trade route between 2 valleys. Especially the requirement of timber to the Spitian house building. The geographic contrast between these two valleys is evident after descending to the lush green meadows of Bhaba carpeted in wild flowers, while Pin valley is situated in high cold desert region of Spiti and it remain moist during summer time and having a high winter snowfall. Numbers of plant species can be found in the valley, it is declared as a Pin valley national park in the year 1987, known as land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. Though rare in sightings these rare animal, but its a prime time to visit Pin valley in winter when these rare species descend to low altitude. The Chamurthi horses are the pride of Pin valley people and are one of a kind among highland horses. During the summer months the yaks roam free in the vast pastures of Pin valley. Buchens of this valley are the only remaining sects permorming ancient rituals.

  • Located at the western shore of turquoise Lake Tso Moriri, Mentok Kangri is an exciting new trekking and climbing holiday for those looking for first Himalayan 6000m. The area is close to the westernmost part of Tibet, known as Changthang plateau. This trek takes us to the stunning landscape in remote Tibetan plateau. It focuses mainly on the life of Changpa herdsman.  

    After 2 -3 days of well acclimatizing and while acclimatizing at the same time doing some sightseeing tour around Leh, we set off into the foot of Tanglang La. Rumtse is located below Tanglang La and on the Leh - Manali highway. Setting off from this village we gradually and cross three high passes before reaching Pongunagu near Tsokar. "Tso Kar" in Ladakhi, Tso means Lake & Kar means White (White in Tibetan is Kar po). So literally "White Lake". Tsokar is a shallow lake without a drain. The entire area is inhabited during the summer by nomadic herders and by rare animals such as Blue sheep, Tibetan Antelope, wolf, and kiang (wild ass) roam year-round. After Tso Kar and crossing another high pass of Yalung Nau La, from where we will get the first view of the 20-kilometer long Tso Morari. Crossing Yalung Nau la we descent to Korzok Phu, one of the largest nomadic settlement in the region, Not far from the village of Karzok, we establish a base camp above the lake at an elevation of 5300 meters and from here set out to climb the highest points in the Mentok Massif, Mentok 2 (6210m), making limited use of fixed ropes on the snow slopes we encounter. Technically undemanding, this peak presents an excellent challenge to fit and adventurous trekkers. Mentok means in Tibetan " Flower" and Kangri for "mountain - so literally "Flower Mountain"A super trek and climb combination in a special part of the world.

    Trekking over the Changthang plateau, nomads country, the ascent of Mentok Kangri 2 (6210m) and Yalung Nong (6050m) and some of the highest inhabited villages on Earth plus turquoise Lake of Tsomoriri

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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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  • May to Mid-Oct. Hampta  Pass trek is the most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit. Hampta 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 Hampta 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • April to Nov. - 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.

  • 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 their 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • All Year Around
    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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