Potala Adventure Himalayan Treks

  • A Himalayan village on the path of Alexander the Great - Trek to remote & lonely Bara Bhangal village - home of Himalayan shepherds
    Trek aross beautiful Pir Panjal range into Dhauladhar range of lower Himalaya to remote & lovely village of Bara Bhangal - home of Himalayan sheperds. Over craggy passes, pass icy glaciers and ancient monasteries. The Dhauladhar range divides 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 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, 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 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. 

  • The Kang Yatse II 6200m or Kang Yatze located at the East end of the Markha valley region of Ladakh just above Nimaling plains. The Kang Yatse peak is 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 delight of trekkers as it doesnt required 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 remain calm most of the time.  

  • 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

  • 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 remained authentic, punctuated with small traditional villages, rich of 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 route and mythical journey in 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 or 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 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.

     

  • Parang La 5560m is a high mountain pass located between Spiti and Ladakh. Parang la trekking route follows an ancient, historical and traditional trade route once was between Spiti, Changthang & Tibet. it's 8 days of trekking from Dumla near Kibber to Korzok. The route crosses the upper reaches of the Pare Chu and continues to Lake Tsomoriri in Ladakh. The Parang La at an altitude of 5560 m. To the south of the pass, there are fewer 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. Parang La opened to tourists in 1994 and we organized the first trek to Parang La in 1996, Kibber - Kiangdam - Pang trek. Since then we have organized numerous treks in this region, some of which were includes also the climb of Chamser - Lungser Kangri. To add more adventure to this trip, a Mentok Kangri climb is an option.

    Setting off from Dumla near Kibber (4250m), Kibber meadows is a breeding ground for famous Spiti horses and also the home of elegant 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 (5560m). 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 nomadic herdsmen live 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 the time. Thus 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 streams, which can be very cold during bad weather. It is therefore essential to have good sandals. The last two campsites location are the best in the entire trek. The rewarding point is at the end of the trek when you reach deep blue turquoise Tsomoriri at the Kiangdam, southern shore of Tso-Moriri. Kiangdam is named after Kiang (Tibetan wild ass) which roams in this area. Tsomoriri is also a breeding ground for the black-necked crane, bar-headed geese, Brahminy ducks. Arriving at Korzok we visit the large changpa settlement at Korzok phu. Finally drive to Leh or Manali via Sumdo, Puga (hot spring) - Tsokar and join the Manali - Leh highway.

  • 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 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 glacier crossing, the the trail runs through steep scree to the small pass, which provides 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. Easy trail along the left banks of Pin River to Mudh (3820m), the last village in the Pin valley. With extreme difference in climate, Pin valley is much more rugged and barren than the Parvati valley. This cold desert valley with its snowy crags, cliff, jagged rocks and other fossils make Pin valley a unique geological lab. Pin valley national park is home of 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 Chamurthi pony, known for its fast, sure footed on mountain terrain, moves safely on ice and well adapted to cost and harsh environment.

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

  • 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.

  • Markha Valley is one of the most famous treks of Ladakh Region. Markha valley remains one of the most popular trekking route in Indian Himalaya. Markha valley has a very significant role in the Ladakh environment and its ecology. The first Hemis high altitude national park which is named after great monastery of Hemis was created in 1981, the first national park in North of the main Himalaya range, and second this park known as snow leopard conservancy, India's best-protected area for Snow leopard. We will discover how local people have been fully committed to conserving Snow leopard. This trek offers an abundant treasure of natural beauty, mountains with different colors, shapes, and sizes. With altitude exceeding 3000m to 6000m and its numerous small villages along the trails, pastures, and passes. High altitude pastures of Nimaling and the valley is greatly dominated by Kang yatse (6400m) and its surrounding peaks. There are great chances to observe wild species in the late afternoon and early morning.

    Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing, we drive to Zingchen and ascend to Ganda La via visiting Rumbak, Rumbak area which is known for the Snow Leopard area. Descending through the narrow gorge to Skiu where Markha valley widens up, 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 near Shang. Where our trek ends.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Visit remote villages during the classic Markha valley trek
    Explore Leh, the Indus Valley and its Buddhist monasteries
    One of the top trek in Ladakh
    Wild life and Snow Leopard area
    Discover multi colored rock formation of Ladakh

    Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing, we drive to Zingchen and ascend to Ganda La via visiting Rumbak are which is known for Snow Leopard area. Descending through narrow gorge to Skiu where Markha valley widens up, we follow the Markha River to Nimaling plains. The Markha valley is donimated by Kang Yatse peak. Meeting locals and visiting their house and exploring the region finally steep descent from Kongmaru la to Shang. Where our trek ends.

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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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  • A Himalayan village on the path of Alexander the Great - Trek to remote & lonely Bara Bhangal village - home of Himalayan shepherds
    Trek aross beautiful Pir Panjal range into Dhauladhar range of lower Himalaya to remote & lovely village of Bara Bhangal - home of Himalayan sheperds. Over craggy passes, pass icy glaciers and ancient monasteries. The Dhauladhar range divides 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 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, 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 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. 

  • 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 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.

  • With many short treks in Himachal, Hamta pass Chandra Tal Spiti is considered one of the best trek in Manali region. Hamta pass at an altitude of 4270m, located on the easternmost part of Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. Hamta pass trek is a breathtaking but relatively moderate trek that anyone beginner or experienced trekkers can do.  Famed for spectacular Himalayan landscapes that change dramatically as you progress and combining stunning mountain scenery with three or four days of manageable walking.  Crossing Hamta pass the landscape changes dramatically from lush green to barren semi-desert of Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal. Hamta pass frequently used by Shepherds from remote Kangra region, who goes at higher meadows of Lahaul during summer with their flocks of sheep. Indrasan and Deo Tibba are two peaks that you will see during Hamta pass crossing. 
    Chandra Tal meaning 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 la is more scenic and panoramic overlooking Samudra Tapu glacier, CB peaks, KR group of peak and among all the highest Mulkila peak standing west of Chandratal. It takes only 4 hrs. walk from Kunzum to Chandratal Lake. The vast meadows of Lake and its surroundings is a favorite summer home for Gaddi Shepherds who graze their flocks in the vicinity of the Lake. The Gaddi shepherds has 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.

    This trekking program sets out from Banara village (2100m) near Jagatsukh (1850m). From Banara we follow one of the best alpine walks with an untiring gradient to Sarotu Thach (Thach – meadow). Crossing wonderful alpine plateau a breath-taking view, we descent to Jobri from Jogi dugh meadows. From Jobri (2900m) gentle and easy trail through thick silver oak forest, Hamta river to Chikka (3300m), following by small stream before Jwara. Scaling height and leaving Bears den (Balu ka Ghera) behind you cross Hamta pass (4268m). From the top of the pass, one could see peaks of Deo-Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (6220m). Now trek down to main Chandra valley, after crossing river, following the left bank of Chandra, we cross over the wooden bridge near Chhatru (3100m). Further 45 km on the dirt road, driving up to Kunzum La (4551m) having a view of Spiti valley, 8 km trek down in large meadows, the lake of moon approached. Finally on the Kaza - Manali road back to Manali.

  • The elegent Deo Tibba 6001 m, situated southeast of Manali town and above Jagatsukh village on the Pir Panjal range of Himalaya. A favorite trekking route to the base of this peak goes through Duhangan valley. It takes 3 days to reach base camp located near a glaciated lake called Mini Chandertal which is close to the glacier that falls of South East face of Deo Tibba. The North East Ridge is clearly visible from crossing the Hamta pass. Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (6200m) peak dominates the entire region. Today the Deo Tibba slopes are known worldwide for its heli-skiing.

     

  • 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 summer time. Numbers of wildflowers, varieties of herbs can be found at the 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 nallah 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 only during 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 few hours at this Lake and return back to Chatru and continue to Atal Tunnel Rohtang, Dhundi, Solang to Manali. 
     

  • Located on the extreme west of Manali, 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.

  • Bhrigu Lake 4150m trek is a best short trek to do in Manali. The trail along the Vashisht ridge presents a spectacular view of Pir Panjal mountain range and its peaks rising above 6000m. Bhrigu Lake is located at the top of this ridge at an altitude of 4150m. This ridge lies in the middle of Hamta valley to the East, Solang & Beas River valley to the West. Bhrigu Lake Trek can be done starting from May to Mid of November. But it's not advisable to do during the period of monsoon especially in August when the entire ridgeline covers with thick clouds which can result in losing the trail.
    Setting off from Manali you drive to Kulang, The tiny settlement of Kulang village is 2 km before Palchan and 2 km after Nehru Kund on the Manali - Rohtang highway. The starting point of a trek to Bhrigu Lake. The first one and half day trek through Deodar forest on gentle slopes to Moridugh.
    The Panduropa (Pandu refers to Pandavas, Ropa locally means Field used for cultivation) generally once Pandavas stayed at this place. Its 4-5 hours of ascent to reach Bhrigu Lake, the trail goes along the west ridge lines and present a spectacular view of Pir Panjal mountain peaks. To the Northwest Hanuman Tibba, Shikhar Beh, Friendship peak, to the West Kalihani pass, To the East Inderkila, Indrasan and Deo Tibba

  • The ancient Indians called the Beas River as Vipas or Arjiki while the ancient Greeks called it as Hyphasis. The current name Beas is regarded as formed from Vyas who is the author of Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, however, some scholars in Himachal Pradesh call this river as Vipasha.
    Beas Kund - Beas so named after Rishi (Sage) Beas and Kund is Hindi word for the tiny pond. This tiny lake of Beas Kund situated at the higher and upper valley of Solang. Which is the heart of winter and summer games in Manali.
    It’s an ideal base camp for climbing nearby peaks Shitidhar, friendship and Ladakhi peak. The West side of Beas Kund is magnificent peak of Hanuman Tibba 5990m, which access through the tiny pass of above this lake.

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