Potala Adventurers Himalaya - Best Selling Trips

  • Remote Miyar valley is situated in NW of Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The Miyar valley is stretching over 100 km from Udaipur to great Kang la pass. Miyar is known as the valley of flowers. It’s an unspoilt area similar to Zanskar and local people in the area follow Buddhist customs and are mainly shepherds and farmers. During summer cultivating green peas, potatoes and Barley are a main cash crop in the valley. July and August is prime time to visit this magnificent valley, blossom with high altitude flowers, the rare Blue poppy is quite famous among all. The Miyar valley is comparatively easy to reach by road and there are plenty of unspoilt things to explore which is still hidden to the outside world. Potala adventurers share this magnificent valley to its visitor to experience this wonderful valley.
    Leaving Manali we drive over Rohtang la pass 3978m to Lahaul, and visit Triloknath to Udaipur which is famous for wood carved Mrikula devi temple, continue to drive we enter the little know Miyar valley. Arriving at Urgos, where we start trek to Khanjar,Thanpattan and finally to base camp and explore valley in around. Finally, we drive back to Manali

  • 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.

  • Himachal Pradesh is leading and popular trekking destination in Indian Himalaya. With many short treks in

    Himachal Hamta pass is consider one of best trek in Manali region. Hamta pass at an altitude of 4270m, located on the eastern most part of Pir Panjal range of Himalayan foothills. Hamta pass trek is breathtaking but relatively moderate trek that anyone beginner or experience 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 dessert 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 Kunzom 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 Kunzom to Chandratal Lake. The vast meadows of Lake and its surroundings is 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 the Jobri (2900m) in Hamta valley. At the beginning of Hamta valley and ends after arriving at Baralacha-la pass (4890m). Beginning to trek 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 top of 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 dirt road, driving up to Kunzom La pass (4551m) having a view of Spiti valley, 8 kms trek down in large meadows, lake of moon approached. Further the trail crosses the two river crossing of Tokpo Yongma and Tokpo Gongma. Crossing over the boulders and grassy stretches, reach the top of the Baralacha-la pass. The pass joins the Manali-Leh national highway.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

     

  • To visit Zanskar from Manali via Manali - Leh road and further from Leh - Kargil - Padum almost more than 600 km. Manali - Leh highway which crosses from four high mountain passes and remains closed for seven months in winter.
    Now there is a new road opened which connects Manali - Padum via Shinkun La also known as Shingo La. After Atal Tunnel Rohtang BRO (Border road organization) will construct a tunnel below Shinkun La to make Manali - Padum road all weather.
    Shinkun La is the border between Ladakh union territory and Himachal Pradesh.
    We at Potala Adventurers organizing treks in Zanskar for more than 22 years, now offer you for those who cannot make it by trekking and interested to explore Zanskar by vehicle. This new road will take one from Manali to Zanskar in just a couple of days. The ancient Zanskari trails which are still untouched by the road where we do until now a long-distance treks. This route (Darcha - Padum 10 days trek) remained one of the best trekking routes of Indian Himalaya for decades, now you can discover in a short period of time by road.
    Zanskar or Zangskar is a subdistrict or tehsil of the Kargil district, lies in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. Padum the administrative center. Dominated mainly by Buddhist, together with the Ladakh, was once a part of the Guge kingdom in Western Tibet.

    This Manali - Padum - Zanskar - Leh tour, is going to be one of the best tours of the Himalayan region. Setting off from Manali the first-day drive to Keylong, than to Jispa, Darcha (3,360 m) over Rohtang pass (3,978 m) the gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar valleys. While acclimatizing slowly and doing hikes, We cross Shingo La pass (5,090 m) to get into Zanskar. Many ancient gompas on the way: Phuktal gompa which is built under a huge cave and it provides one of the fantastic views. Karsha Gompa is the biggest in the Zanskar region. Enroute we pass shepherds with their flocks of sheep and climb beautiful snow-covered passes with panoramic views of the Great Himalayan range. Passing through the beautiful Chandra valley with some spectacular views of peak rising above 6000 m. At Tandi where Chandra & Bhaga meet to form a Chenab River, we enter Gahar valley and continue to Jispa at Stod valley. Chikka and Rarik are the last villages in Lahaul before Shinkun la pass and Kurgiakh is the first village in Lungnak River valley of Zanskar. From Zanskar Sumdo at the foot of Shinkun La, the road descends to Lakhong, Lakhong is a high pasture land where villager from Kurgiakh, Thangso village keep their domestic animals Yak, dzo, sheep, goat, horses for summer grazing. This is upper slopes of Zanskar where meadows are covered with edelweiss and at the foot of Gumorunjom peak Blue poppy can be found. Next a series of beautiful villages along the route to Purney, which is located at the confluence of Kurgiakh chu and Tsarap River. Purney to Phugtal road is still under construction and 2:30 hrs of a walk to one of the most spectacular sights of Zanskar - The Phugtal gompa. Which is built under a huge cave. Again we walk to Cha and continue to Anmo village, where you will stay overnight. A short drive to Ichar village and walk to Raru and finally by road to Karsha bypassing Mune, Bardan & Padum. Next couple of days to visit the sights in the heart of Zanskar before leaving to Rangdum below the Nun and Kun peak. Next along the Suru river to Kargil and joining the Srinagar - Leh road to Mulbekh, which has a huge statue of Buddha. Exploring the Lamayuru, we drive to Wanla for overnight stay. Finally visiting Alchi and Likir, we drive to Leh. Where our trip ends.

  • Himalayan Hill Resort of Manali and picturesque Kullu valley, Cycling through Himalayas most scenic valleys. Meeting with Nomad of Rupshu and their home at Tsokar Lake. World's highest motorable pass - Khardung la (5602m)

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Welcome to Potala Adventurers Himalaya since 1997. 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 wide range of trekking and overland trips in Indian Himalaya for short and long holiday seekers. All of our treks are unique in its, own speciality and planned carefully to benifit 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 includes: Zanskar traverse, Parang la & Nomads of Rupshu, Nubra valley, Markha valley & Stok-Kangri Ascent

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  • Hamta  Pass 4268m trek is most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit. Hamta pass lies on beautiful Pir Panjal range and is a small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta pass is frequently used by Shepherds of the lesser Himalayan region. Seeking for 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. Final ascent leads through boulder and scree to the pass. Spectacular view of Indrasan 6221m and Deo Tibba 6001m only can have on a clear sky. Crossing 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 cam. Finally, drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. With a magnificent view of Manali and Solang valley while descending to Kothi. 

  • 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 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.

     

  • a stunning peak standing at 5289m elevation located just above Beas Kund and on the Pir Panjal range in 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), Maker Beh (6069m), Shikhar Beh (6200m), Ladakhi peak (5345m). The Southern slopes are steep but it doesn't require any technical ability to climb. A view of Indrasan (6221m) and Deo Tibba (6001m) at a distance is a rewarding point on this trek. Friendship peak is an ideal peak for those with no mountaineering experience.

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

  • Kalihani pass 4830m located on Pir Panjal range and the extreme west of Manali, And this Khanpari tibba lies at an altitude of 4025m, 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.

  • Patalsu peak (4240m) (13,910 ft) is located at the North end of Manali, East of Solang valley, and West of Rohtang La in Himachal Pradesh. The peak is easy to approach from Solang throughout the year. During summer by hike and during winter by ski touring. The slopes of Patalsu remain snow-covered during the month of April, May, and June. Mid-July to Mid Sept is not recommendable during monsoon. Mid Sept to Oct end is another good time to reach the top of this peak. January, February, and March is good for Ski touring. Our this trip in 3 days 2 nights, making it a comfortable hike in Solang valley. The trek starts from Solang and passing through Apple orchards and deodar forest to higher up at Shaga dugh base camp. The spectacular and panoramic view of Solang valley and Beas River valley to the south can be seen from the slopes of Patalsu. To the North towering 6000m peaks of Makar Beh & Shikar Beh and to the SE you will have a view of Indrasan and Deo Tibba. An excellent short trek in Solang valley close to white mountains.

  • Day hikes in Manali. Manali day hikes is for those who want to enjoy a brilliant walk in the outskirts of the Manali town. Starting from a 2000m the day treks goes upto 4000m thus gaining a 2000m altitude in a day. All day hikes starts early morning. After the end of trek some require transportation to get back to Manali and some starts at Manali and ends 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 Great Himalayan range.

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