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Travel number: 13
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Trekking Tour from Manali to Baralacha Pass (4880 m)

13 days (can be shortened by three days) Himalaya Trekking

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Number of participants: from one participant

Requirements: 6 von 10

This moderate trek is mainly demanding due to its altitude up to 4830 meters. Nevertheless, we acclimatize slowly on this trek, so the altitude should not cause us any problems. The ascents and descents are relatively easy.

One of the most beautiful treks in Himachal Pradesh: It leads us from the lush green Kullu Valley over the famous 4268 m high Hamta Pass into the mountain desert of the Lahaul valley to lonely mountain lakes and through raging rivers to Baralacha La Pass (4880 m), our highest point on this trek. On our trek we also pass the beautiful Chandtratal lake. Chandratal means Moon Lake in Hindi and in fact the crystal clear lake has the shape of a crescent moon. After the 12-day trek we enjoy the drive  through the Lahaul valley back to Manali.

We make driving stops to visit Buddhist monasteries and admire the  landscape.

This trek can also be shortened by 3 days if you take the intermediate route from Chatru to Chandratal Lake by jeep.

Day 1 Drive to Jagatsukh (2015 m) 7 km from Manali

Jagatsukh to Tilgan (2430 m) 5 to 6 hours trek

It’s constantly going uphill. First through the village of Jagathsukh. We reach an old temple. From here we continue through deep forest until we set up our camp. We have a unique view of Manali. (Overnight in the tent) -/L/D

Day 2 Tilgan to Sarotu (3380 m) 6 to 7 hours

Today, our path is not quite so steep. It continues through forest and we have to cross a river. We hike on green pastures, where we meet shepherds with their sheep. It continues to just above the tree line. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 3 Sarotu to Chikka (3300 m) 6 hours

It goes downhill and then into the Hamta valley. We reach a dam and meet settlers who spend the summer here with their cows. It goes deeper into the valley and we have to cross a river over a shaky bridge. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 4 Chikka to Balu-Ka-Gera (3770 m) 5 hours

It goes further up. Today we have the adventurous challenge of crossing another river, this time without a bridge! We have our camp near a small lake. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 5 Balu Ghera to Shia Gauru (via Hamta Pass) (4268 m) 6 hours

Today we cross the famous Hamta Pass. Over rocks it goes higher and higher and the air becomes noticeably thin. Arriving at the top, we are surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped peaks. We descend into a side valley of the Lahaul valley. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 6 Shia Gauru to Chatru (3560 m) 4 hours

Today we have an easy day. We descend comfortably to Chatru, a tiny place with a few small dhabas (simple Indian restaurants) next to the raging Chandra River. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 7 Chatru to Bara Dara (3780 m) 4 to 5 hours

It goes along an unpaved road that leads into the Spiti valley.
Always next to the Chandra River we hike to our next camp. On the right we have a great view of the gigantic Shigri glacier, the largest in the region: First is 1 km wide and more than 10 km long! (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 8 Bara Dara to Bathel (3960 m) 4 hours

Today we reach Bathel, another “Dhaba point” on the dusty road to Spiti. Slowly our eyes get used to the dry high mountain landscape and the high snow-capped peaks! (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 9 Bathel to Chandratal (4270 m) 4 hours

The crescent-shaped lake (Chandra: Moon/ Tal: Lake) marks the final destination of today’s easy trekking day. We build our tents near the bright blue water. We are surrounded by countless mountains, all over 6000 m high. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 10 Chandratal to Tokpo Gangmo (4320 m) 5 hours

It continues through the deserted lunar landscape without major climbs or descents. Just at the banks of the great Gangmo river we build our camp. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 11 Topka Gangmo to Topko Yangmo (4640 m) 5 hours

We leave early in the morning as we have to cross the river. In the morning the water level is lowest, because the ice of the glacier only melts during the day and thus the level rises. In the afternoon we reach the next river. We have a great view of the C.B. mountain range, the Mulkilla chain and the Dakha glacier. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 12 Topko Yangmo to Baralacha Pass (4830 m) 5 to 6 hours and drive to Jispa (50 km)

Today we reach our last destination: the Baralacha Pass. It is 8 km long and is the source of three rivers: Chandra, Bhaga and Yuman. We have reached our highest point of our trek. We get in the jeep and drive to Jispa. One of the first villages of the Lahaul valley. We live in a deluxe camp in tents with beds and attached bathrooms. (Overnight in the Deluxe Camp) B/L/D

Day 13 Sightseeing in and around Keylong (3350 m) and drive to Manali (135 km)

Today we visit Keylong, the district capital of Lahaul, as well as the Kardang Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in the area, where you can admire antique paintings, weapons and musical instruments. Inside is a life-size statue of Buddha. Over the Rothang Pass (3980 m) you return to the green Manali. (B/L/-)

included services:

  • Trained trekking guide
  • Cook and helper
  • Load horses or carriers
  • For 11 nights accommodation in 2-man tents
  • 1 night at The Deluxe Camp
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining and staying tent
  • Toilet tent
  • 13 days full board (12 x breakfast, 13 x lunch packages, 12 x dinner and snacks)
  • Transportation from Manali to the start of the trek
  • Transportation from the end of the trek to Manali in 2 days

This trek is possible from mid-July to mid-September

1 participant from 2799 € per person

2 participants from 1099 € per person

3-4 participants from 999 € per person

5-6 participants from 949 € per person

About trekking in the Indian Himalayas with Chalo! Travels

Mountain guide and trekking team

On all our treks we have at least one (for larger groups of 6 participants two) trained local mountain guide. Our mountain guides have all completed at least the Indian mountaineering training, many of them have also completed the advanced courses.

They are familiar with the trekking routes and know the terrain excellently. All our mountain guides speak English.

In addition, there is a local team consisting of a cook (if the group consists of only two participants, the mountain guide also takes over the tasks of the cook), helpers, horsemen with horses or Nepalese porters, depending on the type of trek.

All our team members have been working with us for years, are very friendly and always strive to provide our guests with a great trekking experience. Their English (besides of the Guide) is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicating with them.

Trekking routes

The trekking routes are designed according the skills of our guests and are all feasible for a person with a good fitness level, unless otherwise mentioned. The daily routes are between five and eight hours long (with breaks) and an average increase of around 500-800 metres of altitude is completed.

In between, rivers may have to be crossed. The paths are partly well developed, but sometimes also almost non-existent. On our trekking routes there are hardly any villages in between, so we will take enough food for the whole tour.

On our treks we cross passes, snow or glaciers. On steep slopes, we have safety equipment with us.

Daily routine (Depending on the length and intensity of the trek, the times may vary)

7: 00 am Get up with Tea

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

7:00-9:30 am Dismantling of the camp

8:00- 9:30 am Start Trek

1:00 pm Lunch on the way

3:00-5:00 pm Arrival at the camp and camp construction

3:30-5:30 pm Snacks

7:00 pm Dinner

Altitude and altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially during our trekking tours in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. To prepare for the heights on our treks, we will either spend a few nights at high altitudes before the trek or slowly ascend during the trek to acclimatize. If we notice that there are problems with our guests (each person is otherwise able to acclimatize, regardless of age, gender and fitness level), it may happen that either the entire group or the concerned participant descends/returns with a team. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency drug for altitude sickness. For this, it is best to consult the pharmacy or the travel doctor. For certain treks we will also have oxygen with us.

Luggage

Each trekking participant is responsible for his own clothes and personal belongings. Depending on the trek, we are either  with horses or porters. If we have load horses, one bag per participant can be loaded onto the horse. In the case of treks with porters, all personal luggage must be carried independently. Tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and food are carried by our porters.

For trekking tours with horses, a day backpack with space for the lunchbox, a water bottle and warm overcoat clothing should be taken with you. Here to the complete packing list for our trekking tours.

Packing list for trekking tours

☐ sleeping bag at least -10°C
☐ large backpack or soft carrying bag so that the load animals can carry the luggage
☐ Small carrying backpack for the day approx. 30-40 l with rain protection
☐ flashlight/headlamp
☐ 2 refillable water bottles
☐ hiking poles
☐ passport and passport copy
☐ camera with spare battery and memory card
☐ headgear as sun protection
☐ Good Sunglasses
☐ cap
☐ Scarf, Buff
☐ Gloves
☐ wind-proof trekking pants
☐ trekking pants
☐ Functional Underwear Long
☐ hiking boots
☐ socks thick and thin
☐ sneakers, sandals and/or slats
☐ windbreaker
☐ Warm Jacket
☐ fleece sweater/jacket
☐ Tshirts
☐ sunscreen, lip balm min. Protection 40
☐ fat cream
☐ water purification tablets
(boiled and filtered water is provided)
☐ own medications for headaches, nausea, digestive problems, colds)
☐ bubble patches and dressing material
☐ own hygiene articles
☐Toilets Paper
☐ hand disinfection

Meals

During the trek there will be a vegetarian full catering. Water is either boiled or we have a water filter with us.

Breakfast (daily selection):

  • Coffee/Tea
  • Oatmeal porridge/muesli/cornflakes/Indian porridge
  • Indian breakfast
  • Sliced fruit/vegetables

Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp

  • Sandwiches/Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)/potatoes
  • Juices
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit

Snacks

  • Tea/coffee
  • Cookies
  • French fries/Indian snacks

Soup

Dinner (depending on the length of the Trek mix of Indian/Chinese/Continental)

  • Vegetable dish
  • Lentil dish
  • Rice/noodles
  • Chapati
  • Salad
  • Dessert

Accommodation and camp

We have very comfortable and spacious two-man tents. Our mattresses are practical but simple if there are problems with sleeping on hard surfaces, please take your own mattress with you or order from us. Our sleeping bags are freshly washed and have a very good quality with comfort zone up to -5°C/extreme zone up to -20° C. It is recommended to bring personal indoor sleeping bags.

In addition, we have a spacious dining tent with tables and chairs, a kitchen tent for the team and a toilet tent. For treks up to 4 people, the kitchen tent can also act as a dining tent at the same time.

For trekking tours with porters, we will take our smaller, lighter tents with us and do without a toilet tent.

Weather

In the Himalayas, temperatures fluctuate widely. While it can get warm up to 25°C during the day and the sun is not only warming, but also very intense (sun protection is a must), it can also cool down significantly below the minus-grade at night, especially in the months end of September and October, as well as in June. There may also be weather changes with snow on the passes.