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Trekking Chamba Valley in Himachal Pradesh

|Trekking in Chamba - Brahmaur Kugti Pass to Lahaul Valley|

An interesting and adventurous trek of 6-7 days over one of the highest pass in the Pir Panjal, thogh not the most dfficult.  Porters and guides can be hired at Brahmaur or Hadsar.  Best period : 1-30 June and 15 August to 5 October.

DAY-1

Brahmaur-Hadsar (2100m) 13 Km, A jeepable road to Hadsar skirts the town of Brahmaur on its left.  A foot trail goes through the town and meets the road after one Km; regular bus service between the two places along a dusty almost level road, from where terraced fields and small hamlets are seen hanging on the southern slopes of the Pir Panjal.  The forest resthouse of Sandi is situated one Km before Hadsar; not visible from the road, it is 60m higher and hidden behind pine trees.  Hadsar is a big village with a few eating and provision shops.  The camp ground lies a little beyond the village beside the Gauri stream; a PWD rest house and basic accommodation for stay.

DAY-2

Hadsar-Kugti village (2590m) 13Km 6h - A strenuous trek involving several ascents and descents.  Heading E the trail crosses the Gauri stream coming down from the slopes of the Manimahesh.  It continues E along the left bank of the Budhi River and after 1.5Km heads down to cross a side stream to reascend the top of ridge.  From there the path again goes down, crosses a side stream over a wooden bridge in 1h.  The trail goes up and down for another 1h.  The trail goes up and down for another 1h-30m. to reach the bed of Budhi River covering a total distance of 7Km from Hadsar.  After crossing the river by a wooden bridge, climb strenuously for another 1h, then go down to a newly-built forest hut; cross a stream and climb gradually for another 1h to reach Kugti village.  The forest rest-house is located 500m before the village.  Kugti is a big village of about 100 houses, a school, a dispensary and a few provision shops.

DAY-3

Kugti-Duggi (3200m) 7km 4h

Pass through the village, cross a side-stream (wooden bridge) then climb for half an hour along the bank of the Budhil Gorge.  Going up and down you reach a water point.  After a level walk of 15 minutes the trail climbs steeply for 1h to the Keylong temple, dedicated to the serpent god with three heads.  The god of Keylong was brought from the adjoining Lahaul Valley and is believed to be the savior of cattle from disease.  Shepherds offer sheep as sacrifice to the God t protect their flocks.  Just beyond this temple one can see the shrine of Murkula Devi whose main temple is situated at Udaipur in Lahaul Valley.  Murkula Devi is the reigning goddess of Kugti Pass.  From the temple the trail climbs gradually for half an hour through alpine meadows; descends to a stream, fords it and arrive at Duggi camping ground.  Situated on the confluence of te Budhil river and Duggi stream, this vast rock-strewn grassland has Gaddi shepherds all around.

DAY-4

Duggi-Alyas (4116m) 6Km A strenuous but enjoyable stage of 5-6h.. [From Duggi another shepherd trail fork left (n) to Duggi Jot].  The main path keeps following the budhil river, E then NE, climbing steeply to reach the grassy plateau of Kuddi.  Here it turns NE and follows the Kugti ala, with steadily steep ascent to the Alyas camp ground.  (Camp grounds on both sides of passes over the Pir Panjal are called Alyas or Alwas).  The U-shaped pass between two high ridges can be seen from here.

DAY-5

Alyas-Kugti Pass-Alyas (400m) 12 Km - Start very early in the morning to ensure that the snow is frozen for easier walking.  After a section over moraine, a usually visible track in snow winds upwards, well trodden and with the way.  Generally follow the hoof prints of animals as they invariably pick the safest route through crevassed patches. Just 300m before the pass the angle becomes very steep, over loose rocks and snow.  On top of the pass is a simple shrine of Murkula Devi, the goddess of Kugti Pass--symbolised by afew iron trinkets, bells and pieces of colorful cloth.  Fine view of several peaks of the Great Himalayan Range.  Two small peaks, Grechu Jot (5429m) to the NW and an unnamed top to the E can be climed from the pass without much difficulty.

On the other side commence with a steep section, traversing snow then rocks and boulders.  The track is hardly wide enough to place one foot in front of the other and a 500m vertiginous drop to the glacier lies lies below.  The Alyas (Khardu) camp ground is reached in 6Km from the pass.

DAY-6

Alyas-Shamsha (2850m) 10Km The trail heads NE, crosses a ridge then goes down to the Kuktor Rashil Nala. Following the right bank the path descends to a beautiful, romantically situated village called Rupi, the first habitation on the Lahaul side, overlooking the Chandra-Bhaga river.  Later the trail crosses the river by a rope bridge and reaches Shamsha on the Tindi-Manali highway.  Eating shops here; a forest resthouse is located at Jahlma, 4Km downstream.  Bus to Manali over the Rohtang Pass in about 10h.  For those not in a hury, it is worthwhile taking a couple of days to stop over at Keylong, HQ village of Lahual Valley district, and reached in 2-3h by bus from Jahlma.  Kardung and Shashur monasteries near Keylong are worth a visit.

Another Treks in Chamba Valley, Himachal Pradesh

|Trek -I|   Chamba-Sach Pass-Pangi Valley (hard)

|Trek -II| Kilar-Cheni Pass-Chamba (hard)

|Trek -III| Chamba-Marwa Pass; to Pangi Valley (strenuous)

|Trek -IV| A few side treks in Pangi Valley (easy)

|Trek -V| Brahmaur-Chobia Pass; to Lahaul Valley (strenuous)

|Trek -VI| Brahmaur-Kugti Pass; to Lahaul Valley (strenuous)

|Trek -VII| Brahmaur-Manimahesh Lake; in Chamba Valley (easy)

|Trek -VIII| Holi-Bara Bangahal-Thamsar Pass; to Kangra Valley

|Trek -IX| Bara Bangahal-Kaliheni (Sagor) Pass-Manali (strenuous)

Principal Peaks & Passes in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal is a paradise for walkers, trekkers, hikers, skiers, rafters, climbers and mountaineers.  Innumerable treks originate or culminate in the beautiful valleys of Kullu and Manali. There are several peaks in Himachal Pradesh that challenge the mountaineers. Main peaks in Dhauladhar range are Mun (4610 m), Toral (4686 m), Dromedary (4553 m) and Riflehorn (4400 m). Kinnaur & Spiti Region has Leo Pargial (6791 m.)

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