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Kalihani Pass Trek

On the trail of one of the last wild treks in the Himalaya, lies a stunning pass largely untouched by trekkers.
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 10 Days
  • 45 KM
  • 15,584 FT
  • Difficult
  • ₹ 23450
    $ 330*
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    The price is for a group of 16 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-Indians.

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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    June - Oct

  • Base Camp

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    Jagatsukh, Manali

  • Pickup Point

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    Wrong Direction Hostel, Jagatsukh

  • Minimum Age

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    For this adventure, we only allow people above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this adventure.

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Highlights

  • Snow clad peak views are fantastic and ample. You will see both Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, plus the peaks of surrounding Rohtang, Bhrigu, and Hampta region from different parts of the trail. Also from the pass, you can witness the snowy mountains on the other side, i.e. Kangra ranges.
  • The trail provides eye-soothing green vista, initially, you will trek to Manali Sanctuary and then one of the best alpine meadows of the Himalayas called Riyali Thatch.
  • As of now, there is hardly any trekker on this trail and thus it is intact and flawless.

Overview

Kalihani Pass is one of the best high altitude Himalayan trek in Himachal Pradesh. Seated atop a staggering height of nearly 16,000 feet, Kalihani Pass commands excellent views of the neighbouring massifs and cavernous valleys that they overlook. Kalihani, traditionally known as the Senghor Jot, is the highest pass in the shepherd route from Kullu valley to the remotest Bara Bhangal area of Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Kali-Heni which means black snow is appropriately named as you can notice ancient glaciers with old ice formations both to the approach and at the pass. The pass itself is glacial. The secret lush pastures are traditionally known to the "Gaddi"s (local name for the Shepherds) and while crossing the pass grazing opportunity enlarge between Kullu and Kangra valleys. On the start and the end day of the trek, the bird's eye view of spread out Kullu valley is mesmerizing to watch. Lama Dugh area is known for its wildflowers during summer and monsoon. From the base of Khanpari Tibba, the view of the Pir Panjal range (Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Indra Tilak, Ali Ratan Tibba, etc) is a trekkers delight. To the Dhauladhar Range: Hanuman Tibba, Friendship peak, Ladakhi, Manali peak is nearby. Very few trails in Himachal generate similar kinds of a vast expanse of sprawling meadows.


Normally, the Kalihani Pass trek starts from the quaint town of Manali and traverses you through flower-studded meadows of Lamadugh, Riyali Thach finally leading to Kalihani Pass from where the descent emanates for a place named Rani Sui, followed by Lamadugh and back to Manali. The amazing beauty of the Himalayas and charming trekking trails will definitely make you attempt this trek once more in your life.


Best time to visit Kalihani Pass Trek

Summer & Monsoon (Jun to Aug): Daytime temperature will be warm in low altitude (till 11500 ft) and nights are cold. Night/early morning temperatures at Lamadugh, Riyali, and Kalihani base will be around 15 degrees Celcius, 10 degrees Celcius and 5 degrees Celcius.

After Monsoon/Autumn (Sep-Oct): This season is colder than summer. Temperatures will be chilly in low altitude and as you gain height it starts to get colder. Night/early morning temperatures at Lamadugh, Riyali, and Kalihani base will be around 10-12 degrees Celcius, 10-5 degree Celcius and 5 to 0 degree Celcius. In another half of October temperature may plummet to subzero, up to -5 degree Celcius at Kalihani base.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Reach Manali by noon overnight from Delhi. Accommodation in lodge/guest house. You will get different types of cuisine here which include Indian, Chinese, Continental, Israeli, Thai, Korean, German bakery to mention.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 13 hours
Distance : 535 km

Arrive in Manali. You’ll be met by our guide who’ll take you to the Hotel. After lunch, you can occupy yourself with local sightseeing. It is a natural divide between the valleys of Kullu and mountains of Lahaul and Spiti. It attracts tourists with lovely views and fresh snow. Here you will be able to relish journey activities such as skiing, skating, paragliding, snow scooter and more. In the afternoon take a walk to Jogini falls for some hours. If you like you can explore the Mall road of Manali in the evening. In the months of May & June, it’s crowded with tourists. Overnight Hotel in Manali.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

Today morning our trek starts. We take a quick car ride to reach the opposite side of Beas river crossing Manali town. The trek starts from the upper reaches of Manali (7000 ft) behind the Hadimba Temple. The road converts into a narrow foot-route which vanishes into the jungle. There is a school and has a water supply, where one can refresh oneself before taking on the 10 km long steep walk that lays forward. At the start, the trail moves on Manali Sanctuary among the dense and exquisite forest with overwhelming massive trees just like the Deodars, Walnut, Maples with steep uprise having only a few intermediate reliefs. The condition of the trail might vary based on weather and in rainy time of the year, it will be treacherously muddy. Take a lunch break in this serene place surrounded by forest all around and having glimpses of the faraway Kullu valley we left beneath. A consequent stretch of the trek starts with goodish steepness for the next 2.5 hours. Slowly as one gains altitude, the large trees provide a way to man-height shrubs with occasional clearings from wherever one suddenly has head-spinning read of the Beas valley which have been left far below. At the last number of kilometres stretch, the slope eases out and walk continues through dense forest with mosses and lichens all around. Here we encountered a strange challenge, indeed never thought about before. The path meets an approx 2 ft diameter supply water pipe and far a few distances (around 1312 ft) the path goes along the pipe. Finally once crossing a number of humps, one emerges into an outsized bowl formed clearing with an abandoned remnant of a trekkers hut within the middle. Here in the place, Lama Dugh(~10000 ft), to camp for the night. Total distance is 10 Km and will take around 6 to 7 hours.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 - 7 hours
Altitude : 10,000 ft.
Distance : 10 km

The trek begins very early in the morning. Close to the trees are all gone with intensive high altitude grassland regions all around and also the gradient becomes tougher. Looking back one can see an amazing view of the zigzagging road to Rohtang Pass exposed like a canal duct! The spur on this ridge leading the peak called Khanpari Tibba rising 1000 ft above. You can find alluring views of the Dhauladhar range, Hanuman Tibba and many more. Trying ahead from passing the meadows of Riyali embrace the scene. A gentle walk and followed by a steep descend of one and a half hours and later by a kilometre of relatively gentle trail – the last one gives some relief to the weary walker! No trace habitation within the route apart from the number of stone guarded shepherds hut. One reaches the finish of the Riyali Thach (~ 11200 ft)within the afternoon to camp for the night. Total distance is 11 Km and it will take about 6 to 7 hours. The beauty and the variety of the day’s trail will leave one ruminating in the night.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 - 7 hours
Altitude : 13,123 ft.
Distance : 11 km

The trek begins early next morning and straightaway leaves the Riyali area and descends into a zone of trees. Soon after a km of up and down walks, the openness of the Bugiyal comes once again and the glimpse of the Kalihani Pass (Senghor Jot, as it was known traditionally) will be seen far-off and up above in the front. Rocky ranges accompany within the left with a previous grey river crossing. The river is fast flowing here and balancing on the stone is optional only if one reaches here early (when the water is still less. Otherwise, best is to require off shoes, take support and wad through the icy water. Crossing this and simply taking the proper is that the next crossing, the stream here is flanked by superb previous glacial edges jutting out with ice visible beneath. Straight Away once the crossings, an arduous climb follows on rushlike mountain block and with a ridge walk, that takes the traveller to the opposite aspect of the mountain. Once the ridge is finished we will see the bottom camp space a metric linear unit ahead. Foggy undercover may prevail here in the afternoon. Total distance is 10 kilometre and will take 5 to 6 hours. Reaching the base in the afternoon feels cold because the place is mostly windy and exposed to the pass in the front. A good rest and sleep are required to undertake the next day’s attempt.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 - 6 hours
Distance : 9 km

The trek should start early in the morning to reach Kalihani Pass and back to base feasibly. The walk starts over the huge rocky destruction zone, trample over the large and medium-sized rocks and stones strewn everywhere. One clearly needs to consider the feet because the stones compel the ankle joint twist and switch to every possible angle! but the labouring is straight away rewarded with the stunning view of the range containing the Senghor Jot standing like a huge wall and guarding the route to Bara Bhangal. Movement is actually slow here and steepness is considerable. Finally, reaching on the highest of the ridge, the opposite side comes into view with breathless ice fields. The area is completely ice and rock here and an amazing sleek plate-like stone dominated the rocky bridges between the ice fields. Kalihani Pass itself on the glacier, with a distinctly beautiful opening of about 50m between two steep rocky ridges. The pass has a crevasse in the middle. One can spend some time on the pass but should get off early and start the descent downwards and the weather here is treacherous and could become foggy, resulting in snowing in the latter half of the day. Retracing the ice and rock zones and steep downward descent one comes back to the ground zone. Crossing it over is rarely easier (rather difficult) in descent instead of ascent. Exhausted after the day’s laborious toil, one reaches the camp shelter with a day’s trek price keep in mind forever. Total distance is 12 Km and will take up to 8 hours.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 7 - 8 hours
Distance : 12 km

After a tiring and exhausting last day in the snow-fed trails, we will make our way from Sanghore base and go down emulating the stream. The path here will proceed over to the open in-depth meadows initially, followed by a precipitous going down to a stream. After a short diversion to the right, we tend to continue on a rolling parcel of land for the next 3 hours to reach out next campsite. Confirm that you just capture the fabulous views of the Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks in your camera from the campsite you left behind.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

After clearing things up at Rangolee, following the trail, we will see small villages below as the river Beas flows amidst the Kullu valley. The peak is a steep descent, you will see the distinct views of the Deo Tibba, Indrasan, and also the peaks of Bara Shigri glacier on the way throughout trekking. On the path, you will come upon dissimilar sorts of blossoming alpine flowers. After starting the trail, one passes through the ridge horizontally and then enters the on an alpine plateau studded with a dense growth of the alpine flowers. From this point, you can have the wonderful glimpse of the Manali hill station, located on the bank of the River Beas and the entire upper Kullu valley, which appears incredible swathed in the vibrant colours of the season.

Meals : Brekfast Only
Accommodation : Not Included

A short hike back to the road head at Baragrahn near Patlikuhl village is a small Village/hamlet in Naggar Tehsil in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh State, India. It comes under Hallan Ii Panchayath. From here, we drive back to Manali. Treks are entertaining, joyful and could also be informative. As you travel mile after mile, you come across new horizons, moving further with every passing minute. New faces, new places make the whole experience a memory to reckon with. Trek could range from a couple of miles; nevertheless, they are always taken to escape boredom and elevate the mood. Moreover, it’s never disappointing barring some exceptional change of events.

Arrival in Delhi early morning. Trip Ends! At the end of a journey, it’s always weird to look back on the roads traveled and spots visited. It brings with it a sense of nostalgia, a love of time passed with the inability, or unwillingness to go back.

How To Reach

The Pickup point and Drop Point will be Jagatsukh, Manali. We can arrange a cab for you from the bus station in Manali, the charges for the same are not included in the package. The cost of the cab can be shared among the trekkers joining the trek. For communications purposes, we will create a Whatsapp Group before the departure date of the trek and will share the details regarding the transportation. The drop at Bus Stand after the trek will be arranged in a similar way.


By Air

The nearest airport is in Bhuntar which is 11km from Kullu and 52 km from Manali. You can take a taxi from Bhuntar to Manali which will cost approximately Rs, 1000/-. The airlines that you can take are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, Jagson Airlines operating flights from Delhi as well as Chandigarh. To reach Manali by air, you need to have a connecting flight via Delhi or Chandigarh. Delhi or Chandigarh is well connected to major airports across the country. You can check your flight in the following links: 1. https://www.google.com/flights, 2. https://www.makemytrip.com/flights/


By Road

You can take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali or Chandigarh to Manali. Manali is well connected to cities by road. The roads are in good condition but there are sudden landslides in the monsoon season. The bus from Delhi to Manali can take up to 14 hours and from Chandigarh to Manali is 9 hours at least. Tickets are available online on Redbus.in, Goibibo.in or Hrtc.gov.in. You can pay online for the bus tickets. You should always take the Himsuta bus from HRTC as they are the most comfortable government buses on this route. You can also book private buses but sometimes sudden hiccups come with them. The last government bus leaves at 11:15 pm at night and starts from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.


By Train

We do not recommend you travel by train as the closest railway station, Jogindernagar is 5 hours away which you will again have to cover by bus or cab.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one. 


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Food and Accommodation in Manali: Food in Manali is not included in the package. You can dine anywhere in Manali city,  we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package. Transportation from Home city to Manali and Manali to Home city is not included in the package. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once. 

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim. 


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek 


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations: 

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. 


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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