Kalihani Pass Trek
The Gateway to Bara Bhangal region, Kalihani Pass located at an elevation of about 4900 meters above sea level is few of the last wild treks still largely untouched by trekkers.
DAY 1: Shangchar to Mahili (Duration: 4-5 hrs)
DAY 2: Mahili to Riyali (Duration: 6-7 hrs)
DAY 3: Riyali to Sagor (Basecamp for Kalihani Pass, Duration: 5-6 hrs)
DAY 4: Sagor – Kalihani Pass – Sagor (Duration: 7-8 hrs)
DAY 5: Sagor to Paani ri Dhaar (Duration: 6-7 hrs)
DAY 6: Paani ri Dhaar – Saurkundi Lake – Mahili (Duration: 6 hrs)
DAY 7: Mahili – Shangchar – Drop to Manali (Duration: 4-5 hrs)
The Gateway to Bara Bhangal region, Kalihani Pass located at an elevation of about 4900 meters above sea level is few of the last wild treks still largely untouched by trekkers. Once an ancient route used by the local shepherds, the journey is filled with green meadows, glacial lakes, moraines and snow bedded glaciers.
The Kalihani Pass Trek takes you to the upper reaches of Pir-Panjal range with excellent views of Mt. Hanuman Tibba, Indrasan, Deo Tibba and few other peaks. From the top of the Pass you witness the breathtaking Kalihani Glacier which feeds one of the major tributaries of river Ravi. The trek is a great mixture of everything that the Himalayas have to offer and is a must do for all trekking enthusiasts.
DAY 1: PATLIKUHAL – RIYARA - MAHILI
Arrive at Patlikuhal (about 16 kms before Manali) around morning time. For today you can have your breakfast at any of the nearby Dhabas. After that we will board a vehicle to go till the last village Shangchar. Once everyone’s ready we will set out to engage in the first round of trekking today.
After 4-5 hours of trekking, we will reach Mahili, a grazing meadow at a height of about 11,000 feet. Cross the steep trekking route that go through the thickets covered by Deodar and Pine trees. Overnight stay at Mahili.
DAY 2: MAHILI TO RIYALI
After breakfast in the morning, get ready to trek to Riyali. The trail continues uphill in vast open landscape with close views of the beautiful Manalsu peak as the steepness gives way to a much more gradual incline. The uphill section ends at a small pass at about 13,000ft which usually takes 3-4 hours after which you go downhill. The views change after the pass and you will be walking amidst lush greenery till you hit a small stream which will be your lunch point. From there a little bit of rolling terrain and you reach the beautiful Riyali Thatch campsite.
DAY 3: RIYALI – SAGOR (Basecamp for Kalihani Pass)
The trail to Kalihani base is beautiful from the very outset as you pass through many settlements of local Sheperds or the Gaddis. For the first couple of hours, the terrain is up & down and you will cross many small streams before you hit a big stream coming from the Kalihani pass. From there the climb is steep. During the pre-monsoons you might expect some snow from here onwards. The last hour
to the camp is a high gradient uphill but the views of the mighty Indrasan and Deo Tibba on the other side of the valley will make it worthy of the climb.
DAY 4: SAGOR – KALIHANI PASS – SAGOR
We start very early in the morning to make the best of the snow conditions. The initial couple of hours is a steep climb after which the slopes are a bit gradual. As you go higher your views keep expanding and you get to see many high peaks of Lahaul. You will start feeling the altitude too as you go up and the climb to the top of the pass should take you around 4-5 hours. From the top the views are nothing short of paradise in front of your eyes as the vast expanse of Kalihani glacier is at
the foreground of picture perfect looking peaks in the back drop. We start heading back down after a brief time at the top as snow conditions get tricky later in the afternoon.
DAY 5: SAGOR – PAANI RI DHAAR
After a long previous day in snowy trails, we start from Sangor base and head down following the stream. After a short diversion to the right we continue on rolling terrain for the next 3 hours to reach out next campsite.
DAY 6: PAANI RI DHAAR – SAURKUNDI LAKE – MAHILI
Saurkundi lake is believed to be dedicated to Maharishi Shandilya. Locals have a belief that it is sacred to take a dip in the water of this lake. Saurkundi offers an unforgettable 360 degree views of the prototypical nature, untamed by humans. Towards the west, there is Kalihani Pass at 16000 feet and in the east there’s Mt. Indrasan at 6221 meters The whole beauty of the Dhauladhar range and Pir Panjal range would be visible from the lakeside pass and it would be more than enough to make your heart remain stolen. Depending upon the snow conditions we’ll either camp nearby overnight or descend back to Basecamp Mahili.
DAY 7: MAHILI – SHANGCHAR – DROP AT MANALI/PATLIKUHAL
After your breakfast today, we bid adieu to these beautiful mountains and descend back till Shangchar village. From there we’ll drive you down till Patlikuhal/Manali and you can check-in to the hotel/homestay of your choice for a relaxed evening.
All camping equipment during the trip including tent, sleeping bag & mat
All transportation as per itinerary
Meals in trek (vegetarian)
All entry fee & permit charges
Services of a mountain guide and his assistant
Porters / Camping charges
Tips, laundry, phone calls, mineral water, cold drinks, camera fee etc.
Meals unless specified
Any medical expenses, if incurred
Personal and incidental expenses
Expenses incurred due to delay in the schedule for reasons beyond the
control of organizers
What to Carry?
Trekking Shoes with soft soles
Backpack - 30 to 40 litre
2 Tee shirts to be worn as insulation layers / thermal clothes
Heavy Padded jacket for the cold
Trek Pants (track pants are as backup but do not depend on them)
Woolen Cap / Balaclava
Shemagh / Scarf
Socks - 5 pairs
Torch / Headlamp
Polythene covers to protect electronics
Personal Medical Kits
Rain Cover for Backpack
Snackbars and Energy Bars