Beyond Kulu Trek
India, Trek & Walk, 18 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,815 (land only) - from $2,100 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at our central group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. Dinner and overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: We take the early morning train from Delhi to Kalka and then, after a stop for lunch, we drive northwards via the old market town of Mandi, into the Kulu Valley and on to Manali (2050m). Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3: Today, is a great opportunity to look around this thriving market town and also to take an acclimatisation hike up to the impressive Jogni Waterfall and the hot springs at Vashist. We return to spend a second night at our Manali hotel.
Day 4: Setting out from Manali, we trek up through a woodland of oak and pine to our first camping place on the grazing area of Lamadug (3050m). Afternoon at leisure at our camp. Distance 9km Ascent 1140m Descent 120m 5 hours.
Day 5: In accordance with our programme of acclimatisation, we spend a rest day at camp, with the option to hike up to a fine viewpoint. We spend a second night at the camp at Lamadug.
Day 6: A full day of trekking takes us across a high pasture area, crossing the highest ridge at close to 4000 metres, with views of the Pir Panjal peaks to the north-east. We camp in a meadow at Railli (3500m). Distance 9.5km Ascent 970m Descent 500m 6 - 7 hours.
Day 7: Contouring to a high river valley, we then climb again towards the Kaliheni Pass and make our camp above the tree line at around 4000 metres. Distance 7km Ascent 800m Descent 250m 5 - 6 hours
Day 8: A second rest and acclimatisation at this point will put us in good shape for the crossing of the Kaliheni Pass. We spend a second night at the camp below the Kaliheni Pass.
Day 9: A tough day, as we climb to cross the Kaliheni Pass (4835m), which involves moraine, snow and bare glacier ice, with views of the Bara Bhangal. We descend to a camp below the pass on the Kaliheni Nullah (4025m). Distance 10.5 km Ascent 850m Descent 850m 8 - 9 hours.
Day 10: We follow a path above the tree line, through the Kaliheni Valley, crossing several tributary streams and with great mountain views. Camp is in a grassy clearing known as Guwala Got (3569m). Distance 8km Ascent 200m Descent 600m 4 - 5 hours.
Day 11: We continue to follow the Kaliheni Valley undulating downwards to a meadow at 3250m. From here we ascend via a river crossing to reach our campsite in a beautiful meadow called Sukha (3759m). Distance 8.5km Ascent 650m Descent 450m 6 - 7 hours
Day 12: Still heading towards the west, we make the long and at times steep descent to the Gaddi village of Bara Bhangal (2550m). We camp close to the school across the river from the main village. Distance 13km Ascent 300m Descent 1500m 6 - 7 hours
Day 13: Crossing the Kaliheni River, we ascend the Thamser Nullah, passing a number of Gaddi encampments en route. We camp on a flat knoll below the Thamser Pass (4046m). Distance 10km Ascent 1650m Descent 140m 7 hours
Day 14: Another early start, crossing scree and moraine and then snow and ice at the Thamser Pass (4750m). Great views of the Himalaya from the top and then we descend to the meadows of Bharpal Ghot (4080m) where we set up camp. Distance 9km Ascent 800m Descent 700m 7 hours.
Day 15: Descend to Panhartu (3600m), and then along a river valley with permanent snow patches that need to be crossed. The trail then descends through mixed woodland to the village of Rajgunda (2535m) where we make camp. Distance 20km Ascent 750m Descent 2300m 7 - 8 hours
Day 16: Our final day of trekking takes us through the pleasant foothills of the Dhaula Dhar via the Chiana Pass (2736m). At Billing (2412m), we meet our transport and drive to McLeod Ganj, where we overnight in a guesthouse. Distance 10km Ascent 350m Descent 500m 3 - 4 hours walking.
Day 17: We enjoy a morning's visit to the Tibetan exiles town of McLeodganj, home of the Dalai Lama, before driving to Pathankot to catch the overnight Sleeper Train back to Delhi.
Day 18: Arriving in Delhi in the early morning, we drive to a hotel close to the airport for breakfast and to freshen-up. We then transfer to the airport where KE Land Only package services end. Those on early flights may transfer directly from the railway station to the airport.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. 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 acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.