Informative

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Abhishaik Sud

Last updated: 30-07-2019

 

Kalihani Pass Trek Photo Story

 

The Kalihani Pass Trek, a stunning trail near Manali, Himachal Pradesh is a paradox of sorts. The trail has an intriguing story and quite a vital role in our history yet the trail is largely untouched. From gorgeous campsites, lush unique meadows, a ridge walk that makes you feel like you're in a large bouquet, staggering views of the Dhauladhar & Pir Panjal range and an enthralling summit climb; this trek has everything needed to leave behind a deep impression!

 

Day 1: Manali - Sangchar – Maheli 

The trailhead at Sangchar begins with a steep set of steps taking us past the village. Soon, we find ourselves in an extremely narrow path with thick vegetation and shoulder-high bushes.

Gaining an altitude of 3200ft. within 3 hours, today's hike is on a steep uphill trail that doesn't cede anytime before we reach the campsite - Jammu Pani. If you wish, you can elect to reach the top of the mountain instead and camp straight in the meadows. 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

First rest spot for the day

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Indrajit & Rocky taking a breather at Jammu Pani campsite 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Up, up & up through thick vegetation 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Nope, this was not clicked in Munnar

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

First glimpse of the meadows

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Indrajit sharing a friendly moment with the cattle

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Camping in the meadows at Maheli


 

Day 2: Maheli - Riyali Thatch

Today’s itinerary, a meadow-walk throughout is not a steep ascent but will still take time owing to the distance. After a heavy downpour, we reach our campsite at Riyali Thatch and our jaw drops to the floor! We gaze at the lush greenery with amazement as it dawns on us that instead of the usual grass, the meadow is brimming with Balsam bushes, appearing as if it is a tea-estate!

 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Strolling on the meadows

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Approaching our first spell of showers 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Connecting with nature - Bikat style 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

A second spell of the downpour incoming!

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Abhishaik, quenching his thirst at a water stream 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

First glimpse of Riyali Thatch

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Our campsite at Riyali


 

Day 3: Riyali Thatch - Saghore

Today, after crossing a few beautiful streams we're treading on a narrow ridge that almost lasted all the way to Saghore, our base camp at 13100ft. The lengthy ridge has an abundant variety of flowers packed together making one feel that they're in a giant bouquet.

We zig-zag on the slope leading to the base camp and surprisingly reach our destination sooner than expected!

 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Starting another day with complete cloud-cover

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

The jaw-dropping meadows with distant views of a waterfall

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

The path descends to a glacier before we climb on to the ridge visible in the middle

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

The flower-laden trail 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

A better look at the ridge walk

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

The variety of flora described was not an exaggeration!


 

Day 4: Saghore - Kalihani Pass – Saghore

Around 4 am, we set off from the base camp in pitch darkness and start on a gradually steep glacier. As dawn breaks, the climb becomes steeper and we negotiate an endless moraine full of steep ice slopes, thrilling scree & loose boulders.

The first rays of the morning sun make the daunting peaks of Indrasan and Deo Tibba visible and treat us with grand views of the valley that we had left behind. A taxing climb later, around 8 am, we stand atop the Kalihani pass - the reward for our labour being impressive views of the Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar ranges along with a sense of pride in our accomplishment of being at 15800ft!

Treading carefully, we start descending and are having refreshing meals back at Saghore by 10 am.  

 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Astonishingly stunning vistas come into view after dawn

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

First rays of the sunlight illuminate the entire valley

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Scree and loose boulders, the thrill is for real!

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Even once we're on top of the slope. the pass does not reveal itself

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Nearing the pass as we cross one slope after another

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

ON TOP OF KALIHANI PASS AT 4800M!

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Carefully coming down on our way back to the base camp


 

 Day 5: Saghore - Riyali Thatch

After ample rest we start on our way down the ridge, retracing our steps back to Riyali Thatch, an easy 2-hour hike. 

 

 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

The all-encompassing white-out

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

The ridge walk with glaciers running on either side

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

Ah! What a paradise full of flowers!


 

Day 6: Riyali Thatch - Lamadugh

After an overnight halt, we venture on to a new path towards Lamadugh. Walking atop one vast meadow after another, we reach Khanpara Tibba, a 13100ft peak which has the best views of the Beas river valley. After that, it’s a continual descent to Lamadugh.

 

Day 7: Lamadugh - Manali

We pack our bags and leave from our campsite one last time on this trek. With a 2-3 hour effortless descent and the road-head opening up right being the Hadimba Temple, we pay a visit and find ourselves at the Manali mall road in no time. 

 

 

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

One last glance back at Riyali

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

But the beauty of this trail is not done impacting you!

A Visual Narration of Kalihani Pass Trek

 Khanpara Tibba, a 4000m peak with some splendid views, if the weather permits!


 

The Kalihani Pass Trek is a mixture of ups and downs, grasslands and flowers, glaciers and ridges - ultimately leading to an epic pass summit. We hope that this photo story helped you bear witness to its unparalleled beauty!

NEXT     07 Highlights of Kalihani Pass Trek

READ     Valley of Flowers vs. Kalihani Pass

Abhishaik Sud

An avid trekker and travel enthusiast on an endless quest to explore! For anecdotes/photographs/ Read more

Add a Comment

* Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.