Brief Description

Located in the relatively untouched Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh, the Kalihani Pass at 4850 M (15,912 FT) is a one-of-a-kind trail that combines absolute beauty with the ultimate thrill. The Kalihani Pass is a part of the famous Bara Bhangal trail connecting the two valleys of Kullu and Kangra. With its close relation to the bustling town of Manali, the Kalihani Pass trek presents trekkers with breathtaking campsites, dense meadows which are unlike anything you have seen, stunning visuals of the surrounding landscape that are simply scintillating, an adventure-packed pass climb that takes you through a steep trail full of scree, moraine and glistening white snow all the way to 4800 M with unparalleled views of Mt. Deo Tibba, Mt. Indrasan and other peaks of the Pir Panjal range. There are two other spectacular milestones of this trek, namely the 4000 M majestic Khanpara Tibba that gives you a closer view of the Dhauladhar range and the sacred elliptical Rani Sui Lake. The highlight of the trek is the stunning display of a wide array of gorgeous flowers, more than 10 varieties on the trail. Meant for experienced trekkers, expect the unexpected in this pristine and offbeat trek taking you away from the conventional paths of Himachal Pradesh. July to October are the best months to do this trek. Stay on this page for more information on the Kalihani Pass Trek - Itinerary, Route, FAQs, Temperature and Precipitation chart, reviews and photos.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1: Manali to Sangchar (7684 FT); 30 km Drive. Sangchar to Jammu Paani (9843 FT); 3km, 3-4 hrs Trek.
2 Day 2
Day 2: Jammu Paani (9843 FT) to Pani Dhar; 5km, 6-7 hrs trek
3 Day 3
Day 3: Pani Dhar to Riyali Thatch (11,965 FT); 4km, 3-4 hrs Trek
4 Day 4
Day 4: Riyali Thatch (11,965 FT) to Saghor (13,123 FT); 6 km, 7-8 hours Trek
5 Day 5
Day 5: Saghor (13,123 FT) to Kalihani Pass (15,748 FT) and back to Saghor; 6 km, 9-10 hrs Trek.
6 Day 6
Day 6: Saghor (13,123 FT) to Rani Sui; 8 km, 7-8 hrs trek.
7 Day 7
Day 7: Rani Sui to Lamadugh(9843 FT) ; 6 km, 7-8 hrs.
8 Day 8
Day 8: Lamadugh (9843 FT) to Manali (6562 FT); 7.12 km, 4-5 hrs Trek.

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

July to September are the best months to undertake the Kalihani Pass Trek.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Intermittent cellular network till Riyali campsite.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start point of Bhrigu Lake trek is Gulaba which lies on the way to Rohtang Pass. The ideal way to reach Gulaba is by hiring a shared jeep or a private taxi from Manali. Manali is well connected to Delhi through road and air. There are no direct trains from Delhi though.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HPRTC Volvo buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. There are also private Volvo buses which can be booked online. However, their services are highly unreliable, especially on Long Weekends. It is a 14-hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
By Rail: To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to taxi that can cost you around INR 2000 to 2500 depending upon season.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. This famous tourist hill station has so many places to visit in Manali. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Yes there will be snow on the pass.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

July and August: 15-10 deg celsius during the day and at night temperatures may drop to 5 deg celsius. Day temperatures in September will be around 7 deg celsius and at night temperatures will vary from 0-2 deg celsius.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Manali has reasonable size market but because of immediate departure from Manali last minute purchasing might be difficult. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

We have one pick-up point: Main Government Bus Stand in Manali. The dropping point will be at Hadimba Devi Temple. From here you can take cab/auto rickshaw for Manali which is approximately 1 km.

Transport: What time will we reach the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Manali by afternoon.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Experience required

One should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in his/her kitty. Kalihani Pass Trek trek is more than 4700 meters, a person must have prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Kalihani Pass Trek is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only if you have already done a trek that climbs to 3700-4500 metres. It is recommended not to opt Kalihani Pass trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. On Bikat Scale Kalihani Pass Trek Difficulty level is 4. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Kalihani Pass Trek - Himachal

Kalihani Pass located in the Dhauladhar Range of Himachal Pradesh is as pristine as a trek can be. Climbing to a massive height of 4800 M (15,748 FT), the trek gives you panoramic views of the Mt. Deo Tibba and Mt. Indrasan of the Pir Panjal range and the Bara Bhangal region of the Dhauladhar range. With stunning campsites, brown and green oak forests, countless colorful flowers such as Gearanium, Anemone, Marsh Marigold, Phlomis and Rhododendrons, the Kalihani Pass Trek is possibly the best monsoon trek of India dethroning Valley of Flowers of Uttarakhand. With a thrilling pass climb along with numerous other milestones such as the 4000 M tall Khanpara Tibba and the elliptical scared lake of Rani Sui, the Kalihani Pass Trek is a complete package full of awesomeness and splendor.

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We recently got an amazing opportunity to explore the Kalihani Pass trek and the untouched beauty that I witnessed left me speechless. The trek is a complete package which has fascinating flora and fauna and wonderful scenic views. We camped in the midst of beautiful meadows and ate wild strawberries! Reaching Kalihani Pass is not an easy task but well worth the effort - standing at an altitude of 4800 metres, we got panoramic views of the peaks surrounding us. This unique experience in Himachal Pradesh is worth every penny!

Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek (Starting Lunch on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 8)
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Dome tents - on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Micro-spikes, Gaiters, Helmets, if required
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including Oxygen cylinder

What's not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the trek
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.

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