Manali to Sangchar (7684 FT) to Jammu Paani (9843 FT)
Distance: 30 kms + 3 kms
Duration: 1 hour drive + 3-4 hours trek
Report at Manali ISBT at 8 AM. After freshening up & breakfast in Manali, our vehicles will take you to Sangchar, 1.5 hours drive. The trek starts from the village of Sangchar with a continuous zig-zag trail. The trail leaving behind the entire town of Manali with splendid views of the Pir Panjal range. With a continuous ascent of around 2000 ft, the trail is decent in terms of difficulty. From the very first day itself, you will be gifted with a spectacular spread of colourful flowers like Anemone and Gearanium, a sight to behold for sure. With the trail taking you through tall blades of grass, thick bushes and meadows, we reach today's campsite, Jammu Paani which is a clearing surrounded by oak trees on one side and dense bushes on the other. Retire for the night. Overnight in tents.
Jammu Paani (9843 FT) to Pani Dhar
Distance: 5 kms
Duration: 6-7 hours
Today's trek will be a long one so we start early. The trail leads you through Maheli Thatch with dense oak trees on one side and meadows on the other. The left side of the valley presents you with spectacular valley openings and views of snowclad passes. A little beyond this point will be our lunch spot where you can enjoy the packed lunch provided to you. We ascend and descend a few times on the lush meadows before we reach Pani Dhar, a beautiful meadow campsite. Overnight in tents.
Pani Dhar to Riyali Thatch (11,965 FT)
Distance: 4 kms
Duration: 3-4 hours
Today’s trek is relatively easier. With a small section of a steep ascent crossing a gateway of rocks supported by a rocky mountain and a stream piercing through it, the trail leads you to the campsite of Riyali Thatch. With lush slope of the mountain on one side, the Riyali Thatch campsite has a gigantic display of colorful pretty flowers. Overnight in tents.
Riyali Thatch (11,965 FT) to Saghor (13,123 FT)
Distance: 6 kms
Duration: 7-8 hours
Today's trek is an easy one. Leaving behind the Riyali Thatch campsite we will descend towards a snow bridge over a stream that is fed by the Kalihani glacier. The trail becomes steep until we reach a ridge. With the mesmerizing ridge walk with lush green meadows and bushes along with a wide variety of flowers etched on a mountain slope on either side of the ridge. On the right season, this section has an unparalleled display of 7 different types of flowers along with Juniper trees which add to the beauty of the landscape. The ridge ends with a zig-zag trail, a continuous ascent towards the Saghor campsite. With unobstructed views of the Pir Panjal range in front of you and the wonderful snow-capped passes behind you, the Saghor campsite is a sight to behold. This will be your Kalihani Pass basecamp. We will let our bodies acclimatize at this altitude as the proceeding day will be spent in climbing the pass. Overnight in tents.
Saghor (13,123 FT) to Kalihani Pass (15,748 FT) and back to Saghor
Distance: 6 kms
Duration: 9-10 hours
We start early today by 4am so that we witness the beautiful sunrise from a good vantage point. The trail starts with a gradual ascent on a snow patch till you reach a waterfall which indicates the start of a steep trail to the pass. Standing right below the pass you get impressive views of Mt. Deo Tibba and Mt. Indrasan along with plenty of other peaks of the Pir Panjal range. The views are available to you all along the pass climb. The final section of pass climb includes some snowy slopes that are present as a wave that is a bit difficult to ascend. In spite of being so close to the pass, it still stays hidden from you. After the third snowy slope, we pass through a small gully and the Kalihani Pass now shows itself. With a thrilling climb to reach the Kalihani Pass you are presented with the mesmerizing views of Pir Panjal range on one side and the monumental Bara Bhangal region on the other side. After the pass we make our way back to the Saghor campsite with a steep descent over the glacier and moraines. Enjoy the rest of the day at the Saghor campsite. Overnight in tents.
Saghor (13,123 FT) to Rani Sui
Distance: 8 kms
Duration: 7-8 hours
Today's trail to the next campsite will be a gradual descend till you reach the snow bridge which comes between the valley. Then follows the gradual ascend to the Riyali campsite. We rest here for a bit before heading on towards Rani Sui, an elliptical lake surrounded by meadows which is considered sacred by the locals. At the lake, one can witness panoramic views of the Dhauladhar range. Overnight in tents.
Rani Sui to Lamadugh (9843 FT)
Distance: 6 kms
Duration: 7-8 hours
Today’s trek takes us to Lamadugh via Khanpara Tibba, a 4000m peak which provides spectacular views of the Beas River Valley. The trail to the summit of Khanpara Tibba is a continuous ascend followed by a pass section with a level walk and then the last ascend to the top. The trail from this point onward is a steep descend that goes on through a small section of Rhododendrons and then keeps on going down till you Lamadugh, a campsite surrounded by dense oak forests. Overnight in tents.
Lamadugh (9843 FT) to Manali (6562 FT)
Distance: 7.12 kms
Duration: 4-5 hours
After having breakfast, start your way down from Lamadugh to Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali. Once you start descending through a beautiful pine forest, the grand views of Manali will stay with you to the road head. So once you reach the road head continue your walk towards the Hadimba Goddess Temple, you can visit this temple and it will take merely 20 min to reach the Mall road of Manali which is right at the centre of the city. This is the end of this mammoth trek.
Kalihani Pass Trek is a level 5 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.
This makes it mandatory for you to have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 4 on the BRS. The altitude, the terrain and the nature of the climb demand a certain level of skill and a need for you to be aware of how your body reacts to the various features of high altitude environment.
we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.
This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.
Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek. As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.
We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures
Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.
All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.
Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.
Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.
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