Malana across Chanderkhani pass - 4 Days
Experience Malana culture & its distinctive people, Trek to Chanderkhani pass & Parvati valley
Trip Route: Manali - Naggar - Rumsu - Chaklani - Chanderkhani pass - Nagruni - Malana - Manikaran - Manali
Kullu Manali region - Himachal Pradesh
Difficulty Level - Moderate, Max Altitude - 3660m / 12007 ft
Trip Length - 5/6 days Delhi to Delhi, 4 days Manali to Manali, 4 days of Trek and 3 nights of Camp
Activity - Trekking / Hiking / Walking, Best time - May, June, July, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
Malana - A Lost Utopia in the Himalayas - By Dr. Virendra Bangroo -
Below the Chanderkhani pass of the Kullu valley lies a small cluster of around two hundred stone roof houses constituting a village called Malana. Its inimitable culture and the temple of Jamlu distinguish the village. The village consists of around 1500 inhabitants and has an impeccable system of administration with a higher and lower court guided by the spirit of village god Jamlu. Malana stands out as an autonomous self-sufficient unit whose inhabitants claim Greek ancestry. Some stories about the village called "a little Greece," this village in the interior of the Himalayas is its architecture, language, worship rituals and autonomous administrative system. The unique geographical location of Malana has enabled it to preserve its biodiversity and it is an ecological haven.
Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes - it can be reached from Parbati valley crossing over the 3180 metres rashol pass and via Naggar over the 3600 metres beautiful Chanderkhani pass. For the outsiders, there is a long list of do's and don'ts to be followed in the village. The people are friendly but outsiders are told to keep distance and not to touch anything in the village. Malana is divided into two - upper malana (dhara beda) and lower malana (sor beda). Kanashi, the language of Malana, does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in its neighbourhood but seems to be a mixture of Sanskrit and several Tibetan dialects. Two important festivals are celebrated in Malana. One called Badoh Mela is celebrated in august and the other called Fagdi mela in february
Included in the Cost
All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
3 - 4 season tent, sleeping bag, comfortable foam sleeping pad, trekking poles
All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chair and table
All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.
Muleteer or porter for portage of your baggage's.
Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.
Includes GST 5%.
Not included in the Cost
Hotel accommodation in Manali
Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.
Soft or hard drinks.
Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.
Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra and beyond trip Schedule.
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Outline Trek Itinerary
Day 1 Drive Manali (2040m) - Naggar (1800m) - Rumsu (2060m) 26 kms, Trek to Chaklani. 5-6 hrs.
Day 2 Trek to Chanderkhani Pass (3660m) – Nagruni (3400m). 5-6 hrs.
Day 3 Trek to Malana (2650m). 5-6 hrs.
Day 4 Trek to Malana dam 2 hrs. Visit Kasol (1600m) - Manikaran (1700m) - Manali 6-7 hrs.
“We had a great 3 days trekking adventures with good quality camping equipment, great food and lots of fun with horses. Nice family adventure! After we really had an interesting time. Once we stayed with nomads since the home stay was already closed, this was really interesting experience. Sure, the hotel in Leh was great. We enjoyed the lake and the staying at the small village, we got a lot of insight into local like, i.e. animal, farming with sheep, donkeys etc. It was a good trip with a lot of insights into local life which was an enriching experience. Thanks so much for organizing. All the best”
Annette, Frank + Luke. FRANKFURT - GERMANY - 28 Sept
Day 1 Manali (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 mtrs) Rumsu ( 2060m) . Drive 21 kms, Trek to Rumsu – Chiklani (3200m) Base of Chanderkhani Pass (3200m), trek 5 hours
From Manali we drive 21 km to Naggar on the left bank of Beas river. Which presents spectacular sights of villages all along the way. At Naggar we visit Nicolas Roerich (Russian) art gallery and Naggar castle. And start trek at this point. Gentle climb through apple orchrds to lovely village of Rumsu. Easy climb through forest of conifer to alpine meadows which offers a magnificient view Pir Panjal range and peaks rising above 6000m. Overnight camp.
Day 2 Trek to Chandrakhani pass (3660m) - Nagruni (2800m), 5-7 hrs
Leaving camp we trek along the ridge leads us to pass. Its approx 1-2 hrs gentle climb to pass. Numbers of stone piller can be found at pass mainly an offering by villager to their deities. From pass an impressive view towards North Beas River valley, to the East Malana glacier and numbers of peaks rising above 6000m, towards South Parbati River valley. We continue our trek along the ridge to our next camp at Nagruni.
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Day 3 Trek to Malana (2650 m). 5-6 hrs.
Today leaving Nagruni we descend slowly through thich pine forest to Malana village. Arriving at Malana visit meet locals and must not forget to follow the instruction given at shops, temple and in around. Overnight camp outside of village.
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Day 4 Trek to Rasol pass 3180m - Rasol 2590m - Kasol (1600m) 7-8 hrs, Drive to Kullu Manali 3 hrs
Today leaving early Malana village we descend to Malana River and climb gently to Rasol pass (3180m), which divides Parbati and Malana valley. Spectacular view of the Malana glacier and surrounding natural beauty from pass. We descend steep to Rasol village where time stops for a while. Living in old Kulluvi style house. Continue descend to Kasol which is famous among European tourist especially among Israeli. We cross over Parbati River. Our vehicle will be waiting for us here and we drive back to Manali after visiting Manikaran.