8D/7N
Duration
Moderate
Grade
7/10
Physicality
70 Km
Trail Length
4800 m/15750 ft
Highest Point

Kaliheni Pass Trek:

About: Kaliheni pass (also pronounced as Kalihani Pass) or traditionally known as the Senghor Jot, is the highest pass in the shepherd route from Kullu valley to the remotest Bara Bhangal area of Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Kali-Heni which means black snow, is rightly named as ancient glaciers with very old ice formations are observed both in the approach and at the pass. The pass itself is glacial. The route to Kaliheni and back to Sangchur village takes 6 days and 70 Km of trekking through Alpine forest inside Manali Sanctuary, splendid rolling Meadows and glacier moraine zones. The hidden lush pastures are traditionally known to the “Gaddi”s (local name for the Shepherds) and while crossing the pass grazing opportunity extended between Kullu and Kangra valleys. On the first and last day of the trek, bird’s eye view of spread out Kullu valley is spectacular to watch. Lama Dugh area is known for its wild flowers during summer and monsoon. From Khanpari Pass/base of Khanpari Tibba, the view of Pir Panjal range (Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Indra Tilak, Ali Ratan Tibba etc) is a trekkers delight. To the north-west Dhauladhar Range (Hanuman Tibba) is close by. Very few trails in Himachal produce similar kind of vast expanse of the sprawling meadows. In jest, this interior high altitude mountain pass between Kullu and Kangra is a unique Himalayan trail of its own kind with unexplored wilderness.

Day 1: Reach Manali by Noon – Lodge/Guest house stay at Vashisht/Old Manali
Day 2: Trek to Lamadugh – 10 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 3: Lamadugh to Riyali Thatch – 10 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 4: Riyali Thatch to Keliheni base  – 9 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 5: Kaliheni base to Keliheni Pass and back – 12 Km – 7/8 hours
Day 6: Kaliheni base to Dor Nullah – 15 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 7: Dor Nullah to intermediate camp  – 8 Km – 4/5 hours
Day 8: Trek to Sangchur – 6 Km – 3 hours – Drive to Manali – 30 Km – 2 hours

 Duration: 7 days of trek; Manali to Manali in 8 days.

 Highest Point: Kaliheni Pass ~ 4800 m/15750 ft.

 Grade: Moderate & Strenuous

 Length: 70 Km

 Seasons: mid June to mid October

 Further Option: Combine Sethan Dome for a round Hampta trek

 Access: Trek starting point and end point is Manali

Rail station: Chandigarh (STN Code: CDG)

 Airport: Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar (Code: KUU)

 Map:

Fixed Departure Dates:

All dates are Manali to Manali.

*** Trekkers need to reach Manali on Day 1 (by noon) . Return to Manali on Day 8 early evening. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return back home from Manali accordingly ***

Currently we don’t have a planned Fixed Departure trek

To Book a Fixed Departure trek click here:

Getting to Manali (The trek base):

Manali is well connected by road from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are a handful of buses, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.

1) From Delhi (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) the Volvo and regular buses start in the afternoon and evening. It takes up to 15 hours to cover the distance of 560 Km. There are privately operated bus services also having different pick up points in Delhi.

2) From Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) there are regular bus services for Manali, starting early morning. It may take around 10/11 hrs depending upon the bus service. Distance around 320 Km.

3) While returning one can take overnight bus from Manali which again reaches Delhi in 13/14 hours. Normally the last Volvo service (both Govt. and Private) is around 6:30 pm. The last regular bus by  Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) starts from Manali at 9:30 p.m.

Read here for detailed information on how to reach Manali.

DEPARTURE LOCATION Manali
REPORTING TIME Vashisht/Old Manali by noon (Day 1)
RETURN LOCATION Manali
RETURN TIME Approximately 2:00 PM (Day 8)

Access to Manali (The trek base): You need to reach the trek base Manali of your own.

Ample choice of bus, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.

1)From Delhi (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) the buses normally start in the afternoon and reaches Manali next day by noon. Depending upon the service it may take 14 to 16 hrs. Distance is around 550 Km.
2)From Chandigarh ISBT there are regular bus services for Manali, starting in the early morning. It may take 8 to 10 hrs depending upon the bus service. Distance around 320 Km.
3) While returning Volvo service from Manali to Delhi starts at 4:30/5 pm in the afternoon. The last bus operated by HRTC starts at 9:30 pm for Delhi. Regular buses operate throughout the day time starting in the morning.

You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) train tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

The buses from Delhi to Manali start in the afternoon and evening and reaches Manali in 14/16 hours depending on the bus operator. You reach Manali in the morning between 7 to 9 am.

1) Govt run HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) and HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) buses operate on daily basis.
HRTC buses start from Kashmiri Gate ISBT. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS Railway Station and can be reached easily by booking an Auto Rickshaw.
To check availability and book online (Login required):
http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets
HPTDC buses start from Himachal Bhaban, Janpath (Close to Cannaught Place, CP). To check availability and book online (Login required):
http://hp.gov.in/hptdc/Availability.aspx

2) Several private operators run Volvo/A.C bus services from Delhi to Manali. They have different pickup points spread over Delhi. Choose a boarding point according to your convenience. Check for good reviews and ratings before selecting an operator.
http://www.redbus.in/

You can fly or by train reach Chandigarh directly from some cities within India.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) train tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

Chandigrah to Manali buses start from ISBT Sector 43 (verify before the journey). You can check while taking an Auto Rickshaw/Taxi from Chandigarh Railway Station or Airport. Ordinary buses are available from early morning at 4 am ( HRTC, Haryana Roadways, Punjab Transport etc) and tickets are onboard. For online availability and booking refer the earlier links.

There are two bus terminus in Manali, one for the state operated buses on the Manali mall and the other one for private buses (5 mins walking). It takes around 15 hours and 10 hours to reach Delhi and Chandigarh respectively.

Regular/Ordinary buses are available from morning to evening. Last being at 9:30 pm in the night. Takes around 15 hours to reach Kashmiri Gate ISBT. For booking check: http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets

Volvo bus services are available in the afternoon/early evening between 3 pm to 7 pm. For booking check the above links.

For night stay in Manali:

We at Himalaya Trekkers (HT) provide the accommodation In Manali ( At Vashisht, 3 Km uphill) for our Fixed Departure treks. Do check the inclusions in the PDF brochure provided for a chosen trek. However if any trekker is interested to spend more time in Manali, he/she can inquire State operated HPDC hotels. They provide a wide range of choices of Premium, Deluxe and Budget options in Manali. To check see: http://www.hptdc.nic.in/cir0203.htm#hhami

Day 1

Arrival in Manali: Accommodation at Vashisht/Old Manali

Reach Manali (~ 1950 m/6400 ft) by noon/afternoon. Our guest house will be either at Vashisht, which is 3 Km further up from Manali town. Or we arrange accommodation at Old Manali, 2 Km from town towards Manalsu Nullah. Vashisht has a temple and is famous for its hot spring inside the temple. In the afternoon take a walk towards Jogini falls (Vashisht) or Manali Sanctuary (Old Manali). Accommodation in lodge/guest house.

Day 2

Drive to Jobri: 30 Km - 1 and half hours; Trek to Chhika: 5 Km - 2/3 hours

Pickup from Manali in the early morning and reach Barsheni (~ 2200 m, 7200 ft) via Kasol and Manikaran by car. Distance is around 110 km and can take around 4 hours. Trek starts from here. The trail ahead is a 9 Km walk through a lovely forest to the open meadow of Khirganga (~ 2920 m, 9580 ft). According to the myth, this is the hot spring where Lord Shiva meditated. One can take a refreshing bath in the spring. The climb will take around 5 hr. Overnight in tent.

Day 3

on the stony trail

The trek starts early next day and gradually ascends on the stony trail with the receding tree zone around. Stunning view appears soon after the walk starts where the distant snowy Chandra Bhaga (CB) ranges sprung up in the north-east. As one gradually approaches the Khanpari pass (13200 ft), view of the prominent massifs of the CB range, Indrasan, the spikey Aliratani Tibba, Indra Tilak, Deo Tibba are all seen towards the right. Close to the trees are all gone with extensive high altitude meadow region all around and the steepness becomes harder. Looking back one can see amazing view of the zigzagging road to Rohtang Pass exposed like canal duct! The spur on this ridge leading the peak called Khanpari Tibba rising ~300m/1000 fit above. The view of the Dhauladhar range, Hanuman Tibba being the highest peak, and the Manalsu Nala and its surrounding glaciers to the left creates an amphitheatric bowl. The pass itself at the end of Tree Line and denotes the starting of Alpine meadows, (called “Thach” locally as compared to “Bugiyal” in Garhwal & Kumaon). Looking ahead from pass the meadows of Riyali encompass the vista. A gentle walk and followed by a steep descend of one and a half hours and later by a kilometer of relatively gentle trail – the last one gives some relief to the weary walker! No trace habitation in the route except for couple of stone guarded shepherds hut. One reaches end of the Riyali Thach (~ 3400m/11200 ft) in the afternoon to camp for the night. Total distance is 10 Km and can take 5/6 hours. The beauty and the variety of the day’s trail will leave one ruminating in the night.

Day 4

Glimpse of the Kaliheni Pass

The trek starts off early next day and immediately leaves the Riyali area and descends into a zone of trees. Soon after a km of up and down walk, openness of the Bugiyal  comes once again and the glimpse of the  Kaliheni Pass (Sanghor Jot, as it was known traditionally) can be seen far away and up above in the front. Rocky ranges accompany in the left with old grayish glacial fans prominently visible. The path descends slightly again and soon comes to the first river crossing. The river is fast flowing here and balancing on the stone is optional only if one reaches here early (when the water is still less). Otherwise best is to take off shoes, take support and wad through the icy water. Crossing this and just taking the right is the next crossing, the stream here is flanked by amazing old glacial edges jutting out with black ice visible underneath. Immediately after the crossings, an arduous climb follows on grassy mountain slab and with a ridge walk, which takes the trekker to the other side of the mountain. Once the ridge is finished we can see the base camp area a Kilometre ahead. Foggy undercover may prevail here in the afternoon. In a semicircular arc we cover the remaining flattened trail to reach the base camp (~ 3950m/13000 ft). Total distance is 10 Km and may take 5/6 hours. Reaching the Base in the afternoon feels cold as the place is generally windy and exposed to the pass in the front. The intimidating trail towards the pass and the approach over the glacial destruction- moraine zone is all visible in the front and reminds one about the next day’s effort. Camping has to done here overnight. A good rest and sleep is required to undertake the next day’s attempt.

Day 5

Sanghor Jot

The trek should start early morning to leave the entire day to reach Kaliheni Pass and back to base feasibly. The walk starts over the immense rocky destruction zone, trampling over the big and medium sized stones strewn all over. One clearly has to concentrate on the feet as the stones compel the ankle twist and turn to every possible angle! However the toiling is immediately rewarded with the stunning view of the range containing the Sanghor Jot standing like an immense wall and guarding the route to Bara Bhangal. Movement is really slow here and steepness is considerable. The atmosphere also gets rarefied fast as one gains height. Finally, reaching on the top of the ridge, the other side comes into view with breathtaking ice fields. The breadth also goes off as one soon realizes (as also from the guide’s prompting) that this is not the pass, one has to go even further, climb up in the front and then right to reach the pass.  The area is completely ice and rock here and astonishingly smooth plate – like stones dominated the rocky bridges between the ice fields. Kaliheni Pass (~4800m/15750ft) itself on the glacier, with a distinctly beautiful opening of about 50m between two steep rocky ridges. The pass has a crevasse in the middle. The view on the other side is arctic; breathtaking ice fields gently roll down the three glacial lakes down below. Far away in the front – right, sharp snow clad peaks juts out of the white desert like a perfect picture. One can spend some time on the pass but should get off early and starts the descend downwards and the weather here is treacherous and could become foggy, leading to snowing in the alter half of the day. Retracing the ice and rock zones and steep downward descent one comes back to the moraine zone. Crossing it over is never simpler (rather difficult) in descent rather than ascent. Exhausted after the day’s hard toil, one reaches the camp shelter with a day’s trek worth remember for life. Total distance is 12 Km and may take up to 8 hours.

Day 6

Riyali Thach camping ground

Trek starts leaving behind the Kaliheni Base and retracing the same path all the way to the Riyali Thach camping ground. After 10 minutes we take a detour from the main trail ( the trail through we came) and take the trail right of us. Our campsite can be located from here but will take couple of hours from this place. A ~200m/650ft of descent takes us to the bed of a stream. We gradually follow a stream down and cross to its left bank. The gorge is narrow and colourful rocky cliffs clinging with lichens and moss. After the crossover the trail is somewhat long but rewards with the beautiful expanses of the sprawling meadows at Dor Nallah, and the camp site (~ 3200m/10500ft) is itself at the top of a round Thach/Bugiyal. Total distance is 15 Km and may take 6/7 hours. Rocky walls jut out in our front like ancient Stonehenge. Night falls with emerging of a breathtakingly starry sky as if like viewing from space.

Day 7

descending towards Sangchur

The trek starts and we traverse the meadows on the last day of the trek, back descending towards Sangchur. Beautiful meadows gently descend and we could see Lammergeiers, Griffons and Golden Eagles circling in the sky high above us, as we slowly go down. After couple of hours, we reached the tree line distinctly marking the edges of the meadows. The trail turns narrow and the steep descent starts through the bushy and shrubby undergrowth. After an hour of descent, one can suddenly see a fantastic view of vast stretch of Kullu valley, from Manali to Kullu town with the meandering Beas in the middle, an unforgettable bird’s eye view. As one descends, the valley rises up and gets more distinct. At the end, we will negotiate a steep and muddy (at places) descent marked with high stepping stones. The sustained lower gradient continues for more than an hour. Entering in the Sangchur Village (~ 2150m/7050 ft) brings again a relief and joy of seeing a habitation after a break in wilderness. We take a pre booked Jeep from here to Vashisht, 30 Km via Patlikuhl. Stay overnight at Vashisht, Manali.

TREK COST: Rs 13500 (Manali to Manali) + 4.5% Service Tax

Book for 3-5 persons and avail a 5% Off and for 6 or more persons flat 10% Off on Trek Cost

Inclusions:

One night accommodation at Vashisht/Old Manali (Day 1) on sharing basis.

Transportation from trek end point Sangchur to Manali (Day 8)

 All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

 Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

Specialised Cook, Support staffs, Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

Accommodation in tents on sharing basis during the trek.

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon.

 Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek.

 Basic Medical & First Aid kit.

Exclusions:

Food during the stay at Vashish/Old Manalit. There are decent options of restaurants/hotels for veg and non veg food.

We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your rucksack and carried by our horse then you need to pay additional Rs 2000 for the entire duration of the trek (7 days). One such bag should not weigh more than 10 Kg.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staffs.

Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit.

Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

To Customise this trek Click here

Booking and Cancellations Policy

 Booking:

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Declaration Form”.
  • To book for a Fixed Departure or Customised Trek you need to pay 25% of the trek/trip fee as the initial “Booking Amount”. You can pay by Online Transfer/Draft/Cash. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek. You need to pay the remaining amount at a later stage.

 Cancellation:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e. 25% of the trek/tour fee is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 15 days, we will refund 75% of the trek/trip fee.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 14 days to 7 days, we will refund 50% of the trek/trip fee.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 6 to 1 days there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.
Kaliheni pass trek

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