Chanderkhani Pass to Malana Trek - 4 Days

Malana – A lost Utopia in the Himalayas
One of the oldest democracy in the world – And meet the descendants of Alexander the Great’s soldiers

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews

Trip Introduction
Malana - A Lost Utopia in the Himalayas 
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 meters Rashol pass and via Naggar over the 3600 meters 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.
- By Dr. Virendra Bangroo -

OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 1
: Manali (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 m) Rumsu ( 2060 m). Drive 27 km, Trek Chaklani (3200 m), trek 6 hrs.
Day 2: Trek to Chandrakhani pass (3660 m) - Nagruni (2800 m), 5-7 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Malana (2650 m). 5-6 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to valley floor 1 hr, drive to Jari - Manali. 4 hrs.

NAGGAR - CHANDERKHANI PASS - MALANA - RASOL - KASOL
OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 1
: Manali (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 m) Rumsu ( 2060 m). Drive 24 km, Trek Chaklani (3200 m), trek 6-7 hrs.
Day 2: Trek to Chandrakhani pass (3660 m) - Nagruni (2800 m), 5-7 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Malana (2650 m). 5-6 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Rasol pass (3250m) - Rasol (2400m), 6-7 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Kasol (1600m), 5 -6 hrs. drive to Manali 3 hrs.

Naggar – Chandrakhani – Malana – Kasol
"The team was very hospitable and I had an amazing experience trekking with them. Everything was very well organized for us and customized to our capacity and requirement. They did everything to make our trek the most comfortable possible. The tents and equipment, sleeping bags etc. were clean and good. The food was amazing, we literally got 3 course meal especially the dinner after a long days trek was very comforting. The guide and porters were all very responsible and good. I would definitely use & recommend their services travellers in this area."
Surbhi S & group of 4 – NEW DELHI – 31 August – 4 September

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
Mrs Annette and family - GERMANY - 28 Sept

DETAILED ITINERARY
DAY 1: MANALI (2040 m) - Naggar (1800 m) - Rumsu ( 2060m) . DRIVE 27 km, TREK TO CHAKLANI BASE (3200m), 6 hrs

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, after crossing Naggar castle and  Nicolas Roerich (Russian) art gallery, continue to drive to Rumsu (2060m) And start trek at this point. A gentle climb through apple orchrds to the lovely village of Rumsu. Easy climb through the 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 / CHANDERKHANI 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 pillars can be found at pass mainly an offering by a 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. 

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 the village. 

DAY 4: TREK TO SHORT BEFORE MALANA DAM 1:30 hr, DRIVE TO JARI - KASOL - VISIT MANIKARAN -MANALI. 4 hrs.
We take the old Malana trail to the valley floor. Steep descent to road and drive to Jari - Manali. 

Naggar – Chandrakhani – Malana – Kasol
"The team was very hospitable and I had an amazing experience trekking with them. Everything was very well organized for us and customized to our capacity and requirement. They did everything to make our trek the most comfortable possible. The tents and equipment, sleeping bags etc. were clean and good. The food was amazing, we literally got 3 course meal especially the dinner after a long days trek was very comforting. The guide and porters were all very responsible and good. I would definitely use & recommend their services travellers in this area."
Surbhi S & group of 4 – NEW DELHI – 31 August – 4 September

 

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
Mrs Annette and family - GERMANY - 28 Sept

Cost includes
-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
-  Pickup from hotel and drop at hotel in Manali.
-  All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.
-  Accommodation in 4 season tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.
-  Meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Tea, snacks during the trek
-  Qualified & trained well English speaking trekking guide and experienced crew.
-  Porters or mules for porterage of trekking gear and your baggages.
-  Camping fee, trekking permits and park fee.
-  Goods and services tax.
-  First aid medical kit.

Cost excludes
×     Domestic flight.  Delhi - Kullu, Kullu - Delhi.
×     Hotel in Manali. 
×     Delhi - Manali or Chandigarh airport / railway station - Manali transfer. (Booking of private car on request).
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Equipment rentals (Can rent at Manali all trekking and mountaineering gear).
×     Personal tip to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver. 
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

Naggar – Chandrakhani – Malana – Kasol
"The team was very hospitable and I had an amazing experience trekking with them. Everything was very well organized for us and customized to our capacity and requirement. They did everything to make our trek the most comfortable possible. The tents and equipment, sleeping bags etc. were clean and good. The food was amazing, we literally got 3 course meal especially the dinner after a long days trek was very comforting. The guide and porters were all very responsible and good. I would definitely use & recommend their services travellers in this area."
Surbhi S & group of 4 – NEW DELHI – 31 August – 4 September

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
Mrs Annette and family - GERMANY - 28 Sept

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Trip Facts
Malana valley – Himachal Pradesh, 
Difficulty Level – Moderate, 
Max Altitude – 3660 meters
Trip Length – 6 to 7 days Delhi to Delhi
4 days Manali to Manali, 
4 days of Trek, 3 nights of Camping
Activity – Trekking / Hiking
Best time – May to Nov