Mantalai Lake - 8 or 9 Days
A superb Himalayan trek at western part of Great Himalayan national park, hot springs, wildlife 
Trip Route: Manali - Manikaran - Barshaini - Kheer Ganga - Thakur Kuan - Pandu pul - Odi Thach - Mantalai - Tunda Bhuj - Barshaini - Manali

Trip Facts

Kullu & Lahaul Spiti region - Himachal Pradesh, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to strenuous, Max Altitude - 5319 m / 17450 ft 
Trip Length - 14  days Delhi to Delhi, 8/9 days Manali to Manali, 8/9 days of Trek and 7/8 nights of Camp
Activity - Trekking expedition, Best time - Mid June, July, Aug, Sept,
mid Oct

Meals: All meal during the trek

Trip Introduction

Setting off from Barshaini on our 8/9 days trek, we start trek through thick Alpine forest. A rewarding moments awaits us at Khir Ganga that is an open air natural hot sulphur bath. Progressively at first through dense alpine forest, followed by bushes, lakes, wild flower, pasture, peaks with long glacier, beginning to north lunar landscapes, sky rocketing peaks that illuminate the valley in dazzling hues of white, gray, green and golden yellow with the rising sun. After crossing natural rock bridge at Pandu we arrive at Mantalai Lake. Numerous peaks: Parvati South, Parvati North, Pinnacle, Kullu Eiger all above 6`000 m. 

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.

  • Travel insurance.

  • 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.

Outline Itinerary

 Day 1  Manali - Manikaran (1700m) - Barshaini (2200m) drive 3 hrs. Trek to Khir Ganga (2800m) 4 hrs.
 Day 2  Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3350m) 5/6 hrs.
 Day 3  Trek to Thakur Kuan (3480m) 5 hrs.
 Day 4  Trek to Pandu bridge (3700m) - Odi Thach (3900m) 5/6 hrs.
 Day 5  Trek to Mantalai (4150m)
 Day 6  Trek to Pandupul
 Day 7  Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3350m)
 Day 8  Trek to Kheer ganga (2800m)
 Day 9  Trek to Barshaini (2200m) drive to Manali

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Detailed trek itinerary

 Day 1  Manali - Manikaran (1700m) - Pulga (2100m) drive 84 kms, 3 hrs. Trek to Khir Ganga (2850m) 4/5 hrs.

Today leaving Manali we drive 84 kms to Manikaran. Manikaran is famous for its hot water springs and ancient temples. The trek winds through some small villages. Below Pulga ascend through the pine forest to reach at Pulga. Trek leads through coniferous forests, waterfalls and various villages, camp at Khirganga. An open meadow and hot springs at the distance of 100m up the meadow.

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 Day 2  Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3200m) 5/6 hrs.

There is a steady ascend out of the gorge, the valley then widens and trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wild flowers in the summer. Camp at Tunda Bhuj there are fine alpine views down the valley and waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley.

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 Day 3  Trek to Thakur Kuan (3400m) 5 hrs.

Trek through birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation then trail descends to the riverbank. Cross Parvati River on a newly wooden bridge and climb gently for 1:30 hrs Just before campsite again cross river by cable, overnight camp at Thakur Kuan.

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 Day 4  Trek to Odi Thach (3900m) 5/6 hrs.

Trail passes through several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river a natural rock bridge.Just above this natural rock bridge called Pandu Bridge. According to Hindu mythology the bridge commemorates the retreat of the Pandva brothers to the Spiti and Tibet. Our campsite is at just below the Kullu Eiger. 

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 Day 5  Trek to Mantalai (4100m) 7 hrs.

The trail then ascends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams. Just before Mantalai, 200mt. Ascend over the boulders field to abroad plateau. Camp at Mantalai.

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  Day 6  Mantalai – Odi thach or Pandu Bridge (3500m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)

Just after Mantalai, 200m. descend over the boulders field to abroad plateau, then the trail descends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams. Our campsite is at just below the Kullu Eiger.

 

 Day 7  Odi thach or Pandu Bridge – Tunda Bhuj (3200m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)

Trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wild flowers in the summer and also through several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river a natural rock bridge. Just above this natural rock bridge called Pandu Bridge. According to Hindu mythology the bridge commemorates the retreat of the Pandva brothers to the Spiti and Tibet. Arriving at Thakur Kuan we cross the river by cable car and gentle climb on dense vegetation trail and then trail descends to riverbank where we cross it again by wooden bridge and through thick birch grooves, rocks and finally to camp. Camp at Tunda Bhuj there are fine alpine views down the valley and waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley

 

 Day 8  Tunda Bhuj – Kheer Ganga (2850m), 4-5 hrs.

Today leaving Tunda Bhuj again trail goes through thick birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation and at some distance opening of small and beautiful meadows nourish with numbers of wild flowers. Finally we arrive at Khirganga, where hot bath must to relax after these numbers of days of without shower.

 

 Day 9  Khir Ganga – Barshaini (2100m) trek 5 hrs. drive to Manikaran - Bhunter - Manali 5 hrs. 

Leaving Khir Ganga trail descend through pine forest and reaches at narrow gorge where Parvati River gushes through, crossing by wooden bridge villages appears in sight. Now easy walks passing through couples of village we arrive at Barshaini where our vehicle will be waiting for us to drive to Manikaran and further to Manali.