Miyar valley trek   -  7 days    6 days of trek  

Miyar valley: Yosemite of India, valley of flowers - glacier and Lahaul valley tour

Trip Route: Manali - Rohtang pass - Udaipur - Urgos - Shukto - Khanjar - Tharang - Gumba - BC - Manali

Trip Facts

Miyar region - Himachal Pradesh, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate, Max Altitude - 4500m 
Trip Length - 9 days Delhi to Delhi, 7 days Manali to Manali, 6 days of Trek and 5 or 6  nights of Camp
Activity - Trekking - Hiking, Best time - May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

 

Trip Introduction

Remote Miyar valley is situated in NW of Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Miyar valley is stretching over 100 kms from Udaipur to great Kang la pass. Miyar is known as valley of flowers. It’s an unspoilt area similar to Zanskar and local people in the area follow Buddhist customs and are mainly shepherds and farmers. During summer cultivating green peas, potatoes and Barley are main cash crop in the valley. July and August is prime time to visit this magnificent valley, blossom with high altitude flowers, rare Blue poppy is quite famous among all. Miyar valley is comparatively easy to reach by road and there are plenty of unspoilt things to explore which is still hidden to outside world. Potala adventurers share this magnificent valley to its visitor to experience this wonderful valley.

Leaving Manali we drive over Rohtang la pass 3978m to Lahaul, and visit Triloknath to Udaipur which is famous for wood carved Mrikula devi temple, continue to drive we enter the little know Miyar valley. Arriving at Urgos, where we start trek to Khanjar,Thanpattan and finally to base camp and explore valley in around. Finally we drive back to Manali

Highlights

Miyar valley: Yosemite of India, Valley of flowers, Experience local life, Stunning mountains, 

Superb camps in peaceful location, Remote villages and Himalayan wildlife

 

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Included in the price

  • 6 nights camp with all camping facilities

  • 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Trekking poles

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip, Airport pick up and drop. 

  • Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.

 

Not included

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Manali

  • Domestic flight, personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. Entrance fee at monasteries.

  • Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1:  Manali to Rohtang la pass (3,978m) – Udaipur (2650m) - Chamrat (2,090m) - Urgos (3,300m).
Day 2:  Drive to Shukto (3450m), Trek to Khanjar (3520m) - Tharang (3,700m)
Day 3:  Trek to Gumba nallah (3,800m) - Zardung (3880m)
Day 4: Trek to Palphu / Snout of Kang La glacier base camp (3950m)
Day 5:  Day trip Blue poppy trail (4400m) / Chodung glacier (4550m) & Castle peak.
Day 6:  Trek to Gumba - Thanpattan - Patamdungong (3650m)
Day 7:  Trek Shukto (3450m), Drive to Manali (2050m)

Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1:  Manali to Rohtang la pass (3,978m) – Udaipur (2650m) - Chamrat (2,090m) - Urgos (3,300m).
Starting trip from Manali, at the head of the lush green Kullu valley. The road slowly winds up the Rohtang-la pass (3’978m.), the first of the high passes, then down into the Lahoul valley. The landscape changes dramatically, the greenery being replaced by barren hillsides, where the village with their bountiful fields of barley, peas and potatoes, stand out in stark contrast. On entering Lahoul the Buddhist influence is visible in the many monasteries crossed on the way. The people here have distinct Tibetan features. Today we drive along the Chenab River. On the way we visit famous Trilok Nath temple and Mrikula Devi temple at Udaipur. From Udaipur follow a road, which has recently been constructed, through the narrow gorge making the entrance to Miyar valley. Cross the wooden bridge before Chamrat and continue on the true left bank of the valley. The village of Chamrat is with Mani walls and prayer flags, is the first village in the Miyar valley. Now road leads through flowered meadows and peas and millet fields to the village of Karpat. Urgos is at the confluence with the valley leading to the Mt. Menthosa (6,443m), overnight home stay. 

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Day 2:  Drive to Shukto (3450m), Trek to Khanjar (3520m) - Tharang (3,700m)
Leaving Urgos, we drive 6 kms to Shukto - Khanjar bridge, across a stony moraine stretch and some side streams to Khanjar, the last village. above the village on a beautiful alpine meadow, carpeted with edelweiss and catmint. It is not rare to see the Himalayan Griffins and Lammergeyers.
There are lovely pastures all along the trek up to the camping site. The trek continues to the left side of the stream. A side stream coming from the Tharang glacier mingles here with the Miyar nullah. The camp is established here for tonight. 

 

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Day 3:  Trek to Gumba nallah (3,800m) - Zardung (3880m)
Leaving Tharang base camp, crossing of ford and through boulders and to vast alpine meadows of Gumba. During summer all these area with carpeted with flowers. After hiking to two hours you reach at Gumba nallah (3,800m) and cross bridge and ascend gradually. Continue through alpine pasture to Zardung campsite. Tharang group of 6000+ peaks remain in sight this all day. There is a Takdung glacier stream to be cross next day and afternoon the level of stream goes up. We camp before this stream in order to cross tomorrow when level of water will be convenient for crossing.  

Day 4: Trek to Palphu / Snout of Kang La glacier base camp (3950m)
Leaving early Takdung nallah to be cross this morning. After crossing easy trail below the castle peak to Kesar Hunchap. Pimu nallah and Pimu la can be seen across the Miyar nallah. After lunch at Kesar Hunchap, another stream coming from Chodung glacier to be cross. Its not so far the campsite from here. Crystal clear lake short before our wonderful campsite at the foot of Kang La glacier. Those who are interested in to for bouldering, there are numbers of boulders suitable for rock climbers. The entire Miyar valley is favourite grazing area and Shepherds can be seen all across the valley, who know many trail that is not yet marked in maps.  Arriving at camp, relax and explore in around.

 

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Day 5:  Day trip Blue poppy trail (4400m) / Chodung glacier (4550m) & Castle peak.
Today we explore this magnificent granite valley, which attracts so many climbers to Miyar valley. If your time is during August, September than its best time to see Blue poppy at full blossom. June, July is best time to see wild flowers. We climb steep up from base camp to the Chodung glacier and near Castle peak. From where all peaks of Miyar can be seen. Finally descend to campsite.

 

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Day 7:  Trek Shukto (3450m), Drive to Manali (2050m)

Leaving early from camp trek continues along the left bank of Miyar nallah to the village of Khanjar. The last village in the valley. At Khanjar bridge our vehicle will be waiting for us here. We drive to Urgos and continue to Manali. 
 

Day 6:  Trek to Gumba - Thanpattan - Patamdungong (3650m)
Today gradual descend along the Miyar nallah over vast meadows carpetted with edelweiss and catmint. It is not rare to see Himalayan Griffins and Lammergeyers. There are lovely pasture all along the trek upto the campsite. Last streatch over a vast rocky moraine. Camp near the white stupa, where we camp. A long day today but thrilling. A suitable trail for horse riding, if you wish  is a wonderful to experience. Khanjar and Shukto is not so far from here for tomorrow. Taralasuma pass trail goes to the right from between Tharang and Gumba.