Miyar valley trek

Miyar valley trek - 7 Days

Miyar valley: Yosemite of India, Valley of flowers, Superb camps in peaceful location

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Trip Introduction
Remote Miyar valley is situated in NW of Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Miyar valley is stretching over 100 km from Udaipur to the great Kang La. Miyar is known as the valley of flowers. It’s an unspoiled 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 the main cash crops in the valley. July and August is prime time to visit this magnificent valley, blossom with high altitude flowers, the rare Blue poppy is quite famous among all. Miyar valley is comparatively easy to reach by road and there are plenty of unspoiled things to explore which is still hidden from the outside world. Potala adventurers share this magnificent valley with its visitor to experience this wonderful valley.

Leaving Manali we drive through Atal Tunnel or by Rohtang La 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 the valley in around. Finally, we drive back to Manali.

Activity - Trekking & hiking, Region: Miyar valley - Himachal, Difficulty level - Easy, Max Altitude - 4500 m, Max sleeping altitude - 4000 m, Lowest trek altitude - 3250 m, Trip Length - 7 days Manali to Manali, 6 days trek, 6 nights camp, Best time - Mid June to Oct

Outline Trek Itinerary
Day 1:  Manali to Atal Tunnel  or 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

Miyar nallah trek & Pangi valley trip 12 nights 13 days (Manali - Miyar nalla - Udaipur - Tindi - Darwas - Sural Bhatori - Saichu nalla - Tandi - Kyelang)
“Everything went according to plan until 3rd June, when we changed itinerary from Urgos overnight to Udaipur. On 5th June we hoped to reach Saichu, but a rock fall on the road forced us to stay at Tindi. After that we had little time for Sural or Saichu nallas, staying only one night at each.
The general arrangements were very good. The vehicles were good and so were the drivers. Pemba was extremely careful as well as being helpful around camp.
We enjoyed the food; Tashi is an excellent cook and did Indian, European and Chinese food equally well. The lunch sandwiches were very good until brown bread run out. We had lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Tashi was very helpful and efficient in other camp tasks.
Overall: A wonderful experience. Staff was cheerful & tried their best when there was a lot of rain. Food was 5 star hotel qualities. ”
Mr. Tony G. & Mrs. Ann-Marie G. Ottawa, CANADA – 29 May – 10 June

"Perfect organization. Everything was on spot on and on time, even by Swiss standards. Extraordinary food ! Great cooks that make even bad weather a pleasure (Michelin 5* award). Thoroughly recommend Potala Adventures to anyone who is keen to have a good time in the mountains."
Manali mus pasitiko Prem iš Potala Adventurers. Jis mums suorganizavo vis? logistik? nuo oro uosto iki kaln? ir atgal. Užsak? arklius, vir?jus, nakvynes – viskas vyko labai sklandžiai ir už tikrai prieinam? kain? – REKOMENDUOJU!
Manali, we were greeted by Prem Potala Adventurers. He has arranged all the logistics from the airport to the mountain and back. Commissioned by the horses, cooks nights - everything was very smooth and the really affordable price - we recommend!
Gedas, Aras, Cyrill & Elias - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - 13 Aug to 13 Sept 2014

"Thanks to the help of Prem and Tenzin. We were able to Ski in the Tharang area in Miyar valley. Everything was well organized and all the people were very realistic. We will choose them again. Thank you.
The Skiers from Switzerland."
Mr.Jonas, Lukas, Robi & Sandro, Switzerland - 6 to 27 May, 2017


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