This is one of the most delightful treks in the Manali region, affording views of lush green valleys, towering snow-clad mountains and barren hills with surrealistic forms and shapes. Leaving the Manali valley, the trek proceeds through forests of walnut, oak and the occasional alder, once atop the Hampta Pass (4270m), another spectacular panorama of the Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks appear. The trek cost: 1,100 US $ per person (based on 2 people), the best season is June – October, the trek begins in Manali and ends in Chatru
Day 01: Arrive in Manali and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Manali / Prini - Panduropa / Setan (2700m) via Chhalet & Hampta villages: 4 hours. The steepest part of the trail takes about 2 hours to negotiate. It passes through apple orchards and forests of blue pine, cedar, oak, fir and chestnut. The trail passes through the villages of Chhalet, Hampta and Ghoratbari; all have an interesting legends associated with them. They lie on the way to heaven and when people die, their souls have to pass through these villages. It is said that people here hear sounds of crying if the soul is condemned to hell and sounds of a trumpet if it is ascending to heaven.
Day 03: Panduropa - Chikka (3530m): 5 hours. The trek passes through some spectacular landscape to our campsite situated on a grassy bank sloping down from the cliffs just below the Hamta Nulla. The impressive grandeur of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru-Shakru peaks, the wonderful coloring of the rocks and mountainside, all make this one of the best campsite on the route.
Day 04: Chikka - Bhalu Ka Ghera (3780m): 5 hours. The trail now begins to ascend towards Hamta Pass and with close up views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks. During summer, it's a grazing pasture or halting place for the shepherds on the way to the Lahaul valley.
Day 05: Bhalu Ka Ghera - Hampta pass (4270m) - Shea Goru: 8 hours. The trail now begins to ascend towards Hamta Pass and one can have close views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape.
Day 06: Shea Goru - Chatru (3530m): 4 hours. The day's walk is quite easy, along the river up to a boulder field, which is hard to cross during the monsoons. The river has to be forded at one point from where one can see the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti.
Day 07: Chatru to Chandertal and drive back to Manali: 7- 8 hours. Today after breakfast a vehicle picks you up and will drive us to Chandertal. We will spend some time by the lake and then drive back to Manali. Reach Manali by evening.
- Tents, Sleeping bags (Holofill), Mess tent and Carry mats.
- Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food will be served.
- Guide, cook and camp helpers.
- All high altitude rations and cooking gear like MSR stoves or Butane propane stoves with canisters
- Horses with horsemen to carry loads.
- Transport from Manali to Prini.
- One day of accommodation before the trek and one day after the trek in manali. In good clean budget hotels
- Transport Manali to Prini and return Chartu to Chandertaal and return to Manali.
- Any expenses of a personal nature
- Food outside of the itinerary
- Sleeping Bags
- Transfer from Delhi
- Personal insurance
- Tips and gratuities