Charang Valley Trek

10 Days - 9 Nights
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Description

Charang Valley Trek – Home to Mt. Kinner Kailash “Abode of Shiva”

Charang Valley trek is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks in Himachal Pradesh which attracts a lot of trekking and adventure enthusiasts across the world.

The Charang valley is perched amid gorgeous Kinnaur valley which offers unforgettable experiences to cherish.

Mt. Kinner Kailash “Abode of Shiva” lies in Charang valley which is of great significance to Hindus.

Charang Valley Trek a Gem in Himachal Pradesh

The Charang valley trek offers splendid sight of major snow covered mountains, wide meadows and awesome vineyards.

Go into the valley crossing lush forests, high Himalayan passes, quaint villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries and clear rivulets. Exploring the valley gives experiences of lifetime to cherish.

Highlights of Charang Valley Trek

Go deep in the valley and explore the natural beauty and panorama views.

Get opportunity to cross high mountain passes i.e. Charang La and Kunzum La

Get glimpses of Buddhist culture and visit ancient Buddhist monasteries like Dhankar Gompa, Key monastery and Tabo Monastery.

Kinner Kailash Mountain

Witness the ravishing landscapes and roam in the lower Spiti area.

Key Points of Charang Valley trek

Level:Difficult

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.

Must Read about Charang Valley trek

Duration:10 days (Shimla to Manali)

Best Time:May, June, July, Aug and Sep

Level: Difficult

Highest Point:5242 m  

Weather:Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Temperature:(10°C to 15°C) (-2°C to 5°C)

Starting Point: Shimla

Short Itinerary of Charang Valley Trek

Day_1 – Shimla to Kalpa (2950 m) (290 km)

Day_2 – Kalpa to Lambar (2890 m) (60 km)

Day_3 – Lambar to Shurting (3150 m) (8 km)

Day_4 – Shurting to Charang (3450 m) (6 km)

Day_5 – Charang to Lalanti base (4420 m) (8 km)

Day_6 – Lalanti base to Chitkul (3450 m) via Lalanti Pass (5242 m) (10/12 hours)

Day_7 – Chitkul to Tabo (3050 m)

Day_8 – Exploration Day

Day_9 – Tabo to Losar

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Day 1: Shimla to Kalpa (2950 m) (290 km)

The drive starts from Shimla towards Kalpa through picturesque Narkanda, Kurfi and Rampur to a hot water spring ‘Jeori’. Pass through the thick woods to reach Kalpa.

Apples are found in abundance here, some of the finest are found in this region. Reach Kalpa and get amazing view of Kinnaur Kailash, which stands tall at a height of 6050 m.

Arrangements will be made in a hotel today.

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Day 2 : Kalpa to Lambar (2890 m) (60 km)

Today the drive is towards Lambar, it is 60 km away from Kalpa. Today’s destination is situated on the top of a deep gorge with an old village.

Return to the campsite and spend leisure time in the serene environment. Overnight stay will be in tents.

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Day 3 : Lambar to Shurting (3150 m) (8 km)

Start the trek to Kinner Kailash, post breakfast head to the north east and follow the stream. Shurting is the meeting point of two rivers which forms Lambar River.

Setup your camps on this high land and after having dinner, retire for the night.

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Day 4 : Shurting to Charang (3450 m) (6 km)

Charang is famous for its 11th century’s ancient monastery ‘Rangrik Tungma Complex’. Reach this beautiful place and explore the divine vicinity.

The camps are setup near Charang village’s gorge. Reach there and retire for the night.

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Day 5 : Charang to Lalanti base (4420 m) (8 km)

Today go deep in the Charang valley, start the ascent and cover the 8 km distance in approximately 6 to 7 hours. Lalanti is an amazing campsite, there are pasturelands with hundreds of blooming flowers.

The flowerbed blossoms with yellow and red flowers and there the sound of gushing rivers can be heard.

The campsite is below Lalanti Pass near a stream.

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Day 6 : Lalanti base to Chitkul (3450 m) via Lalanti Pass (5242 m) (10/12 hours)

From Lalanti Base to Lalanti pass is a tough incline, get yourself prepared early, after 3:00 am and leave to conquer this high pass. Traverse the challenges and reach Lalanti Pass, standing at a height of 5242 m in glory.

Descent from the pass to Chitkul is long and tiring. While descending here you can spot Ibex. Reach the village and the arrangements will be made in a hotel.

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Day 7: Chitkul to Tabo (3050 m)

Today, the drive is through the striking landscapes along the streamline of the Sutlej River, but while going further the road ends between the rocks.

Reach Tabo and get incredible views of snow covered peaks. Setup your camps and settle for the day here.

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Day 8 : Exploration Day

Today, visit ancient Tabo Monasteries and Dhankar. It overlooks the valley and is a perfect example of local architecture with spectacular background.

There are holy Buddhist scriptures written in Bhoti manuscript. Explore Tholing Gompa Monastery which is of great significance to Buddhists. It is the biggest monastery in Spiti region with excellent frescoes work.

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Day 9 : Tabo to Losar

On 9th day explore the Key Monastery which is located in Kibber village, situated at a high altitude of 4116 m. Kibber is the highest motorable village and here you can get glimpses of both Buddhist and Hindu cultures.

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Day 10: Losar to Manali

In the morning, after breakfast drive to Manali via 2 high passes Kunzum La and Rohtang Pass. Have lunch en route.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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