Kugti Pass Trek: A Perfect Gateway
Kugti Pass trek is an unexplored part of Himachal Pradesh which takes you to the towering altitude of 5090 m.
The Gaddi tribes use this route to cross over to Lahaul and Spiti valleys for grazing of their flocks. The thrilling climb with difficult terrain makes Kugti Pass trek a daunting one in the Himalayas.
The Pass Under the Pir Panjal Ranges
Kugti Pass comes under the Pir Panjal Ranges of Himalayas. The climb is thrilling but the summit is equally rewarding, it rewards you with the best views of Dhauladhar ranges, Manimahesh Kailash peak and Snow Cladded Mountains lying outside the Lahaul valley.
At Kugti Pass top is the shrine of Marali Devi, there are iron trinkets, bells and some coloured cloth pieces.
Explore the Region of Kugti Pass Trek :
Kugti pass trek starts from Bharmaur (near Chamba) which ahead leads to Hadsar. The inclining and declining trail will then take you the quaint Kugti village which is divided in two parts Lower Kugti and Upper Kugti.
Cross Budhil gorge and explore the Keyplong temple and temple at the top of Kugti Pass.
Key Points of Kugti Pass Trek
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.
The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.
Must Read about Kugti Pass Trek
Duration: 9 days (Pathankot to Manali)
Best Time: June and September
Highest Point: 5090 m
Weather: Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.
Temperature: (12°C to 20°C) (-2°C to 6°C)
Starting Point: Pathankot
Itinerary of Kugti Pass Trek :
Day 1 – Pathankot to Dalhousie (80 km)
Day 2 – Dalhousie – Kalatop – Khajiyar – Bharmour (110 km)
Day 3 – Bharmour to Bharmani Mata temple and back (6 km)
Day 4 – Bharmour – Hadsar – Kugti (Drive – 20 km) (Trek – 6 km)
Day 5 – Kugti to Dughi (8.5 km)
Day 6 – Dughi to Alyas Base camp (9 km)
Day 7 – Alyas Base camp to Kugti Pass (5090 m) – Alyas (12 km)
Day 8 – Alyas Base camp to Jobrung and drive to Udaipur (Trek – 8 km) (Drive – 45 km)
Day 9 – Udaipur to Manali