Kugti Pass Trek

9 Days 8 Nights
  • Kugti Pass Trek

Description

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

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 Kugti Pass Trek

Duration: 9 days (Pathankot to Manali)

Best Time: June and September

Level: Difficult

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

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Day 1 : Pathankot to Dalhousie (80 km)

The transport will be arranged from Pathankot and the drive will be to Dahousie, a beautiful hill station in Chamba region.

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Day 2 : Dalhousie – Kalatop – Khajiyar – Bharmour (110 km)

Post breakfast head to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the area and move further to Khajiyar.

Have lunch en route then start trekking to Bharmour via Chamba.

Reach there and check into the hotel.

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Day 3 : Bharmour to Bharmani Mata temple and back (6 km)

Have breakfast early and move to Bharmani Mata temple with packed lunch. The temple is present at the crest and lies 3 kms away from Bharmour.

After Darshan and spending time there, return to Bharmour and enjoy your overnight stay there.

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Day 4 : Bharmour – Hadsar – Kugti village (Drive – 20 km) (Trek – 6 km)

After breakfast at Bharmour leave for Hadsar through a taxi. The trek starts from there which involves steep ascents and descents to the Kugti village.

Reach small station Dhanaul which is 6 km from Hadsar. Halt for a while and trek along Budhil River’s left bank. After some inclines and declines reach the bed of this river. Cross the stream over a small bridge and ascend for 1 hour to reach this pristine village.

Kugti village has two parts – Lower and Upper Kugti. Enjoy its unique beauty and settle for the day.

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Day 5 : Kugti to Dughi (8.5 km)

Pass through Kugti village, cross a tiny stream over a bridge. Ahead lies a Kartik temple devod to Lord Shiva’s son Kartik. He is believed to be the cattle saviour.

Here, the sheep are offered to Lord Kartik by Gaddi shepherds. Visit the temple of Goddess Marali also then move towards Dughi, destination of the day.

Now, the trail goes through wide alpine meadows. A short descend to the stream will lead you to Dughi campsite.

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Day 6: Dughi to Alyas Base camp (9 km)

Alyas are locally called Lahesh, they are the base ground of passes or the campsites present on both sides of the passes. Post breakfast move from Dughi to Alyas.

The trek is going to be the most adventurous and enjoyable. The path goes with the stream, cross the steep climb and reach the plateau of Kuddy.

The treeline recedes and the path from here turns and follows Kugti Pass Alyas. A gradual steep climb will take you to Alyas campsite, witness a high V shaped pass amid two crests.

Have food there and settle for the day.

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Day 7: Alyas Base camp to Kugti Pass (5090 m) – Alyas (12 km)

Start the trek early morning because walking on frozen snow is easier then walking on fresh snow. We have to reach the pass early because weather conditions can change anytime.

Go uphill through the moraine section, the way is well trodden. Walk carefully and safely through the crevasses patches. After 1 km the terrain turns steep over snow and loose rocks.

After a tough hike, reach the Kugti top it offers amusing views of the Himalayan peaks and spectacular sight of Manimahesh Kailash. Alyases and Grechu pass, both side views are feast for the eyes. At Kugti Pass top is shrine of Marali Devi, there are iron trinkets, bells and some coloured cloth pieces.

Rest there for sometime, then descend to Alayas of Lahaul. The trail is narrow and steep so be very careful and cautious while descending. Reach the campsite, have food and retire for the night.

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Day 8: Alyas Base camp to Jobrung and drive to Udaipur (Trek – 8 km) (Drive – 45 km)

The trek from Alyas to Jobrung is 8 km long, cross a ridge and then descend to the Rashil stream. Follow the right bank and get down to Jobrung, first civilization on Lahaul side overlooking the Chandra Bhaga River.

Later cross a stream over a bridge to reach Shamsha located on the Kilad – Manali highway. From here go to Udaipur in the booked vehicle. The arrangements will be made in a hotel there.

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Day 9 : Udaipur to Manali

Visit the Mirkla Mata temple in Udaipur go to Keylong, Dist. Headquarter of Lahaul. From here move to Manali via Rohtang Pass.

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?

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?

Transport Facility

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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