Chandrakhani Pass Trek with HustleTurtle
In this trek to the Valley of Gods, you will discover some of the sacred places of the Himalayas. These places include Ramsu, which is delightfully situated on a wooded slope and commands an extensive view of the valley. This will be amongst the most beautiful treks you will experience that will introduce you to the remote, hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh and the scenic beauty of Kullu Valley. The mountain peaks that dot the horizon is a treat for nature lovers throughout the journey. The enchanting beauty and appeal of the place come from the trail that leads to the Pass. Also, jotted with luscious groves of pine, deodar, golden oak and cherry, this Pass boasts as one of the most scenic and pictorial passes in the country.
Reporting and Acclimatization
Trek to Rumsu - Naya Tapru: On the first day of the trek, we leave the base camp by vehicles to Rumsu, famous for its temples, ancient castle, and the Roerich Art Gallery. During the day ahead, as we trek to Naya Tapru, you will be trekking from rocky edged trails to narrow trails, witnessing the true essence of trekking and experiencing the scenic view. We’ll stay for the night at Naya Tapru, have dinner here followed by creative discussions over a bonfire.
Trek to Chandrakhani:This morning you’ll be sun-kissed by nature as you live amongst the freshness and liveliness of nature, away from the rustic, tough and monotonous life. We trek towards Chandrakhani, the most famous place for trekking with an excellent photographic view, filled with lush greenery. The mountains are covered with a beautiful forest of pine and oak trees. You’ll experience the beauty of the famous Himalayan bird, Monal. The small villages will give you a glimpse of Kullu’s exotic culture. During this trek, you’ll be walking over knee deep snow and slipping and falling and standing back up. Today is the most exciting day of the trek as we will be reaching Chandrakhani Pass. Tonight we camp at Chandrakhani and witness the glow of some of the greatest peaks of the Himalayas. Stargazing, Storytelling and Music shall flow until it’s time to get back in our comfortable and warm sleeping bags.
Back to Base Camp:On the last day, we trek from Chandrakhani to Rumsu and then travel from on vehicles to HustleTurtle Base Camp. The rest of the day can be utilized to either go for local sightseeing, you can choose to go for adventure sports or rest in base camp. A private drop to Patlikuhal will be provided, we can also assist you with the bus timings from Patlikuhal.
Pick up and Drop
All the buses travel from Kullu to Manali via 'Patlikuhal', a small Village Tehsil in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh State, founded by an eminent traveler and Historian, Sushil Yadav.
Hustle Turtle will organize transport for trekkers from Patlikuhal to the Hustle Turtle Base Camp in private vehicles on Day 1 of the trek. The vehicles will be available for pickup from morning 6 am to 10 am as this is when most of buses from Delhi and Chandigarh cross Patlikuhal to reach Manali.
Manali is well connected to Delhi and Chandigarh. If you take an overnight bus from Delhi, it will take you 12-14 hours to reach Manali. An overnight bus from Chandigarh will take you around 8 hours to reach Manali. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. Choose government buses such as HPTDC and HRTC as they usually run on schedule. The last government bus leaves ISBT Kashmere Gate at 8.30 pm.
On the last day of the trek, to go back from Hustle Turtle Base Camp to Patlikuhal, we'll arrange private transport post-lunch. You can also extend your stay with us if you wish to stay back for a day and relax, we can offer to drop you the next too. We'll also help you with the bus timings as per the day's schedule. The last Volvo bus from Manali to Delhi leaves Manali Depot at 8 pm.
Things to carry
Things you will be provided
TREKKING POLE - Trekking pole is a very important and yet often neglected piece of equipment for having a great trekking experience. A trekking pole will act as your third leg and will help you save 40 percent of your energy while climbing or defending the mountain.
CUTLERY -Appropriate cutlery will be provided to have your meals while on the trek. You’ll be expected to wash your cutlery yourself as it will be unfair to make one person wash so many people’s utensils in that extreme cold water.
HEADLAMP/ LED TOURCH - A headlamp is a very useful gear to have while in the mountains as it lets you have both your hands free to work and also help you light up your way if you’re to travel to the washroom alone in the night or go around the camp looking for your friends.
PONCHO - It can rain anytime on any of the treks in any month while you are in the Indian Himalayas. Having a poncho that will cover you from your head to the knee and also your backpack is a blessing to have during such times. We'll provide you with a full-sized poncho that’ll be of a great assistance in case it rains.
WHISTLE - Emergency can pop up anytime and it is very difficult to call upon your friends or trek leader in such situations. Having a whistle tied up in your backpack or your clothing will help you stay one step ahead in terms of communication and ensure your safety in case you are lost. Blowing a high pitch whistle is way easier and sensible than calling out names in the mighty mountains.
Things to be carried yourself
Two collared T-shirts - It is advised to bring two full sleeve T-shirts the twill protect you from sunburns on the neck and arms. Also carry one extra T-shirt in case these two get wet. But please do not carry more than this as it will be you who’ll have to carry your backpack all the way to the summit and overload is only going to make that difficult.
Two trek pants - One pair of pants will take you through the trek but it is smart to bring two pairs of pants as one might get wet. Please make sure you bring cotton or synthetic trek pants and not jeans as your skin needs to breath and also they should dry up quick and be comfortable to help you trek better.
Sunglasses - Sunglasses are very important for trekking in the snow-clad mountains of Himalayas. Snow-blindness is one of the most common problems faced by trekkers because of the reflection of light from the bright white snow. Carry good quality sunglasses as they need to fight UV lights and not just look cool.
Socks - Carry 2 pairs of cotton socks that are thick and comfortable. Please do not carry ankle length socks as you’ll be wearing trekking shoes that extend till your ankles and you need to have a layer cloth between the skin and the footwear.
Woollen Socks and cap -A pair of woollen socks and a warm woollen cap to keep your feet and head warm in the night will be a great help to have a good night sleep.
Undergarments - Carry sufficient undergarments as it is important for you to switch them after a certain time to maintain personal hygiene.
Spare polythene bags and ziplocks - To keep your dirty clothes and socks.
Toiletry pouch -Carry a sun screen lotion (SPF 40+), petroleum jelly, hand sanitiser, mosquito repellent lotion, Face wash and a roll of toilet paper. Along with this, carry a pouch of medicines you take if you take any.
Water Bottles- Carry two - 1ltr water bottles and a Lunch box.
FAQ’s about the event
Every night of the trek, the trekkers will be treated to a spacious and excellent quality tent by Hustle Turtle. We will also provide sleeping bags that will keep you warm in the Himalayan cold at extreme altitude. We expect you to maintain good hygiene practices in the tents and the sleeping bags. Also, stay friendly with your tent partners as you have to spend long-chilly nights with them. There will be 3 trekkers per tent.
What about washrooms and toilets during the treks?
We will setup toilet tents close to the trekking site to help you address the nature’s call. The number of toilet tents will vary according to the group size. There will be deep pits inside the toilet tents which will be covered up with soil and mud as we leave the site.We urge you to use toilet paper as these will be dry toilets.
At what time should we reach Patlikuhal?
Hustle Turtle will arrange for pick up from Patlikuhal from 6 am to 10 am on the first day of the trek as this is when majority of buses cross Patlikuhal to reach Manali. Please ensure you catch a bus from Delhi or Chandigarh to fulfil this time restrain. In case you miss the 10 am deadline to reach Patlikuhal, contact the number provided and someone from Hustle Turtle team will come along to pick you up.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Yes. This trek is a Moderate level trek. Fit first timers can go for it. However, irrespective of your past trekking experience, mandatory fitness preparation is required before every high altitude trek. An ability to jog 5 km in 35 minutes should help with this trek.
Do I need special snowshoes for the trek?
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend a pair that is water resistant. Keep sufficient spare socks for a quick change incase the snow wets the insides of the shoes. Hustle Turtle will provide gaiters and micro-spikes, if necessary, to prevent you from slipping on snow and to reduce the amount of snow getting in.
Is it safe to trek with Hustle Turtle?
All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Hustle Turtle, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek. Study about AMS and other high altitude related diseases and make sure you’re fit to go on this adventure.
Himachal Pradesh 175130