Miyar, is a very remote and fairly inaccessible valley at the extreme western corner of the large district of Lahaul and Spiti, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. Miyar Nala, as it is often known, is an exceptionally long valley, with the Miyar River running down into the Chandra Bhaga River at Udaipur over 50 kms below the Miyar Glacier. This glacier stretches a further 24 km up to the high Kang La Jot (5468m) and beyond it to Zanskar valley in Ladakh. Above a narrow gorge at the bottom of the valley, the Miyar Nala widens to support twelve small farming villages at altitudes between 9,300 and 11,500 feet, with about 3,000 current inhabitants in total. Most of the people of the Nala are Buddhists and there is a small gompa (monastery) at the village of Urgos. Cultivation of grains and peas ceases in the valley at nearly 12,000 feet, where the beautiful Himalayan meadows begin. Here Gaddis (shepherd tribe) graze their flocks in the late summer. There is also a much-loved high-altitude cricket-ground with a sensational view of 15 or more snow-covered peaks. The meadows and the steep rocky side valleys feature the full variety of Himalayan high-altitude flora, which can take some serious clambering to find. At Phalpu, the bottom of the Miyar Glacier, the audacious can bathe in Kesariyong Chu, seven icy sacred pools. On all sides snow-covered peaks abound, many of them unclimbed. Some of the most beautiful and most jagged ones are in Chhudong valley. You can only see these after a stiff hike up the side valley above Phalpu to the base of dominant Castle Peak and then perhaps up the incredible Chhudong/Tawa Glacier to Neverseen Tower at nearly 6,000m. Starting in Miyar valley, the trek to Kang La (pass) involves traversing over the 24 km long Miyar glacier and a climb up to 5450m. This pass forms the route to cross over into the Zanskar Valley which lies north of the Great Himalayan range.
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Day 01: Overnight bus from Delhi to Manali (1900m)
HP tourism runs overnight Volvo buses from Delhi to Manali. Board the bus from Himachal Bhavan around 7:00pm to arrive Manali early in the morning.
Day 02: Arrive Manali. Sightseeing and acclimatization walks
Arrive in Manali by 10am. You’ll be met by our guide who’ll transfer you to the Hotel. Post lunch, you can occupy yourself with local sightseeing. Explore the Mall road of Manali in the evening. In the months of May & June it’s busy with Indian tourists. Overnight Hotel in Manali.
Day 03: Drive Manali to Shukto
This is a long driving day. We make an early start and drive over the Rohtang Pass (3980m) to enter Lahaul Valley. We remain on the Manali-Leh Highway until we reach Tandi which is the point of confluence of Chandra and Bhaga Rivers which originate from Baralacha La pass in J&K state. We then turn west and follow drive along the Chandra-Bhaga River until we reach Udaipur, where the Miyar river which empties itself into the Chandra-Bhaga. Udaipur is a sub-divisional headquarters of Lahaul and gets its name from Raja Udai Singh of Chamba. It was renamed in 1695 from its old name Margul. It is famous for 2 unique temples – Trilokinath and Margul Devi. From here we turn North-East, and follow the Miyar River till we reach Urgus and further on to Shukto, the roadhead. Overnight Guest House.
Day 04: Trek Shukto to Thanpattan
After we crossover on the wooden pedestrian bridge to the left bank it is a short climb up to Khanjer, the last village in the Miyar Valley.Shukto and Khanjer are across each other separated by the river on which there is a small bridge. We walk all along the left bank crossing some beautiful campsites at Doksa to reach Tharpatan.(5 to 6 hrs) Overnight Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Zardong
The change in gradient is gradual and most campsites are big and grassy and abounds with little flowers seeming like a flower carpet.From Gumba Nala we turn Northwest and continue to follow the Miyar Nallah to reach our beautiful Campsite at Zardung.(5 to 6 hrs) Overnight Camp.
Day 06: Trek to Phalpu, snout of the glacier
We walk on towards Kesar Yon Chhap(meaning 7 holy waters), another beautiful campsite. There are several stream crossings all along the way and surrounded by peaks throughout. We go further ahead to camp at Phalpu which is very close to the snout of the Miyar Glacier.The campsite is on a dry lake bed and is surrounded by mountains and a glacial lake.(4 to 5 hrs) Overnight Camp.
Day 07: Free Day to explore the area
A relaxed day. We can either trek upto the snout and come back or just explore the many lakes that are around. Overnight Camp.
Day 08: Trek Phalpu to Challing
We start our return journey and retrace our way to Challing.(7 to 8 hrs) Overnight Camp.
Day 09: Trek Challing to meadow above the Village
There is a beautiful meadow above Khanjer village to which place we trek and camp for the night.(3 to 4 hrs) Overnight Camp.
Day 10: Trek Shukto & Drive to Manali
Today we make an early start and do the remaining short walk to where we started at Shukto(1 hr). Vehicles will be waiting at the roadhead to take us back to Manali. We drive to Manali crossing the Rohtang La once again. We reach late in the evening. Overnight Hotel.
Day 11: Free Day in Manali. Evening depart to Delhi
Leisure day in Manali for shopping and general sightseeing. In the evening, board the Volvo bus to arrive Delhi early in the morning.
Day 12: Arrive in Delhi - Trip Ends!
DELHI TO DELHI
- - Transport from Delhi to Manali & back by AC Volvo bus.
- - Twin Share accommodation for 2 nights hotel in Manali at AP
- - Transport from Manali to Shukto and later back to Manali by NON AC car
- - Twin Share accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads for 7 nights on the trek
- - All meals on the trip
- - Entry fees, Camping fees & Trekking Permit
- - Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools
- - White Magic Trip Leader assisted by certified, experienced local guide
- - Porterage of all the personal baggage & camping equipment.
- - All Transport from Manali to Manali as per the itinerary above
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - Sleeping Bag & Items of personal clothing
- - Any arrangements in Delhi
- - Air Fares, Visas, Insurance, Airport taxes, laundry, phone calls, beverages and bottled water, souvenirs and other expenses of a personal nature.
- - Tips for guides, cooks & porters
- - Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Note -
1. Single Room in Manali during the trip can be booked at an additional cost of INR 4800.
2. Single Tent for all camping nights can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 5100.
3. Personal Porter to carry your day-pack during the trek can be arranged at INR 7000.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic