Arrival In Bharmour
The first location, you reach on your Kugti Pass trekking tour, is the village of Bharmour in the district of Chamba. Situated at an altitude of about 7000 feet, it is known for its scenic beauty and ancient temples, some of which date back to the 10th century. Post reception and a welcome drink, transfer to the hotel for check-in and relaxation. In the evening, a trip to Chaurasi Temple, believed to have been constructed in the 7th century, will be organised. The temple complex is named Chaurasi because there are 84 individual shrines here. These temples house idols deities like Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Lord Krishna. After the aarti return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Bharmour – Hadsar – Kugti
After an early breakfast, start a scenic drive through the Himalayas. The journey will take you to the Hadsar village, from where you start hiking. Stop in Dhanaul to relax and enjoy tea, and thereafter continue your Kugti Pass trek. Use a bridge to cross a small stream, and reach Kugti after hiking for about an hour on a rapidly climbing trail. Kugti is a beautiful village divided into upper and lower sections. Enjoy lunch and dinner here while appreciating the incredible scenery of the place. Overnight stay will be arranged at the village itself.
Kaza to Kibber
Kaza to Kibber Acclimatization Day (3-4 hours) Our first day begins with a drive to Kibber – one of the highest villages of the world. On the way, we visit the world famous Ki Monastery. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, the Ki Monastery is situated at a height of 13,668 feet. It was founded by a disciple of the famous Atisha, in the 11th century CE. This monastery is famous as a prominent centre of learning as well as refuge for Tibetans. After spending a couple of hours at the monastery, we drive to the village of Kibber. Perched at a height of 4205m, this formerly highest permanently inhabited village of this region, is also a popular base camp to embark on adventure and treks to adjoining mountains of high altitude. As we mentally prepare for the climb to Mt. Kanamo for the next day, we explore Kibber’s houses that are constructed in the Tibetan architectural style and spend time with the warm and hospitable locals of Kibber. Overnight at a homestay/camp in Kibber.
Duggi To Alyas
This phase of the trek to Kugti Pass takes you to Alyas, locally called Lahesh. Post breakfast, recommence this on-foot excursion and come across a tributary of Budhil River. Later, pass numerous narrow streams, hopping and jumping from rocks to rocks, on the way to a major stream. Cross this river by means of a bridge, and as you hike ahead, the valley widens with patches of juniper bushes spread throughout. After an hour of hiking through the valley, the trail takes a sharp turn and reaches a wide stream, which meets the Budhil rivulet. It is photogenic scenery, and you should definitely capture it with your cameras. Following the trail, which takes you on an even climb, reach the Alyas camping ground. Alyas is an open grassland, home to numerous species of flora, and its location gives a spellbinding view of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy lunch and dinner here, and stay overnight in camps.
Alyas – Kugti Pass – Kodlu Alyas
Early in the morning, start hiking from Alyas to Kugti Pass in order to find snow to ease up the hike. The way to the pass goes through a couple of icefalls, and you may also find footprints of cattle, guiding you on the way. Cross loose rocks and blocks of snow, and later climb a steep slope before finally arriving at the pass. On reaching here, enjoy mesmerising views of the surrounding snow-covered mountains, distant Himalayan ranges and Mount Manimahesh Kailash. The few iron trinkets, bells and pieces of colourful cloth at the top represent the shrine of Goddess Marali Devi, the guardian deity of Kugti Pass. After resting at the summit for a while and having refreshment, start the downhill hike. It takes around two hours to reach Kodlu Alyas – located in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. On reaching Kodlu Alyas, enjoy your meal and stay overnight
Departure From National Peak
Today post breakfast we get ourselves involved into thrilling and rejuvenating sport of mountain biking. We ride on the peripherals of the Great Himalayan National park for about 3-4 hours. We explore this region on wheels which gives distinctive flavour of the beautiful Himalayan settlements in contrast with the impeccable flora of the region. We head back to our camp/ home stay for lunch and relax. After evening tea we get ready to leave for Aut. This journey will take us one hour but at certain times due to narrow roads the traffic jam makes the drive a bit longer. Trip ends at Aut.