MANI MAHESH TREKKING, CHAMBA - HIMACHAL PRADESH
Total no. of days: 9 days
Type of Trek: Easy
Total no. of trek days: 4 days
Fixed Departure dates: Minimum 4 member group
Starting point of trek: Hudsar
End point of trek: Hudsar
Location Chart: Delhi - Pathankot - Chamba
- Bharmaur - Hudsar - Dancho - Mani Mahesh - Dancho
- Hudsar - Chamba - Khajjair - Pathankot - Chakki
bank - Delhi
Best time to Visit: April and May, September
This hiking route is equally popular among the trekkers
as well as the Hindu pilgrims because of its association
with Lord Shiva.
Delhi (315m) - Pathankot by train overnight journey
Leave Delhi for Pathankot by train.
Pathankot is the last broad gauge railway junction in
north India. We can travel by narrow gauge by the small
Himalayan train which is famous as a toy train among tourists.
Note: there are many trains from Delhi to Pathankot, for
details check: www.indianrail.gov.in
Pathankot - Chamba (912m) (118km; 3 - 4 hours)
Arrival at Chakki bank or Pathankot and after refreshments
we leave for Chamba by train. Arrival in Chamba and check
in at a hotel. In the evening we explore the historical
town of Chamba. This is historically worth seeing. The
Laxmi Narayan temple of Chamba is a master piece of Himalayan
heritage architecture. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Chamba (912m) - Bharmaur (2150m) - Hudsar (2280m); (80km;
3 - 4 hours) then
Trek from Hudsar to Dancho
Note: Hudsar is the starting point of trek.
We leave for Chamba via Hudsar and Bharmaur. Bharmaur
is 67km from Chamba and is famous for 84 ancient temples.
Then we drive to Bharmaur for Hudsar which is the starting
point of Mani Mahesh trek. We trek to Dancho. It takes
around 3 hours to reach our first camp site at Dancho.
Overnight stay in tents.
Dancho (2550m) - Mani Mahesh (3950m)
After a refreshing breakfast, we leave for Gauri kund
and then to Mani Mahesh lake. There are two ways to reach
Mani Mahesh: one is through Bandar Ghati and the other
is the route which is generally for visitors. The temple
here is one of the most ancient in the hills of Himachal.
From Bharmaur also starts the trek through Kugti pass
to Lahaul. Kugti National Forest and Wild Life Sanctuary
is located in this area. This remote sanctuary is home
to black and brown bears and snow leopards
and rare pheasants. Overnight in camps near this holy
Mani Mahesh Lake (3950m) - Dancho (2550m)
Overnight in Camp
Dancho(2550m) - Hudsar (2280m) - Chamba (912m)
Leave Dancho for Hudsar, drive to Chamba. Dinner and overnight
stay at a hotel.
Chamba (912m) - Khajjair (1938m)
Leave for Khajjiar (called mini Switzerland of India)
after lunch. Check in at exactly the heart of the great
Khajjiar Meadows at Hotel Mini Swiss.
Khajjiar (1938m) - Dalhousie (2036m) - Khajjiar
Visit Kalatope wild life sanctuary. And visit Subash Bowli
(dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose - the Indian
revolutionary leader), Sat Dhara and Panjpulla. Back to
hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast leave for Chakki bank (6 - 7 hrs) reach
station for journey to Delhi.