Among all the breathtaking treks that Kully valley offers, Chanderkhani Pass is certainly one of the striking ones. Despite being a short trek, it presents few of the most stunning visuals in the lap of the Himalayas. Rocky paths leading to dense coniferous forests opening up to wide, lush green pastures and meadows are the main features of this trek. The vivid landscape is a contribution of the Malana glacier nearby.
The view of the trek from the starting point Rumsu to Chanderkhani Pass is further accentuated by the presence of three great mountain ranges on three sides of the route. On the west, Barabangal Range stands tall and proud, Pirpanjal towers high along the north, and Parvati Range keeps guard on the east. The trail amidst the mammoth beauties is dotted with abundant growth of pines, deodars, birches, cherries, oaks and many other varieties of alpine wilderness. The view opens up into a scintillating vista at the summit at 3600 meters, offering never-seen-before views of the Parvati, Malana, Kullu and Lahaul valley extensively.
Like most other locations of this part of the Himalayas, Chanderkhani Pass is not without its share of folklore. A story of the legend surrounding a local deity of Malana named Jamlu says that once he carried a basket full of Gods and opened it near the Pass, where a strong gust of wind blew their spirits away to the nearby peaks. It is for this reason that most of the nearby peaks are named after important deities of the Hindu pantheon and are considered holy and sacred locally.
Apart from unparalleled natural beauty, this story adds a spiritual significance to the trek as well.
Here are all the important details you need to know about the trek.
- Trekking Distance: 22 kilometres
- Number of Days: 3 Days
- Altitude: 3,660m (12,008ft)
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Temperature: 5°-20°C
- Base Camp: Rumsu Village
- Nearest Railway Station: Jogindernagar Railway Station (nearest to Patlikuhl)
- Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu (33km from Patlikuhl)
Take a look at the highlights of the trek in this short itinerary to have an idea of the route.
- Day 1: Patlikuhl - Rumsu - Naya Thapru (4km) 4-5 hours
- Day 2: Naya Thapru - Chanderkhani Pass - Chanderkhani Pass Base (9km) 3-4 hours
- Day 3: Chanderkhani Pass Base - Rumsu - Patlikuhl (9km)
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.