Manali and Dharamshala must rank as two of the best-known hill-stations in India, but few know that between them lies a grand expanse of mountains rich in beauty and legend. Taking in two passes — Kalihani and Thamsar — the 12-day trek passes through forests of pine oak and deodhar and valleys heavy with wildflowers. The true highlight of the trek, however, are the Gaddis, semi-nomadic pastioralists, who crisscross the high valleys with their sheep. This trek allows trekkers a peek into their little known lives, and gives them the rare privilege of visiting their oldest settlement, Bara Bangal, a village that time seems to have forgotten.
A Challenging trek would typically last for about two weeks and will take you to altitudes above 5000m / 16,500ft. A routine day will have over 6 hours of hiking and will involve a great deal of ascending and descending on sparsely tread trails. The terrain will be varied on these treks and you can expect walking on moraines / boulder fields and cross small glaciers. Acclimatisation is a concern, the itineraries are carefully planned and allow everyone to acclimatise to the increasing altitude. Exposure to cold temperatures is quite high on these treks, all participants are expected to have good quality equipment & clothing to enjoy these treks.
A mix of wilderness, altitude, terrain and duration makes these treks challenging.
Suited for people with high fitness levels looking for a challenge and capable of enduring two weeks in the outdoors.