Miyaris (people from this region) are known to be very entrepreneurial and there are significant numbers of successful Miyaris in other parts of the Himalaya, particularly in Manali. 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.
On the other side of the valley a series of more accessible peaks, such as RachuTangmu, rises in a line, really a series of ridges, above the main Miyar Glacier.
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.
We board the overnight Volvo which starts from Himachal Bhawan at Mandi House in Delhi. Buses generally depart between 5:30 to 7:00pm in the evenings.
Day 02: Arrive Manali
Arrive Manali(1950m) in the morning and transfer to Hotel. Spend the day resting and doing any last minute shopping.
Day 03: Drive Manali to Shukto (approx 11 hrs)
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.
Day 04: Trek 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. The road now goes all the way to this village and is a dirt track. We walk all along the left bank crossing some beautiful campsites at Doksa to reach Thanpatan.
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.
Day 06: Trek to Phalpu, the 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.
Day 07: Free day
A relaxed day. We can either trek upto the snout and come back or just explore the many lakes that are around.
Day 08: Trek Phalpu to Challing
We start our return journey and retrace our way to Challing.
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.
Day 10: Trek village meadow to Shukto & drive to Manali
Today we make an early start and do the remaining short walk to where we started at Shukto. 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.
Day 11: Free day in Manali. Evening depart to Delhi
We have one free day in Manali to relax and chill in the town and celebrate. Evening, we board the overnight Volvo to Delhi.
Day 12: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by 8 am in the morning. Trip Ends!
- Transportation by an AC Volvo coach from New Delhi to Manali & back from Manali to New Delhi
- Transport from Manali to Urgus & back in Non-AC SUVs
- Twin Share accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads for 10 nights on the trek
- 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 & group equipment.
- Accommodation and meals in Manali
- 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