Chandrakhani Pass Trek

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Chandrakhani Pass Trek

Chandrakhani Pass Trek is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 12,180 ft. The trek is a moderate-level trek; beginners and those who have done at least one trek can trek the Chandrakhani Pass. As you walk through the forest, you can smell oaks, deodars, and maple trees. The trek is wonderful due to the forest on both sides of the trail. As you come close to Kullu Valley, you will see grassland around. Chandrakhani Pass has a lot of hidden cultures, history, and stories. Chandrakhani Pass Trek trail starts from where their prehistoric stories are connected, that is, Naggar, and ends in the village where you will find a unique living style that is Malana.

Trek Route

Day 1: Kullu to Sarsai, Haripur by Road

Day 2: From Sarsai, Haripur to Rumsu by Road, Rumsu to Naya Tapru by Trek

Day 3: Naya Tapru to Chaklani by Trek

Day 4: Chaklani to Nagruni by Trek via Chandrakhani Pass

Day 5: Nagruni to Malana by Trek via Magic Valley, Malana to Manali by Road

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Born in Gopeshwar, Uttrakhand completed education in Dehradun, and graduated in the technical. After that, Priyanka worked for 1 year in the technical field. However, her passion was to travel so she tried to turn her career in that direction. To fulfill adventure passion, Priyanka did first trek to Kedarkanta, which was a life-changing experience for her. After this Priyanka became curious to explore more, so later she did the BramhaTal Trek, Nag Tibba Trek, and Chopta Tungnath and list goes on. Now she taken this trekking and adventure experience and converted it into a profession. Now she love to advice and guide trekkers. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from her.

Why You Should Do Chandrakani Pass Trek?

Even though it is one of the most trekked trails, along with ancient stories and strange customs, it has scenic views of hills, rivers, waterfalls, and green grasslands. We have provided some such places, making it a place to go on a trek.

1. On Chandrakhani Pass Trek, you can walk through a ridge.

After you have crossed Chandrakhani Pass, you walk through a long ridge that offers a breathtaking sight.

2. You can see some of the forests, which look like they have been there for ages.

The forest contains trees such as pine, rai, walnut, maple, chestnut, and deodar trees, as well as others like rhododendrons.

3. You can also see snow-covered Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges from here.

On the way, you can see these snow-covered crowns of hills like Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar.

4. Look closely at the culture and traditions through the village's wooden and stone houses.

Few villages are untouched by modernization, and you can see those villages on this trek.

Best time to do Chandrakhani Pass Trek

The best time to do Chandrakhani Pass Trek is in the advancing monsoon months from June to September; you can come in October also. In June, you will most likely see snow at the Chaklani campsite. In July, the snow starts to melt, and the monsoon begins to arrive, which turns the whole valley green, especially on the Kullu side. The ideal time for this trek is from mid-July to the end of August. You can expect rain during this time, as the meadows are visible and the flowers and wildflowers are colourful. In September, Autumn makes its way through the clouds, and Chandrakani Pass is filled with colours, whether it’s colourful flowers or changing colours of meadows and trees. In October, it gets so cold that at night the temperature drops to 0 degree C.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary Of Chandrakhani Pass Trek

Day 1: Kullu to Sarsai, Haripur by Road

  • Stay – overnight at the hotel.
  • Meal – Lunch and Dinner
  • Drive Distance – 27 Km
  • Time Taken – approx. 1 hr.
  • Altitude – Kullu (3937ft / 1200 meter), Sarsai, Haripur (3904 ft / 1190 meter)
  • Altitude Difference – 33 ft / 10 meter
  • Trek Grade – None (by Road)

On the first day, you will be received by our Trekup India team, who will escort you to the vehicle where you will begin your journey. It is a short drive from Kullu to Sarsai, Haripur, our base campsite. Upon arrival, a delicious lunch awaits you among the wonderful natural landscapes of the village. Then you will be resting the rest of the day, where you can explore the nearby area or stay at the camp, it is your choice.

Day 2: From Sarsai, Haripur to Rumsu by Road, Rumsu to Naya Tapru by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – Sarsai, Haripur to Rumsu by Road: 28 km, Rumsu to Naya Tapru by Trek: 6 km
  • Time Taken – Sarsai, Haripur to Rumsu by Road: 1 hr, Rumsu to Naya Tapru by Trek: 6 hrs
  • Altitude – Sarsai, Haripur (3904 ft / 1190 meters), Rumsu (6770 ft / 2064 meters), Naya Tapru (10,430 ft / 3179 meters)
  • Altitude Gain – Sarsai, Haripur to Rumsu (2866 ft / 874 meters), Rumsu to Naya Tapru (3660 ft / 1115 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

After you have had your breakfast, you will be driving a short distance from Sarsai, Haripur, to Rumsu, the first campsite. Once you have reached Rumsu with the help of the Trekup India Team, you will begin your trek. With the ancient architecture of the houses and the deity worshipped in Rumsu, you can feel the culture and tradition of Rumsu. As you begin your trek from Rumsu Village, you will pass through the trail leading through the forest, mixed with pine, walnut, and deodar trees. Once you have climbed through the forest trail, you will come to a clearing named Stilling with a small river stream flowing by the side. From there, you will again go through the wooded trail leading up to the Ghan Kuradi, another open area. You could see the trees like maple, green & yellow oaks, rai, and maple there. Then, from Ghan Kurandi, you will climb up a little steep trail until you reach the camping site Naya Tapru.

Day 3: Naya Tapru to Chaklani by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 3 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 3 hrs.
  • Altitude – Naya Tapru (10,430 ft / 3179 meters), Chaklani (11,360 ft / 3463 meters)
  • Altitude Gain – 930 ft / 284 meter
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

This morning you will begin with a delicious breakfast and a view of snow-clad peaks. Today you will be trekking a short distance but ascending through the zig-zag trail. On the trail, you will see a lot of rhododendron trees; after walking almost 3 kilometres, you will reach the campsite Chaklani. The campsite is in a beautiful location as there is a small stream flowing beside the camps, you can explore the surrounding area the rest of the day.

Day 4: Chaklani to Nagruni by Trek via Chandrakhani Pass

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 9 km
  • Time Taken – 9 hrs.
  • Altitude – Chaklani (11,360 ft / 3463 meters), Chandrakhani Pass (12,180 ft / 3712 meters), Nagruni (11,140 ft / 3395 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – Chaklani to Chandrakhani Pass (820 ft / 249 meters), Chandrakhani Pass to Nagruni (1040 ft / 317 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

This morning, you must prepare for an exciting day, as the trek will be thrilling. Once you have prepared yourself with a healthy breakfast, you will begin your trek while climbing up the hill until you reach the Chandrakhani Pass, which is at a very high altitude. After enjoying the mesmerizing view Chandrakhani Pass offers, you will descend the trail until you reach Magic Valley. From there on, you will be walking through the ridge on the side of which you will be seeing Dhauladhar range, Parvathi range, Pir Panjal range, and you could also see Indrasan Peak, Mt Hanuman Tibba, Shikar Beh, Friendship Peak, and various other hills. As you go down, the trail will narrow as you get close to Malana village; from there, you will continue walking the ridge till you reach Chandrakhani Galu. From Chandrakhani Galu, you will go down on the other side of the hill till you arrive at Nagrumi Campsite.

Day 5: Nagruni to Malana by Trek via Magic Valley, Malana to Manali by Road

  • Stay – No Stay
  • Meal – Breakfast and Lunch
  • Distance – Nagruni to Malana by Trek via Magic Valley: 4 km, Malana to Malani by Road: 80 km
  • Time Taken – Nagruni to Malana by Trek via Magic Valley: approx. 3 hrs, Malana to Malani by Road: approx. 2 hr 30 min.
  • Altitude – Nagruni (11,140 ft / 3395 meters), Magic Valley (8858 ft / 2700 meters), Malana (8701 ft / 2652 meters), Manali (6726 ft / 2050 meter)
  • Altitude Difference – Nagruni to Magic Valley (2282 ft / 695 meters), Magic Valley to Malana (157 ft / 48 meters), Malana to Manali (1975 ft / 602 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

On the last day of the trek, you will walk for a short while and then be driven. From the Nagruni campsite, you will be walking downhill through the forest; as you walk past the forest, you will come to houses of Magic Valley, and as you walk past Magic Valley, you will come up to a dam, from there on, you will walk on the road till you see the Malana Gate which marks the end of the trek. From there, you will be driven to Manali, where the Trekup India team will bid you farewell. And you can either go back to your homes or take vehicles and explore other regions if you wish.

Food Provided by Us During Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Chandrakhani Pass

Trekking with us for Tarsar Chandrakhani Pass is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What Should You Pack for Chandrakhani Pass Trek?

Chandrakhani Pass Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place. Glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from the sun’s UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes that are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.


Personal First Aid Kit

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.

Trek Cost Inclusion

  • Stay: 4 Nights of tented accommodation at individual campsites of Trekup India on sharing basis.
  • Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Lunch on day 05 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  • Transport: Kullu to Sarsai, Haripur and Malana to Manali on sharing jeeps  
  • Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  • Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  • Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  • Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  • Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  • Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  • Any insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker get insurance)
  • Any Meals/accommodation besides the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  • Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point
  • Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication.
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water etc.
  • Any still / video camera fee
  • Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot.
  • Mules or porter charges to carry personal baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Any emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

How To Reach Manali?

Manali is an extremely well-known tourist spot in Manali, the State of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Here are some ways to get there: Manali:

  1. by air: The nearest airport that is close to Manali is Bhuntar Airport that is approximately 50 kilometers from the city. From Bhuntar Airport, you can hire a taxi or bus to get to Manali.

  2. by train: The nearest railway station for Manali is Joginder Nagar Railway Station that is just 143 kilometers from Manali. From here, you can take a taxi or bus to get to Manali.

  3. Through the roads: Manali is well connected with the remainder of the nation by highway. Manali is well connected by roads. are regular buses from Delhi, Chandigarh, and other cities. There are also other major cities that have bus services. can as well hire taxis or take your vehicle to Manali.

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