Trek with the Gaddis

Trek with the Gaddis

Sep 6-15, 2014

(9 nights 10 days)

Gaddis are a sheep herding nomadic tribe of Himachal Pradesh. They lead an interesting and lonely life. Each year, a Gaddi with his sheep begins his journey in March/ April from western lowlands of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to Lahaul, Spiti and further on, on Pir Panjal range crossing over high passes of about 5500M and returning back in Sep/ October. For 7-8 months every year, solitary existence for these shepherds becomes a way of life. For a Gaddi, every day is a new day and survival is of the fittest. Gaddis believe in Lord Shiva and live in perfect harmony with nature.

On this trek, we follow a section of trail from Lahaul to Bharmaur that is usually followed by Gaddis in the month of September. They usually stay in Lahaul from beginning to mid- September before starting the return journey to reach Chamba before winter sets in.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Chandigarh-Manali- 8-9 hrs drive
  • Reach Chandigarh around 1100 hrs and drive to Manali. Check into a retreat on arrival and settle into your rooms. Night stay in Manali.
  • Day 2: Manali-Tandi- 6 hrs drive
  • Leave Manali after breakfast and drive over Rohtang Pass to enter into Lahaul Valley. It is a beautiful drive for about three hours to Rohtang Pass. The pass offers beautiful view of the Green Kullu valley on one side and the high Himalayan peaks of Lahaul valley on other. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape one you cross over to the other side of Rohtang Pass-the green kullu valley is suddenly replaced by dry dessert of Lahaul valley. Reach Tandi early in the evening. Overnight stay in tents.
  • Day 3: Tandi- Acclimatization day
  • Today is the day to acclimatize to rarefied atmosphere. Drive upto Khardong monastery. Walk from Kharodong monastery to Keylong. Drive back to Tandi for night stay in tents.
  • Day 4: Tandi- Trilokinath- Samsha- Rapey
  • After breakfast, drive to Pattan, the green valley of Lahaul. Pattan valley is known for growing crops like green Peas, hops, potatoes etc. Visit the ancient temple of Trilokinath. From Shansha, we cross over Chanderbhaga River to get to Rapey village where we camp for night stay.
  • Day 5: Rapey- Khurlu (3900 M)- 12 kms/ 5 hrs
  • The real trek starts today from Rapey to Khurlu, a temporary shepherd camp. All Gaddi shepherds camp here for a few nights before going over Kugti Pass.
  • Day 6: Khurlu- Kugti Pass (5040 M)- Lahes (4000 M)- 6-7 hrs
  • Today’s is a steep ascent to reach Kugti Pass. We have to walk over huge glacial morain and the last 1 kms to the pass is a steep ascent over snow and ice. From the pass we descend down to Lahes, another temporary shepherd camp area on the other side of the pass. From the pass, one has to follow the route on the glacier down to Lahes. During August/September the crevasses start to develop on the glacier and to avoid this one has to take a longer route on the ridge. Set up tents at Lahes for overnight stay.
  • Day 7: Lahes- Duggi (3200 m)- 3-4 hrs
  • It is downhill walk to Duggi, an open pasture where Gaddi Shepherd spend few days before heading down on their return journey to Bharmaur and Kangra.
  • Day 8: Duggi- Kelang Temple- Kugti Village (2590m) - 3-4 hrs
  • Kelang Temple is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya and every Gaddi family from all over the foothills of Dhauladhar must visit this temple once in their lifetime. Kugti, is the first Gaddi tribal village en route. Camp near the village for night stay.
  • Day 9: Kugti- Hadsar- Bharmaur- Chamba- 2 hrs walk & 5 hrs drive
  • Walk down to the road-head at Dharol and then drive to Bharmaur and Chamba. In Bharmaur, you can visit the ancient Chaurasi Temple. Reach Chamba late afternoon/ early evening. In the evening, visit Chamba bazaar and the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple. Night stay in a hotel.
  • Day 10: Chamba- Pathankot- Delhi- 6 hrs drive and overnight train
  • Explore the town of Chamba in the morning. Later, drive to Pathankot to board overnight train to Delhi.

Cost

COST PER PERSON:   INR 66000/-Cost Includes: 

1.Accommodation in Manali and Chamba on twin/triple share with meals.2. All trekking/camping arrangements including accommodation in alpine Tents on twin sharing, kitchen tent, dinning tent with camping stool, dry pit toilet tents, etc.

3. Transport from Chandigarh to Tandi and Dharol to Pathankot. 

4. All meals starting with dinner on day 01till dinner on day 09.

5. Portage of up to 7 kilos per person.

6. Services of a trekking guide, a cook and camp helpers.

7. Service charge/ tips.

8. Taxes.

Cost does not include: 

1. Any train/ airfare.

2. Any En route/ personal expenses.

3. Any insurance.

4. Bottled mineral water. Boiled water available while on trek. 

5. Any expenses incurred due to any factors beyond our control like a natural calamity/ man-made calamity.

Booking

Features

Start From

Start From

Chandigarh

End At

End At

Pathankot

Trekking days

Trekking days

7

Trekking KMs

Trekking KMs

about 58 kms

Highest Point

Highest Point

Kugti Pass (5040M)

Guest

Guest

8-18

Meals

Meals

Dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 10

Permits Required

Permits Required

No

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