Chandrakhani Pass Trek

Everything you Need to Know Before You Visit!

Overview

Located at an altitude of around 3660m, the Chandrakhani Pass Trek is a thrilling trek experience in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The trek is originated around 21km from Manali at Naggar settlement. If you are looking for some isolation from the human world, the Chandrakhani Pass should be your go-to place as some of the trails are hidden even from the human eye. You can enjoy the view of the Deo Tibba, as well as the Parbati peak. You will also come across lush green trees of pine, deodar, and golden oak. 

The locals of the region have named it the valley of Gods. It is believed that Jamlu (the presiding deity at Malana), unlatched a basket containing the gods of Kullu at the Chandrakhani Pass and the strong winds blew the gods to their present abodes.

The trail for Chanderkhani Pass starts from the Rumsu village. Rumsu is an ancient tribal village which is located a few km’s above Naggar. The trail to the pass goes through the middle of the village. The temples in the village have beautiful intricate carvings, which are quite ancient and hold historic value. 

Houses made with wood and stone are also interesting to witness as they give you a glimpse of the rural architecture. Gigantic Deodar trees can be seen in the middle of Rumsu village. These trees sited in the surrounding of the temple, are meant to be sacred and holy trees in the entire valley. The trees are so huge that it takes a bunch of people to fully cover it in a circle.  The trail till the campsite is filled with dense forests of Deodar, pine, and oak trees. While climbing up we reach a place called Stelling, a pastoral meadow which normally is covered with layers of snow in winter.  

Itinerary for Chandarkhani Pass

The Chandarkhani Pass trek can easily be completed within 3-4 days.

Day 01: Rumsu- Naya Thapru (4 Kms Trek)

Rumsu Village

Rumsu Village, Himachal Pradesh

The trek for the Chandrakhani pass starts from Rumsu village. Have a hearty breakfast and after some freshening up begin the trek from Rumsu to Naya Tapru(2,950 meters). Amidst the dense forest lies Ghan Kulhadi, a huge meadow. The trek distance to be covered for the day is around 4 km.

Most of the trek is an ascend and it takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Naya Tapru. The trail passes through birch, oak, wild chestnut and rhododendron trees. On the way there is a place with white rocks called Shedu Pathar. Beyond a wide open slope and a bit higher from Shedu pathar on the same meadow, there lies Naya Thapru. Overnight stay in tents at Naya Tapru camp.The overwhelming mighty ranges of Dhauladhar, Hanuman Tibba,Priyadarshini are clearly visible at Naya Tapru.

Day 02 : Naya Thapru – Chandrakhani Pass – Dadru (13 Kms Trek)

Naya Thapru

Start early for the trek towards the Chandrakhani Pass. As soon as the trek begins, the steady steep climb awaits you. The trail goes through forests of conifer and merges into wide heart-capturing alpine meadows. From here great views of the Pir Panjal range, Dhauladhar range, Parvati valley and Malana valley can be cherished.

At Chandrakhani Pass (12008 feet), the panoramic view with clouds below the feet, is the most fulfilling reward for all the strenuous efforts.The highest point of this pass is approx. 3,660 meters. Adjacent to the Chandrakhani Pass lies Dhana Kunnu Pass. The entire place is associated with the famous ascetic (rishi) named Jamadagni, one of the seven saptarishis.

Spend some wonderful, exalting time at the chandrakhani pass admiring the beauty all around. After this the descent trek to Dadru will begin. Overnight stay at the Dadru campsite.

Day 03: Dadru – Malana (8 km Trek)

Malana Village

Malana Village, Parvati Valley

Next morning start the trek from Dadru along the Malana River. The mesmerizing trek continues till the trail to Kasol village is seen. keep enjoying the kasol trail till Malana village, the desired destination. This trail continues further from malana and eventually leads to Rashol Pass and Parvati Valley.

How to reach from Major Cities?

For reaching Chandrakhani Pass, your first stop should ideally be Manali. If you are planning to take a flight, the nearest airport is Bhutar, which is approximately 50km away from Manali. Bhuntar is well-connected to Chandigarh and Delhi through domestic flights. Upon your arrival at the airport, you can take a cab to Manali. 

Manali is well-connected to almost all the major bus stands of India. Several buses run from Delhi to Kullu on a daily-basis from ISBT Kashmere Gate, New Delhi. You can also take a bus from Chandigarh, as the city is more close to Himachal Pradesh. 

The third option is hiring a cab and going via road, straight to the Chandrakhani pass. If you do not have time constraints, taking the road could be a good adventure. 

Lastly, taking a train is also an option but the nearest well-connected railway station would be the Chandigarh railway station. Joginder Nagar railway station is the closest but not well-connected so traveling via train should be an alternative option.

Best time to Visit

Best time to visit Chandrakhani pass

The Chandrakhani Pass trek can be done around any time of the year. However, the months of April and May are considered to be the best months to pursue this trek. 

The Chandrakhani Pass trek has a different charm and gives a unique experience in the winter season.  In winter the trek offers great views of snow-laden forests, mountains, meadows, and peaks like Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, and some prominent ranges such as Bara Banghal Range, Pir Panjal Range, Priyadarshini range. The trek is suitable for anyone, including those who have not been so much to the mountains. The difficulty level of the trek is not that much but it is always advisable to have the basic overall fitness. 

Trek Difficulty- Is this trek right for you?

Almost anybody with a basic level of fitness can pursue this trek. However, the fitter you are, the more you’ll be able to gain out of this experience. It is advisable to practice some cardio and strength training so that you are fully prepared for the trek under all circumstances. This will make things easier for you, as well as your guide. Experience of walking long distances with heavyweights (up to 15kg) will prepare you for this upcoming adventure. 

Accommodation options

accomodation options in mantalai lake
  1. Club Mahindra white meadows Manali- Located on the Naggar road, Club Mahindra provides you the most secure and comfortable experience. The Mahindra group is famous for its great hosting services and this resort is no exception. Prices start from Rs 4000 per night and if you are lucky enough, you might get a room for as low as Rs 3000-3500.
  2. Heritage Village Resort and Spa- Located on Naggar road, the heritage village resort comes with the best of facilities at an affordable price compared to the other resorts in the area. Prices range between Rs 2000-3000. After a long and tiring trek, you can chill here for a day or so and rejuvenate yourself in their relaxing spa. 
  3. Hotel Devlok- As the name suggests, Hotel Devlok is a budget-friendly hotel with a very warm and welcoming attitude towards the guests. Price per room ranges around Rs 1200 and the best part is that it is located quite close to the Hadimba temple.
  4. Himalayan Brothers Adventure- Located near the Naggar castle in Himachal Pradesh, The Himalayan brothers’ adventure is a pet-friendly hotel that offers all the basic amenities. The rooms are cozy and the area is surrounded by lush green trees of oak and pine.

Things to keep in mind before going

  • Carry warm and comfortable clothes for the trek along with a good pair of trekking shoes and a pair of slippers.
  • Do not forget to carry mosquito repellent as you’ll be staying in camps and mosquitoes are present in abundance in green areas.
  • Do not wear jeans or heavy pieces of denim for trekking. Carry a comfortable jogger or lower. 
  • Carry a raincoat because the chances of rainfall at high altitudes are always high. 
  • Check with the locals about the weather at Chandrakhani before planning a trek.
  • Do not plan a trek during the monsoon season as the roads are slippery and chances of landslides are high. 
  • The total distance of the trek is 48km which can be covered in a span of 3-4 days. Which means that you’ll have to cover around 12km per day. Make sure that you are well prepared for this both, physically as well as mentally. 
  • Make sure that the guide you have chosen for the trek is well skilled and knows all the routes. 
  • If you are visiting around the winter season, the conditions and the ratio of snowfall will decide the commencement of the snow trail. It could begin from the woods above the  Rumsu village or further up from Stelling or below. The chances of experiencing snow during the trail are more or less always there. Treading on the snow is not easy and rosy as it looks in the pictures but it is surely a great experience.
    You need to walk slowly and steadily while making a way for yourself. Do not run or walk fast as you may slip and hurt yourself. 
  • The Chanderkhani pass is a religiously important area. It is also said that the pass was actually a seat of Saptarishi Jamadagni’s meditation point. Many other local Gods are also worshipped in this area.
  • The Chandrakhani Pass trek is ideal for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. For the novice, it is a good start to enter the world of trekking. However,  it is recommended for the first-timers to maintain good physical stamina and read thoroughly about the trek.

 Conclusion

The hardest climbs give the best views and the Chandrakhani trek definitely proves it. The view from this pass is incomparable and totally worth watching. You will fall madly in love with this place while trekking in the mountains crossing the woods. This trail will make you feel alive and refreshed. 

As you go up the trail, the view of the entire  Beas valley is right in front of your eyes. You begin to see the Dhauladar Range beyond the Beas valley in all its snowcapped glory. The scenic beauty would make you forget all the fatigue and discomfort. Upon reaching the pass, you will witness the soothing views of most of the Himalayan ranges from a great distance. 

The Chandrakhani pass is located in the lush green area of the Kullu valley and is one of the most famous treks of Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from Naggar, located on the left bank of the river Beas, at 1700m., an ancient town and the former capital of Kullu (till 1460 AD). The valley is the focal point of the rich Himachali culture. Traditional houses, great temples and beautiful locations are spread all across the region. One can enjoy visiting the Art gallery, Naggar Castle, and many other places which are nearby.  

Lastly, the trek is ideal for both family and friends. If you do not have someone to accompany you, maybe this is the ideal opportunity for going on a solo trip. You can always go on a guided trek and make new travel buddies too. The main idea behind organizing such treks is to make sure that avid travelers and adventure freaks find people with the same interest and increase the growing community of trekkers.