11 Days Miyar Valley Trek

11 Days Miyar Valley Trek

Region: India, Himachal
Days: 11
Max Altitude:: 4000m
Grade: Easy
Tour Code: IND-MIV-11

Date: 30 Jun – 10 Jul 2022

Miyar, is a very remote and fairly inaccessible valley at the extreme western corner of the large district of Lahaul and Spiti, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. Miyar Nala, as it is often known, is an exceptionally long valley, with the Miyar River running down into the Chandra Bhaga River at Udaipur over 50 kms below the Miyar Glacier. This glacier stretches a further 24 km up to the high Kang La Jot (5468m) and beyond it to Zanskar valley in Ladakh. Above a narrow gorge at the bottom of the valley, the Miyar Nala widens to support twelve small farming villages at altitudes between 9,300 and 11,500 feet, with about 3,000 current inhabitants in total. 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. 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.

Day 01: Overnight Bus from Delhi to Manali

Day 02: Arrive Manali

Day 03: Drive Manali to Shukto

Day 04: Trek to Thanpattan

Day 05: Trek to Zardong

Day 06: Trek to Phalpu, the snout of the glacier

Day 07: Free day

Day 08: Trek to Gompa Camp

Day 09: Trek to Shukto + drive to Keylong

Day 10: Drive to Manali for evening bus to Delhi

Day 11: Arrive Delhi

11 Days MIYAR VALLEY TREK

Day 01: Overnight Bus from Delhi to Manali

We board the overnight Volvo bus which starts from Himachal Bhawan at Mandi House in Delhi. Buses generally depart between 5:30 to 7:00pm in the evenings.

Overnight Bus.

 

Day 02: Arrive Manali

Arrive Manali (1950m) in the morning and transfer to Hotel. Spend the day resting and doing any last minute shopping.

Overnight Hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive Manali to Shukto (4.5 hrs) & trek 2 hours to Meadow Camp

This usual long driving day has now become shorter, thanks to the Atal Tunnel under the Rhotang Pass. We cross the tunnel to enter the Lahaul region and 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 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. We walk for a couple of hours to camp at a beautiful spot in the meadows. Overnight Camp

 

Day 04: Trek Shukto to Thanpattan

After we crossover on the wooden pedestrian bridge to the left bank it is a short climb up to Khanjar, the last village in the Miyar Valley. Shukto and Khanjer are across each other separated by the river on which there is a small bridge. We walk all along the left bank crossing some beautiful campsites to reach the Doksa at Tharpatan.(4 to 5 hrs) Overnight Camp.

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.(5 to 6 hrs)

Overnight Camp.

 

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.(4 to 5 hrs)

Overnight Camp.

 

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.

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 08: Trek Phalpu to Gompa Camp

We start our return journey and make camp at Gompa Camp.(7 to 8 hrs)

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 09: Finish trek at Shukto (4-5hrs) and drive 2.5hrs to Keylong

Today is the remaining walk to where we started at Shukto (4-5 hr). Vehicles will be waiting at the roadhead to take us back to Keylong
Overnight Guesthouse.

Day 10: Drive to Manali

Drive to Manali crossing the Rohtang La once again. Arrive Manali to catch the evening Volvo bus back to Delhi
Overnight Bus.

 

Day 11: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi by 8 am in the morning. Trip Ends!

Notes:

Kindly note that we and the local guide reserve the rights to make decision, in your best interests or in the best interests of the group participating in the trek. In the event of cancellation of activity beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions and other similar conditions that compromises the safety of your group and the guide, no form of compensation will be given.

LAND Price per person in SGD:   $ 1428

Tour Code: IND-MIV-11
Price is subjected to changes without prior notice
Airfare: SIN-Delhi-SIN: From S$ 550 including taxes

A deposit of S$ 800 per person is required upon confirmation and the balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the departure date. Non-payment by required date may result in the cancellation of your booking and subjected to cancellation charges.

LAND Price includes

  • Transport from Delhi to Manali & back by AC Volvo bus
  • Twin Share accommodation for 2 nights hotel (1 night in Manali, 1 night in Keylong) on Full board
  • Transport from Manali to Shukto and later back to Manali by NON AC car/ Tempo Traveller
  • Twin Share accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads for 7 nights on the trek
  • All meals on the trip
  • Entry fees, Camping fees & Trekking Permit
  • Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools
  • Local Trip Leader assisted by certified, experienced local guide, cook and assistants
  • Porterage of all the personal baggage & camping equipment.
  • Includes local Service tax &  Clean India Cess
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Personal gears such as sleeping bag & Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, camera fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Tips
  • Visa and Visa application fees

 

Note –
1. Single Room in hotels during the trip can be booked at an additional cost of SGD 100
2. Single Tent for all camping nights can be arranged at an additional cost of SGD 110.
3. Personal Porter to carry your day-pack during the trek can be arranged at SGD 200.

Cancellation Terms

If it becomes necessary to cancel your trip, you must notify the office immediately in writing. The below terms would be applicable.

Flexible Bookings:
To factor in the extra-ordinary circumstances that we live in right now, we have amended our cancellation policy to allow customers to easily make changes to their plans if required and have the assurance that their money is protected.

If you notify us about the change in your travel plans at least 21 days before departure date, you can transfer your entire deposit to a different departure in India without any charge.

Cancellation:

Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:

• If you have paid us a deposit and cancel more than 30 days prior to departure,we will refund the entire amount received by us less service fees of SGD 80.

• If you have paid us a deposit and cancel more than 21 days prior to departure,we will hold the entire amount as a credit towards a future trip in India. You can also transfer it as a deposit for any other departure in India you might want to join at a later date.

• If you have paid in full and cancel 21 days or less prior to departure, we will charge a 50% cancellation fee and hold the remaining 50% as credit towards a future trip in India taken within 1 year from the date of cancellation.

• If the cancellation is due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate OR due to any travel restrictions imposed by the national or local government we will hold the entire amount paid by you as a credit for a future trip in India. Sometimes last-minute cancellations could attract cancellation fees for third-party arrangements like air, train, or bus tickets; hotels; permit fees, processing fee, etc. Such cancellation charges if any would be borne by the customers.

The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain cancellation travel insurance upon booking. If you can replace your spot by getting someone else to take that seat cancellation charges would be waived completely.

Please note that these cancellation terms may be amended from time to time.