Today leaving Manali, drive 3 km south of Manali on the left bank of Beas River to Prini village and continue driving to Sethan or Panduropa, Starting point of our trek. By driving through the Prini village and temple located above the village. Sethan village is small settlements of early horseman known as Khampas of Tibetan origin. Who are mainly dealt with trekking mules up today? 45-minute walk through alpine forest to the Panduropa, Panduropa is known for the small paddy field - where Pandavas of Mahabharata during their exile, spent a part of time in this region and said to be cultivated crops at Panduropa. Now we trek horizontally through thickly forested area with abundance of flowers untill reaching the campsite of Chikka.
Today leaving Chikka we follow the left banks of Hamta. Later we cross Hamta stream by bridge. Another wooden bridge at short distance. Around Chhika some fantastic view of Rocky Mountains. After crossing the second bridge we climb gently to Jwara for 2 hrs. walks. Where we will pass beneath the waterfall. The next adventure is going to be a stream crossing just before Jwara. With the help of Guide and if not, with the help of riding horse you may cross the stream. Now the trail gently climbs to Balu ka Gera campsite. From where we will have first view of our next day crossing of Hamta pass. It’s a beautiful campsite close to crystal clear water. Be aware of Bear in this area by early season trek and late season trek. The area itself is known for Bears Den. Keep exploring surrounding of you for a rare view of Bear.
A gradual climb begins after Bhalu ka gera (bears den). Balu ka Gera that is known for wild flowers, rocks and caves. A further 1: 30 hrs. Minutes trail takes you to Hamta pass. From Hamta pass fantastic view of Deo Tibba (19700 ft.) and Indersan (20400 ft.). Which is superb to see? After crossing the Hamta pass, one enters the Lahoul valley. Walk down to the campsite near by the stream. Overnight at camp.
Start your day early and cross-stream near the camp and follow the right bank until it joins with the Chandra River. Again, cross the same stream by small wooden bridge. Now follow the left bank of Chandra River. 30 minutes later a motor able bridge to be cross to reach at the Chhatru. Reach Chattru before 12 noon. After that drive straight to Chandratal from Chatru. Overnight stay in camp.
In case the road to Chandratal Lake is closed due to any reason then Chatru will be the campsite for today's overnight stay. Next day we will move back to Manali from Chatru.
After having breakfast drive straight back to Manali over Rohtang pass. Enroute a magnificent view of Hanuman Tibba peak (19700 ft.).
Mr. Manoj Kumar
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