Bharmour - Kugti - Duggi - Alyas - Kugti Pass - Alayas (Khodlu) - Jobrung - Keylong
Bharmour - Hadsar - Dhanol (by road, ~19 km) . Dhanol (~2335 m altitude) - Kugti (~2580 m ) trek (~ 6 km )
From Bharmour, we proceed to cross Budhhal stream and reach Dhanol by road via Hadsar.
From Dhanol trek to Kugti, starts.
Kugti is last village in Chamba region in this direction, before we step into wilderness in this trek.
Kugti - Duggi (~3340m altitude) (~8.5km trek ) ~6 hours
From Kugti trek to Duggi caves via the sacred Kartik Temple.
Trail is defined more or less and not too difficult; except a slight steep ascent at end.
As we reach Duggi the valley starts to opens up. Campsite is there but Gaddi shepherds also camp in natural cave shelter at times.
Duggi - Alyas ( base of pass ) ~4250 m altitude . ~9 km trek
Along a defined trail continue a steady ascent traversing alpine pastures and upstream along Kugti naalah to the base of the pass (Alyas)Day 4
Acclimatisation & Rest for high altitude climb next day
Plus, also useful as a buffer day in case weather restricts our progress or speed Day 5
Alyas - Kugti Pass (~5040 m ) - Alyas (Khodlu) (~3800 m ) . Approx 10 - 12 hours trek.
This is the toughest day of the trek. We need to start no late than 4 a.m. because pass must be crossed before noon else weather can get bad up there. Generally most of this stretch is expected to be over snow and climb is steep as you gain almost 1000 metres altitude in 5 - 6 hours. After around 3 hours of ascent we reach a flatish moraine area, the climb after which is tough. Trishuls and prayer flags mark the high pass and descent towards Lahaul side is steep and tiring
Alyas ( a term for base of the pass) on Lahaul side is known as Khodlu and is a Gaddi campsite
Khodlu - Jobrung (trek ). Jobrung - Keylong (road)
Relatively easier trek compared to what one has endured in previous days!. Now we're in Pattan valley area of Lahaul, famous for peas and potato farming. From Jobrung, proceed to Keylong via road.