Kugti Pass Trek (Himachal) - 17 Days


Max Altitude: 5050 Mts. | Best Time June to Mid October

The Kugti Pass in the Chamba district brings the scenic crossroads at an altitude of around 5,050 m above the sea level. Being the part of the Pir Panjal range of the Central Himalayas, this could be a perfect destination for the trekkers. By ascending to this region, the trekkers can reach up to the Duggi plain which is a grazing land and an ideal camping ground. While reaching at the summit, the trekkers can get the chance to find the spectacular Mani Mahesh Kailash Peak, the Dhauladhar ranges and also the snow capped mountains beyond Lahul Valley. At the base of the Kugti Pass, the trekkers can also explore the Leah Cave.

The Kugti Pass and Lahul Valley trekking trail starts at Brahmaur that leads to Hadsar, which is 13 km away, and from Hadsar the ascending and descending trail takes the trekkers to reach Kugti village. At Duggi Plain, the travelers pass through the village, and cross a side-stream to further climb along the Budhil Gorge. On the trekking route, the presence of Keylong Temple and the temple of goddess Murkula Devi of Kugti Pass make the spot more rejuvenating and spiritual. From the temple, the tourists can climb through alpine meadows to reach Duggi camping ground. This vast rocky grassland is located at the confluence of the Budhil River and Duggi stream.


Day 1
Delhi - Dharamshala (Car / Volvo Bus)

Drive from Delhi to Dharamshala ia overnite volvo or Taxi or direct flight to Dharamshala. Alternatively you can arrive to Pathankot via Train and then to Dharamshala via taxi.

Day 2
Mcleodganj - Triund (2975 M / 9 Km)

The trek goes through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar tress. First two Kilometres is a steep ascent but there is a gradual ascent after Galu Devi Temple. The last 1 kilometer is again a steep ascent through the forest. Triund is a flat meadow on top of a ridge. From here panoramic view of Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on other is a memorable sight. Night saty at tents or private houses. Overnight: Camp.

Day 3
Triund - Lahesh Cave (3500 M / 6 Km)

This is an acclimatization day.After a short ascent from Triund traverse a ridge to reach Laka Got a temporary shepherd camp. Laka Got is situated at the snout of small glacier, which is full of snow and ice in early summer, and the snow melts away during the monsoon. From Laka Got it is a sleep ascent for two km. Over rocky ridge to reach Lahesh Cave. Night stay in the cave of camp at Laka Got.
Overnight: Camp.

Day 4
Lahesh Cave - Chatta Paro (4350 M / 10 km)

Climb to Indrahaar pass 4350Mts. Early start is recommended. After climbing Indrahaar Pass lunch at Nag Dal Lake and start Trekking to stay at Chatta in small cave or there is space for camping also. Overnight: Camp.

Day 5
Chattal Paro - Kuwarsi Village (2730 M / 14 Km)

The stretch up to chatta nullah is 6 km descent and crossing the strem walk over a long pasture land before into a thick forest of pines. Kuwarsi is a small trival village surrounded by thickly wooded pine trees. Night stay in the village. Overnight: Camp.

Day 6
Kuwarsi - Chanota Khash (2634 M / 16 Km)

The trek goes through thick forest and lush green fields. We came across many small places inhabited by Gaddi people.
Overnight Tent.

Day 7
Chanota Khash - Garola (2250 M / 12 Km)

It is 12 km from Chanota khas.The trail goes by the side of river Ravi. Night stay at Garola village in Tents.
Overnight Tent.

Day 8
Garola - Bharmour (2195 M / 14 Km)

After 14 km walk from Garola village we reach Bharmour which is situated at the height of 2195mts. Bharmour is a village well connected to Chamba by roads. Stay in guest house is preferred. Overnight Tent.

Day 9
Bharmour - Kugati Village (2640m / 13km)

After 14 km travel by jeep we start trek from Hadsar to Kugti village. The trail is narrow. We should cross the narrow trail one by one. One has to cross amall wooden bridge over stream. Kugti and lower Kugati. The village is inhabited by 1000 people. Kugti village has some shops and civil Dispensary. The people of the village belongs to Gaddi trible and very helpful. Overnight Tent.

Day 10
Kugti Village - Kelang Temple (5km)

The temple is 5km from Kugti village at the height 10000feet. The temple is dedicated to Bazir of Lord Shiva. Close to the temples is a place for night camping. Trekkers are requested to maintain the sanctity of the temple and other places. Overnight Tent.

Day 11
Keylong - Duggi (6 Hrs)

It is 6 hours walk to Duggi through green pastures. The place is very close to the mountain from all sides so one should have good clothes to face the chilly winds of the Pir Panjal range. Overnight Tents.

Day 12
Duggi - Lahesh Cave

Lahesh cave is situated at the bottom of Kugti pass sometimes it snows in the month of july at such a high altitude. Usually it snows in winter months.Lahesh is surrounded by Pir Panjal and Manimahesh Dhar. Overnight Tent.

Day 13
Lahesh Cave - Kugti Pass (5455 M) - Khurlu

It is most exciting and adventurous day of the whole trek. We start early in the morning so that we may reach the pass before the sun rise. It takes about four hours to reach the pass. It is a steep climb up to the pass. Beyond the pass is big glacier with some hidden and somr opencraveses. We need good equipment and a trained guide to walk over this glacier.After 6 or 7 hours walk we reach at the camping place called Khurlu. Night stay at Khurlu. Overnight Tent.

Day 14
Khurlu - Rapa

After walking 10 km. From Khurlu we reach the first village of Lahul valley. The trek involves the number of ridge crossing and glacier walking. The trail is not easy to locaye because of rocky path and glacial moraines. Finally crossing a small glacier we reach Rape village for night stay. Overnight Tent.

Day 15
Rapa - Keylong (22km)

Keylong is 22 km from Rapa. After 3 hrs. Walk we reach the road head at Sansa. From Sansa it takes another three hours to reach Keylong by jeep. Keylong is the District Head Quater of Lahul and Spiti. There are some good hotels at Keylong. Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel.

Day 16
Keylong - Manali (113 Km)

In the morning after breakfast check out the hotel and start drive to Manali via Rohtang Pass. Arrive and check in at hotel. Overnight Hotel.

Day 17
Manali - Chandigarh / Delhi

After breakfast drive to Chandigarh or Delhi. Tours ends.

Includes / Excludes

The Itinerary Includes : 

  • Stay in chosen hotel / guesthouse / Camp
  • Surface transportation as per the itinerary including toll, tax, parking and driver
  • Arrival / Departure assistance at chosen station
  • Necessary railway station transfers
  • Trekking: Complete Trekking arrangements with English speaking guide, porters/ponies to carry your baggage (10 kg each), Tent for sleeping with mattresses, kitchen tent & utensils, toilet tent and All Meals during trek (Chinese, Indian & continental)
  • Trekking permit, camping & wildlife fees & Current government taxes.

Does not Include :

  • Tips to trekking staff
  • Air Fare, & Travel insurance
    Expenses of personal nature like drinks, mineral water, telephone & Laundry etc
  • Personal equipment for trek
  • Expenses due to bad weather, Land Slide, Road block and any other natural reason beyond our control.

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Kugti Pass Trek (Himachal)

Trip Facts

  • Kangra / Kullu - Himachal
  • Delhi - Dharamsala - Triund - Kuwarsi - Bharmour - Kugti - Keylong - Manali
  • Camps / Hotels / Guesthouse
  • Trekking / Hill Tour / Camping
  • Min 6+ pax.
  • Moderate to Difficult

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