Holiday 2006
The Mantalai Lake Trek
(Traversing the Parvati Valley)

The Parvati Valley an off shoot of the main Kullu vale is one of the most picturesque regions in the district with its abundant bio-diversity in terms of flora and fauna. It spreads across thickly forested hillsides and green meadows south of the Great Himalayan National Park's periphery. Discovered in 1884 as a way into the high-altitude desert region of adjacent Spiti, the trail is now a favoured trekking route in the region. The small town of Bhuntar on National Highway 21 with an airfield and lying 10 Kms from Kullu town and 50 Kms from Manali has the only approach road into the Parvati Valley. On the way to our first destination we are afforded excellent views of the surrounding hillsides and the snow clad mountains to the east. From Bhuntar after crossing a sturdy suspension bridge across the River Beas the road continues along the boisterous Parvati River to the pilgrimage hamlet of Manikaran. This small settlement stands on the banks of the Parvati built around a Gurudwara – Sikh temple - and an ancient Hindu temple. Our trek starts further from the small village of Burshaini and traverses beautiful hillsides and streams to take us to the small glaciated lake of Mantalai at 4,047m our final destination.

TREK GRADIENT: The trek in the beginning is a moderate walk up to a little hamlet called Khirganga. The moderate climb in the trek increases gradually. On the 3rd day of trek, a little portion is tricky to negotiate the suspension bridge (Jhula Pul), which is know as Tyrolean traverse and provides for a very challenging experience crossings over Parvati River at many places. However, in general, it’s an easy trek.

GRADING : A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this trek.

SPECIAL INTEREST: Excellent view for photographers, ideal place for nature lovers and an amazing place for adventure lovers

THE AREA OF KULLU AND MANALI : The hauntingly beautiful Kullu district lies in Himachal Pradesh, a tiny hill state in the North of India between north longitude 32-26 and, and east longitude 76-59.To its west lies the Bara Bhangal range of mountains, and to the south west are the peaks are Dhauladhar, separating it from Kangra district. Kullu Manali is the source of river Beas and its tributaries, the Parvati and the Sainj. On the north east and east lay the Central Himalayan Range and beyond them are the border of Lahaul and Spiti. The magical region comprises a total area of 1924sq miles, an eighty-mile stretch of varying width, running north to south along the western side of the great snow range known as the Mid Himalaya.

PARVATI VALLEY : The main Kullu valley has numerous side valleys opening into it. The most notable of these is the Parvati valley, Parvati River, which meets the river Beas at Bhuntar, is the biggest tributary of the river Beas. There are more than fifty peaks from 6630m. Enclosed between them together with the Retrain glacier, Dibibokri Glacier, Tosh Glacier, Malana Glacier and Parvati Glacier.

MANIKARAN : Where the hottest non-sumptuous water springs of the world are situated, is the most popular place to visit and stay? Most of the trekking trails commence from the Manikaran motor head.

Itinerary :
Day 01 : Dep from Mumbai
Day 02 : Arrive Delhi and proceed to Bhuntar, Manali.
Day 03 : On arrival at Bhuntar drive to Manikaran by Jeep, check in the hotel.
Day 04 : Manikaran - Khirganga
Day 05 : Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj.
Day 06 : Tunda Bhuj - Thakur Kuan
Day 07 : Thakur Kuan - Odi Thach
Day 08 : Odi Thach – Mantalai Camp
Day 09 : Mantalai Camp - Thakur Kuan
Day 10 : Thakur Kuan - Khirganga
Day 11 : Khirganga - Manali
Day 12 : Sightseeing to Snow Point, Gulaba Or Rohtang Pass.
Day 13 : Half day free and in the evening, departure by bus to Delhi.
Day 14 : Arrive Delhi in morning and depart for Mumbai.
Day 15 : Arrive Mumbai.

Trekking details:
Trekking date : 18 May 2006
Duration : 15 days
Registration : 65 days in advance
Costing :
Group Size Ex. Mumbai Ex. Delhi
Upto 10 pax Rs. 10,500.00 9,500.00
11 to 15 pax Rs. 9,500.00 8,500.00
16 to 20 pax Rs. 8,900.00 7,900.00
21 pax and above Rs. 8,500.00 7,500.00

The cost includes
Transport by reserved sleeper class train from Mumbai – Delhi – Mumbai. Rest of the journey would be by bus / jeep.
Accommodation on sharing basis at hotels / guest houses / tents.
All Veg. meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner during camping & while stay at Manali.
Guides, camp helpers, horses with horsemen to carry loads if the route requires.
Camping facilities – tents, sleeping bags, carrymats and technical equipment’s.
Local sightseeing as mention in the itinerary.

The cost doesn’t include :
Meals during train travel both ways.
Personal expenses like mineral water, laundry, tips etc.

Please Note :
Itinerary is subject to change due to enough accumulation/ volume of snow on the trek at higher camps and other natural calamities & circumstances. In this condition optional routes itinerary will be given/followed at the happening point.
In case of changes in routes and properties, Nisarga Vihar will accept no liability but make arrangements for substitution of equal measure.
Experienced escorts and professional mountaineers would accompany each group.

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