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Chanderkhani Pass 3660 mtrs.

Malana Across Chanderkhani - 4 days

Malana Rashol Kasol 4 days


Region:  Malana and Parvati valley

Trip Length: 4 or 5 days Manali to Manali.

Dates: May to Mid November

Grade: Moderate

Max. altitude: 3660m / 12007ft

What is included

2 -3 nights camp with all gears and accessories

2 men spacious dome or A shape tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, cosy dining tent, toilet tent. Nordic walking sticks.

All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

Transportation to and fro per itinerary.

Support staff: Qualified and trained local guide, cook and Trekking mules with riding horses.

Medical first aid support.


What is not included

Domestic flight ticket and hotel accommodations in Manali.

Soft or hard drinks i.e. mineral water.

Personal tipping to staff and any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards beyond schedule

Trip Introduction  - Malana - A Lost Utopia in the Himalayas - By Dr. Virendra Bangroo -

Below the Chanderkhani pass of the Kullu valley lies a small cluster of around two hundred stone roof houses constituting a village called Malana. Its inimitable culture and the temple of Jamlu distinguish the village. The village consists of around 1500 inhabitants and has an impeccable system of administration with a higher and lower court guided by the spirit of village god Jamlu. Malana stands out as an autonomous self-sufficient unit whose inhabitants claim Greek ancestry. Some stories about the village called "a little Greece," this village in the interior of the Himalayas is its architecture, language, worship rituals and autonomous administrative system. The unique geographical location of Malana has enabled it to preserve its biodiversity and it is an ecological haven.

Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes - it can be reached from Parbati valley crossing over the 3180 metres rashol pass and via Naggar over the 3600 metres beautiful Chanderkhani pass. For the outsiders, there is a long list of do's and don'ts to be followed in the village. The people are friendly but outsiders are told to keep distance and not to touch anything in the village. Malana is divided into two - upper malana (dhara beda) and lower malana (sor beda). Kanashi, the language of Malana, does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in its neighbourhood but seems to be a mixture of Sanskrit and several Tibetan dialects. Two important festivals are celebrated in Malana. One called Badoh Mela is celebrated in august and the other called Fagdi mela in february

Trip highlights

Naggar Castle and famous Roerich art gallery

Kulluvi local life at Rumsu village and meet Malana people

Rhododendron and birch trees

Oldest democracy of Malana

Malana and Kasol - Manikaran (Parvati valley)




Day 1: Drive Manali (2040m) - Naggar (1800m) - Rumsu (2060m) 26 kms, Trek to Chaklani. 5-6 hrs.

Day 2: Trek to Chanderkhani Pass (3660m) – Nagruni (3400m). 5-6 hrs.

Day 3: Trek to Malana (2650m). 5-6 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Malana dam 2 hrs. Visit Kasol (1600m) - Manikaran (1700m) - Tosh (2450m) and to Manali 6-7 hrs.



Day 1: Drive Manali (2040m) - Naggar (1800m) - Rumsu (2060m) 26 kms, Trek to Chaklani. 5-6 hrs.

Day 2: Trek to Chanderkhani Pass (3660m) – Malana (2650m). 5-6 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Rashol pass 3180m - Rashol 2590m, 5-6 hrs

Day 4: Trek to Chalal (1600m) - Kasol (1600m), Visit Manikaran (1700m) - Tosh (2450m) - Manali.


Day to Day itinerary – Rumsu – Chanderkhani – Malana 4 Days


Day 1

Drive Manali (2040m) - Naggar (1800m) - Rumsu (2060m) 26 kms, Trek to Chaklani. 5-6 hrs.

A short pleasant drive along the left bank of Beas River to 500 years old Naggar Castle. Naggar was once former capital of Kullu valley. The 11th century stone temple, Roerich art gallery at cottage which displays the paintings and works of famous Russian painter who lived in Naggar during 1930s. Making a short visit to these place we continue to ancient village of Rumsu, starting point of our trek. Soon after Rumsu we trek through forest of Deodar, Chestnut and pine. Passing through the Ganachalani (2700m) or Rumsu Thach (meadows) and arriving at 3000m open meadows starts to appear as well as Beas valley become visible. Now further climbs up through rhododendron forest to beautiful campsite of Chaklani. Camp at Chaklani.


Day 2

Trek to Chanderkhani Pass (3660m) – Nagruni (3400m). 5-6 hrs.

A lovely trail which leads to pass through an open meadows offers splendid view of Dhauladhar range and Beas River valley. Arriving at Pass spectacular view Malana glacier, Parvati valley and main Great Himalayan range. Continue to trek along the North ridge line for several minutes and on East Ridge for several minutes. We descend through rock gully, Birch groves to open meadows at Nagruni.  Overnight camp at Nagruni.


Day 3

Trek to Malana (2650m). 5-6 hrs.

Leaving Nagruni we pass Dadru village to Malana. Dadru is summer settlements of Malana villagers where they produce barley, potatoes and other vegetables for winter stock.

Malana is an ancient village and people in village claims themselves to be the descendant of Alexander’s army. Malana is known for its unique social system and you will find precautions for outsiders at near the main temple and within the village. We explore the village and daily life of local and our camp is set outside of Malana village.

Day 4

Trek to Malana dam 2 hrs. Visit Kasol (1600m) - Manikaran (1700m) - Tosh (2450m) and to Manali 6-7 hrs.

We descend soon after camp to valley floor and levelled walk along the Malana River through Oak and conifer forest to the road head. Our vehicle is waiting for here and we drive Jari across the Parvati River and at first visit of Manikaran hottest sulpher spring and continue to magnificent village of Tosh in Tosh valley. Finally drive back to Manali via Kullu.

Previous Malana trek and reviews



“Our Guide was very competent and responsible person. He was always on place with a good attitude to all the staff. The trek was demanding according to monsoon time and we felt very safe and had no doubt we are in good hands. The kitchen staff was very helpful in all the situations. The food prepared by the cook was very tasty and we liked all the dishes. "

Dorota, Ewa & Malgorzata - Warsaw - POLAND - 15 July 2015


“We had a great 3 days trekking adventures with good quality camping equipment, great food and lots of fun with horses. Nice family adventure! After we really had an interesting time. Once we stayed with nomads since the home stay was already closed, this was really interesting experience. Sure, the hotel in Leh was great. We enjoyed the lake and the staying at the small village, we got a lot of insight into local like, i.e. animal, farming with sheep, donkeys etc. It was a good trip with a lot of insights into local life which was an enriching experience. Thanks so much for organizing. All the best”

Annette, Frank + Luke. FRANKFURT - GERMANY - 28 Sept. 2015  


Naggar – Chanderkhani – Malana –Rasol- Kasol

"The team was very hospitable and I had an amazing experience trekking with them. Everything was very well organized for us and customized to our capacity and requirement.

They did everything to make our trek the most comfortable possible. The tents and equipment, sleeping bags etc. were clean and good.

The food was amazing, we literally got 3 course meal especially the dinner after a long days trek was very comforting. The guide and porters were all very responsible and good. I would definitely use & recommend their services travellers in this area."

Surbhi S – NEW DELHI – 31 August – 4 September 2013


“We have enjoyed a really best trek to Malana, enjoying the fabulous landscapes and the really fascinating village of Malana. What realy made special for us were our guide Lobsang and our friendly porters. Who were all looking after us in friendly way. A really special was Lobsang great cooking abilities. Thank you very much for everything. See you next time".

Mrs. J. Heissel and Mr. Stefan H. GERMANY.


“Tres belle ballade de trois jours au coeur de la montagne Indienne. Contact tres amical et rempli de gentillesse et de revenance de la part des porteures et du guide. Blef, n'hesitez pas, vous ne souez pas deais surtous en decouileant le magnifique village de Malana cevelant une simpliate non qachee par le tourisme".

Mlle Leale, Paris. FRANCE.


“Superbe ballade au cœur de la montagne. Un contact très enrichissant et une gentillesse rare que nous avons beaucoup apprécié auprès des guides et du porteur. Sublime village que nous avons découvert à Manala au milieu de cette végétation. Bref un trekking plein d’aventures, d’émotion, allez y vite…"

Mlle Isabelle PARIS


“Bonjour à tous, Nous venons de faire un trekking formidable. Franchir des montagnes aux chemins tortueux, avec des montées vertigineuses et des descentes insoupçonnables.  Mais après un effort très important, vous découvrirez, tel un joyau dans son écrin, le village de Malana. Merveille des merveilles, un voyage dans le temps, comme H. G. Wells aurait pu imaginer. Les guides et cuisiniers tibétains sont très agréables, vivants et joyeux. Alors n’hésitez pas".

Monsieur Stéphane


“Un air pur, des hommes particuliers, une marche magnifique, juste cinq jours de merveilles et de pureté, le tout parsemé d’odeur inoubliable. Des sourires et de la verdure, des efforts et des récompenses. Si vous respectez ce que vous voyez alors quel plaisir vous aurez. Ce trek vous est recommandé par nous et sans arrière pensée".

Flo et Loic, Cindy BRETAGNE FRANCE


“De la part de cinq français embarqués sur la route de Malana en août 1998. Notre virée a traversé un pays sauvage et pleins d’habitants montagnards très accueillants. Les sourires, les rencontres et la bonne spécialité locale nous ont fait voyager dans une nature et une civilisation inoubliable. Je vous recommande cette route des alpages et du charras et vous souhaite de vivre les mêmes aventures que nous – shanti, shanti ! Inoubliable".

Mr. Gregory


“Très belle ballade de trois jours au cœur de la montagne indienne. Contact très amical et rempli de gentillesse et de prévenance de la part des porteurs et du guide. Bref n’hésitez pas, vous ne serez pas déçus surtout en découvrant le magnifique de Malana révélant une simplicité non gâchée par le tourisme".



"We had a fantastic trek with Urgian, Gulshan and Karan. The food was excellent and varied. All three were very attentive and provided an excellent standard of service. We had much fun. The scenery was as expacted, breathtaking and everyone was very friendly (especially those in Malana). Overall, we had a great time and hope to return soon. Thank you very much ".



"Potala adventurers took us on a 4 days trek which we really enjoyed. The guys were enthusiastic, explaining things of interest and answering our questions (there were lot of them. The food was good, there was plenty of it. We were really impressed when the guys cleaned up the rubbish left by previous campers. They made every effort to care for the environment. Potala Adventurers demonstrated professionalism, patience and good knowledge of the area. We were very happy that we chose to trek with this company and recommend them to you ".

Jo Doble and John W. Christmas Island AUSTRALIA.


"Potala Adventurers are a very professional company. From day one we felt secure and happy to go trekking with them. The guides on the trek were excellent and we felt very safe in there company. They were always very helpful. The food they prepared was excellent and plenty of it. Dont hesitate to go trekking with them. We had an excellent time and the trek to MALANA was breathtaking".

M. Shaw and S. Shaw, ENGLAND.


Some images of beautiful Malana village in 1997 - almost 150 houses burnt on 5th January 2008 at 7:45am




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