Kugti Pass Trek

Kugti Pass Trek with Gaddis

Trekking AreaArea: Himachal Pradesh

Trek DurationDuration: 12 Days (6 days travel/6 days trekking)

Best Season to TrekBest Season: Mid June - Mid October

Trek GradesGrade:

These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at tricky places, which might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. Veterans are mostly preferred for such treks.

AltitudeAltitude: 5090 mts/16700ft

Trekking TotalTotal Trekking: 60 K.M

About Kugti Pass Trek

One of the most beautiful yet unexplored treks, the Kugti Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh takes you to a daunting altitude of 16,600 ft. Frequently used by the Gaddi tribes to cross over to Lahaul and Spiti valleys to graze their flocks, Kugti Pass proves to be a perfect gateway. A strenuous climb with difficult terrains and slippery paths, makes this trek one of the most challenging treks in the Central Himalayan ranges. An experience in high altitude trekking is a must before venturing on this intimidating trek.

Commencing from the bustling town of Bharmour near Chamba, the winding trails of the trek navigate through dense forests of pine and deodar, emerald green meadows, vast stretches of apple and peach orchards, gushing waterfalls and shimmering water streams. You will often come across shepherds with their flock of sheep moving through the hilly terrains. Your first major stopover on the journey would be the picturesque Kugti village from where the views of surrounding valleys and the gurgling Budhil River with a backdrop of thick pines truly makes for a picture postcard setting.

Kugti Pass Trek

As you proceed further on the route, ever changing scenery with wooden houses, striking fields and flowing streams keep you engaged with their mesmerizing beauty. Do not miss to visit the Kartik and Mata Marala temples on your way from Kugti village to Duggi; the residing deities of these temples are considered to be highly sacred for the Gaddi people who believe them to be the savour of their flocks and cattle. As you enter the Duggi valley negotiating narrow trails, boulder strewn moraines and crossing water streams, the sight of hanging glaciers, lofty mountain peaks, cascading rivers and lush meadows take your breath away for few moments. Further, as you move towards your destination, vast meadows carpeted with colourful flowers, sparkling rivulets and vast expanses of snow fields greet you on the way finally leading to the Kugti Pass; a small shrine with numerous prayer flags, bells and trishuls await you here.

From the pass, the breath-taking views of the arid and barren mountains of the Lahaul valley, the Manimahesh Kailash peak and Grechu Pass captivate your hearts and souls. After spending some time at the pass, you start for your descent finally ending the trek at Manali.

If you are fascinated with high altitudes, nature's work of art and nerve wrecking thrills and adventures, the Kugti Pass trek is just right for you.

Kugti Pass Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Trek goes through less explored and remote area
  • Large verdant meadows
  • Numerous Waterfalls in the way
  • Campsites by the streams and lush green meadows
  • Trail will pass through snow fields, glaciers and icefalls
  • Explore the mesmerizing terrain at the high altitude
  • A glimpse of Himalayan wildlife at the Kugti Sanctuary.
  • Opportunity to get an insight into the lifestyle and culture of Gaddi shepherds.

Best Time to Visit Kugti Pass Trek

The best time to visit Kugti Pass Trek is from mid-June to mid-October. Early part of the season is when one can witness lots of snow at the high passes. By the time August comes, the snow cover starts to decrease. As the season advances, one may be lucky to find rain in Kullu-Manali Valley and a brightly shining sun at Spiti. Days are mostly warm and sunny (12-20°C), while the nights are cold, especially at the high campsites) with temperatures ranging from -2 to 6°C. In the final phase of the season (Sept to mid-Oct), amount of snow around the trail reduces, and the weather is pleasant with some probability of snowfall. Days enjoy good sunshine with temperatures between 12 and 18°C and the nights get colder with -6 to 4°C.

Where is the Kugti Pass Trek

Kugti Pass is placed at a height of 5,050 m near the picturesque and remote village of Kugti. It comes under the Pir Panjal Range of Central Himalayas. From this pass one can reach the Duggi Plain, a grassland which is perfect for camping. The happiness of reaching the summit would be awarded with the splendid views of Manimahesh Kailash Peak, Dhauladhar ranges and also the snow-covered peaks situated outside the Lahaul Valley. One can also explore the Leah Cave situated at the foot of the Kugti Pass.

Trek begins from Bharmaur. After 13 km comes Hadsar, from where one reaches Kugti Village after an ascending and descending trail. To go to Kugti Village, one needs to go through the village, cross a side-stream and ascend along the Budhil Gorge. The Keylong Temple and the temple of Murkula Devi (goddess of Kugti Pass) will come along the route. Climb towards the alpine meadows will start from the temple. The vast and rocky Duggi Grassland is situated at the point of union of – Budhil River and Duggi stream.

How to Reach Kugti Pass Trek?

The nearest town to McLeodganj is Dharamshala. You can reach Dharamshala from Delhi.

By Road: You can take a bus from Delhi. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation operates buses to Dharamshala from Delhi via Chandigarh. Several private operators also ply buses on this route.

By Train: The nearest railway station is at Pathankot. Almost all trains on the route to Jammu Tavi make a stopover at this station, from where cabs and buses can be hired to reach Dharamshala/McLeodganj.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Gaggal airport (21 km). Few carriers like Air India and Spice Jet operate flights that take around one hour and fifteen minutes to half an hrs from Delhi. You can take a cab from here.

Kugti Pass Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi - Pathankot (By Train)

By evening catch AC train for Pathankot from New Delhi railway station. Overnight journey.

Day 02: Pathankot - Dalhousie (80 Kms)

On arrival at Pathankot train station meet our guide and then travel to Dalhousie. Upon arrival at Dalhousie check into the hotel and in the evening visit the wonderful local sightseeing and attractions of the startling hill station Dalhousie.

Day 03: Dalhousie - Kalatop - Khajiyar - Bharmour (110 Kms)

After having Breakfast at Dalhousie we will move ahead to explore the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, then head towards Khajiyar. Enjoy and explore the charming natural exquisite beauty of the Mini Switzerland and have the lunch. After finishing the lunch we will further move ahead to Bharmour through Chamba. After you reach at Bharmour check into the hotel and afterwards in the evening, be a part of the Aarti at the Chaurasi temples.

Day 04: Bharmour - Bharmani Mata Temple & back (6 Kms acclimatization trek)

Having breakfast early in the morning and taking along the packed lunch, the trek to Bharmani Temple begins. Bharmani temple is located at the crest and is about 3 kilometres trek from Bharmour. In the evening we will return back to Bharmour and check into the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 05: Bharmour - Hadsar- Kugti (20 Kms by road and 6 Kms Trek)

After having breakfast in the early morning the troop will move to Hadsar through Taxi then further proceed through the arduous trek involving several inclines and declines on the way to the Kugti village and in a short duration of time we will reach at small station Dhanaul that is about 6 kilometre from Hadsar. After having small rest and relaxing at Dhanaul we will resume the trekking along the left bank of the Budhil River. The trek goes up & down for another ½ hour to reach the bed of Budhil River, covering the total distance of 5 kilometres from Dhanaul. After crossing the tiny stream by a wooden bridge, we ascend persistently for another 1 hour to reach the Kugti village. Kugti is a big village and consist of 2 villages lower Kugti and upper Kugti. Enjoy the exquisite beauty of the Kugti village and spend the left day relaxing and see the sights in the village. Lunch &dinner will be provided at Kugti.

Day 06: Kugti - Dughi (3340m/8.5km trek/6 hours)

After having breakfast in the early morning the troop will pass through the village, cross a tiny stream over a wooden bridge, then mount for about ½ hour beside the banks of the Budhil stream. Going on an up and down pathway we will reach at a water point. Afterwards a straight short walk the trail ascends steeply for about ½ hour to reach the Kartik temple. This temple is devoted to the son of Lord Shiva 'Kartik'. The Lord Kartik is believed to be the saviour of cattle from disease and other jeopardy and was brought from the neighbouring Lahaul Valley. The Gaddi Shepherds offer the sheep to Lord Kartik to protect their flocks. After visiting the temple of Goddess Marali and the Kartik temple we will rest here for about 1 hour and then the troop will move forward towards the next destination Dughi. From the temple the trail hikes gradually for ½ hour through the alpine aromatic meadows; descend to the stream, fords it and reach at Dughi camping site. After, having lunch at the Dughi camping site and spend the left day enjoying and relaxing in the midst of natures beauty and after having dinner rest in the tents.

Day 07: Dughi – Alyas Base Camp (4250 mts/9 km trek/5 hrs)

The base ground of the passes or the camp sites on the either sides of passes are called Alyas and locally called as 'Lahesh'. After having the breakfast we will move forward from Dughi to Alyas, 6 kilometres demanding, but a very adventurous and enjoyable stage of the trek. The main pathway continues with the stream, first steps forward to the Eastern side gradual hiking then to the North Eastern side, climbing steeply to reach the verdant plateau of Kuddy. As height increases the trees and bush line is left behind. So we will take the dry firewood of the bushes ahead 2 kilometres from Lahesh for the night since the night temperature goes down below zero degrees Celsius at Alyas. Here it turns toward North-East and follows the Kugti pass Alyas, with a gradually steep climb to the Alyas camp site. From this point the V-shaped pass between two high crests can be seen. It will take about 5 to 6 hour run to reach the Alyas camp site, lunch will be offered and you can enjoy the entire day and revitalize the body for the next day's tough voyage.

Day 08: Alyas Base – Kugti Pass (5090 mts) - Alyas Base (12 kms Steep climb)

Alyas - Kugti Pass - Alyas is a 12 kilometres track that is totally depended upon the climatic conditions and physical condition of trekkers. Generally the touring guide will not take the danger or permit to cross the passes in bad climatic conditions and will wait for the till the sky clears up. If sunshine, then after having hot tea and light breakfast the we will move forward very in the early morning around 4:00 AM to make sure that the snow is absolutely frozen for a much easier hike and need to cross the pass before 12:00 PM otherwise will create major problems as rainfall, heavy snow, winds, and even snow fall can take place anytime. After a segment over the moraine, a usually noticeable trek in the snow, winds uphill, well trodden and with the way. Generally go after the hoof prints of the flocks as they perpetually select the safest route to pass through the crevasses patches. Just almost 1 kilometre before we reach the pass the pathway turns out to be very steep, over the loose rocks and snow. On reaching at the top of the Kugti Pass view the stunning surrounding mountain, peaks of the great and spectacular Himalayan Range and striking view of the Manimahesh Kailash, also see the wonderful view of the both side Alyases and Grechu pass to the North-West side. On the top of the pass there is a simple shrine temple of the Goddess Marali Devi, the goddess of the Kugti Pass, is symbolised by the some bells, iron trinkets, and colourful cloth pieces. After we reach the top, we will rest for some time and again move ahead towards downstream and aim to reach at Alyas as quickly as possible. From the top of the pass, it is a run for about 2 hours to reach at Alyas of Lauhal. On the other side begin with a steep part of the trail that is too perilous and required very alert mind. Lack of attention and negligence may create immense problem. The track is not really wide enough to place one foot in front of the other. The Alyas (Khodlu) camp site is located 6 kilometres away from the Kugti pass. Dry fruits, refreshments, etc. will be served as a small lunch, later you will be served with some energetic fast food for the dinner.

Day 09: Alyas Base Camp – Udaipur / Keylong (8 kms trek and 45 kms by car)

Alyas to Jobrung 8 kilometres, the trail heads crosses a ridge, than goes downwards to the Rashil stream. Following the right bank the pathway descends to a striking village called Jovrung, the first home on the Lauhal side, overlooking the Chandra Bhaga River. Later the trail crosses the river, stream by a valley bridge and then reaches Shamsha situated on the Kilad - Manali highway. By vehicle trail arrives at Udaipur, here we will stay for a night in a Hotel/Guest House.

Day 10: Udaipur/Kelong – Manali

After visiting the main temple of Mirkla Mata situated in Udaipur the troop will go to Keylong, Distt. Headquarter of Lauhal. After Kelong we will further move to Manali through Rohtang pass. The troop will stay here for around 1 hour on the top of the Rohtang pass. Upon reaching Manali, here our outdoor team will leave the troop with warm wishes and hopes for further more trips in the future to explore the great Himalaya.

Day 11: Manali to Delhi (570 kms/14 hrs)

Half day sightseeing at Manali, visit old Manali, Hadimba temple, Shiva temple and monastery in town are main attraction s, by evening drive to Delhi by AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.

Day 12: Delhi

Arrival at Delhi by morning.

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Things to Carry for Kugti Pass Trek

Things to Carry While Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

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When to book Kugti Pass Trek?

You should book Kugti Pass Trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Kugti Pass trek is Delhi/Pathankot train station. At Pathankot our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Kugti Pass Trek?

Kugti Pass Trek is a tough trek with a maximum altitude of 16700ft (5090m) minimum age required is 15 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Kugti Pass Trek?

In the month of July & August the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and it can rain heavily which will further decrease the temperature.

How long we trek during Kugti Pass Trek?

We plan our treks in such a way that after 6 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 8 to 14 Kms.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reason?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious, pure vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable, and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so a vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller, etc. are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.

How do you deal with the emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in the wilderness and they carry necessary first aid medicine kit. At each camp, they assess your condition and can take appropriate action in case a rescue is required. In the case of the rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek and we will send you the details of the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure 2018

2nd – 7th July 2018 3rd – 8th July 2018 9th – 14th July 2018
10th – 15th July 2018    

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