Crown of Spiti Valley
Region : Spiti valley
Among the High altitude passes in the Himalayan region of Spiti valley Manirang Pass is regarded as the most remote and hard even today. It is located in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 5355m above sea level. This pass is reckoned to be one of the least explored mountain passes in the Indian Himalaya. Mount Manirang Altitude: 6593 mtr. / 21625.04 ft known as the crown of the Spiti is the valley isa challenge for Mountaineers. It connects the Kinnaur to Lahaul & Spiti region and was the ancient route of trade before it became motorable.
The whole region is situated in the rain shadow area and more or less lies dry other than winter.
The undulating terrain is very harsh comprising of boulders, marine and difficult to access without a proper guide due to sheer remoteness.
Day 01 : Manali to Kaza (Taxi) 204 km.
Day 02 : Kaza to Mane (Taxi) 35 km. Trek from Mane to Sapona Lake(Yangtso)
about 11 kilometers (easy to Moderate hike depending upon how well you are acclimatized )
Day 03 : Yangtso – Manirang pass Base-
6 kilometers of uphill climb through the glacier and crevasses laden, will make camp at 5000 meters just below the pass
Day 04 : Reserve Day
Day 05 : Manirang pass Base- Manirang Pass - Rankali
Long tiring day of about 18 kilometers of trek.(Not as difficult if attempted from Spiti side in compression to Ropa side. Nonetheless, still extremely tedious coz of the ice-fall, crevasses and the altitude. Advised to start the climb as early as possible as the weather turns extremely freakish from the pass towards the basecamp side.
Day 06 : Rankali to the cave near Sumdothatch.
About 12 kilometers. Advised to reach the place earlier as the place requires river-crossing which becomes quite tricky during later half of the day. Moderate to difficult trek because of no trails or foothold present at some place. May have to cut footholds at some places.
Day 07 : Sumdothach to Panktil. (about 12 kilometers easy trek.)
Advised to ration water during this stretch. As according to season water source may be scarce in this trail
Day 08 : Panktil to Ropa. 13 kilometers of (easy trek )
One can meet Ropa shepherds till Sumdothach where Ropa villagers have some cultivable land as well. The other side of the pass is frequented by Mane villages well beyond the Lake Yangtso for grazing their herds and reaches till very close to the pass basecamp. Drive from Ropa to Kalpa (Taxi) 90 km. Stay at HPTDC Guest House.
Day 09 : Kalpa to Shimla 250 km.
Day 10 : Reach Chandigarh.
Cost : On Request(Group size 6 members)
from Manali to Chandigadh for a maximum group size of 6 members.
Inclusions : Transport from Manali to base Camp, Porterage , Guide Charges , Food and Equipment charges.
- Guides (two) :
- Basic Mountaineering Course qualified Guide from Summiters.
- Local Guide who has extensive knowledge of the route.
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
- Equipments - Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
- Basic First aid Kit.
- Forest Permits and camping charges.
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping ban liners
- Personal Porters for carrying backpacks of trekkers
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trailhead
Q: Who can do this trek?
A: If you can walk on an average of 5 to 6km without a problem, then you can! If you have specific health issues like asthma, heart issues or the likes, consult your doctor before participating in the trek.
Q: How cold does it get?
A: It depends on where you come from, but from an Indian context – it can get quite cold. The temperature in the higher regions can touch -2 degrees at night. So be prepared and carry warm clothing. Although multiple layers will serve the purpose, it can get quite heavy and uncomfortable. Your best bet would be to buy a professional high altitude jacket.
Q: What should we carry?
A: The following items are a must-carry:
Shoes: A good pair of shoes is a must - a good pair does not mean your Adidas/ Nike/ Reebok/ Puma sport shoe. You need a pair that can withstand the wear and tear of walking for many days. A bad shoe can ruin your trek by causing blisters. Ask us, we can help you in choosing the right one for your budget.
The other things you need to carry are : gloves, a skull cap, a sun hat/cap, your personal clothes and toiletry kit, a good pair of sun glasses, a water bottle and your personal medicines (if necessary). Your sleeping bag, mat and tents will be provided to you by Summiters.
Q: What food do you provide?
A: We provide simple vegetarian food that is light and suitable for trekking. Don’t expect pizza hut or an Anand Bhavan - nor will you have to go hunting. You will have enough and when you are tired – anything served will taste superb!
Q: Is the mountain water safe to drink?
A: Yes. It’s as pure as it can be. But if you are finicky – you can buy mineral water
Q: How can I prepare myself?
A: Take daily long walks or jogs.
Terms and Conditions
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Here are our conditions:
Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date:No Refund
- No Show : No Refund