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Chobia Pass Trek From Delhi

Duration : 9 Nights

Destination Covered : Delhi – Pathankot - Dalhousie – Kalatop - Khajiyar – Bharmour - Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour - Hadsar – Kugti - Kathedu Temple - Alyas Base Camp - Chobia Pass- Alyas Base Camp - Trilokinath – Udaipur - Keylong - Manali - Delhi

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Chobia Pass Trek 9 Night / 10 Days Tour

Chobia Pass is the second highest altitude pass in the Pir- Panjal range, an interesting and adventurous trek of 9-10 days over one of the tough trek. In this trek, tracker can view the beauty of Pir- Panjal range and providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people named as Gaddi (shepherd). How shepherd live their tough life along with their flocks and how the Gaddies are dedicated and faithful to their Gods and Goddess like Lord Shiva, Lord Kartik and Goddess Marali Mata. The Gaddies after spending six months in lower reaches of Kangra and Una District of Himachal Predseh with their flocks comes to Bharmour, stay a while at Bharmour they moves toward Lauhal and Spiti through Kugti and Chobia passes to graze their flocks. Gaddies first take permission to cross the Chobia Pass from Lord Kathedu.They scarify their few sheep’s to lord Shiva, Lord Kathedu and Goddess Marali Devi at Kathedu temple to get permission. If someone is not allowed or permitted to cross the pass, and they will not cross the pass and spent their six month near the Kugti ranges and graze their flock in their allotted ranges. This Pass is very risky at the time of snowfall or over fresh snow for tracking. Gaddies also scarify few sheep’s when they are crossing Chobia Pass to the Goddess Marali for safe and easy crossing. Few of shepherd also cross another Pass in Lauhal known as Baralacha pass. The grass of Lauhal and Spiti is much nutrient than other grasses; this is the main reason to go to Lauhal and Spiti with their flocks. The Gaddies return in the month of September from Lauhal and same as repeated cycle.

In this trek, tracker can view the beauty of Pir- Panjal range The Gaddies (shepherds) after spending six months in lower reaches of Kangra and Una District of Himachal Pradesh come to Bharmour, and move towards Lauhal and Spiti through Kugti and Chobia passes to graze their flocks. This Pass is very risky at the time of snowfall or over fresh snow for tracking as crevasses open up on Lahaul side in monsoon months and are difficult to negotiate. Gaddis also sacrifice few sheep’s when they are crossing Chobia Pass to the Goddess Marali for safe and easy crossing. Few of shepherd also cross another Pass in Lauhal known as Baralacha pass as grass of Lauhal and Spiti is much nutrient than other grasses; this is the main reason to go to Lauhal and Spiti with their flocks. June is the best month for trekking this pass. Chobia Pass lies between 2 minor peaks Tent Peak (6133m ) and Barakanda Peak (5877 ) of the Pir Panjal Ranges.

Chobia Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary
Location: Himachal Pradesh
Area: Chamba - Lahual
Best time to visit: Mid June to Early September
Altitude: 4966 metres
Day 1
Delhi – Pathankot

Take a train for Pathankot train station by evening from Delhi. Overnight train journey.

Day 2
Pathankot - Dalhousie (80 Kms Drive)

On arrival at Pathankot train stations meet our executive and drive to Dalhousie. On arrival at Dalhousie, check into the pre booked hotel and in evening visit local sight seen of Small Hill station Dalhousie.

Day 3
Dalhousie – Kalatop - Khajiyar – Bharmour (110 Kms Drive)

In the morning after breakfast in the hotel, we will move from Dalhousie to the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary and then to Khajiyar. Enjoy the beauty of Mini Switzerland and take lunch. After Lunch, we will move to Bharmour via Chamba. On arrival in Bharmour, check into the hotel. In the evening, we will join the Aarti at Chaurasi temples. Later, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km Trek For Acclimatization Day)

We will leave early in the morning today after having breakfast in the hotel and with packed lunch for trekking to Bharmani Temple, which is situated on the ridge and is a 03 km trek from Bharmour. In the evening, return back to the hotel in Bharmour for an overnight stay.

Day 5
Bharmour - Hadsar – Kugti (20 Kms Drive And 06 Km Trek)

After breakfast early in the morning, we will move to Chobia via Taxi and then further strenuous trek involving several ascents and descents to the Kathedu temple. The trek will pass you through gradual climbs continuing through meadows dotted with multicoloured flowers, especially during August and September for a run of 2 hours. Thereafter, we will reach at the Kathedu temple along with small stream. After taking dinner at the temple, we will stay for a night and revive the body for next day journey.

Day 6
Kathedu Temple - Alyas Base Camp (9 Km Trek)

Today, we will leave from the Kathedu temple to reach Alyas Base Camp, which involves around 9 kms of the walk. Base ground of Passes or Camp grounds on both sides of passes are called Alyas locally called Lahesh. After taking breakfast early in the morning at Kathedu temple, we will move ahead to steep and gradual climbs through up the forest thins out as height is gained. Go up through more pasture and juniper trees to Alias; rock shelter and a few Gaddi shepherds in a camp nearby pass. After taking lunch at Alyas camping ground, we will enjoy the rest of the day in the camp followed by dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 7
Alyas Base Camp - Chobia Pass- Alyas Base Camp (12 Km Trek)

After breakfast, we will leave Alyas Base Camp to reach Chobia Pass and then return back to the Alyas again. It will be a 12 Kms track and is totally depending upon the weather and physical condition of the tracker. Generally, our tour guide will not take the risk or allow crossing the passes in bad weather conditions and will wait for clearing the sky. If the sun shines, then after taking tea and light breakfast start moving ahead very early in the morning around 4:00 am to ensure that the snow is frozen for easier walking and if fails to cross the pass before 12:00 pm will create a big problem as heavy snow winds, rainfall even snowfall can happen. The hard climbing of about 6Km to the pass takes 5-7 hours. Passing over a moraine the trail leads up a crevassed glacier and through a narrow gully with vertical walls on both sides. On the top of the pass, panoramic view of the Zaskar Range to the North and the Manimahesh Range to the South. On the other side, pick a way down at 100 meters high rock face; below that goes straight down usually in deep soft snow. Descending a glacier for two hours is followed by a moraine for one another hour, then to Alias camp ground. After taking Lunch at Alyas enjoy the whole day and revive the body for the next day.

Day 8
Alyas - Trilokinath – Udaipur

In the morning after breakfast, we will leave Alyas to reach Trilokinath and then to Udaipur, which is 14 Km descends to the East side of the Chobia pass. We will walk for about 6 km over rocky terrain. Then cross the pleasant terrain and descend gently to the small village of Bhaghot above the Chandra-Bhaga River. Stay for a while and move ahead from there the track turns North West side along the river, through forest and pleasant fields and reach Trilokinath. This big village has an ancient Buddhist temple that houses a one meter high marble statue of God Avalokiteshvar, sitting cross-legged and with six arms. From there, we will walk through fields for two Km, the trails go down to cross the river and join the main highway to Udaipur. From the Highway, we will take the taxi to reach Udaipur. On reaching Udaipur, enjoy a relaxing overnight stay at the hotel/guest house in Udaipur.

Day 9
Udaipur - Keylong - Manali

Today after breakfast, we will leave Udaipur to return back to Manali. On the way, we will be visiting the main temple of Mirkla Mata at Udaipur. Further, we will move to Keylong, District headquarters of Lahaul. After Keylong, we will be further moving to Manali via Rohtang pass. We will stay for one hr on the top of Rohtang pass. On reaching Manali, transfer to Volvo station and drive to Delhi. Overnight journey.

Day 10
Arrive Delhi

Arrival at Delhi by morning in between 07:00 – 08:00 hrs.



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