Place : Himachal Pradesh.
Duration : 11 Days.
Highest Altitude Gain : 4,700 Mtr. ( 15,420 Ft. ).
Grade : Difficult.
Approx Trekking Km : Kms.
Activities : Trekking, Camping & Photography of Nature.
Best Time to Go : June-August.
The Tosh is feeder valley of the popular Parvati valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass the Tosh Nalla meets the Parvati River at Pulga coming from the north. The Tosh valley is initially narrow but as you progress higher the valley starts to open up and you cross several beautifull meadows. At the head of valley is the Tosh glacier surrounded by the well known peaks Papasura (6451 mts.), White Sail (6446 mts.). After crossing Sara-Umga Pass you descend in to Lahaul valley. Our other trek routes are Goechala Trek, Green Lake Trek, Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, Rachela (Neora Valley) Trek, Phoktey Dara Trek, Uttarey Dzongri Round Singalila Trek, Varsey Phalut Trek, Tosar Lake Trek etc.
"Meet & greet" with our company representative on arrival at Manali bus stand. First day of Sara-Umga Pass trek involves a drive from Mandi to Barsheni Village, followed by a trek to the campsite at Tosh Village. So after an early breakfast drive to Barsheni Village. The ascent to Barsheni from Manikaran takes about 1hr. over steep mountain road. The trail starts from above the Barsheni Village with a commanding view of the Parvati valley dam that is under construction. And the confluence of Parvati and Tosh river. The walk is a gradual climb till you come to the tosh village. The camp is a short walk past the village. Overnight Stay at Tosh Village (8,038 ft.) in tent.
After breakfast starts trek from Tosh Village to Budaban (9,908 ft., 4-5 hrs.). Follow the raging Tosh river through dense pine forests to Budhaban, a largish meadows with a spring of its own and many rocks. Overnight stay in Tent at Budaban.
After breakfast starts trek from Budaban to Sharam Thach (11,500 ft., 5-6 hrs.). It's a long days walk as the path climbs from Budaban to cross the tree line. It then continue over meadows and rhododendron cluster to the high altitude meadows of Sharan Thach. Overnight stay in Tent at Sharam Thach.
After breakfast starts trek from Sharam Thach to Shamshi Thach ( 12,631 ft. In 5-6 hrs ). An initial steep climb peters out to a narrow path patches of snow. The Tosh river continues its noisy course throughout. After a short descent, you arrive at Shamshi Thach, beautiful set in a little bowl at the base of the valley. To the North is the Tosh glacier, to the East the massive face of Kullu Makalu Peak and the glacier descending from Shamshi Thach. Overnight stay in Tent at Shamshi Thach.
After breakfast starts trek from Shamshi Thach to Kuta Thach ( 13,451 ft., 5-6 hrs. ). Walk to the south of the Tosh glacier and continue up on the path to the Kuta thach. Overnight stay in Tent at Kuta Thach.
After breakfast starts trek from Kuta Thach to Sara-Umga Pass ( 15,420 ft., 4-5 hrs. ). The day starts early as the pass needs to cross before after noon from the camp, The climb to the pass is steep over snow. From the top of pass you will get fabulous views of peaks in both Lahoul valley as well as Tosh valley and other surroundings by valleys. Overnight stay in Tent at Sara-Umga Base.
After breakfast starts trek from Sara-Umga Base to Putiruni ( 12,467 ft., 4-5 hrs. ). The descend on the other side takes you down to the meadows of Putiruni. Overnight stay in Tent at Putiruni.
Early morning starts trek from Putiruni to Chotta Dara ( 12,140 ft., 4-5 hrs. ). This is long day but this time the path is gradual with not too many ups and downs. Overnight stay in Tent at Chotta Dara.
After breakfast starts trek from Chotta Dara to Chhatru ( 11,024 ft., 4-5 hrs. ). This day you have to walk by the Chandra river due to non availability of cross the river with out bridge. Overnight stay in Tent at Chhatru.
After breakfast drive to Manali. This day you will cross the Rohtang Pass. Overnight stay at Manali in a hotel.
Drop to Manali bus stand before bus timing for your onward journey.
By Bus :
Manali is well connected with regular AC / Non AC Government / Private bus service from all the major cities of North India. Delhi & Chandigarh are few of them.
By Train :
Kalka Railway Station is a major railway station located in Kalka, 281 kms. from Manali. There are many long distance trains arrives at Kalka. Jogidernagar also have a railway station which is 163 kms from Manali. Yu can take local train from Pathankot to reach at Jogindernagar.
By Flight :
Flying to Kullu Manali Airport at Bhunter or KUU ( 50 kms. from Manali ) is another option that you can choose. Kullu Manali Airport is well connected with regular direct flight from Delhi.
1. Accommodation : As per the current availability over there we can provide you Dormitory room at manali & you will be accommodated in Tents / Trekkers hut during the trek.
2. Meal Plan : Day 1 Lunch to Day 12 Lunch.
3. Transportation : We will provide you : Manali bus stand to Barsheni Village & Chhatru to Manali bus stand return - Non-Luxury vehicle - seat capacity maximum 8 to 9 seats ( Sumo / Sumo Gold / Spacio / Mahindra Maxx / Similar ).
( Please Note : Vehicle will be taken for all transfers (Point to point drop) & the mentioned sightseeing points including fuel expenses on hire basis ).
4. All Car Permits, Parking, Toll-Taxes, Tips / Bata for the said vehicle & driver.
5. One group leader from our company.
6. Local Guide.
7. Local Porters, Yak / Mule / Horse for ration & equipment carrying only.
8. Cook during trek.
* Any Airfare / Train fare / Bus fare.
* Any extra porter for personal luggage.
* Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
* Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
* Still Camera / Video camera fees at any sightseeing points.
* Any meals / food during transit outside menu or other than those mentioned above.
* Any expenses of personal nature like Room Heater charges / Hot Water Bag charges / Mobile charging fees etc.
* Any kind of Entry Tickets / Fees at sightseeing points/ Monument / Parks / Boating Points / Museum / Zoo / Any Excess Waiting Charges or Parking charges at any Riding point, Example - Ropeway, Boating, Horse Riding points etc.
* Any portage at airport / rail station / hotels / on the way / during trek / or anywhere, all Tips / Bata, Any Insurance / Travel Insurance, Beverages & Soft drinks, Mineral water, Telephone charges etc and all items of personal nature.
* Expenses caused by the factors beyond our control like any rail and flight delays, any roadblocks, any vehicle disturbances/malfunctions, any political disturbances, any Natural Calamities like earthquake, flood, land slide, snow-falls, storm, heavy rain-fall etc.
To prepare for a trek, we need to strengthen our 2 prime M’s – Mind and Muscle, the body. Only then, the spending of the 3rd M – Money; a little or more, can bring to us an intense lifelong experience like trekking.
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of haemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our haemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
You can follow this stretching before run
After 15 min of stretching you can follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body.
MIND, THE MENTAL ENDURANCE :
To build our physical endurance prior to trek, we workout in a gymnasium or outdoors nearby. In both the cases, we actually choose a suitable environment for us to sweat. So, even if you get extremely fit before the trek, you don’t get exposed to the versatile environmental or climatic challenges that nature offers during a trek. All these environmental conditions have a deep impact on our body and mind too. A walk through heavy rains or snowfall, even in a normal gradient, becomes more challenging than the same trail in a pleasant weather. And it happens not only because of rain or snow makes the walk more difficult. Also, you need to adjust, tolerate and fight the adverse nature psychologically in which your body and mind are not habituated. Here, your mind comes into play. This is where the game becomes more mental than physical.
1. Bulid your own motivation system.
2. Use your passion to bring more motivation.
3. Study about your trek route to gain knowledge to plan and prepare yourself appropriately.
4. Think positive & stay focused.
5. Visualization is a common technique for handling stress.
Developing mental strength is not a one day game. Your experiences are the best teacher. You become more confident after every trek. Cherish your journey after completion of the trek. Sense, the achievement. These will build your mind stronger forever, no matter where you want to use it for, a trek or a life.
1. Hire a digital trainer for free. The key is to do it perfect than more in numbers. Use video tutorial, mobile apps, read blogs and use a mirror to make it perfect.
2. Be a regular, rather inconsistent & intense.
3. Drink more water during the exercise routine and more importantly in the time of trekking. Keep dehydration, muscles cramps, and life-threatening hypothermia away.
4. Food is fuel. Maintain a well-balanced diet consist of carbohydrate, fat, and protein during your exercise and trekking days.
5. Sleep well. Finally, the lack of sleep can spoil your whole preparation for a trek.
Below are the list of personal articles which are required for a trek on the Himalayas. This guide helps you to give an idea about the things that you need to bring in as a trek member. Depending upon the number of days of trek, the articles quantity may vary and this list is made considering the trek duration being 5 to 7 days (week long treks).
Always try to avoid unnecessary Cloths, toiletries which are heavy and of little use on mountain. Pack light.
For selection of personal gear/equipment and backpacking please read the articles carefully, before buying an item:
Rucksack/Back Pack : A Must item. Between 40 to 50 Litres. Don’t buy more than 60L unless you are in expeditions. These will be heavier and can cause discomfort if not fully loaded. You can buy it online or offine from trekking gear store. We can help you to find the right one.
Sleeping Bag : You can hire from us or bring your personal one rated for high altitude in case you have. Personal one is always better for hygiene. You can purchase from us. http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Trekking Shoe / Boot : A must item. A good quality trekking shoe/boot must have the following specs :
i) A sticky rubber sole with lug (indentations for better grip).
ii) Ankle support (Medium or high ankle).
iii) Waterproofing membrane. (A must for high altitude and winter treks).
Mattress (Foam/Rubber) : It is very cheap. You can buy it from Hardware shop or trekking gear shop.
Micro spikes/Anti slip grip & Gaiters : Its necessary only for snow trek, specially in winter time.
Rucksack cover (Waterproof): Advised. MUST for protection from rain/dust/stain etc. (Alternately you can keep your clothing and warm jacket inside polythene pack. Do get the pack(s) back to home and re use/recycle).
Daypack/Knapsack : Optional (Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc.) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permissible routes.
T-shirt (Base layer while you are hiking) : A must item and as per need. Take at least one Dry fit/Quick dry type which can ventilate sweat/moisture wicking. These are made of synthetic materials. Cotton T-shirts are NOT advised and avoid especially when you walk.
Warm Jacket (Mid layer clothing for warmth ) : A must item. Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill (Some refer as Hollow Fill Jacket/Down feather Jacket.
While hiking you will not require this unless you are hiking in cold conditions. Use this when you cool down at campsite. You can but from us - http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater (Outer layer clothing for protection from wind and rain/snow fall) : A MUST item. A hooded one made of water resistant/repellent material is highly advised.
Use this along with Base layer (t-shirt) while hiking unless it is warm and sunny weather. Wear this always as outer later to protect from wind chill be while hiking or at camp site.
Thermal wear (Base Layer once you reach campsite) : Upper and lower (Woolly cot). Must for winter treks.
Trek pant : A must item. Can be Track pants (avoid cotton), 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind.
One Dry fit/Quick dry track pant is advised. Water repellent/proof quality is a plus.
For altitude above 5000m/16400ft you should use wind proof and water proof trek pants.
Raincoat/Poncho/Waterproof clothing: Waterproofing is MUST during your trek in the Himalayas, be it in summer or winter.
This can be achieved by any of the following:
i) Use your windproof jacket and hiking pant having water repellent/proofing quality.
ii) A Poncho/Raincoat.
Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap : A Must item for protection from cold. Made of woolen/synthetic warm material.
Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana : For protection from sun while you hike.
Under garments/Inner wear : As per need.
Hiking Socks : 3/4 pair. Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks). 100% Cotton socks are NOT recommended as these absorb sweat and dry slowly. A pair of woolen material is nice to have especially in winter treks.
Woolen gloves : A Must item.
Waterproof gloves : Optional. Useful especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.
Camp sandal : Can be a strap on sports sandal or a Hawaiian sleeper.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles : Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending. Advised at least one pole for treks involving snow/ice.
Knee cap : Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injuries/problems (Neoprene added variant is better).
Water bottle/Hydration pack : Must. Good quality plastic bottle.
Sunglasses : This is MUST for all the high altitude treks and winter treks. Polarised/Anti-glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers using spectacle can order custom make powered sunglasses.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries : A MUST item. Head torch keeps your hands free.
Accessories/Toiletries : Optional and try to share when you travel in group.
Sunscreen lotion – Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stik/Cold & Moisturising cream – Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste – Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Soap/Soap strip – Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitizer – Optional. Small bottle.
Tissue roll ( Toilet paper) – This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Towel – Medium size (light weight).
Anti-Fungal Powder – Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.
Camera with extra cells: Optional. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes, carry spare batteries/power bank.
Dry food items(Kit): Must. Carry some dry fruits, chocolate/energy/protein bars and GluconD/Tang/Getorade.
Personal First-Aid Kit: Optional – Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.
Medicines Kit: This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:
Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
In regard to refund of unused / unutilized services (which are paid for and cancelled in advance) the refund amount would be worked out on the basis of cancellation policy as described above and the money would be accordingly refunded to the person who has made the payment to us. Please note that the refund process may take 2 – 4 weeks due to banking procedures. If the refund is made to the credit card account OR to Bank account, the bank charges would be debited from the refund amount.