About Chandrakhani Pass Trek
Chandrakhani Pass trek is one of the best treks around Manali for beginners. The route takes one through the forests, small meadows and offers fabulous views from the top at 3,600 m.
The trail passes mostly through the forests of pine, deodar and oak trees. One can also find cherries on the way.
From the top fabulous views of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges can be seen. Deo Tibba peak is visible from the pass.
Use of waterproof shoes is a must during summers as snow is still present and one can enjoy sliding down the snow from the top while descending.
Travel to base camp (Starting point of Chandrakhani Pass Trek)
The trek starts through Rumsu village which can be reached through Naggar. Naggar is located on the Kullu-Manali road, 24 Km away from Kullu. It has a taxi stand as well as decent frequency of local buses going either to Manali or Kullu. Click on ‘How to Reach Naggar‘ to read about it in detail. One has to take a cab or hike for 5 Km along the road to reach Rumsu village. There is an alternative hiking route that is more steep, but it would save at least 2 Km.
Rumsu Village to Naya Tapru (4 Km trek, 4-5 hrs, 2,200 m to 2,950 m)
The trek route goes through a dense forest of pine, fir, oak and chestnut trees. One would encounter a steep portion before reaching the meadow of Ghan Kulhadi. Camping can be done at Naya Tapru. There is a water stream nearby. Some edible mushrooms can be located in the adjoining forest, but it’s recommended to use the expertise of an experienced guide before choosing them.
Naya Tapru to Chandrakahani Pass and descent to Chaklani (6 hours total, 2,950 m to 3,650 m at Chandrakhani)
There is a moderate ascent to Chandrakhani Pass which takes 4 hours to trek. A fairly vast area at the top leads to spectacular views of Dhauladhar range. Parvati valley and Malana valley are visible from here. Dhana Kunnu Pass is located just adjacent to Chandrakahani Pass. Descending from here to Chaklani takes around 2 hrs. Camping can be done at this place.
Day 3: Chaklani to Rumsu (4 hrs, 8 Km)
The route from here for the descent goes through the same trail used while ascending. It takes around 4 hours to reach Rumsu village from there.
Best season for Chandrakhani Pass Trek:
April-June is the best time to do this trek as presence of snow on higher altitudes makes the experience more enjoyable. Snow may not remain during the month of June. Therefore it’s better to it in the earlier months of this window. The trek is not recommended during the rainy season as the area would remain mostly cloudy eleven when it’s not raining and block the views.
The trek can also be done in September-November, with the best views coming during first half of September when the Malana valley and Parvati valley are blooming with flowers right after monsoon showers.
Usually only Vodafone and BSNL, but they work inconsistently and only upto Ghan Kulhadi. Also Airtel works, but usually not effective beyond Rumsu village.
Nearest ATM: Naggar
Looking for an alternative trek near Manali? Click on ‘Beas Kund Trek‘ to read about it.