Kaliheni Pass Trek:

Group departure starting on 1st July 2023 @ Manali.

Kaliheni pass (also pronounced as Kalihani Pass) trek is one the offbeat trails in the Himalayas producing contrasting beauty of green and arid regions. The pass at ~4800 m/15750 ft,  traditionally known as the Senghor Jot, is the highest pass in the shepherd route from Kullu valley to the remotest Bara Bhangal area of Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Kali-Heni which means black snow, is rightly named as you can observe ancient glaciers with old ice formations both to the approach and at the pass. The pass itself is glacial. The route to Kaliheni and back to Sangchur village takes 7 days and 70 Km of trekking through Alpine forest inside Manali Sanctuary, splendid rolling Meadows and glacier moraine zones. The hidden lush pastures are traditionally known to the “Gaddi”s (local name for the Shepherds) and while crossing the pass grazing opportunity extended between Kullu and Kangra valleys. On the first and last day of the trek, bird’s eye view of spread out Kullu valley is spectacular to watch. Lama Dugh area is known for its wild flowers during summer and monsoon. From Khanpari Pass/base of Khanpari Tibba, the view of Pir Panjal range (Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Indra Tilak, Ali Ratan Tibba etc) is a trekkers delight. To the north-west Dhauladhar Range (Hanuman Tibba,  Friendship peak, Ladakhi, Manali peak etc. ) is close by. Very few trails in Himachal produce similar kind of vast expanse of the sprawling meadows. In jest, this interior high altitude mountain pass between Kullu and Kangra is a unique Himalayan trail of its own kind with unexplored wilderness.

Approaching Kaliheni Pass: Year around snowbound glaciated pass
On top of Kaliheni Pass at 4800 m/15750 ft (P.C. Upasana Roy)
Boulder hopping and negotiating glacial moraines
Pir Panjal range from Kaliheni base (L to R, Ali Ratni Tibba, Indrasan, Deo Tibba)
A charming green and less trodden trail
Summer is full of flowers (P.C. Pradeep Bijur)
Abundant wildflowers in summer
Tree line ends and beginning of alpine meadows (Thatch)
Stunning fall colours during October (P.C. Arunava Patra)
Exquisite meadows Of Riyali area (P.C. Pradeep Bijur)
Foliage in autumn during October (P.C. Rajat Pal)
Cattle grazing on meadows (P.C. Pradeep Bijur)
A Shepherd’s shelter
River crossing
Kaliheni Pass @ 4800 m/15750 ft (P.C. Arunava Patra)
Returning from pass to Kaliheni base (P.C. Rajat Pal)
Kullu valley – Bird’s-eye view while descending

Brief  Itinerary:

Day 1: Reach Manali by Noon – Lodge or Guest house stay at Vashisht, Manali.
Day 2: Trek to Lamadugh – 10 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 3: Lamadugh to Riyali Thatch – 11 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 4: Riyali Thatch to Keliheni base  – 9 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 5: Kaliheni base to Keliheni Pass and back – 12 Km – 7/8 hours
Day 6: Kaliheni base to Dor Nullah via Riyali Thatch – 15 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 7: Dor Nullah to Mailee  – 8 Km – 4/5 hours
Day 8: Trek to Sangchur – 6 Km – 3 hours – Drive to Manali – 30 Km – 2 hours (by 4 pm)

** Trekkers need to reach Manali on Day 1 , by noon . Similarly book your return tickets from Manali on Day 8 evening, 5 pm or later.

Why Kaliheni pass trek? What is special about the trail?

We hope the following features are good enough to entice and indulge yourself in this all encompassing high altitude trek.

  • There is hardly any “Moderate” grade trail which offers snow and ice throughout the year, unless you plan “Difficult” grade treks over 5000 m. This pass has is covered by glacier and you will find snow and ice even in post monsoon, September & October unlike other popular trails like Roopkund, Rupin, Hampta Pass, Goecha La and others.
  • The trek is thrilling, you need to negotiate boulders, moraine zone, snow and ice before reaching the pass. Also you will get yourself engaged with river crossing.
  • Snow clad peak views are fantastic and ample. You will see both Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, including the peaks of surrounding Rohtang, Bhrigu and Hampta area from different points of the trail. Also from pass you can witness the snowy mountains on the other side, i.e. Kangra ranges.
  • The trail offers eye soothing green vista, initially you will trek inside Manali Sanctuary and then one of the best rolling alpine meadows of the Himalayas called Riyali Thatch.
  • As of now there is hardly any trekker on this trail and thus it is intact and pristine.

Clothing and temperatures for Kaliheni pass trek:

It is important to carry proper clothing in any high altitude trek and so for this trail.

Summer & Monsoon (Jun to Aug):  Daytime temperature will be warm in low altitude (till ~ 3500 m/ 11500 ft) and nights are cool. Night/early morning temperatures at Lamadugh, Riyali and Kaliheni base base will be around 15°C, 10°C and 5°C.

Post Monsoon/Autumn (Sep – Oct): This season is colder than summer.  Temperatures will be cool in low altitude and become colder as you gain height. Night/early morning temperatures at Lamadugh, Riyali and Kaliheni base base will be around 10-12°C, 10-5°C and 5 to 0°C. In later half of October temperature may plummet to subzero, up to  – 5°C at Kaliheni base.

Three layers of clothing is mandatory in the campsite while outside tent.

a) A thermal base layer (warm woolly-cot material) – Not required in summer

b) A heavy jacket (Fleece or Synthetic jacket ) as middle layer.

c) A windproof cum waterproof with hood as the outer layer.

Reaching Vashisht, Manali (Kaliheni pass trek base):

Our trek base is Vashisht, 3 Km uphill from Manali. Either you can take an auto rickshaw or walk around an hour to reach Vashisht, where the famous temple in the same name is situated.

Manali is well connected by road from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are a handful of buses, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.

1) From Delhi (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) the Volvo and regular buses start in the afternoon till late in the evening. It takes up to 13/14 hours to cover the distance of 560 Km. HP Government transport operated HRTC (http://hrtchp.com) and Tourism Department HPTDC operated busses are reliable and runs on time. There are privately operated bus services also having different pick up points in Delhi. The last Volvo busses for Manali start around 10:30 pm from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (Govt.) or Majnu Ka Tila (private).

2) From Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) there are regular bus services for Manali, starting early morning till 6 am. It may take around 10/12 hrs depending upon the road conditions. Distance around 320 Km.

3) While returning one can take overnight bus from Manali which again reaches Delhi in 13/14 hours. Normally the last Volvo service (both Govt. and Private) is around 6:30 pm. The last regular bus by  Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) starts from Manali at 9:30 p.m.

Download the list of things to carry in Kaliheni Pass trek

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Why treks with HT?

Highest Point4800 m/15750 ft
Trail Length70 Km
Expertise:10 years on ground experience
Support staff:Qualified local & office staff
Group size:Small groups up to 15
Insurance:Travel insured trek and tour itinerary
Easy Bookings:25% Booking Deposit
Kaliheni pass trek

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 6 reviews
September 26, 2019

Kaliheni Pass was my second trek with Himalaya Trekkers with the 1st being at Sandakphu. This trek was a bit difficult for me as I experienced High Altitude Sickness but the Guides Inder and Amit encouraged me throughout the trek making it a memorable experience. The kitchen staff was also very friendly, helpful and catered to all our food requirements. The porters also took care of all the camping equipment, tools and gears. The pristine water sources, mountains and the weather as well as company of a small, mixed group of trekkers who became good friends added to more fun. Overall I had a good time with a small set of like-minded friends. Thank you (again) HT!

October 20, 2018

Oh yes! Rhik was simply awesome. What a nice guy! Professional and knows his stuff. We had a great time with HT. Totally recommend them! The trek was well organized, they gave us good quality sleeping bags, tents were always pitched and ready and food was hot and tasty.

July 5, 2016

Signed up with a group of friends for my first ever trek, 7 days in the mighty Himalayas , all apprehensions put to rest with team HT’ selfless service. Waking up to the rising sun, yummy food, trekking, rock climbing, games, laughter and a comfortable place to rest. Everything executed to perfection…with Team work at its Best!! Wow!! could life get any better. Thank You HT for helping us script life time memories.

October 30, 2015

This was my first Himalayan trek and thanks to you it was a memorable experience. The guide knew the route very well and the supporting staff took very good care of us. They rose to the occasion when it mattered. I would like to trek with you guys in the future.

October 30, 2015

The trek location, staff, and support were great. Our guide was outstanding. I enjoyed the lush green valleys, the glacier walks, the snow covered mountain passes and majestic views throughout.

October 17, 2013

This memoir will be incomplete if I do not put in a word of appreciation for Sapta and his support team from Himalaya Trekkers. Kaliheni is a less trodden route, full of surprises, difficult but breathtaking and the support extended by Sharma, our guide, Jeevan (cook), Dipendra and Kiran made it all the more pleasurable. The team left nothing to imagination in terms of the service delivered.

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