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Miyar Valley Trek

Miyar Valley Trek – The Hidden Gem (2023)

  • 8 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Start: Manali
  • Altitude
    Altitude : 14,599 ft

The Miyar valley is a pristine and unexplored valley in the Lahaul region, home to beautiful flowers and stunning landscapes. This valley is often overlooked by trekkers and tourists eager to explore more popular destinations in the area. However, those who venture off the beaten path will be rewarded with an incredible experience that cannot be found anywhere else.

The trek is about 58 km in the long and winding S-shape between Zanskar and Chamba. 

Covering a massive distance of nearly 100 kilometres, the Miyar River runs into the Chandra Bhaga River at Udaipur. The glacier is almost 36 kilometres long, all the way to Kang La (17,600 feet) and beyond into the Zanskar Valley.

What’s interesting is that a narrow gorge near the bottom of the valley is home to 12 little farming villages. All lie between 9,300 and 11,500 feet, with about 3,000 current inhabitants in total. The villagers are mostly of the Buddhist faith, and, thus, you’ll come across small Gompas (the one in Urgos is stunning!) as you explore the valley.

The trek offers stunning views of the vast pastures, wildflower grasslands, and cold glacial streams. It’s a perfect place to explore during the spring and fall months when the weather is mild, and the surroundings are at their most beautiful. The Gaddis, a shepherd tribe, graze their flocks here in the late summer. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a cricket match in the vast meadows.

There are also 15 to 20 snow-covered peaks to see. The valley is known for its medicinal plants, herbs, and the full range of Himalayan high altitude flora in the meadows. The valley is home to diverse wildlife, including the Himalayan brown bear and snow leopard. Miyar is also a popular spot for bird watching, as it is home to many different types of migratory birds.

Near the snout of the Miyar Glacier, at Phalpu, you’ll find yourself in the Kesar Yon Chhaap, seven sacred pools. These pools are revered in the Buddhist culture and are said to bring prosperity and prayers. You are allowed to bathe in them for a feeling of deep spiritual cleansing.

And if you’re up for a challenge, you can even take a dip in the icy cold lakes near Kesar Yon Chhaap.

Kesar Yon Chhaap, located near the end of the long Miyar glacier, is a particularly idyllic spot to set up camp, surrounded as it is by hidden lakes.

The Miyar Valley is home to some of the most revered peaks in the world, including Never Seen Tower and Castle Peak. These awe-inspiring mountains are located just a few kilometres from the Miyar Glacier.

If you’re looking for an escape to the wilderness, Himachal Pradesh’s Miyar Valley is the perfect destination. With its wild grasses, rushing river, and roaming horses and sheep, the valley offers a glimpse of untamed nature. For those who thirst for adventure and want to explore the hidden side of themselves, the Miyar Valley is the perfect place to let loose and find peace all at once.

Departure & Return Location

Udaipur, Himachal Pradesh (Google Map)

Meeting Time

4 P.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Transportation
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • Kesar Yon Chhap and it's seven emerald lakesIt is a beautiful sight to behold with the seven emerald lakes at the snout of the Miyar glacier and Castle peak, which dominates the Palphu area, is a magnificent sight. You can't help but be awestruck by the natural beauty of this place.
  • Boulders field in ZardungThe Miyar valley is famous for its dramatic landscapes & Zardung is known for its field full of boulders.
  • Miyar valley and meadows filled with flowersThe Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful place, with meadows carpeted in edelweiss and catmint and Himalayan Griffins and Lammergeyers soaring overhead. If you're planning to visit in late summer or early fall, you'll be able to see the Blue poppy in all its glory. However, if you want to see a variety of wildflowers, June or July are the best months to visit.
  • Grazing of horses in the huge meadows
  • Villages Of Miya Namely Tingret, Urgos, Shukto, Khanjar, Changut and many more villages dot the magical land of Miyar valley. These villages are inhabited by friendly people, and each village has its own unique history and culture that contributes to the overall diversity of Miyar valley.
Miyar Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1Drive from Manali to Udaipur

Distance: 109km

Time Taken: 3.5 hrs via Attal Tunnel

Altitude: 6,725 ft to 9,000 ft

The Miyar Valley is a beautiful, secluded area in the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh. The Atal Tunnel is a gateway to two different worlds – the lush green hills of Kullu and the stark, arid landscape of Lahaul. The contrast between Lahaul and Kullu is stark, and the Atal tunnel allows you to experience both sides of Himachal Pradesh. 

Lahaul is known for its mystic beauty, and you can see famous sights such as the Triloknath temple and Tandi, where the Chandra and Bhaga rivers meet. This location gives the city its nickname, “City of Two Rivers”. You’ll pass through steeply folded mountains and loose sedimentary rocks as you drive alongside the Chenab river.

Lahaul is home to local farmers who grow delicious iceberg lettuce and other food crops. The highlight of the journey is undoubtedly the Sissu waterfall, which is a sight to behold. 

Spend a night in Udaipur to relax and acclimatize before exploring the valley. Udaipur city got its name from Raja Udai Singh Chamba. The city is located at the junction of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. Udaipur is the headquarters of Lahaul’s sub-divisional headquarters. The city is a popular tourist destination due to its scenic beauty and unique culture.

You won’t be disappointed by the stunning scenery and tranquil atmosphere of this hidden gem.

Day 2Drive from Udaipur to Shukto. Trek to Doksa

Distance: Drive distance: 21.6 km;  Trek distance: 2 km

Time Taken: Drive: 50min; Trek: 1-1.5 hours

Altitude: 9,000 ft to 12,080 ft

Miyar Valley is located a short drive from Udaipur and is home to 13 villages. Once you reach Shukto by road, you’re starting your journey off in earnest!

The trail starts from Shukto and leads to the village of Doksa, which can be accessed by crossing the suspension bridge suspended above the Miyar Nala. 

Each of these villages has its own culture and traditions.

The best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is mild and perfect for exploring the area. The locals mainly grow iceberg lettuce and seed potatoes, but there are also a variety of other vegetables and medicinal plants that can be found in the region. Kuth (Saucerrea Lapa) and Mannu (Innu Racemosa) are two of the most popular medicinal plants that are used by the villagers. 

The trail begins at Shukto with a series of switchbacks, winding through the beautiful farms that dot the landscape. It’s said that there is a stream of crystal-clear water not far from this spot and that locals often come here to play cricket in the open meadow.

This region is also home to many towering rockfaces, which have attracted the attention of rock climbers from all over. The campsite at Doksa offers incredible views of Menthosa, Lahaul’s second-highest peak. This stunning mountain is known as the crowning jewel of Miyar valley, and it’s easy to see why.

Day 3Shukto to Yolithang

Distance: 7.5 km
Time Taken: 5-6 hrs
Altitude: 12,080 ft to 12,390 ft

Today’s trail takes us through a charming village with picturesque farmlands. You’re about to cross a bridge that will take you over a river. If you look to your right, you’ll also see a cricket field. The path starts by going down and then crossing the bridge. The trail will then ascend, and you’ll be crossing lovely juniper trees. For the most part, the trail is well-defined.

You will descend into a valley with charming juniper shrubs. For about 20 minutes, you will descend steeply towards the stupa. Thanpattan is the name of the region that starts from the stupa. This lovely trek will give you a taste of true village life!

The trail meanders through meadows and rocky mountain ranges, with views of the Tharang massif in the distance. As you pass by the Tharang basecamp, keep an eye out for the beautiful purple lupins that grow in the area. The trail is a great place to spend the afternoon playing games with friends, with the majestic mountains providing a stunning backdrop.

Evenings are even more special, as the mountains change colour in the light of the setting sun. You will also see different phases of the landscape as you progress on the trail. 

Your stay for the night is in Yolithang, which has a nearby water crossing, contributing to its unique charm.

Day 4Yolithang to Zardong

Distance: 12km

Time Taken: 6-7 hrs

Altitude: 12780 ft

Today you’ll be experiencing a mix of easy and challenging terrain as you hike through an open valley with beautiful views of the Miyar River. After a short, easy walk, you will descend to a bridge that crosses the river. Following the bridge, there is a steep climb to reach the Gompa. A little further ahead, you’ll come across a hut near the Gompa lake – be sure to fill up your water supplies here!

After the hut, you will descend again into a flat meadow area for a short break. The Gompa is the place named after some Lamas who used to meditate nearby. There is no real shrine here, but the peaceful atmosphere makes it a special place for meditation.

As you make your way through the rocky terrain and a section of boulders, be prepared for a few challenges. There are multiple ascends and descends, and some areas require you to walk over edges. Make sure to take your time and be careful as you make your way through this section.

Finally, you reach the river. It’s a well-earned break after the tough journey through the boulders. The river is wide and majestic, with sandy shores and gushing waters. As you walk along with it, you’re surrounded by beautiful flowers. It’s a stunning sight to behold!

The vast meadows below are a sight to behold, with edelweiss and catmint carpeting the ground. It’s not unusual to see Himalayan Griffins or Lammergeyers soaring overhead. 

The day will be spent surrounded by beautiful flowers in bloom. If you’re planning on visiting in the late summer or early fall, you’ll be able to see the Blue poppy in all its glory. However, if you want to see a variety of wildflowers, June or July are the best months to visit.

 The ascent is gradual and easy, making it perfect for anyone looking for a leisurely trek. As you make your way up the trail, you’ll cross the Gumba Nala and continue following the Miyar Nalla. Tonight’s destination is the magnificent Zardong campsite, which offers stunning views of the night sky. This is sure to be a day (and night) you won’t soon forget!

Day 5Zardong to Phalpu

Distance: 7km
Time Taken: 3-4 hrs
Altitude: 13010 ft

Today’s 15 KM journey is mostly a level walk by the river. There are several idyllic spots on the trail to take a break, enjoy the views and feel at one with nature. The river is wider than usual here, and it is a very calming experience. Don’t forget to spend some time here!

The path ahead is filled with large boulders, so you’ll need to be careful as you cross. One of the most iconic places en route today is Chhudong, which is a massive meadow. This amazing meadow is located next to the river, and it’s definitely a sight to see! The beautiful scenery makes it the perfect place to relax and take in the fresh air.

The Chhudong valley is a magnificent granite valley with a beautiful area that offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. The Takdung glacier faces Southwest, and the Pima la glacier sits on the opposite side of the Miyar River.

The climbing peaks in the area include the Neverseen tower (5,990 m), Ogre I, II, & III, Lotus, Iris, Mr Maudit, Om Shanti, Shabnam, Garuda peak, Premsingh peak, Toro peak, and Ashoka’s pillar. In addition to these peaks, the well-known peaks in Miyar valley are Mt. Menthosa (6,443 m), Tharang I, II & III, and Phabrang (6,172 m).  

Today’s walk will be a long one, but it will be worth it when you get to see all the natural beauty along the way and remember the moment of belonging!.

Day 6 Phalpu to Gumba via Miyar glacier snout

Distance: 15km
Time Taken: 7-8 hrs
Altitude: 13,010 ft to 14,599 ft to 12,732 ft

The time has finally come to touch the glacier snout! The journey is a bit arduous and challenging, though not unmanageable. After about 5 days of walking through the hills, you’ll be well prepared for the route. Highlights include crossing three icy-cold river crossings, as well as navigating through patches of boulders. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

The route today is much easier than the previous days, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. You’ll be covering a total distance of 12 kilometres and will get to see the incredible snout of the glacier. Spend some time here marvelling at the natural beauty before continuing on to the meadow near the seven icy ponds known as Kesar Yon Chu. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this spot before heading back.

The trekking route ahead is a continuation of the one you have been following, and you will need to cross two more rivers. Once you reach Chhudong, be careful as there are many boulders in the way. Then finally reach your campsite for the day, which offers stunning views of the valley on both sides. This will be a truly blissful experience.

The time has finally come to touch the glacier snout! The journey is a bit arduous and challenging, though not unmanageable. After about 5 days of walking through the hills, you’ll be well prepared for the route. Highlights include crossing three icy-cold river crossings, as well as navigating through patches of boulders. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

The route today is much easier than the previous days, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. You’ll be covering a total distance of 12 kilometres and will get to see the incredible snout of the glacier. Spend some time here marvelling at the natural beauty before continuing on to the meadow near the seven icy ponds known as Kesar Yon Chu. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this spot before heading back.

The trekking route ahead is a continuation of the one you have been following, and you will need to cross two more rivers. Once you reach Chhudong, be careful as there are many boulders in the way. Then finally reach your campsite for the day, which offers stunning views of the valley on both sides. This will be a truly blissful experience.

Day 7Gumba to Doksa

Distance: 12km
Time Taken: 7-8 hrs
Altitude: 12,732 ft to 12,080 ft

The return journey has finally begun. The bittersweet feeling of finishing a trek is something we can all relate to. We’ve gained so much, but we haven’t fully absorbed all the changes in us, all the new additions! It’s hard to say goodbye to the amazing journey we’ve been on, but we’re so grateful for all that we’ve gained.

As someone who loves spending time in the hills, I can say that you will find unparalleled joy in this valley. It is hard to believe that it has remained untouched by humans, as the sense of belonging one feels here is incomparable. This is a place where you can truly escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and find peace and tranquillity.

The journey is quite dramatic today, and you will definitely be in a trance-like state for most of it! Enjoy your final night at Doksa.

Day 8Doksa to Shukto. Drive from Shukto to Manali

Distance: Trekking: 2km; Drive: 140km
Time Taken: Trek: 1 hr; Drive: 4-5 hrs
Altitude: 12,080 ft to 11,400 ft

Only a short trek of 2 kilometres will take you back to the small village of Shukto. Once you’re there, it’ll be easy to head back to Manali and enjoy re-adjusting to the hustle and bustle of city life!

There are plenty of things to do in Manali, so be sure to check out the local sights and sounds!

Miyar Valley Trek Map

Miyar Valley Trek Photos

What is the best time to do Miyar Valley Trek?

The best time and season to do this trek is in pre-monsoon or post-monsoon seasons.

Pre-Monsoon: March to June 
Post-Monsoon: September to November 

If you want to beat the crowd and can manage the cold, you can also attempt it a post-monsoon season. 

If you’re planning on visiting in the May-June season, you’ll be able to see the Blue poppy in all its glory. However, if you want to see a variety of wildflowers, September is the best month to visit. What a magical place this valley is!

How is the Weather in Miyar Valley?

During the June season, the weather is expected to be moderately rainy with a chance of hail, and the temperature will be around 15 degrees Celsius during the day and 0 degrees Celsius at night. There is also a possibility of snow on the trail. While in the October season, the temperature will drop below 0 degrees.

Road accessibility to Miyar valley

Miyar Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful area that can be enjoyed by visitors from May to November. However, the route through the valley is closed for 4-5 months from December to April due to the heavy snowfall in the area.

How to plan the travel to basecamp of Miyar Valley?

Reaching Udaipur is not as easy as one may think. Although there are several ways to get there, the most convenient – and expensive – option is to fly down to Bhuntar, the closest airport to Manali. However, Bhuntar has limited flights, so flying there might be more expensive. From Manali, it’s a day’s journey to Udaipur. Regardless of how you choose to get there, once you arrive in Udaipur, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Lahaul Valley.

By Flight

Option 1: Fly to Chandigarh and take the bus to Manali

If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to get to Manali, we recommend flying to Chandigarh. This will give you an extra day of rest in Manali and allow you to travel faster than if you took a bus. If the price of a flight to Chandigarh is prohibitive, you can book a flight to Delhi and then take a bus to Manali from there.

Tip: To make things even easier, land at the Chandigarh airport and take an AC airport bus directly to Sector 43 (Chandigarh’s main Interstate bus terminal). These buses run every half an hour and only cost Rs 60 per ticket.

Option 2: Fly to Delhi and take the bus to Manali

Flying to Delhi might be cheaper than going to Chandigarh. If you’re looking to save money, it’s worth considering flying to Delhi instead. Make sure you book a flight that arrives in Delhi by evening, as you’ll need to make the journey to Manali from there. Most buses depart between 6-9 PM, and bus frequency will reduce towards midnight. Remember that you must arrive in Delhi by Day Minus One- not Day 1.

If the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Chandigarh is less than Rs 1,000, then it’s probably worth booking a direct flight to Chandigarh. The travel time is shorter, but you’ll also get to avoid the hassle of making a stop in Delhi first.

Option 3: Fly to Bhuntar & the bus to Manali
Bhuntar has limited flights, so flying there might be more expensive.

If you book transport with us, our jeep/traveller will pick you up from Manali. You can book a taxi as well from Manali to reach the base camp. 

Network Connectivity

The lack of cellular service in Miyar Valley can make it difficult to stay connected, but fortunately, BSNL service is available. However, service is intermittent and limited to calls. It’s likely that Jio will be functional in the near future, so stay tuned for updates. Meanwhile, please confirm with locals for the most up-to-date information.

What are the requirements for participation?

All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.

Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.

How to make a booking with us?

You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

How do I cancel/modify my booking?

If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at hello@advenchar.com with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.

What is cancellation policy?

You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months.  You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar. 

Refund

  • Cancellation before 15 days from departure date – 100% refund.
  • Cancellation between 15 days and 7 days from departure date  – 70% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 7 days from departure date – You can modify your trek free of cost, and transfer it to a friend/family member.

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