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Morchella trek is a trek in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Morchella trek is a trek in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India that starts from Manali through Manikaran, Pulga, Khirganga, Mantalai Lake and back to Manali, covering some other places in between the trek.


• Name of the Trek: Morchella
• Trek: Moderate
• Maximum Height: 4116 Mtrs.
• Requirement: Limited Past experience in trekking essential
• Period: June to October
• Duration: 10 days

About Kullu Valley

• It is very well known as Valley of Gods.
• It is situated on the Beas river bank in the lower reaches of Himalayas.
• Kullu is very well known for its ancient temples, festivals and apple orchards.
• This place is also famous for its handicraft work and woollen work of puhla, shawls, patoos, caps and namdas.
• The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October.
• Season: June – October

General Itinerary of the Trek

• Arrive at Manali (2050 mts.).
• Acclimatization walk around Manali.
• Drive from Manali to Manikaran (2653 mts.) by jeep.
• Manikaran is situated on the right bank of river Parbati.
• There are several hot springs of water with the temperature above boiling point.
• The rice can be boiled and cooked if tied in cloth and thrown into water.
• The air is impregnated with a distinct odour of Sulphur.
• This sulphur is beneficial in rheumatic and skin diseases.
• Manikaran is frequently visited by hundreds of pilgrims/ tourists every year.
• Manikaran- Pulga (2290 mts.)
• This is a gentle climbing to Pluga passing through Barshaini village and along the forest.
• Pluga is a beautiful Alpine pasture and resting place.
• Pluga- Khirganga (2960 mts.)
• This is a gradual climb through forest, villages and passing through abundance of herbal plants.
• Khirgana – Tundabhuj (3285 mts.)
• Walk along the forest and lots of minor forest produce are available.
These include:
– Gentian Kurroo
– Swerita Chirata
– Podophyllum
– Haxandrum
– Discoorea
– Many medicinal plants
• Tundabhuj- Pandu Bridge(3700 mts.)
• A huge rock bridge to cross the river to other side and big caves is fascinating.
• Pandu Bridge- Mantalai Lake (4116 mts.)
• The holy lake and source of river Parbati.
• Trek back to Tundabhuj.
• Trek back to Manikaran.
• Drive back to Manali.

• Boarding
• Lodging
• Transport
• Porterage
• Camping equipment except personal equipment.

Some Important Trekking Routes of Kullu Valley

• Bara Bhangal Trek
• Chander Taal Trek
• Bharmaur-Kugti-Udaipur-Manali Trek
• Chhota Bhangal-Kullu over Sari Pass
• Malana History trek
• Manimahesh Lake-Chamba Trek

Approximate Distances from:
• Kullu-Manali Airport at Bhuntar: 40 km by road + 3 km on foot.
• Kullu town: 50 km by road + 3 km on foot.
• Manali town: 90 km by road + 3 km on foot.

Other Treks of Himachal

• Baralacha-Chandratal Trek
• Bhabha Pass Trek
• Bir Bhangal Trek
• Darcha Lamayuru Trek
• Darcha Padum Trek
• Deo Tibba Expedition
• Friendship Peak Expedition
• Hampta Pass
• Indrahar Pass

Trekking routes in Himachal

• Hamta Trek
• Malana History Trek
• Chander Trail in Kullu Valley
• Wild Trek in Kullu Valley
• Dharamsala Chhota Bhangal over sari Pass Kullu
• Morchella trek
• Manali Hamya Herbal Trek
• Kinner Kailash Parikrama
• Hamirpur Deotsidh Sri Naina Devi Trek
• Maidi to Nadaun
• Bharmaur Kugti Udaipur Manali trek

Best time to visit / climate

• The best time of the Season for this trek is from June – October.
• The climate in Manali is predominantly cold during winters, and moderately cool during summers.
• The temperatures range from 4 °C (39 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) over the year.
• The average temperature during summer is between 14 °C (57 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F), and between ?7 °C (19 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F) in the winter.
• Monthly precipitation varies between 31 mm (1.2 in) in November to 217 mm (8.5 in) in July.
• In average, some 45 mm (1.8 in) of precipitation is received during winter and spring months.
• The average total annual precipitation is 1,363 mm (53.7 in).
• Snowfall in the region, takes place in the month of December.

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How to get there?

1. By Air
• The nearest airport (IATA code KUU) is at Bhuntar town.
• It is situated on NH21 about 50 km (31 mi) south of Manali and 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Kullu town.
• The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway.
• Indian Airlines and some private airlines have regular flights to the airport.
• Chandigarh airport is the nearest large airport.

2. By Road
• Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Chandigarh.
• From there by national highway NH21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns.
• The road distance from Delhi to Chandigarh is 248 km and from Chandigarh to Manali is 273 km.
• The total distance from Delhi to Manali thus is 521 km (324 mi).

3. By Rail
• Manali is not easily approachable by rail.
• The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (275 km (171 mi)), Pathankot (325 km (202 mi)) and Kalka (310 km (193 mi)).
• The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (135 kilometres (84 mi)).

Some travel books from Amazon about Morchella Trek

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India Lonely Planet Indian Himalaya Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at birresorthotel.com
Hotels at holidayiq.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs / Sites about Morchella Trek

Blogs and reviews at revatisurya.com
Blogs at himachaltourism.gov.in
Blogs and reviews at ghnp.wordpress.com

Images and photos of Morchella Trek

Images at google.com
Images at himachaltourism.gov.in
Images at treknature.com

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