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The Chander Trail Trek is in the Kullu Valley – a moderate trekking trail.

The Chander Trail trek in the Kullu Valley reaches a maximum height of nearly 13,500 feet. This trek is classified as a ‘moderate’ trekking trail. But some prior trekking experience is essential to attempt it. The Chander Trail lasts six days. This trail begins with an acclimatization walk at 6,150 feet in Manali.
The best months to attempt the trail are from mid-May, June, September and October. Also beginning at Manali is the Wild Trek (May, June and August to November), another Kullu Valley trekking option. This 6-day ‘moderate’ trek reaches a maximum height of nearly 12,000 feet.
Another trekking option is the one starting at Dharamsala in the neighbouring district of Kangra. The Dharamsala trek passes through the Kullu Valley.
Trekkers can expect to see and experience views and traverse:
– Forestland
– Streams
– Mountains
– Rocky terrain
– Paddy fields
– Hamlets
– Spectacular valleys
– Rolling meadows

Information about the Trek

• Name of Trek: Chander Trail (Kullu Valley)
• Trek: Moderate
• Maximum Height: 4480 Mts.
• Requirement: Limited past experience in trekking essential
• Period: May- June, September, October
• Duration: 6 Days

General Itinerary of Trek

• Arrival Manali (2050 mts).
• acclimatization walk around Manali.
• Manali- Khanol
• Drive to Jagatsukh.
• Further trek upwards through the forests.
• Ends up a place known as Khanol on the left bank of Dhuangan Nalla.
• Khanol- Chhika (6 kms)
• Trek through unspoiled lushgreen forests, Alpine plateau.
• The camping site surrounded by beautiful rock climbing area.
• Chhika- Seri (5 kms)
• Trek through alpine meadows with moderate climb for camp at Ser plateau.
• Seri- Chandertal (4480 mts)
• Back to Seri with small pack.
• One can visit to Chamdertal area skied mountain of the Himalaya.
• Seri- Manali
• Same trails follow back to Jagatsukh via Bhanara village.
• Jeep drive back to Manali.

Facilities Provided:
• Boarding
• Lodging
• Transport
• Porterage
• Camping equipment

Kullu Valley
• Kullu Valley 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.

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
• 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

Location on Google Maps

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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 Chander Trail 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 Chander trail Trek

Blogs and reviews at travel.taaza.com
Blogs at himachaltourism.gov.in
Blogs and reviews at himalayanadventure.com

Images and photos of Chander trail trek

Images at google.com
Images at travel.taaza.com
Images at himachaltourism.gov.in

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