Goru Pass Trek

Trip Type: Trekking
Region: Himachal Pradesh - Kullu Valley
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 5-8 Days
Max Altitude: 4800
Best Season: June - September
Trip Begins: Manali / Ends: Kullu
Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.

The Goru Pass is an old shepherd’s trail connecting the Duhangan valley and the Malana valley. Set deep in the subsidiary valleys of the Beas, the Goru Pass makes for a secluded trek set amongst very well connected areas.

We start the trek on the same route as the Deo Tibba climb. Deo Tibba and Indrasan were infact, first climbed by approaching them through the Malana Nalla and the Goru Pass region. We start the trip from Manali town, drive to Jagatsukh village and onward through a series of hairpin turns to reach the roadhead at Khanol village. It is a two-day hike over moderate terrain along the Duhangan Nalla until we reach the picturesque Seri flatlands with its gushing waterfalls over the Tenta cliffs. Here we diverge from the Deo Tibba route to approach the Goru Pass and onward through the pass to the Malana Glacier and down to Malana village.

The Chanderkhani Trek also connects a subsidiary of the Beas Valley to the Malana valley, the Goru Pass goes to a higher altitude and is a slightly longer and much less explored alternative to this popular trek with awe-inspiring views of the higher mountains surrounding the Manali region.

Itinerary
DAY 01
Arrive in Manali

Arrive in Manali in the morning and check into your hotel. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. Final gear check and prepare for the climb ahead. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 02
Manali - Chikka (3500m) Duration: 1 hour drive ; 3 hours trek

We start our drive from Manali to Khanol Via the Jagatsukh Village. From the road-head at Khanol, it’s a gradual climb through the forest to reach the open pastures at Chikka. We trek along the Duhangan Nala today and camp on its banks. There is a temple and a few huts at Chikka. It also has many huge boulders that make for fun evening exploration.

DAY 03
Chikka - Seri (3800m) Duration: 5 hours

The day starts with a moderate ascent through a mixed forest that we quickly leave behind. We trek through the tree line to reach the alpine meadows at Seri. The flatlands at Seri are a summer pasture for the animals in the valley villages. We camp right next to the Tenta cliffs with multiple waterfalls crashing to the rocks below.

DAY 04
Seri - Chota Chandertal - Seri Duration: 6 hours

Today, we leave for an excursion upto the Deo Tibba base camp and onward to Chota Chandertal Lake. A short hike and a few switchbacks along the Tenta cliffs gets us to the Base Camp. Another short hike over loose moraine and scree gets us to the glacial Chota Chandratal Lake (4480m). Return to Seri for the night.

DAY 05
Seri - Goru Thach (4000m) Duration: 4 hours

An easy day today. We leave the Deo Tibba trail and make our way south to the base of the Goru Pass. Our campsite today is a meadow routinely used by shepherds during the summer.

DAY 06
Goru Thach - Goru Pass (4800m) - Bareh (4100m) Duration: 7 hours

Our longest day yet. We start early and make our way to the pass. The trail today gives us great up close views of Deo Tibba, Norbu and Bansi Peaks. The terrain is initially gradual but gives way to moraine, snow and some icy sections depending on the season. From the top of the Pass, view the peaks of the Parvati valley and the mountains of the KR range. We make our way downhill to the high Malana valley and follow the Nalla to reach the shepherd huts at Bareh. Camp here for the night.

DAY 07
Bareh - Malana (2750m) Duration: 5 hours

We make our way to Malana village today losing a lot of altitude. Cross pastures, shepherd huts, streams and finally high altitude jungles to reach Malana. We stay the night at the village.

DAY 08
Malana - Kullu Duration: trek 1 hour ; Drive 2 hours

Our vehicles come to pick us up and drive to Kullu town. Trip Ends!

Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft).
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
    Guides, Cook and camp staff.
  • (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits
  • All transport Manali to Khanol and Malana to Kullu.
Exclusions
  • All hotel stays in Manali and Kullu.
  • Any food in hotels.
  • All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
    Personal Clothing.
  • Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover – ASC360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
  • Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
Things You Need To Get

Pack:
– Backpack 40 – 50 Lt with rain cover – Goes on the horse/porter
– Day Pack 15 – 20 lt with rain cover- to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
Footwear:
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes.
Socks:
– 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
– 2 pairs of woolen socks – ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
Clothing:
– Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) – Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in.
– T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) – Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
– Fleece Jacket
– Rain & Wind Protection
– Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
– Thermal liners – 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
Accessories:
– Warm Cap
– Gloves
– Sun Cap
– Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
– Toiletries – sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
– Repair Kit (needle and thread).
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Camera.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter each.
– Trekking Pole – Optional.
– Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)

Overview
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The Goru Pass is an old shepherd’s trail connecting the Duhangan valley and the Malana valley. Set deep in the subsidiary valleys of the Beas, the Goru Pass makes for a secluded trek set amongst very well connected areas.

We start the trek on the same route as the Deo Tibba climb. Deo Tibba and Indrasan were infact, first climbed by approaching them through the Malana Nalla and the Goru Pass region. We start the trip from Manali town, drive to Jagatsukh village and onward through a series of hairpin turns to reach the roadhead at Khanol village. It is a two-day hike over moderate terrain along the Duhangan Nalla until we reach the picturesque Seri flatlands with its gushing waterfalls over the Tenta cliffs. Here we diverge from the Deo Tibba route to approach the Goru Pass and onward through the pass to the Malana Glacier and down to Malana village.

The Chanderkhani Trek also connects a subsidiary of the Beas Valley to the Malana valley, the Goru Pass goes to a higher altitude and is a slightly longer and much less explored alternative to this popular trek with awe-inspiring views of the higher mountains surrounding the Manali region.

Itinerary
+-
DAY 01
Arrive in Manali

Arrive in Manali in the morning and check into your hotel. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. Final gear check and prepare for the climb ahead. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 02
Manali - Chikka (3500m) Duration: 1 hour drive ; 3 hours trek

We start our drive from Manali to Khanol Via the Jagatsukh Village. From the road-head at Khanol, it’s a gradual climb through the forest to reach the open pastures at Chikka. We trek along the Duhangan Nala today and camp on its banks. There is a temple and a few huts at Chikka. It also has many huge boulders that make for fun evening exploration.

DAY 03
Chikka - Seri (3800m) Duration: 5 hours

The day starts with a moderate ascent through a mixed forest that we quickly leave behind. We trek through the tree line to reach the alpine meadows at Seri. The flatlands at Seri are a summer pasture for the animals in the valley villages. We camp right next to the Tenta cliffs with multiple waterfalls crashing to the rocks below.

DAY 04
Seri - Chota Chandertal - Seri Duration: 6 hours

Today, we leave for an excursion upto the Deo Tibba base camp and onward to Chota Chandertal Lake. A short hike and a few switchbacks along the Tenta cliffs gets us to the Base Camp. Another short hike over loose moraine and scree gets us to the glacial Chota Chandratal Lake (4480m). Return to Seri for the night.

DAY 05
Seri - Goru Thach (4000m) Duration: 4 hours

An easy day today. We leave the Deo Tibba trail and make our way south to the base of the Goru Pass. Our campsite today is a meadow routinely used by shepherds during the summer.

DAY 06
Goru Thach - Goru Pass (4800m) - Bareh (4100m) Duration: 7 hours

Our longest day yet. We start early and make our way to the pass. The trail today gives us great up close views of Deo Tibba, Norbu and Bansi Peaks. The terrain is initially gradual but gives way to moraine, snow and some icy sections depending on the season. From the top of the Pass, view the peaks of the Parvati valley and the mountains of the KR range. We make our way downhill to the high Malana valley and follow the Nalla to reach the shepherd huts at Bareh. Camp here for the night.

DAY 07
Bareh - Malana (2750m) Duration: 5 hours

We make our way to Malana village today losing a lot of altitude. Cross pastures, shepherd huts, streams and finally high altitude jungles to reach Malana. We stay the night at the village.

DAY 08
Malana - Kullu Duration: trek 1 hour ; Drive 2 hours

Our vehicles come to pick us up and drive to Kullu town. Trip Ends!

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft).
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
    Guides, Cook and camp staff.
  • (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits
  • All transport Manali to Khanol and Malana to Kullu.
Exclusions
  • All hotel stays in Manali and Kullu.
  • Any food in hotels.
  • All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
    Personal Clothing.
  • Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover – ASC360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
  • Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
Things You Need To Get
+-

Pack:
– Backpack 40 – 50 Lt with rain cover – Goes on the horse/porter
– Day Pack 15 – 20 lt with rain cover- to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
Footwear:
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes.
Socks:
– 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
– 2 pairs of woolen socks – ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
Clothing:
– Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) – Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in.
– T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) – Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
– Fleece Jacket
– Rain & Wind Protection
– Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
– Thermal liners – 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
Accessories:
– Warm Cap
– Gloves
– Sun Cap
– Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
– Toiletries – sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
– Repair Kit (needle and thread).
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Camera.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter each.
– Trekking Pole – Optional.
– Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)