What lies in the remotest corners of an already remote state is the assurance of experiencing an array of immaculate views. These include verdant meadows, rugged rocky mountains, glistening glaciers, region-specific flora and fauna, exotic lakeside star-gazing, and a plethora of Himalayan peaks oozing majestic sights.
Pangi valley decked amid the upper territories of Chamba District, comes under the umbrella of well-isolation locations for experiential travel enthusiasts. If you’re looking to give back to the caretakers of such rural areas, consider embarking on community development and a sustainability-focused adventure.
With the multitude of beginner, intermediate, and advanced Pangi valley trekking routes, travellers can expect a transformative journey wherein their appreciation for nature blossoms.
Here are three adventurous trekking options in Pangi Valley for new-age and rustic travellers:
1. Tindi to Chamba via Darati Jot (Difficult | 1 to 2 days)
Travellers who’ve participated in 7 to 10-hour treks in the mighty Himalayas can take their mountain adventures up a notch by partaking in this long trek. The sounds of rare bird species reverberate through the skies, and picturesque meadows take over your vision.
Keeping the endless species of uncommon flowers aside, you may spot a black or brown bear, ibex, or the occasional endangered Himalayan musk deer. Either way, the numerous glances at Himalayan marvels let you witness mother nature’s authentic magnificence.
2. Khanjar to Hudan to Sural (Difficult | 2 to 3 days)
Imagine unparalleled views of the 2nd highest summit in the Lahaul-Spiti region – Menthosa peak. Considering this trek also encompasses the soul-stirring Menthosa lake, you’ll be among the countable city folks to have set foot on such secluded mountain ranges.
Since camping is unavoidable during this trek, travellers will catch astonishing milky way views and strings of shooting stars slicing and dicing through the sky. To top it up, you may get to observe more than just howling animal sounds echoing through the valley. Simply put, wild foxes and adorable yet-threatening bears may pay your campsite a visit at night.
The whole essence of the excursion shakes your psychological hibernation and pushes you to become a regular part of such open-air activities. Not to forget, you’ll traverse across wooden bridges, stretches of fields for local cultivation, yak farms, and several tree species like the Bhojpatra, Deodar and boxwood.
3. Khurchhed to Chasak Bhatori (Very Difficult | 2 to 3 days)
Though last on our list of the best Pangi valley treks, the Chasak Bhatori trail is not for the faint-hearted hiker. The pathways are narrow, forests are dense with greenery, Deodar trees are sky-scraping in nature, and the exhaustion is real.
The good news is that you aren’t following your regular fast-paced city routine – so take frequent rest breaks and soak in what Pangi valley’s inside wonders radiate. Once you cross glacier checkpoints and banks of riverside villages, you’ll arrive at Chasak Bhatori and be greeted by the inhabitants of the Bhot tribe.
Fact: There are only nine homes in Bhatori – each displaying the vernacular architecture of their locale!
While the exquisite treks are a whole different angle on Pangi valley, the history of the Pangwali community has always been concealed from outward influence. All credits to their toughened community spirit, the locals do a phenomenal job braving through harsh weather and following sustainable living practices.
For travellers hungry to learn the principle of self-sufficiency and how using natural resources positively impacts habitats, consider a long-term stay at NotOnMap’s homestay in India’s last village, Chitkul.
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