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Kugti Pass Trek package with Camping - Package Overview

Kugti Pass Trek Package with Camping

Kugti Pass Trek Package with Camping: Overview

Kugti Pass (5061 m or 16600 ft) is the highest pass of Pir Panjal mountain range, dividing Chamba and Lahaul districts of Himachal Pradesh. Kugti Pass is among the best of pre-monsoon treks of Indian Himalayas and takes one through the Hadsar region jungles to a huge, heavenly high altitude table top meadows to glaciers with breathtaking panoramas. The landscape is extremly beautiful and intoxicating even for the experienced mountaineers.

Kugti Pass is the highest altitude pass in the Pir- Panjal range, an interesting and adventurous trek of 5-6 days over one of the tough but not the most difficult. In this track, tracker can view the beauty of Pir- Panjal range and providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people named as Gaddi (shepherd).  

About Kugti Pass

One of the most beautiful yet unexplored treks, the Kugti Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh takes you to a daunting altitude of 16,600 ft. Frequently used by the Gaddi tribes to cross over to Lahaul and Spiti valleys to graze their flocks, Kugti Pass proves to be a perfect gateway. A strenuous climb with difficult terrains and slippery paths, makes this trek one of the most challenging treks in the Central Himalayan ranges. An experience in high altitude trekking is a must before venturing on this intimidating trek.

Commencing from the bustling town of Bharmour near Chamba, the winding trails of the trek navigate through dense forests of pine and deodar, emerald green meadows, vast stretches of apple and peach orchards, gushing waterfalls and shimmering water streams. You will often come across shepherds with their flock of sheep moving through the hilly terrains. 

  • Area: Himachal Pradesh

  • Route / Area: Bharmour - Lahaul, H.P

  • Duration: 9 Days (4 days travel/4 days trekking)

  • Best Season: Mid June - Mid October

  • Starting Point of the Trek: Bharmaur in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Grade : Tough

  • Group Size: 5-10 Pax.

  • Altitude: 5090 mts/16700ft

  • Total Trekking: 60 K.M

Top Highlights of The Tour

  • Trek goes through less explored and remote area

  • Large verdant meadows

  • Visit Holy Temples Of Kugti Village Like Kartik Temple and Marali devi Temple.

  • Numerous Waterfalls in the way

  • Campsites by the streams and lush green meadows

  • Trail will pass through snow fields, glaciers and icefalls

  • Explore the mesmerizing terrain at the high altitude

  • A glimpse of Himalayan wildlife at the Kugti Sanctuary.

  • Opportunity to get an insight into the lifestyle and culture of Gaddi shepherds.  

Kugti Pass Trek package with Camping - Package Rates & Dates
Title Standard Prsice High Season
May-01 To Aug-31
Low Season
Sep-01 To Feb-28
NewYear/Festival Time
Oct-01 To Jan-10
8N-9D 3 Star Hotel
Ch-Hotel Meghavan Resort, Dalhousie/Hotel Bharmour View, Bharmour/ Adventure Camp, Keylong/Accomodation in Camp
Rs 25499 Rs 27499 Rs 23499 Rs 29499
Kugti Pass Trek package with Camping - Package Inclusion

Package Inclusions:

  • Pickup and Drop at Pathankot.

  • 4 Night Accommodation in Hotel (Dalhousie, Bharmour, Keylong)

  • 4 Night Accommodation in Camps.

  • Trek and meal on MAP (i.e. Breakfast & Dinner) basis during

  • water proof tents for outdoor as per Package Selected.

  • Tea, Breakfast, Hot / Pack Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner during

  • journey by taxi and during stay in hotel.

  • Assistance upon arrival at reception point.

  • Inner line Permit to restricted / protected areas of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Transportation by taxi from reception to departure place.

  • English, Hindi Speaking Professional tour guide.

  • Rescuer cum Basic instructor & supporting staff.

  • Driver allowance, toll charge, state govt. taxes

  • Basic first aid kit carried by our tour guide.

  • Separate Utility for Tour Guide & supporting Staff.

Package Exclusion:

  • Any fare before reception & after departure.

  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Ordered.

  • Monument, Temple & Museum Entrance Fees.

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.

  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, and Internet services, Phone Calls etc.

  • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral water, Aerated, Starters

Kugti Pass Trek package with Camping - Package Itinerary

Start the tour from Pathankot and proceed to Dalhousie. It is around 85 km and take 2-3 hours. After arrival check into hotel take lunch and some rest there. After that visit some local sightseeing of Dalhousie like Panchpula, Dainkund and Satdhara Falls. After that came back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.


After breakfast at Dalhousie we will move forward to visit the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, then in the direction of Khajjiar.  Enroute visit Kalatop and Khajjiar, Take pleasure of the natural pictorial beauty of Mini Switzerland and take lunch. After having lunch we will move to Bharmour through Chamba. You will check into the hotel after reaching at Bharmour and later in the evening, visit at the Chaurasi Temple and the grand Aarti.

Chaurasi (84 ) Temples:  The quaint little town of Bharmour is held in high regard for it is the pious earth of this place that houses the Chaurasi Temple. It is in fact a complex housing many temples with the Lakshmi Devi, Ganesh, Manimahesh and Narsimha being the main ones. It is around these temples that the activities, culture and customs of the people of the area revolve. The splendid mountains all around embrace it in their folds and add majesty to an already devout atmosphere. It is also known as the Chaurasi Khamba for the exquisite 84 pillars that form a part of the temple complex.


Early in the morning troop will move to the Brahmani temple. Brahmani Mata temple complex is at the top of the ridge, three kilometers away from the Bharmour and with in 2 hours will reach you at Brahmani Temple through village Malkauta. After holy dip in pool and passing some time lunch will be provided to the troop. After lunch troop will move to Bhim Godda and Ghararu to watch more natural and scenic beauty of Bharmour. In evening troop will back to Bharmour. After spending the whole day at Brahmani and Ghararu return back to Bharmour in evening.

Bharmani Mata Temple: Brahmani Mata temple complex is at the top of the ridge, 4km away from the Bharmour. The place is mainly known for Goddess Brahmani Mata. According to a local legend and people believe that the Bharmour was called Brahmpura after Brahmani Devi. When Lord Shiva went to Manimahesh Kailash granted a boon to goddess Brahmani Devi that all persons intending to go on pilgrimage to Manimaheshmust have a dip in their holy pool. Failing this, their pilgrimage would not be acceptable to Lord Shiva. That’s by every visitor firstly take bath in Brahmani’s holy pool before Manimahesh Lake.


After having breakfast the troop will move to Hadsar through Taxi then further proceed through the arduous trek involving several inclines and declines on the way to the Kugti village and in a short duration of time we will reach at small station that is about 6 kilometre from Hadsar. After having packed lunch,  small rest and relaxing at Dhanaul we will resume the trekking along the left bank of the Budhil River. The trek goes up & down for another ½ hour to reach the bed of Budhil River, covering the total distance of 5 kilometres from Dhanaul. After crossing the tiny stream by a wooden bridge, we ascend persistently for another 1 hour to reach the Kugti village. After reach kugti dinner and overnight stay at Camp. 

Kugti Village: Located 13 km from Hadsar is the village of Kugti (2590 m), which has a population of around 1000 people. Most of the inhabitants belong to the Gaddi tribe. The narrow trail from Hadsar leads you through small wooden bridges over streams, and takes you to the village. Kugti pass offers a panoramic view of Mount Kailash to the south and the peaks of Lahul valley to the north. Lahes is the base of Kugti Pass. Kugti is a big village and consist of 2 villages lower Kugti and upper Kugti. Enjoy the exquisite beauty of the Kugti village and spend the left day relaxing and see the sights in the village. Lunch &dinner will be provided at Kugti.


After having breakfast with packed lunch the troop will pass through the village, cross a tiny stream over a wooden bridge, then mount for about ½ hour beside the banks of the Budhil stream. Going on an up and down pathway we will reach at a water point. Afterwards a straight short walk the trail ascends steeply for about ½ hour to reach the Kartik temple and Marali Mata Temple. After visiting the temple of Goddess Marali and the Kartik temple we will rest here for about 1 hour and then the troop will move forward towards the next destination Dughi. From the temple the trail hikes gradually for ½ hour through the alpine aromatic meadows; descend to the stream, fords it and reach at Dughi camping site. After, having lunch at the Dughi camping site and spend the left day enjoying and relaxing in the midst of natures beauty and after having dinner rest in the tents.

Kartik Temple: This temple is devoted to the son of Lord Shiva 'Kartik'. The Lord Kartik is believed to be the saviour of cattle from disease and other jeopardy and was brought from the neighbouring Lahaul Valley. The Gaddi Shepherds offer the sheep to Lord Kartik to protect their flocks.
Marali Mata Temple: The another famous Temple is Marali Mata temple which is enroute from Kugti to Dughi. You can view actual temple of Goddess Marali at the top of ridge.  As this temple complex falls under the Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary  area  providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people named as Gaddi (shepherd). Gaddies are dedicated and faithful to their Gods and Goddess like Lord Shiva, Lord Kartik and Goddess Marali Mata. 

After having the breakfast we will move forward from Dughi to Alyas, 6 kilometres demanding, but a very adventurous and enjoyable stage of the trek. The main pathway continues with the stream, first steps forward to the Eastern side gradual hiking then to the North Eastern side, climbing steeply to reach the verdant plateau of Kuddy. As height increases the trees and bush line is left behind. So we will take the dry firewood of the bushes ahead 2 kilometres from Lahesh for the night since the night temperature goes down below zero degrees Celsius at Alyas. Here it turns toward North-East and follows the Kugti pass Alyas, with a gradually steep climb to the Alyas camp site. From this point the V-shaped pass between two high crests can be seen. It will take about 5 to 6 hour run to reach the Alyas camp site, lunch will be offered and you can enjoy the entire day and revitalize the body for the next day's tough voyage.


Alyas - Kugti Pass - Alyas is a 12 kilometres track that is totally depended upon the climatic conditions and physical condition of trekkers. Generally the touring guide will not take the danger or permit to cross the passes in bad climatic conditions and will wait for the till the sky clears up. If sunshine, then after having hot tea and light breakfast the we will move forward very in the early morning around 4:00 AM to make sure that the snow is absolutely frozen for a much easier hike and need to cross the pass before 12:00 PM otherwise will create major problems as rainfall, heavy snow, winds, and even snow fall can take place anytime. After a segment over the moraine, a usually noticeable trek in the snow, winds uphill, well trodden and with the way. On reaching at the top of the Kugti Pass view the stunning surrounding mountain, peaks of the great and spectacular Himalayan Range and striking view of the Manimahesh Kailash, also see the wonderful view of the both side Alyases and Grechu pass to the North-West side. From the top of the pass, it is a run for about 2 hours to reach at Alyas of Lauhal. The track is not really wide enough to place one foot in front of the other. The Alyas (Khodlu) camp site is located 6 kilometres away from the Kugti pass. Dry fruits, refreshments, etc. will be served as a small lunch, later you will be served with some energetic fast food for the dinner and Overnight stay at camp


After breakfast proceed to Alyas. Alyas to Jobrung 8 kilometres, the trail heads crosses a ridge, than goes downwards to the Rashil stream. Following the right bank the pathway descends to a striking village called Jovrung, the first home on the Lauhal side, overlooking the Chandra Bhaga River. Later the trail crosses the river, stream by a valley bridge and then reaches Shamsha situated on the Kilad - Manali highway. By vehicle trail arrives at Udaipur, here we will stay for a night in a Hotel/Guest House.

After breakfast proceed to Pathankot. Visit Famous Mirkula devi Temple at Udaipur. After that our representative will drop you at Pathankot. 

Mrikula Devi Temple: Mrikula is a famous Hindu temple. This temple is also called as Markula Devi Temple. This temple is dedicated to goddess Kali. In the 11th century it was constructed. this is the famous wooden temple in Himachal Pradesh. The three headed lord Vishnu are there. It is believed that the temple was constructed from a block of wood by the Pandavas during the time of Mahabharata.

Kugti Pass Trek package with Camping - Package Other Details

Other Major Attractions


Panchpula: Panchpula is located at a distance of around 3 km from Dalhousie. One of the famous picturesque spots in the region, the word Panchpula means five bridges. It is the place where a descending stream pours into and feeds several pools. The main stream that supplies water to cities of Dalhousie and Balloon is the Panchpula stream. The stream originates from the northern side of Dayakund, which then cuts through a ravine to fall into the water bodies located in Panchpula. A monument or a samadhi has been built where several streams meet at Panchpula in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a great revolutionary.

Dainkund Peak: Dainkund Peak, perched at an altitude of 2755 metre, is the highest mount in Dalhousie. Tourists can enjoy 360° view of the entire valley from this peak. The sound of the breeze passing through the trees makes a musical sound, due to which this peak has also acquired the name, the singing hill. The top of this hill is occupied by the Indian Air Force and from there a left turn will take tourists to the Pholani Devi Temple. One of the most interesting facts about this temple is that, except a trident there is nothing inside the temple premises.

Khajjiar: Khajjiar is one of the famous retreats among the visitors. Khajjiar is famous for the popular Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the serpent god from which the name is believed to have been derived. You can also enjoy trekking and adventurous activities at khajjiar. It is also Known as Mini Switzerland.

Accessories To Bring For Trekking Tour

Plan Holiday travelling agency so we provide comfortable journey to travellers. We will provide Meal, transportation, lodging. It is advised that the participant should bring along the following equipment only other than wearing cloths.

  • Water Proof Trekking Suit.

  • Sweater & Heavy Water proof jacket and Thermals

  • Camera & Video cam (Optional)

  • Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. 

  • Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

  • Glucose Candies and Mushki Kapoor: Keep some Packets of Mushki Kappor with you, These are helpful when you might have some problem in breathing.

  • Any Personal Item & personal medicines

  • Goggle or sun glasses (Most important Item)

  • Gloves & One / two Pair of warm Shocks.

  • Poncho / Water Proofs.

  • Torch & Umbrella/ light weight raincoat

  • Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Kugti Pass Trek:

  • Not many trekkers have heard of the Kugti Pass trek and it is not surprising why. It is virtually unexplored – and perhaps that is its beauty – one of the unknown treks of India, yet marked with all the grandness of any great Himalayan trek.

  • If you love trekking, then the Kugti Pass is a trek that needs to be a priority in your treks for the future.

  • The Kugti pass trek is rare and remote – On the lower trails the trek winds through acres of apple orchards, pine forests and over miles of green meadows. Water falls are everywhere.

  • Camp sites spring out next to streams and green grass. On the higher slopes, the trail weaves through snow fields, glaciers and ice falls. The thrill of high altitude is intoxicating.

Best Time to Visit Kugti Pass Trek

The best time to visit Kugti Pass Trek is from mid-June to mid-October. Early part of the season is when one can witness lots of snow at the high passes. By the time August comes, the snow cover starts to decrease. As the season advances, one may be lucky to find rain in Kullu-Manali Valley and a brightly shining sun at Spiti. Days are mostly warm and sunny (12-20°C), while the nights are cold, especially at the high campsites) with temperatures ranging from -2 to 6°C. In the final phase of the season (Sept to mid-Oct), amount of snow around the trail reduces, and the weather is pleasant with some probability of snowfall. Days enjoy good sunshine with temperatures between 12 and 18°C and the nights get colder with -6 to 4°C.

How to Reach Kugti Pass Trek?

The nearest town to McLeodganj is Dharamshala. You can reach Dharamshala from Delhi.

By Road: You can take a bus from Delhi. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation operates buses to Dharamshala from Delhi via Chandigarh. Several private operators also ply buses on this route.

By Train: The nearest railway station is at Pathankot. Almost all trains on the route to Jammu Tavi make a stopover at this station, from where cabs and buses can be hired to reach Dharamshala/McLeodganj.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Gaggal airport (21 km). Few carriers like Air India and Spice Jet operate flights that take around one hour and fifteen minutes to half an hrs from Delhi. You can take a cab from here.

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