Difficulty

Moderate | Level 3

Duration

8 Days

Highest Altitude

14,600 ft

Age

13 to 55 years

Duration

8 Days

Age

13 to 55 years

Difficulty

Moderate | Level 3

Highest Altitude

14,600 ft

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Miyar Valley Trek

The Trek that takes you to the Heart of Lahaul

In the remote region of Lahaul, a valley filled with flowers hangs quietly, escaping the attention of trekkers. The route to this valley alternates between remote mountain valleys, quaint villages, and flower beds dominated by the overwhelming presence of Himalayan orchids. This valley is Miyar Valley.

The S-shaped Miyar Valley sits in between Zanskar and Chamba. It is nearly 75 km long. The Miyar glacier is nearly 36 km long to Kang La (17,600 ft pass to Zanskar). 

At the snout of the glacier are seven crystal clear blue ponds. They are considered to be sacred by Buddhists.

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Miyar Valley Videos

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Quick Itinerary

A route map of the Miyar Valley trek

Day 1

Drive from Manali to Udaipur (Acclimatization Day)

Drive Distance: 110 km | Drive Duration: 3.5 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Rambaugh Circle, Mall Road, Manali

Transport will be arranged at 10.00 AM. This cost has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs.8,000 per Tempo Traveller (12 seaters), Rs.6,500 for a Tata Sumo (5-6 seater), shared among trekkers.

Day 2

Drive from Udaipur to Shukto. Trek to Doksa

Drive Distance: 22km | Drive Duration: 50 minutes | Altitude Gain: 9,000 ft to 11,325 ft

Trek Distance: 2 km | Trek Duration: 1.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,325 ft ft to 12,105 ft

Easy-Moderate. Gradual climb through a series of switchbacks till Doksa.

Day 3

Trek from Doksa to Yoling

Trek Distance: 7.5 km | Trek Duration: 5.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,105 ft to 12,390 ft

Goes through the village route with farmlands on the right. You cross a river bridge and also come across a cricket ground.

Day 4

Trek from Yoling to Zardong

Trek Distance: 12 km | Trek Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,390 ft to 12,780 ft

Start with a descent, followed by a steep section towards Stupa. After that the trail is gradual. Landscape frequently changes colour.

Day 5

Trek from Zardong to Palpu

Trek Distance: 7 km | Trek Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,780 ft to 13,010 ft

Starts with a level walk, then a 20-minute steep climb to Gompa Nala. Leads into an undulating boulder section descend into a flat open valley with flowing Miyar Nala.

Day 6

Trek from Palpu to Gompa via Miyar Glacier Snout

Trek Distance: 15 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 13,010 ft to 12,730 ft via 14,600 ft

Moderate-difficult. Boulder patches near Kesar Yon Chu and Gompa. Steep climb between Zardong and Gompa. You also have 3 icy-cold river crossings today.

Day 7

Trek from Gompa to Doksa

Trek Distance: 12 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Loss: 12,730 ft to 12,105 ft

Easy, almost flat walk till Doksa.

Day 8

Trek from Doksa to Shukto. Drive from Shukto to Manali

Trek Distance: 2 km | Trek Duration: 1 hour | Altitude Loss: 12,105 ft to 11,325 ft

Drive Distance: 140 km | Drive Duration: 5 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes trekkers: Rambaugh Circle, Mall Road, Manali

Easy. Short level walk.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges

- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent

- We have a cloakroom facility at Manali for excess luggage. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloakroom.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

A route map of the Miyar Valley trek

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

There are two ways to reach your pick-up point -- fly to Chandigarh on Day 0, proceed to Sector 43 and take a bus to Manali., or fly to Delhi, take an overnight bus to Manali from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

Return Travel

While returning, you will reach Manali by 2.00 PM. Plan your travel any time after 5.00 PM from Manali.

Day 1

Drive from Manali to Udaipur (Acclimatization Day)

Drive Distance: 110 km | Drive Duration: 3.5 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Rambaugh Circle, Mall Road, Manali

Transport will be arranged at 10.00 AM. This cost has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs.8,000 per Tempo Traveller (12 seaters), Rs.6,500 for a Tata Sumo (5-6 seater), shared among trekkers.

Day 2

Drive from Udaipur to Shukto. Trek to Doksa

Drive Distance: 22km | Drive Duration: 50 minutes | Altitude Gain: 9,000 ft to 11,325 ft

Trek Distance: 2 km | Trek Duration: 1.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,325 ft ft to 12,105 ft

Easy-Moderate. Gradual climb through a series of switchbacks till Doksa.

Day 3

Trek from Doksa to Yoling

Trek Distance: 7.5 km | Trek Duration: 5.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,105 ft to 12,390 ft

Goes through the village route with farmlands on the right. You cross a river bridge and also come across a cricket ground.

Day 4

Trek from Yoling to Zardong

Trek Distance: 12 km | Trek Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,390 ft to 12,780 ft

Start with a descent, followed by a steep section towards Stupa. After that the trail is gradual. Landscape frequently changes colour.

Day 5

Trek from Zardong to Palpu

Trek Distance: 7 km | Trek Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,780 ft to 13,010 ft

Starts with a level walk, then a 20-minute steep climb to Gompa Nala. Leads into an undulating boulder section descend into a flat open valley with flowing Miyar Nala.

Day 6

Trek from Palpu to Gompa via Miyar Glacier Snout

Trek Distance: 15 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 13,010 ft to 12,730 ft via 14,600 ft

Moderate-difficult. Boulder patches near Kesar Yon Chu and Gompa. Steep climb between Zardong and Gompa. You also have 3 icy-cold river crossings today.

Day 7

Trek from Gompa to Doksa

Trek Distance: 12 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Loss: 12,730 ft to 12,105 ft

Easy, almost flat walk till Doksa.

Day 8

Trek from Doksa to Shukto. Drive from Shukto to Manali

Trek Distance: 2 km | Trek Duration: 1 hour | Altitude Loss: 12,105 ft to 11,325 ft

Drive Distance: 140 km | Drive Duration: 5 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes trekkers: Rambaugh Circle, Mall Road, Manali

Easy. Short level walk.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges

- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent

- We have a cloakroom facility at Manali for excess luggage. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloakroom.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

There are two ways to reach your pick-up point -- fly to Chandigarh on Day 0, proceed to Sector 43 and take a bus to Manali., or fly to Delhi, take an overnight bus to Manali from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

Return Travel

While returning, you will reach Manali by 2.00 PM. Plan your travel any time after 5.00 PM from Manali.

Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Miyar Valley trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.

Zardong Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan.

Yoling Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan.

Doksa Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.

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Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

As one of the veterans of the trekking community in India, here's Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes, talking about the remotest trek in our country.

What I Like About the Miyar Valley Trek

What I Like About the Miyar Valley Trek

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

As one of the veterans of the trekking community in India, here's Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes, talking about the remotest trek in our country.

1. Lahaul Valley

I must have been 9 when I first witnessed the spectacle of Lahaul. I remember us snaking through the dusty roads sitting in a Jeep. The desert setting had stunned even a 9-year-old like me.

I was there because my father worked for the State Bank of India. He was inspecting remote branches of the bank in Lahaul. Somehow, he fought all ends to take us along with him. He knew the value of these travels.

As a young boy, I was mesmerised. I couldn’t believe barren mountains could have snow-capped summits. I could not imagine that in a land where no trees grow, there can exist a lush oasis teeming with life and colour. That image stayed with me as I grew up.

Later when I started trekking, I longed to see Lahaul once again. Somehow none of our expeditions ventured around Lahaul. It was too far and inaccessible.

Then around 10 years ago, in the early years of our explorations at Indiahikes, we launched the expedition to the Kugti Pass. The trek climbed famously over a 16,000 ft pass to drop down to the heart of Lahaul.

And there I was, the same 9-year-old mesmerized by what I was witnessing. It was as if time had stood still. The snow-dusted brown mountain tops, the valleys, and the oases were the same.

But there was more this time. I noticed the serene Buddhist culture. I noticed the harmony in the villages. I noticed how every village did not scatter beyond an understood perimeter.

And then I saw the colours.

Colours beyond the realms of imagination. I could not imagine brown with green. Or white with purple or yellow with orange. They were startling!

Recently, our teams have been exploring Lahaul. I think we are poised to open one of the greatest treks in Lahaul soon. But deep down, I wish I was part of this exploration. The 9-year-old is still mesmerised.

Wide expanse of Miyar valley. Picture by Jothiranjan.

2. A confluence of rivers and farming villages

The Miyar river confluences with the Chandra Bhaga river near Udaipur village, which along with Trilokinath in Tunde are much-sought-after pilgrimages in the Lahaul and Spiti region. The open valley supports multiple glacier systems that extend from the Miyar glacier onto Kang La Jot which lies at an altitude of 17,939 feet. 

The much-revered peaks of Neverseen Tower and Castle Peak are within a 2 km radius of the Miyar Glacier. The Miyar Nala broadens at the end and functions as a support system for the farming villages in this region.

Picture by Jothiranjan

3. Adventurous river crossings

River crossings also set this trek apart. You frequently come across wooden bridges on this trek. Crossing each one is an adventurous experience because you cross the rickety wooden bridge with a furious river roaring beneath you.  In two sections, there are no bridges. But the flow of the water can easily be negotiated. Just be prepared for the ice-cold temperature of the water.

Picture by Jothiranjan.

4. Thriving flora and fauna of the region

The natural vegetation mainly involves Juniper trees, Willow trees, Pine trees, Cedars, birch trees, Alder trees, Poplar trees, colourful Orchids, and lupins. The region also attracts a lot of birds post-summer, So you will get to hear them constantly. If you speak to the local shepherds you will hear stories about snow leopards attacking their sheep. Also, the region is full of wildlife, you will find blue sheep near the rocks of Zardong.

Picture by Jothiranjan

5. Rare mountain views

Miyar Valley also offers views of certain rarely-seen mountains. They include the Castle peak, the magnificent Menthosa peak, and also Tharang  I, II, III.

Tharang I, II, III. Picture by Jothiranjan.

6. A peek at an ancient travel route

The valley near Tharsang goes towards Keylong via Tarsar Lamo pass. In the ancient past, people used to use this route to travel from Udaipur to Keylong via this route. This colourful valley showcases hanging glaciers, snowfields, waterfalls, flat rock faces, fold-type mountains, various orchids, and nameless snow-capped peaks.

Picture by Jothiranjan.

Picture by: Indiahikes photographer Jothiranjan

View from Zardong Campsite

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Miyar Valley trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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PRO TIPS

Why fitness matters on the Miyar Valley Trek

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On Moderate treks, you walk for about 6-8 km each day. The ascents and descents could get steep. The maximum altitude will range between 13,000 ft to 14,000 ft. You’ll come across tricky patches frequently (like snow or scree), which require you to navigate with a certain amount of caution. There might also be small stream/river crossings.

Your goal is to 5 km with an intention to finish within 35 minutes.

Note: If you are above the age of 58 years, you'll also need to submit your Treadmill Test within 7 days of registration.

How to Get Fit for Your Trek

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Trek Trivia

Things Nobody Tells You About Miyar Valley

Green Trails: Sustainable

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of the waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing the use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

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