Kalihani Pass Trek
Difficulty – 4/5
Duration – 7 days
Ideal Time – June 15th to 15th July and 15 Aug to 30 Oct
Kalihani pass (also pronounced as Kalihani
Pass), traditionally known as the Senghor Jot, is the highest pass in the
shepherd route from Kullu valley to the remotest Bara Bhangal area in
Kangra. Kali-Heni which means black snow, is rightly named as ancient
glaciers with very old ice formations are observed both in the approach and
at the pass. The pass itself is glacial. The route to Kaliheni and back to
Sangchur village takes7 days of trekking through Alpine forest inside
Manali Sanctuary, splendid rolling Meadows and glacier moraine zones.
The hidden lush pastures are traditionally known to the “Gaddi”s (local
name for the Shepherds) and while crossing the pass grazing opportunity
extended between Kullu and Kangra valleys. On the first and last day of the
trek, bird’s eye view of spread out Kullu valley is spectacular to watch.
Lama Dugh area is known for its wild flowers during summer and monsoon.
From Khanpari Pass/base of Khanpari Tibba, the view of Pir Panjal range
(Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Indra Tilak, Ali Ratan Tibba etc) is a trekkers delight.
To the north-west Dhauladhar Range (Hanuman Tibba) is close by. Very
few trails in Himachal produce similar kind of vast expanse of the sprawling
meadows. In jest, this interior high altitude mountain pass between Kullu
and Kangra is a unique Himalayan trail of its own kind with unexplored
wilderness. For experienced trekkers this trek provides an opportunity to
see Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar ranges of Himalaya together and should be in
to do list.