Chanderkhani Pass Trek
Best Time: April-October
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Malana – History & Facts
Malana perched at an altitude of 2276m, is said to be the oldest democracy in the world. It lies below the Chanderkhani Pass (3660m) in the panoramic Kullu-Manali Valley. The village is characterized by a small hamlet of quaint tribal houses, a village square and the local temple. Malana to Naggar via Chanderkhani Pass is a popular trekking route. Challenging glaciers on this trek make it an exciting one. The Chanderkhani pass (3,660m) offers magnificent views of the the Pir Panjal, Laval and Bara Bhangal ranges.
The villagers are light eyed, fair skinned and speak a different dialect. The lineage of the Malanese is linked to the army of Alexander the Great. Post his invasion, a few of his warriors are believed to have stayed back in Malana and formed a village. They then married the local women and formed their own judicial system which is followed till date. As per their marriage laws, age is not a barrier and there are no official marriages or divorces in the village. Villagers are permitted to have multiple partners by paying a small sum of money to the local temple of the powerful deity “Jamlu”. New partners are selected during the annual festival held in August.
The Malana judiciary is divided into two courts. The higher court presided by the Head Priest of the temple handles major disputes. The lower court handles the minor disputes in the village. The Supreme Court is a 816 Meters high stone platform in the center of the Village. Legend has it that Akbar the Great’s men forcibly took two coins from a Malana villager. Consequently, Akbar’s is said to have developed leprosy. Akbar was informed about the Malana incident. Unable to undertake the journey to Malana himself, he sent his image with the two coins to be offered to the village deity – God Jamlu. Akbar’s image is still on display at the Temple.
Visitors to the Malana are not permitted to touch the areas and objects of sacred importance or the local villagers. Offenders may be fined Rs1000. Police and outside authorities are restricted from entering the Malana village.
Day 1: Manali – Naggar– Rumsu (4-5 Hrs) 2,378m
Drive from Manali to Naggar (25 kms). The trail starts from Naggar to Rumsu village and further on to the campsite.
Day 2: Rumsu – Chiklani (base camp of Chanderkhani Pass) (5-6 Hrs.) 3660m
Leave for Chiklani After breakfast at around 8.30 am. Walk through forests of pine, oak, birch, poplar and blooming rhododendron. The trail ascends steadily to the base camp at Chaklani. Overnight in campsite.
Day 3: Chiklani – Nagruni via Chanderkhani Pass (5-6Hrs.) 3660m
Depart for Nagruni via Chanderkhani Pass post breakfast at around 8.30 am. A short trek brings you to the pass offering panoramic views of the snow-capped ranges and a birds eye view of the magnificent Kullu valley. Tread along easily to the campsite in Nagruni amidst a forest cover. Overnight stay in campsite.
Day 4: Nagruni – Malana (5-6 Hrs) 2652m.
Depart for Malana post breakfast. An hour’s descend brings you to the river bed and the village. Visit the local temple and village square. Overnight in campsite outside Malana village.
Day 5: Malana – Zari – Manali (5-6 Hrs) 2652m
After breakfast explore Malana village & local culture in the morning. Today we trek down to the Malana dam (3 Hrs.). Vehicle pick from here for Kullu/ Manali (optional – visit to Kasol & Manikaran). Drive back to Manali (2.5 hrs.)