Kugti Pass trek

Kugti Pass Trek

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Kugti Pass Trek Overview

The Kugti Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh takes you to a formidable height of 16,700 feet and is one of the most stunning yet untouched hikes. The Kugti Pass trek is a great entryway and is frequently used by the Gaddi tribes to travel to the Lahaul and Spiti regions to graze their sheep. This journey is one of the most difficult hikes in the Central Himalayan mountains due to its rigorous ascent, rugged terrain, and treacherous routes. Before beginning this difficult walk, you must have previous hiking experience at a high altitude. Your hearts and spirits will be captured by the beautiful scenery of the Manimahesh Kailash peak, the Grechu Pass, and the dry, desolate hills of the Lahaul valley from the pass.

The Kugti Pass trek is located in the Himalayan Pir Panjal Range. The journey begins at Bharmour. At the summit of Kugti Pass, there is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Marali Devi, where there are bells, iron ornaments, and some pieces of coloured fabric. You begin your descent and complete your walk at Manali after spending some time at the pass. The Kugti Pass base camp trek is ideal if you're captivated by high elevations, nature's masterpieces, and heart-pounding thrills and experiences.

Quick Facts of Kugti Pass Trek

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Maximum altitude: 16700 feet

Grade: Difficult

Duration: Eight days

Trekking distance: 60 kilometers

Rail head: Pathankot Railway Station

Airport: Gaggal Airport

Snow Season: January and February

Service from: Pathankot Railway Station

Base camp: Kugti Village

Best season: Winter season (January and February)

Region: Himachal Pradesh

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Kugti Pass Trek Itinerary

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Pathankot Cantt to Bharmour

  • Your journey to Bharmour will begin once you reach Pathankot.

  • It takes 7 to 8 hours to go to the former capital of the historic Chamba region, which is surrounded by apple orchards, pine woods, and the Himalayan mountain ranges.

  • Have a meal with plenty of energy later in your trip.

  • After arriving in Bharmour, check into the hotel/camp and then retire for the evening.

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What to Pack for Kugti Pass Trek?

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  • Documents - Carrying your documents is essential to access important sites. Take along your Identity card that includes a passport, Adhar card, voter identification card, driver’s license or others.

  • Clothes - You must pack clothes suitable for the weather. Cotton tees should be avoided in favor of quick dry tees, bandanas, scarves, or hats; a thick coating (Pullover, sweater or jacket) must be carried in case it gets cold at night. Trekking shoes or hiking boots is a must for the hilly terrain.

  • Consumables - Be sure to carry dried foods and packaged water for an easy trip. You need water (Minimum three liters), Salt plus lemon juice or electrolyte powder along with foods with a lot of calories, including nuts and dried fruits, etc.

  • First aid kit - Make sure to carry your first aid kit in case of emergencies. Your first aid kit must include scissors, cotton rolls, crepe bandages, and micropore tape.

  • Medicines - Medicines are a must for any trekking trip that lasts more than 2 days. The best medicines that you can carry are Avomine motion sickness medication, Digene or Gelusil for acid reflux, Crocin for mild pain treatment, and regular and waterproof bandages. Other important medicines include Savlon or Dettol for antiseptic liquid, and Cipladine or Savlon for antiseptic powder.

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Know Before You Go for Kugti Pass Trek

How to Reach
Important Tips for trekkers

By Air: Gaggal Airport, located 176 kilometers from Bharmour, is the closest airport to Kugti Pass. From the Gaggal airport to Bharmour, you can take a private cab or take public transportation.

By Rail: The Pathankot railway station is the closest rail hub to Kugti Pass. Trains runs frequently between Delhi and Pathankot.

By Road: The quickest route from Delhi to Bharmour is by car. From Kashmeri Gate, you may go directly to Chamba on a Volvo or any HRTC bus. You will arrive in Chamba directly from the overnight bus, where you can take another bus or hire a taxi to Bharmour.

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FAQs of Kugti Pass Trek

Are there horses available for offloading at Kugti Pass trek?

You must carry your own belongings to the campsite and for the duration of the Kugti Pass trek because horses are not available for offloading.

Where is Kugti Pass located?

The Kugti Pass trek is located in the Himalayan Pir Panjal Range. The journey begins at Bharmour. At the summit of Kugti Pass, there is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Marali Devi. You begin your descent and complete your walk at Manali after spending some time at the pass. The Kugti Pass walk is ideal for you if you're captivated by high elevations, nature's masterpieces, and heart-pounding thrills and experiences.

How difficult is the Kugti Pass trek?

One of the most difficult treks in Himachal Pradesh is the high-altitude Kugti Pass climb. It brings you to the highest point in Himachal, which is 5090 meters above sea level, in an undiscovered area of the state. This Himachal hike is difficult because of the strenuous ascent and challenging terrain.

What is the best time to do the Kugti Pass trek?

Mid-June to mid-October is the best time to do the Kugti Pass Trek. A lot of snow may be seen at the high passes in the early part of the season. When August arrives, the snow cover begins to thaw. As the season progresses, it's possible to discover rain in Spiti and a brilliant sun in the Kullu-Manali Valley. The nights are frigid, especially at the upper campgrounds, with temperatures ranging from -2 to 6°C, but the days are often mild and sunny.

What is the highest altitude reached during Kugti Pass trek?

The Kugti Pass Trek brings you to a breathtaking elevation of 5090 meters in an undiscovered region of Himachal Pradesh.

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