Jiwa Nala to Parvati River Valley Trek
A seven-day, very strenuous, dramatic hike crossing the mountain passes at Kandi Galu (3627m), and Phangchi Galu (4636m). Incredible vistas. Must be in excellent physical condition as very demanding with elevation ascent of 2000 meters and 1500 meters descent in one day (total up-down, 3,500 m in one day!).
Day 1: Neuli (1650m) - Bhagi Kashahri (2600m)
Morning visit to Manu Temple (2200 m). Evening at village school site. Moderate ascent. Distance: 23 kms.
Day 2: Bhagi Kashahri - Subli (3300m)
Strenuous ascent in early morning (3600 m). Pass through Kandi Galu notch (3627m). Distance 17 kms.
Day 3: Subli - Dwada (3150m)
Relatively easy hike passing through birch forests and meadows. Distance 6 kms.
Day 4: Rest Day at Dwada
Beautiful meadow surrounded by steep mountain valleys and flowing Jiwanala River. Peaceful and good place to rest after long hike from Subli.
Day 5: Dwada
Day hike up to Surtu Glacial Pond in Khandedhar with dramatic mountain backdrops. Opportunities for wildlife observation including Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, etc. Distance: 20 kms. round trip.
Day 6: Dwada - Chippi (3550m)
Very strenuous day. Crossing Phangchi Galu Pass (4636 m) below Khandedhar into Parvarti Valley. Continuous steep ascent over rock scree, boulders, and very narrow paths into high alpine meadows, then higher lichen environments. Can be cold and windy. Descent from Phangchi Galu can have deep snow pack and should be done with great care as steepdrops and potentially very dangerous. Sublime peace at the higher elevations. Stressful on knees coming down! Distance: 23 kms.
Day 7: Chippi - Pulga
Easier descent back into forests and meadows, ending at village of Pulga. Distance: 18 kms.