Thachi Valley

5,000.00

Route: Chandigarh – Thachi – Shalwad – Vishnu Temple Top – Speini Dhar – Chandigarh.

Difficulty Level:  Easy.

Altitude– 3,000 m (9,842.5 ft).

Trek Length: 8 km (one way).

Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days.

Batch Size– 10

Price inclusive of Camping, Transport, Food & GST.

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Description

Thachi Valley is one of the most remote and beautiful destinations of Himachal Pradesh. Located amidst thick forests of deodar, pine and tosh trees the area displays unspoiled beauty of nature. It is linked by a road that goes via Aut and Bali Chowki. This place is a paradise for trekkers with easy to medium treks in the region to get a wide-angle view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Ranges. A beautiful, untouched and unexplored valley, this is the ideal location for a holiday amidst the lap of nature.

Trek A Tribe is proud to open new trek in Thachi Valley known to very few. This trek starts from village Shalwad located at an altitude of 2,550 meters, 1.5 hours hike from the Thachi road. Shalwad village is a happy place with a population of around 100 people. The primary source of income for the villagers here is farming, growing peas, onion, cabbage and other vegetables. Fruits like apple and plum are also grown here. There is also a primary school in the village.

This peaceful village is located at a beautiful location with an amazing view of the Manali region and peaks. The village is also home to a beautiful wooden Lord Ganesh Temple.

Trek Analysis:

At the top of the mountain from Shalwad resides a Lord Vishnu Temple which is another 5 km trek from the village. The trek to the temple top to an altitude of 3,000 meters passes through beautiful landscapes. Trees found in this region include Deodar, Pine, Tosh, Oak, Rei, Maru, Rakhal and Khashu. Another unique herb found in the region which is known as Madrosh. Madrosh leaves are used to make tea which has many benefits including boosting immunity, curing cold, headaches, etc. It tastes a thousand times better than green tea.

Lord Vishnu Temple is also known for an annual fair held in the month of October, where thousands of devotees gather together for a week and worship the local Devta known by the name of Lord Matlora.

The best thing about this trek is perhaps the Himalayan views you are rewarded with from the top of the ridge. The stunning vistas offer views of the Parvati Valley, Tirthan Valley, Shikari Devi, Kamru Nag, Prashar forests, Dhauladhar range, Bhunter airport, Beas river, Thachi village, Hanuman Tibba, and other prominent peaks. This mesmerizing view is something you cannot keep your eyes away from!
Another destination we will cover in Thachi Valley is Speini Dhar, which is 12 km drive away from the Thachi village. Speini Dhar at 2,900 meters is a pass connecting Thachi valley and Janjheli valley. It offers an amazing view of the Mandi district and Tirthan Valley. We also visit Sumenu Nag Devta Temple and Jogi Pathar near the pass.

This place will make you fall hopelessly and irretrievably in love with Himachal and its beauty! If solitude, sky-gazing, wilderness, a night out under the stars and a warm campfire below is what you seek, this trip is undoubtedly ideal for you.

Thachi Valley Map

ITINERARY

Day 1 (3 May) – We begin our journey in the morning around 8 a.m. from Chandigarh to cover the 260 kilometres towards Thachi Valley in about 7 hours. We will reach Thachi Valley around 4 p.m.
After reaching Thachi we will start our trek towards Shalwad village, climbing the 2.5 kilometres to a height of 2,550 meters in 1.5 hours. We rest in a comfortable homestay overnight and feast on some mouth-watering dinner as we prepare for our trek the next day!

apple orchards covered with net in thachi valley mandi, himachal (1)

Thachi– Thachi village is located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. This is a beautiful, untouched and unexplored valley so far. It is in the Seraj-2 constituency of Mandi district. This valley is famous for its apple orchards, simple and happy life of villagers with beautiful views.

shalwad village, thachi valley mandi, himachal (29)

Day 2 (4 May) – Rise up early and after breakfast start trekking towards the Lord Vishnu Temple Top covering 5 kilometres in about 3 hours. You will pass through a rich forest untouched by tourists and the trail is free from any type of plastic, so please remember to not litter anywhere during the trek.thachi valley mandi, himachal (23)
Upon reaching the temple and having lunch, we get briefed about the ranges, passes, and peaks visible from there from our experienced trek leader. After exploring the ridge and taking in the different views from any viewpoints, we head back to the homestay and sip on some Madrosh tea for relaxation. We will light up a bonfire, sit and just enjoy the beautiful night sky full of crystal-clear stars. You can even get yourself some delicious home cooked Guchchi mushrooms at an extra cost of Rs. 500 for one bowl to end your day with a wholesome meal!

madrosh herb
Madrosh herb
fresh guchchi fetched from jungle trip in Thachi valley
Guchchi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guchchi– Also known as Morel Mushrooms, these mushrooms command a huge demand despite their high price tag. They are locally called ‘Guchchi’ in the Himalayan region and are prized for their spongy, honeycomb texture and unique flavour. But that's not the only reason for the luxury pricing.
Guchchi mushrooms cannot be cultivated commercially and instead they grow wild only in some regions like the Kangra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, Manali and other parts of Himachal Pradesh after the snowfall period. They are rich in proteins. With its leathery texture, earthy flavour, a host of health benefits, and a rare occurrence, the morel or Guchchi mushroom is an exotic delicacy in the Himalayas.

amazing view from speini dhar, thachi valley mandi, himachal (4)

Day 3 (5 May)– Rise up to the sound of silence and connect with yourself. After a wholesome breakfast, we explore the village and hike down to the road for about an hour. From here, we further drive another 9 kilometres towards Speini Dhar, the pass connecting Thachi and Janjheli Valley. For the last leg of our memorable journey, we visit the Sumenu Nag Temple before hitting the road, ending our trip towards Chandigarh with memories to last for a lifetime!

INCLUSIONS

Inclusions-
Stay – Homestay (sharing basis)
Meals- Vegetarian Nutritious and Tasty Meals during the Trek with Evening Tea and Snacks.
1. Breakfast on Day 2 and 3
2. Lunch on Day 2
3. Dinner on Day 1 and 2

Experienced trek leaders and cook.

Transport from Chandigarh to Thachi Valley and back to Chandigarh in Tempo Traveller.

First-Aid Kit.

Other Guidance

  • Climbers are reminded that there is a 15kg limit on personal luggage for all climbs.
  • Cameras, whether video or film, needed to be protected against the severe cold either in a warm pouch or the interior pockets of your clothing. Do not keep your camera in your backpack at higher elevations.
  • We do not provide donkeys or porters to carry luggage.
  • No insurance is provided during the trek.
  • When between camps, please carry your daily personal rubbish to the next camp.
  • Remember – “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”. So, keep the mountains clean and green.
  • Aspirins and Paracetamols are highly recommended for headaches and because they also thin the blood that will help improving circulation & oxygen delivery to the body.  Strong painkillers are not recommended as they can suppress respiration.
  • Personal expense of any kind will not be entertained.

Personal Equipment Required:

  •  A good sturdy pair of shoes and a backpack with plastic or water-proof lining.
  • Comfortable, lightweight clothing.
  • Sunglasses or goggles.
  • Woollen hat for warmth.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Torch.
  • Scarf or bandana.
  • Lip balm.
  • Ear plugs. (Optional)
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses.
  • Thermal innerwear.
  • Extra polythene bags.
  • A whistle.
  • Reading materials, Games, Cards. (Optional)
  • Towel especially lightweight quick-dry type.
  • Track pants with more pockets. Carry around 2 pants. Avoid jeans.
  • Waterproof jackets and gloves.
  • A raincoat since the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. (Optional)
  • Identification proof like Passport, Driving license, Aadhar card etc.
  • 1 Passport size photograph.

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellation of booking of tour 31 days or more before the date of Departure will result in 20% deduction in the cost of the tour.
  • Cancellation of booking of tour 21-30 days before the date of Departure will result in 40% deduction of the cost of the tour.
  • Cancellation of booking of tour 11-20 days before the date of Departure will result in 60% deduction of the cost of the tour.
  • Cancellation of booking of tour 6-10 days before the date of Departure will result in 80% deduction of the cost of the tour.
  • Cancellation of booking of tour 1-5 days before the date of Departure will result in 100% deduction of the cost of the tour.

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