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Shumga Trek

Shumga Trek


(GST 5.00 %)
(Mandi to Mandi)
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Region :- Himachal Pradesh
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 12,500 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 30 Kms.

Trekking is no more done only by frequent trekkers or adventure enthusiasts. Trekking has now become ecstasy of our lives. It is a medium to rejoice, relive, and reconnect with nature. That is the reason why trekking is the most popular activity. This provides scope for us to keep exploring the unfamiliar and bring the hidden jewels of the Himalayas. What better could it be when the trek lies in the Valley of Gods, the Kullu valley. One of the precious treasures of Kullu valley is the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). Less known, untraveled paths hence, bring a lot of curiosity and excitement. Shumga trek lies within the GHNP since 1984, when it was formed.

Shumga is truly remote from rest of the world, as it has no network connectivity. It is, therefore, a perfect getaway for adventure seekers. The trek route begins from Shangarh village which is an epicentre of serenity and green meadows. It was also a hunting ground due to the abundance of fauna on the pasture lands. It is known for the tower temples built 100 years ago. From here itself you will start getting views of lush green plateaus surrounded by Cedar forests and endless ranges of mountains in the background. Walking towards the encircled area of the forests, make way on the well-marked trail to Lapah camp. The route from Lapah camp to Sarah Lake has variations. From pine forests to rhododendron to steep ascent, you will be amazed at every point. The trail goes through blossomed rhododendrons along the beautiful Saradhar ridge, later to Sarah Lake. Camping beside this lake under glittering stars will revitalize you for the summit day.

The summit trail will again show the variant color of the vegetation from pine trees to rhododendrons. Towards the end of the trail comes Alpine meadows, home of the pheasants like Monal, Tragopan, Koklash etc. The summit point is marked by the shrine of Goddess Jogni or Sati. This point lies on the ridge separating Tirthan and Sainj valleys. Lower Himalayan peaks of Banjar, Thachi, and Mandi are visible on the Southwest side. Towards Northeast, peaks of the Great Himalayan Range are visible. On a clear autumn morning, high peaks of Kinnaur and Spiti regions can also be sighted.

Major peaks seen are Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti, Vasuki Nag, in Lahulibati.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:- Mandi to Shangarh

  • Altitude 7,200 ft.
  • Pick up time .
  • Drive .
  • Network is available.
  • Stay in a Home stay/Tent.
  • Route:- Mandi - Pandoh Lake - Hanogi Temple - Diversion before Aut Tunnel - Sainj -Shangarh.

  • Day 2:- Shangarh to Lapah Camp

  • Trek 9 km.
  • 8,500 ft.
  • Reach Camp before lunch.
  • No local market, no network is available.
  • Till Lapah level walk on the well-marked trail, frequently used by villagers (6.5 km).
  • Cross Barshangarh village.
  • Waterfall on the way to refill water bottles.
  • Gradual ascent 2.5 km from Lapah Village till campsite.
  • Camp in between mixed forest of pine and other broad-leaved trees

  • Day 3:- Lapah Camp to Sara Lake

  • Trek 6.5 km.
  • 10,500 ft.
  • No water point on the trail so fill bottles at Camp.
  • Keep your wind and waterproof handy.
  • The first half of is through pin, fir and spruce forest having gradual to a steep ascent.
  • The second half of the trek is through rhododendron forest (Steep ascent).
  • Walk along the ridge named Saradhar.
  • Reach Sara Lake by late noon.
  • Stay in tents beside the lake.

  • Day 4:- Sara Lake to Shumga Thach and Back to Sara Lake

  • Trek 8 km up and down from the summit.
  • 11,800 ft.
  • Start after Breakfast, lunch at Summit.
  • Sara to Shumga Summit gradual ascent 4 km.
  • Pheasants Monal, Thragopan, Koklash can be spotted.
  • Spend some time at Shumga Summit.
  • Sliding can be enjoyed while coming down in winter.
  • Fun day of the trek.
  • Reach Campsite in the late evening.
  • Peaks of Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti, Vasuki Nag are visible.

  • Day 5:- Sara Lake Camp to Nihari Road head via Lapah

  • Trek 12.5 km.
  • 5,500 ft.
  • Descend is gradual along Saradhar Ridge till Lapah.
  • Mind the diversion at Lapah towards Niharni.
  • Niharni is gradual descend till Baha bridge on Sainj River then a level walk till the road appears.
  • First 1 km is gradual ascent and rest 1.5 km is steep ascent.
  • Reach Campsite by lunch.
  • Accommodation in Tent/Homestay.

  • Day 6 :- Nihari to Mandi

  • drive of 4 hours (126 km).


    Who can go
  • First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
  • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1: Mandi to Shangarh

    After you reach Mandi the beautiful mountain journey begins. The first major sight will be of Pandoh Dam built in 1977 as hydroelectric power station. It is an attractive tourist spot in Manali.

    You will follow the Mandi – Aut Tunnel route. If you wish you can halt at the Hanogi Mata temple, perfectly balancing on the edge of a cliff forming a divine picture. Taking steep turns, the view gets greener as you get closer to the Sainj River and vast meadows come to visibility. The first thing that will capture your heart will be the tower temples. ShangchulMahadev Temple is newly built temple after the old was destroyed in fire. The temple will remind of you Chinese constructions.

    You will instantly fall in love with the entire setup of pleasing green grassland with Snow Mountains and tiny village houses. Sip a cup of tea and enjoy your night in a Tent/Homestay. Permissions are required to step into the wonderland of Great Himalayan National Park.

    Day 2: Shangarh to Lapah camp

    Wake up in the morning getting immersed in the wonderful scenery. You would want to relax on the grass and feel the sun rays. But get packed to experience more. The height gain up to the next campsite, Lapah is from 2200 meters to 2700 meters. You will be covering 9 km distance in 5 hours trek.

    After 1 km walk through the forests, you will arrive at Barshangarh village. The path henceforth is a level walk between Pine trees. During winter these trees are layered with snow forming a perfect winter picture. You will cross the Lapah village to reach the campsite. It will be a steep ascent of 2 km until campsite. Your eyes will be filled withmindblowing views of Greater Himalayan peaks. Though the peaks are not clearly visible, it is enough to rejuvenate you. If you are lucky you might have an encounter with Black deer, Goral or Musk deer.

    Day 3: Lapah Camp to Sara Lake

    After peaceful sleep under forests, it is time to encounter how the forests change its colour. The trail starts from Lapah along the Saradhar ridge. The trail starts with a moderate ascent of 2 km, followed by a steep ascent of 2 km. Notice the change in vegetation from thick Pine, Fir and Spruce forests to Rhododendron and Junipers scrubs.

    Towards the end of the trail you will come across Raila village. Walking a little ahead you can spot the next camp site besides Sara Lake. The lake is a tiny lake surrounded by Kharsu oak trees on the sides. The lake is dark coloured and mostly covered by leaves. Towards the northeast side you will get views of never-ending Greater Himalayan ranges. You will get enough time to roam around and capture memorable moments with the nature.

    Day 4: Sara Lake to Shumga Summit Point

    This is one of the easy treks having a summit day covering a total of 8 km. The trail is of moderate type so relax and just engulf the peacefulness. On this trail too you will observe the variation of greenery filled with Rhododendron and Junipers scrubs. Just as you move up the tree line ends and lavish meadows of Shumga incept. Also, you will find alpine scrubs lying everywhere. These scrubs are breeding grounds for pheasants like Monal, Tragopan, Koklash etc. After establishment of National Park Shumga attracts wildlife watchers.

    Shumga summit point is obvious by prayer flags and a shrine of Jogni deity. The Goddess is believed to guide and protect the mountains. What makes the summit unique is that it lies on a ridge separating Sainj and Tirthan Valley. A 360 degree theatre opens as soon you reach the summit. Towards southwest lower hills of Banjar, Thachi, and Mandi are visible at a distance. On the other hand, Northeast side has Great Himalayan range peaks. On a clear autumn morning high peaks of Kinnaur and Spiti regions can be noticed. Look towards North for distant mesmerizing views of PirPanjal range. You will also find Beas River meandering through Kullu Valley towards West. Major Peaks seen are Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti, Vasuki Nag, in Lahulibati.

    Day 5: Shumga to Nihari (12km, 5 hours trek)a

    Wake up with all the memories fresh in your mind, promising to never forget them. Another chance to relive those is on the return trail. The route to Lapah is the same as you came up. This will be the longest route of the entire trek. After 6 km of retracing your steps to Lapah, take a diversion to Nihari.

    Another 6 km descend until Sainjriverand you will reach a bridge over the river at Baha. Walk the final steps on the bridge and say the end to the Shumga trek.

    Day 6: Nihari to Mandi

    Just look back and try to relive the entire trek as the time to say Goodbye, has come. With a big smile get ready to miss the trek while you drive back to Mandi.

    How to Reach

    By Air :-
    Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

    By Road:-
    Mandi is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Mandi (Manali). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in, Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Manali to Delhi Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.

    Note:- Trekkers need to take only those VOVO buses which reach Mandi till 10.00am on first day. Our reporting time is 11.00am at Manadi but in-case you will not able to reach at meeting /briefing time, either we will transfer your seat to our any next batch or we will cancel your trek, so please double check your bus time with your bus transporter.

    Cost Terms

    Inclusions :-
    1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
    2. Transport from Mandi to Shangarh and return to Mandi from Niharni
    3. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
    4. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
    5. All necessary permits and entry fees.
    6. First aid medical kit, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
    7. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
    8. Trekking Services from Shangarh to Niharni.
    9. Transportation From Mandi to Mandi.
    10. TTH Staff insurance.
    11. Mules to carry the central luggage.

    Exclusions :-
    1. Any kind of personal expenses.
    2. Food during the transit.
    3. Insurance.
    4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
    5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
    6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

    Note :
    Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
    Charges of offloading backpack:-
    INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
    INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Mandi
    The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

    Paying the Trek /Tour fee:
    The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

    Cancellation terms:
    For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected] At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
    Refund options
        • Get 95% cash refund
        • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
    Refund options
        • Get 70% cash refund
        • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
        • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
    Refund options
        • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
        • Get 50% cash refund
        • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
        • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
    Refund options
        • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
        • No cash refund
        • 20% cash voucher for same trip till one year
        • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
    2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
    3. TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
    4. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

    Cash Voucher Terms:

        • This is a non transferable voucher
        • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
        • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
        • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
        • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
        • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

    Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

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    Risk & Respond

    High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

    Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

    Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

    Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

    Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

    Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

    Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

    Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

    Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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    Fixed Departure

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    Brief Detail

    Trek Itinerary
    Day 1:- Mandi to Shangarh
    Day 2:- Shangarh to Lapah Camp
    Day 3:- Lapah Camp to Sara Lake
    Day 4:- Sara Lake to Shumga Thach and Back to Sara Lake
    Day 5:- Sara Lake Camp to Nihari Road head via Lapah
    Day 6: Nihari to Mandi
    Note:- On Day 6, you’ll reach Mandi by 12:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 02:00 pm.

    Trek Info:-
    Region: Himachal
    Duration: 6 Days
    Grade: Easy to moderate
    Max Altitude: 12,500 ft
    Trekking Km: 30 Kms
    Trail Type: Cross Over
    Rail head: Pathankot
    Road: Mandi
    Base Camp: Shangarh
    Best Season: Round the year
    Snow: December to April
    Services from: Mandi to Mandi
    Food: Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
    Stay: Home stay/Camping
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