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  • Region : Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration : 6 Days
  • Distance : 30km
  • Altitude : 12,500 ft ft.
  • Grade : Easy - Moderate
  • Price : 8799/-

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Overview

The Shumga trek is a remote trek located in Kullu Valley of the Himachal Pradesh region. The trail passes through the lesser travelled locations of the Great Himalayan National Park. On the way you will spot lush green plateaus and endless mountain ranges along with a wide variety of fauna. The hike to the summit is as exciting as claiming the summit. The variation in the trail takes you through the forests of pine to rhododendron on a trail that sometimes ascends and descends at other times.

Towards the end of the trek comes the alpine meadows which are home to a number of beautiful birds like Monal, Tragopan, Koklash and others. On the top which lies on the ridge separating Tirthan & Sainj Valley, there is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Jogni also known as Sati. You will also be able to view the peaks of Lower Himalayas like Banjar, Thachi, and Mandi as well as peaks of Greater Himalayas. Some important peaks that can be seen from the Shumga Top are Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti & Vasuki Nag.

The first day of the journey starts with a beautiful mountain ride from Mandi to Sangarh. The ride will be accompanied by steep turns and mountains covered with trees. We will also cross the famous Pandoh Dam which was built in 1977. As we get closer to the Sainj River vast meadows will come into view. One of the things that catches the eye when we reach Sangarh are the temples that are built in this area. 

The village provides a perfect setting to relax and unwind from the journey. The village is surrounded by green grasslands with white snow covered mountains towering in the background. Overnight stay will be in tents / guesthouses.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 70 Km
  • Driving Time - 3 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 7,200 ft.
  • Network - Available
  • Overnight stay at a guesthouse / tents

On the second day, after having breakfast in the morning, we will start walking towards the Lapah Campsite. The trail to the Lapah village is an easy, level walk which is used frequently by the villagers. The hike will take you through dense forests of pine as we cross Barshangarh village. 

From Lapah village, the campsite is 2 Km further on a steep trail. The climb to the campsite will leave you mesmerised with the views of Greater Himalayan Peaks at a distance.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance
  • Trekking Time
  • Max Altitude
  • Night stay in camps

Today we will start walking to Sara Lake on a trail parallel to Saradhar Ridge. The starting 2 Km of a trail is a moderate ascent followed by a steep climb for another 2 Km. You will notice quick changes in the vegetation as we keep walking, from thick Pine, Fir and Spruce forests to Rhododendron and Junipers scrubs.

At the end of today's trek we will cross Raila Village and our campsite for today is just a few meters ahead beside Sara Lake. It is a small lake surrounded by Oak trees. You can explore the area around to get better views of the Greater Himalayan Ranges. Night stay will be in tents.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 6.5 Km
  • Max Altitude - 10, 500 ft.
  • Night stay in camps

The trek from Sara Lake to Shumga Summit is 4 Km and therefore we will cover a total of 8 Km to the peak and back for today. The trail is of moderate difficulty so you can just walk along and enjoy the greenery filled with Rhododendron and Junipers. As we keep pushing towards the top, you will notice that the treeline starts to end and huge lavish meadows begin. 

The Shumga Peak is unique because it lies on a ridge that separates Sainj & Tirthan Valley. From the top you will get a 360 degrees view of the Greater as well as Lower Himalayan Ranges and on a clear day you can also see the peaks of Spiti and Kinnaur region from this place. Along with Pir Panjal range, you will be able to spot Beas River flowing through the Kullu Valley

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance
  • Max Altitude
  • Overnight stay in camps at Sara Lak

On the fifth day of Shumga Trek, we will retrace our steps back on the familiar trail, 6 Km back towards Lapah. Today will be the longest day of the trek as we take a diversion from the village and walk another 6 Km towards Nihari. Overnight stay will be in camps / guest houses at Nihari.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 12.5 Km
  • Overnight stay in tents / guesthouse

On the final day of the trek, we will be driving back to Mandi. The 126 Km journey will take about 5 hours to complete. You are expected to arrive at Mandi by evening, so make your further travel plans accordingly.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 126 Km
  • Driving Time - 5 Hours

By Air :-

Bhuntar, which is 56 km away from Mandi, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Mandi, 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 and you will reach Mandi in 12 - 14 hours. 

Tip: Since Delhi Mandi 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. Mandi to Delhi

Like the onward journey, buses leave from Mandi 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.

Inclusions :-

  1. Accommodation. (Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Mules to carry the central luggage

Exclusions :-

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

Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS 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 a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at the Shumga Trek
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  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 THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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