The duration of the trek is minimum one week, starting at the elevation of 1710 amsl and camping at the final destination at 4000 amsl.
DAY1 : Niharani Village (1710 amsl) to Gadaparni Village to Shagwar Village to finally Shakti Village (2270 amsl)
DAY 2: Shakti Village to Marore Village (2540 amsl, the last village inside the park) to Karechar Thatch ( 2830 amsl)
DAY 3: Karechar Thatch to Parkachi Thatch (3080 amsl) Camped at Parkachi itself this day for it poured cats and dogs.
DAY4: Parkachi Thatch to Jogini Parkachi (3110 amsl) to Raktisar Camp (4000 amsl)
DAY 5: Raktisar Camp to Jogini to Parkachi Thatch (Meadow)
DAY 6: Parkachi Thatch to Kharechar Thatch to Marore Village
DAY 7: Marore to Shakti to Shagwar to Niharani Village
Shanagarh or Ropa is the closest where you can find homestay when you reach Sainj. Read here about a gorgeous yet budget friendly home stay at Shangarh.
The glacier lies in the heart of The Great Himalayan National Park. One needs a permit to enter the park. Permits for the core zone such as this one can be obtained at the head office from Shamshi and range offices in Sairopa ( Tirthan) and Ropa ( Sainj).
It is advisable to go in a group or with a responsible travel or trekking company. I personally had a great experience with HMRA (Himalayan Monk Riders Association). Its a travel company based out of Shangarh that organises treks and bike rides in the Himalayan Region. They know the Sainj region in and out.
Here is the website link.
How to reach Sainj:
I caught a bus from Sec 43 ISBT Chandigarh for Aut ( the famous tunnel) that leads to Kullu Manali. After getting down here you may catch a bus to Neuli and further ahead to Shangarh from there. There is an option of shared cabs as well. In case you are traveling from Delhi, catch any bus going towards Mandi or Manali and get down at Aut.
Ideal time to go:
September to early November is a good time for the monsoons are over by then and the route remains closed in November. I did the trek in October and was still quite cold.
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