Manirang Mountain – The Spitians called it ‘Ropakla’

12th Jul 2022

Manirang Mountain

Photo of Manirang Mountain – The Spitians called it ‘Ropakla’ by Neeraj Dhiman

Manirang is a mountain in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the border of the Kinnaur, Lahaul, and Spiti districts. The high Manirang pass, close to the peak, was one of the early trade routes between Spiti and Kinnaur before the motorable road was built.

This mountain pass is considered one of the least explored in the Indian Himalayas. Mount Manirang (Altitude: 6593 meter/ 21625.04 ft), known as the crown of the Spiti valley, is the ultimate mountaineering challenge. The high Manirang pass, located near the peak at an altitude of 5550 m, is one of the shortest connectors between Kinnaur and Spiti. Before the motorable road was built, this was one of the early trade routes between Spiti and Kinnaur.

The journey begins in Kaza & continues through Sapena, Manirang Pass, Rankali, and Pankit lands in Rupa village.

Except for the winter, the entire region is in a rain shadow and is mostly dry. Due to its remoteness, the undulating terrain, consisting of boulders and marine, is difficult to access without a proper guide. Weather conditions change throughout the expedition.

The trek starts from

1. Mud Village to Mane. Mane village to Manirang base camp

2. Crossing Manirang pass – Sumdo Nala camp

3. Sumdo Nala camp to Phophian Thatang campsite

4. Phophian Thatang to Ropa village in Ropa valley

5. Ropa To Reckongpeo