Limitless plains, with a carpet of flowers being fed by a glacial stream, this is Miyar Valley for you. Located in the north-west of Lahaul-Spiti district, extending more than 100km, you see the best of both Himachal and Ladakh here. Also known as Valley of Flowers amongst the locals, this valley hasn't caught the eye of trekkers yet. The 5-day-trek begins from Khanjar, last village of Miyar Valley, 30 minutes away from Shukto, the last motorable point before the village. You cross grasslands, flower beds, mountain streams, moraine and boulders while on this trek.
How to reach Khanjar
In order to reach Khanjar you have to take a HRTC(Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation) bus to Shukto from Keylong. Once at Shukto you have to walk 30 minutes to finally reach Khanjar. You can get to Keylong from Manali, there are regular buses running between the two places. You must stay at Shukto, as there are plenty of options available there.
Miyar Valley trek is of moderate difficulty. You trek mostly on huge grasslands which is fairly easy, but it gets difficult when you have to walk on boulders and moraine along river banks to cross glacial streams.
This trek can be done solo, but there are lots of trails passing the meadows and you can easily get lost there if you are not sure of your trail. You can hire a local guide from the place you are staying, it would be very helpful for your trek. Organisers like Bikat and Thrillophilia do this trek around ₹20,000, inclusive of all the equipment, guide, camping and meals.
There is no defined route, it all depends upon how far you want to go. Some people finish the trek in a day, they go 10km into the valley and return back. The ideal point is reaching just below the Miyar Glacial and camping by the lakes formed from the glacier.
Shukto - Khanjar - Thanpattan - Gumba - Zardung - Kesar Yon Chhap - Phalpu - Zardung - Gumba - Khanjar - Shukto
When to do it
The best time to hit this trek is from June to October, for rest of the year this trail is covered under a thick blanket of snow.