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2800 TO 5240 MTS.

Performed by both Buddhists and Hindus, a parikrama second only to that of Mt.Kailash. August and september are the best times.Trek begins at Thangi on the right bank of the  Tedong, about four hours by road from Reckong peo.It is  10kms to lambar (2950mts), all along the steep charang khad.


Day 2 takes one 20kms to the larger village of charang (3400mt), situated just above the confluence of the charang and shurtingting streams.There is a rest house here and a gompa where pilgrims receive blessinds before moving on

Day 3(13kms)involves crossing the highpastures of charang and ascending  up a stream to lalanti (4300mts). camping on its left bank.


Day 4 (27kms)is the most difficult, ascending more than a thousand mts, over immense rockfails,past the snout of a glacier on the right, and then clawing one's way up a steep, scree slope to the charang pass(5240mts)The view from the  top is awesome.from the saddle it is a steep descent of  almost 2000mts to chitkul(3400mts). the last village in the sangla valley and the road-head.Across the Baspa river one can see the huge, verdant pastures known as "kandas" which offer infinite trekking and camping possibilities themselves.


High above is the rupen pass, guarding the western flanks to the remote Dodra kawar valley. conclude the trek by  worshipping at the temple of the chitkul devi and offering thanks .Incidentally ,beyond charang one is prohibited from plucking any wild flowers or shrubs by an edict of the Devi ! one can stay at the rest houses in either chitkul or sangla, 24km down the valley. from there it is a fantastically beautiful drive to karcham, and on to shimla.

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