Malana trek in Himachal Pradesh, India

About Malana

Malana is the oldest village in the state of Himachal. Situated in the Parvati valley, it is surrounded by the peaks of Chandrakhani and Deo Tibba. Apart from the cannabis-related taboo surrounding the village, there are ancient temples and structures to admire, and plenty to learn. The village itself lies in the midst of beautiful forests at a height of 9500 feet, so you’ll have gorgeous views all along.

About the Malana trek

The Malana trek is perfect for those looking for a quick adventure escape. Your trip begins in Manali, from where you'll be driven to Naggar to start the trek. En route the Malana trek, you will hike up to Chandrakhani Pass which lies at 12,000 feet, along the top of a ridge. You’ll also negotiate some tricky descents, crossing a gorge, and walking beside the gushing Beas river. You'll trek alongside ancient shrines, rocky outcrops, ancient tribal villages with traditional wooden homes, deep forests, snow-capped mountain peaks and bubbling mountain streams. At night, you'll camp out in tents, amidst terraced green fields and picturesque meadows.

The highlight of this trek however, is the Himachali village of Malana. If you’re curious about this legendary village, where the locals run their own democracy, speak a language known only to themselves (believed by outsiders to be the devil’s language), and fiercely guard their culture against outsiders, this Malana trek gives you a glimpse into their lives. The region around Malana is fairly remote and so the culture and environment are untouched. The village, shrouded in mystery and myth, has fascinated travellers for years now, and the locals have only recently allowed outsiders into their village. Legend has it that the exotic looking people of this village are descendants of Alexander the Great. The villagers with their light skin and eyes, speaking in their very own dialect, make you very aware of the fact that you're an outsider.

Malana is famous for being the world’s oldest democracy and has also become famous (or infamous) internationally for cannabis, but there’s more to a Malana trek than just the herb. The locals have their own system of administration and discipline, choosing to follow their village god, Jamlu, and not the Constitution of India. The locals are friendly, but believe they are superior to outsiders. They believe anyone not from the village are untouchable, and they don’t like visitors touching them or their possessions. If touched, they undergo extensive purification rituals. It is strongly advised that you do not touch any person, home or structure here without permission.

You'll get to see a lifestyle and a belief system that is different from anything you've seen before and on the return journey, you will cross Manikaran which lies in Punjab. Located in the Parvati Valley, Manikaran is as beautiful as it is holy and you will get a chance to take a dip in the Manikaran Sahib (Gurudwara) hot sulphur springs.

Best time for the Malana trek

When to go on the Malana trek: The best time to visit the valley is between June to October as the winters get very severe.

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Trek to Malana and Chanderkhani Pass
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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If you're looking for an adventurous trek that takes you to a unique place, but don't have a lot of time to spare, the Malana-Chanderkhani trek is perfect for you. It takes you high up to a pass at about 12,000 feet, into the big peaks of the Himalayas. The route to the pass lies along the top of a ridge, and the trek also involves negotiating some tricky descents, crossing a gorge, and walking beside the gushing Beas river.

The highlight for culture buffs is a visit to Malana village, where you cannot touch the locals. You'll get to see a lifestyle and a belief system that is different from anything you've seen before.

The trek begins with Chanderkhani Pass, and moves on to Malana, giving you just enough time to enjoy both.
    Inclusions
  • 2 guides for the group
  • Accomodation in tents on twin sharing
  • Clean and fresh sleeping bags, camping mattresses, toilet tents while camping
  • All meals as specified
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fees
  • First-aid kit
  • Transport to and from start/end point as per the itinerary
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Service tax
    Exclusions
  • Any costs or services not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any charges for video cameras or still cameras
  • Charges for alcohol or soft drinks or beverages
  • Personal expenses like tips or laundry or telephone calls
  • Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or road blocks, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Personal porter/mule for personal luggage (can be availed at an additional cost of Rs.1800)
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Trek to Malana Village
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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This 4-day trek takes you to Malana, a Himachali village shrouded in mystery and myth, and famous for being the world’s oldest democracy. It has become famous (or infamous) internationally for cannabis, but there’s more to Malana than just drugs. This is also one of the most fascinating treks in the Kullu Valley. In the first place, you'll camp on the outskirts of Malana village, giving you time to visit a village that seems stuck in time. Here, they have their own rules and way of life. The villagers themselves, with their light skin and eyes, speaking in their very own dialect, make you very aware of the fact that you're an outsider here.

You'll trek alongside ancient shrines, rocky outcrops, tribal villages with traditional wooden homes, deep forests, snow-capped mountain peaks and bubbling mountain streams. You will also visit Chandrakhani Pass on the way.

IMPORTANT: This is a private trip and requires a minimum of 8 people to make a booking.
    Inclusions
  • All veg meals from Day 1 lunch to Day 4 breakfast
  • Tented accommodation on triple share basis
  • All necessary fees and permits
  • Transportation from Manali to Manali
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
  • All camping gears complying with international standards
  • First aid qualified instructor
    Exclusions
  • Any meal during transit
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag (can be arranged with prior notice)
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the inclusions
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Day Trek to Malana Village (ex-Kasol)
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
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This day trip is perfect for those looking for a quick look at Malana. If you’re curious about this legendary village, where the locals run their own democracy, speak a language known only to themselves (and believed to be the devil’s language), and fiercely guard their culture against outsiders, this trek gives you a glimpse into their lives.

The trail takes you through the beautiful village, where you might be able to meet the locals, and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear the stories about how they descended from Alexander the Great.

The Malana people believe anyone not from the village are untouchable, and have to undergo extensive purification rituals. It is strongly advised that you do not touch any person, home or structure here without permission.

IMPORTANT: To book this trip, you need a minimum of 4 persons.
    Inclusions
  • Transport required in the trek
  • Packed lunch
    Exclusions
  • Cold drinks, mineral water, dry snacks etc.
  • Any meals/services not mentioned
  • Personal porters for carrying trekker’s day backpacks
  • Personal insurance
  • Costs of emergency evacuations
  • Food/beverages on the journey to and from the start point
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