Chobia Pass Trek Connects Bharmaur to Keylong
Chobia Pass is the second highest pass in the Pir- Panjal mountain range, an interesting and adventurous trek of 5-6 days over one of the toughest treks. In this trek, tracker can view the beauty of Pir- Panjal range The Gaddies (shepherds) after spending six months in lower reaches of Kangra and Una District of Himachal Pradesh come to Bharmour, and move towards Lauhal and Spiti through Kugti and Chobia passes to graze their flocks. This Pass is very risky at the time of snowfall or over fresh snow for tracking as crevasses open up on Lahaul side in monsoon months and are difficult to negotiate. Gaddis also sacrifice few sheep’s when they are crossing Chobia Pass to the Goddess Marali for safe and easy crossing. Few of shepherd also cross another Pass in Lauhal known as Baralacha pass as grass of Lauhal and Spiti is much nutrient than other grasses; this is the main reason to go to Lauhal and Spiti with their flocks. June is the best month for trekking this pass. Chobia Pass lies between 2 minor peaks Tent Peak (6133m ) and Barakanda Peak (5877 ) of the Pir Panjal Range.
Location: District Chamba Himachal Pradesh
Trek Type: Difficult
Distance: 40 kms
Duration: 4 Nights 5 Days
Route: Bharmour – Khateru Temple – Alyas – Chobia Pass – Alyas – Trilokinath
Day 1 Bharmour – Khateru Temple
We take the road route to Kao village (~1.5 hours) and start the trek towards Khateru Temple. There onwards start the trek and through a moderately ascending trail along Chobia nallah, reach Khateru Temple (~5 hours)
Day 2 Khateru Temple – Alyas(Base camp)
Trek via Baggi Got, a Gaddi campsite with grand alpine pastures, and reach Alyas. (Alyas is a term used for base of the pass)
Day 3 Rest Day for acclimatization
This day is to acclimatize, rest and prepare ourselves for the high pass crossing next day.
Day 4 Alyas – Chobia Pass – Alyas (Lahual side) ~10 hours
Most challenging day of the trek. The weather at pass can get bad after noon so we need to start by 4 a.m. at least. After a tough climb we reach the pass and offer our prayers. The descent on Lahaul side is steep and no less taxing, as there is chance of crevasses hidden under snow; which needs to be navigated with precaution and under expert supervision
Day 5 Alyas – Trilokinath . ~6 hours
Trek through an easier trail compared to previous day! As we descend into Lahual side of the pass, magnificent views open up and greet you.
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