Today is going to be a long day and an early start is the best strategy. Have some energy bars and save breakfast for later. You want to cover as much distance as possible in the initial leg. Follow the cairns, the route is well marked at the initial part of the campsite. The trail runs towards the north east part of the ridge. As you advance you will see the steep face of moon peak to your right. The path has a few steep sections and pace yourselves accordingly. Getting a rhythm initially is very important. Again the cairns are here to help you. The gaddis are in a way helping the trekkers find their way through the mountain. Further there are stones stacked on top of one another that will help you traverse the steep sections, which are otherwise for the sheep. These stairs have a fall of almost 200 feet at places so be careful while climbing these stairs. As you climb up you will see many false passes as the next hump is simply not visible from below. At an average pace you should reach the pass by 11:00 AM. The summit is marker by a lot of flags, cairns and trishuls. Pay your respects at the pass spend some time here.
The view at the top is truly remarkable. Kangra is located to it’s South. The PirPanjal range to it’s north, Kishtwar to west, Bara Banghal to east and Manimahesh to north-east side. The initial descent is a bit sketchy but the path gets well defined in a short while.The top section has a lot of boulders and it is a bit difficult to traverse through these. The winter season makes this descent easier as the boulders get covered in snow. Descend through the boulders carefully. The trail comes down to a rocky ridge. You will have some big boulders to your left and from there the Chata campsite is visible but not near by any means. The rocky section ends shortly after this point.
You will have to go westwards over snow and boulder fields with small streams cris-crossing, traverse through this section is rather easy. From here you will descend to meadows, if you’ve come at the right time, you might witness Gaddi camps here. The trail continues to descend for a good 3-4 kms from here, towards the north-east. There are two stream crossing ahead. If you are travelling on this route around the months of May- June you will find the streams under snow bridges. But with time these bridges melt and become structurally unstable and dangerous , the normal boulder hopping through streams is the way to go in these situations.
After crossing the streams there is a boulder field which ends shortly followed by green meadows and flower fields in the months of monsoon. After this there is descent through a gully to the bottom which leads you to a stream and here on you follow the stream to reach the campsite of Chata Parao.