Trekking in Manali – Things to do

Posted By : Jai Govind Meena/ 464 4

Going for a trekking  in Manali then this is the article for you read on

Himachal Pradesh

In Hindu religion there are 33 Crore Devis and Devta and Himachal Pradesh popularly known as the Devbhumi   means “The Land of Dev”, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful Himalayan state of north India. The state is surrounded Tibetan plateau, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. Himachal Pradesh is the prominent hills state on the Indian tourism map for both leisure and adventure. Himachal Pradesh is home to High Altitude Trans Himalayan desert, Dense Deodar forests, and mouth watering Apple laden trees, Snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges, Glacial Lakes, thundering rivers and beautiful people on earth.

 Manali – Manali is undoubtedly an adventure capital of India famous for various adventure activities like Rafting, Paragliding, trekking in the Himalayas, Zorbing, Camping, Birding and other adventure sports. Manali tourist season is year all round affair with tourist. Backpackers come to enjoy the solitude of hippy villages around the Manali town, adventurers come for trekking in Himalayas, rafting, paragliding, skiing and honeymooners and families swarm the Manali town for mountain views and cool air. Manali town serves as the basecamp for adventure and motorbike junkies for their long demanding journeys to the tough Trans Himalayan terrain of Lahaul & Spiti and Leh Ladakh. Manali also serves as the staging point for trekking in Manali to various treks Hampta Pass, Chandrakhani Pass, Beas Kund Trek, Brighu Lake trek, Sar Pass Trek and numerous other treks in Lahaul and Spiti.

Best time to Visit Manali:

Though Manali is nowadays is a year long affair but May-June and September – October are the best months to visit Manali but because of good connectivity of luxury Volvo buses anytime is the good time to visit Manali. In July August Manali is full of adventurers who are planning their Leh Ladakh tour and in winters with those who want to have their first snow experience.

 Here is the monthly breakup for your Manali tour

March – June: Summer Full Season

July – August: Monsoon, Heavy Rainfall

Mid September – Mid Oct: Monsoons recede leaving lush green cover

October – February: Winters visit Manali in December end to January to enjoy Snowfall

Temperature in Manali during the year

How to Reach Manali 

By Volvo Bus

Best way to Reach Manali is by taking a luxury bus from Delhi which starts around 4 PM from Delhi and takes around 14 hours to reach Manali. You can book tickets online through these websites

HRTC

HPTDC

Redbus

Railway Station

Nearest Railway station to Manali: Chandigarh and Ambala are the nearest railway station to Manali and from these stations one can get several buses or taxi for Manali and takes around 8 – 10 Hours depending on the traffic.

 By Air

Bhuntar is the nearest airport which is around 50 kms from Manali is the fastest way to reach Manali but at the time of writing this article there were no flight operating.

Manali Sightseeing and best places to visit in Manali

HadimbaTemple

Hadimba Temple is in Manali around 1 km from circuit house. The Hadimba temple is very calm and surrounded by tall deodar trees.

SolangValley

Solang Valley is famous for adventure sports like Skiing, Para gliding, Zorbing is located around 11 kms from

Manikaran

Manikaran is a centre of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs; it’s located in Parvati Valley on the banks of Parvati Valley and famous for its sulphur springs cooked rice.

Rohtang Pass

It’s the first pass one has to cross on Manali – Leh highway or a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti and situated at an altitude of 3979 m.

Old Manali

Old Manali is backpackers paradise full of awesome cafes, restaurant and budget guest house attract lot of backpackers, trekkers and adventure junkies. Our favourite is Geeta Cottage to stay and Laze Dog cafe for food.

 Manu Temple

Manu Temple is about 3 kms from the Old Manali main bazar. It is believed that this is the only temple of Manu Rishi in India. Manu Rishi is believed to be the creator of human race on earth.

 Great Himalayan National Park

The newest National Park of India with an area of 754 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and is home to virgin coniferous forest of Himachal Pradesh and important wildlife species of Western Himalayas. Raktisar Trek – the origin of Sainj River and Tirath Trek – the origin of Tirthan River are the famous treks in Great Himalayan National Park.

Naggar Castle

Now a HPTDC hotel was once residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. It’s unique amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture and use of stone and wood only. Blockbuster Jab We Met and lot of other movies were shot in Naggar Castle. You can stay in Naggar Castle and revisit the history for just Rs 1700 per night for Court Yard Suite.

Pandoh Dam

The dam on River Beas about 80 kms from Manali and is a sight to watch, the gushing water from Pandoh Dam is incredibly beautiful. Just look out from the window on the way to Manali to get the glimpse of the beautiful dam.

Jagatsukh Shiva Temple

Jagatsukh is small picturesque village located 7 kms from Manali on the way to Naggar. Jagatsukh is known for its temples and tranquil environment. The Shiva temple in Jagatsukh was built during 8th century in “Shikhara Style” Hindu temple architecture representing a mountain peak.

Malana Village

The infamous Malana Village is always a hot topic of discussion only because of negative reasons like the drug mafia selling Malana Cream with its Do’s and Don’ts rules. However the Malana Village is unique in terms its geographical location which helped in preserving its Bio diversity. The architecture of temples and houses, language, worship rituals make this village a unique village in Himachal Pradesh. Until few years back the only to reach Malana village is to do Chanderkhani pass  trek from Jari to Malana.

Kasol Village

Kasol is a small village located about 75 kms from Manali on road to Manikaran Sahib. Kasol is an ultimate choice for backpacking, trekking and enjoying the nature at its best. Recent flux of Israeli tourist made it famous as mini Israel of India and mushrooming of restaurant and guest house in Kasol.

Roerich Art Gallery

A must visit for art aficionados Roerich Art Gallery is about 2km above the Naggar castle. It is the former home of a possible spy Nikolai Roerich an eccentric painter, spiritualist and an explorer. He died in Naggar in 1947.

Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum

A five-minute walk uphill from the Roerich art Gallery is the Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum (admission with the gallery ticket).

Beas Kund

Beas Kund is the source of River Beas and Beas Kund trek near Manali is very famous amongst the first time trekkers in Himalayas. Beas Kund trek is a easy trek in the Himalayas can be start from Old Manali or Solang Valley. The Beas Kund Trek route is Old Manali – Solang Valley – Bakkar Thach – Beas Kund.

Brighu Lake

Brighu Lake at an altitude of 4235 m lies east of Rohtang pass and about 6km from village of Gulaba. Brighu Lake trek is another popular trek near Manali which is above 4000m. Brighu Lake trek is an easy trek starts from Vashisht and can be done in a span of 1 to 5 days.

HamptaPass

Hampta Pass is a famous trek which connects Kullu Valley to Lahaul and Spiti valley. Hampta Pass trek get its name from people of Hampta village use this pass to take their herds in Lahaul & Spiti valley for Neeru grass.

Pin Valley National Park

As the name suggests Pin Valley National Park lies in the Pin Valley of Pin River in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and is home endangered animals including shy snow leopard and Himalayan Ibex. There are many treks in Pin Valley National Park the most famous is Pin Parvati Pass Trek which starts from Barsheni in Kullu and ends in Mud Village near Kaza in Lahaul Spiti Valley.

Where to stay in Manali: Hotels in Manali

Now you know what to do in Manali then comes the important question Where to stay in Manali? Here is the list of all types of accommodation from luxury to basic types of hotels in Manali

 5 star hotels in Manali: There are no branded hotel chain’s hotel is there in Manali but these two Hotel and resort are of 5 star hotels in Manali.

  • Manu Allaya Resort And Spa, Manali
  • Span Resort & Spa, Manali

 3 star hotels in Manali

Our favourite is Apple Bud cottages for more check out on Cleartrip with Tripadvisor ratings.

 Best for backpackers and Trekkers who come to enjoy nature with a budget here are the list of our favourite hotels or guest houses in Manali with their per day tariff.

 Geeta Cottage – Old Manali

Basic guest house in Old Manali just before Drifter’s Inn nice rooms with balcony and per day cost around Rs 600 with free WiFi

 Mountain View Guest House

A guest just opposite the Hang Out cafe with nice and clean rooms with free wifi and with in a budget of Rs 700

Khusboo Resorts

Its a very good hotel just opposite the BRO camp in Aleo Manali. The service and staff is super for per day cost of Rs 1200

 Enjoy your stay in Manali and if you like this please share with your friends!! And for Leh Ladakh Packages click !!

Happy Trekking in Manali

Hampta Pass – My first trek

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My first trek to Hampta Pass

The Hampta Pass trek is ideal for first-time trekkers as it packs in everything from dark pine forests, open meadows to glacial valleys and stunning views all of which combine to give you an adventure of a lifetime.

Hampta pass trek

So off we went, into the wild. Our journey commenced from Manali to Prini by road. Then onwards, by foot to a place called Chikha. Chika is the starting point for the trek to Hampta pass.

As anticipated, the conditions, even for a fit person, were hard. Sleeping in tents, crossing ice cold rivers and navigating the dense forests were just the beginnings of the adventure that lay ahead.

The Route: 

Day 1: The trek started from Jobra as we slowly disappeared into a forest of Deodar, Toss, Oak and Maple trees. The beauty was breathtaking. Soon, we crossed a makeshift wooden bridge over the Rani Nalla.The dense forest made it hard for light to reach us. We were surrounded by tall Deodars that rose over 100 feet.  On the way, we crossed numerous small streams that weren’t obstacles on the trek. Then the Rani Nalla spreads out into a wide valley as we climb a grassy ridge and found ourselves  in Chikha. After all the trekking,  we set up camp and had tea followed by a scrumptious dinner.

Day 2: The only way to enjoy the mountains is to get up early in the morning. After tea and an early breakfast  we moved from Chikha to Balu-ka-Gera. We crossed a stream and started an upward climb towards the closed end of the Kullu Valley. The scenery changed rapidly. Below us, snow patches on the valley increased in frequency. Ahead, the snow-covered slopes of the Hampta Pass revealed themselves. Everything was a dazzling white. The snow looked magnificent. On the way, a stream welcomed us. We took our shoes off to cross this stream and on the other side was Balu Ka Gera.

Day 3: On the third day there was no sun, only a light drizzle. We moved to Siagoru via Hampta Pass. The serious climb started now. It was clear that no one had ever been here before. There were no footprints. The virgin snow was soft. The pass is a wide plateau. On its eastern flanks are the towering cliffs of the mountain. On the west, it curves to the left and drops down to Spiti Valley. As we walked down we soon found ourselves in the Spiti Valley. We halted and camped in Siagoru.

Hampta Pass Trek

Day 4: The fourth day was a Himalayan blessing. There was no drizzle and the sky was clear. This part of the trek comes in a rain shadow area. We moved towards Chatru and then drove to Chandratal Lake. It was again a steep climb up to the main trail. The scenery is different. You expect it to be barren, but surprisingly the slopes are green—but they are boulder strewn. Another surprise is Chatru itself, which only has around 40 houses !

Hampta Pass Trek
Chandratal Hampta Pass Trek

Our plans for Chandrataal  flopped, thanks to a sudden landslide on the way to the lake. Instead, we decide to go ahead to the Kunzum Pass. It is one of the highest motorable passes across the Kunzum range at an altitude of 4,551 m. It serves as an entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. It is said that Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) resides in a temple on the Kunzum top and keeps guard over the pass warding off evil spirits. Visitors normally do a round of the temple to seek her blessings. We then came  down to Batal and set up our camps. Batal is a village that lies at the foot of the Kunzum Pass and serves as the resting point for tourists. Moreover, the Bara Shigri Glacier and the triangular peaks in the south can be seen from Batal.

Thumb rules

1)One month prior to a high altitude trek, you should build up stamina, muscle strength and flexibility. Running, skipping, pushups and other forms of exercise help.

2)Travel light

3)Carry high energy foods like dry fruits, and energy bars etc. for the trek to Hampta Pass

4)Essentials like a torch, extra batteries, first-aid kit will come in handy.

Region: Himachal (Manali)

Duration: 5 days

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Maximum Altitude: 14,100 ft.

Approx, Trekking KM: 36 km

Source: Indian Express

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