Manali is a popular tourist destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. There are many trails in and around Manali which are popular for trekking.
1) MALANA VILLAGE TREK-
The village of Malana has many theories related to its origin, ranging from being created by the remnants of Alexander the Great’s army, to another theory involving Emperor Akbar, the village as a rich history. It is located at 2652m in the Kullu Valley and is completely isolated from the outside world. It has strict customs and structure. The trekking route begins in Manali, passing through Naggar, Rumsu and Nauya Tapru below the Chanderkhani Pass. Once one gets over the pass, one can see the Dhaula Dhar ranges and the Hanuman Tibba, before beginning the descent to the village of Malana. This trek is of moderate difficulty and the best season to trek this route is May to November,
2) CHANDRAKHANI PASS TREK –
Chandrakhani Pass is located at 3660 m and the trek is an easy one with moderate climbing. The trek begins in Naggar, through Rumsu and Nauya Tapru. The trail is lined with pine, deodar and chestnut trees, One can see the Pir Panjal and Paravati mountain ranges from the pass. From the pass, one descends down to Malana village and then to Jari and further to Manali. The best season for this trek is April to October.
3) HAMPTA PASS TREK-
This trek from one village to another passes through Banhara and Lama Dugh to the Deo Tibba Mountain base. The pass is located at 4297 m and offers close up views of the Indrasan peaks of the Himalayan foothills. One will also pass the Balu ka Ghera and Shea Goru. The best time for this trek is June to September.
4) DEO TIBBA BASE CAMP TREK
This is a moderate level trek which offers scenic views of the Dhaula Dhar ranges, the Deo Tibba, the Hanuman Tibba and Bara Bangal ranges. The trail is lined with pine trees and passes through shady oak forests. The best time for this trek is June to October,
5) BRIGHU LAKE TREK-
This trek of moderate difficulty starts from the village Gulaba near Manali. The lake is located at an elevation of 4270 m and one has a panoramic view of the Kullu valley from here. During the descent, one can visit temples, hot water springs in Vashisht. The best time for this trek is June to October.
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