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Trekking in Manali

A Himalayan resort town in the Kullu Valley, Manali nestles amidst blushing apple orchards, with the sprightly Beas flowing through, as an eternal snowline invitingly gaze over the town. Manali served as a historical trade route connecting Ladakh to the lower subcontinent. Today, it is the gateway to tourism in both Ladakh and the Kashmir Valley. Travelers also pass through Manali to access the remote Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Given the unsurpassable strategic importance of Manali in Himalayan traveling, it has become a destination receiving hundreds of footfalls around the year. Besides, the old part of town is full of charming colonial era stock of architecture, churches, libraries, and schools. Last but not the least Manali trekking should be on the wishlist of every soul trekker in the Himalayas! Let the mountains humble you on some of the best known Himalayan trails originating from Manali.

Why Should You Go For Trekking In Manali?

Come trekking near Manali for the matchless mountain vistas, snow capped peaks views, sprawling campsites in alpine landscapes, bike trips on some of the most awesome roads, paragliding, and more. Here’s a look--

  • A brisk walk through the pristine alpine expanses
  • Frozen lake amid a snowy abandon
  • Meadows that roll on beyond, green and blissful
  • Herbal treks - trek to find herbal riches in the highland
  • Easy-level base camp treks like Deo Tibba
  • To the origin of river Beas- the Beas Kund Trek
  • Crossover treks in Manali connecting diverse natural zones, as on the Hampta Pass trek.
  • Popular trekking camps around Manali-- by Beas, Solang Valley, and Kothi where adventuring options are multifarious, from rappelling to ziplining and whitewater rafting.

Which Are the Best Treks in Himachal Pradesh?

Jogini Waterfalls Trek
Jogini waterfall is in many ways a secondary origin of Beas River. It cascades down from the height of 160 feet and fuses and feeds into the Beas River through many developing stages. At the base of the waterfall, one could find a smallish pool where crystal clear water gathers and it looks gorgeous among all the greenery, Tourists often enjoy here diving and bathing in the pure mountain water on a cool summer trek to Jogini. Monsoons find the pool overflowing and the river immensely sprightly. If you are a religious trekker at heart on this 1-day trek in Manali, the Jogini Mata Temple at the feet of the waterfall must be given a visit.
Among other highlights of jogini Waterfalls Trek, there is the Vashisht Temple crossing and beautiful apple orchard that comes to fruition around March. Towering pines will mark your path and beautiful red tiled mountain home can be found lining by. Vast and cavernous river gorge created by the Beas are breathtaking to pass through.
Bhrigu Lake Trek
A famous lakeside destination listed under Kullu-Manali trekking, the underrated beauty of the beautiful path to Lake Bhrigu truly deserves more recognition and subsequent exploration. According to many mountain enthusiasts, it’s the rolling green meadows that fall on the way to the lake that is the best highlight of the itinerary. High altitude alpine grandeur of the meadows located around 11,000 feet is stunning to say the least. Outlining the meadows, you will find thick forests of Oak creating shadowy bylanes. Besides the joy of discovering the velveteen expanses of the meadows akin to Swiss Alps, Bhrigu Lake Trek is a remarkable view of the snow ensconced peaks to take in. Whether you treat this Manali trekking as an out and out grassland trek or a journey for spellbinding mountain vistas, you are in for a lot of awe and wonder! The specialty of the glacial lake at the end of the path is its royal blue waters and the different changing hues it assumes when semi frozen.
Hamya Herbal Trek
A moderate level trek, attempting ascension of 4268 m, the Hamya Herbal trek makes for a perfect stop to explore the bounties of Himalayan plant life. June to September is a favorable window to attempt this trek. There is a wealth of flora to search for and even if you are not a certified herbalist, the green aura of the trek will do wonders for your health and soul. The medicinal plants known to be available here are plenty. Aconitum Heterophyllum - used in ayurvedic medicines for the benefits of its roots, Gentian Kurroo - a plant of which the rhizome is used in making homeopathic and ayurvedic drugs for curing cold, Swertia Chirata - a herb used in its dry form for consumption to cure diabetes, help with vomiting or nausea tendencies, etc are found here on the Hamoya herbal trek. Manali trek cost for this trip would not exceed your budget but will surely reward your learning in so many ways!
Deo Tibba Trek
Mount Deo Tibba is a technical peak climb, known around the globe for the mountaineering challenges it poses. To attain the base of the mountain is no wonder an exhilarating opportunity to witness the absolute majesty that is the mountain Deo Tibba. The trek kicks off from the Solang Nala region near Manali and wins through the historic villages such as Jagatsukh. Trekkers want more and more of this trek to explore at length the exquisite villages, the serene panorama of the mountains surrounding the trail, and the towering Deo Tibba Mountain overlooking the expanses. For the shutterbugs - frames to capture include the wild sheep grazing through the grounds of Gaddi shepherd people, the exquisite Chandratal Lake nestling quietly beneath the hills, and stunning vistas of other imposing peaks. This base camp trek in Manali is definitely going to be a rush for thrill seekers.
Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass is a special trek considered unusual for its dual qualities and a thrilling crossover experience, traversing from one climatic zone to another. There are great overhangs, standing here, the world down below looks like a picture book. The deserts of Lahaul are found painted in contrasting hues and denuded of vegetation. The campsites on this trek are exceedingly pretty, some verging at the end of forests while others lie nestling amid wildflowers in the bosom of a green meadow, and there are campsites by the chandrabhaga river as well.

When to Visit?

With an exception for monsoon, Manali is accessible throughout the year. The ideal time to trek in the hillsides of Manali starts from May, continuing up to June. You can find many recreations here from trekking and hiking to paragliding and other mountain sports. Rivers like Beas and Chandrabhaga are open to rafting and zorbing around this time as well. If you are a religious person, the festival at Hadimba Devi Temple during the month of May might be an opportune time for you to visit Manali.

What Are the Essential Items to Pack for Manali?

  • Large or medium size backpack, and a duffle side bag for extras
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Warm cap
  • Base layers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Outer jacket
  • Rain jacket (essential for the monsoon months)
  • Sturdy trekking shoes and a pair of floaters
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking pants, several pairs
  • UV-protection glasses
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunscreen

How to Reach?

By Air: Bhuntar in Kullu located at about 50kms away is the airport nearest to Manali. Domestic flights connecting Manali to Delhi and Chandigarh ply from here. You can also find taxi cab and bus services available for Manali from major cities nearby.
By Rail: Jogindernagar situated 50 km away from Manali is the closest railway station. Another junction railway station nearby is Chandigarh, situated 310 km away. You can also access Manali by car from Ambala railway station located 310 km away. 
By Bus:
HSRTC or Himachal State Road Transport buses are regular from Manali, including Volvo and regular buses alike. These buses effectively connect Manali to Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ambala and Jaipur.