Date: 09 Nov, 2022
In this Article
Mountains humble you and make you feel special. Himachal in the north is full of alpine trees and cutting through them are awe-inspiring roads that embody the true charm of the mountain. Endless views and snowy peaks will lift your spirits as your body gives up on the climb. Something similar is the story of the Manali trip.
Adorned with breathtaking views and awe-inspiring journeys, Manali is an adventurer’s museum. All year round, adventurers head to Manali for trekking, where great campsites, adventure, and endless outdoor opportunities await.
In this adventure capital of India, you can enjoy many activities like bike tours, paragliding, and jeep safaris. At an altitude of around 2000 meters, these treks in Manali will challenge you on many levels. Strategically, many popular Himalayan treks like Beas Kund Trek, Bhrigu Lake, and Chandratal Lake originate from the Manali region.
Manali is one of the most famous places in Himachal Pradesh and attracts many tourists throughout the year. Due to its high altitude and hilly terrain, trekking in Manali plays an important role in making it a famous tourist destination. The city is the base and starting point for several famous treks that take tourists deep into the Himalayas. Good road connectivity across the country and proximity to domestic airports make it easily accessible.
Manali is located in the valley of the river Beas and is located at an altitude of approximately 6725 meters above sea level. The banks of the river are rocky and there are mountains on both sides of the stream.
The climate here is classified as a subtropical plateau because the city is located at a moderate altitude in the tropical zone. Summers are cool with an average temperature of 25 degrees and an average minimum temperature of 12 degrees. The winters are cold and there is a lot of precipitation in the form of snow from November to February.
Many treks are organized in Manali and the Hampta Pass expedition is known and admired by the participants. We walk for five days, about 26 km in total. Even if you feel tired after climbing and descending about 5 km a day, the views that open up will make you forget the tiredness.
Departing from Manali, you will trek to the enchanting Chika Valley for an overnight camp. Flat lands bordered by steep mountains are perfect for pitching tents. Next morning you will go to Bhalu Ka Ghera and camp here for the night. This is another picturesque valley surrounded by mountains.
A walk through the gorge takes you to Sia Goru, located in the Buddhist-influenced region of Lahaul and Spiti. You will further drive to the village of Chatru and then to the famous glacial lake called Chandratal. Throughout the trip, your eyes will be captured by magnificent landscapes that you should not forget to capture in photos.
Other popular treks around Manali include Bhrigu Lake, Beas Kund, Malana-Chanderkhan Pass, Patalsu Peak, Tosh Valley Animal Pass, Bara Bhangal, Bhubu Pass, Pin Parvati Pass, Deo Tibba Base Trek, and Chandratal Lake Trek.
Cross the Rohtang Pass, take a dip in the springs of Vashish, and visit the divine Bhrigu Lake. Rishi Bhrigu is said to have meditated here and the picturesque lake is named after him. Enjoy the incredible Solang Valley at Rohlikohl Campground and create memories that will likely last a lifetime.
Enjoy the most amazing views of the mountain landscape and cross the mountains as you go to the high-altitude Beas River which beautifully divides into many streams flowing through the valley. End this exotic trip with a trip to the Solang Valley and then drive to Manali.
Read Also: Best Treks of India for All Ages
For experienced trekkers, trekking through the pristine paradise of Himachal Pradesh is a real treat. Passing the Tunda Bhuj Pulley Bridge, the vast grasslands of the Parvati Valley, the pristine forests surrounding the Kheerganga and the Parvati Kund hot springs, reaching the Pin Parvati Pass offers an opportunity to experience an exhilarating experience like never before. Explore Pin Parvati Pass Trek.
Another jewel in Manali’s crown, the trek to Deo Tibba at a height of 6001 meters has many delights for trekkers – alpine meadows, spectacular waterfalls, glacial ponds, towering ridges. Deo Tibba and Indrasan (6220m) and a high altitude lake full of blue water fondly called mini Chandratal. Suitable for both beginners and regulars, it is the ultimate expedition for nature lovers.
The Best, The Lushest – Chandratal Lake Trek is a treasure trove. Explore the most amazing flora and fauna of the Lahaul and Spiti valleys and spend time among the magnificent peaks, cold deserts, and vast Himalayan grasslands elsewhere. This hike is an immersion in the picturesque desert. The best time to see the sparkling lake is from mid-June to mid-October.