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Trekking in Manali – Best Time & Trekking Spots

When Bunny and Naina from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani saw the view from the mountains, we all felt dreamy. Trekking is a fascinating sport. Travel enthusiasts love trekking. Well, if trekking is a sport then Manali is our favourite playground.

Basically, Trekking or long-distance hiking consists of walking for several days or several weeks and being entirely or partially self-sufficient. Originally, the sport is mainly practiced in mountains. Often at some places which are close to nature and away from metropolitan cities. When we say trekking, Manali makes its way to our hearts.

Manali is a tourist town. It is located in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. If we talk about the exact location, it is at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the Beas River Valley. Manali is a small town with a population of 8,096. It is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh. This place offers one of the best views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow for most parts of the year. During winters, you can witness beautiful snow-capped mountains and a breathtaking view of deep valleys. But due to rough weather winters, Summers are the most preferable season for trekking in Manali.

When it comes to trekking, Manali welcomes both, experienced trekkers and beginners. It offers the best view and a beautiful vibe to fulfil the expectations of trekkers coming from all over the nation. Here, trekkers will come across uneven territories, slippery course, thick backwoods, and high meadows while walking through the Kullu Valley. Also, Manali is a tourist town in the lap of the Himalayas. The beauty of the Himalayas can never be overlooked. That’s why Manali attracts people from across the world. Here are some trek paths that Manali offers.

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Hampta Pass with Chandratal Lake Trek

This trek route is one of the most popular amongst travellers. Hampta is the easternmost pass on the Pir Panjal range which divides the valleys of Lahoul, Spiti, and Kullu. This trek route is the shortest line between the Chandra and Beas rivers. This way was considered way too much before the road over the Rohtang Pass was constructed. This path is surrounded by beautiful Himalayan peaks like Deo Tibba, Indra Asan, and Indra Kila.

 First, reach Manali, drive to Prini. Trek starts through Prini village, ascending to Jobdi Nala via taxi offers an extensive view of the Kullu valley. An easy walk of two hours to the campsite just after the road head. The trail begins by flat from Jobri Nala to Chhika walking through the forest of Mapple, Silver Fir, Pine and Oak, paved by the grass and stone and fields of the wildflowers. You can have tea on your way some refreshment.

It takes 5 days to cover this trekking path. The maximum altitude of this trek is 4297 m with a distance of 26 kilometres. The best season for this route is from mid-June to August.

Beas Kund Trek

The Beas Kund is regarded as a holy lake is located in the Kullu Valley. Also, it is the source of River Beas. Religious believes states that Rishi Vyas used to take his daily bath in the water of this lake. This lake is rested at an altitude of 3,650 meters in the lap of Mt. Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters. This trek is not that difficult to take over. Any age group can complete this trek. No specific trekking experience is required to complete this trek. Hence, you can join this way with your family too. Snaking and passing through the Solang valley the trail to Beas Kund offers an incredible experience and the journey is filled with many surprises at each turn. 

The Beas Kund Trek is one of the easiest treks in the Himachal Himalayan region. It is also one of the shortest treks that take only around 3 days to end. The Beas Kund Trek starts from Manali and leads to Dhundi at 3,150 meters via Solang Nallah. The trek gets a bit difficult after Solang Nallah as it faces a gradual climb of 5-6 hours.

Also, this trek offers one of the most beautiful views as it passes through waterfalls and the little cold lake of River Beas, fed by the glaciers. On reaching Dhundi from Solang, trekkers would find themselves around dense forests of deodar and oak trees. This trek reaches a maximum height of 3800 m with a distance of 32 kilometres. The best season to cover this trek is from Mid May to October.

Deo Tibba Base Camp

Deo Tibba offers Expansive views, lofty mountains, hanging glaciers, lush meadows, exposed rock faces, giant cliffs extensive geography. It offers a view of snow-capped mountains. To reach Deo Tibba Base camp, you will cross many remote villages and valleys like Panduropa, Setan, Hampta Pass, Chika, Piyangniru, Raurikhaudi, etc. You will also pass by an ancient village Jogidugh, which is claimed to be the abode of ‘Thakshag Nag’ (serpent god) and all eighteen ‘Nag’ Gods.

Bhanara cave, which was the abode of Pandavas during their exile, is also an important waypoint for the trek. Hence, Deo Tibba offers a huge range of such epic spots and adventurous journeys. You can also witness a high-altitude lake with blue water known as mini-Chandratal (4480 m) on your way to Deo Tibba. Also, the trek offers a wonderful sight of snow-clad peaks of Indrasan (6220 m) and Deo Tibba (6001 m) along with the glaciers of Jagatsukh.

It takes around 6 days to complete this trek. This route reaches a maximum height of  4480 m while covering a distance of 37 km. The best time to have a trek on this route is June and July.

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Sar Pass Trek

Sar Pass trek is one of the oldest favourites for many trekkers in the Kullu region. People who like adventure and snow will feel this trek as heaven. This trek starts from Kasol and then takes you through thick pine forests, beautiful alpine meadows, quaint villages, snow-covered mountains and some of the most splendid landscapes making it one of the best treks for beginners. Also, on one day of the trek, you will pass from a frozen lake  (Sar in the local dialect) from which the Sar Pass trek gets its name. 

The view from the pass is that of the majestic mountains of Parvati valley. you will experience some breath-taking views of surrounding snow-capped mountains. You will also find some beautiful heartwarming villages, that will give you a calm vibe.  This trek offers an amazing sight of waterfalls and majestic snow-clad peaks.  A trekker also gets a chance to spend nights under the sky full of stars at some beautiful campsites like Ramsu and Grahan. This trek takes 6 days to complete. It reaches a maximum height of 4206 m with 50 kilometers of distance. The best time to execute the Sar Pass trek is from May to the first week of July.

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