The snowy peaks and hill stations of Himachal Pradesh lure tourists from far and wide. This Northern Indian state is known for its breathtaking beauty, vast green valleys, and meandering rivers. The town of Manali, nestled near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, is the jewel of Himachal Pradesh. Just a few kilometers away lies Lamadugh, a charming alpine plateau. Your trek will start at Manu Temple in Old Manali. This historic temple is dedicated to sage Manu, who according to Hindu religion, is the first man on earth and the author of Manusmriti, an ancient Sanskrit text. From the temple, start your trek towards Lamadugh. Carry adequate food, water, and medical supplies so that you reach your destination safe and healthy.
Gear up for a steep climb as you cross a thick trail of deodar and pine forests. En route, you will get mesmerizing views of Manali and the upper Kullu valley. You can also spot peaks like Indrasan, Deo Tibba, as well as the Bara Shigri glacier. As you reach Lamadugh, a landscape as beautiful as a painting will welcome you. The lush green plateau is surrounded by snowy peaks. After spending some time soaking in the beauty of Lamadugh, head back to Manali, where you have the option to indulge in various activities as well as sightseeing before heading back home. This 2-day trek is definitely an adventurer’s dream.
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Day 1: Manali - Lamadugh | 4 hours | 9900 feet
To reach Manali, you have several transport options that include a combination of buses, trains, and flights, with the nearest airport at Bhuntar and the nearest railway stations at Ambala and Chandigarh. In the morning, reach Manu Temple in Old Manali, past the famous Hadimba Temple, sharp at 10:00 AM to commence your trek to Lamadugh. The steep trail will cross thick forests of deodar and pine. Do not forget to carry enough water bottles and a packed lunch, as there is no water source between Manali and Lamadugh, which is five hours away. The trail offers a magnificent glimpse of Manali, located on the left bank of River Beas. The entire upper Kullu valley with its vibrant colors, is clearly visible en route.
As you go higher, you will witness the breath-taking views of the different faces of Indrasan, Deo Tibba, and Bara Shigri glacier. There are several vantage points that offer panoramic views of Manali and the surrounding areas. The last leg of the path turns to the right and you need to traverse the ridge horizontally, to enter Lamadugh. It is a deserted alpine plateau, untouched except for a small hut and a thick growth of alpine flowers. After spending some time exploring the area, start making your way down to Manali post lunch. Your trek will end when you reach Manali by 6:00 PM in the evening. Overnight stay will be provided at a hotel in Manali.
Day 2: Manali
Your trip ends on this day. After breakfast, check out from your hotel in Old Manali. You have the option to explore attractions like the Solang Valley, Vashisht Hot Springs, and Jogini Falls – one of the highest waterfalls in Himachal Pradesh. You can also visit Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Kasol, Manikaran, and many other places. You could also indulge in adventure sports like paragliding, white water rafting, trout fishing, river crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, bike riding, and more. During the evening, you need to board the Volvo bus for your onward journey from Manali, by 04:00 PM. Hence, plan your activities accordingly.
Maximum altitude: 9900 feet