No matter what time of the year it is, hill stations like Manali are a great destination for a holiday. An easy way to add thrill to a regular vacation is by adding trekking to it. For you to have the perfect experience, we have the Manali Winter Trek, which lets you explore and admire this picturesque hill town and its surroundings in the winters. The fresh snow blanket adds to the allure and charm. To give you a comprehensive tour, we have included some of the biggest points of interest in and around Manali in this itinerary.
Before beginning the Winter Trek in Manali, you get an orientation followed by a nature walk. This hike helps you get accustomed to the Himalayan weather and prepare for the trek. On day two of this winter trek in Himachal Pradesh, you explore the lush meadows of Solang. You visit the famous village of Vashisht, known for its hot springs on the third day. The sulphur-rich water of its ponds is believed to have therapeutic qualities, healing different kinds of ailments. Here, you will get the opportunity to take a rejuvenating dip in the soothing waters. On this day of the excursion, your eyes also feast on the sights of the charming Jogini Falls; do not forget to take pictures here.
The Solang Valley is among the most visited places in the region, offering numerous adventure sports opportunities. During the winter season, when the whole landscape is enveloped in a shining layer of snow, skiing can be enjoyed here. It is also a hub for zorbing and paragliding, be it winters or summers. The visit to this valley will give you a glimpse of the true beauty of the region. You will also go to the sacred Manu Temple in Old Manali. This shrine is built on the place, where Sage Manu is believed to have meditated after coming to earth.
Return to the base camp in Manali, where this unforgettable trekking in Himachal Pradesh experience ends, leaving you with everlasting memories.
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Day 1: Explore Old Manali -Jogni Waterfall Hike
After arriving at the base camp in Manali, you will keep your belongings. Later, you will head out to spend the entire day at leisure. At first, you will go for a hike to Jogni Waterfalls. A bit of a jungle walk will take you through Manu temple. A little further walk will take you to the top of the waterfall, from where you will get grand views of nature. Relax for a while to take a moment of your surroundings. Then, head to Vashistha temple to take blessing in the soothing hot water Sulphur Bath, after which spend some leisure time at the German bakery.
Day 2: Trek from Manali to Solang
After the sun peeps out, you will report at the base camp in Old Manali for the registration. Then, you will embark for the trek to the breath-taking Solang Valley. You'll be thrilled to see the celebrated Manu Temple dedicated to God Manu, known for creating the human. After exploration, head towards a 13 km trek in about 4-5 hours to reach Solang Valley. You will sleep under the clear skies in the lap of the wonderful Himalayas. Overnight stay in a guesthouse/homestay.
Day 3: Solang to Patalsu Peak
Today your day will start early as you will go for a trek to the captivating Patalsu Peak (4,220m). At first, you will walk through the open meadows and then will pass through the forests. Walking on the lush green carpet of winding and uneven terrains will take you to the summit. Amazingly, you will be thrilled to see snow here, even in summer. The sweeping views of Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Shitidhar, Friendship and mountains of the Ladakhi and Dhauladhar Ranges will be some of the most delightful moments of your trek. After appreciating nature, you will start descending back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Trek from Solang Valley to the campsite in Old Manali.
In the morning, after having breakfast, you will delve into zip lining. Later, you will trek back from Solang Valley to the campsite via a same old route through Shanag. Your trip will end here.
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Departure Dates: Daily Departures till 31st March
Maximum altitude: 9000 feet
Best time to go: December and January
1. Meals: Starting from Lunch on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 4
2. Accommodation in a campsite on Day 1 and cosy guesthouse/homestay on Day 2 &Day 3.
3. Guide for Jogni waterfall trek and Solang Valley trek
Had a great time. Enjoyed at the homestays with delicious food and spectacular night sky.
Perfect winter trek to go for! Amazing experience! Thank you Adventure Nation.
Good options for beginners and for someone who wants to get an experience of winter trekking.