Manali is a beautiful hill station that is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and valleys that offer an excellent opportunity for trekkers to explore its stunning landscapes. Trekking in Manali is sure to give you an unforgettable experience. Here are the best seven amazing trekking routes that you can explore in Manali.
1. Parashar Lake Trek
The Parashar Lake trek begins at Baggi village, which is around 50 km from Mandi. The trek is a moderate-level trek and takes around four to five hours to complete. The highlight of the Parashar Lake trek is, of course, the stunning Parashar Lake. The lake is located at a height of 2730 meters and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The lake is named after the sage Parashar, who is believed to have meditated here. The lake is famous for its floating island, which keeps changing its position from time to time. The lake is also considered sacred by the locals, and a temple dedicated to Parashar is located on its banks.
The Hampta Pass trek is another popular trek in Manali that is perfect for beginners. The trek takes you through the lush green valleys of Kullu and Lahaul and offers stunning views of the Himalayan range. The highlight of the trek is the Hampta Pass, which is a high-altitude mountain pass that connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul Valley. It is a 5-day trek which is also known to be one of the dramatic crossover Himalayan treks. And, with a surprising change in scenery, this trek never fails to impress the trekkers. The best time to visit Hampta Pass is from June – October with the magic of monsoon, and lush greenery glorifying the beauty of the surrounding nature.
3. Chandrakheni Pass Trek
The Chandrakheni trek is a short and easy trek that is perfect for people who want to explore the beautiful landscapes of Manali without too much physical exertion. The trek takes you through oak and pine forests and offers stunning views of the Himalayan range. Chandrakhani Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, located at an altitude of 12, 3030 ft. The best time to do this Chandrakheni pass trek is from March to October.
4. Kheerganga Trek
The Kheerganga trek is another popular trek in Manali that is known for its natural hot springs. Perfect for beginners which can be done in 2 days. The trek takes you through dense forests and offers stunning views of the Parvati Valley. The main attraction of the trek is the Kheerganga hot springs, which are believed to have medicinal properties. This trek can be done without any guide, it is recommended to stay for at least a night to enjoy the clear views of the sky in the morning. There are many dhabas and local camps available at the summit which you can book on the spot. May – June and Sept-Oct is the best time to visit the Kheerganga trek.
5. Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek
The Deo Tibba Base Camp trek is a challenging trek with an altitude of 4171 m that takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Manali. According to the legend, DeoTibba is a gathering place for the gods, the dome-shaped peak of DeoTibba is where the gods sit, hence the names Deo (Gods) and Tibba (Hill). Deo Tibba trek is a moderate to difficult level trek. The terrain passes through steep high passes, rock ice, crevasses and ridge. With a span of 7 days, you would be able to complete this trek. Deo Tibba Base camp trek can be done from May – June and Sept to Oct.
6. Beas Kund Trek
The Beas Kund trek is a short and easy trek that is perfect for beginners. The trek takes you through beautiful meadows, gushing streams, and snow-capped peaks and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Beas Kund is a glacial lake that is believed to be the source of the River Beas. May is considered the best month to do this trek as there are enough clear views of the mountain ranges. It is a two-day trek though many trekkers finish it in a single day.
7. Rani Sui Lake Trek
The Rani Sui Lake trek is a short and easy trek that takes you through beautiful meadows and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The highlight of the trek is the Rani Sui Lake, which is a beautiful lake that offers a peaceful and serene environment. May to November is the best month to enjoy the views of this trail. The height of the Rani Sui lake trek is around 3990 m. You will get to witness views of the Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Dhauladhar Range, and Pir Panjal Range and the lake provides a soothing and exhilarating experience.
Manali is a paradise for trekkers, and these are just a few of the many trekking routes that you can explore in the region. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a beginner, there is something for everyone in Manali.
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