Best trekking and hiking trails of Manali

For a long time, I had avoided travelling to Manali because I considered it to be too mainstream. And it is true that Manali is generally overcrowded, in fact, super-over-crowded in the peak season,  you can get stuck in hours of traffic jams, the main tourist spots in and around Manali can get not-so-exciting to travel to. However, there are still ways in which it can become your perfect getaway from the chaotic metropolitan life. If you prefer adventurous trips and peaceful serene places you must visit this side of the country.

Just a few minutes of drive to get away from the crowds and you’ll find a side of Manali which you’ve never seen before. For a chance to get lost in the woods and the snow-clad mountains of Manali, trekking and hiking in Manali is your best option. Here is a list of few treks which you can opt for while in Manali.

Manali has several treks to choose from ranging from smaller to bigger ones. Some of them are easy and moderate to trek on, while others can be a bit tricky. If you are an amateur, you can go for the ones that are easy and moderate. But if you’ve already experienced trekking, you can go for the challenging ones.

Disclaimer: I’m not associated with any of the tour providers listed below. I do not benefit in any way if you book your treks through them.

1. Beas Kund Trek

Beas Kund trek (Image source)

The Beas Kund trek is a shorter trek compared to many other trekking options, but it is one of the most beautiful treks of Manali. You would reach to the source of the river Beas by the end of the trek! Your trekking journey on day 1 would start in the morning by travelling to Dhundi and Bhakharthatch. It is about 21 km drive to Dhundhi and then a 4.5km trek to Bhakharthatch. From Bhakharthatch, you will head to Beas and returned via the same route. During this time you’ll get to enjoy the company of the grasslands, huge snow-covered mountains and of course the Beas River. Also, trekking in the maze of the deodar forests would be so much fun! Staying in tents and camps will give you thrills and make your stay memorable.

How to book:

You can book your 3 nights 4 days Beas Kund Trek from Thrillophilia and which is originally priced at Rs. 6299, but you can get it at a discounted rate of Rs. 5299 for the entire package. A trekking guide will also accompany you, and you’ll be offered with several meals and accommodation in tents as well.

You can also book your trip from Adventurenation for 3 days at Rs. 4000 + 5% GST per individual. They offer you with meals, accommodation on twin or triple sharing, camping equipment, cook and a guide.

Indiahikes too provides a 4-days trip at Rs. 6850 + 5% GST per person allows you the camping at the Solang Valley.

2. Tirthan Valley Trek

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The Tirthan Valley is surrounded by The Great Himalayan National Park with blooming flowers, lush green forests and streams all around. It also serves for many different trekking paths so you can have an option to either for the easier one or the difficult one. The Kullu Sarahan village is so beautiful and is a must-visit if you’re going for the Tirthan Valley trek. This trekking starts from Batahad and you’d have to climb for about 6 hours. The lovely forests and green meadows look so pretty and serene that it would surely tempt you.

How to book:

The Tirthan Valley Trek is a 4-day long trek and you can book it from Thrillophilia at Rs. 5999. They provided me with an additional discount as well and you’ll experience a smooth trip with them. You are also provided with great food, good accommodation, and a friendly guide. You would get to enjoy camping and sightseeing along with trekking and it would be quite an adventurous trip.

Holidify is yet another place where you can book and customise your trekking packages. It starts from Rs. 6000 and gives you the freedom to go for the packages as per your preference.

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3. Hampta Pass Trek

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The Hampta Pass Trek is in the Pir Panjal range and is covered with beautiful valleys and snow-covered mountains. It is amongst the highlighted treks in Manali and is slightly moderate on the difficulty scale. You can opt for this trek if you don’t wish to go for the easier ones. It is elevated at 14,100 feet and you can finish it within 5 days and 4 nights. The trekking starts from Manali and ends at Chatru. The landscapes you come across while trekking looks so dreamy. If you crave for calmness of nature and serenity, the Hampta Pass Trek is surely going to make you feel peaceful.

How to book:

Thrillophilia has an amazing offer and is offering the packages for the Hampta Pass Trek at a reduced price. You can check it out if you wish to take a trip here. The original price for a 4 days 5 nights trip is Rs. 9800, but you’ll surely get the package at a much cheaper rate.

Travel Triangle is yet another destination that provides you with different packages for the Hampta Pass Trek. They have varying packages at affordable rates that you can consider as per your choice.

4. Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu lake (Image source)

Bhrigu Lake is a partially frozen glacial lake that has a beautiful view with horses grazing and flowers blooming around. It stays frozen all throughout the year and is such a treat for nature lovers like me. Bhrigu lake is surrounded by such pretty green meadows and alpine trees that it is worth going for a trek here to experience the beauty of nature. It takes 4 days and 3 nights for the trekking and it starts early morning from Manali. In between you get to hike the Jogini Waterfalls that are so beautiful you wouldn’t feel like moving ahead from the place. The hiking takes about an hour and a half after which you start with your journey.

How to book:

The Bhrigu Lake Trek costs Rs. 5,700 on Thrillophilia and you’d get it on a discount for sure.

5. Triund Trekking and Camping

Triund trek (Image source)

If you are looking for a shorter trip at affordable pricing, you can consider the Triund Trek. If you wish to experience camping along with trekking, the Triund Trek will provide you with the perfect night camping experience. Triund trekking distance is just 9 km so you can easily finish it within 2 days along with camping under the starry sky. You’ll also experience lush green dense forests and mountains all around, the perfect mountain landscape. Triund trek is an easy one where you start your journey from Mcleodganj and end it at the same destination.

The Triund Trekking and Camping costs Rs. 1677 on Thrillophilia, but you can get your package at a higher discounted rate. They provide you with accommodation, meals and allow you to have so many different activities.

You can also book all your Trekking trips from Tripadvisor at exciting rates.

If you love trekking, Himachal will be heaven for you! The snow-covered mountains, flora and fauna, different animals, and peaceful surroundings will make you want to go there again and again. Enjoy your adventurous trekking and explore the beauty of nature in Manali and you’ll have a memorable experience of a lifetime. Book your tickets soon and pack your bags to get ready for the adventure!

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