Trekking in Himachal Pradesh: The Release of Mind and Body

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Trekking in Himachal Pradesh

Feeling constrained by the city life? Is the congestion of traffic, words, and pollution getting to you? So, why don’t you take a break and stretch your legs and mind in one go? Rocky terrains are where you can truly unwind. A little exercise to your legs coupled with a breath of fresh, unpolluted air will undoubtedly do wonders for you.

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Now, here is a list of ten places you can visit at your leisure, along with the appropriate help to guide you on each journey:

1. Triund Trek, McLeodganj

  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Height:9,278 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: From March till June and September to December.
  • Open to Tourists for: While trips can be conducted throughout the year, a drop in the rate of bookings is usually seen by the end of June and December.
  • Method to Reach:The easiest way to reach the base camp Dharmakot is by autos or taxis. But, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, walking the 2 km distance takes 25 minutes.

2. Hampta Pass Trek, Manali

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
  • Height:14,065 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: From June and September.
  • Open to Tourists for: The tour season dissipates by September, so the booking falls by mid-October.
  • Method to Reach: Located in Himachal Pradesh and readily accessible from Manali, the trek itself takes around 6 days given the 25 km stretch.

3. Bhrigu Lake Trek, Manali

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
  • Height: 14,009 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: From June to September.
  • Open to Tourists for: While trips can be conducted all year round, a drop in bookings is usually seen by the end of September, owing to the fall of tourist season.
  • Method to Reach: Start with a simple drive to Gulaba from Manali and trek to the Meadows Camp. Then, move on to RolaKholi, followed by the Bhrigu Lake, and ultimately proceed to Pandu Ropa. You can return to Manali through Vashist.

4. Kheerganga Trek, Kasol

  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Height:10,987 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: From April to July and September to November.
  • Open to Tourists for: The tour season tapers down by July and November per year.
  • Method to Reach: BuniBuni should be your main focus if you’re planning a trek to Kheerganga. The Barshaini camp is a 3-hour drive from Bhuntar. A 5-6 hour trek will take you to Kheerganga.

5. Jogini Waterfall Trek, Manali

  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Height: 7,243 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: Anytime during the summer.
  • Open to Tourists for: While the timing fluctuates every year, it is safe to say the booking rate falls around the end of September.
  • Method to Reach: One of the more popular short routes in Manali, an auto ride can get you to the Vaishisht temple before you begin trekking.

5. Prashar Lake Trek, Mandi

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  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Height: 8,900 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: January and February are recommended months if snow is the goal. Booking is otherwise open all year.
  • Open to Tourists for: The clientele falls by the end of February, but not completely. Treks happen throughout the year.
  • Method to Reach: A 1-hour drive followed by a 5-hour trek can take you from Kantlu to Prashar lake.

6. Beas Kund Trek, Manali

  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Height: 12,772 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: From July and September.
  • Open to Tourists for: Presumably till mid-October.
  • Method to Reach: Drive alongside the Solang valley from Manali to the Dhundi road-link and begin your trek.

7. Malana Village Trek, Kasol

  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Height: 8,701 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: From April and June.
  • Open to Tourists for: Till the end of June.
  • Method to Reach: A drive from Manali to Nagger, then a trek to Ghoni Karadi to ultimately Chanderkhani Pass and back again.

9. Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Spiti

  • Difficulty: Difficult.
  • Height: 17,457 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: July and August.
  • Open to Tourists for: Till the first half of September.
  • Method to Reach: The trek begins at Barshaini, which is a 3-hour drive from the base camp of Kaza.

10. Sar Pass Trek, Kasol

  • Difficulty: Difficult.
  • Height: 13,779 ft.
  • Best Time to Visit: From May and October.
  • Open to Tourists for: Till the end of October, and sometimes into November.
  • Method to Reach: The most efficient route is boarding a flight from Chandigarh to Kasol, then boarding a bus to Bhuntar. While there are flights that can get you directly to Kullu, they are quite rare.

The Himalayas is an untapped mine of adventure. However, it does not matter whether it is due to your curiosity or your insatiable hunger for excitement, thrill awaits you as long as you answer the beckoning of the wild.

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