Total Duration – 3 Night / 4 Days
Maximum Altitude – 11500 ft.
Grade – Easy
Best Season – Dec to April
Accommodation – Organized Campsite / Guest house
Food – On trek All meals included
Distance – 22 KM.
A winter resembles cold harsh and dry landscape of an mountainous region, so when winter comes and when it’s snowing the scenery turns into a fascinating, colorful fairytale country. As we all know Northern Himalaya is blessed with real natural masterpieces, Kullu Manali is no far then that. The valley receives a great amount of snow each year turning it to the most frequented winter destination amongst traveler’s and explorers. In winter as snowfalls it declines to the lower places making it easy for one to enjoy the snow trail leisurely, in spite of climbing precipitous mountain ranges just to encounter snow. The beauty of Kullu Manali is spurred with this natural phenomenon attracting people from all around the world. The location of the Manali Valley is considerably approachable even in the heavy snowfall that means one can visit the place anytime preferred. Another remarkable aspect of the Kullu Manali valley is that it is full of interesting situates spreading far beyond to the adjoining districts surrounding the region. There are numerous winter trekking trails expanding all around the valley consisting of day hike or multiple day trekking.
The trail comes with sumptuous scenery all the way long. Once you reach the remarkable village of Sethan you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the village and enjoy a hot cup of tea amongst mighty Himalayan Peaks. One can have fun in the snow or do some snow activities such as snow sliding, skiing, and snowboarding. So get ready to join this astounding trek in Hampta Valley on an excellent weekend.
Therefore Hampta is one of the astonishing mountain range of the correlated valley dispensing distant trekking routes into the barren lands of Spiti. However this fabulous route is completed in summers but can be done in winters too. It offers the best of the untainted valley view’s heavy snowfalls dense forests decked with thick white sheets of snow and with most of the vegetation submerged beneath. The Hampta range is ideal for winter trailing because of its approachability, rich natural beauties and the amount of snowfall which remains for months even if the valley receives least snowfall. That’s why the most of winter lovers and snow sports fans visit the Kullu Manali valley repeatedly.
With about numerous winter hikes, Manali is a true paradise for all lovers of hiking along the snow paths. You should expect to feel the snow under your feet, to see the blinding whiteness, to breathe sharp in the fresh mountain air indeed. In the distance, the terraces on the top of the valley path resemble the strawberries on a cake and from there you can enjoy breath-taking views of the striking backdrops of Manali. It could be a decent snow trek experience in the Himalayas by opting preferred courses of time. Finally it would be a perfect trip indulging into the snowy vistas of the mighty Himalaya in the well known abodes of delightful atmosphere.
Day 1: Arrive Naggar.
Arrive Naggar, here you will spend the day at leisure. One can explore the ancient village of Naggar or can take an acclimatization hike in the backdrops of the town. Naggar is rich in cultural heritage holding up multiple Gods and Goddesses temples, an art gallery of the great painter Nicholas Roerich and the Castle built by the rulers of the region. After exploring the village life, structures reach back to the hotel and complete any remaining packing for the upcoming days trek. Have your delicious dinner and sleep well.
Day 2: Drive to Prini. Trek from Prini to Sethan Village. ( 3hrs- 4hrs)
Wake up early, get your backpack and we will drive from our Hotel to the Prini Village. From here our trek commences on a mixed terrain of tortuous road and dense wild forest taking you to the oblivion. Finally we will reach the isolated yet an amazing village of Sethan. Sethan village is located at an altitude of 8858ft. with some jaw dropping vistas around. It is a place of Settle in your cozy guesthouse. Walk around the village return back and have dinner.
Day 3: Trek from Sethan village towards Chhika in Hampta Valley and return. (4hrs-5hrs)
After breakfast, we will leave early on snow through beautiful forests toward Chika. In winters, it becomes partially impossible to move beyond this Buddhist town, but the avid trekkers explore even further. So we will trek on a snow trail till the time allows and the point it is doable. Enjoy the snowy trail and indulge in some snow activities. Before time runs out, we will trace back the same route and reach campsite/Home stay. Enjoy the dinner while sitting around the warmth of the bonfire gazing crystal clear sky.
Day 4: Trek back to Manali and departure
After breakfast, we will depart from Sethan Village and trek back to Prini. From there, you will be left at the roadhead and any extra luggage will be handed over to you. And in no time, it will be time to bid adieu to this wonderful trip.
Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes.
Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking.
Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.
Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.
Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.
Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle of their own.
Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
How to Reach Manali
Distance by road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
How to reach Naggar:
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
Nearest Railway Station:-
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport :-
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
The price of your trip includes the following:
Local transport during trek.
Tents on sharing basis.
Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalayan Adventure Trips.
Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
All trek organizational requirements
Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
Forest Permits and camping charges.
All trekking permits.
While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
Accommodation in Hotel/Guest House/Home stay or tents.
All group equipment for the trek (tents at Base Camp, use of Base Camp facilities)
All trek staff, including Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
The price of your trip does not include:
Air travel or any kind of travel fare.
Hotel accommodation and meals.
Personal expenses such as laundry, battery charging and showers at lodges
Entry visas or inner line permit for Foreign Participants.
Personal clothing and trekking equipments like sleeping bag liners, walking stick, etc.
Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition.
Gratuities to guides and Sherpa staff.
Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits/ gifts etc)
Himalayan Adventure Trips is a leading tour and travel company working since 8 years in the Northern Himalayas, providing a comprehensive adventure experience through well performed strategies awareness and precise execution of planning. We at HAT choose a well qualified group of Instructors Guides certified from well recognized mountaineering institutes, Porters who are companionable ready to help anyway, cooks of amazing recipes making a simple dish into sumptuous meal and the accommodation so relaxing reliving all the stress, are our prime deal of course during each trek. We are dedicatedly bound to give the best agile performance and service flawlessly throughout the trip than one claiming the untrue indeed.
We run treks in most of the Himalayan region, in Nepal, Laddakh and particularly in Himachal Pradesh. We choose the best routes to bring out the real pleasures amongst seekers finding a proper weekend thrill. We try to provide the most possible accommodations, food and the quality service companioning to favor the moment. During any of our trekking routes you will get the most delicious food of all, consisting of regular Indian food with some Chinese, continental, Italian mix of cuisines. We select the best food diet required for a trekker to sustain health and physical fitness during the sheer hikes, because food and water is the only energy which will keep you away from ails and sicknesses.
With a professional team instructing the group it becomes easy to complete any Himalayan trek without any hassle. Our team at HAT is well trained to operate giving first aid in the wilderness or the Acute Mountain Sicknesses or to rescue someone struck in situation. The treks are run smoothly often without any obstructions but the weather is unpredictable so are the mountains. So believe in us we will take you far away from your routine aspirations toward the overwhelming course of conquering the time. We have a successful history of running trekking programs without any mishaps or major contingencies. That’s all because of our skilled team of Guides Instructors Cooks Helpers and porters ready to help anyone in need while in the mountains.
There are several passionate trekkers mountaineers who had completed many of the treks expeditions with us successfully and keep exploring the Himalayas repeatedly in our worthy service. After all there is a lot more to explore in the mountains so we invite you to join in HAT’s programs to experience the mountains never shown and seen before. You can visit our website www.himalayanadventuretrips.com check the details or contact for further assistance.
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We at Himalayan Adventure Trips organize treks, tours, expeditions, Cycling, Paragliding, river rafting, Skiing and much more in various regions such as Leh Laddakh, Nepal and in Himachal Pradesh. We believe in working with local inhabitant’s guides and instructors to provide an extra bit of knowledge about the surroundings and the terrain. We ensure that our every program should held with precise safety and security, thus with sheer pleasure each adventure seeker will find it a fair deal to voyage into the Himalayas. We opt the best quality adventure equipments facilitating with delicious food offering a companionable team of good vibes all at one place.
At HAT everyone is invited even if he/ she are beginner or a passionate adventurer there is a lot much to do out in the Nature. The exploration of nature will never stop or start until one assures a strong will determination to conquer the mountains. Here at HAT we make certain that every adventurer should achieve his/ her dream of climbing a peak, completing an arduous trek or cycling over highest mountain passes. We deem once you join in our any of the programs/activities you will be delighted and fulfilled with all our services facilitated in the Himalayas. So you can go to our website www.himalayanadventuretrips.com to get any of the information regarding your preferred program or if you don’t know about trekking/climbing you can contact us and we will recommend you the best option requisite.
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding trek preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
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