Himalayan Mountains promise an experience only and exclusively to those who set of on foot to travel among them. Trekking in the Kullu hills provide ‘you with an exotic insight in to the people and their lives. Two major attractions account for trekking enormous popularity and for many trekkers who find themselves planning a repeat visit – the breathtaking scenery and the friendliest of people.
Himalayan Mountains offers one of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in the world. Besides the obvious scenic attraction, trekkers soon find there are plenty of other treats for the eye. As you climb higher the semi tropical low lands give way to meadows, stretches of forest and swift flowing rivers and deep canyons before you reach the cold and often barren regions at the foot of great peaks. The view changes with the seasons, whether it is the cycle of planting and harvesting or the brilliant display of wild flowers late in the dry seasons.
Himalayan Mountains is a place of contrasts extending to the people. Village folks are simple and shy as well as out going in general Friendliness and humor of the Kulluities are often commented by the trekkers. Certainly there are more trekkers on the most popular routes but compared to the crowds visiting Manali the numbers are often minuscule.
All about Trekking – Although Kullu and Manali offer opportunities for short treks lasting a day or two, most treks last considerably longer. From Kullu or Manali as a base one can make variety of two, three or four day walks but most treks in Kullu valley extending up to Lahul, Spiti, Mandi and Kangra take at least a week.
Trekking season – Put very simply, the best time to trek is from April to October (the summer and the monsoons). This generalization does not apply to particular treks. The first two months of summer (May, June) are very good for around the Kullu valley but not suitable for high altitude trekking as snow is melting on the peaks. The monsoons (July, August) are an ideal period for high altitude trekking and the trekking influx is also maximum during this period as higher passes of Rohtang, Jalori are snow free giving access to more adventurous valleys of Lahul and Spiti. By the end of monsoon after October the weather becomes quite chilled.
Trails, walking day, accommodation and the food – Trekkers often feel the old adage that the shortest path between two points is a straight line, has been firmly drummed into the Himalayan trails of the Kullu valley. A typical walking day lasts from 5-7 hours, involving a number of accents and decent. On a typical organized trek your only concern with food is to sit down and eat. Independent trekkers usually find places to eat along more popular trails but it is wise to carry some emergency rations. On an off beaten trek you must be more self-sufficient. Medical assistances is available if one has insured himself against any unprone accident.