Go active in the world renowned Kullu and Manali Valley

Go active in the world renowned Kullu and Manali Valley

Day 1: Arrive in Manali  (2000m)

After arrival in Manali, explore the vicinity and one can indulge in shopping the local market. Here is an opportunity to soak in the beauty of the surrounding.  Overnight in guesthouse/ hotel.

Day 2: Manali - Old Manali – Solang Valley (2560m) – Back to Manali ( Drive / 1 hr & Trek / 3 - 4 hrs )

Today the trek begins from the old Manali village above the Beas River. Trail takes you through ancient villages Shanag and Bhurua. This beautiful valley offers magnificent views of glaciers and snow capped mountains. From Solang valley we drive down to Manali. Overnight in guesthouse/hotel.

Day 3: Manali – Rohtang Pass (3978m) – Manali ( Drive / 4 – 5 hrs ) 

Post breakfast we drive through beautiful Beas Valley on LehManali highway. Traverse through beautiful forest of Deodar, Silver Birch and reach Madi. Here, you can sip a cup of coffee/ tea and continue to Rohtang Pass. After arrival in Rohtang Pass, you will witness both the sides of the pass. One side of the pass is rich green and the other side offers the views of cold deserts of Lahaul and Spiti and beautiful Chandra River flowing in between.  Behold the mesmerizing views of Dauladhar, PirPanjal, CB Range, BadaBhangal, etc. Soak in the beauty of this environment and head back to Manali. Overnight in guesthouse/ hotel. 

Day 4: Manali – Jobra (2707m) – Chikha (3000m) (Drive / 1hr  & Trek / 2 - 3 hrs )

In the morning, we drive to the dam site at Jobra and from here walk through a very pleasant landscape. The walk initially will take us through a mixed forest having pines, spruce, deodar, chestnut and maple trees. We cross a beautiful meadow having a gaddi shepherd camp there. We will need to cross the river at a vantage point if the gaddis haven’t made a makeshift bridge somewhere along the river. We cross the river and climb to a beautiful meadow called Chikha Today’s hike is a gentle one and will take about 2 hrs. Having rested for some time one will be advised to walk up a short distance to a nearby waterfall which also plays host to a number of white capped redstarts. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Exploration around Chika – Jobra (2707m) – Manali ( Drive / 45 mins & Trek / 2 hrs)

Today the exploration is on Hampta trail.  Then trek back to Jobra from where we drive to ManaliOvernight in guesthouse/ hotel.

Day 6: Rafting on Beas & Rope activities

We drive to starting point for rafting which takes 40 mins drive. Indulge in spine tingling rafting on river Beas. In the afternoon we return back to the lodge/ hotel. In the evening we indulge in rope activities. Overnight in guesthouse/hotel.

Day 7: Manali - Chandigarh / Delhi​

Our action packed trip ends, depart from Manali to your onward destination. 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
    • Day 1: Overnight stay in guesthouse / hotel ( Manali)
    • Day 2:  Overnight stay in guesthouse / hotel ( Manali)
    • Day 3: Overnight stay in guesthouse / hotel ( Manali)
    • Day 4: Overnight stay in tents ( Chika)
    • Day 5: Overnight stay in guesthouse / hotel ( Manali)
    • Day 6: Overnight stay in guesthouse / hotel ( Manali)
  • Meals :
    • Day 1: Lunch,  Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 5: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 6: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 7: Breakfast
  • High quality Camping arrangements

    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek

    • 3/4 season good quality tents
    • Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Comfortable camping mattresses
    • Mess Tent
    • Camping stools & tables
    • There will be toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Professional Guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Transport as per the itinerary will be provided. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. Your transport costs are inclusive of all fuel charges, driver charges, state taxes, tolls and permits and are planned as per the itinerary of the trip.
  • All Adventure Activities As Mentioned in the itinerary would be supported by our experienced team of Instructors using State-of-the-art equipment. This ensures safety for any activity and is the lynchpin of the trip.
  • An Experienced Trip Leader would accompany you on the trip. These leaders have many years of experience in leading family groups and are usually people with an intimate knowledge of the mountains. They are also experienced instructors on one adventure sport or the other and are sure to keep you charged with many interesting stories.
  • A Number of Activity Experts would be joining the team as and when required. These people are domain experts in various fields like water activities, rope sports, wildlife, birds, mountaineering, etc. and are the flavour of this trip. They bring an intimate knowledge of each aspect of the trip and go beyond just getting you to do an activity and rather give you a deep insight of the whys and whats of the activities by sharing their knowledge. Guests, especially kids, tend to become best friends with these experts and end up picking up essential life skills that aid them in moving into the outdoors.
  • Forest entry charges (if Any)
  • Basic first aid for the group.

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • GST
  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above
  • Any meals / services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc. 
  •  Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  •  Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.  
  • Insurance

PLEASE NOTE

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons GIO Adventures will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons GIO will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund. GIO Adventures

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT RENT*
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

TRANSPORT OPTIONS (DELHI – MANALI – DELHI)

For travel from Delhi to Manali& back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

Jispa (Lahaul Valley) - Located in the district of Lahaul and Spiti, at an elevation of 3200m, on the banks of river Bhaga,Jispa, in its calm disposition is a sight to behold. It is lined with stupas (chortens) and also cribs an ancient monastery.

Kaza (Spiti Valley) – Overlooked by the mountains from all sides, Kaza is situated along the river Spiti at an altitude of3,650 m. The historical Tangyud Monastery betrays a demeanour of a barricaded fortress and happens to be a popular tourist attraction here.

Great Himalayan National Park (Tirthan Valley) – Started in 1984, GNP sprawls over an area of 755 sq km. One can catch a glimpse of exotic species of animals, rare plants and migratory birds here. One can visit riversides, lakes, historical sites, mesmeric meadows and soak in the beauty of mountains whose summit islost amidst the clouds.

Shimla – Situated at the foothills of Himalayas, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is an exuberant holidayspot that is always buzzing with life.

Dharamashala – It is a serene spot glazed in the mild sun and encompassed with icy mountain peaks. It is known

for its culture and archaic monasteries. It is yet another emerald in the tiara of Himanchal Pradesh. 

Dalhousie - It is one of the most famous hill station, known for its pleasant climate and natural spectrum. The Victorian style mansions, Scottish architecture and other masterfully designed colonial buildings in this town will sweep you back into time. Here, you get to witness magnificent snow crowned mountains Pir Panjal range. 

Kasol - Popularly known as the ‘Mini Israel’, Kasol is a beautiful destination stretched along the Parvati River. Bestowed with lush greenery and exquisite views of the surrounding mountain ranges it attracts tourists from all around the world. 

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  • Shirts / T-shirts
  • Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Books, if you like reading
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Carry rain cover for your bags
  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list  before travelling

Duration: 07 Days | Season: Jan - Jun, Sep - Dec | Grade: Moderate +  | Max Alt: Rohtang Pass (3978m)


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Variety of exciting activities tailor made for families
  • Experience the thrill of white water rafting on Beas River
  • Picturesque views of the mountain ranges from Rohtang Pass
  • Night camping in the unsullied wilderness
  • Stay experience at Orchard Guesthouse

Sketch Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Manali  (2000m)
DAY 2: Manali - Old Manali – Solang Valley (2560m) – Back to Manali ( Drive / 1 hr & Trek / 3 - 4 hrs )
DAY 3: Manali – Rohtang Pass (3978m) – Manali ( Drive / 4 – 5 hrs ) 
DAY 4: Manali – Jobra (2707m) – Chikha (3000m) (Drive / 1hr  & Trek / 2 - 3 hrs )
DAY 5: Exploration around Chika – Jobra (2707m) – Manali ( Drive / 45 mins & Trek / 2 hrs)
DAY 6: Rafting on Beas & Rope activities
DAY 7: Manali - Chandigarh / Delhi​

Description

Enjoy the scenic view and the cool weather a perfect getaway from the monotonous city life. Explore the quaint villages, dense forests, alpine meadows while scaling the rocky terrains. Here you get the opportunity to witness the bare beauty as you pass the trails offering scenic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Keeping you company is the tantalizing ambiance adorned with magical meadows. Beauty that seems like paradise is bestowed with immaculate views.

Your expedition that will start from old Manali will find solace in the gratifying ambience of Solang which will be our next stop. Your next stop, Rohtang pass lies into the deep alcove of Beas Valley and witnesses the contradicting scenery of lush green mountains on one side and brazen setting of the trans Himalayan cold dessert of Lahaul and Spiti on the other. Your journey will take you to Jobra which is arrayed by a magnificent landscape and after a walk across this elegant strip of land you will find the meadows of Chika to be as welcoming as ever. As we near the brink of our trip, an intense adrenaline dash can be experienced while rafting on River Beas and during several rope activities.

DETAILS
Duration 07 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh

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