‘The mountains are calling and I must go’ is an old age adage but has not lost its importance with the passage of time.
The fresh breeze caressing your cheeks. Cold breath rising from your mouth as you exhale. Chilly hands gripping onto sticks as you walk miles in a day. If all these situations bring joy to your heart, then mark your weekend blocked, grab your boots, and plan a trekking trip to Manali!
Is your extremely horrific experience holding you back? Stuck on a hill, caught in the rain, holding a tin can of cold vegetable soup is sure to have an impact on your confidence to ever go trekking again. That is why, before going on a soul-searching trek to Manali, you need to do your research and find out which trekking package is best for you.
Manali, situated in Himachal Pradesh, in the lap of Himalayas, is set on the Beas River and attracts tourists from all over the world. The warmest it can be is around 27 degrees Celsius whereas the temperature can drop to -1 degrees. A popular honeymoon destination, Manali is blessed with natural beauty and all sorts of touristy attractions.
Although the ideal months for trekking varies, depending on the trekking destination, the best months for trekking in not in the chilly weather of December or January but the holiday season of May and June. So, be sure to plan your trip according to the month that suits your destination.
Some of the best trekking spots include Parvati Valley (May to November as best time), Beas Kund (April to November), Hampta Pass (June to October), Bhrigu Lake (April to November), et al.* With a stunning view of the snow-covered mountains, vast expanse of serene lakes, the feeling of an elevated elation as you look down to watch the twisting roads and green hills, trekking brings home with you a sense of fulfillment.
While choosing a package, you must ensure which trekking destination suits your needs. Is it snow that you want or beautiful morning sun to wake you up? Or does the idea of building tents by the pristine lake makes your heart fly?
After deciding the destination, you have to ensure your other needs. Read up the details of your package carefully. Ensure that they provide food or otherwise, pack your own food to be sure.
Make a list of all the equipment you would require for the trip and cross-check it with what the organizer of the trek is providing you with. Make sure you carry the appropriate clothing and accessories. But also, don’t overpack. A first-aid kit is essential.
While choosing a package, you will have to keep in mind your budget and the price-worth of the package. The authenticity of the trek group is also crucial to b looked into. You don’t want to end up with a bunch of creeps as your bunkmates.
In the end, just make sure that the package delivers everything that you need. Do your research well and walk out of the house with an adventurous spirit. Just remember, life’s a climb but the view is great.