Snow Escapade: Trekking and Camping in Manali

Namrata Dhingra

Last updated: May 16, 2018

Bachelorette trips to Goa are now passé! With just a month to go for my best friend’s wedding, I searched the Internet for an unconventional all-girls holiday that would be both exciting and memorable, and found an ideal Manali package at MakeMyTrip! We packed as light as possible to ensure a comfortable journey, and were picked up from Delhi for our overnight bus journey to Manali.

Amidst the Hills

From Patlikuhal, 20 km before Manali, a 10 km jeep ride took us to the Rumsu Base Camp, amidst spectacular Himalayan peaks and green valleys that made the long journey totally worthwhile. After relaxing and freshening up, we registered ourselves for the upcoming treks, and went on to explore the picturesque surroundings. Oh, I could sit and savour the incredible sights around all day!

Trekking and Camping

After a hearty breakfast, we embarked on a 2-hour trek to Pulag village, where we spent the morning interacting with the locals and exploring its unique culture. Later in the afternoon, lunch was followed by a visit to Naggar. This ancient town was a treat to the eyes for its breathtaking sights and must-see attractions like Gauri Shankar Temple, Tripura Sundari temple, Nagger Castle, Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery and Krishna Mandir.

The next day was what I was most excited about! All dressed in our heavy woollens and fur jackets, we strapped on gumboots available at the camp, and made our way to Sterling Forest. The uphill trek through the snow kept us enthralled throughout, while the snow-covered pine, fir, oak, and chestnut trees looked almost dreamlike. Despite the freezing temperatures, we couldn’t stop admiring and clicking pictures of the breathtaking white landscape around, while the mischief-makers in the group engaged in snowball fights.

The downhill trek turned out to be even more delightful. Instead of walking back to the camp, we slip down snow trails, squealing with delight all the way! Back at the camp, hot snacks and beverages around a bonfire were just what we needed as we revelled in the memories of the day’s adventure.

Read more: Manali: A Quick Travel Guide

The Best of Manali

On the last day, we left the base camp early for a jeep ride to the stunning Himalayan town of Manali. The afternoon was spent sightseeing and shopping at Manali’s famous Mall Road, and visiting important attractions like Hidimba Devi Temple and Vashisht Temple, before we headed back to Delhi with great memories of this wonderful holiday. 

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