Manali: Treat for adventure lovers
If you plan to spend an action packed holiday then Manali is the place for you! No matter what time of the year, there is definitely some adventure sport to enjoy in Manali – camping, trekking, mountaineering, rock-climbing, rafting, paragliding, skiing and even hot air ballooning.
The best months for camping are from April to June and September to October. In the lap of nature, surrounded by forests, river and mountains; camping becomes all the more fun when you are with family and friends. The camping sites have outdoor tents with warm cozy blankets. They arrange for food, bonfire and adventure activities depending on the location of the camping site. The more the people the merrier it is.
There are a number of trekking routes in Manali. One can choose an easy and small trek or a difficult or long trek. There is the Beas Kund trek, Chanderkhani Pass trek, Manali-Hamta Pass trek, Pin Parvati Pass trek, treks to Chandertal, Bal Taal, Barlachala and many more.
Skiing runs all through the winter months when the mountains are covered with snow. Rohtang Pass and Solang Nallah have a number of skiing slopes. One can take a short course in skiing from private operators or from the Mountaineering Institute in Manali before taking the final plunge. The Mountaineering Institute conducts training for basic mountain climbing, high altitude trekking, rock-climbing and skiing.
April to June and September to October is the time to enjoy rafting. There are experienced trainers who can be hired to guide you in your rafting experience.
Paragliding and hot air ballooning are also popular activities in Manali. A brief on air safety, and basics of paragliding are given before one goes for paragliding as it is a risky sport. Hot air ballooning on the other hand is more of a joyride.
If you are planning a trip to Manali don’t forget to check on the adventure activities included while you select the best deals on Manali holiday package. Most packages do not include the cost of adventure activities but they take you on a visit to places where you can indulge in such sports if you wish to. Southern Travels for example have include a trip to Solang Valley in their Manali package where tourists can enjoy rock climbing, rappelling, paragliding, etc.