escape - trekking in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is bordered by Jammu & Kashmir to the north, Uttaranchal to the south, Punjab to the west, Tibet to the east, and is now home to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan government in exile. Himachal Pradesh is a popular destination for both foreign and domestic tourists many of whom come to experience snow for the first time.

Running through the centre of the state is the Daula Dhar range with it’s lush green alpine slopes and rocky upper ridges. To the north the passes of the snow capped Pir Panjal range are the gateway to the more arid landscapes of Lahaul, Spiti, and Kinnaur, further still lies the Great Himalaya range separating the state from Ladakh. There are many trekking options through dramatic unspoilt scenery, including treks to the neighbouring states of Jammu & Kashmir and Uttaranchal. Tourism centres around Manali, the starting point for many of our treks, and also the beginning of possibly the world’s most amazingly dramatic road journey to Leh in Ladakh. See the Ladakh page for details.


Hampta Pass to Lahaul
One of the most popular treks in the region, crossing the Pir Panjal range into the beautiful Lahaul valley. You’ll be following routes used by nomadic Gaddi shepherds to move their flocks to seasonal pastures. Although most of the stages are at relatively low average altitude (around 3500m) acclimatisation is necessary before traversing the Hampta Pass at 4270m. If you’re intending to trek in Ladakh this would provide the perfect opportunity to build both fitness and acclimatisation. It also ends conveniently in Chatru on the Manali to Leh road for onward travel to Ladakh by road or further trekking.

Trek Grade: Moderate
Duration: 5 Days
Altitude Reached: 4270m
Season: June to Mid-July, and September to October


Pin Parbati Pass to Spiti
A challenging but rewarding trek crossing the Great Himalaya National Park and ending in the region of Spiti near Tibet. Witness the change in culture as you move from Hindu villages to the Buddhist villages of Spiti. Along the way you’ll see verdant meadows, waterfalls, glaciers, Pyramid Peak (6036), Snow Peak (5640), and many other mountains. The trail leads over some tricky terrain and the Pin Parbati Pass can be a difficult traverse. As with other treks acclimatisation is necessary before crossing the high pass.

Trek Grade: Moderate - Demanding
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude Reached: 4810m
Season: Mid June to early July, and September to October


Deo Tibba Base
This un-crowded trek is an ideal introduction to trekking in the Himalaya. You don’t have to contend with tricky passes but are rewarded with some fine views and scenery along the way. You’ll walk through fields of wild flowers, see nomadic Gujar shepherd encampments, and the impressive Deo Tibba (6001m). Although you don’t cross any passes you do reach significant altitude so acclimatisation is necessary.

Trek Grade: Easy
Duration: 5-6 Days
Altitude Reached: 4800m
Season: Early June to July, and September to October


Indrahar Pass
The trek starts in McLeod Ganj just above Dharamsala home to the Delai Lama and numerous exiled Tibetans. McLeod Ganj is a pleasant village which, despite development over recent years, still retains much of its Tibetan charm. You will be following traditional Gaddi shepherd migration trails that have been used for centuries. The trail over the Dhaula Dhar range via the Indrahar Pass is sometimes steep, with the terrain consisting of loose boulders and scree for significant distances, making this a challenging trek in places. You are rewarded with some spectacular views of the Pir Panjal range, Mani Mahesh Kailash (5656m), and the Ravi Valley. As with other treks acclimatisation is necessary before crossing the high pass.

Trek Grade: Moderate
Duration: 5-6 Days
Altitude Reached: 4350m
Season: June, September and October


Above is just a sample to whet your appetite. Other popular treks include…

Chandrakani Pass to Malana
Bara Bhangal
Kareri Lake
Mani Mahesh Kailash
Kugti Pass to Lahaul
Chandra Tal to Baralacha La
Tarik La to Kinnaur
Kinnaur Kailash