offers a virtual bonanza for trekkers. From moderate to strenuous treks
ranging up to 11 days and the best season to trek over here is during the
months of June to October. One of Himachal's classic routes is the Chandra
Bhaga triangle and the Baralacha Pass at a height of 4,833m.
region, together with Lahaul and Spiti areas, offer possibly the best
soft, medium and hard trekking opportunities. Besides, the main
there are many idyllic side valleys, all leading to passes or snow covered
summits of the Pir Panjal and Himalayan ranges. Some popular treks
include: Batal to Chandra
Tal & Baralacha
Pass, Dharamsala to
Chamba over Indradhar Pass and
Kailash Parikrama, which is also known as Kinner Kailash Circuit.
Explore The Secluded Horizons Of The Himalayan Region
The main trekking areas in Himachal are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, routes over the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, the numerous treks out of Kullu and select tracks in the trans-Himalayan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Most trekking areas are between 1,500m and 6,000m.
With well over two hundred and seventy defined trails, the variation in terrain is also enormous. Low scrubland and paths through paddy fields, give way to trails strewn with Pine needles. Then come woods of oak and flowering rhododendron, which merge into forests of Himalayan cedar -'Deodar' - and Spruce.
On most trails, small pastoral hamlets dot the way. Cunningly hidden between the high mountains, are passes, which were once known only to migrant shepherds and dare all traders. These lead to the fabulous wastes and swift rivers of the arid trans Himalayas. A host of combinations and variations take the trails through changing countryside. The degree of physical output can also be developed from a week to last longer. Or, the two ends of a trek can be the same, but the trails can be designed to be taxing or gentle.
Getting Started And Accommodation
There are several agencies that conduct treks. Guides, equipment, porters, pack animals and maps are available at major starting points. The old forest 'Dak Bungalows' that are strategically placed along many trek routes add a considerable measure of nostalgic charm and convenience for trekkers.
Practically all of them have an aura of the past and lie nestled in deep woods. In addition, the State Electricity Board and the PWD also have rest houses. Most of these are marked out on trekking maps and advance booking is possible. The forest Rest houses are booked by each area's Divisional Forest Officer, and the PWD and Electricity board ones are booked by the concerned executive engineer.
Training facilities, with basic and intermediate courses are available at Manali's Mountaineering Institute, and at its Regional Centres at Dharamsala and Bharmour. Excellent camping facilities exist at these points. The institute also makes available camping and trekking equipments.