Himachal – the topography of an intricate chain of mountain ranges and a wanderer’s kaleidoscope for culture, arts and language is a must-do backpacking in India. Has a Himachal Backpacking trip crossed your mind anytime? A tour to Manali-Kasol-Jibhi tops them all, the adrenaline rushes like no other! The visit to the prominent places of Parvati valley, Manikaran, Solang valley, Sarsoli lake and Jalori Pass and the magnificent Kasol fills you up with authenticity of raw Himachal and experiencing the so called ‘hippie life’ of Parvati!
Backpacking in Himachal Pradesh is an amazing experience. Retreat to the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. The air is crisp, clean, and very refreshing. If you are looking for a place to disconnect from the world, this region will provide you with plenty of opportunities to do so. Whether it’s taking a day hike or camping out beneath the stars – there are endless ways to escape reality here! Come explore this area with us as we take on this challenging yet rewarding adventure together!
Note: Just in case you are a group of 5 or more, we can offer you customized trips on your preferable dates. For more details, contact us!
Day 1: Overnight Travel from Delhi to Manali
Day 2: Manali arrival. Manali Local sightseeing. Night stay in Manali
Day 3: Manali sightseeing and Solang Valley. Night Stay in Manali
Day 4: Kasol Cafe hopping and Night Stay
Day 5: Kasol sightseeing. Departure for Jibhi
Day 6: Jibhi to Jalori pass and Sirolsar Lake. Departure for Delhi
Day 7: Arrive in Delhi by morning
Majnu Ka Tila/RK Ashram Metro Station by 6 PM, Delhi
To and fro Transport in a Tempo Traveller(AC – Pushback)/Volvo Bus(AC – Semi Sleeper) from Delhi
The journey will commence in Delhi. The pick-up point will be Majnu Ka Tila/RK Ashram Metro Station by 6.00 PM. We will start our overnight journey from there and we will be in the first spot, Manali around 10 AM. Along the way, get to know your new backpacker, share interests, and get some sleep for the big hike days ahead.
Once we arrive at Manali the next morning, we will Check-In at the hotel and freshen up with a quick breakfast. Firstly, we will start with a small hike to Jogini Waterfalls. Jogini Waterfalls is magnificent and is situated near Vashisht village in Himachal Pradesh. This village, located around 3 km from Manali is famous for its sulphurous hot water springs that are believed to have great healing powers. The cascades of these waterfalls fall from 150 feet and form a small pool at the base that forms as a perfect plunge to spend time in the water.
The trek to this waterfalls begins from Vashisht temple, about 3kms trekking trail. The trek route passes through narrow lane by the side of the temple and it goes through apple orchids, tall pine trees, aligned with sprawling valleys. This hike is of around 1 hour to reach the base of the waterfalls. You will find the top of the waterfalls with a hike for about 15 minutes.This is one of the best short treks in Manali to enjoy local scenic beauty and village life in the Himalayas!
Jogini Falls is situated on the Northern edge of Vashisht Village & mark the village boundary. The waterfall cascades down from a height of around 150 feet through multiple levels. There is a small pool at the base formed by the fall and visitors can take a plunge in the water and spend some time. Also, we will visit the Jogini Mata temple at the base of the waterfall, which is a sacred site to the surrounding villages. After spending time at the Jogini falls, we will take a stroll at Mall Road, also known as the heart of the town, the center point of Manali. This local sightseeing place has a lot to offer. Constantly buzzing with activity throughout the day, the entire road is lined with multiple restaurants, commercial centers, and emporiums.
While you are here, you can take a look at the most sought-after Kashmiri shawls, rugs, wooden furniture, and books. It also has smaller shopping zones such as the Hong Kong Market, Thai market, Lama Underground, etc. Also, we will spend time at Old Manali, which is another famous place for several cafes that serve delectable cuisines with a magnificent ambiance. After wrapping up the evening in this quaint place, we will have dinner and head back to the hotel to rest!
On Day 3, we will grasp a quick breakfast and gear up for another ride of Manali sightseeing. Manali is a little heaven, offering a treat for the mind and the soul, and is a travel destination one should visit at least once in a lifetime. This one destination offers tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism, and the snow-covered pine and fir trees are the show stoppers as you travel through the paradise.
Post breakfast we start for the Solang Valley tour, also known as the snow valley. Solang Valley is situated 13 km from west of Manali, and it has breathtaking views of Pir Panjal range, especially during snowfall. It is not just known for skiing, but a lot more. This place is prominent for winter adventures like skiing, parachuting, paragliding, trekking and mountaineering, ATV ride, and Zipline. Later in the evening, you are free to explore the mall road or cafes in Old Manali.
We’ll depart for Kasol post-breakfast and reach Kasol by afternoon.
The serene little village is 42 km away from the Bhuntar Airport and 75 km from Manali offering a treat for the mind and the soul. It is on the way as you tread towards Manikaran, a holy place for Sikhs best known for its hot water springs.
There are abundant treks and mini hikes that take you to tremendously beautiful villages. Not all of them are clustered with luxury stays and world cuisine restaurants, but you’ll be surprised with the warm hospitality of the villagers and locals in the Old and the New Kasol, separated by a small bridge.
We will later in the day head towards Chalal hike from Kasol. While Kasol gets the spotlight amongst the villages of the Parvati Valley. One can enjoy the true serenity of the magical Himachal Pradesh by trekking a little further from this major town to the quaint little village of Chalal. Situated at an altitude of over 5300 feet and a 30-minute trek away from the tourist hub of Kasol, Chalal has managed to retain its old-world mountain village rustic charm. It is surrounded by majestic mountains, streams, and long stretches of Marijuana cultivation. The trail will take you to the small, enticing village of Chalal, cradled in the conifer dense forest, the village gives you much scenic beauty to admire, right beside the wildly flowing Parvati River.
Night Stay and Dinner at Kasol
Today, post breakfast, we start our journey back to Kasol and drive towards Jibhi. Often referred to as a mesmerizing “hamlet” situated amidst the lush green forests and surrounded by variegated mountain, Jibhi is just the right place to relax and spend some peaceful moments with your loved ones.
Jibhi is one such gem of a destination, situated in Banjar valley of Himachal Pradesh. With wooden houses that are a couple of stories high, perched in clusters on elevated slopes, with intricate cantilevered balconies – all these blends with the landscape of Banjar valley! Often referred to as a mesmerizing “hamlet”, it is untouched by industrialization and offers a relaxed journey amidst the lush green forests and the tranquil freshwater lakes. We will take a tour through this place and treat ourselves with the local delicacies. We will check-in at the hotel after dinner and retire for the day!
Dinner and overnight stay in Jibhi.
This last day of the tour, we head to Jalori pass. Having a quick breakfast at Jibhi, we commence towards Jalori pass. This pass is a connecting link between Kullu and Shimla district. As you move towards the Jalori pass, you will be welcomed with the serene ambience rendered by the mighty Himalayas, unwinding nature’s exquisite presence. The seasonal flowers that bloom in this region along with the flora and fauna amidst the highlands surely will relax you!
Once you reach Jalori pass, we will do a small trek to the Sirolsar lake. This lake located at an altitude of 3199 m, surrounded by thick alpine forests. There is a myth that the birds around the lake, helps to keep the lake water crystal clear and has medicinal properties of its own! The lake has a narrow walking track with thick trees on both sides, giving you a feel of walking in a paradise. The trek from Jalori Pass to Sirolsar lake is a 5 km trek and takes about 2 hrs and it starts from the temple atop Jalori pass. After our trail towards Sirolsar lake we will have the first look of the magnificent view of the lake, surrounded by high pine trees. During snow, the lake is entirely covered by ice, giving the looks of an iced football ground.
We will spend a lot of time relaxing and watching the views. Post this we shall commence our journey back to Delhi. As we travel, we will reach Mandi by evening, and spend overnight travelling to Delhi.
You will arrive at New Delhi the next day by 7 AM. This brings you to the end of the absolutely relished 6-day Himachal backpacking tour.
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The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
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This was my first solo trip. I didnt feel like travelling with a completely new group at all. We were like a family. Loved it absolutely. Shaan the travel lead was amazing too. He made sure everyone was okay throughout the trip. Will definitely travel with PTU again