Himachal Backpacking – Manali – Kasol –– Jibhi

6 D / 5 N 


About The Trip

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!

Brief Itinerary

Himachal Backpacking - An Overview

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

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Volvo Bus Tickets for Delhi to Manali and Buntar to Delhi Accommodation for 4 nights on multiple sharing basis in rooms/ camp/homestay
  • Meal as per Plan Day 2: Dinner , Day 3: Breakfast + Dinner , Day 4: Breakfast + Dinner , Day 5: Breakfast + Dinner , Day 6 : Breakfast
  • Tempo Traveller for local Transport on rest of the days
  • Trip Leader
  • Experience that you gain

Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Rohtang Pass Visit
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

Detail Itinerary



Details

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.



Dinner


Details

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. Jogini Waterfall 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!



Breakfast, Dinner


Details

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.



Breakfast, Dinner


Details

We’ll depart for Kasol post-breakfast and reach Kasol by afternoon. Property Check-in. 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



Breakfast, Dinner


Details

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. View of Himalayas from Tosh 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! Beautiful House in Jibhi Town Dinner and overnight stay in Jibhi.



Breakfast


Details

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! Trek to Serolsar Lake 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.




Details

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. Why wait? Book right away and join with us and escape to Himachal, away from the conundrum of chaotic life!


Things To Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Policy and Terms

Refund/Cancellation Policy – Weekend Trips from Bangalore

In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

7 days or more

10% of the total invoice value

Between 3-6 days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0-2 days

100% of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
  • Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.

NOTE:

  • Cancellations on the day of departure or a day prior due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc. would not be entertained, and no refund or transfer to further dates shall be allowed for the same. 

  • If you are wanting to cancel out on the day of departure and move the trek to a future date an additional charge of RS 1500 would have to be incurred to make the movement to a future date. This can be availed only within 3 months from the date of the actual trip departure.

  • Additional charges would be deducted (based on from where you booked) if you cancel the trek at any given date (along with the scenario described above), as payment gateway/event listing charges.

Transfer of Dates Policy

  • If you wish to shift your date of booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the same should be intimated to us not less than 72 hours before the date of the event. (Not valid for group or corporate bookings)

  • Only one transfer per booking shall be permitted. Your booking shall stand canceled if you fail to join the event on the transferred dates.

  • Once the option of data transfer is made, the booking amount shall be held as credits with us, and in no case will a refund be made further on.

  • Transfer of Dates is not valid for Bhutan, Meghalaya, Himalayan Treks, Spiti or any other event worth is above 5000/- INR.

  • Transfer of dates on the day of departure shall be possible at an additional charge of 1500/- per person  (applicable for few events).

In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 24 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.

In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.

For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard-earned money.

Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

30 days or more

10% of the total invoice value

Between 15-29days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0-14 days

90% of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start

  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.

NOTE:

  • Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.

  • You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!

  • The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.

In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 48 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.

In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.

Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone

In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:

PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)

On/After the Trek

 

New Year Event Cancellation Policy

Weekend Trips from Bangalore ( 30th Dec -3rd Jan New Year Events )

All the events from Bangalore under the following link shall be applicable for the below-mentioned policy

In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

10 days or more

15% of the total invoice value

Between 5-10 days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0- 10 days

100 % of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start

  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.

NOTE:

  1. We shall not accept any reasons whatsoever for the cancellation, we request everyone to abide by the policy.

  2. There shall be no transfer of dates possible for any reason if you cannot make it to the event once the booking is confirmed.

  3. The tickets are transferrable to any person, in case you cannot attend the event. 

If Plan The Unplanned cancels the trek due to limited/no bookings for the trek, we shall offer a full refund and the same shall be credited to the original mode of payment within 7 days from the date of initiation of refund.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, the announcement of a lockdown Plan The Unplanned shall issue a 50% refund of the overall amount and remaining 50% shall be given as a  VOUCHER to use it in the future.

For Instance:

Trek Amount is Rs 100, Rs 50 shall be refunded back to your account and trek voucher of Rs 50 shall be given to be used anytime in future.

 

FAQ's

Usually, we take a maximum of 11 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Yes, it is; girls' safety is most important to us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips. They are honest and reliable, but we advise taking care of your personal belongings.

After selecting the trip, you can book by clicking on the book now button, or you can contact us, and we will guide you in the booking.

When a booking is made, a confirmation will be sent to you via email, including your payment receipt and travel details.

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the trip. We always serve Indian vegetarian food.

Yes, we can customize any trip as per your needs and feasibility.

Yes, you should carry your medication on the trip.

October to February is the winter season and is considered the best time to visit Himachal if you love the cold breeze, and January is best to enjoy the chilly pleasure of snowfall. Also, during the Summer months of April, May, and June, you won't be able to see snow during this month. Temp might drop to below 0 degrees celsius.

Snow in Manali is available from November till mid-May. However, the availability of snow depends on weather conditions and the quantity of snowfall during winter.

Kasol is famous for its unique and exciting culture, good quality Continental and Israeli food, crystal-clear mountain streams, and the charming sylvan hills.

Tosh is a small village in Parvati valley located at a distance of 21 Km from Kasol.

Jibhi is one of the hidden gems of Himachal. It is located in the Banjar Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at a distance of about 100 kilometres from Manali and 70 kilometres from Mandi. The place is best known for its natural beauty and as a base to explore the rest of Banjar and Tirthan Valleys.

The best place to get a picture of mountains is Jalori Pass, which is located at a distance of 12 km from Jibhi. This is a beautiful place where you can get dislodged in nature.

Tosh is a small village in Himachal Pradesh where trekking is the most popular adventure you can try.

There are certain items that you need to carry on the trip. Here is the list: Thermals Running Shoes/ Trekking Shoe Documents -ID(Driver's License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals) Winter Clothes First Aid Kit Backpack Torch Electronics Water Bottle Toiletries Cold Cream Hand Sanitizer

We will use a tempo traveller for local transport & Ac Volvo bus for Delhi to Manali and return.

We always recommend bringing your rucksack because it helps maintain your body posture.

The weather will be cold, and it's highly advisable to wear thermals & proper winter clothing.

You will stay at Hotel in Manali, Swiss/ Deluxe camps in Kasol & Jibhi and Homestay in Tosh.

All the treks are beginner's level as we don't want to tire you.

Additional Information

  • How is the Trip /Trek Organised?
    For the proper organization of Backpacking Trips and Himalayan treks, Plan the Unplanned team is associated with a local experienced team that’s registered with ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India)

    Moreover, we have been working with them for 10 years. Their highly skilled staff with 20+ years of experience, professional local guides and BMC certified trek leaders are the reasons for our continuing partnership with them. The team shall manage all operations, medical and mechanical backup starting from the base location.

    Only when we have over 8 bookings from Bangalore, do we send our leaders from Bangalore.

    Note: To properly utilize resources, a batch from PTU is clubbed with trekkers who originally book with the local team. This is how all trekking organizations manage their treks. An exclusive PTU batch is only formed when we have a majority of bookings ( over 8 and above ) from PTU

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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