Offbeat Treks

Offbeat Treks Near Manali

Abhishaik Sud

Last updated: 26-08-2019

Trekking enthusiasts who find Manali to be an accessible destination have certainly heard of the run-of-the-mill treks like Hampta Pass, Beas Kund and Bhrigu Lake.

In an effort to introduce some parity in terms of traffic, we constantly keep searching for new trails for your next kick-ass adventure.

 

Check out our list of 6 offbeat treks near Manali 

 

1. Miyar Valley

Starting from a village near Udaipur in Lahaul, the trail takes you through Miyar Valley - the Yosemite of the Himalayas. The trek is mostly an easy walk through a flora & fauna hotspot, past seven emerald glacial lakes. Accompanied by the Miyar River you cover vast pastures, wild-flowered grasslands and gushing glacial streams.

Duration – Six trekking days

Max Elevation – 13100 ft.

Difficulty – Moderate

Trek Distance – 60 kms

Best Time to do the Trek - May-June and August-October

Region – Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh

Offbeat Treks Near Manali

Emerald green glacial lakes are the highlight of Miyar Valley

 

Offbeat Treks Near Manali

 The wildflower laden trail of Miyar Valley is stunning, to say the least

 

2. Kalihani Pass

In the midst of Dhauladhar range lies a trek which is a fraction of the well-known Bara Bangal trail, a trek gifted with boundless natural beauty which also manages to satiate the thrill-seekers.

Before reaching the high altitude pass, a physically demanding task in its own right, you are treated with mind-boggling lush green meadows, unbelievable diversity of flowers along with impressive views of the daunting peaks around. 

Duration – Seven trekking days

Max Elevation –15800 ft.

Difficulty –Moderate

Trek Distance – 37kms

Best Time to do the Trek –July to October

Region –Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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The taxing climb to Kalihani Pass is both thrilling and breathtaking

 

Offbeat Treks Near Manali

 With a big variety of colorful flowers, the Kalihani Pass trek is the Himachal's version of Valley of Flowers

 

3.  Ghepan Ghat

The trailhead for this trek lies past a village on the Manali-Leh Highway and leads to a stunning neon-blue lake surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks. Reaching the lake requires one to negotiate difficult river crossings and an extremely rugged & unmarked trail.

The fact that even local guides are not fully aware of its existence proves how untouched the lake really is!

Duration – Four trekking days

Max Elevation –13600 ft.

Difficulty – Moderate

Trek Distance – 28kms

Best Time to do the Trek - May-June and August-October

Region – Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh

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Gifted with visually stunning landscapes, the Ghepan Ghat trek is the best offbeat trek near Manali

 

Offbeat Treks Near Manali

 Beauty combined with isolation perfectly distinguishes the Ghepan Ghat Trek from all else

 

4. Deo Tibba Base Camp

You may not feel prepared to take on an expedition to the peak of Mt. DeoTibba, but if you’re looking for a moderate level trek near Manali, you’re more than ready to witness the beauty that is DeoTibba Base Camp.

The trail is a feast for the eyes as it is home to diverse flora and fauna whilst the mighty Mt. DeoTibba is also visible throughout the trek.

Duration – Six trekking days

Max Elevation –14698 ft.

Difficulty – Moderate

Trek Distance – 37 kms

Best Time to do the Trek – May to September

Region – Manali, Himachal Pradesh

 

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Deo Tibba Base Camp trek unarguably is one of the most beautiful treks in Himachal

 

Offbeat Treks Near Manali

 Lesser-known Chota Chandratal of Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek

 

5. Khanpara Tibba Trek

If you take the relatively easy sections of Kalihani Pass and piece it all together, you still don’t settle for anything short of a grand adventure! KhanparaTibba is a 13000 ft. The peak in the Dhauladhar range that is easily manageable if you are on the right side of the fitness-scale.

The path to the top zigzags through vast meadows on a flower-laden trail before you wade through glistening white snow. Once you make it to top, you get unparalleled views of the Beas river valley!

Duration – Three trekking days 

Max Elevation –13100 ft.

Difficulty – Easy

Trek Distance – 37 kms

Best Time to do the Trek – All-year-round

Region – Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Khanpara Tibba is a lush green carpeted peak with stunning views of the Dhauladhar range from atop

 

6. Shitidhar Peak

High-altitude peaks are supposed to be offbeat anyway, and we’ve got plenty of those near Manali but there are hardly off the beaten path. That’s not the case for Shitidhar peak though, a 17400 ft. non-technical expedition in Kullu District.

The expedition starts from Solang Valley and Beas Kundmagically appears en-route. It’s the perfect excursion for ardent adventurers!

Duration – 9 trekking days

Max Elevation –17400 ft.

Difficulty – Difficult

Trek Distance – 37 kms

Best Time to do the Trek – May to June and September to October

Region – Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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The valley opens up with alluring visuals en-route to Shitidhar Peak

 

Offbeat Treks Near Manali

 The visually scintillating scenery will leave you awe-struck

 

If you happen to head out on any of the aforementioned treks, keep your cameras ready!

Comment below if you feel that we’ve missed out on any beautiful offbeat trek near Manali and we assure you that we will go through all suggestions!

Abhishaik Sud

On an endless quest to explore, I document new trails and lead treks for Bikat Adventures. For more Read more

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