Trekking in Himalaya can be the ultimate in human experience. You savour the breathtaking snow-capped mountains,long precipitous valleys,cascading rivulets of pristine waters,furious rivers,enchanting woods and orchards in abundance.
Himalaya is a paradise on earth. In fact, the word "Paradise" referring to a delectable garden, originated in ancient Persia. According to the Microsoft Book of Reference -" The Greek military leader and historian Xenophon, who served with Greek mercenaries in Persia, first used the Greek word paradeisos adopted from the Avestan word to refer to the Persian kings' and nobles' parks or pleasure grounds".
There are many trails suitable for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. We will cover one of the magnificent trails starting in Kullu region in some detail in this brief introduction. This trail reaches up to the delightful Chanderkhani Pass (about 19500 ft) through some enchanting regions. Kullu- Manali region offers the best in terms of easy - medium - hard trekking opportunities.
Plan carefully for the hard trek to the rarified atmosphere of Chander khani Pass well ahead.
You require acclimatization to this "thin" air zone for at least a couple of days in the lower region. The "now - quiet" , "now - torrential" river Beas adjoining the Kullu valley can be an exhilarating backdrop to your Himalayan adventure. The most popular trekking routes not surprisingly, tend to revolve around Manali region - Manali to Beas kund, Manali to Brighu lake or for the young in heart and spirit - Manali to Rohtang Pass.It can also provide opportunities for white water rafting down river Beas.
Except during the winter, the water rafting season spreads from October to April. Trouts are plentiful in the river Beas, if you are in the mood for angling. Most of the treks culminate in some snow covered passes or summits of the Pir Panjal and Himalayan ranges. According to the Himachal Pradesh's state tourist development center's booklet, the best terrain for trekking lies between the gentle Shiwaliks and the tough upper reaches of the Greater Himalayas. Trekking season extends from late April to November in Manali, whilst it starts around July and goes up to September for Lahaul and Bharmour.
The mountaineering Institutes located in Dharamsala, Bharmour and Jispa offer adventure expeditions to Patalsu and Sitidhar,the comparatively easier peaks to crest near Manali. Winter brings the snow covered valleys alive with skiiing. Solang valley, set against the backdrop of glaciers and breathtaking peaks,is ideal for skiing when you are in Manali. Kufri and Narkanda extend skiing in Shimla region.
One of the best ways to imbibe the spirit of Himalayas is trekking in it. Whether you are 16 or 61, Himalaya beckons you ! Just check with your physician before you undertake this arduous exercise in a rarified atmosphere.