Ski Touring India – Pathalsu Peak and Hampta Valley.

Trip Type: Ski Touring
Region: Himachal Pradesh - Manali
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 5-8 Days
Max Altitude: 4300m
Best Season: Jan - Apr
Trip Begins: Manali / Ends: Manali
Batch Dates: -
Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.

CR Spooner, renowned author of “Ski Touring in India’s Kullu Valley,” aptly describes the Kullu Valley and its surroundings as a paradise for skiers, telemarkers, and snowboarders who are willing to hike for their turns. With descents of 6000m and vertical drops exceeding 3000m, this region offers an unparalleled skiing experience. At Above14000ft, we wholeheartedly agree with Spooner’s sentiment. With over 30 years of experience as mountain guides, we have explored not only the Kullu Valley but also the vast expanse of the Western Himalayas on skis. Our deep knowledge of the area and our passion for skiing has led us to establish our base in Manali, a renowned skiing destination during the winter season. We enjoy sharing the best trails and experiences with our guests.

Ski Tours in India:

Above14000ft offers a range of ski tours in India, ranging from 5 to 16 days. We also provide ski mountaineering tours to peaks in the altitude range of 5500m to 7000m, as well as ski traverses across the Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, Zanskar, and Trans Himalayan ranges. Our itineraries are thoughtfully designed to offer an unforgettable skiing experience amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

Trip Details:

Most of our ski tours in India are currently developed around Manali, a picturesque town that serves as a gateway to the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Manali, guests undergo a comprehensive safety briefing and packing session before embarking on the trail. Throughout the trip, our guests are supported by experienced porters and a skilled cook who carry all the necessary equipment and rations. The routes and areas we explore are determined by weather conditions and snow quality, ensuring that each journey is unique. With over 50 glaciers and more than 500 peaks in Himachal, we have a vast playground for skiing enthusiasts.

Popular Ski Tours in India:

Among our most sought-after backcountry ski tours in India are our 5-15 day expeditions in Himachal Pradesh. These tours offer incredible experiences in destinations such as:

Pathalsu Peak and Hampta Valley:
A short week-long trip that provides an introductory big mountain experience like no other. Starting in Solang Nala, we ski down alpine slopes accessible with a gondola. Throughout the week, we venture into the old-growth forests of Patalsu and onward to the deep powder bowls of Setan. Both Patalsu and Setan are complete backcountry areas accessible only by ski touring. This trip promises a complete Himalayan backcountry experience without camping, ensuring that you get the best of all worlds.

Deo Tibba and Indrasan area in the Kullu Valley:
A thrilling expedition that takes you to the heart of the Kullu Valley, where you can explore the magnificent peaks of Deo Tibba and Indrasan. Ski amidst pristine surroundings and soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of the region.
Friendship Peak and Beas Kund Glacier: Embark on an exciting journey to the Friendship Peak and traverse the stunning Beas Kund Glacier. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the high-altitude landscape and conquer the challenges of the backcountry.

 

Lahaul – Chandra Valley:
Explore the captivating Lahaul-Chandra Valley, known for its pristine beauty and untouched landscapes. Ski through enchanting valleys and witness the majesty of snow-covered peaks.

 

Tosh Valley:
Discover the hidden gem of Tosh Valley as you navigate through its remote and picturesque trails. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this lesser-known skiing paradise.
Malana Valley: Venture into the mystical Malana Valley, famous for its rich culture and untouched wilderness. Ski through ancient villages and explore the wonders of this unique region.

 

Spiti Valley:
Experience the raw beauty of Spiti Valley as you ski across its vast expanse. Marvel at the rugged landscapes and immerse yourself in the spirituality of this remote Himalayan region.

Ski Mountaineering Tours:

For those seeking a greater challenge, our ski mountaineering tours allow guests to climb and ski up to 2000m (6560ft) of vertical feet in a day. With strong skiers accomplishing a total of 40,000 to 46,000 vertical feet in a week, these tours offer a thrilling and rewarding adventure for experienced ski mountaineers.

 

Season and Group Size:
Our ski tours in India are available from mid-February to mid-April, providing optimal snow conditions for an exceptional skiing experience. We keep our group sizes small, typically ranging from 1 to 5 guests, ensuring personalised attention and an intimate group dynamic.

 

Ability Levels:
Given the challenging nature of the ski terrain, we require our guests to meet a minimum level of fitness and skiing ability. It is essential to be physically healthy and in excellent physical shape. The ability to climb a minimum of 3280 vertical feet/1000 vertical meters is necessary, as some tours may involve significant ascents. Additionally, guests should be capable of linking a minimum of 30 short-radius turns in deep snow conditions while carrying a pack weighing 8-10 kilograms. Good control of skis in difficult situations is also important. Please note that ski touring in India often involve living and camping in harsh backcountry winter environments, with temperatures dropping to -10 degrees Celsius, especially in February and March at higher altitudes.

 

Embrace the Wilderness:
All our ski touring in India will take you into remote wilderness areas and glaciated terrains, offering a true adventure in nature’s lap. It is crucial to be comfortable living outdoors with limited comforts, as you will be residing in tents on snow, encountering cold, harsh, and wet conditions.

 

In conclusion, Above14000ft invites you to embark on an unforgettable ski touring adventure in India’s Pathalsu Peak and Hampta Valley, along with other captivating destinations. As experienced mountain guides with a passion for skiing, we are dedicated to providing you with the best possible skiing experiences in the Western Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the region, conquer the slopes, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Join us for an extraordinary skiing journey that combines adventure, camaraderie, and the natural wonders of the Indian Himalayas.

Itinerary
DAY 01
Manali Duration: Drive 40 mins

Upon your arrival in Manali, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of the Western Himalayas, you will be greeted by the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. From here, we will transfer you to Solang Nulla, a winter wonderland that serves as our base for the ski touring adventure that awaits.

After settling in and getting acquainted with your fellow skiing enthusiasts, we will waste no time in hitting the slopes. The afternoon and evening will be dedicated to exploring the thrilling terrain and experiencing the sheer joy of gliding through the snow on your skis. Whether you are a seasoned skier or a beginner eager to learn, Solang Nulla offers a range of small ski runs suitable for all skill levels.

As the sun sets, we will retreat to a cozy hotel, where you can relax and unwind after an exhilarating day on the slopes. Take in the stunning mountain views, savour a warm meal, and recharge for the adventures that lie ahead.

Overnight, you can rest easy knowing that you are in the heart of one of the most enchanting skiing destinations in India. Tomorrow, we will continue our journey, exploring new slopes, pushing our boundaries, and immersing ourselves in the thrill of ski touring in the captivating Pathalsu Peak and Hampta Valley.

DAY 02
Solang Duration: 3-4 hours

Today, we will embark on a series of exhilarating ski runs at Solang Nulla and Phatru, allowing us to familiarize ourselves with the area and the current snow conditions. These initial runs will serve as a warm-up, helping us find our rhythm and build confidence on the slopes.

As we glide down the slopes, surrounded by pristine snow and breathtaking mountain vistas, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the sheer joy of skiing in this picturesque setting. Whether you are honing your technique or simply reveling in the thrill of the sport, these runs will set the stage for an incredible ski touring experience.

After an exciting day on the slopes, we will retreat to a comfortable hotel where you can relax and unwind. Reflect on the exhilarating runs, swap stories with fellow skiers, and relish in the anticipation of what tomorrow’s adventures will bring.

Rest assured that your comfort and enjoyment are our top priorities. Our team of experienced guides will ensure that you have everything you need for a memorable stay, including comfortable accommodation and delicious meals. Recharge your energy and get ready for more incredible ski touring in the days to come.

DAY 03
Solang - Patalsu -Solang Duration: 8-10 hours

Today, we have an exciting adventure planned as we make our way up to Patalsu Peak, standing at an impressive elevation of 4280 meters. To make the most of the day, we will start early, ensuring ample time to reach the peak and enjoy the exhilarating ski descent down its awe-inspiring north-west slopes.

As we ascend, the stunning landscape unfolds before us, revealing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The crisp mountain air and the crunch of snow beneath our skis create a sense of tranquility and anticipation for the thrilling descent that lies ahead.

With packed lunches in tow, we will take regular breaks to rest, refuel, and soak in the magnificent vistas. The journey to the peak will challenge us physically, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

The north-west slopes of Patalsu Peak offer an exhilarating descent, where we can carve our tracks in the fresh powder snow, savouring the freedom and adrenaline that comes with each turn. The stunning surroundings provide a picturesque backdrop as we make our way down.

By the evening, we will ski our way back to our hotel, where comfort and relaxation await. Reflect on the day’s triumphs and challenges, share stories with fellow adventurers, and bask in the satisfaction of being atop Patalsu Peak. Rest assured that our team will ensure your comfort and well-being throughout the journey, providing a seamless experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of ski touring in India.

Tomorrow holds more excitement and exploration as we continue our ski tour in the captivating landscapes of the Hampta Valley. Prepare for another day of unforgettable skiing, breathtaking vistas, and cherished moments in the heart of the Himalayas.

DAY 04
Solang - Setan Duration: 5 hours

Today, we bid farewell to Solang and embark on a picturesque drive to the charming village of Setan, nestled in the captivating Hampta Valley. The journey covers a distance of approximately 30 kilometers, and we can expect it to take around 1 to 2 hours, allowing us to soak in the breathtaking views along the way.

As we traverse the winding mountain roads, the ever-changing landscape unfolds before our eyes, revealing the natural wonders of the Himalayas. Majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush green valleys create a stunning backdrop for our journey, immersing us in the beauty of the region.

Upon reaching Setan, we will check into a comfortable and welcoming guesthouse, where warm hospitality awaits us. Take a moment to relax, unwind, and soak in the tranquil ambiance of this quaint mountain village. The guesthouse provides a cozy retreat, offering a peaceful haven amidst the pristine surroundings.

With our spirits rejuvenated, we will venture out for a ski run known as the Setan Top run. This descent allows us to experience some pristine snow, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Hampta Valley.

As the day comes to a close, we will return to the guesthouse, where comfort and relaxation await. Enjoy the cozy ambiance, savor a delicious meal prepared with local flavors, and unwind in the company of fellow adventurers. Reflect on the day’s adventures, share stories, and embrace the peacefulness of the mountain surroundings.

Tomorrow holds more excitement as we continue our exploration of the Hampta Valley, uncovering new slopes, and immersing ourselves in the wonders of ski touring in India.

DAY 05
Setan Duration: 8 hours

Today, we rise with the sun and embark on an early adventure to explore the legendary Bhujdhar run. Setan, with its remarkable north-facing slopes, is renowned for its pristine powder, which remains untouched for days after a snowfall. This promises an unparalleled skiing experience that will leave you exhilarated and craving for more.

As we make our way to the starting point of the Bhujdhar run, anticipation builds. The crisp mountain air fills our lungs, and the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks create a sense of awe and wonder. The untouched powder glistens in the morning light, beckoning us to carve our tracks and create our own path down the mountain.

The Bhujdhar run presents a perfect blend of challenge and enjoyment, allowing both intermediate and advanced skiers to revel in its beauty.

As we descend through this winter wonderland, the camaraderie among our fellow skiers grows stronger.  Together, we carve our way down the slopes, leaving behind a trail of unforgettable memories.

After a thrilling day on the Bhujdhar run, we return to our cozy guesthouse in Setan. The warm and welcoming atmosphere provides the perfect setting to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

As evening descends upon the valley, indulge in a hearty meal prepared with local ingredients, savouring the flavours of the region. The tranquility of Setan envelops us, offering a peaceful retreat from the outside world.

Tomorrow holds new slopes, fresh powder, and the promise of more unforgettable experiences. Embrace the spirit of adventure as we continue our exploration of this captivating region, where each run brings us closer to the heart of ski touring in India.

DAY 06
Setan Duration: 8 hours

Today, we find ourselves once again in the enchanting snow-covered slopes of Setan. The soft, untouched snow beckons us to carve our way through its pristine expanse. As we make our way to the top of Setan Dome, we navigate through the breathtaking old growth cedar forests and traverse the expansive alpine meadows, all in pursuit of an unforgettable ski experience.

Setan boasts incredible north-facing slopes that offer a wealth of pristine snow conditions. The area is known for its abundant powder, which often remains untouched for days after a snowfall. It’s a skier’s paradise, offering the perfect canvas for exhilarating descents and unforgettable turns.

Our journey takes us through a winter wonderland of towering cedars, their branches laden with snow, creating a magical atmosphere. The silence of the forest is broken only by the sound of our skis gliding through the powder. Each stride carries us closer to the summit, where panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks await.

Reaching the top, we pause to catch our breath and take in the breathtaking views that stretch out before us. The snow-covered mountains, bathed in golden sunlight, create a spectacle that words can scarcely capture. It’s a moment of awe and appreciation, a reminder of the extraordinary beauty of nature and our place within it.

With anticipation in the air, we prepare ourselves for the exhilarating descent that lies ahead. As we push off and let gravity guide us, the pure joy of skiing takes hold. We carve our way down, each turn a testament to our skill and passion for the sport.

The crisp mountain air fills our lungs, invigorating us with every breath. The memories we have created will forever be etched in our hearts, a reminder of the indescribable joy of ski touring in this remarkable corner of India.

As we settle in for the evening, we are filled with a profound sense of gratitude for the privilege of experiencing the magic of ski touring in the Hampta Valley.

DAY 07
Setan - Manali Duration: Drive 1 hours

As our unforgettable ski touring adventure in the breathtaking Hampta Valley comes to a close, we bid farewell to the charming village of Setan. With hearts full of cherished memories and a sense of fulfillment, we embark on our journey back to the bustling town of Manali.

The beauty of the Hampta Valley will remain etched in our hearts, a reminder of the majesty and grandeur of the Himalayas. As our adventure draws to a close, we take a moment to express our appreciation for the incredible landscapes that India offers to ski enthusiasts. The Kullu Valley and its surroundings truly are a skier’s paradise, with their vast descents and awe-inspiring vertical drops. It is a place where skiers, telemarkers, and snowboarders can find their own personal heaven, as they embrace the thrill of hiking for their turns.

We, at Above14000ft, are honoured to have shared this extraordinary ski touring experience with you. With our expertise and passion for the mountains, we strive to provide unforgettable adventures that showcase the beauty and exhilaration of ski touring in India.

As we bid you farewell, we extend our warmest wishes for your future adventures. May the memories we have created together inspire you to explore new heights, embrace new challenges, and continue to chase the thrill of the mountains.

Thank you for choosing Above14000ft as your guide to the wonders of ski touring in India. Until we meet again, may your journeys be filled with joy, wonder, and endless opportunities for exhilarating turns on the slopes.

Safe travels, and may the mountains always call you back.

Trip Ends!

Inclusions
  • Hotels/homestays on twin occupancy.
  • Nutritious, high-calorie food will be served as per the itinerary.
  • Transport as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Ski guide for the duration of the trip..
  • All Staff Insurance.
  • All applicable permits.
Exclusions
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any guest insurance.
  • Any evacuations expenses.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Your personal, technical and safety ski and mountaineering gear. It’s best you get your own ski equipment as it will not be possible to rent any gear locally.
  • Mountaineering gear, if any is needed can be easily got from our well-stocked gear store in Manali.
  • Transport to and from Manali at the beginning and end of the trip.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
Things You Need To Get

Ski Gear:

– Skis / Split boards
– Climbing Skins
– Some spare Wax
– Ski Boots or Snow boarding boots
– Ski Poles
– Ski Crampons

Clothing:

– Good quality waterproof ski jacket.
– Ski trousers.
– Down Jacket.
– Fleece jacket.
– Beanie – warm
– Sun hat
– Warm ski gloves – (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.
– Mid-weight fleece top.
– Long sleeved shirt.
– Travel and camp trousers.
– 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)
– Normal clothing for around town.
– Long sleeved thermal top.
– Thermal long johns.
– 2-3 pairs underwear
– 2-3 pairs of standard socks
– 1 -2 pairs warm sock

Footwear:

You will need shoes for around camp and the same you could use when in town.

Pack:

– Main bag – soft shell duffle bag for all your gear.
– Ski Pack (whatever you are normally used to) – You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.

Accessories:

– Personal Avalanche Beacons. (You can also rent them from us if you need)
– Dark ski glasses/ googles (the sun is quite strong),
– Camera
– A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),
– travel insurance policy
– Toiletries – Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper
– Repair Kit (needle and thread).
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.
– Plastic Packing covers.

Overview
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CR Spooner, renowned author of “Ski Touring in India’s Kullu Valley,” aptly describes the Kullu Valley and its surroundings as a paradise for skiers, telemarkers, and snowboarders who are willing to hike for their turns. With descents of 6000m and vertical drops exceeding 3000m, this region offers an unparalleled skiing experience. At Above14000ft, we wholeheartedly agree with Spooner’s sentiment. With over 30 years of experience as mountain guides, we have explored not only the Kullu Valley but also the vast expanse of the Western Himalayas on skis. Our deep knowledge of the area and our passion for skiing has led us to establish our base in Manali, a renowned skiing destination during the winter season. We enjoy sharing the best trails and experiences with our guests.

Ski Tours in India:

Above14000ft offers a range of ski tours in India, ranging from 5 to 16 days. We also provide ski mountaineering tours to peaks in the altitude range of 5500m to 7000m, as well as ski traverses across the Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, Zanskar, and Trans Himalayan ranges. Our itineraries are thoughtfully designed to offer an unforgettable skiing experience amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

Trip Details:

Most of our ski tours in India are currently developed around Manali, a picturesque town that serves as a gateway to the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Manali, guests undergo a comprehensive safety briefing and packing session before embarking on the trail. Throughout the trip, our guests are supported by experienced porters and a skilled cook who carry all the necessary equipment and rations. The routes and areas we explore are determined by weather conditions and snow quality, ensuring that each journey is unique. With over 50 glaciers and more than 500 peaks in Himachal, we have a vast playground for skiing enthusiasts.

Popular Ski Tours in India:

Among our most sought-after backcountry ski tours in India are our 5-15 day expeditions in Himachal Pradesh. These tours offer incredible experiences in destinations such as:

Pathalsu Peak and Hampta Valley:
A short week-long trip that provides an introductory big mountain experience like no other. Starting in Solang Nala, we ski down alpine slopes accessible with a gondola. Throughout the week, we venture into the old-growth forests of Patalsu and onward to the deep powder bowls of Setan. Both Patalsu and Setan are complete backcountry areas accessible only by ski touring. This trip promises a complete Himalayan backcountry experience without camping, ensuring that you get the best of all worlds.

Deo Tibba and Indrasan area in the Kullu Valley:
A thrilling expedition that takes you to the heart of the Kullu Valley, where you can explore the magnificent peaks of Deo Tibba and Indrasan. Ski amidst pristine surroundings and soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of the region.
Friendship Peak and Beas Kund Glacier: Embark on an exciting journey to the Friendship Peak and traverse the stunning Beas Kund Glacier. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the high-altitude landscape and conquer the challenges of the backcountry.

 

Lahaul – Chandra Valley:
Explore the captivating Lahaul-Chandra Valley, known for its pristine beauty and untouched landscapes. Ski through enchanting valleys and witness the majesty of snow-covered peaks.

 

Tosh Valley:
Discover the hidden gem of Tosh Valley as you navigate through its remote and picturesque trails. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this lesser-known skiing paradise.
Malana Valley: Venture into the mystical Malana Valley, famous for its rich culture and untouched wilderness. Ski through ancient villages and explore the wonders of this unique region.

 

Spiti Valley:
Experience the raw beauty of Spiti Valley as you ski across its vast expanse. Marvel at the rugged landscapes and immerse yourself in the spirituality of this remote Himalayan region.

Ski Mountaineering Tours:

For those seeking a greater challenge, our ski mountaineering tours allow guests to climb and ski up to 2000m (6560ft) of vertical feet in a day. With strong skiers accomplishing a total of 40,000 to 46,000 vertical feet in a week, these tours offer a thrilling and rewarding adventure for experienced ski mountaineers.

 

Season and Group Size:
Our ski tours in India are available from mid-February to mid-April, providing optimal snow conditions for an exceptional skiing experience. We keep our group sizes small, typically ranging from 1 to 5 guests, ensuring personalised attention and an intimate group dynamic.

 

Ability Levels:
Given the challenging nature of the ski terrain, we require our guests to meet a minimum level of fitness and skiing ability. It is essential to be physically healthy and in excellent physical shape. The ability to climb a minimum of 3280 vertical feet/1000 vertical meters is necessary, as some tours may involve significant ascents. Additionally, guests should be capable of linking a minimum of 30 short-radius turns in deep snow conditions while carrying a pack weighing 8-10 kilograms. Good control of skis in difficult situations is also important. Please note that ski touring in India often involve living and camping in harsh backcountry winter environments, with temperatures dropping to -10 degrees Celsius, especially in February and March at higher altitudes.

 

Embrace the Wilderness:
All our ski touring in India will take you into remote wilderness areas and glaciated terrains, offering a true adventure in nature’s lap. It is crucial to be comfortable living outdoors with limited comforts, as you will be residing in tents on snow, encountering cold, harsh, and wet conditions.

 

In conclusion, Above14000ft invites you to embark on an unforgettable ski touring adventure in India’s Pathalsu Peak and Hampta Valley, along with other captivating destinations. As experienced mountain guides with a passion for skiing, we are dedicated to providing you with the best possible skiing experiences in the Western Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the region, conquer the slopes, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Join us for an extraordinary skiing journey that combines adventure, camaraderie, and the natural wonders of the Indian Himalayas.

Itinerary
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DAY 01
Manali Duration: Drive 40 mins

Upon your arrival in Manali, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of the Western Himalayas, you will be greeted by the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. From here, we will transfer you to Solang Nulla, a winter wonderland that serves as our base for the ski touring adventure that awaits.

After settling in and getting acquainted with your fellow skiing enthusiasts, we will waste no time in hitting the slopes. The afternoon and evening will be dedicated to exploring the thrilling terrain and experiencing the sheer joy of gliding through the snow on your skis. Whether you are a seasoned skier or a beginner eager to learn, Solang Nulla offers a range of small ski runs suitable for all skill levels.

As the sun sets, we will retreat to a cozy hotel, where you can relax and unwind after an exhilarating day on the slopes. Take in the stunning mountain views, savour a warm meal, and recharge for the adventures that lie ahead.

Overnight, you can rest easy knowing that you are in the heart of one of the most enchanting skiing destinations in India. Tomorrow, we will continue our journey, exploring new slopes, pushing our boundaries, and immersing ourselves in the thrill of ski touring in the captivating Pathalsu Peak and Hampta Valley.

DAY 02
Solang Duration: 3-4 hours

Today, we will embark on a series of exhilarating ski runs at Solang Nulla and Phatru, allowing us to familiarize ourselves with the area and the current snow conditions. These initial runs will serve as a warm-up, helping us find our rhythm and build confidence on the slopes.

As we glide down the slopes, surrounded by pristine snow and breathtaking mountain vistas, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the sheer joy of skiing in this picturesque setting. Whether you are honing your technique or simply reveling in the thrill of the sport, these runs will set the stage for an incredible ski touring experience.

After an exciting day on the slopes, we will retreat to a comfortable hotel where you can relax and unwind. Reflect on the exhilarating runs, swap stories with fellow skiers, and relish in the anticipation of what tomorrow’s adventures will bring.

Rest assured that your comfort and enjoyment are our top priorities. Our team of experienced guides will ensure that you have everything you need for a memorable stay, including comfortable accommodation and delicious meals. Recharge your energy and get ready for more incredible ski touring in the days to come.

DAY 03
Solang - Patalsu -Solang Duration: 8-10 hours

Today, we have an exciting adventure planned as we make our way up to Patalsu Peak, standing at an impressive elevation of 4280 meters. To make the most of the day, we will start early, ensuring ample time to reach the peak and enjoy the exhilarating ski descent down its awe-inspiring north-west slopes.

As we ascend, the stunning landscape unfolds before us, revealing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The crisp mountain air and the crunch of snow beneath our skis create a sense of tranquility and anticipation for the thrilling descent that lies ahead.

With packed lunches in tow, we will take regular breaks to rest, refuel, and soak in the magnificent vistas. The journey to the peak will challenge us physically, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

The north-west slopes of Patalsu Peak offer an exhilarating descent, where we can carve our tracks in the fresh powder snow, savouring the freedom and adrenaline that comes with each turn. The stunning surroundings provide a picturesque backdrop as we make our way down.

By the evening, we will ski our way back to our hotel, where comfort and relaxation await. Reflect on the day’s triumphs and challenges, share stories with fellow adventurers, and bask in the satisfaction of being atop Patalsu Peak. Rest assured that our team will ensure your comfort and well-being throughout the journey, providing a seamless experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of ski touring in India.

Tomorrow holds more excitement and exploration as we continue our ski tour in the captivating landscapes of the Hampta Valley. Prepare for another day of unforgettable skiing, breathtaking vistas, and cherished moments in the heart of the Himalayas.

DAY 04
Solang - Setan Duration: 5 hours

Today, we bid farewell to Solang and embark on a picturesque drive to the charming village of Setan, nestled in the captivating Hampta Valley. The journey covers a distance of approximately 30 kilometers, and we can expect it to take around 1 to 2 hours, allowing us to soak in the breathtaking views along the way.

As we traverse the winding mountain roads, the ever-changing landscape unfolds before our eyes, revealing the natural wonders of the Himalayas. Majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush green valleys create a stunning backdrop for our journey, immersing us in the beauty of the region.

Upon reaching Setan, we will check into a comfortable and welcoming guesthouse, where warm hospitality awaits us. Take a moment to relax, unwind, and soak in the tranquil ambiance of this quaint mountain village. The guesthouse provides a cozy retreat, offering a peaceful haven amidst the pristine surroundings.

With our spirits rejuvenated, we will venture out for a ski run known as the Setan Top run. This descent allows us to experience some pristine snow, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Hampta Valley.

As the day comes to a close, we will return to the guesthouse, where comfort and relaxation await. Enjoy the cozy ambiance, savor a delicious meal prepared with local flavors, and unwind in the company of fellow adventurers. Reflect on the day’s adventures, share stories, and embrace the peacefulness of the mountain surroundings.

Tomorrow holds more excitement as we continue our exploration of the Hampta Valley, uncovering new slopes, and immersing ourselves in the wonders of ski touring in India.

DAY 05
Setan Duration: 8 hours

Today, we rise with the sun and embark on an early adventure to explore the legendary Bhujdhar run. Setan, with its remarkable north-facing slopes, is renowned for its pristine powder, which remains untouched for days after a snowfall. This promises an unparalleled skiing experience that will leave you exhilarated and craving for more.

As we make our way to the starting point of the Bhujdhar run, anticipation builds. The crisp mountain air fills our lungs, and the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks create a sense of awe and wonder. The untouched powder glistens in the morning light, beckoning us to carve our tracks and create our own path down the mountain.

The Bhujdhar run presents a perfect blend of challenge and enjoyment, allowing both intermediate and advanced skiers to revel in its beauty.

As we descend through this winter wonderland, the camaraderie among our fellow skiers grows stronger.  Together, we carve our way down the slopes, leaving behind a trail of unforgettable memories.

After a thrilling day on the Bhujdhar run, we return to our cozy guesthouse in Setan. The warm and welcoming atmosphere provides the perfect setting to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

As evening descends upon the valley, indulge in a hearty meal prepared with local ingredients, savouring the flavours of the region. The tranquility of Setan envelops us, offering a peaceful retreat from the outside world.

Tomorrow holds new slopes, fresh powder, and the promise of more unforgettable experiences. Embrace the spirit of adventure as we continue our exploration of this captivating region, where each run brings us closer to the heart of ski touring in India.

DAY 06
Setan Duration: 8 hours

Today, we find ourselves once again in the enchanting snow-covered slopes of Setan. The soft, untouched snow beckons us to carve our way through its pristine expanse. As we make our way to the top of Setan Dome, we navigate through the breathtaking old growth cedar forests and traverse the expansive alpine meadows, all in pursuit of an unforgettable ski experience.

Setan boasts incredible north-facing slopes that offer a wealth of pristine snow conditions. The area is known for its abundant powder, which often remains untouched for days after a snowfall. It’s a skier’s paradise, offering the perfect canvas for exhilarating descents and unforgettable turns.

Our journey takes us through a winter wonderland of towering cedars, their branches laden with snow, creating a magical atmosphere. The silence of the forest is broken only by the sound of our skis gliding through the powder. Each stride carries us closer to the summit, where panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks await.

Reaching the top, we pause to catch our breath and take in the breathtaking views that stretch out before us. The snow-covered mountains, bathed in golden sunlight, create a spectacle that words can scarcely capture. It’s a moment of awe and appreciation, a reminder of the extraordinary beauty of nature and our place within it.

With anticipation in the air, we prepare ourselves for the exhilarating descent that lies ahead. As we push off and let gravity guide us, the pure joy of skiing takes hold. We carve our way down, each turn a testament to our skill and passion for the sport.

The crisp mountain air fills our lungs, invigorating us with every breath. The memories we have created will forever be etched in our hearts, a reminder of the indescribable joy of ski touring in this remarkable corner of India.

As we settle in for the evening, we are filled with a profound sense of gratitude for the privilege of experiencing the magic of ski touring in the Hampta Valley.

DAY 07
Setan - Manali Duration: Drive 1 hours

As our unforgettable ski touring adventure in the breathtaking Hampta Valley comes to a close, we bid farewell to the charming village of Setan. With hearts full of cherished memories and a sense of fulfillment, we embark on our journey back to the bustling town of Manali.

The beauty of the Hampta Valley will remain etched in our hearts, a reminder of the majesty and grandeur of the Himalayas. As our adventure draws to a close, we take a moment to express our appreciation for the incredible landscapes that India offers to ski enthusiasts. The Kullu Valley and its surroundings truly are a skier’s paradise, with their vast descents and awe-inspiring vertical drops. It is a place where skiers, telemarkers, and snowboarders can find their own personal heaven, as they embrace the thrill of hiking for their turns.

We, at Above14000ft, are honoured to have shared this extraordinary ski touring experience with you. With our expertise and passion for the mountains, we strive to provide unforgettable adventures that showcase the beauty and exhilaration of ski touring in India.

As we bid you farewell, we extend our warmest wishes for your future adventures. May the memories we have created together inspire you to explore new heights, embrace new challenges, and continue to chase the thrill of the mountains.

Thank you for choosing Above14000ft as your guide to the wonders of ski touring in India. Until we meet again, may your journeys be filled with joy, wonder, and endless opportunities for exhilarating turns on the slopes.

Safe travels, and may the mountains always call you back.

Trip Ends!

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions
  • Hotels/homestays on twin occupancy.
  • Nutritious, high-calorie food will be served as per the itinerary.
  • Transport as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Ski guide for the duration of the trip..
  • All Staff Insurance.
  • All applicable permits.
Exclusions
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any guest insurance.
  • Any evacuations expenses.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Your personal, technical and safety ski and mountaineering gear. It’s best you get your own ski equipment as it will not be possible to rent any gear locally.
  • Mountaineering gear, if any is needed can be easily got from our well-stocked gear store in Manali.
  • Transport to and from Manali at the beginning and end of the trip.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
Things You Need To Get
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Ski Gear:

– Skis / Split boards
– Climbing Skins
– Some spare Wax
– Ski Boots or Snow boarding boots
– Ski Poles
– Ski Crampons

Clothing:

– Good quality waterproof ski jacket.
– Ski trousers.
– Down Jacket.
– Fleece jacket.
– Beanie – warm
– Sun hat
– Warm ski gloves – (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.
– Mid-weight fleece top.
– Long sleeved shirt.
– Travel and camp trousers.
– 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)
– Normal clothing for around town.
– Long sleeved thermal top.
– Thermal long johns.
– 2-3 pairs underwear
– 2-3 pairs of standard socks
– 1 -2 pairs warm sock

Footwear:

You will need shoes for around camp and the same you could use when in town.

Pack:

– Main bag – soft shell duffle bag for all your gear.
– Ski Pack (whatever you are normally used to) – You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.

Accessories:

– Personal Avalanche Beacons. (You can also rent them from us if you need)
– Dark ski glasses/ googles (the sun is quite strong),
– Camera
– A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),
– travel insurance policy
– Toiletries – Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper
– Repair Kit (needle and thread).
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.
– Plastic Packing covers.