Snowshoeing India

Trip Type: Snowshoeing
Region: Himachal Pradesh - Manali
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 5-8 Days
Max Altitude: 4000
Best Season: Jan - Apr
Trip Begins: Manali / Ends: Manali
Trip Cost

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

If you love to get out and about in snow-laden landscapes but aren’t into skiing or snowboarding, why not give snowshoeing a go? It’s very easy to do – if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Strapping a pair of snowshoes to your regular walking boots, it becomes possible to traverse even the deepest snow fields. The snowshoes spread your weight so that instead of sinking, you stay on top meaning that the snowy world is suddenly your oyster.

With this new-found freedom, you can trek to places which are off-limits to most skiers and leave the ski-slope crowds far behind. All you will be able to hear is the crunch of your snowshoes connecting with the snow, leaving you to enjoy forests, mountain slopes and valleys in peace and quiet.

What is Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is simply walking / trekking in the snow. The people of snowy countries the world over have been using snowshoes for centuries to ease their progress on foot, and the ones we use are modern descendants of those original pieces of equipment. Wearing snowshoes makes the walking easier by stopping us sinking in soft snow, and giving us grip if the snow is hard or icy. The snowshoes adjust to almost any boot size, and are very easy to walk in. After a quick fitting, most people are comfortable on their snowshoes and ready to enjoy their day in around 10 minutes.

How hard is Snowshoeing

Like trekking, snowshoeing tours can be designed as easy or challenging as you wish. Small group sizes and a flexible approach ensure we can accommodate everyone’s needs and abilities. I like to find out what these are when you drop us a line, with consideration of weather and snow conditions, I can help you plan perfect itinerary for you.

One of the beauties of snowshoeing is that it is non-technical; that is to say that unlike skiing for example, almost anyone can do it without technical instruction, natural aptitude or time spent practicing, and yet it gives us access to landscapes that go way beyond the limits of the piste skier.

What sort of people go Snowshoeing?

People of all ages and abilities enjoy snowshoeing, and since we only do small groups we can adjust distance, pace and terrain according to your desires. Wandering the spectacular mountain environment surrounding the Kullu valley and Manali, usually well away from the bustle of the main ski areas, amazes those with a love of open spaces, fresh air and the natural world. Snowshoeing is ideal for people who love treks and mountains walks, non-skiers, or those seeking variety, adventure, or peace and tranquility during their winter holiday.

The town of Manali in the Kullu valley is a great snowshoeing venue, offering everything from mellow forest trails between picture postcard villages to awesome high mountain wilderness. My approach is to understand your experience level, interests and aspirations, and use my knowledge of the areas, weather and snow conditions to tailor the right trip plan for you.

When to go Snowshoeing?

The season for snowshoeing roughly mirrors the skiing season. Generally we expect good conditions from start February to end April. Mid-winter normally has the most reliable snow conditions, but of course it is cold.

Our Hampta Valley Snowshoeing tour

Hampta Pass in the summer is one of the most delightful treks in the Manali region, affording views of lush green valleys, towering snow-clad mountains and barren hills with surrealistic forms and shapes.

The same valleys make for an excellent winter snowshoeing. It’s an excellent option for the trekker who is fit and looking for a winter challenge. The trek proceeds through evergreen forests of walnut, oak, and the occasional alder. Once atop the Hampta Pass (4270m), another spectacular panorama of peaks appear.

Itinerary
DAY 01
Manali - Setan (2700m) Duration: Drive 1 hour

Arrive in Manali in the morning. We will pick you up at the bus stop and drive up to Setan village today. Once you settle into your guest house we will take a short hike with our snowshoes to get acclimatised.

DAY 02
Setan - SnowDome top (4000) and Back.. Duration: 5-8 hours

Today we will explore the most popular ski run trail. It is a beautiful trail through some pristine forests for the first part. Once you get above the tree line we are also granted with some awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight at Hotel in Setan.

DAY 03
Setan - Solang Duration: Drive 1.5 hours, trek 2-3 hours

Today we will shift to a new area which is the popular ski resort of Manali – Solang Nulla. after we reach there and settle in we will do a short walk up to Phatru. You have the option of taking a paraglider back down.

DAY 04
Solang - Pathalsu Peak (4280m) back to Solang Duration: 8-10 hours

Today we will do a long hike up the Pathalsu Peak. the walk goes through the village of Solang and through some mixed forests. once we get above the treeline we are greeted with amazing views of the surrounding peaks of Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba and Indrasan. We return back to Solang in the evening.

DAY 05
In solang and depart from Manali by afternoon Duration: Drive 40 minutes

We have a chilled morning and later in the day we will drop you off to Manali from where you can take the bus back to Delhi.

Inclusions
  • Guest house/Hotel accommodation for all nights
  • Nutritious, high calorie food will be served.
  • Guide for the whole duration of your trip
  • All Transport when in Manali.
  • Snow Rackets and hiking sticks for the walk.
  • All forest permits
Exclusions
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend to purchase suitable insurance cover.
Things You Need To Get

Clothing:

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

Footwear:

– Trekking shoes
– Shoes for around hotel and the same you could use when in town.

Pack:

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

Accessories:

– Dark glasses/ googles (the sun is quite strong),
– Camera
– Toiletries – Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.
– Plastic Packing covers.
– Prescribed Medication if any.

Documents:

– A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),
– Travel insurance policy

Overview
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If you love to get out and about in snow-laden landscapes but aren’t into skiing or snowboarding, why not give snowshoeing a go? It’s very easy to do – if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Strapping a pair of snowshoes to your regular walking boots, it becomes possible to traverse even the deepest snow fields. The snowshoes spread your weight so that instead of sinking, you stay on top meaning that the snowy world is suddenly your oyster.

With this new-found freedom, you can trek to places which are off-limits to most skiers and leave the ski-slope crowds far behind. All you will be able to hear is the crunch of your snowshoes connecting with the snow, leaving you to enjoy forests, mountain slopes and valleys in peace and quiet.

What is Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is simply walking / trekking in the snow. The people of snowy countries the world over have been using snowshoes for centuries to ease their progress on foot, and the ones we use are modern descendants of those original pieces of equipment. Wearing snowshoes makes the walking easier by stopping us sinking in soft snow, and giving us grip if the snow is hard or icy. The snowshoes adjust to almost any boot size, and are very easy to walk in. After a quick fitting, most people are comfortable on their snowshoes and ready to enjoy their day in around 10 minutes.

How hard is Snowshoeing

Like trekking, snowshoeing tours can be designed as easy or challenging as you wish. Small group sizes and a flexible approach ensure we can accommodate everyone’s needs and abilities. I like to find out what these are when you drop us a line, with consideration of weather and snow conditions, I can help you plan perfect itinerary for you.

One of the beauties of snowshoeing is that it is non-technical; that is to say that unlike skiing for example, almost anyone can do it without technical instruction, natural aptitude or time spent practicing, and yet it gives us access to landscapes that go way beyond the limits of the piste skier.

What sort of people go Snowshoeing?

People of all ages and abilities enjoy snowshoeing, and since we only do small groups we can adjust distance, pace and terrain according to your desires. Wandering the spectacular mountain environment surrounding the Kullu valley and Manali, usually well away from the bustle of the main ski areas, amazes those with a love of open spaces, fresh air and the natural world. Snowshoeing is ideal for people who love treks and mountains walks, non-skiers, or those seeking variety, adventure, or peace and tranquility during their winter holiday.

The town of Manali in the Kullu valley is a great snowshoeing venue, offering everything from mellow forest trails between picture postcard villages to awesome high mountain wilderness. My approach is to understand your experience level, interests and aspirations, and use my knowledge of the areas, weather and snow conditions to tailor the right trip plan for you.

When to go Snowshoeing?

The season for snowshoeing roughly mirrors the skiing season. Generally we expect good conditions from start February to end April. Mid-winter normally has the most reliable snow conditions, but of course it is cold.

Our Hampta Valley Snowshoeing tour

Hampta Pass in the summer is one of the most delightful treks in the Manali region, affording views of lush green valleys, towering snow-clad mountains and barren hills with surrealistic forms and shapes.

The same valleys make for an excellent winter snowshoeing. It’s an excellent option for the trekker who is fit and looking for a winter challenge. The trek proceeds through evergreen forests of walnut, oak, and the occasional alder. Once atop the Hampta Pass (4270m), another spectacular panorama of peaks appear.

Itinerary
+-
DAY 01
Manali - Setan (2700m) Duration: Drive 1 hour

Arrive in Manali in the morning. We will pick you up at the bus stop and drive up to Setan village today. Once you settle into your guest house we will take a short hike with our snowshoes to get acclimatised.

DAY 02
Setan - SnowDome top (4000) and Back.. Duration: 5-8 hours

Today we will explore the most popular ski run trail. It is a beautiful trail through some pristine forests for the first part. Once you get above the tree line we are also granted with some awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight at Hotel in Setan.

DAY 03
Setan - Solang Duration: Drive 1.5 hours, trek 2-3 hours

Today we will shift to a new area which is the popular ski resort of Manali – Solang Nulla. after we reach there and settle in we will do a short walk up to Phatru. You have the option of taking a paraglider back down.

DAY 04
Solang - Pathalsu Peak (4280m) back to Solang Duration: 8-10 hours

Today we will do a long hike up the Pathalsu Peak. the walk goes through the village of Solang and through some mixed forests. once we get above the treeline we are greeted with amazing views of the surrounding peaks of Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba and Indrasan. We return back to Solang in the evening.

DAY 05
In solang and depart from Manali by afternoon Duration: Drive 40 minutes

We have a chilled morning and later in the day we will drop you off to Manali from where you can take the bus back to Delhi.

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions
  • Guest house/Hotel accommodation for all nights
  • Nutritious, high calorie food will be served.
  • Guide for the whole duration of your trip
  • All Transport when in Manali.
  • Snow Rackets and hiking sticks for the walk.
  • All forest permits
Exclusions
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend to purchase suitable insurance cover.
Things You Need To Get
+-

Clothing:

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

Footwear:

– Trekking shoes
– Shoes for around hotel and the same you could use when in town.

Pack:

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

Accessories:

– Dark glasses/ googles (the sun is quite strong),
– Camera
– Toiletries – Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.
– Plastic Packing covers.
– Prescribed Medication if any.

Documents:

– A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),
– Travel insurance policy