The Off Road Runs in Manali: Treks and Rallies

Big car wheel is standing on the rocks on mountain backdrop. Altay mountains, Siberia, Russia

A walk to remember-a phrase frequently used for that quintessential experience of romance. But there’s more to walks than just romance. It is a great way to go off the grid for a bit and live a fresh lease of life. A trek in the moderately dense woods in and around Manali leaves you with a sense of accomplishment one doesn’t experience. Here are a few trekking trails near Manali that one must cover in their visits:

The Bara Banghal and Bir Trek

This is one of the few long treks that takes almost two weeks to cover. Starting from Kullu valley and headed towards Dharamshala, this trekking trail is nestled amidst lush greens of the Western Himalayas. It’s a relatively challenging trekking experience as the you go past the Kalihani and Thamsar passes that treat you to a spectacular view of the Pir Panjal, Bara Bhangal and Dhaula Dhar ranges finally culminating in Kangra valley. Bir is a ride away from Kangra and if you seek some crazy surge in adrenaline; you might as well paraglide till there

Elevation: 4878 meters
Best time to visit: June to September.

Jogini Waterfalls Trek

One of the most picturesque hikes from Manali is the day hike to the Jogini Waterfalls which starts from Hidimba Temple and goes on until the end of the Vashisht Village. This beautiful waterfall holds great mythological significance as a sacred place. The Vashisht Village has a temple and hot water springs that relieve you of your exhaustion from the trek. It takes about 3 hours to complete this trek.

Elevation: 3980 m
Best time to visit: April to November

Beas Kund Trek

The Beas Kund trek is a moderately difficult trek towards the origin of the sacred river Beas. The trail covers a panoramic view of high rise mountains and meadows and is considered to be one of the most beautiful treks of the area. It begins with Manali from where you drive to the skiing slopes of the Solang Valley. Then you enter the alpine meadows of Dhundhi and further navigate through Bhoj Patra until you arrive at the Beas Kund.

Elevation: 3690 m
Best time to visit:  April to October

Not just trekking, the Himalayas also dare adventure seekers to step up their courage and try driving on the toughest terrains there are. The Raid De Himalayan rally race happens every year that traces different routes in Himalayas. The 18th edition of this spectacle is being hosted by The Tranquil Inn this October, an event that many await with bated breath.