Camping in Manali

Camping in Manali

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Camping in Manali Overview

Camping in Manali, which is a backpacker’s paradise tucked within the foothills of the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh, is an exciting adventure. Manali is flanked by the mighty ranges of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar, with the River Beas running through. It is the gateway into Ladakh and Spiti via the Rohtang Pass, and home to many adventure sports, which make it a perfect getaway for thrill-seekers.

Manali is surrounded by lush forests of oak and pine that double up as serene campsites where you can spend some days amidst the scented nature. There are also many campsites along the banks of the Baes River where you can go for fun riverside camping in Manali.

While camping in Manali, you can either head out on the many treks that take you deeper into the Himalayas, or you can go rafting on the white waters of the Beas River. If you want, you may even head to Bir Billing for a thrilling session of paragliding, or to Solang for some skiing fun.

And if you are not into high-level adventures like those, then you can just go camping in Manali and engage in some on-site adventures like rappelling, ziplining, etc. And in the evening, you can head to the quaint villages around Manali or you can indulge in some delicious food at the many Isreali cafes and bakeries in the town.

All of this, along with the easy accessibility to the remote Himalayas, exciting adventures like trekking or rafting, the quaint villages and alleys lined with cafes, make this little town the perfect adventure destination in India where you can escape to get away from the noise of the city.

Here are some of the best adventure activities in Manali that you can do with camping:

Adventures in Manali: Rafting in Manali

Rafting is one of the best one-day activities that you can do with your camping trip in Manali. Here, you get to go rafting on the Beas River on a 14 km stretch, battling rapids of Grade II and Grade III - all under the watchful eyes of an experienced rafting instructor. While rafting, you get to explore the lush landscape of the Kullu Valley from a unique perspective

There are many rafting plus camping packages in Manali that you can book. These packages include accommodation in tents or cottages along with one rafting session on the Beas River under the supervision of an experienced rafting instructor.

Adventures in Manali: Trekking in Manali/a>

Manali is also the starting point of some of the top treks in India. These treks immerse you into the verdant landscape of the Kullu Valley and take you into the upper reaches of the Himalayas. On these treks, you get to cover forested trails and sprawling meadows, cross high altitude passes and visit alpine lakes. And all of this with the constant backdrop of the Himalayan peaks!

Here are some of the top treks in Manali:

Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek>

This is one of the most scenic treks in Himachal Pradesh that begins in the lush valleys of Kullu and takes you across the Hampta Pass into the arid landscape of Spiti. The trek ends at the enchanting Chandratal Lake in Spiti.

Bhrigu Lake trek

This splendid trek takes you Bhrigu Lake, a high-altitude glacial lake located in the Upper Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. This is an easy trek where you ascend to 14,000 feet while treating you to the magnificent views of the Pir Panjal Range and the peaks of Seven Sisters, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba.

Pin Parvati Pass trek

One of the most challenging treks in India, this trek leads you to the high altitude Pin Parvati Pass that connects the lush Parvati Valley in Kullu to the Pin Valley in Spiti. Giving you a complete change in the landscape, this trail is ravishing, taking you to an altitude of 17,000 feet.

Adventures in Manali: Paragliding in Manali

Paragliding is one of the most thrilling single-day activities you can do in Manali. These paragliding flights happen at Bir Billing, near Manali where you get to soar through the blue skies while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges. You see the towering peaks all around you along with the lush landscape dotted by quaint villages, lakes and serene rivers.

Camping‌ in Manali Summary

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Total days: 2 days
  • Grade: Easy
  • Accommodation options: Alpine tents, swiss tents, cottages, etc.
  • Season: Throughout the year

Camping in Manali

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Check-in and enjoy

  • Check-in time: 10:30 hrs
  • Spend a day at leisure, go on nature walks or head to Manali for sightseeing
  • Overnight in swiss tents

Day 2: Enjoy a thrilling rafting session

  • Wake up and head to the rafting start point
  • Rafting distance: 14 km
  • Rafting time: 2 hours
  • Return to the campsite to collect your bags and head back home

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Check-in at the campsite by 10:30 hrs where your tent will be allotted to you. You can then spend the rest of the day either relaxing at the campsite and playing some games, or you can head out on short hikes to explore Manali. In the evening, you can go visit the little cafes and bakeries of Manali. Then, in the late evening, you’ll enjoy a fun bonfire plus BBQ session with your friends and family followed by a hot dinner. You’ll then retire to your swiss tents for the night

Day 2:

Today, you’ll wake up to the gorgeous views of Manali, have breakfast and head to Pirdi, the rafting start point. You’ll meet your instructor there who will brief you about the activity and safety guidelines. You’ll then gear up and begin your thrilling rafting session. Once your rafting session ends, you’ll head back to the campsite, collect your bags and check out. Your Manali camping and rafting trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The camping and rafting in Manali includes accommodation in swiss tents on twin/triple sharing basis with attached washroom, along with a meal package that consists of lunch and dinner on Day 1, and breakfast on Day 2.

The cost also includes one rafting on Beas River session of 14 km along with travel arrangements from the campsite to the start point and back, all rafting equipment and gear, and services of an experienced rafting instructor. Lastly, the package includes all applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

The package cost does not include any kind of travel arrangements from your home city to the campsite and back. The package price does not include any personal costs like extra meals, beverages, etc. or any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, roadblocks, etc. Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions is charged at an additional basis, as used.

Camping in Manali with rafting

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Check-in and enjoy

  • Check-in time: 12:00 hrs
  • Spend the day at leisure, taking nature walks and playing indoor games
  • Enjoy a BBQ and bonfire session in the evening
  • Overnight in swiss tents

Day 2: Check out

  • Wake up to the misty view of the mountains
  • Spend some time relaxing at the campsite
  • Check-out time: 11:00 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Report to the campsite by noon and check-in in your tents. You can then spend the day relaxing at the campsite or you can play some outdoor games too. You can then head out to explore the bustling streets of Manali and visit the quaint cafes there. In the evening, you’ll gather around a bonfire with your friends and family to enjoy a delicious BBQ session before heading to the dining tent for dinner. You’ll then retire in your swiss tents for the night.

Day 2:

Today, you’ll wake up to the gorgeous views of the misty mountains. You can then spend the morning at leisure at the campsite after enjoying a hot breakfast. You will check out of the campsite by 11:00 hrs. The Manali camping trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The Manali camping package includes accommodation in swiss tents on a triple sharing basis along with a meal package that includes dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2. The cost also includes board games and outdoor games like cricket, volleyball, etc. The services of an experienced camping staff are also included. Lastly, all applicable taxes are included in the package as well.

Exclusions:

The package cost does not include any kind of travel arrangements from your home city to the campsite and back. The package price does not include any personal costs like extra meals, beverages, etc. or any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, roadblocks, etc. Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions is charged at an additional basis, as used.

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Best time to go/Weather

You can go camping in Manali throughout the year but the best time to go depends on what you want to experience while camping. The summer season starts in October and ends by June and is the perfect time to go if you want to explore the bustling forests around Manali and want to escape the city heat. This is also a good time to go rafting on the Beas River.

And if you want to see snow and experience the Himalayan winters then you should go from December to February when Manali gets graced by snowfall, blanketing the snow in glittering white. This is also the perfect time if you want to head for the snow treks in Himachal Pradesh that begin in Manali.

Monsoon is also a good season to go if you don’t mind getting soaked, and in this season, you get to experience the flourishing forests of Manali and see the Beas River in full-swell.

Getting there

Manali is one of the best adventure destinations in India, attracting travellers from around the world every year. Due to this popularity, this little town in the Himalayas has grown to have convenient connectivity. There are two ways to reach Manali, one by road and the other by flight.

If you are coming by flight, then you have to book your flight tickets to Bhuntar Airport located 50 km from Manali. The airport is connected to most major cities of India like Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. with regular flights, and to Delhi and Chandigarh with daily flights. From Bhuntar, you can take a bus, shared or private taxi to reach Manali.

Manali is also well connected to the major North Indian cities by road. There are many state and privately run bus services connected the cities to Manali, along with private and shared taxis. And you can even drive your own car since the drive to Manali is scenic and fun.

What to wear

For camping in Manali, you only need to wear basic clothes like a t-shirt and pants. Do carry a hoodie or a jacket for the night. And if you are going camping in Manali in the winter season, then you also need to carry inner thermals and down/fleece jackets.

While going for rafting in Manali, you need to wear basic clothes that are non-restrictive along with sandals.

What to carry

For Manali camping trip, you need to carry a backpack along with an extra pair of clothes, personal essentials and toiletries. Remember to carry sunglasses, a cap, sunscreen, etc.

Preparation/Fitness

Camping in Manali is a low-effort activity that does not require any fitness levels. Anyone can go camping in Manali. Do note that some campsites require you to walk some distance from the parking/road to the tents, so consider that if you have someone in your group who might not be able to cover the distance on foot with ease.

FAQs about the camping in manali

Is camping in Manali safe?

Camping in Manali is very safe and you need not worry about anything while there. The campsite operators use high-quality camping gear and tents that are weatherproof. There is also a first aid kit always present at the campsite.

How is the accommodation like for the Ladakh camping trip?

For camping in Manali, you have many options that you can choose from. You can either book Manali camping packages that offer accommodation in alpine tents or in swiss tents that come with a shared bathroom. There are also some campsites that offer accommodations in cottages or deluxe rooms.

Are sleeping bags provided for camping in Manali?

This depends from campsite to campsite. But mostly, the budget campsites might not offer sleeping bags or mattresses for the night. It is recommended that you read the inclusions section of the Manali camping package you’re booking to know more about the accommodation and in-tent amenities

Do campsites provide pick-up and drop-off?

No, usually campsites do not provide any kind of travel arrangements from your home city/airport to the campsite and back.

Is there electricity available in tents?

The availability of electricity varies from campsite to campsite. Some campsites provide in-tent electricity with sockets and some budget campsites do not. Additionally, some remote campsites also have no electrical amenities. It is recommended that you check the inclusions section of the trip you are booking to know more about the in-tent amenities.

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