Top 6 Adventure activities in Kullu Manali
Lying in the lap of Pir Panjal Himalayan ranges, Kullu-Manali is among the famous hill stations in India. Thousands of domestic and international tourists visit the hill station for its natural charm, breathtaking scenery, stunning landscapes, and adventurous activities. October to February months are the best time to enjoy thrilling activities in Kullu-Manali though the climate of these hill stations goes through four-season change all year round.
Kullu-Manali offers numerous adventurous sports activities that make the trip more worth visiting. Tourists can enjoy a wide range of thrilling and adventurous activities like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, snow scooters, paragliding, river rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, road trips, jeep safari, camping, trekking, angling, ziplining.
Here are the top 6 adventurous activities listed below that every adventure Junkie must try to feel the adrenaline rush.
Zorbing has been among the most popular sports for a long time, in which you roll down the hills in a transparent plastic bubble. Zorbing is a great hill sports activity, emerging as a must-try sport in Kullu-Manali. It is a safe as well as adrenaline-pumping adventurous sport. You will experience another level of thrill while rolling down from the hill enjoying views of greenery and mountains. You can be strapped inside the double padded plastic bubble alone either with your guide and friend.
At a distance of 14 KM from Manali, Solang valley is the best place for Zorbing as it is a hotspot of adventurous sports. May to November is the best time for Zorbing in Solang valley.
The guide will ensure your safety all the time during the activity. Age above 12 years and a maximum weight of 100 kg is allowed in this activity.
Paragliding, The sport of flying parachutes is a thrilling and exciting sport in which you will witness panoramic sights in a bird’s eye view during the flying session. Kullu-Manali has emerged as one of the top paragliding destinations in India. So it is a must include activity while planning a Kullu-Manali tour.
In the Paragliding session, You will witness spectacular views of snowy mountain peaks, clear skies, Lush valleys, meadows, rugged terrains, and rivers. You will be mesmerized by 360° views of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges at an altitude of approx 6300 Ft.
A small training session will be provided by professional instructors before the activity. The instructor will provide all the safety equipment and a licensed pilot will take off the flight with you. Kullu-Manali has multiple paragliding sites but Dobhi, Solang valley, Bijli Mahadev, Kangra valley, and Marhi are some iconic paragliding sites.
Enjoy the activity between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The duration of the paragliding session will be approximately 15 minutes.
Age 16-60 years and Weight 20-100 Kg is allowed to enjoy the activity at Kullu-Manali.
3. Snow Trekking
Trekking in snow-covered trails of majestic Himalayas attracts all types of trekkers over the globe. Trekking in the snow is a delight for snow enthusiasts and adventure Junkies. The unparalleled charm of the Himalayas in the winter season will spellbind and fulfill you with inner peace and serenity.
Snow trekking in Manali features both short and long treks. You will witness a wide range of flora and fauna, picturesque landscapes, snow-capped peaks, frozen rivers, and lush meadows on the Trek. It can be a little bit difficult due to snowy slopes and freezing temperatures.
Lamadugh trek, Deo Tibba trek, Beas Kund trek, Lake Bhrigu Trek, Kheerganga trek, Pin Parvati trek, Chandrakhani trek, Jogini Vashisht trek are some popular winter season treks in the Kullu-Manali region.
4. River rafting
River rafting draws a large number of adventure seekers from all over the country in Kullu-Manali. Rafting is a recreational activity that can be easily opted for by newbies or experts.
You can enjoy river rafting from various locations Pirdi, Bajaura, Sharabai, Bhuntar, Shamshi, and Babeli. You will be rafting through various waterways amidst dense forests, gorgeous landscapes, and hilltops.
Instructors will guide you in a training session and during the activity in the Beas river.
They will provide you with safety equipment, life jackets, helmets, and rafts to ensure a safe ride. Kullu-Manali river rafting has three types of variants depending upon distance and duration at a pocket-friendly price.
The activity is suitable for those above ten years old and weight above 20 kg.
You can go river rafting throughout the year but the ideal time to indulge in its glory is April to June and October to March.
The region Kullu and Manali have numerous skiing zones as the region receives a good amount of snowfall every year. Manali offers some great skiing zones including Rohtang pass and Solang valley. At an elevation of 8500 Ft, Solang Valley is considered as the best skiing zone offering an abundance of snow and a huge variety of snow-layered slopes. Solang valley is an ideal place for both beginners and expert skiers on white mountain slopes.
The trained expert will introduce you to techniques of skiing, you will learn basic moves like balancing, turning, and downhill skiing on the snow.
You can experience the thrill of skiing at Solang valley between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. December and January are ideal months for skiing as heavy snowfall covers the area with its milky shade.
Mountaineering is a risky and challenging adventurous activity. Kullu and Manali have ample thrilling opportunities for this daring activity. For this activity, you need training, discipline, and adaptability to survive at low oxygen altitude. You can also enroll in short-term training courses for appropriate training. A mountain guide will join you with a lot of safety gear to ensure a secure trip.
Beas Kund region, the lower ridges of Hanuman Tibba and Deo Tibba, Chandratal and Malana glacier, Pin Parvati, Patalsu peak, Kanamo peak, Dhauladhar ranges, Reo Purgyil, and Rangrik Rang are some prominent peaks for mountaineering. The average duration of the mountaineering trip will be 4 days to a week.
The best time to go mountaineering in the Kullu-Manali region is March to June in a pleasant climate.