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Traveller Tales from Manali
30 November 2015
Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really difficult at some time but the feel of it was really good. so positivity and cycling through high passes and snow clad peaks was really good. even the camping was good. after a long day of cycling they served us really good food everyday . The group leaders were also very helpful and were able to handle the fairly large group with utmost ease.
10 March 2015
Rougher dirt tracks needs to be covered. Along with this we also made some very tough climbs. The descents were gut-wrenching yet interesting. If you think that it is very stressful, the distance we covered were somewhat less. It almost ranged from 40 to 80 km on an average. However, the traversing altitudes were over 4000 m. To be honest, if you are not an avid cycler, this can be really tedious and dangerous too. Also, with the altitude and weather conditions, I felt quite dizzy and easily dehydrated. If you are planning to do this, make sure to have great physical fitness. That all being said, this trip was fruitful.
30 November 2016
Beauty can't be described in words but pictures do very well.
17 June 2015
Loved the entire experience. Thanks to my buddies who planned for this trip. The drive from Manali to Beas Kund will take your breath away. The snow clad mountains look so near. The temperatures are extremely low up there so make sure you are covered well. The trekking was really beautiful after the whole jurney. camping in the cold and in between the mountains was really exciting. the tour experts also organised various activities for us at the campsite. bhirgu lake was also really beautiful, although very small but the location was breath taking
29 December 2015
The himachal pradesh is very beautiful place. our trek to Bhirgu lake was indeed very beautiful. the green landscapes and snow made it really exciting and motivating. trekking was awesome. we were a group of 6 and we enjoyed alot in the complete tour.
04 October 2017
"love this place"
12 August 2017
Two of the most beautiful lakes in North India are the Beas Kund and Bhrigu Lake. Both of them are located in the middle of cherish-able location. I am a solo traveler and I have been visiting many places in North India continuously for last five years. Some places I have visited more than 3 times in these five years. But Bhrigu Lake and Beas Kund Lake were missed until last January when the climate was adverse to do trekking or a visit to the many places in North India. The lakes were also filled with snow. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. But sad about the fact that I could not enjoy the real beauty of these lakes when water is blue and the surrounding is green, completely. I went till the base point by my bike and then I met some group from Mumbai doing trekking and they were camping there. I asked them about the routes and all and they were also yet to start trekking. So I though I just join them while trekking and stay will be arranged myself somewhere near. Anyway I had my bike with me. Hence I was not worried about the stay. Also there was a chance to get tents at the base. The steep climbs were actually challenging me and I was eagerly waiting for the whole night on my arrival day to conquer those climbs at a fast pace. It was my nineteenth trekking trip to the Himalayas. It was equally challenging as some other treks I have done in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. I reached till 14000 feet height and from the top, the whole region looked so glamorous. Honestly. It was the most scenic location in Himachal Pradesh. Both the lakes have special features. But the ice sheets on them did not let me enjoy its real beauty well. May be the next time, I will be able to go there during the time both of them are in their real colours. But guys, try this trekking trip. You will be amused.
12 August 2017
It was my wife’s wish to visit some place in the Himalayas. Many places came to our mind. One day I found this tour on Thrillophilia and I contacted them. I called them during December or January this year and they said that it was not season and wait for two three months and book later. Thus I waited and booked the tour in July. We went to join a small group from Manali. As people say, Manali itself is so beautiful. Then I was thinking about Hampta Pass and other places. How beautiful would they be? My wife was also so happy to see the places. We trekked through the beautiful regions, visited some landmarks and buildings and also a local house. The tea from the house was awesome. I have never tasted such a tea from anywhere. Eventually, we reach the Hampta Pass and Shea Goru. Both were so beautiful and from the high altitude, it is a different feeling to see the nearby places and the Himalayas were standing tall with their heads high. Snow fall was not there hence that sight we just imagined in our mind. The locals were friendly and offered us some local dishes and snacks. The guides were from Kashmir and north regions and they were helping us throughout. The only problem I felt was about food. Roti, vegetable curry, Maggi, bread etc were the items and they were not providing enough energy to us to climb the steep trails. Other than that, there was not much difficulties we found during the tour. I think, everyone can try this trekking if you are an adventure lover.
12 August 2017
Hampta Pass trek in 2016 was the second time adventure for me. Before, in 2014 I went there with my colleagues. But this time I and my husband went together and it was the first trek after our wedding. We enjoyed it. My husband’s friend suggested a tour provider and we got the package for an offer. Thus it was a budgeted trip for us. We packed everything they asked us to pack and extra blankets and bed sheets were also taken. There was another family of five with us during this trip. Hence we travelled in a tempo traveler from Delhi to Manali and from there to the starting point of the trek. We were well prepared to climb the steep and curves till Hampta Pass since we have waited for the trek for many months. When it happened, we did not want to lose the pleasure of trekking by being unfit. To be frank, we had the best time at Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal Lake. Firstly we did not have the plan to go to Chandra Tal since the guide told the permission to the lake is very difficult to be arranged. But since there were a lot of tourists waiting to go there, we also got permission. We camped near the lake in tents. That was the only camping location during the trip. At all the other places, we took homestay or lodges at cheaper rates. The driver and the guide came with us were good people and really helping. Usually, the entrance tickets and all should be done by us but here, they only booked everything and we did not feel any difficulty during the whole trip.
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