Solang Valley in December: Guide For A Winter Vacation 2021!
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Things to do in Solang Valley in December

Zorbing, Gondola Or Solang Valley Ropeway, The Winter Skiing Festival, Snow Scooter, Paragliding, Snow Trek, Snowboarding, Camping, Horse Riding.

There is no place more pristine than
Solang Valley in December. Counted amongst the most beautiful valleys in the country, it gets shrouded in a blanket of spotless white and attracts travellers from around the country who love to see the great glacial mountains and massive snowfields.

Chilly winds sweep the entire valley bringing the temperatures down that range between 0-10°C. This is a great time to be here whether you are a solo backpacker, are travelling with friends or even your family.

Besides the peak winters, another great option is to explore
Solang Valley in October. This is when the tourist rush starts to lessen and you have almost the whole place to yourself. It’s a great time to scour through the various local markets to pick up handicrafts, woollens, and local fabrics. Not to mention trying out traditional Himachali and Tibetan cuisine at the local outlets.

Solang Valley in winters is the
go-to destination for those who love the thrill of icy cold winds swishing close to them as they enjoy a range of winter sports. The valley is counted amongst the best destinations in India for paragliding, zorbing, snowboarding, and snow trekking.

Other not-to-be-missed activities including the super-fun gondola ride, night camping, and snowmobiling. In fact, the place is one of the top places for professional skiing and even holds an annual ski festival.
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Average Winter Weather and Temperature In Solang Valley

Due to its geography, Solang Valley in winter is harsh & dry because of frequent snowfalls, accompanying low temperatures and chilly drifts. Winters approach Solang Valley in October till March as one starts seeing cool days and chilly nights, marking the advent of winters with temperatures going as low as 3°C.

The valley experiences the maximum snow in the months of December-February covering the entire region in shrouds of white. The temperatures range between 8°C to minus 12°C in
Solang Valley in winter. Snow can be seen here till around the first week of April.

The weather is extremely cold accompanied by snow and sleet at
Solang Valley in January. The temperature ranges between -5.8-1°C making it bitterly cold. The temperatures in Solang Valley in February remain around -4.8°C with biting cold winds during the day and night. The valley also receives a bit of rainfall during this month.

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What To Pack For Solang Valley in December

Your trip to Solang Valley in December should include:

- Waterproof down jacket with fleece
- Warm waterproof lowers layered with fleece
- Thermal innerwear
- Sweaters
- Woollen headcover, cap, balaclava
- Woollen stole, shawl, scarf
- Earmuffs
- Woollen mittens
- Warm socks
- Full-sleeved T-shirts and lowers for layering
- Sunglasses and a good sunscreen with SPF between 45-50
- Wool-lined hiking boots if you intend to trek
- Cotton socks for layering
- Lip balm, moisturiser
- Personal medication
- Phone charger, power bank
- Spare batteries and memory cards for the camera.

Things to Do in Solang valley in December

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The Winter Skiing Festival

Every year the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports here hosts the most-awaited annual skiing festival, one of the most popular activities in Solang Valley in December. Held from 11-24th January each year, this festival attracts skiing enthusiasts from around the world who want to compete on slopes of different difficulty levels and in competition slots like basic and advanced. Skiers are guided by the best guides in the country and provided the latest equipment.

Price: Around Rs. 8,400 per person including stay and equipment.

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Manali Snow Scooter Timing: You can avail the activity anytime between 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Manali is known as the queen of hill station which is also famously known for its adventurous sports among which skiing, parachuting, paragliding, trekking, rafting and snow scooter are the most popular and must-try sports. It is different from all these adventurous sport and is a special one because of its movement on the snow-covered road that heals and energizes you in a very positive way. The powerful machines allow you to glimpse the abundant beauty over a 2-kilometer stretch and is fun with friends and family.

Snow scooter in Manali has become a very popular leisure vehicle when people want a small or long ride. After taking the ride of a snow scooter, one can find himself filled with an adrenaline rush. You may either drive snow scooter with an experienced snow scooter driver or drive yourself together with a guide. One thing is sure that you will get the experience of a lifetime.

How to reach the Manali snow scooter starting point :
Solang valley is 14 km from Mall Road, You can take a private or shared taxi to reach there.

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Activity Location: Dobhi, Manali

Activity Timings: (09:00 AM to 04:00 PM)

Duration: 15-20 mins

Pickup Location: Dobhi paragliding counter

About Paragliding In Manali:

Experience the thrill of paragliding in the Himalayan skies as you oversee the mesmerizing birdseye view of Manali. Gliding in the midst of snow-capped peaks with the open blue sky above you and the mystical views of the valleys around is an experience that will be one of its own kind. Get this activity done under the supervision of a professional instructor and make sure this becomes a memorable experience for you!

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Start Point/End Point: Old Manali

Start Time/End Time: The trek starts at 10:00 AM on day 1 and ends around 01:00 PM on day 2

About the Solang Valley Trek:

Solang Valley is one of the most gorgeous and adventurous places to visit in Manali. It is located between the Solang village and Beas Kund and offers majestic views of glaciers and snow-capped mountains. This dazzling valley is one of the most picturesque sights in Manali and is located at an average altitude of 8,448 ft above sea level. 

Solang Valley is about 9 km from Manali, and your route will give you views of the Kullu Valley and the Beas river below. The Solang Valley trek takes you through pine forests and over rocky trails, and past the ancient villages of Shang and Burua, where you'll get a glimpse of rural Himachali life. 

In winters, the giant slope of Solang valley is fully covered with snow and makes it one of the best skiing destinations in India. You can also enjoy snowmobile, tubing, and other snow activities. Snow melts during the summer months and the ice slopes will turn into the lush green meadows which makes this place perfect for zorbing, ATV ride, paragliding, and horse riding.

 After reaching the top, you can relax into the allotted camps and enjoy the music session to be organized at the campsite is the cherry on the top. The package includes a packed lunch, dinner and a breakfast

Quick Facts:
Trekking distance: 9 km
Maximum Altitude: 8,448 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy 
Electricity: There will be no electricity at the campsite
ATM: Manali is the last point where you will get the ATM on this trek

How to reach the 
Solang Valley trek starting point?
You have to report at the camps at Old Manali which is the starting point of the trek and it is around 2 km from Mall Road of Manali. Many local means of transport and private cabs are available from Mall Road to reach Old Manali.
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Check-in Time: 12:00 PM


About Camping In Solang Valley Manali:

A hub for adventure lovers, Solang Valley also is one of the most picturesque places in Himachal Pradesh.

This camping activity in Solang Valley takes you through the scenic landscapes overlooking Manali. Camp in an alpine tent on a mountain meadow at night. The common areas and the camps are frequently sanitized to ensure the maximum safety of all guests.


Note:- You can try out some of the activities like paragliding, zorbing, rock-climbing, etc., or go for a cable car ride (none of these are included in the package).

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Location: Solang Valley

Activity Timings: You can avail the activity anytime between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Experience one of the most ancient mode of transport in the majestic Solang Valley of Manali which is famous for the adventure activities.

Embark on this amazing 1 hour long horse riding activity that will take you through the picturesque environs of Himachal Pradesh. It is a long 8 km long ride to Dhundi. It offers a delightful journey across the picturesque environs of the Himachal Valley. It is pleasant safari ride for the new and inexperienced tourists as well as for the experienced ones. On your journey you will be crossing the pine forest, river stream, snow field and patches of moraine.

On this journey you will be accompanied by an experienced horseman cum guide who will give you all the information about the history and culture of that region.

How To Reach:
Solang valley is 14 KM from Mall Road, You can take a private or shared taxi to reach there.
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Zorbing

The rolling landscape of Solang Valley offers the perfect location for this exciting new adventure sport, one of the best things to do in Solang Valley in December. Imagine hurdling downhill freely rolling in a giant transparent ball!

This amazing experience can be enjoyed alone or in tandem. Nothing gives a better adrenaline rush than seeing the mountainside landscape going up and down at high speed around you. There are professional instructors in Solang Valley that let you have fun as you enjoy this activity without compromising on safety. You can also enjoy this activity in Solang Valley in October.

Price: Approximately Rs. 500 per person for 15 minutes.

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Gondola Or Solang Valley Ropeway

The stupendous landscape and beauty of Solang Valley are best savoured from the skies as you cruise lightly on the gondola here, making it one of the best things to do in Solang Valley in winter. This ride spans for 1.3 kilometres starting from the valley and ending at Mount Phatru.

The gondolas rise around 500 metres over the hills, bright-green meadows, and forests here. The glass walls of the gondola let you see 360-degree aerial views of the landscape including the majestic Beas. The ride, one of the most thrilling activities to do in Solang Valley in December, is managed by professional adventure companies, and is completely safe and super fun!

Price: Approximately Rs. 450 per person (both ways).

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"The Hampta Pass Trek is a Total bliss. You get high with the mountains..the scenic views; the hot Maggie's and definitely with Snow. But also it's a moderate level; as I was a bit towards the heavier body persons,there were very little difficulties..otherwise it's the best one could ever do; to embrace Life."
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Thanks to Thrillophilia for providing such an amazing and thrilling package in Manali. It was really an awesome experience. The camps and amenities were fantastic. My friends and I enjoyed trekking with our guide Chetan bhaiya. He is very caring and nice guy. Our evening was well spent around a mesmerising bonfire and DJ music. It was like a treat for everyone. Food served was good. The splendour view of mountains covered with snow and enchanting waterfall rejuvenates yourselves like anything. Infact, river rafting was a chilling experience in the cold!! I would recommend others to try such wonderful camping and spend their time in the lap of nature away from busy and chaotic routine life. It is really worth enjoying!
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Hampta Pass was my first multiple day trek and I had an amazing experience overall. The base points like Chika, Jwara, Balu ka Ghera are all placed very well from each other and serve as a perfect checkpoints for the overall trek. Our trek started on 14th Oct and due to snowfall our group could not complete the trek and we had to come back from somewhere near Blau ka Jheel. So my advice would be to plan this trek before September end otherwise it gets too cold and you can't even compete the trek. But apart from this, the Hampta Pass Trek is thoroughly enjoyable with scenes that feel straight out of some fairytale or wallpapers. As for beginners, this trek is easy-to-moderate with only very few tough patches. Happy Trekking!
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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.
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Dreams Come True Paragliding - Time to Fly High and Capture all natural views through your eye. Remember it for your entire life. River Rafting - Enjoying the Beas River water flow with cool and chillness loaded fun activety. I booked both activity through thirllophilia. they took me at reaching point. Adventure begins. enjoyed very well. i suggest every to book activity through thirllophilia. Trust and safty. every thing went veryyy well as they mentioned. Thanks Thrillophilia By saravanan From chennai
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it's really thrilling and amazing experience. hospitality was awesome. People there are very caring in nature love to see their clients to be happy. food was good. It's a Happy Stay. love to visit once again.
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28 January 2021
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Thanks to Thrillophilia for providing such an amazing and thrilling package in Manali. It was really an awesome experience. The camps and amenities were fantastic. My friends and I enjoyed. Dishu the man at the Camp and Manoj the manager both were very caring and nice guys. Our evening was well spent around a mesmerising bonfire and DJ music. It was like a treat for everyone. Food served was good. First time experienced the adventures of Paragliding and it will one of the best memories. Infact, river rafting was a chilling experience in the Ice - cold water !! I already recommend 2 of my friend groups to try such wonderful camping and trustworthy and caring nature of the staff. It is really worth staying , enjoying and a lifetime experience.!
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Amazing expirence ...mr.tashi is a good human with alot of knowledge and expirence ...he fulfill every desire of their client nd make environment worthy for you ... And help u stay in that great tough adventure ... Do it for sure once atleast ... Full star to igloo team. Thanx

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People Also Ask About Manali

  1. Is Solang Valley open in December?

    Yes, Solang Valley is open throughout the year. In fact, December is considered to be one of the best months to travel to the valley to enjoy winter sports. Solang Valley in December might get closed for 3-4 days depending on the snowfall. This must be checked before you intend to travel to Solang Valley in winter months especially December.
  2. What is the best time to visit Solang Valley?

    For travellers who love to see pristine white snow covers and experience the thrill of winter sports, the months of December and January are the best to visit. Since not many people visit Solang Valley in December, the prices of food and lodging come down drastically. Solang Valley in October is also a good time to visit for people who want to experience the chill of mountains but don’t want to be around snow.
  3. Is there snow in Solang Valley in December?

    Yes, December is one of the months in which Solang Valley receives the maximum snow, almost daily especially during the nights. The lower-lying areas are covered in around 2-2.5 ft. of snow at Solang Valley in winter.
  4. How far is Rohtang Pass from Solang Valley?

    Rohtang Pass is located around 44.7 kilometres from Solang Valley. Reaching the pass takes around 1 hour 44 minutes through the Leh-Manali Highway. You can either opt to drive yourself or hire a cab for a round trip. Cabs are easily available at Solang Valley in February and other winter months.
  5. How can I go to Manali from Solang Valley?

    Manali is located around 13.6 kilometres from Solang Valley on the Leh-Manali highway. You can opt for self-drive or hire a cab. 4-5 HRTC buses also ply between the two places. These transports are easily available at Solang Valley in November and other winter months.
  6. What is Solang Valley famous for?

    The valley is famous for its remarkable beauty and views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and miles of snowfields. Due to its landscape, you can also enjoy a range of winter sports like paragliding, zorbing, skiing, etc. at Solang Valley in December.
  7. Is there snow in Solang Valley in October?

    No, there is no snow at Solang Valley in October. In October, you can enjoy crisp and clear weather with temperatures hovering around a pleasant 10°C.

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