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.
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
- Woollen headcover, cap, balaclava
- Woollen stole, shawl, scarf
- 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
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.
Location: Solang Valley
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.
Activity Location: Dobhi Fly point, Manali
Timings: 15 Minutes (09:00 AM to 04:00 PM)
Pickup Location: Dobhi paragliding counter on Kullu Manali Highway
Age Limit: Above 14 Years
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.
Start Point/End Point: Old ManaliStart 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
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.
About the Activity:
- Enjoy snowboarding in the Solang Valley with your friends and family and experience a whole different side to adventure and excitement in the mountains.
- Snowboarding needs active participation, so ensure that you are physically ready for this activity.
- Get a fun chance to play with snow or just do a photo-session, for 1 -2 hours and pose with the snowboards.
- Since this sport is followed by some really big obstacles, you have to follow pre-set instructions in some styles only, henceforth, this is a thrilling sport and you will enjoy the simple thrill of it.
- A relatively new sport in the mountains, trained snowboarders will teach you the finer aspects of this thrilling sport in the mountains below the Rohtang Pass.
- Take time off on your trip to visit and trek to the Rohtang Pass to indulge in this exciting sport.
Location: Solang Valley, Manali
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).
Location: Solang Valley
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.
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.
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).