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Lodged at the head of the exquisite Solang valley in Himachal Pradesh, Patalsu Peak is elevated at a staggering 13,845 ft. It offers unmatched scenic views of Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Friendship peak, Dhauladhar Ranges, and several others.
The trek is decorated with scenic beauty, and the enchanting appeal of Manali, Solang village, and Shagadugh makes it a top-tier destination for adventure lovers who are looking for a break. This becomes intriguing as the trails loop through quaint little hamlets, alpine meadows, and beautiful lush pine and oak forests, home to several exotic birds in the valley.
Manali has long been a hub for trekking enthusiasts and adrenaline enthusiasts who wish to immerse themselves in nature. As we see it, peaks like Friendship Peak, Deo Tibba, Shitidhar, Ladakhi, and Hanuman Tibba loom over the town, attracting people globally.
Several mountaineering institutes have established themselves here to cater to this growing club of trekkers and mountaineers. You will find the Patalsu Peak nestled very close to these expeditions.
Getting to Patalsu Peak is an incredible trek experience that reaches up to 4200 Meters and boasts scenic beauty and enchanting appeal all across it. It is one of the ideal trekking destinations in the most sought-after region in the Solang Valley near the town of Manali. It awards promising views and an unforgettable experience for both newbies and experienced trekkers.
The trek begins from reasonable slopes from Solang Valley and gradually starts offering challenging climbs from our camp as we reach Shagadug. Although a bit challenging in nature, the picturesque panoramic landscapes and compelling beauty visible from snow-clad Himalayan Peaks make the endeavor worth giving a shot at.
During the trek at Patalsu Peak, you will be immersed in the grandeur of Solang and Kullu Valley, the thickets of alpine animals, and grandiose peaks all along the trek.
Compared to others, it is quite a modest trek that a beginner can take. And yet, it is this accessibility to novice trekkers that makes this summit trek special. You will carry the memories of the panoramic views in your heart for a lifetime.
Though suitably designed for both beginners and experienced trekkers, the trek guides you towards narrow ridges, steep and rough inclines, and demanding weather at times. Once you reach the summit, you will feel that the gradient of the sky and the stunning panoramic views across you are worth the grind.
The best time to do this trek is during the summer months, between May and June. The weather will be milder than that, making it easier to hike through the alpine meadows. However, you can also do this trek in the fall season, between late September and December. During these months, you will have more clarity regarding the views since there will be less snow. However, the weather will be colder and more challenging. It comes down to personal preference when deciding the best time to do this trek.
Distance: 13 Km (Drive) & 3 Km (Trek)
Time Taken: 2 Hours (Drive) & 2 Hours (Trek)
Altitude: 3,040 m (9,970 ft.)
This is the first day you will arrive in Manali and be briefed about the day’s activities. You can get ready to start your journey toward Solang village, known for its exquisite flora and fauna, and get a chance to interact with the locals to adapt to the surroundings.
Solang Nalla, which lies on the outskirts of Manali, is the starting point of the trek from where we will begin our journey to Patalsu Peak. The Solang valley is a side valley located at the top of the Kullu Valley within Himachal Pradesh. Giant lawn slopes comprise Solang Valley and deliver its reputation as a popular ski resort.
We will depart for Solang Valley from Manali after breakfast. The journey is 13 kilometers and generally takes 1 hour, though this may increase to 3 hours during busier times such as April and May.
We will begin our ascent to Shagadugha, today’s campsite, once we reach Solang. Shagadugh is located at an elevation of approximately 9,970 feet, and the total trekking distance from Solang to Shagadugh is 3 kilometers. Make sure you bring enough water, as dehydration can be a risk.
The trail to Shagadugh, though short, is quite steep, with multiple uphill climbs. But the scenery along the way will be breathtaking as we stroll through fields of wildflowers and tall grasses. The forest will provide much-needed shade from the sun’s heat, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take in panoramic views of the Valley. We’ll have a packed lunch along the way and reach Shagadugh in the late afternoon.
Once we’ve arrived at Shagadugh, our campsite for the night, we’ll set up camp and enjoy hot tea and snacks. We’ll have time to rest and relax and go on a short hike to take in the views of the Valley at sunset. It will be a long day, but one that is well worth it as you take in the natural beauty of this incredible region.
Distance: 2 km
Time Taken: 2 Hours
Altitude: 3,350 m (11,000 ft)
On the second day of the trek, we will start early with a healthy and fulfilling breakfast and proceed towards the Patalsu Base Camp. The trek is short but can be pretty challenging due to the steep uphill climbs and muddy trails.
The meadow lining Shagadugh has a 180-degree view of the surrounding mountains, which are now closer than you imagine, and the views are splendid. During winters, you will find yourself deep in snow with frosty snow under your feet as you trail through the routes. There is a well-defined trail till Shagadugh. Further ahead, however, there is only an uninterrupted stretch of snow with no footprints or trails to guide you. Make sure you follow your guide carefully and tread lightly.
As we reach Patalsu Base Camp, you will see the glorious peaks of Mt. Hanuman Tibba, Mt. Friendship Peak, and Mt. Indrasan, looking majestic in their snowy coat. This is a magical spot to camp for the night and enjoy the sunset over the mountains. We will have time to rest and acclimate to the higher altitude before dinner. After a long day of hiking, you will be ready for a good night’s rest as we prepare for an early start tomorrow.
Distance: 8 Km
Time Taken: 6 Hours
Altitude: 4,210 m (13,800 ft.)
On the third day, we will leave before dawn from the summit to begin our 4 km journey. Even though it is a short distance, the trek uphill on an alpine meadow will be tiring because of the lack of oxygen in high altitudes. Make sure you carry at least two liters of water, as there are no water sources along the way. There are only a few resting spots during the entire strenuous trek.
After about 4 hours of hiking, you will conquer Patalsu Peak, roughly 13800 feet. The trek offers exemplary and splendid views of many snowbound peaks of the Dhauladhar and Himalayan ranges.
At the beginning of the trek, Patalsu peak is visible right in front of you. But there are other mountains on the same ridge. Keep your eye on the ridge and keep walking towards the depression. This depression on the ridge is popularly known as a saddle. If you deviate from this route, you may approach Patalsu peak from a steeper section, and reaching the summit from that side isn’t easy.
You’ll have an unobstructed 360-degree view of Kullu, Rohtang Valley, Beas River, and Solang valley from the summit. You might see some elevated points on the ridge over to your right and mistake them for the summit but trust us; they’re not. The third elevated point is filled with loose boulders. That’s the real deal! And from there? Mighty Hanuman Tibba will lay before your eyes like a scene out of a postcard.
Distance: 6 Km (Trek) & 13 Km (Drive)
Time Taken: 3 hours
Altitude: 2,050 m (6,725 ft.)
On the last day of this trek, we will retrace our trekking route back to Solang Village and then drive back to Manali, which will take approximately 3-4 hours.
This will be the last day of your trek, where we will make our way back to Solang Valley. We will follow the same route that we took while ascending the summit. 3 kilometers down, we will arrive in Solang Village. Roam around and feel the essence of this beautiful valley. From here, we will make our way back to Manali. You are sure to reach Manali by 5 pm. You can either stay back in Manali and enjoy the local sightseeing or return to your city.
You will realize that the entire trek was more than just a journey to experience the mountains. It was a soul-stirring adventure in every sense of the word. After this trek, you will appreciate life and your loved ones much better. The sights and sounds will be etched in your memory forever, no matter how much time has passed. This trek is a must-do for any enthusiastic adventure seekers looking to explore the majestic beauty of Himachal Pradesh up close. You will return with a sense of achievement, more vital than ever!
The difficulty level of this trek is easy. The trail is well-marked, and there are no technical climbs. However, the altitude can be challenging, especially if you suffer from respiratory problems. It is better to do this trek in the summer when the weather is milder. Overall, it is a relatively easy trek that most fitness levels can do. It’s the perfect choice for beginner trekkers looking for an exhilarating adventure.
The following items are essential for your trek:
1. Trekking shoes
2. Trekking poles
3. Water bottles
6. Sunscreen and sunglasses
7. Personal first aid kit
8. Toiletries and toilet paper
9. Warm clothes (sweater, jacket)
10. Headlamp or flashlight
12. Snacks and energy bars
13. Any other items you might need for your comfort and safety during the trek.
Before heading out on the Patalsu Peak Trek, you must prepare your body and mind. You can do this through physical training, mental preparation, and gear prep.
Start by focusing on your physical fitness. Begin doing cardiovascular exercises such as running or biking, as well as strength training with weights or resistance bands at least 2-3 times per week. You should also do some hiking regularly to prepare your body for the trek.
Next, focus on mental preparation by visualizing yourself completing the trek. Think about what you will see and experience along the way and how it might feel when you reach your goal. By mentally preparing yourself in advance, you can boost your confidence and increase your chances of success.
Finally, make sure you have all the essential gear for the trek. This includes hiking shoes, trekking poles, water bottles, backpacks, rain jackets, snacks and energy bars, sunscreen and sunglasses, a headlamp or flashlight, toiletries and toilet paper, warm clothes (sweater and jacket), and a camera. By packing ahead of time, you can ensure that you are fully prepared for the trek.
All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.
Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.
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