Top 5 One Day Treks from Manali

a comprehensive list of short hikes from manali


Nestled in the Himalayan Mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is the epicenter for plenty of adventurous activities that offer a perfect mix of excitement and thrill to adventure seekers.

Surrounded by natural elements like the Beas River, dense oak, Deodar, pine forests, and deep valleys, Manali is affluent with beautiful treks throughout the lofty mountains, you can choose the trails that will quench your appetite for beauty in one day.

Also, the short hikes in this town are perfect for riveting experiences. The magnificent view of mountain peaks will surely take your breath away!

List of Short Hikes from Manali

This trek can easily be completed within 1-2 Days

Jogini Waterfall, Vashisht

Drive to Vashisht from Manali in the early morning, where you can take a quick dip in the hot sulphur springs and then walk along the Beas River witnessing the panoramic view of Dhauladhar. It’s one of the easy level treks that takes 4-6 hours.

Visit the temple dedicated to sage Vashisht. Then trekking along a narrow trail through tall pine and deodar forest, you will reach the sacred Jogini Waterfall that is only 3 km away from Vashisht.

You can also visit the temple of Jogini Mata located at the base of the beautiful waterfall.

After this, you can walk through the local villages of Bahang, Gusal, Shange, and Burwa. After the treks, you can return to Manali by jeep.

Patalsu Peak, Solang

You can drive to Solang Valley then trek through the Solang Village towards Patalsu Peak (4,472mtrs).

It is a challenging trek, ideal for fit beginners, and the trekking distance is about 16kms that takes 8-9 hours to complete.It is an uphill path passing through apple orchards, a dense forest of oak, and alpine meadows which will offer beautiful views of the valley.

You can also spot avian species like Khaleej and Morals on your way.The difficulty level of this trek is easy to moderate. From the Patalsu peak, you will experience an excellent view of Friendship peak, Lahaul, Spiti, and Kullu valley. Return to Solang and drive back to Manali.

Chika, Chichoga Village

Starting from Manali drive to Chichoga village, then from here follow the trek through thick forest to Chichoga heights where the temple is situated at the summit. The path passes through the dense forest of Deodar, walnut, and Birch tree to Chika.

After reaching Chika, you will get a picturesque view of snow-capped mountains and clouds hovering on top of them.You can spend your time at Jobra or Chika close to Hampta River, and by the end, you can drive back to Manali. The whole trek can take up to 7-8 hours.

Lamadugh (3,018m)

Drive early in the morning to Manu temple in Old Manali.Then begin your trek from here after taking blessings and climb through a thick scenic forest of Cedar and Oak.

This trek will take 5-6 hours. You can indulge in several activities and spend some time there before heading back to Manali.

The trail presents a spectacular view of Beas River valley, Indrasan, DeoTibba, and Bara Shigri glacier. While moving further through the Manalsu River Valley, the gentle slopes and lush green meadows, and alpine trees of Lamadugh will surely mesmerize you.

Deo Tibba (6001 m)

It is the longest one day trek from Manali that takes 12 to 14 hours to complete. Deo Tibba trek is one of the most picturesque treks which will fascinate you with its expansive views, exposed rock faces, and hanging glaciers.

To head for this trek, Leave early from Manali and drive to Jobri or Marhi, from where you will see the first view of Deo Tibba. 

The gradual pathway to Piangneru and crossing the Jobri stream, head towards Sethan dome that offers a splendid view of Beas River valley. Finally, move downwards to Sethan Village where the trip ends, and drive back to Manali.

How to Reach Buran Ghati from Major Cities?

 By Air

Kullu Manali Airport in Bhuntar is the nearest airport that is approximately 50 kilometers away from Manali. Domestic flights from Delhi and Chandigarh are well- connected with this airport. You can hire prepaid taxis outside the airport to reach Manali from Bhuntar. There several airlines operating in this airport.

 By Road

Manali is very well-connected by road to the cities like New-Delhi, Shimla, Kullu, and Leh. You can experience a fantastic journey through the twisty uphill roads and the glamour mountain ranges and lush green valleys on the road.

During the long-distance route to Manali, it is advisable to choose AC Volvo buses to ensure a more comfortable and smooth journey in the mountainous terrain. You can also self-drive by car from Delhi to Manali via Chandigarh that is approximately 550kms. State Highway 4 that connects the National Highway 21 is the most reliable route.

 By Train

Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the closest railway station that connects several important cities to Manali. From the railway station, one can avail of different modes of transportation at a reasonable cost to reach Manali town.

The Kalka Railway Station is another railhead that connects Manali to the major cities like New Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Bhopal, Patna, Kanpur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

Best Time for One-Day Treks From Manali

Every season of Manali has its charm, but summer is probably the best time to visit Manali. The weather here is cool and relaxing even during summers due to the high elevation. During winter, Manali is covered in ice that becomes a beautiful sight to behold during treks. 

October to June is the ideal time to visit Manali. The climate is pleasant with temperatures ranging between 10 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius. December to February is the best time to witness snowfall in Manali. This beautiful town becomes a paradise on earth with its snow-clad surroundings and temperature around zero degrees.

The Best Accommodation Options For Short Hike From Manali

You can find a large number of accommodation options in Manali suitable for every pocket. Several resorts provide you with many opportunities to stay close to the spectacular beauty of Manali.

Things to keep in mind before going

  • Before going hiking in Manali make sure you have proper gears and equipment to help you out in a time of need. Think wisely before buying any gear.

  • Never go hiking alone. Try to find a companion or group to help you in the time of difficulty and crisis.

  • Know about the weather conditions and pack your clothes accordingly. Pack only such clothes that will be comfortable, don’t carry something that looks fancy but isn’t comfy. You can pack trekking pants, Thermal inners, Poncho, etc.

  • You should make a list of all the essential things you need to carry to your destination like buying a map of that area, a compass, rope, and a swiss knife.

  • Conduct proper research for treks in websites, blogs, and take out an Itinerary printout or travel guide.

  • Trekking/Hiking shoes are of utmost importance to support your ankle and feet in terrains to avoid twisting or injuring your feet. Trekking shoes are different from running shoes.

  • Keep your medical conditions in your mind while planning for your trek and carry your medicines and supplies accordingly to deal with emergencies. Also, know your capabilities high altitudes and climbing can make your trip more difficult if you aren’t fit for the trek.

  • You should make leg-based cardio and exercises a part of your daily routine, it will help build stamina, and you will be able to walk for 4-6 hours comfortably during your trek.

  • Stock enough eatables, water bottles, and energy drinks to stay hydrated and energized throughout the trek.

Essential Things to carry for Treks:

  1. An identity card – Original and Photocopies
  2. Backpack and Rain cover
  3. Trekking shoes (Waterproof are better)
  4. LED torch 
  5. Glucose, Chocolates, Dry fruits, Energy bars
  6. Personal toilet kit, Sanitizer
  7. Anti-fungal cream, Knee and Back support
  8. Trekking or Hiking Pole
  9. Camera with Memory card and Powerbank
  10. Plastic bags 
  11. Trek pants or Trousers
  12. Cap or Hat and sunglasses
  13. Sunscreens, Sunblocks, and Lip Balms

Estimated Budget for the Trek

You can contact travel guides and tour operators who will offer you a variety of tour packages. It will cost around 5,000 to 15,000 INR depending upon how many days you want to stay. Most of the packages will include:

  1. Meals
  2. Accommodation
  3. Sightseeing
  4. Transportation

If you want a one-day trek package, it can cost you approximately 1000-3000 INR, including Meals, Activities, and guides.