SEASON : 15 FEB. - END APRIL (SUBJECT TO THE SNOW CONDITION)
DURATION : 8 DAYS
ALTITUDE : MIN: 2400 MTS. MAX: 4000 - 4400 MTS.
REGION : ALPINE SLOPES AROUND MANALI (SOLANG VALLEY, GULABA MEADOWS, HAMPTA VALLEY)
DAY 01 : Arrival Manali
DAY 02 - 03 : After breakfast Transfer to Solang Valley Ski hut (2400 Mts.). Introduction of the area and, mild ski touring around Solang. After Lunch climb the Phatru Ridge (2900Mts.). and ski down. Climbing time (1. 30 Hrs.) (1.5 Kms) .Gradient of the slope (25 degrees-30 degrees) North facing slope. Terrain is open at the top but skiing down is through the forest of oak and walnut.
DAY 04 : Early morning start towards Patalsu Peak through the Solang Village, cross the tree line at around 3000 Mts. Further the widely extended slope Summit is clearly visible. Climbing time - 6-7 Hrs (Depends upon the snow condition and endurance of the clients). Best condition is to start skiing down before 12 noon as the slope is south facing. Slope gradient - 20-35 degrees. It is hard to get to the top (which provide 2000 Mts. vertical ski down), but still possible to achieve 1000 vertical. 2-3 Kms. Ski down. Come back to Manali and a short trip to the hot sulphur water springs at Vashisht. Transfer to Hotel.
DAY 05 - 06 : By Transport (depending upon the snow conditions) to Kothi (1 hrs.), and climb to Gulaba (3 hrs.) (Camp) - Above Gulaba are the massive alpine meadows, horizontally extended around 10-15 Kms, it houses numerous ski runs in its vast terrain. from one edge to the another, and provide extraordinary view of the Himalayan ranges extending from Rohthang Pass (3978 Mts.) in the north, this pass forms a geographical barrier between lower and middle Himalayas, to the West lies mighty Dhauladhar Range and to east is the Pir Panjal. These magnificent slopes, still lying in complete wilderness, provide the ski runs of one’s life time, length (5-7 Kms.) Vertical ski down from 1800 till 2500 Mts. and gradient ranging from 20 to 35, altitude from 4000 Mts. to 4400 Mts. Overnight in tents (camp). Back to Manali on the 5th evening and overnight is a hotel.
DAY 07 : Trek to Sethan Village (2800 Mts.), takes around 4-5 Hrs. depending upon the snow condition on the way. Reach the Mountain House. Ski around sethan Village. Overnight at the mountain house.
DAY 08-09 : Climb over the tree line, Ski touring around the wonderful alpine meadows. 3-4 Hrs of walk would get us into the slopes of 3-4 Kms. With breathtaking views. Max altitude 4000 Mts… Gradient varies between 25 degrees to 40 degrees.
DAY 10 : Trek Back to Manali and over night in a Hotel. (Tour ends)
What We Provide :
All Hotel Accommodation, Transportation, Accommodation in ski hut at solang Valley, wooden furnished rooms with attached bathrooms and hot water with all meals. Mountain house at Sethan Village has basic accommodation with 3-4 people in one room (no running hot water and toilets will be common), sleeping bags and mattresses and our own kitchen. Service of local mountain guide, tail guide for the group of five and more, cook and assistant. For the Gulaba area the accommodation would be in the camp (two men tents).
Climate : Day temperature in the sun is pleasant but nights are cold. The temp at night and in rain and snow can really go down below zero so you have to be well prepared.