About the Destination
Trekking is always fun. The Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek is extra fun. A visual treat, we can say that it is one of the best trekking experience available in the country. The trekkers would be taken through fragrant junipers, fine-looking meadows, eye-catching rhododendrons, and silver birch. The entire Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek is picturesque. The trek also offers to the visitor a journey through varied landscapes like the alpine forests, lush green meadows, waterfall, glacial deposits and the blue coloured lake at a high altitude. It also presents one with an exceptional view of the ice-tipped peaks of Deo Tibba (6001 m) and Indrasan. (6220 m) It also offers a view to the glaciers like Jagatsukh and Deo Tibba. The peculiarity is that trek covers places of historical importance, places that are picturesque, and places that are of ecological significance. The trekking is not a very difficult one, but falls to the moderate category and therefore could be enjoyed both by the experienced trekkers as well as the amateur ones.
If you are planning to go, remember that you are going to witness the unseen parts of Manali. The trek is an actual exploration cum expedition where you get to see the unseen. It is also a must thing to do if you love photography. No place can offer you as beautiful photographs as this place does. The scenery is spectacular so are the landscapes, waterfalls and the snow-capped mountains. The entire path is covered with Oak and Deodar. Hence any nature lover would love this trip. It is also adventure packed making it a backpacker’s paradise. One thing is for sure, the trek would be an unforgettable memory of your travel life. One also needs not worry about acclimatization much as the trekking happens slowly over the pace of 5 days and the height doesn’t increase all of a sudden reducing the risk factors.
About the Deo Tibba Trek
Planning to take some time off from your busy schedule and mundane life? Then this is the perfect place for you. It is far away from the noise and pollution of a hectic city life. The Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek spans 6 days, and 5 nights. It picks you up from Manali and gives to you the experience of several landscapes- steep climbs, wild alpine forest, meadows, moraines, and glaciers. It is one of the best trek awaiting you if you have photography interests too. As mentioned earlier the trek is of moderate difficulty making it easy for amateurs too. Hence there is nothing to be scared of. The attractive view of mini Chandratal a blue water lake is one of the most beautiful parts of this trek.
The trek also offers you a striking view of ice-capped mountains of Deo Tibba and Indrasan. You also get to see the glaciers like Jagatsukh and Deo Tibba. Chikka, Seri, Taint and mini Chandratal are other major attractions of this trek. Seri is one of the prettiest river bed meadows. Tainta is another meadow along the path. Think of this- beautiful landscapes, amazing alpine flora, camping, sleeping under the stars- Well, what more can you possibly ask for?
- The Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek is an opportunity to enjoy and savor the beauty of many tiny hamlets and stream. The view from the top that would be for sure one thing that you will cherish forever in your life.
- Have you ever done camping? If not this is your opportunity to. Sleeping under the star for 5 nights enjoying the scenic beauty around. Cherry on top, prepare a bonfire and have fun with friends
- The Oak, Rhododendron and pine forests that are not just beautiful, but not an everyday experience for an average Indian.
- An opportunity to come across many rare species of plants and animals that are endemic to this region.
- The splendid view of ice-capped mountains and the grandiose of glaciers of the Pir Panjal range of the mighty Himalayas.
- A unique opportunity to meet new people live their experience, talk to them and getting to know peculiar cultures that you might never have the opportunity to come across otherwise.
- And most importantly- food. An opportunity to taste the local food from the authentic people.
- While returning one will pass through the Solang valley which is the place for many adventure sports like skiing, paragliding, parachuting, skating, and zorbing
Key Facts About the Trek
Location: Himachal Pradesh
Starting from: Manali
Temperature: 10 to15 degree Celsius in the morning; 2 to 5 degree Celsius at night
Trekking Distance: 75-kilometers
Maximum altitude: 14,000 feet or 4480 meters
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu
Accommodation Type: Camping
Food: Nutritious food suitable for trekking
Best time to visit: Mid-June to early October
Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights
Key attractions: Mountains – Indradarshan, Deo Tibba Peak; Jogidukh- The home of Takshak Naag; Bhanara Village- Known for old temples, Spiti valley, meadows of Seri, Mini Chandra Tal, Solang valley
Ride from Manali to Khanol village and trekking begins from Khanol Village to Chikka
- This particular trek- Deo Tibba Base Camp trek commences from Khanol. One will have to reach Manali by morning.
- From Manali, each trekker will be eligible for a ride directly to Khanol village, which is from where the trek begins -the starting point.
- The path through which one trek on the initial day is completely packed with various types of berries and flowers.
- Chikka is the first destination. It has the shape of a Snake. One will take around six to seven hours to make it to Chikka.
- What awaits you at Chikka are the first surprises- the breathtaking sights of Deo Tibba and Indrasaan peaks and the Spiti valley.
- Chikka also has a Naag Mandir that is quite famous.
- After roaming around the place one can move to their respective camps for the night.
Trek from Chikka to Seri
- The second-day trekking would take you alongside the banks of Jagatsukh nallah. One can seize the magnificent beauty of the Himalayan experience here.
- Once you reach the radiant alpine woods that would rip off the lanes to a remarkable setting scattered with rocks and a flooring of silky grass and multi-colored wildflowers.
- Once you leave behind this alpine forest, you will further climb up to reach the Seri meadows. This once upon a time was a glaciated lake, which is the reason why Seri is still called as Seri Taal. However, now it is a lush green meadow
- It is packed with icy streams and dotted with an astonishing diversity of herbs and wildflowers with the elegant Tainta waterfall imminent in the background.
- Stay overnight at the campsite which is set on the banks of the river
Trek from Seri to Tainta
- All the rivulets and the streams that you see across the path are the water bodies that add up to form the Jagatsukh Nallah. One will have to walk further ahead and cross them all, across the meadows of Seri.
- You would further be lead to a steep climbing through the rocks, which is slightly adventurous but manageable.
- This would further take you to a glaciated land and shares with you the first proper sights of the huge Deo Tibba and Indrasan.
- The trek is not that long and the trekkers would get enough time to take rest as well as to acclimatize. This is important as mountain ranges and elevation can affect the human body in different ways.
- Unwind yourself and halt for the night in the camps arranged.
Trek from Tainta to Mini Chandratal and return to Tainta
- Once you climb further uphill, alongside this glaciated land, one can reach the mini Chandra Tal. This is a bluish or rather greenish glacial lake located at the base of Deo Tibba
- The lake is called so because of its shape. It is crescent in shape resembling Chandra or the moon
- Varieties of multi-coloured wildflowers decorate the bank of the lake.
- All along the way you traverse, the ice-covered Deo Tibba peak shines alongside the sunlit blue skies.
- Lookout the high altitude lake with emerald blue water.
- Also, observe the wildflowers that carpet the meadow beside the lake.
- One has to return to Tainta later for Tainta would be the stopover for the night
- Move to your respective tents to relax and sleep for the night
Trek from Tainta to Chikka
- Go back over your way passing through Seri, now that the return has finally begun.
- The first halt while return would be at Dudu Pathar for lunch.
- One can see beautiful meadows and apple orchards along this way
- Climbing down is the easiest thing to do, and one can reach downhill by four to five hours
- Like the other day, the halt will be at Chikka. Savour the beauty of the place since this would be the second last night and relax at your respective camps for the night.
- A bonfire could be made and trip memories be shared
Trek to Khanol Village and drive to Manali
- The trek would now follow the same path you took in the beginning. One will get a ride back to Manali via Prini
- If you like you can devote more time to Solang valley
- Solang valley is known for its adventure sports. It is known both for its summer and winter sports
- The major activities that could be done from here are paragliding, parachuting, skating, and (One will have to bear the cost)
- This place is famous as a ski resort. A ropeway is also recently opened at the place adding to the fun. Horse riding options are also available.
- After spending as much time as one would like at the Solang valley, one can come back to Manali. Shopping, trying local cuisine, strolling around local markets are some of the possible activities here. There are buses from Manali to Delhi in the afternoon
During the trek, accommodation would be on Triple or Quad Sharing (Camping)
Vegetarian meals shall be provided.3 times a day
- Trekking- The 6-day long trekking itself is the main activity that one would do. It is full of new experiences.
- Camping- The best part of the Trekking would be the night stays. Once you are tired from walking all day long, the campsites would provide you with all the comforts that you would need for the night. Since you are at an elevation you can observe the star-studded sky
- Waterfall visit- There are multiple waterfalls along the path you trek, which offers you with spectacular view
- Photography- The place offers multiple scopes for long exposure photography. The scenic beauty of Siri valley and Chandra Taal are also worth capturing
- Bonfire could be organized near the camping site for the night. One it is always fun and second, it helps you to overcome the extreme cold weather.
- All the required permits and the entry fees are
- A First aid medical kit consisting of the required and essential medicines.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff to guide your way and to take timely decisions.
- All the taxes are also included.
The transport from the base village to Manali and the return trip will be provided for the visitor. Thus each trekker will be receiving a ride from Manali to Khanol village on the first day and from Khanol to Manali on the last day. Any other means of transport if required shall come at the trekker’s expenses. From Manali, one can go through bus till Delhi and then go by flight or train to wherever one has to reach.
- Make sure you carry with you warm clothes, jackets, raincoat, fleece, thermals – carry in multiple numbers at the same time not quite a lot for it is always advisable to carry lesser luggage during the Trek. However, at times rain and snowfall can’t be predicted hence it is always better to carry a raincoat along with jackets
- Carry hand gloves, trekking poles, a pair of sturdy trekking shoes and extra pairs of socks shall be carried. Make sure that you don’t forget any of these as trek would be nearly impossible then
- Also remember to take along water bottles, energy bars, chewing gums, and energy drinks. This is because you will for sure get dehydrated on the trip, hence one has to make sure he/she is hydrated. Energy bars help you to keep a check on your appetite. And since you are walking quite a lot both energy bars and drinks would be of use.
- Make sure you are carrying with you some kind of painkillers for your legs might hurt from trekking and sunscreen lotions.
- Caps/hats, sunglasses, and towels should also be carried along with you
- If possible oxygen cylinder or alternatives to create oxygen like camphor could be taken along.
- Make sure you are taking with you a backpack which has waterproof linings
- Personal toiletries and medication if any shall also be taken along
- Medication is extremely important as you are visiting a remote area, for 5 days
- It is always better to take a lot of precautions so that you don’t feel sorry later. Extra batteries shall be taken and make sure that your equipment is fully charged.
- Also, carry with you beanie and sun cap
The closest airport is at Bhuntar. It is situated almost 50-kilometers away from Manali. There are Domestic flights from Delhi and Chandigarh that links with Bhuntar. From the airport, one can opt for a prepaid taxi to Manali. However taking into account the weather conditions of this place, Air transport isn’t the best nor the most reliable option to get to Manali. One can rather travel till Delhi by flight and look for other options to reach Manali.
There are many state-run as well as private buses that connects Manali with multiple other destinations like Leh, Kullu, Delhi, Dharamshala, and Shimla among others. Delhi to Manali s 550-kilo meters and it is always better if the tickets are pre-booked in AC Volvo buses. This is a busy route and tickets might not be available without reservations. And Volvo buses are better than the rest when you take into account the long trip ahead.
Joginder Nagar is the closest railway station to Manali. Manali doesn’t have a railway station to itself. This is some 50-kilometers away from Manali. The best way is to either come to Ambala or Chandigarh and then ride to Joginder Nagar via train.
- Weather conditions of a mountainous region or any high altitude region for that matter are very different from that of a plain. One might experience altitude sickness. Hence take ample time to get acclimatized to the high altitude
- All of the visitors may not be experienced trekkers, or you might not be knowing the intricacies related to this place, which is the reason why listening to your trek leader or guide is of utmost importance so that your whole journey is both safe and enjoyable
- Make sure that you do not consume alcohol during the trek. Try to stay away from any sort of intoxicant. You are climbing uphill and this might have serious consequences
- Altitude Sickness also knew as acute mountain sickness is caused by less exposure to oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms could be non-specific. Breathlessness is a common symptom to speak of. A headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbances are the other. Acetazolamide is the medicine that helps in curing acclimatization. However in the worst case scenario, one must descend the place immediately.
- Make sure your cameras are well packed and protected from moisture
- Make sure that you Trek in the day and not in the night
- And most important of all is this, the Trek is along an eco-friendly as well as to be protected region. Hence act responsibly and do not litter
- Make sure you are taking with you a trekking shoe and not a sports shoe. The shoe shall be sturdy, with a hard sole and ankle support and it would be better if it is waterproof.
- Also, make sure you take both cotton and woolen Woollen to use while at the camps in the night and cotton while trekking
- Ideal clothing would be quick-dry synthetic pants and full-sleeved t-shirts and protection for your neck from sunburn
- Make sure you aren’t wearing loud colors
The best time to go for this Trekking is from mid-June to October when the climate is comparatively pleasant. Early months of the year clearly means chances of snowfall on high passes. This, however, melts down in the month of August. Kullu Manali gets good rainfall and during the monsoon season, it might rain heavily. However, the high altitude regions of Spiti valley or Seri meadows will be quite sunlit and warm during the daytime. The temperature might be in between 12 degree Celsius to 20 degree Celsius. However, it goes down steeply during the night too -2 degree Celsius to 6 degree Celsius. September and October are the best months of the year or a tourist as the weather is extremely good with fewer chances of rain, and less snowfall and considerable warmth. In the beginning of October temperature again starts to drop. Day temperature is still found fluctuating between 12 degree Celsius to 18 Degree Celsius. However, at the night, it might be anywhere in between -6 degree Celsius to 2 degree Celsius, which the trekkers might find difficult to endure.