Solang Valley,A Trip to explore more – photojourney by Animesh Sharma

 SOLANG VALLEY

Location - Manali,India

Floor elevation - 2,560m(8,400feet)

 

 



 

solang valley derives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the kullu valley in himachal pradesh 14 km northwest of the resort town manali on the way to rohtang pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing

 



Located at a distance of 13 kms from Manali, Solang Valley lies between Solang village and Beas Kund. It offers a beautiful view of glaciers and snow capped mountains. Since the valley has fine ski slopes, it is a perfect place for skiing. The guest house of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali is based here. This institute is the venue for winter skiing festival and also offers training in skiing to the tourists. In winter, the valley becomes a skiing paradise with children of all ages slipping and sliding over the fresh white snow. When snow melts in the summer, skiing is replaced by parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and horse riding. For snow lovers, the best time to visit Solang Valley is between the months of December to February.



A TREE IN SOLANG TREK

 

. 14 kilometers on the north west of the main town of Manali, Solang is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in huge numbers. A favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang has it all.

 

During winters, as the valley is covered with snow, skiing is a popular sport here, with training institutes and trainers located in the valley to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of the valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers, it is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this valley, while here.

 

Best time to visit Solang ValleyThe best part about Solang Valley is that it is an all season place. Visiting Solang, hence depends on your purpose. If you want to enjoy winter sports, visiting Solang from November to February is recommended as the valley is covered with snow during that time of the year. Winters are also preferred for the lovely weather. The valley when covered in snow looks magnificent. During summers, the valley experiences mildly hot afternoons while it continues to be cold in the mornings and evenings. Adventure sports change depending on the season.



The locals here are convincing and soft spoken, while you might be sitting in your quiet corner, some local vender is bound to approach you with a smiling face and a humble request of trying the local traditional attires and posing for a picture (for which you will be charged), you might also come across furry rabbits and yaks and cobras which a tourist can pose with and get clicked. Mind you, every click and change of protagonist is taken note of and counted.



Solang is not just about adventure activities. Its lush greenery, apple orchards, snowcapped peaks and lakes attracts lakhs of visitors from India and abroad every year.



About This Trek:

Solang Valley-Beas Kund (3540m) - A beautiful valley, easily accessible from Manali. A road is being constructed along the river bed in connection with a proposed tunnel to be driven from Dhundi under the mountain northwards into the Lahaul Valley.  This may spoil some of the attractive surroundings.  Beas kund is a base camp for climbing expeditions.  From Dhundi an alternative way back via Shigara Dug camp ground (3500m) on the Rohtang Pass Road. From this alternative one can also climb the trekking peak Patalsu (4472m).

 



 

DAY 1 :Manali-Dhundi (2840m) 19km Take a bus, jeep or taxi to Palchan, a small picturesque village 9km North of Manali at the entrance to Solang Nala Valley.  After the village go along main road for 200m to a sharp right bend; the Solang track goes straight ahead and descends for 200m to a bridge over the river, then mounting for 1km through tall conifers to Solang Nala camping ground.  A metalled road can also be seen winding from above into the Solang. NW along the S side of the valley, climbing comfortably to a small Nepali settlement in 30 min. After this, undulating for a time, the path becomes boulder strewn (15min), up to an old moraine in another 30 min.  Go along moraine for 1h 30, then cross the Solang river and ascend to Dhundi camp site; say 3h 30 from small hotel.  Hanuman Tibba dominates the western skyline.

 

DAY 2 :Dhundi-Beas Kund (3540m) 6km follow the N bank of the Solang; after ascending a little for 15min the path bears right, descends and crosses a stream.  Then cross a ridge, slant right and ascend steeply along a branch of the ridge for 30 min.  Then work left, traversing slopes for 2km, cross a log bridge and reach Bakar Thach, about 3km from dhundi.  A side path is seen to the right; it leads to Lady Leg in some 2-3h of stiff walking and serves as the base camp for climbing Friendship Peak (5289m). Beyond Bakar Thach the path continues on S side of the Solang and some distance from the river.  It goes up over meadows for 1h, then round a ridge, turns right and drops steeply to the level ground at Beas Kund in 1h more.

 







PICS TAKEN by - Animesh Sharma

location - Solang Valley

Manali,Himachal Pradesh

India

 
 

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