An astounding peak that reaches up to 4,220m (13,845ft), the Patalsu Peak boasts of its scenic beauty and enchanting appeal. Located within the close proximity of the picturesque Kullu Valley, this soaring peak makes for an ideal trekking destination and is also one of the most sought after trekking destinations in the region.
With moderate to challenging gradients, it entices a large number of trekkers from across the country. Though considered as a difficult one, the trekkers get rewarded with promising views and an amazing experience on completing this trek.
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Day 1 –
Arrival in Manali
Today, arriving in Manali, check-in into a local hotel and get prepared for an upcoming journey that will take you to the enthralling Patalsu Peak. Once in the hotel, you can laze around the vicinity or embark on a short sightseeing tour on your own.
Day 2 –
Trek from Manali to Solnag Nulla
Today morning, after having breakfast in the hotel, assemble at the decided point and get briefed on the dos and don’ts of the Patalsu peak trekking. Post this, start following the left bank of the Beas River that will take you to the Ghoshal, Shanag and Burwa settlements. From here, cross the river and reach the beautiful Solang Nulla vicinity followed by an overnight camp beside the Beas River.
Day 3 –
Trek from Solang Nulla to Shagadugh
The day will be dedicated towards trekking from the Solang Nulla camp to Shahadugh. Starting in the morning, the trek for the day will take you through deciduous pine and oak forests; on your way, you can also spot game birds like Monals and Khaleej pheasants. Continuing through these scenic trails, once you reach a stunning-open meadow, you will be at the Shagadugh camp; overnight stay in the camp.
Day 4 –
Trek from Shagadugh – Patalsu Peak – Shagadugh
Today, starting with an early morning trek, proceed towards the captivating Patalsu Peak (4,220m). Trek through the lush and evergreen forests from the Shagadugh camp and trail through the winding and uneven terrains to reach the summit. Arriving at Patalsu Peak, enjoy the panoramic views of the Shitidhar, Friendship and Manali peaks. Curate some of the most delightful moments of your trek so far and start descending back to the campsite for an overnight stay.
Day 5 –
Trek from Shagadugh to Solang Nulla, Drive from Solang Nulla to Manali
On the last day of this exciting and fascinating expedition, trek back to the Solang Village, from where, you will be finally driven to Manali.
- Camping, kitchen and dining tents
- Accommodation in Manali
- Experienced and qualified guides
- Cook and camp Helpers
- Horses with horseman to carry luggage (only 10kg)
- All accommodations and food during the trek
- Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Daypack (20 litres): As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.
- Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
- Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, preferably quick-dry, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandotory. In June, there will be abundant snow on Hampta Pass, and you would need it to protect yourself from snow blindness.
- Suncap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
- Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
- Balaclava: You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
- Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Domperidone – 6 tablets (vomitting)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)