Where to travel
You can trek to thePatalsuPeak(4,470 meters) in theSolangValley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh (HP),Indiaand ski down in just one day.
What to do & see:
The PatalsuPeak, located at the head of the KulluValley, emerges from pine and oak forests and dominates the Solang skyline. The peak, a vantage point, affords charming views of Hanuman Tibba (5,996 meters), the Hampta, Jagatsukh and Kullu valleys and Shitidhar Peak (5,289 meters). The skiable slope altitude varies from2,270 meters to4,220 meters. Beyond3,080 meters, the landscape is treeless.
From the summit of Patalsu, you can ski down the South and South West Face until you reach the fields ofOldSolangVillage. Trekking up to the summit and skiing down will need at least one day, but start early, say around4:00 AM, to avoid slushy slopes and scorching sun in afternoon.
Trek from Palchan (via Solang) to Patalsu Peak
Since Solang (2,350 meters) is a popular place to experience snow, a road connects Manali to SolangVillagevia Palchan. However, the 3-km long road between Palchan and Solang disappears under snow during winter. Therefore, you have to walk this distance in the winter season. The scenic hike from Palchan to Solang leads to the Kothi Gorge. Palchan is located at the junction of the Rohtang and Solang valleys. From NewSolangVillagealong the BeasRiverto the Old Solang village is less than one hour’s walk. Before entering to Old Solang, you have to cross a temporary wooden bridge spanning the river. Thereafter, the trail is steep. See pictures of the Patalsu Peak environs.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) in Manali runs Winter Sports (Skiing) Center at Solang. The center offers basic snowboarding and ski equipment on rent.
When to go
February to March
How to reach
Solang village is about thirteen (13) kilometers from Manali, a popular hill station in HP.
Manali is about 570 kilometersfrom Delhi, the national capital of India. Book a bus ticket for Delhi-Manali trip.
The high-end WelcomHeritage Solang Valley Resort in Palchan offers deluxe and superior deluxe rooms, and Maharaja and Presidential suites. The accommodation tariff ranges from INR 6,600.00 (US$126.52, €95.06 , £81.84) to 16,000.00 (US$306.71, €230.46 , £198.40) per night, per person exclusive of taxes. Contact the hotel.
Alternatively, you can stay in Manali that has an assortment of accommodation choices. Hire a taxi from Him Anchal Taxi Operators Union in Manali. The union charges INR 1000.00 (US$19.17, €14.40 , £12.40)for an 8-hour local trip covering up to 100 kilometers. Contact the taxi union.