Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Manali is often considered a summer destination. Thanks to its pleasant weather, Manali serves as the perfect hill station for a respite from the scorching summer heat in most parts of India. However, you will be surprised at how awesome Manali and its surrounding regions become during the winter months. Not only do they provide breathtaking views of snow-clad peaks, they also offer some thrilling adventure activities like paragliding, river rafting and skiing. However, what Manali is most precious for are the great trekking opportunities it offers for enthusiasts. These treks range from beginner to expert levels and take you through the most mesmerizing trails along the beautiful north Indian mountains. (ALSO SEE 10 offbeat places to visit in India) Here are five such amazing treks around Manali for you to consider this winter: Also Read - Jiah Khan Death Anniversary: Timeline of Events Surrounding The Mysterious Death of Nishabd Actor

Beas Kund Trek

This trek takes 3-5 days and is one of the most famous treks near Manali. It starts from Solang Valley and involves crossing a couple of streams, walking over loosely held boulders on a dead glacier. When you finally reach the the glaciated Beas kund, you are treated to a great view of the surrounding peaks like Hanuman tibba. Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga to Make Landfall Today; Maharashtra, Gujarat on High Alert | Top Developments

Malana via Chanderkhani pass

This is another 3-day trek that begins at the Haripur base camp. You can drive down to Pulag from where you trek to an altitude of 3650 m. Here, you witness the snow-clad Chanderkhani pass before descending to the famous Malana village. People are friendly but make sure you don’t mess with them or litter in their clean village. Also Read - Bangladesh ODI Captain Tamim Iqbal Was 'Ashamed Of Himself' After Seeing Virat Kohli's Fitness Levels

Patalsu Peak Trek

A one-day trek, this one will take you to an altitude of 4244 m. You start at Solang Nala, which is located around 14 km from Manali, and pass Solang, the last village of Kullu valley. After this, you are welcomes by the beauty of the mountains as you ascend through meadows and woodlands as you take in the natural beauty and ambiance. WHen you reach the Patalsu peak base, you are treated to breathtaking views of peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Indrasan (6021m), and Deo Tibba (6001m). the Kullu valley too looks stunning from this point. From here, another 4-hour trek through a steep and rough terrain takes you to the Patalsu peak.

Dhungri/Kanyal village hike

One of the easiest hikes around Manali, this one will take just 3-4 hours. It takes you through the beautiful pine forests that are peculiar to this region. Once you reach the Kanyal village, you can view the beautiful green valley and villages on the other side.

Parvati Valley trek

Photograph: sabamonin/Creative Commons

Photograph: sabamonin/Creative Commons

Perhaps the finest trek of the region, the Parvati Valley trek is something you cannot afford to miss not matter what time of the year it is.Beginning at Haripur the base-camp, you head to one of the finest backpacking destinations of India – Kasol. This is followed by Barshaini which is the base to visit the beautiful village of Tosh where you can spend days admiring the views and attending the occasional night party. Barshaini is also the base for the amazing Kheerganga trek from you can treat yourself to stunning snow-clad views as you take a swim in the hot water springs.

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