Kulu, Kinnaur, Lahaul & Spiti
In contrast to the arid landscape of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh offers lush green alpine valleys with some of the most thrilling and challenging mountaineering opportunities of 6000 metre peaks in relatively unknown valleys.
The captivating landscape, with an incomparable diversity of flora and fauna is regarded as a ‘Mountaineers paradise’ and a treat for climbers who come to this region. Often, the treks into base camp go through fragrant apple and fruit orchards, lush meadows and gurgling springs.
The area around Manali in the Kulu valley forms the hub of easy access and climbing in Himachal. The Beas Kund region home to Hanuman Tibba (5930m), Makerbeh (6069m), or Shikarbeh (6200m) peaks around the source of the river Beas and further afield is Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (6223m). Situated at the northern end of the Kulu valley, Manali has spectacular views of snow capped peaks and is surrounded by towering peaks from all around. Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline.
Still in the Kulu valley going towards Manikaran and beyond towards the Tos glacier, peaks like White Sail (6420m) also known as Dharamsura and Papsura at (6440m) would be accessible.
Peaks like Menthosa (6443m) and Phabrang (6172m) require a scenic drive over the Rohtang Pass into the Miyar Nullah and beyond.
There are other clusters of peaks in Lahul containing the CB range, the Mulkila range and the KR range. In the hidden area of Spiti, are difficult to access but challenging peaks like Leo Pargial I (6816m) and Gya (6794m).
Trekking peaks in Himachal are Friendship (5289m) and Ladakhi (5345m) where no liaison officer is required.
The mountaineering season tends to be concentrated between late April to early November.