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Himachal Backpacking – Manali – Kasol –Jibhi

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Himachal – the topography of an intricate chain of mountain ranges and a wanderer’s kaleidoscope for culture, arts and language is a must-do backpacking in India. Has a Himachal Backpacking trip crossed your mind anytime? A tour to Manali-Kasol-Jibhi tops them all, the adrenaline rushes like no other! The visit to the prominent places of Parvati valley, Manikaran, Solang valley, Sarsoli lake and Jalori Pass and the magnificent Kasol fills you up with authenticity of raw Himachal and experiencing the so called ‘hippie life’ of Parvati!

Highlights

Himachal Backpacking - An Overview

Day 1: Overnight Travel from Delhi to Manali

Day 2: Manali arrival. Manali Local sightseeing. Night stay in Manali

Day 3: Manali sightseeing and Solang Valley. Night Stay in Manali

Day 4: Kasol Cafe hopping and Night Stay

Day 5: Kasol sightseeing. Departure for Jibhi

Day 6: Jibhi to Jalori pass and Sirolsar Lake. Departure for Delhi

Day 7: Arrive in Delhi by morning

The journey will commence in Delhi. The pick-up point will be Majnu Ka Tila/RK Ashram Metro Station by 6.00 PM. We will start our overnight journey from there and we will be in the first spot, Manali around 10 AM. Along the way, get to know your new backpacker, share interests, and get some sleep for the big hike days ahead.

Dinner

Today, we plan to embark on a local sightseeing tour of Manali, beginning with a visit to the Hadimba Temple. This ancient cave temple is believed to be approximately 500 years old and holds great historical significance. Additionally, we will explore Manali Mall Road and indulge in café hopping in the charming Old Manali area. Our day will conclude with a delightful dinner and an overnight stay in Manali.

Breakfast, Dinner

We will depart for Solang Valley, a haven for adventure enthusiasts, after enjoying an early morning breakfast. Upon reaching the valley, travelers can indulge in various activities such as Zorbing, Skiing, ATV rides, Paragliding, Zipline, and more, at their own expense. After a thrilling experience, we will traverse the iconic Atal Tunnel and explore Sissu, a picturesque valley nestled in Lahaul, subject to weather and time constraints. We will then return to Manali for dinner, followed by an overnight stay. Please note that the visit to Atal Tunnel and Sissu is subject to weather and time availability.

Breakfast, Dinner

After our breakfast in the early morning, we will depart from our hotel and make our way to Kasol, a picturesque village nestled in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Renowned for its unspoiled river streams and lush forests, Kasol is a must-visit destination.

Upon arrival, we will check into our designated hotel and proceed to hike towards Chalal, a charming village that offers breathtaking views of the entire Parvati Valley. In the evening, we will enjoy cafe hopping and explore the vibrant local market.

Later on, we will have dinner and spend the night in Kasol.

 

Breakfast, Dinner

After our morning meal, we will vacate our hotel and make our way to the Manikaran Temple and Manikaran Gurudwara. Additionally, we will explore the revered Hot Water Springs in Manikaran, which hold great significance for the nearby residents. Later on, we will continue our journey towards Jibhi, a charming hamlet situated amidst the verdant forests of Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh.

As soon as we arrive at Jibhi in the evening, we will check into our hotel. Following this, we will embark on a tour of the area, taking in the magnificent Jibhi Waterfall, browsing the local market, and sampling various cafes. For dinner, we will be served a scrumptious meal, after which we will spend the night in Jibhi.

Breakfast

Following our early morning breakfast, we will depart from our hotel and embark on a trek to Jalori Pass. This scenic route will lead us to a 360º viewpoint, providing us with breathtaking views of the valley and the Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas.

Our trek will continue through Jalori Pass, and we will make a stop at the serene Sirolsar Lake, which is situated amidst beautiful alpine forests. Adjacent to the lake, there is a temple that holds great significance for the locals, where we can pay our respects.

Finally, we will descend and make our way towards Bhuntar/Aut, where we will board an overnight bus bound for Delhi.

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Stay Not Applicable

Our tentative arrival time in Delhi is 9 AM early morning. The group will bid farewell to each other with cherished memories from the trip. Thus, the trip comes to an end.

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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Inclusions

  • Volvo A/c Bus to and fro Travel from Delhi
  • Accommodation for 4 nights on multiple sharing basis as per the itinerary
  • Meal as per Plan Day 2: Dinner , Day 3: Breakfast + Dinner , Day 4: Breakfast + Dinner , Day 5: Breakfast + Dinner , Day 6 : Breakfast
  • Tempo Traveller for local Transport on rest of the days
  • Driver allowances, Toll & Interstate taxes
  • Trip Leader
  • Experience that you gain

Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Rohtang Pass Visit
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay. 
  • Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.
  • 1 Down Jacket / Main Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry an insulated jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.
  • 1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when traveling to cold regions.
  • Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors, especially in the mountains. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.
  • 3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene. 
  • 3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.
  • 1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.
  • 1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from the rain. 
  • Quick-dry towel: A quick-dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.
  • Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands.
  • Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.
  • Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day. 
  • Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+): To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.
  • Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.
  • Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag. 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, and medication for headaches, nausea, etc is necessary.
  • Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.
  • Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.
  • Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, and driver's License.
  • Travel Laundry Bag: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in the bag and keep them separate from your dry clothes. 
  • Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.



Policy and Terms

 

Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

30 days or more

10% of the total invoice value

Between 15-29days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0-14 days

90% of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start

  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.

NOTE:

  • Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.

  • You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!

  • The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.

In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 48 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.

In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.

Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone

In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:

PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)

On/After the Trek

 

 

Terms and Conditions

The purchase of any travel services offered by PLAN THE UNPLANNED (hereinafter referred as ‘PTU’) constitutes a contractual arrangement between PTU (‘First Party’) and Client (hereinafter referred as ‘You’) (‘Second Party’). Booking of services with PTU represents your unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions set out herein. These terms and conditions shall be binding on you and all the travel companions booked by you.

Trekking and other outdoor activities provided by the PTU depend on various factors and have inherent risks associated with life. PTU does its best to reduce all types of risks, discomfort, and hazard to the best of its ability (within financial constraints), yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps, and deficiency in service.

Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these terms prior to confirming your booking.

 

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Pictures used on the website and collateral are meant for marketing purposes. These do not imply the inclusion of the pictorial content to be a part of your vacation or any guarantee that you will experience, encounter or view whatever is depicted through the pictures.


Fitness Responsibility

PTU offers trip(s) and trek(s) that require varying levels of fitness. The level of difficulty can be based on the extent of physical stress, the terrain, weather, and/or climate. The degree of difficulty for some trips can be physically demanding. To enable you to choose appropriately and prepare accordingly, carefully review the level of difficulty of each trip before booking the same.

PTU doesn’t have any medical expert(s) and it is your responsibility to obtain medical advice, latest health requirements including inoculations and vaccines before you join a trip. PTU takes no responsibility for your inability to cope with the level of difficulty on a trip. While there is no age limitation on any PTU trips, any disability, pregnancy, mental or physical, or any other medical condition that may affect your fitness to complete the trek must be revealed at the time of booking the trip to PTU. You also undertake that you and Your travel companions, for whom You have signed up, do not suffer from any condition or disability that could create a hazard to Your own wellbeing or to others on a trip.


Program Dates

You are solely responsible for verifying the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.


Itinerary

PTU reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip or part of the trip under circumstances, including but not limiting to Acts of God, road blockage, political unrest, sickness, accidents, events beyond PTU’s control etc. Any extra cost arising from such circumstances shall be borne by you on the spot. Wherever possible, PTU shall intimate you of such changes in advance or while on the trip.


Luggage Responsibility

Baggage and personal effects are at your risk throughout the trip. You are solely responsible for your personal belongings while on the trip. PTU is not responsible for the loss of baggage, goods, air tickets, passport, cash, traveler’s cheques, or any other travel document or item owned by you while on tour, whatever the cause.


On-trip Behaviour

You are required to behave in a manner that is acceptable and conducive to group travel. PTU reserves the right to terminate your trip (if you are found to be causing distress/annoyance to co-travelers, endanger/damage property of any supplier or of other traveling companions), without assigning any reason whatsoever. No refund for unused services is possible in such cases.

You also agree to abide by the authority of the group leader designated by PTU. The decision of the tour leader is binding on all participants on matters that affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. Behavior that causes danger, distress, or annoyance to others, or interferes with the mobility of the group can result in the group leader terminating your participation from the trip, with no right to refund for missed or unused services.


Protect The Environment

The entire trip/ trek would be through natural trails and we would spend most of the time in eerie forests, serene valleys, soothing hillsides, or at golden beaches. You should know that it’s your duty to protect the environment and not create nuisances on the way by throwing your plastic materials and other wastes like packets of chips or wrappers of chocolates. PTU shall not consider any such behavior towards nature. We expect you to be responsible and aware adults.


No Smoking Or Alcohol Consumption

PTU doesn’t support smoking or any sort of alcohol consumption during the journey and as a team, we earnestly request you to not indulge in those practices while you are with us. Smoking is not only injurious to your health but also equally bad for nature. We should ensure that there’s sustainable natural conservation and our acts, in no way, hampers that. Also, alcohol consumption might ruin your experience as well as cause discomfort to your fellow mates. No action of smoking or drinking shall be tolerated by PTU during the trip/trek.


Amenities

PTU makes every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests, but PTU requests you to understand that the amenities around the trekking region may not be the same as the ones you are accustomed to, at home. Weather is another factor that will have a direct impact on your journey. Hence, you are requested to have patience, enthusiasm and be prepared for compromising, before you choose to undertake this journey.


Awareness

You accept that the very nature of active, adventure travel requires a degree of personal risk. You are likely to visit places where political, cultural, and geographical attributes might pose certain risks, dangers, and physical challenges. By booking a tour with PTU, you accept that you are aware of the personal risks, dangers, and challenges that might arise and that you are aware of the risks involved. You hereby assume all such risk and release PTU from all claims and causes of action arising from such damages or injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges, and laws in effect as well as your local embassy contacts in each destination.


Emergency Situations

In the event you fall ill or suffer an accident during the trip, all hospital expenses, doctor fees, repatriation expenses, evacuation from road or mountain, any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of your illness/accident are your responsibility.


Photography Rights

PTU reserves the right to take photographs of you during the trip and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a trip with us, you automatically grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and irrevocable license for using your images in photographs and videos that may be used for promotional material, website, social media, collateral, and any other marketing and publicity materials.

Frequest Questions

Q: How is the Trip /Trek Organised?
A: For the proper organization of Backpacking Trips and Himalayan treks, Plan the Unplanned team is associated with Justwravel team that’s registered with ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India) Moreover, we have been working with them for 10 years. Their highly skilled staff with 20+ years of experience, professional local guides and BMC certified trek leaders are the reasons for our continuing partnership with them. The team shall manage all operations, medical and mechanical backup starting from the base location. Only when we have over 8 bookings from Bangalore, do we send our leaders from Bangalore. Note: To properly utilize resources, a batch from PTU is clubbed with trekkers who originally book with the local team. This is how all trekking organizations manage their treks. An exclusive PTU batch is only formed when we have a majority of bookings ( over 8 and above ) from PTU Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun. Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors. The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food. Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel. Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care. In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.

Q: Who will go along with us on the Himachal Backpacking trip?
A: All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q: I am the only girl in the group. Is it safe to travel solo?
A: Yes, it is; girls' safety is most important to us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips. They are honest and reliable, but we advise taking care of your personal belongings.

Q: How can I book a Himachal Backpacking Trip with you?
A: After selecting the trip, you can book by clicking on the book now button, or you can contact us, and we will guide you in the booking.

Q: What type of food is served during the Himachal Backpacking trip?
A: We provide nutritious and healthy food during the trip. We always serve Indian vegetarian food.

Q: Can you customize the trip?
A: Yes, we can customize any trip as per your needs and feasibility.

Q: What is the best time to visit Himachal?
A: October to February is the winter season and is considered the best time to visit Himachal if you love the cold breeze, and January is best to enjoy the chilly pleasure of snowfall. Also, during the Summer months of April, May, and June, you won't be able to see snow during this month. Temp might drop to below 0 degrees celsius.

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