Does one need to be extremely fit in order to trek?
Not at all. One just needs to be reasonably healthy and have a liking for walking in the wilderness with a sack on your back. This basic level of fitness can be easily achieved by moderate exercise for about 15 minutes on a regular basis. Thats all it takes! Being moderately fit also means that you will enjoy the trek more.
Do you arrange private tours / treks?
Yes, we do arrange private tours and treks, according to your will and wish.
How long do we Trek / Ride each day?
Trekking programs are in three different categories: Soft / Moderate / Strenuous. Accordingly, you will trek for 4- 5 Hrs / 6- 7 Hrs / 8-9 Hrs.
Foot Wears: Hiking boots with some ankle support Training type shoe Flip – flop or slippers for use around the camp.
Clothes: Cotton shirts, T- shorts, jeans, etc. for day use. Socks and underwear 4/5 that can be easily washed and dried on daily basis. Trekking suits, light sweater, a wind proof jacket or lightly padded jacket, down jacket umbrella, sun hat, waterproof gear, etc.
In a supported trek, porters carry heavy personal items and the trekkers are required to carry minimum items only to make their walk easy. They carry what they might need during the daytime. So, they are briefed to pack their items in two different bags before the commence of the journey
How do I get to Dharamsala
To get from Dharamsala the easiest route is to follow directions from Delhi. You can also get there on overnight buses from Manali, Amritsar, and Shimla. McLeod Ganj is located approximately 10 kilometers away from Dharamsala and is accessible by frequent buses and taxis.
Travel by Bus
From Delhi, the easiest way to get directly to Dharamsala/Mcleod Ganj is by overnight bus. You can take one from the Interstate Bus Stand in Delhi. We recommend using a bus service that operates from the Tibetan Colony, Majnuka Tila, in Delhi, so you will be delivered directly to Mcleod Ganj. Other government-owned buses usually stop at Dharamsala, and another local bus must be taken to McLeod Ganj (about a half hour ride). Ask about our Reception and Orientation service to take all the hassle out of your travel!
Travel by Plane
If you arrive in Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport, you have two options as to how to continue.
Firstly you can head into Delhi and take a connection via train or bus, as listed below. To get to the bus/train stations from the airport, the best method is to get a pre-paid taxi. DO NOT take a taxi from anyone who approaches you, you will get ripped off. There is also a bus service available to take you to the city centre.
Secondly there is an airport about eighteen kilometers from lower Dharamsala in Kangra connecting to Delhi, Kullu, and Shimla. Indian Airlines operates a service from Delhi about 3 times a week.
Travel by Train
From Delhi, you can take a 12-hour train to Pathankot and catch a 4-hour bus to Dharamsala. Then a local bus can be taken for the half-hour journey to McLeod Ganj.
If for some reason you wish to cancel your trek, email intimation needs to be sent to info
Payment for the trek can be done by cheque/draft/online bank transfer. After you have registered for the trek on the website, you will receive a confirmation email from us. The email confirms your participation for the date of your choice. The email also contains details on how to make the payment for the trek. The payment is to be made to the Manu adventures & tours bank account with HDFC bank.
Do your charges vary with the increasing / decreasing number of heads?
Cost always comes down with the increasing number of heads.
What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?
You should bring water bottles with you on the trek. We prefer that you filter water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. We also provide a limited amount of boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the evening for next day’s journey.
What is the weather & temperature like?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult and hard to predict. Of course, it is generally cold at night, and in winter, the days can be quite beautiful if the sun is out. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March – April) is particularly lovely and beautiful as the rhododendrons are in full bloom. The mountains still have plenty of high snow to snap your photos.
You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses (not trendy fashion ones) for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.