If you love a dose of adventure, we’ve got a list of activities you must try when in Manali.
As humans, we love a good challenge. After all, it sets our hearts racing and our adrenaline pumping—now that’s certainly fun. If you enjoy thrilling activities (or at least want to give it a shot), Manali is the place to be. While many come here to enjoy Manali’s pristine views or visit the hill resort for its many temples and monasteries, some are ready to step out of their comfort zones, overcome their fears and get a taste of adventure sports.
Before we tell you more about the activities you can explore, we suggest coming to Manali at least a day in advance to get acquainted with the hill station. Check in to the best five-star luxury resort in Himachal Pradesh, Bookmark Resort Manali. This property offers plenty of luxurious accommodation options with stunning views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. Everything from the food offerings to wellness is on point—so make sure you experience it all.
Without further ado, let’s get to some of the most popular adventure activities for thrill seekers.
- River Rafting
While many may have been to Rishikesh for river rafting in the past, trying this in Manali is a different experience altogether. The water currents are treacherous (not dangerous), with many curves and bends. You will have a whale of a time navigating these waves, and trust us, and it will fill you with a newfound love for adventure. Depending on the currents and weather conditions, head out for this experience. The best time to try river rafting is in the summer, while the best stretch is from Pirdi to Jhidi.
We have all watched paragliding videos online, but how about giving it a shot this time? Yes, surfing along the magnificent mountainscape is an experience of a lifetime. We won’t say it’s the most accessible adventure sport because you need guts to jump off. Do this only if you have tried other adventure activities because this experience is not for beginners. The best time to try paragliding in the Solang Valley is between April and December. You will enjoy floating in the air amid pristine views, we promise!
Another adventure sport that you must tick off your list is skiing. However, as most know, it is best done on snowy slopes in winter. Of course, skiing is not a sport for beginners—however, if you are fascinated by it, you can sign up for some classes at skiing schools in Manali. With guided assistance and regular sessions, you can certainly give it a shot. The best places to try skiing are Rohtang Valley, Marhi and Gulaba.
Most of us have tried hiking at some point in our lives. The only difference is the terrain, which may be easy or challenging. This adventure activity is also an excellent way to soak in any destination, mainly if it’s a mountainous region. Making your way up mountain peaks offers you an unparalleled view of Manali. Camping is also a good idea if you are ready to go the extra mile.
Head to Manali between May and October and engage in some of the popular hiking trails, including Manali – Chandertal – Deo Tibba Base – Manali; Manali – Naggar – Malana – Manikaran – Manali; Pin Parvati Pass and the Great Himalayan National Park.
- Mountain biking
This list is complete with a mention of mountain biking. What an exhilarating experience to explore Manali on a bicycle as the strong winds hit your face and the whistling sound gives you some company. Once again, while the adventure level can be easy to moderate, it’s essential to check in with a guide before signing up. You can try this all year round – we recommend the trail that begins in Manali and goes to Khardung La Pass via Rohtang La, Baralacha La Pass and more.
After a long day, head back to Bookmark Resort Manali and savour the local dhaam, a curated selection of Himachali delicacies prepared by our in-house culinary experts. Wash it down with a few alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, and we promise you will have a good night’s rest!