• Trip introduction

    The trek to Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect antidote for stressed-out city folk who want a bit of peace and quiet. We trek through village trails, and thick pine, green oak, horse chestnut and cedar forests, to reach the old Upper Khaniyal village, with its traditional wooden houses made in the Kaathgunni style of architecture. We then trek onward through scenic routes, to reach the Khaniyal waterfall, and enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch enroute.

    This trek allows both trekking newbies or even veterans looking for a quick break to enjoy the mountains without too much physical exertion.

    IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip, so a minimum group size of 5 pax is required to make a booking. This will be a private trip, just for your group.


    Located in Himachal Pradesh, the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for nature lovers. The route to the sanctuary passes through beautiful thick forests of deodar, walnut and maple, and trekkers often spot numerous birds and if they're lucky some of the elusive wildlife.

    Destination highlights

    Breathe in the pine-scented air | Observe the traditional wooden houses in Khaniyal village | Visit the famous Hadimba temple | Take a dip at Khaniyal waterfall

    Activity Details




    7 kms

    4 hours

    7 km

    Trip details
  • Trek within the beautiful Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

    We meet at the pick-up point in Manali and make our way to the start point of the trek. We trek from Dhungri, located 1.5 kms from Manali, and past the famous Hadimba temple.

    The trail climbs steeply through thick forests of deodar and pine. After ascending for around 15 minutes, the trail forks - one trail goes higher up to Lamadugh and the other evens out to become the WLS walk. Walking through mostly pine forests, we head on to an established village trail. We enjoy some fabulous views of Manali and the mountains above it, through clearings in the forest.

    A gradually ascending trail then brings us to the old Upper Khaniyal village with its quaint charm and old wooden Kathgunni houses.

    A 15-minute walk from the village brings us to the gorgeous Khaniyal waterfall where we can enjoy dipping our feet in the cool waters. We rest here for lunch and trek down a well established trail that take us to the road, where a vehicle picks us up and takes us back to Manali.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Old Manali

    Old Manali

    08:30 AM


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  • Cancellation policy

    Refund and cancellation:

    If you cancel 45 days before the trip begins, 30% of the trip cost will be charged

    If you cancel 30 days before the trip begins, 50% of the trip cost will be charged

    If you cancel less than 30 days before the trip begins, or, are not present when the trip begins, no amount shall be refunded.

    Rules on trip

    The trip leader's decision is final.

    Participants have to respect the local culture and should not litter or deface natural structures/monuments.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The supplier will accept no liability for any damage, losses and expenses suffered by any client as a result of sickness, quarantine, weather conditions, war, strikes, riots or any other cause outside our control.

    Any damage, other than that attributable to fair wear and tear, to the equipment by the participants will be billed to the participant.

    In the event of any dispute, all matters will be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the courts of Himachal and the prevailing law of India shall prevail.

    While maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the participant, the supplier, their management or employees will not be responsible for injuries of any nature, mental or physical, whether caused directly or indirectly due to any adventures or their allied activities.
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    • Manali Wildlife Sanctuary Day Trek Adventure Mountains
    • Manali Wildlife Sanctuary Day Trek Adventure Mountains
    • Manali Wildlife Sanctuary Day Trek Adventure Mountains
    • Manali Wildlife Sanctuary Day Trek Adventure Mountains
  • Includes / Excludes


    • Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food (pre-packed lunch)

    • Guide and co-guide
    • Transport to and from the road head - Manali to Dhungri and return


    • Any expenses of a personal nature like phone calls etc.

    • Any hotel accommodations
    • Day packs (we expect participants to carry their own packs with their personal belongings for the whole trek)
    • Extra food apart from the pre-packed lunch provided
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Trekking Shoes (with a thick, hard sole and ankle support)
    • Pants (ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pant or track pants)
    • Tshirt- full-sleeved cotton t-shirts are preferable (you can also choose to wear t-shirts with collars, as they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns)
    • Synthetic fleece jacket - 1 pair
    • Wind proof/water proof jacket - 1 pair
    • Raincoat/Poncho (make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too)
    • Warm beanie (make sure it is something that covers your ears). You can also use buffs, scarfs etc. in addition to your beanie.
    • Gloves - lightweight, synthetic gloves made of fleece or woolen gloves
    • Sun cap/hat- 1
    • Sun glasses with good UV protection
    • Not to wear - Denims/jeans
    • Sports shoes
    • Woolen socks
    • Brightly coloured clothing

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • This is a fairly easy one-day trek that doesn't require any trekking equipment. Participants can carry a trekking pole if required.

    You need to get

    • Day pack (15 - 20 litre capacity) which you will use to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
    • One extra pair of socks
    • Toiletries - sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturizer, lip balm, soap, toilet paper
    • Headlamp/torch
    • Camera
    • Water Bottle- ideally keep two bottles of 1 litre each
    • Trekking Pole (optional)
    • Plastic packing covers (please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc. do not get wet)

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medications.