Old Manali Bridge is a popular landmark in Manali.
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.
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
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.
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.
The trip leader's decision is final.
Participants have to respect the local culture and should not litter or deface natural structures/monuments.