The state of Himachal Pradesh has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure getaways. You’ll find plenty of choice, between the lush and green Kullu region, and the much drier northern region of Lahaul and Spiti. There are glorious treks and peaks that are suitable for beginners or for experienced trekkers. These destinations are perfect for quick weekend getaways in Himachal Pradesh.

Here’s a line-up of the top adventure getaways in Himachal Pradesh:

Kheerganga trek
The Kheerganga trek is one of the most iconic treks in Himachal Pradesh. It takes you through Parvati Valley, a paradise-like region that attracts backpackers from around the world. You’ll be heading up to Barshaini and Kheerganga, past charming Himachali villages, through pine-scented trails, across rickety wooden bridges and along clear streams. You’ll also get a chance to visit the hot springs nearby for a soothing dip in the therapeutic water.
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Kasol trek
Located in the Parvati Valley, the Kasol trek is one of the most popular short treks in India, thanks to its location and many attractions. You’ll find yourself in some of the prettiest campsites, with views of pine forests and oak stretching out all around. There are clear rivers to sit by, rocky patches to scramble over, and therapeutic hot springs to take dips in. Kasol attracts backpackers from around the world, and you’ll find delicious food and plenty to see and do here, making this one of the top short Himalayan treks in India.
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Triund trek
Located about ten kilometres from the bustling city centre of McLeodganj, this short trek in Kangra Valley is an easy but gorgeous adventure and is one of the top treks in India for beginners. You will see McLeodganj, also known as ‘Little Lhasa’ which is unlike any other place in India. This small town is home to a local population as well as Tibetan refugees, which provides a great opportunity to experience the vibrant Tibetan culture as well as some great food options! There are rocks to scramble over, peaks swathed in mist, and cold air all around. Trekkers visit sacred mountains, ancient temples and quaint ‘pahadi’ villages hidden in valleys. This adventure gives you breath-taking, 180-degree views of some of the most famous peaks in India. The short trek to Triund takes about four hours to complete and the view of the evening sky from Triund is a good enough reason to pitch a tent here for the night. The best time to enjoy this adventurous trek is May to October.
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Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek
This is one of the best places to see in Himachal Pradesh. The Hampta trek is a short and easy trek that takes you trekking through lush green valleys, wild flowers and mixed forests of spruce, pine, maple and oak. As the Hampta trek progresses, the ground changes underfoot, to the strikingly bare environs of the Lahaul region, known for its pristine beauty.

One of the highlights of the trek is camping near the Chandratal or Moon Lake – one of the finest high altitude alpine lakes in the country, and watching it change colour as the sun sets. The best time to visit is May- June and August- September.
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Beaskund trek
Beaskund is one of the most beautiful places in the Dhauladhar range of the mighty Himalayas and one of the best places to see in Himachal Pradesh. Besides being regarded as sacred, Beaskund is where the river Beas originates and it offers spectacular views of the nearby Shitidhar, Ladakhi, Friendship and Hanuman Tibba peaks. You trek past glaciers, up lushly forested slopes, passing the tree line, seeing mountain streams dot the landscape, and up into meadows where shepherds bring their flock to graze on the sweet grass. This is one of the most alluring treks in the Kullu as the trail takes you along the river bank and offers panoramic views of the Pir Panjal range. This is an easy and short trek that is perfect for a weekend getaway in Himachal Pradesh.
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Rock-climbing near Manali
To add a healthy dose of thrill to your quick weekend getaway in Himachal Pradesh, try your hand at rock-climbing in Manali. With amazing views of high snow-capped peaks and its proximity to the snowline, it’s no wonder that Manali is an adventure lover’s hotspot and there are many gorgeous natural rock formations perfect for rock climbing and rappelling. A one-day rock-climbing session provides participants with an introduction to rock climbing, rappelling, learning about the gear, knots, technique and balance.
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Paragliding in Solang
The Himalayas are rife with paragliding spots but the best place in India is right here in Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing in the Solang Valley lies at a height of 8500 feet, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and meadows. Here you can try out tandem paragliding for most of the year, except the monsoon.
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Snow lodge in Manali
Set in the middle of an apple orchard, this lodge in Manali lets you experience the fun of the mountains without the crowds. In winter, you will wake up to views of a white winter wonderland outside your room window. During the day, you can head into the snow and enjoy building a snowman, or visit Manali for some winter sightseeing. In the evening, you’ll return to your lodge for a quiet, cosy evening.
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River rafting in Kullu
The Beas river runs past Kullu, fed by the melting glaciers and snow in the mountains, and is clear and blue under the sunny Himachal skies. A river rafting trip here takes you along a fun 14 kms stretch and is a great adventure activity near Manali. You’ll begin your rafting adventure in Pirdi, where you’ll get ready to battle rapids ranging from Grade II to III for almost two hours. You can also camp in a picturesque campsite near Kullu, surrounded by greenery and nature.
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