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The millenial works harder than anyone else. Uh uh, it’s not us – a lot of scientific studies say so. Don’t shoot the messenger you know. And since we work so hard, all those precious leaves that we collect (or manage not to save up) mean a lot. Sadly, what happens to most of us is that we cannot manage to make any concrete plans for these jewel like leave days and they go to waste. Either we end up working those days anyway or it is just wasted drinking, re-watching our favourite rom-coms at home or sleeping 18 hours a day. Tsk tsk. That really should not be the case.

Is that you, wondering why are you sitting idle at home instead of holidaying some where in the Himalayas?

What if we told you there was a much better alternative? There is! Check out this 5 insane and fun-filled trips that you could be taking instead. They are all 3 Nights/4 Day itineraries which will fit perfectly with your leaves and they are super budget friendly, which means you won’t have to think twice before booking one for you and all your friends. But the best part? Not only do you get to explore some of Himachal Pradesh’s most gorgeous valleys – you also get to stay with India’s happiest hostel 😀

The KTK Trek (Kasol-Tosh-Kheerganga)

Usual morning views at Kheerganga (Picture by: Yasir Zaidi)

This trek is perfect for people who want to explore the depths of the beautiful Parvati Valley. The relaxing hot water springs of Kheerganga, panoramic views of the Himalayas, wild horses grazing on bright green grasslands, adorable cafes and cottages of Tosh, bustling local culture of Kasol and the sweet, sweet bliss of traversing through acres of beautiful and untouched forests is hardly comparable to any other Himalayan trek. Fun fact: According to our trip coordinator, there is no better kheer in India than the one made by the locals of Kheerganga.

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Details:

  1. Duration: 3N/4D
  2. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  3. Highest Altitude: 10,065 feet

Top 3 experiences:

  1. Manikaran Gurudwara tour
  2. Hot water springs
  3. Tosh views

The Hippie Trek (Kasol-Grahan-Tosh)

Usual trail views at Grahan (Picture by: Prashant Kushhwaha)

The Kasol-Grahan-Tosh is literally the OG trek of the region. According to local legend, this is one of the very first trekking routes discovered in this region. It gives you a taste of the hippie culture in Kasol, the pristine & untouched natural beauty of Grahan and with a pitstop in one of the most picturesque villages in Himachal. And don’t take it lightly when we say – this trek is definitely going to fill up the storage space on your phone.

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Details:

  1. Duration: 3N/4D
  2. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  3. Highest Altitude: 8000 feet

Top 3 experiences:

  1. River walk
  2. Stargazing in Grahan
  3. Tosh village

The Hampta Valley Trek

Valley views at Hampta Valley Trek (Picture by: Sushant Kapil)

The Hampta Valley Trek starts in the charming village of Sethan. With less than 20 houses, this place rapidly becomes covered with layers of crisp white snow. It is usually not even possible to transport beyond Sethan in late winters. The trek then marches through the widespread pine, deodar, oak, chestnut and maple trees into the verdant grazing grounds of Chikka. But it doesn’t end here! It instead takes you onto the snow trail – exploring deeper into the heart of the Hampta Valley. For a glimpse into the true nature of a winter wonderland, this trek is perfect.

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Details:

  1. Duration: 3N/4D
  2. Difficulty: Moderately challenging
  3. Highest Altitude: 10,000 feet

Top 3 experiences:

  1. Manali cafe culture
  2. Gorgeous Sethan Village
  3. Snow trek to Chikka

The Mcleod-Bir Trip

Get tempted by picturesque landscapes (Picture by: Siddharth Singh)

This ingenious trip lets you get a taste of not one but three Himachali towns. Explore glistening waterfalls, bustling markets and ancient temples in McleodGanj. In Dharamshala, you get to see one of the highest cricket stadiums and some of the lushest tea gardens of Kangra. The trip ends in the spiritual and eco-friendly town of Bir, where you get a taste of artistic monasteries, bohemian cafes and Asia’s highest paragliding site. Totally one stone, three targets situation.

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Details:

  1. Duration: 3N/4D
  2. Difficulty: Easy
  3. Highest Altitude: 7874 feat

Top 3 experiences:

  1. Tsuglagkhang Complex
  2. Paragliding in Billing
  3. Bir cycling tour

The Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri have some really scenic trails that will make you stop at every point (Picture by: Abhishek Singh)

This trek is perfect for all you adventurers looking for the taste of the extreme without spending a week in the mountains. Kareri Lake is a shallow, freshwater lake fed by glacial snow melting high in the Dhauladhars. This makes the lake bed highly visible in many places. The Kareri Lake trek is a popular one and sees a variety of terrain, including chilgoza pine forests, straight and narrow roads, multiple steep ascents, river crossings, creaky wooden bridges, and verdant woods. The Kangra district is also famous for its ingenious tea brews, so you definitely can enjoy some of that when you stop in Reoti.

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Details:

  1. Duration: 3N/4D
  2. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  3. Highest Altitude: 9625 feet

Top 3 experiences:

  1. Reoti campsite views
  2. Lakeside camping
  3. Stargazing
What Should I Do Now?
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  3. To see more photos of these trips, click here.

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