We have some good news. The Office of the District Tourism Development Officer removed the prohibitive-order on trekking in the Kullu-Manali region that was issued on July 15th. This means the Hampta Pass, Beas Kund and the Bhrigu Lake treks are now back open.
On July 15th, the District Tourism Development Officer prohibited trekking and other adventure activities in the Kullu-Manali region between July 15 and September 15, stating safety in the monsoons as a worry.
However, earlier today, on July 16th, the District Tourism Development Officer (Kullu) issued another order today omitting trekking from the previous order. Rafting, paragliding and other adventure activities still remain closed.
This brings relief to thousands of trekkers who set out on treks to Himachal Pradesh every year.
Most treks in Himachal — including Hampta Pass, Beas Kund, Bhrigu Lake — are accessible only between the months of July and September, making these months the peak trekking season in Himachal Pradesh.
Before monsoon, the trails are rendered inaccessible with high snow. After September, the onset of winter makes the trail dry, cold and susceptible to the risk of winter snow.
The safest and best time to trek, despite rains, is July, August and September. It is during these months that Himachal becomes a hub for trekkers from all over India.
This also brings the much-required tourism that the state has missed out on because of the lockdowns in 2019.
If you’re planning to sign up for any of these treks, you can go ahead now.
The Pin Bhaba Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh remains unaffected by the order, as it is in another district altogether. The trek is running smooth and the first team of the season has crossed the pass today.
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