Himachal Pradesh Removes Prohibitive Order on Trekking in Kullu-Manali

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.

You’ll find all details about the treks by clicking on the trek names – Hampta Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Beas Kund.

Additional information:
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.

If you have any questions, drop in a comment below and we’ll write back to you.

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers. A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content. Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact in a person's mind, body and spirit. Read Swathi's columns. Watch Swathi's videos.