The snow-laden heaven that hill town of Himachal Pradesh offers, lure many tourists every year from across the country. This northern state of India is famous for its awe-inspiring landscapes, fertile valleys and gushing rivers. Town of Manali is one such hill station that falls under Kullu valley. Located a few miles away from the town of Manali is the charming alpine plateau of the Lamadugh Trek. The starting point of the trek, Manu Temple in Old Manali, has an interesting history associated with it. The Temple is said to be dedicated to the Sage Manu who is known to be the first man to walk on earth according to Hindu religion. The sage was also the author of Manusmriti which is an ancient Sanskrit dialect. After immersing yourself in the enriching history and legends, head toward your trek with enough water and energy bars to munch on.
HOW TO REACH LAMA DUGH TREK
To reach Lama Dugh you need to first reach Manali. Here is how you can get to your destination.
· By Air
The Bhuntar Airport with a distance of 50 km from Manali and 10 km from Kullu is the nearest one. However, the frequency of the flight is not that great so you need to check for your schedule in advance. The flights going down to Kullu from Delhi are not advisable for the budget travellers.
· By Rail
Joginder nagar railway station is your best bet to reach Manali via Train. It connects and commutes from various cities and joins it to Manali. Your other option includes taking a train to Chandigarh and then getting a HRTC bus.
· By Road
The most budget friendly option is to take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali that drops you up till Bhuntar. There are many private and public buses that commute daily from Delhi Kashmiri Gate to Manali. If you are coming from Chandigarh then it is best to board the HRTC bus that takes you to Manali. The approximate time taken by the bus is around 12 to 14 hours. You can also go for rental cars if you are not short on budget and prefer comfort. There are several rental companies that you can find online that provide the services. Taking a road trip is the best way to start your journey as you can get to experience the on-road beauty of the hills and valleys.
Lamadugh Trek makes its base from Old Manali’s Manu temple. You will enter a forest patch of deodar and pine forests which makes a pleasant walk. These beautiful conifer forests of the Himalaya define the beauty of the Himalayan forests and on the side give you scenic views of the lush greenery. The route progresses to give way to the view of the Bara Singhi Glacier along with the panoramic view of the Deo Tibba and Indrasan. Towards the end you will find the vibrant wildflowers covered meadows that spell amazing.
Day 01: Manu Temple to Lamadugh
The trek starts from the Manu Temple in the Old Manali and then tread through the forest trails filled with Coniferous forest of Deodar, pine and oak trees. The journey takes around 5 hours to reach Lamadurgh and you won’t find any water resources in between to refill your bottle. So, make sure you have enough water to last you till you reach your destination. As you climb towards the top you get a great perspective of Manali that is situated on the bank of Beas River.
The Kullu valley will bring out different colours in different season. As you continue to gain height the picture of some of the peaks starts getting more clear. The distinct view of the Indrasan along with the Glacier of Bara Shigri opens up. You can also see the snow-laden mountain peak of the Deo Tibba. You will get ample opportunity to capture the panoramic views of these mountains from various viewpoints. In last few minutes the trail take a right turn towards the ridge which needs to be travelled to reach Lamadugh. This is a alpine plateau with flowers growing in the field. After reaching you can take in the view and enjoy your camp stay with starry nights.
Day 2: Lamadugh to Old Manali
On the next day, rise early to catch a glimpse of early morning sun in the fresh air of Lamadugh. After having your breakfast, you can head back to Manali by tracing back your steps. The descent takes less time when compared to ascent.