Solang - Hampta Ski Touring
Trip Type: Ski Touring
Region: Kullu - Himachal
Grade: Moderately Challenging
Duration: 7 days
Max Altitude: 3800m
Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only
Solang Hampta Ski Touring Overview
A short week-long trip that gives you an introductory big mountain experience like few others. Starting in Solang nala, we start our trip skiing down alpine slopes accessible with a gondola. Through the week, we make our way to the old growth forests of Patalsu and onward to the deep powder bowls of Setan. Both Patalsu and Setan are complete backcountry areas only accessible by ski touring. The trip is a complete Himalayan backcountry experience and with no camping involved, it ensures that you get the best of all worlds.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Day 01: Manali
Arrive in Manali and shift to Solang nulla. Spend the afternoon and evening doing some small ski runs. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 02: Solang
We do a few runs at Solang nulla and at Phatru today to get used to the area and the snow conditions. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 03: Solang - Patalsu -Solang
Today we head up to Patalsu peak, 3800m with packed lunches. We start early in order to reach the peak and ski down on its north-west slopes to reach our hotel by the evening.
Day 04: Solang - Setan
Leave Solang today to drive to the village of Setan in the Hampta valley. It is a 30 km drive in total and should take 1 - 2 hrs. Once we check into the lodge at Setan, we can go out and do the Setan Top run. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Setan
We head out early today to do the Bhujdhar run. Setan has great north facing slopes that have untouched powder for days after a storm.
Day 06: Setan
Another day on the deep powder slopes of Setan. Today we make our way to the top of Setan Dome through old growth cedar forests and alpine meadows and get a long run to the base of the Dome.
Day 07: Setan - Manali
We leave Setan to head back down to Manali. Trip Ends!
- Nutritious, high-calorie, meals as detailed in the itinerary
- Rooms on double occupancy as per the itinerary in budget hotels/ guesthouses
- Various transports as detailed in the itinerary.
- Ski guide for the duration of the trip.
- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Any insurance
- Any evacuations expenses
- Sleeping bag.
- Your Personal Ski gear. It's best you get your own Ski equipment as it will not be possible to rent any gear locally.
- Transport to and from Manali at the beginning and end of the trip
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
- Good quality waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Balaclava (thick fleece)
- Sun hat
- Cycle mitts
- Warm gloves - mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.
- Mid-weight fleece top
- Cycling tights (looser, "trackster" fit rather skin-tight lycra),
- Long sleeved shirt
- Travel trousers
- 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)
- Cotton tee-shirt for around town
- Long sleeved thermal top
- Thermal long johns
- 2-3 pairs underwear
- 2-3 pairs of standard socks
- 1 pair warm sock
- Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD's, if applicable (bring spare cleats)
- Trekking shoes and climbing shoes
- Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.
- Main bag - soft shell duffle bag to be kept in the logistics vehicle.
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
- A bike helmet
- Dark glasses (the sun is very strong),
- A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),
- travel insurance policy
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.
- Plastic Packing covers.