Rising straight out of Manali, Deo Tibba Base Camp is one of the best trekking options if you’re looking to witness the incredibly vibrant flora of Himachal Pradesh in full force. The trail follows along local foraging routes, where it is said that many herbs with medicinal qualities can be found in the thick forests and alpine meadows. Old legends follow the trail as well, with sages rumored to live atop the surrounding peaks, and the five Pandavas said to have planted rice shoots in these meadows during the Mahabharata epic. Above the treeline, we find billowing prayer flags, a hidden lake and peaks rising into the clouds from all directions.
SAC T4 Alpine Hiking
Path traces are not always present. Some sections require the use of hands. Grounds are relatively exposed, tricky grass slopes, craggy ground, simple firn fields and snow free glacier sections.
Delhi to Delhi
3 days travel & rest
5 days hiking & camping
38 km / 24 mi
4480 m / 14700 ft
Fly and/or drive from Delhi to Manali. Mode of transport is subject to weather conditions and availability of flights.
You’ve had a long night’s journey to Manali, so use today to rest up and prepare for your adventure ahead. Your home for the night will be our Playground headquarters, Playground Manali, where we will meet for the first time as a team, and receive a briefing on what the upcoming journey has in store for us! For the day, take a trip into town or enjoy the hostel culture we have right here among fellow travelers. We often host cozy movie marathons, cake & coffee tastings from our cafe on the terrace, bonfires out back, game nights (we challenge you to a game of Exploding Kittens), tetherball tournaments, local Himachali cooking/handicraft classes - you name it. Tomorrow, your adventure begins.
This trek begins almost directly from Manali, and our short, one-hour drive up the switchbacks that climb above town will land us at the heavily-forested trailhead. Today’s hike is fairly simple, following the gently inclining meadows up through groves of trees until reaching our camp by the riverside in a green clearing. Here we find our first legend along the trail. To our left sits a medium-sized boulder, with a strangely-twisted pathway slithering straight down the center. Small trishuls (Shiva’s trident) have been placed at its base, rumored by locals to be the point where a king cobra snake emerged over 5,000 years ago. A quaint farmhouse is set nearby, with shepherds passing through with their sheep and goat herds on occasion.
We move on and up, hugging the river closely as we pass locals who climb up from their villages seasonally to search for various herbs, said to cure ailments ranging from spasms to stinky feet. The trail almost disappears into the undergrowth, with the wildflowers, vines and dense groves of trees that flourish along the trail. We stop for lunch as we begin to emerge from the treeline, into meadows said to have been planted with rice shoots by the five brothers of the Mahabharata epic. By afternoon, we arrive at our second camping site, Seri, a vast, incredibly flat meadow extending in all directions over marshy grass until dead-ending into the surrounding peaks. Here horses graze, shepherds pass through and off in the distance, a raging waterfall can be seen tumbling over the side of a cliff.
The first section of today is no more than a stroll across the enormous meadow of Seri to the other side, where we begin a rocky ascent, rising high above where we camped last night. Make sure to turn around once before cresting this section for an excellent view of the valley opening up below. After reaching the top of this section, it’s time to unlace our shoes and cross the river we’ve been following for days. Once on the other side, it’s a quick walk up the green slopes to the meadow campsite where we will spend the night. Again, we find ourselves flanked by mountains - except for now, they are much bigger and much closer.
With the 19,700-foot Deo Tibba Peak now in view, we move on with our daypacks up through the rock fields that now dominate the terrain. Rounding the bend, we leave all vegetation behind for good, and enter a section of dark grey moraine that rises sharply out of the valley that dead-ends into the sharp peaks that have closed in on us from all sides. After 30 minutes of a final scramble over this boulder section - we climb it to find a little lake, Deo Tibba and Indrasan Peak towering in front of us, and have lunch by the water before returning back to Tainta for the night.
Time to retrace our steps through the shepherd fields, thick forests and waterfalls to our original camping place of Chikka for one last night up in the mountains before heading back to civilization.
After the short downhill hike to the trailhead, we catch our ride back into town in time for evening transport out of Manali. Of course, if exploring Manali is still on your bucket list - our door is always open. Fly and/or drive back to Delhi. Mode of transport is subject to weather conditions and availability of flights.
Handcrafted & Curated
We don’t copy our itineraries off the internet. We scout and design all trip offerings personally. This ensures enough time to acclimatise at high altitude, explore around the campsite, and indulge in authentic local experiences so you don’t miss out on anything.
Honestly, everything. Internal flights, best-in-class travel insurance, personal camping equipment, and all meals - we’ll take care of everything that most travel operators will mark with an asterisk. You pay for nothing except personal purchases from the day your trip starts.
Equipment & Safety
4 season Mountain Hardwear tents and sleeping bags, emergency oxygen reserves & PACs to provide a safety net against AMS, UIAA Safety Label glacier rescue kits for technical trails, WAFA/WFR & CPR certified guides, best-in-class adventure insurance - we’ve always got a plan B.
Personalised & Bespoke
We curate bespoke adventures and trips every day because we recognise that everyone’s travel bug is unique. When it comes to adventure travel, there are different ways to experience the world’s most beautiful places, because every traveler is different - which is why we’ve stepped in to provide a space for environmental advocacy, cross-cultural connections, wellness and adventure to combine - all through travel.
Responsible travel starts with acknowledging that travel and tourism often contribute to the global climate crisis. We believe in the positive power of travel to transform mindsets & generate a sense of preservation towards wild spaces. We follow LNT Principles, minimise our carbon footprint, adopt regenerative practices & give back to local communities - from making sure our field staff are well equipped to higher-than-industry-standard compensation.
Self Guided & Operated
We’ll never hand you off to someone else - we run all trips ourselves. We minimise external contracting and only partner with people we know and trust personally. While we employ and collaborate with local guides and support staff for their unparalleled expertise and knowledge of the Himalayan ranges, our trips are led by one of our core team members so you always have a single point of contact.