On this 8-hour hike to Pandu Ropa, a local guide shows you one of the best hiking destinations in Manali. While it might be challenging, the hike offers some of the best views of Kullu Valley. You'll walk through a forest of pine trees, and then leave the tree line behind as you hike up the alpine meadow. Pandu Ropa sits about 11,480 feet (3,500 meters) above sea level. In the summer, you may come across herds of sheep along the route; in June and July especially, admire the colorful carpet of Himalayan flowers.
Your day hike to Pandu Ropa begins in the morning in Vashisht, where you meet your guide. Walk through the village, and then begin the hike with a grueling climb past green apple orchards and into the dense and fragrant pine forest. By lunchtime, you will have crossed the tree line and will be hiking up the alpine meadow of Bhrigu. At this height, enjoy a view of Kullu Valley below. If you're hiking between May and early September, you should also enjoy blooming Himalayan flowers, a welcoming sight. In the summer, the meadows are also home to shepherds tending their flocks of sheep. When you reach the very top of Pandu Ropa, take in the 360-degree view of the entire valley and town of Manali before heading back down. This hike mainly involves going uphill and is quite demanding. Safety is the top priority, and tour guides are experienced and knowledgeable. If you are reasonably fit, you should be able to do this tour.