The Hapusa Experience in Miyar Valley
DAY 1(4th Sept): First sighting of the Great Indian Himalayas
09:00 AM - Land in Kullu and taxi pick-up is arranged for the next destination.
09:45 AM - Visit small local produce stores near Manali. You will have access to local fruits and fruit-based extracts.
10:30 AM - Stop for a Himachali breakfast.
01:00 PM - Check-in and lunch at Zostel in Sissu Valley.
04:00 PM - Rest up before we head out to explore the local vegetation and icy cold waterfalls.
07:00 PM - End the night with a bonfire, music and cocktails.
DAY 2(5th Sept): Outdoor Camping and Juniper Foraging
08:00 AM - Breakfast.
09:00 AM - Enroute to Miyar Valley.
01:00 PM - Lunch with a local family over local liquor.
03:00 PM - Leave for the campsite by road.
03:30 PM - We start the hike to the campsite from the base. Fairly easy one-hour trek.
04:30 PM - We reach our campsite which is surrounded by fragrant Juniper bushes.
05:00 PM - A bonfire under the stars, cocktails with fresh juniper garnish, and a home cooked dinner by our camp guides.
DAY 3(6th Sept): Exploring Miyar Valley
07:00 AM - Start the day with much-needed meditation and Breathwork.
09:00 AM - Breakfast.
10:00 AM - Hike along the beautiful trail around the campsite with breath-taking views of the untouched Himalayas.
01:00 PM - Lunch.
02:00 PM - Rest.
05:00 PM - A quiet evening with conversations around the bonfire.
07:00 PM - Dinner followed by an early end to the day.
Day 4(7th Sept): Road Journey to Sethan
07:30 AM - Early start to the day by having breakfast.
08:30 AM - Start our hike back to base.
09:30 AM - Taxis await to take us to our next destination, Sethan.
01:00 PM - Lunch will be en route.
05:00 PM - Visit the local market of Manali.
07:00 PM - Touch down at Glampeco, a glamping experience in Geodesic Domes and an authentic feel of a rustic Mud home in Sethan with breathtaking views.
08:00 PM - After freshening up, we'll meet again at dinner time to have a relaxed evening together.
Day 5(8th Sept): Glampeco!
09:00 AM - Breakfast can be ordered to your individual rooms.
01:00 PM - We'll be having our lunch at a local dhaba of Chacha & Chachi and will also demonstrate the distillation process of their local spirit, Arak.
03:00 PM - We head out for a short hike into the pine forests for a picnic and cocktails.
07:00 PM - Dinner and retire early.
Day 6(9th Sept): Head Back
07:00 AM - Airport drop in Kullu.
Things To Carry
Sun Cap/hat – 1 nos.
The days will be bright and sunny during March but the temperature around will be cold, so you will go looking for the sun and it is always a good idea to protect yourself from the harshness of the sun.
Woolen cap/ beany – 1 nos.
It is important to protect your head from the cold and save your energy in the high altitude. Especially in the nights.
Sun glasses – 1 pair.
You should always wear a pair of sunglasses during these high altitude treks to protect yourself from dust and harsh sunlight.
Sunscreen – 1 tube.
The sunrays at higher altitude are much harsher as the air is clearer, so a layer of sunscreen to protect your skin is advisable.
Bottom layer – 2 nos.
Preferably full sleeve T-shirts to be worn on trekking days.
Soft/ Comfortable shirts/shirts – 3 nos.
Carry some comfortable wear to live and sleep in.
Mid layer – 1 nos.
A light jacket like a fleece jacket.
Padded Jacket – 1 nos.
A thick acrylic/polyester fill jacket or a warm down jacket.
Trekking pants – 1 nos.
Light, quick dry, synthetic trek pants are ideal.
Warm pants – 1 nos.
Padded or woolen or fleece lined pants to be worn after reaching the campsite/hotels or on extremely cold trek days.
Thermals - 1 pair.
One layer of inner thermal top and pant will keep you cozy and warm, while being light on the bag.
Socks – 4 pairs.
Synthetic trekking socks are ideal; sports/cotton socks will also work.
Warm socks – 2 pairs.
A pair of thick woolen socks will definitely help you sleep better at night. Warm feet at those cold conditions are essential to help you sleep well.
Gloves – 1 pairs.
As you go higher, you will need to a pair of warm gloves, especially when you have to get up early to see the sunrise.
Undergarments – Carry according to your own preference.
Trekking Shoes – 1 pair.
A good pair of Trekking/hiking specific shoe/boot is ideal. A comfortable outdoor shoe with good grip on uneven terrain is fine too.
Rain protection – 1 nos.
A poncho usually works fine. You can always carry a thin rain jacket to protect you from those sudden showers as well.
Backpack – 1 nos.
A 30L backpack is the best to carry for your personal items on the trek.
Backpack rain cover – 1 nos.
According to your bag size bring a rain cover for your bag. It is equally if not more important than your own poncho.
Head Lamp/Torch – 1 nos.
Water Bottle – 2 L
Two bottles of a liter each would be ideal or carry a hydration pack.
Toothbrush, tooth paste, moisturizer, towel, toilet paper, soap, lip balm and any other items you might need.
Medical kit -
Crepe bandage, anti-inflammatory spray, antibacterial cream, gauze bandage, antifungal powder, Band-Aid. Paracetamol and other personal medications you feel you might need.
Apart from this, your trip leader will be carrying an extensive medical kit.
Waterfall in Sissu
Sissu in autumn
Rooms at Zostel
Common area at Zostel
Bonfire at Zostel
Camping in Miyar Valley
Dinner at campsite
Hapusa bottle next to juniper bushes
Cocktail sipping around juniper bushes
Glampeco geodesic domes
Geodesic dome interior
Evening at Glampeco
Lunch at local's home