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The main trekking areas in Himachal are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, over the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, in the Kullu region and Trans-Himalyan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Most trekking areas are between 1500 metres and 6000 metres. With about 270 trails, the variation in terrain is also there. Low scrub-land and paths through paddy fields, give way to trails strewn with pine forests, forest of deodars and spruce, oak and flowering rhododendron. On most trails, small pastoral hamlets dot the way.

Some of the passes were once known only to migrant shepherds and traders. A host of combinations and variations take the trails through changing countryside. The duration of the treks can also be changed to suit your requirements. Guides, equipment, porters, pack animals and maps are available at major starting points. The old Forest 'dak bungalows' that are strategically placed along many trek routes, add a considerable measure of nostalgic charm and convenience for trekkers.
Ice - Skating
The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Ice-skating normally begins in early December and continues till February.

Clear skies and low temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in the morning and in the evening. Membership is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even for single sessions. Skates are available at the rink. Fancy dress carnivals, 'gymkhanas' ice-hockey and dances enliven every season.
Water and River Sports
Take up river rafting and other water sports in Himachal Pradesh. The unending streams and water bodies seem to be inviting you to indulge in colloquy with nature. There is white water rafting that is the dream of any water sport freak. The best site for rafting are the rivers Chandrabhaga (Chenab) in Lahaul, the Satluj near Shimla, the Ravi near Chamba and the Beas near Kullu.

Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur, the Chamera Lake near Dalhousie and at the Manali-Kullu National Highway are some of the other hot spots for white river rafting in Himachal Pradesh. If you have the capacity to tame the wilds of nature then water sports in Himachal Pradesh is the best option you can ever enjoy.
Mountaineering & Rock Climbing
Mountains in Manali are the gung ho destinations for mountaineering in Himachal Pradesh. Some of the most popular ranges for this sport in Manali are Chandra Bhaga ranges the Pir Panjal and Dhalaudhar ranges.

For the beginners who have a little experience can try their mountaineering skills in the Beas Kund region and lower reaches of the Hanuman Tibba, the Manali and Shitidhar peaks around the source of the river Beas, and the Deo Tibba area. Due to the fact that Himachal Pradesh is a mountainous region, this sport is possible everywhere.
Enjoy camping tours of Himachal Pradesh that not only gives you a chance to enjoy this arresting adventure, but also help you escape the mundane bustle of polluted cities. Camping is the best way to understand the local culture of the area and enjoy proximity with nature. Take up camping in Himachal Pradesh to enjoy the exotic wonders of Himachal and Himalayas.

There are many camps that offers accommodation, catering and variety of activities like hiking, fishing, nature-tours and rafting. Through camping you get a unique chance to sit in the lap of nature, lie peacefully amidst the woods and enjoy the ear rattling jungle voices. Camping can be enjoyed at Sangla, Bharmour, Manali, Tabo, Kheer Ganga, Chail, Hatu peak and so on.
Himachal Pradesh is the land of snow, so it become an inevitable fact that there will be numerous sites where skiing could be enjoyed. The most common and celebrated place for skiing in Himachal Pradesh is at Kufri. During the winter months this area is flooded with tourists who flock here to try their hands at this delightful sport. The sites of Kufri and Mahasu near Shimla have deep cut slopes that offer perfect chance for this sport. The best slopes in Kufri are the Mahasu Ridge, just above Kufri.

Another popular place where one can enjoy this sport is Manali. This city offers options for winter as well as summer skiing. You should enjoy this sport during the month of February, when an annual skiing championship is held here. At a distance of 13 kms from Manali is the Solang valley that too provides excellent opportunities for skiing. Holding an annual skiing tournament, other attractions include the view of the glaciers, valleys between Manali and Kothi.
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