The Trek starts from the Hustle Turtle Base Camp which is located in Hallan-i-village. The village can be reached by road as it lies in between Manali and Kullu.
All the buses travel from Kullu to Manali via 'Patlikuhal', a small Village Tehsil in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh State, founded by an eminent traveler and Historian, Sushil Yadav.
Hustle Turtle will organize transport for trekkers from Patlikuhal to the Hustle Turtle Base Camp in private vehicles on Day 1 of the trek. The vehicles will be available for pickup from morning 6 am to 10 am as this is when most of buses from Delhi and Chandigarh cross Patlikuhal to reach Manali.
Manali is well connected to Delhi and Chandigarh. If you take an overnight bus from Delhi, it will take you 12-14 hours to reach Manali. An overnight bus from Chandigarh will take you around 8 hours to reach Manali.
Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. Choose government buses such as HPTDC and HRTC as they usually run on schedule. The last government bus leaves ISBT Kashmere Gate at 8.30 pm.
On the last day of the trek, to go back from Hustle Turtle Base Camp to Patlikuhal, we'll arrange private transport post-lunch. You can also extend your stay with us if you wish to stay back for a day and relax, we can offer to drop you the next too. We'll also help you with the bus timings as per the day's schedule.
The last Volvo bus from Manali to Delhi leaves Manali Depot at 8 pm.
At Hustle Turtle, we want you to have a great trekking experience with best of the gears at negligible pricing. As every Himalayan Trek requires a plethora of types of equipment and gears which are costly and very unlikely to be of any daily use.
Aspiring trekkers often argue which are the necessary gears and which ones can they successfully trek without. This leaves them confused and clueless about the essentials to carry. In confusion, sometimes it so happens that trekkers tend to miss the basic important ones.
To tackle this situation, we at Hustle Turtle have come up with a brilliant and cost-efficient solution that will enable every trekker traveling with Hustle Turtle to have best in class gears and equipments at their disposal.
Beyond your personal clothes and trekking shoes, everything else will be provided by Hustle Turtle for free. There will be a safety deposit that you’ll have to submit at the Base Camp as you collect your gear.
This deposit will be returned to you once you return all the gear in the condition it was given to you. The deposit will be mere Rs. 1500. If you damage or lose any of your gear, a price equivalent to the gear damaged/lost will be deducted from your deposit money.
Things you'll be provided by Hustle Turtle in the HustlePack:
BACKPACK - An excellent quality backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame containing everything you require for the Himalayan trekking experience will be provided. The backpack will also come with a rain cover to help you keep your stuff dry in case it starts raining.
SYNTHETIC HAND GLOVES - We'll provide you with a pair of waterproof hand gloves for trekking along with fire snowballs at your companions without having to worry about your gloves getting wet. We recommend you bring along a pair of woolen gloves to keep you warm in the nights.
SUNCAP/BALACLAVA - To keep you safe from the UV lights as you reach high altitude.
TREKKING POLE - Trekking pole is a very important and yet often neglected piece of equipment for having a great trekking experience. A trekking pole will act as your third leg and will help you save 40 percent of your energy while climbing or defending the mountain.
CUTLERY -Appropriate cutlery will be provided to have your meals while on the trek. You’ll be expected to wash your cutlery yourself as it will be unfair to make one person wash so many people’s utensils in that extreme cold water.
HEADLAMP/ LED TOURCH - A headlamp is a very useful gear to have while in the mountains as it lets you have both your hands free to work and also help you light up your way if you’re to travel to the washroom alone in the night or go around the camp looking for your friends.
PONCHO - It can rain anytime on any of the treks in any month while you are in the Indian Himalayas. Having a poncho that will cover you from your head to the knee and also your backpack is a blessing to have during such times. We'll provide you with a full-sized poncho that’ll be of a great assistance in case it rains.
WHISTLE - Emergency can pop up anytime and it is very difficult to call upon your friends or trek leader in such situations. Having a whistle tied up in your backpack or your clothing will help you stay one step ahead in terms of communication and ensure your safety in case you are lost. Blowing a high pitch whistle is way easier and sensible than calling out names in the mighty mountains.
Things you have to bring yourself:
Two to three warm layers - It will get extremely cold in the evening and that is when you will require at least two if not three layers of warm clothing. We suggest you bring a sweater, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket to help you protect against the night chill. For the night is cold and full of snow.
Two collared T-shirts - It is advised to bring two full sleeve T-shirts the twill protect you from sunburns on the neck and arms. Also carry one extra T-shirt in case these two get wet. But please do not carry more than this as it will be you who’ll have to carry your backpack all the way to the summit and overload is only going to make that difficult.
Two trek pants - One pair of pants will take you through the trek but it is smart to bring two pairs of pants as one might get wet. Please make sure you bring cotton or synthetic trek pants and not jeans as your skin needs to breath and also they should dry up quick and be comfortable to help you trek better.
Sunglasses - Sunglasses are very important for trekking in the snow-clad mountains of Himalayas. Snow-blindness is one of the most common problems faced by trekkers because of the reflection of light from the bright white snow. Carry good quality sunglasses as they need to fight UV lights and not just look cool.
Socks - Carry 2 pairs of cotton socks that are thick and comfortable. Please do not carry ankle length socks as you’ll be wearing trekking shoes that extend till your ankles and you need to have a layer cloth between the skin and the footwear.
Woollen Socks and cap -A pair of woollen socks and a warm woollen cap to keep your feet and head warm in the night will be a great help to have a good night sleep.
Undergarments - Carry sufficient undergarments as it is important for you to switch them after a certain time to maintain personal hygiene.
Spare polythene bags and ziplocks - To keep your dirty clothes and socks.
Toiletry pouch -Carry a sun screen lotion (SPF 40+), petroleum jelly, hand sanitiser, mosquito repellent lotion, Face wash and a roll of toilet paper. Along with this, carry a pouch of medicines you take if you take any.
Water Bottles- Carry two - 1ltr water bottles and a Lunch box.