Kullu, HP, India
Trip Start Jun 24, 2007
12Trip End Jul 17, 2007
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We arrived at Kullu in the afternoon determined to continue to Manikaran, but ended up spending the night as the simple task of finding an ATM became a lengthy one. Kullu is pretty much a hole; a center of commerce for the valley and the administrative capital of the region. It has no redeeming qualities. My overly negative view could be due to the Delhi Belly. Who knows.
We spent much of the following day negotiating the terms for our trek through the Parvati Valley and over the Pin Pass to the Pin Valley. I would guess 3 hours were spent with a guy from the hotel and the owner of a local trekking company. After much "discussion", we ended up agreeing to one guide, one cook and three porters, with the hotel guy tagging along as a sixth hanger-on.
In the afternoon we made our way to Manikaran.