You can’t imagine visiting Manali and not hitting the shopping streets. A very exciting part of your trip, even if you have gone just for a trek, is to shop around in the city. While you would have something memorable and sometimes unique from the place, the local economy runs on your contributed money. In this article we would focus on stores that can match your essential needs for trekking gear and general wear to roam around in Manali.
Let’s begin at the Mall road where you would usually see the crowd and the important shops you can go to for your mountain gear.
The Mall road –
Karan Garments started two decades back as a tiny shop and has become a large store with good options of clothing. Located at a walking distance from the bus stop towards Van Vihar road, it can be identified among a group of shops present in the basement. You can find multiple brands of trekking shoes and jackets ranging from Rs 500 to over 10k and also a sleeping bag.
Store: Karan Garments
Timing: 10 AM – 9 PM
Manu Market –
Manu market is right next to the mall road. RP Trek shop is the most famous trek shop here. While you can find find general trekking and camping gear, you would be astonished by the range of accessories available at this place. It’s worth a visit if you’re looking for options around the Mall Road.
Store: RP Trek Shop
Timing: 10 AM – 9 PM
From here you would usually head towards Old Manali, the heart of the young travellers and backpackers.
Old Manali is full of shops that sell antique items, souvenirs and T shirts with embroidery. However, for quality trekking gear you need to stop at Indian Himalayan Excursions. It is located opposite D’Chalet hotel. This store exists as a collection of two shops adjacent to each other, one is the gear shop and the next one is a book shop. This shop is the one-stop location in Manali to meet your trekking gear needs, rented camping gear, snow gear and expedition gear. The owner Kapil Negi himself runs a trekking company and can give you free advice on trekking routes. This store is known for selling only quality gear, so sometimes prices might be high.
The book shop is worth exploring, it has a collection of books kept in random order, but some really old books can be found here, maps for Himachal are available and you might get a hand on mountaineering books not available even on Amazon.
Store: Indian Himalayan Excursions
Timing: 10 AM – 8 PM
Phone: 9418701374 / 9816257777
Vashisht Road –
Stores present in Vashisht and on the road leading to there are mostly for rented bikes and biking gear. The first such store on the Vashisht road towards your right would be ‘Trek N Ride’. You can find the entire range of biking gear here and even rent a bike.
Store: Trek N Ride
Timing: 11 AM – 7 PM
There are many shops in Manali with similar kind of clothing available. Our list here is to help you get the right apparels and gear for trekking and high altitude climbing. The owners of these shops have a lot of experience themselves and been known for helping people .Our personal experience with these shops has always been great.
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