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Rock climbing is often seen as the basic stage for mountain climbing. Yet this may also be treated as an independant sport where the most basic level is climbing or descending a rock face using only hands and feet and a safety rope.
The area around Manali presently forms the core of mountaineering activities in Himachal. The Beas Kund region and the lower reaches of the Hanuman Tibba (5930m), the Manali and the Shitidhar peaks around the source of the river Beas, and the Deo Tibba (6001m) area are suggested for non professional climbers with some experience in the sport. The Chandra Bhaga ranges, the pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges are also an existing focus.
The Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Manali and its branch at Dharamshala offer this activity.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.