A range of soft trekking options is available in the Jammu area. Summer is the season when all the routes are open, but some trekking routes are open in winter as well. There are excellent camping sites in the wilderness. Contact the adventure wing of the office of the Director Tourism, Jammu Province, for information and brochures.
The Tourism Department has shops that hire out trekking equipment at Jammu and Kud where local and imported trekking gear is available at fixed rates. The equipment available includes 4-man tents, 2-man tents; sleeping bags; carry mat; jackets; Windcheaters (Indian); rucksack, and trekking boots. The equipment is issued against a cash security deposit equivalent to the cost of the item or against a guarantee letter from any officer of the rank of Deputy Director, Tourism/Deputy Secretary of the State or Central Government.
Some travel agencies in the city can also organise trekking expeditions in different parts of Jammu. Details are available with the Tourist Office in the TRC.
Ski courses are conducted at Patnitop during the winter months every year. The gently graded ski slopes of Patnitop are suitable enough for beginners. Madha Top (5-6 kms from Patnitop on the Sanasar Road) has good possibilities for all levels of skiing. After the newly planned ski lift becomes operational, Madha Top will offer skiing options for both trained skiers as well as beginners.
For beginners and for people who want to brush up on their skills, the Tourism Department provides ski instructors. Accommodation is available in the huts of J&K TDC
at Patnitop, Kud and Sanasar, for skiing enthusiasts There are also several private hotels in Patnitop and Kud.
The J&K Tourism Department has introduced paragliding inSanasar. Equipment can be hired from the tourist office in Jammu city. May to June and September to October are suitable months for paragliding in Sanasar. The resort is 19 kms from Patnitop and a road connects the two. Sansar can be reached by bus or taxi from Jammu, via Kud and Patnitop. Accommodation is available in J&K TDC huts for aero-sport enthusiasts.