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Prashar Lake Trek, Mandi

Visit the lake with it’s own floating island and an ancient temple with traditional Himachali architecture

Prashar Lake Trek, Mandi

Duration

2 Days/1 Night

Pickup Point

Mandi

Maximum Altitude

8,956 ft

Best time to visit

Winter, Summer, Spring, Autumn, Monsoon

Difficulty level

Easy

Accomodation

Tent

Overview

Prashar Lake is located at an altitude of 8956 ft in Kullu Valley surrounded by Dhauladhar ranges. The lake is considered to be sacred as Maharishi Parashar is said to have meditated there. The lake is famous for Prashar Rishi temple, situated right next to the lake and is known for its Himachali architecture. The trek to Prashar Lake is an ideal trek for beginners who are looking for a perfect weekend getaway in the short duration of time.

The Prashar Lake trek starts from Bagi Village located at a short distance from Mandi. Pass through dense oak forests and various waterfalls with the beauty and peacefulness of the Himalayas. From the top, Prashar Lake Mandi offers the stunning 180-degree views of Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, and Kinnaur mountain ranges. Spend your night in the camps nearby the lake and make your Prashar Lake camping experience unique.

Quick Info:
Prashar Lake trek distance: 18 km
Prashar Lake temperature: 15 degrees to 2 degrees
Prashar Lake height: 8,956 ft
Prashar Lake trek difficulty: Easy
Prashar Lake trek best time: Whole year, Prashar Lake winter is most recommended

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Mandi to Bagi Village and trek to Prashar Lake

  • Pick Up Point- Mandi
  • Pick Up Time- 9:00 am
  • Drive distance - 38 km; Drive time: 1 hr
  • Trek distance- 9 km; Trek time- 5-6 hrs
  • Altitude- 6,725 ft to 8,956 ft
  • Meals- Lunch and dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 2: Prashar Lake to Bagi Village and drive to Mandi

  • Drive distance- 38 km; Drive time: 1 hr
  • Trek distance- 9 km; Trek time- 4-5 hrs
  • Altitude - 8,956 ft to 6,725 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Mandi to Bagi Village and trek to Prashar Lake

  • Pickup from Mandi bus stand at 9:00 am in the morning and transfer to Bagi Village.
  • Upon arrival at Bagi, freshen up and have breakfast and after group induction and briefing session start your Prashar Lake trek.
  • The trek is 9 km long with gradual incline and easy trail.
  • On the trail walk through the dense forest of pine, oak and rhododendron trees and enjoy the beautiful views of Dhauladhar ranges.
  • Upon reaching the campsite, freshen up and get ready to pay homage to the ancient temple of Rishi Prashar.
  • From the campsite, get stunned by the panoramic 180-degree views of Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, and Kinnaur mountain ranges. 
  • Enjoy dinner with a bonfire under the star studded sky.
  • Retire for the night in camps.

Day 2: Prashar Lake to Bagi Village and drive to Mandi

  • Wake up early in the morning and enjoy the beautiful sunrise with a hot and fresh breakfast.
  • Prashar Lake weather remains pleasant in the morning.
  • After breakfast, begin your trek down to Bagi Village.
  • On arrival at Bagi, drive back to Mandi.
  • Upon reaching Mandi bid a farewell to fellow travelers and guide.
  • End of trek with beautiful memories.

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a taxi to Manali.

By Train: The closest railway station to Mandi is Joginder Nagar, which is 55 km away. It takes around 1 and half hour to reach Mandi. Taxis are easily available from Joginder Nagar to reach Mandi.

By Road: You can reach Mandi from Delhi, Palampur, Dharamshala by buses run by HPTDC or by private operators. Private buses also connect Delhi or Chandigarh to Mandi.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

Prashar Lake trek package includes:

  • Accommodation in camps(double/triple sharing)
  • Snacks and dinner on day 1
  • Breakfast on day 2
  • Trekking with certified guides

Exclusion

Prashar Lake trek package excludes:

  • Personal essentials
  • Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
  • Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.
  • Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages
  • Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.
  • Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.
  • Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.
  • In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers.
  • Loading and unloading of personnel luggage.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Any king of emergency evacuation charges.

Advisory

  1. Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.

  2. Guests must be vaccinated with both doses of Covid vaccine.

  3. The organization reserves the rights to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.

  4. In unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, the trek may get canceled or altered. In such cases, the operator will try to provide with an alternate option. However, a cash refund will not be applicable in this situation.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Frequently Asked Questions

Parashar lake is located at an elevation of 2730 m above sea level.
The trek can be opted throughout the year but the best time for the Prashar Lake trek is early winter around the month of September to November.
Prashar Lake trek difficulty level is easy. It’s the best option for beginners and doesn’t require a long duration of time.
The distance that needs to be covered to complete the Prashar Lake trekking is 18 km both ways. The time taken on the one way is around 5-6 hours.
From December to April, there can be snow at Bagi Village as well as Prashar Lake. Prashar Lake temperature during the day varies from 8 to 16 degrees Celsius during these months and at night the temperature will come to the lowest of -5 degrees Celsius. From May to October, the day temperature will be ranging from 8 to 16 degrees Celsius and at night it will be from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. Apart from winter and monsoon, all the other months are moderately warm at Bagi Village and slightly cold at Prashar Lake.
The accommodation during the trek will be in camps on double/triple sharing basis. Prashar Lake camping is a very unique experience being at the lakeside.
The start and end point of this trek is Bagi village which is situated at a distance of 127 km from Manali.
The trek is a beginner-level trek and anyone with an average fitness routine can easily do this trek. Although someone with a serious medical condition like heart disease or breathing problem should consult a doctor beforehand.
The campsite at Prashar Lake Mandi that you will be staying in will have common washroom facilities.
The minimum age requirement for this trek is 8 years. You can bring children along if they’re at least 8 and physically fit
Absolutely. Prashar Lake winter is a magnificent experience offering the trails and trees covered with snow all around. The temperature drops to -5 degrees at night.

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