Himachal Pradesh has this Prashar Lake, in the Mandi district as a secret beauty. This trek takes you through a charming trail in a forest having several streams. one can explore the local culture as this trail takes you through the villages also.
Lying at an altitude of 2730 mts above sea level this is A simple trek that can be taken during a weekend. This lake lies in the middle of the dhauladhar range in Kullu valley and The depth of the lake is still not found. It also has its own floating island which you can witness during your stay at the campsite.
There is a temple on the banks of the river, which was built in the honor of the rishi Parashar and it has been styled in the ancient pagoda-style which will naturally excite the architectural enthusiasts. A 180° view of pir panjal, dhauladhar and Kinnaur mountain ranges from the peak point awaits you.
You can either start your Prashar lake trek from jwalapur village or from tihri.
- The entire distance you’ll trek will hardly cover 16 kms
- The nearest ATM is in Manali.
Highlights of the trek
- The pagoda-styled Rishi Parashar Temple in the middle of the valley caters the outstanding architectural brilliance.
- camping near the lake with a bonfire and admiring the beautiful massifs are magical.
- A chit-chatting session with your squad during a bonfire beneath the sky full of stars is a fun filled memory to take home.
- Trailing through some of the most astonishing trails covered in pine trees & several streams gives you a exotic experience.
- Admiring the beauty of the lake located at 2,730 m. above sea level is blissful.
- Your trek begins from Jwalapur , you’ll start trekking towards the Prashar lake.
- The trail up is 8 km long from the starting point and it will take around 4 hours at the maximum to reach the beautiful Prashar Lake.
- All through The trail you’ll come across lush greenery, numerous waterfalls tumbling, and small streams gushing.
- After reaching Prashar lake, you can visit the Prashar Rishi temple and enjoy the views of the Himalayan ranges. Do not forget to capture the Himalayan silhouette during sunset.
- Camp there while sitting around a bonfire under the starry night
- Overnight stay in camp is a fabulous experience for life.
Things to do
With a steep climb for about 500 metres in the open land is how your trail begins, from there you will see the valley on your right.
After that, you’ll enter a jungle that mainly consists of rhododendron trees blooming in pink and red during spring. This trail becomes a little easy here with a gradual ascent. After about 400 metres, you’ll end up in a clearing from where you get a clear view of the Dhauladhar range.
Once you cross the clearing, the trail then leads you through the oak forest, which continues to ascend gradually. In another 1 km, you’ll end up in another clearing.
After this clearing, the trail emerges into a motorable road, take a Walk on this for the next 700 metres at the end of which you’ll reach a place named Til having a lot of shops.
From Til, take up the kaccha road and Continue hiking up for about 600 metres till you reach another small meadow.
Trailing up from there you will come across apple orchards, make sure not to pluck an apple from there. After 700 metres, you will once again trail on the motorable road. From here, the trail goes steep for 300 metres which is a little strenuous. In the end, Another clearing awaits for you
The magnificent view of the massifs from there consists of Triund, Dhauladhar Matterhorn, Kap Chuli, Man Hill, Hanuman Tibba, Sikar Beh, Mukar Beh, Manali peak, Friendship peak, Mukila, Ali Ratni Tibba and several smaller ones surrounding a beautiful valley.
Another trail for about 300 metres will take to another forest, the trail here is flat, followed by a short ascent. you will see a beautiful lake below at the end, which is equally beautiful as PARASHAR.
From that lake, the motorable road, Will take you to low ground. On reaching the edge of this low ground, comes a beautiful lake into view, the Prashar – your most awaited destination.