Any trek lover would love Beas Kund Trek which is located in Himachal Pradesh. The journey starts from Old Manali and ends at Solang Valley. The three-day Beas Kund Trek is prim proper and short and enveloped with exciting experiences
About the Trek
The 16-kilometers trek towards Beas Kund is a trip to find the origin of Beas river. The whole trip is fairly easy and not very adventurous. This is a perfect beginner’s site for trekking.
- Beas Kund trek is an opportunity to enjoy and savor the beauty of many tiny hamlets and streams.
- Have you ever done camping? If not this is your opportunity to. Sleeping under the star for 2 nights enjoying the scenic beauty around. Cherry on top, prepare a bonfire and have fun with friends
- The splendid view of ice-capped mountains and the grandiose of glaciers of the Pir Panjal range of the mighty Himalayas.
- A unique opportunity to meet new people live their experience, talk to them and getting to know peculiar cultures that you might never have the opportunity to come across otherwise.
- And most importantly- food. An opportunity to taste the local food from the authentic people.
- While returning one will pass through the Solang valley which is the place for many adventure sports like skiing, paragliding, parachuting, skating, and zorbing
- The trek also passes through some old villages and grasslands.
Key Facts About Trek
- Location: Himachal Pradesh
- Starting from: Manali
- Temperature: 10 to15 degree Celsius in the morning; 2 to 5 degree Celsius at night
- Trekking Distance: 16-kilometers
- Maximum altitude: 11975 feet or 3700 meters
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station
- Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu
- Accommodation Type: Camping
- Food: Nutritious food suitable for trekking
- Best time to visit: Mid-June to early October
- Duration: 3 Days and 2 Nights
- Key attractions: Solang Valley, Beas Kund, Deo Tibba, Indradarshan
Day 1: Trek from Old Manali to Solang Valley
After the ride to Old Manali from Manali, the trekking begins from Old Manali. The trekking is headed towards Solang Valley. There is a famous Manu temple on the way where people stops and seek blessings from. Manu according to Hindu is the creator of the world.
Solang valley is as beautiful as ever and has the scope for many adventure sports. IT is covered I a layer of snow most times of the year. Shanag and Burua are the two villages crossed during the process of trekking. Paragliding, Skiing, and Zorbing are some of the activities available at Solang valley. The first campsite is here itself, the sleep beneath the sky gazing at the stars at Solang is a rare opportunity that many can’t avail.
Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch, and Dinner
Transfer to Dhundi- Beas Kund-Bakartach – Solang
This is where the Beas Kund trek actually begins. We would cover a distance of 15kms and an altitude of 11,975 feet on this particular day. Trekking to Bakartach is the first activity of the day. A long climb, you have to do it slowly. The uphill climbing would take you to the origin of the river that Is Beas Kund and back to Dhundi.
Trekking further uphill, one will start getting amazing sceneries. There comes a place where there is a heap of boulders. This is one of the best sites for photography in the entire trip. The slopes that are lush green could also be seen which has fir and spruce trees towards one side. Then comes the grasslands.
You can also see from a distance the glaciers and mountains. Further walking for around 4 hours would take you to the major destination/ Beas Kund is a bright blue lake with many streams originating from it. There are also many wildflowers carpeted along its bank. Hike down to Solang valley after spending ample time
Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch, and Dinner
This is the last and final day. The trip ends with breakfast. Trekkers can spend time at Solang valley for the adventure activities if interested. Solang valley is known for its adventure sports. It is known both for its summer and winter sports condition. The major activities that could be done from here are paragliding, parachuting, skating, and zorbing. (One will have to bear the cost). This place is famous as a ski resort. A ropeway is also recently opened at the place adding to the fun. Horse riding options are also available. After spending as much time as one would like at the Solang valley, one can come back to Manali. Shopping, trying local cuisine, strolling around local markets are some of the possible activities here. There are buses from Manali to Delhi in the afternoon.
During the Beas Kund trek, accommodation would be on Triple or Quad Sharing (Camping)
Vegetarian meals shall be provided.3 times a day
- Trekking- The 3-day long trekking itself is the main activity that one would do. It is full of new experiences.
- Camping- The best part of the Trekking would be the night stays. Once you are tired from walking all day long, the campsites would provide you with all the comforts that you would need for the night. Since you are at an elevation you can observe the star-studded sky
- Waterfall visit- There are multiple waterfalls along the path you trek, which offers you with spectacular view
- Photography- The place offers multiple scopes for long exposure photography. The scenic beauty of Solang valley and spectacular views of Deo Tibba are also worth capturing
- Bonfire could be organized near the camping site for the night. One it is always fun and second, it helps you to overcome the extreme cold weather.
- Other Inclusions
- All the required permits and the entry fees are
- A First aid medical kit consisting of the required and essential medicines.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff to guide your way and to take timely decisions.
- All the taxes are also included
- Safety equipment
- Camping Charges
The transport from the base village to Manali and the return trip will be provided for the visitor. Thus each trekker will be receiving a ride from Manali to old Manali village on the first day and from Solang Valley to Manali on the last day. Any other means of transport if required shall come at the trekker’s expenses. From Manali, one can go through bus till Delhi and then go by flight or train to wherever one has to reach.
- Make sure you carry with you warm clothes, jackets, raincoat, fleece, thermals – carry in multiple numbers at the same time not quite a lot for it is always advisable to carry lesser luggage during the Beas Kund Trek. However, at times rain and snowfall can’t be predicted hence it is always better to carry a raincoat along with jackets
- Carry hand gloves, trekking poles, a pair of sturdy trekking shoes and extra pairs of socks shall be carried. Make sure that you don’t forget any of these, as trek would be nearly impossible then
- Also remember to take along water bottles, energy bars, chewing gums, and energy drinks. This is because you will for sure get dehydrated on the trip, hence one has to make sure he/she is hydrated. Energy bars help you to keep a check on your appetite. And since you are walking quite a lot both energy bars and drinks would be of use.
- Make sure you are carrying with you some kind of painkillers for your legs might hurt from trekking and sunscreen lotions.
- Caps/hats, sunglasses, and towels should also be carried along with you
- If possible oxygen cylinder or alternatives to create oxygen like camphor could be taken along.
- Make sure you are taking with you a backpack which has waterproof linings
- Personal toiletries and medication if any shall also be taken along
- Medication is extremely important as you are visiting a remote area, for 5 days
- It is always better to take a lot of precautions so that you don’t feel sorry later. Extra batteries shall be taken and make sure that your equipment is fully charged.
- Also carry with you beanie and sun cap, light towel and scarfs
- Cold cream and sunscreen lotion (SPF 40+)
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
The closest airport is at Bhuntar. It is situated almost 50-kilometers away from Manali. There are Domestic flights from Delhi and Chandigarh that links with Bhuntar. From the airport, one can opt for a prepaid taxi to Manali. However taking into account the weather conditions of this place, Air transport isn’t the best nor the most reliable option to get to Manali. One can rather travel till Delhi by flight and look for other options to reach Manali.
There are many state-run as well as private buses that connect Manali with multiple other destinations like Leh, Kullu, Delhi, Dharamshala, and Shimla among others. Delhi to Manali s 550-kilometers and it is always better if the tickets are pre-booked in AC Volvo buses. This is a busy route and tickets might not be available without reservations. And Volvo buses are better than the rest when you take into account the long trip ahead.
Joginder Nagar is the closest railway station to Manali. Manali doesn’t have a railway station to itself. This is some 50-kilometers away from Manali. The best way is to either come to Ambala or Chandigarh and then ride to Joginder Nagar via train.
- Weather conditions of a mountainous region or any high altitude region for that matter are very different from that of a plain. One might experience altitude sickness. Hence take ample time to get acclimatized to the high altitude
- All of the visitors may not be experienced trekkers, or you might not be knowing the intricacies related to this place, which is the reason why listening to your trek leader or guide is of utmost importance so that your whole journey is both safe and enjoyable
- Make sure that you do not consume alcohol during the trek. Try to stay away from any sort of intoxicant. You are climbing uphill and this might have serious consequences
- Altitude Sickness also knew as acute mountain sickness is caused by less exposure to oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms could be non-specific. Breathlessness is a common symptom to speak of. A headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbances are the other. Acetazolamide is the medicine that helps in curing acclimatization. However in the worst case scenario, one must descend the place immediately.
- Make sure your cameras are well packed and protected from moisture
- Make sure that you Trek in the day and not in the night
- And most important of all is this, the Trek is along an eco-friendly as well as to be protected region. Hence act responsibly and do not litter
- Make sure you are taking with you a trekking shoe and not a sports shoe. The shoe shall be sturdy, with a hard sole and ankle support and it would be better if it is waterproof.
- Also, make sure you take both cotton and woolen Woollen to use while at the camps in the night and cotton while trekking
- Ideal clothing would be quick-dry synthetic pants and full-sleeved t-shirts and protection for your neck from sunburn
- Make sure you aren’t wearing loud colors
The best time to go for this Trekking is from mid-June to October when the climate is comparatively pleasant. Early months of the year clearly means chances of snowfall on high passes. This, however, melts down in the month of August. Kullu Manali gets good rainfall and during the monsoon season, it might rain heavily. However, the high altitude regions of Spiti valley or Seri meadows will be quite sunlit and warm during the daytime. The temperature might be in between 12 degree Celsius to 20 degree Celsius.
However, it goes down steeply during the night too -2 degree Celsius to 6 degree Celsius. September and October are the best months of the year or a tourist as the weather is extremely good with fewer chances of rain, and less snowfall and considerable warmth. In the beginning of October temperature again starts to drop. Day temperature is still found fluctuating between 12 degree Celsius to 18 Degree Celsius.
However, at the night, it might be anywhere in between -6 degree Celsius to 2 degree Celsius, which the trekkers might find difficult to endure. Altitude Sickness also knew as acute mountain sickness is caused by less exposure to oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms could be non-specific. Breathlessness is a common symptom to speak of. A headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbances are the other. Acetazolamide is the medicine that helps in curing acclimatisation. However in the worst case scenario one must descend the place immediately.