Prashar lake is a stunning lake situated in Kullu Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is like a hidden treasure with the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges guarding it against all sides. It is 2 days and a 1-night trek that entails a trail through a forest, many rivulets and several small villages in the interim. Situated at a height of 2730 meters, the Prashar Lake trek will lead to a panoramic view of the three snow-clad mountain ranges namely the Dhauladhar Range, the Pir Panjal Range and the Kinnaur Range
The lake is a unique sight with a distinctive floating island. There is also a local temple of Rishi Prashar, right next to the lake, situated on the laps of the beautiful landscape, which is an exquisite venture by the Himachali architects that acutely reflects their indigenous culture. This architectural brilliance along with its well-placed location strikes the right cord with the visitors and attracts many tourists from far and wide.
About The Trek:
Prashar lake is a beautiful and private location situated 49 km to the North of Mandi, with a plethora of river-rafting opportunities. One can also take a casual stroll through the streets or light up a bonfire and seep in the warmth wrapped up in the cool breeze coming from the lake. It is a doable trek for beginners. As scenic and breathtaking the view may seem, it is to be mentioned that the trekkers are required to remain well hydrated all throughout. And at times because of hailstorms or a rapid drop in temperature, the paths get covered by a thin sheet of ice which makes it all the more slippery. So it is advised to tread along carefully.
- Camping and sunset point near Prashar lake
- River-Rafting in the lake
- Excursion to Tunga Mata temple above Prashar lake
- Maximum altitude: 8,956ft
- Temperature: 13-18 degree C during the day and 0-7 degree C during night
- Trek gradient: Easy to Moderate
- Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu
- Nearest ATM: Mandi
- Network Receptivity: Intermittent BSNL signals. Mostly Poor Reception
Baggi Village to Prashar Lake
Altitude: 4,439 ft to 8,900 ft
Time Taken: 1-hour ride from Mandi to Baggi Village + trek for 5-5 hours for 7.5 km
Prashar Lake trek is a gradual incline for about 40 minutes followed by a steep ascend for a couple of hours. The road finally levels up and gives way to a 15minutes of a straight walk. Steep Incline from here on.
The Prashar Lake trek starts from the scenic Baggi Village which is a good 26km ride from Mandi. There is a road that goes from Baggi village to half a km from Prashar Lake. The road is often eroded due to hailstorms or harsh weather conditions. The road is also closed because of blockage due to snow in the months of January February.
Once the trek starts, look out for a freshwater source after 10 minutes into the trek. There will be a mountain stream to the right of the trail. It is safe to drink. Since this will be the only source of drinking water, it is advised to carry water to last you through the trek. A 15-20 minute walk along this trail leads to a bend in the road where there is a small stream. That is supposed to be the first landmark of this trip. It is at an elevation of 5,902 feet. Take a halt near the stream.
Resume the Prashar Lake trek by getting off the jeep trail and taking a kaccha rasta to the right. This is the start of a steep climb through a fairly dense forest. After, 30-40 minutes of the uphill climb, the trail will ease out for a brief moment. This leads to the first view of the magnificent snow-clad Dhauladhar Ranges. This trail may get slippery due to snow in winters. To ensure that your trekking shoes have a great grip. Further 10 minutes of steep ascent leads to a small patch of levelled ground. Look for a trident of Lord Shiva pitched deep into the ground. That is supposed to be the second landmark. It is at an altitude of 6,558 feet. However, the water is not safe for consumption purposes. Resume your climb through the forest which remains pretty much consistent for the next 45 minutes. There are three clearings that one might come across. One has to look out for the snow or grass while crossing the first two clearings and electricity wires while crossing the third.
The next landmark is going to be a series of shepherd dwellings on a levelled landscape at the top of a hill. These huts are used during the religious ceremonies and festivities. Further into the forest, one gets the first view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur peaks at their glory. Towards the left is a trail that meanders towards Prashar. From here one can spot the Prashar ridge behind which sits the Prashar lake gracefully.
There is a guest house run and maintained by the Forest Department on the top of the peak. Prashar is a further 800 metres away from here. As you reach the Prashar lake, you will notice a series of wooden huts and a beautiful temple right next to a semi-frozen lake. That would be your destination for the night.
Prashar Lake to Baggi Village
The trail back to Baggi is mostly the same. However, there might be numerous slippery spots while descending down the slope. A 12 km trek to Tunga Mata temple above the Prashar lake is a viable excursion that can be made while camping at Prashar lake.
There are various camping grounds available by the lake with decent amenities.
Meals will be included in the whole trip.
- Other Inclusions:
- Tour Guide, Cook, Porter and horses within the tour.
- Sleeping bags, mats and tents.
- Camping Grounds(permissions and bookings)
Prashar Lake is around 49 km away from Mandi, which is comparatively a bigger town. It is one of the major stops on the Kullu-Manali highway. But the lake does not fall in any of the regular routes. Therefore, there are no public transports available. And this describes our inclination towards trekking our way to Prashar Lake.
One can take a flight from Delhi to reach Kullu. Take a bus from Kullu to reach Mandi which is 76 km away. And then from Mandi head towards Baggi which is a 26 km ride from Mandi. Baggi is whence from the Prashar Lake trek commences.
- ID Cards
- Comfortable Trekking Shoes
- Warm Clothes
- Torch Light
- Power Bank
- Trekking Poles
- Magnetic Compass
- Energy Drinks and Energy Bars
- Water Bottle
- Personal Toiletries
- Caps, hats and scarves
- To avoid frostbite from the biting cold weather, it is advised to wear adequate layers to shield yourself from the chilly winds.
- ID Proof has to be carried along.
- Wear proper it trekking shoes for proper grip in order to avoid tripping along the slippery path.
- Avoid wearing thick socks or multiple socks in order to ensure proper blood circulation at such an elevated region.
- It is advisable to wear track pants or shorts instead of jeans.
- Do not litter the place and spoil its aesthetic beauty. Therefore, avoid using disposable plastic bottles or items wrapped in plastic.
- Always carry an additional pair of thermal wear.
- Waterproof jackets, gloves and boots are recommended.
- Keep your backpack light in order to avoid backaches during trekking. Only carry the essentials.
One might choose to visit Prashar Lake during the Winter months of December to February if one is keen on watching the snow-clad beauty of the mountains. But the trail could be slippery with dense sheets of snow covering the path. But it looks more vibrant and colourful during Monsoon with different hues of nature perfectly integrated into it.