Prashar Lake Trek


Trekup India doesn’t run this Trek any time in the year. It is, however, an amazing trek which you can do by your self or with the help of local guides.

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Prashar Lake Trek

Prashar Lake Trek is located in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh, at an altitude of 8957 feet. The trek is a short distance trek covered in 16 kilometers. The Prashar Lake Trek is surrounded by the Kinnaur, Dhauladhar, and Pir Panjal Mountain ranges. There is also the oldest temple dedicated to Rishi Prashar beside Prashar Lake. The trail passes through enchanting forests and snow-covered peaks. On the route, you will see oak, pine, rhododendrons, and apple orchid groves. Peaks that are visible around the lake are Dhauladhar Matterhorn, Man Hill, Sikar Beh, Manali Peak, Mukila, and several others. There is a local legend that after Mahabharatha, the Pandava brother Bhima, when returning from Kurukshetra, created this lake. 

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    Why You Should do Prashar Lake Trek

    Prashar Lake has a picturesque view of the snow-covered peaks on the hills around it. Below, we mention some of the beautiful sights you will endure if you embark on this trek.

    1. Historical pagoda-style temple dedicated to Rishi Prashar.

    You will be very intrigued by the temple’s architecture, standing right beside the blue water lake.

    2. The lake has a floating island in the middle.

    If you stand at the top of the view, you can catch the island moving in the middle of the lake.

    3. You will see the Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, and Kinnaur mountain ranges

    From this viewpoint, you will see the Dhauladhar, Kinnaur, and Pir Panjal ranges crowned around the lake. Other peaks you will visit are Triund, Kap Chuli, Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, and Ali Ratni Tibba, among others.

    4. From the viewpoint, see the sunset and sunrise.

    The sun’s rays falling on the peaks of the mountain make it a beautiful sight during sunrise and sunset.

    Best Time to do Prashar Lake Trek

    The best time to do this trek is in Summer, between April to June, and Winter in January. If you enjoy greenery and nature, the ideal time for you to go is in the summer months; if you want to enjoy the snowfall, you could visit in the winter season.

    Day-wise Detailed Itinerary of Prashar Lake Trek

    Day 1: Mandi to Kantlu by road

    • Stay – overnight stay at the camping site.
    • Meal – Lunch and Dinner.
    • Distance – 114 km
    • Time Taken – approx. 3 hrs 30 min.
    • Altitude – Mandi (2493 ft / 760 mtr), Kantlu (6000 ft / 1829 mtr)
    • Altitude gain – 3507 ft / 1069 mtr

    As soon as you arrive at Mandi Trekup India, our team will pick you up and take you to Kantlu. You will be mesmerized by the hills you will see as far as you will see rising mountain ranges like Dhauladhar and other snow-covered peaks.

    Day 2: Kantlu to Prashar Lake by Trek

    • Stay – overnight stay at the camping site.
    • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
    • Trek Distance – 7 km
    • Time Taken – approx. 5 hrs
    • Altitude – Kantlu (6000 ft / 1829 mtr), Prashar Lake (8957 ft / 2730 mtr)
    • Altitude gain – 2957 ft / 901 mtr
    • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

    You will begin the morning with a delicious breakfast and prepare for the trek. The trail is gradually uphill at the beginning, passing through open land. You will then reach the rhododendron forest line, which you will enter. After crossing the forest, you will get a clearing where you will start seeing the Dhauakadhar range. As you move forward on the trail, a forest of oak trees will be visible; after crossing the woods, you will pass through a clearing with a motorable road as a trail and arrive at a place known as Til, which has few shops. The trail then meets the Kachha road, and you will ascend until you start seeing the meadows. From there, you will see apple orchids by the path and walk on a motorable road. Now, the trail will become more steep, making it a little more complicated, and then you will again make it to a clearing.
    Furthermore, you will be entering the forest, and the trail is flat with a little uphill trail. Soon, the lake will start to come into view; you must walk down to reach Prashar Lake. After exploring the lake, you need to return to the camping site.

    Day 3: Prashar Lake to Kantlu by Trek

    • Stay – overnight stay at the camping site.
    • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
    • Trek Distance – 7 km
    • Time Taken – approx. 5 hrs
    • Altitude – Prashar Lake (8957 ft / 2730 mtr), Kantlu (6000 ft / 1829 mtr)
    • Altitude difference – 2957 ft / 901 mtr
    • Trek grade – Gradual

    Start your trek today with a warm breakfast and hot tea prepared by the Trekup India cook. Today’s hike would be downhill, and we would take a different route to climb down. Almost one kilometer of the trail will be on the motorable road, followed by a narrower and grassland trail. On the way, you will see a small water pump house with a forest around which you will be entering. After crossing, you will see apple orchids by the trail, filled with them in May and June. You will visit beautiful valleys with the Dhauladhar range, Hanuman Tibba, and Mukila in sight. Then again, you will be walking on a motorable road, after which lies the forest trail. You will see trees of rhododendron, oak, and pine. Then you will come to a small village named Halgarh, after crossing the town you will start seeing Kantlu. You will reach Kantlu from there after walking for almost two kilometers.

    Day 4: Kantlu to Mandi by road

    • Stay – overnight stay at the camping site.
    • Meal – Lunch and Dinner.
    • Distance – 114 km
    • Time Taken – approx. 3 hrs 30 min.
    • Altitude – Kantlu (6000 ft / 1829 mtr), Mandi (2493 ft / 760 mtr)
    • Altitude difference – 3507 ft / 1069 mtr

    On the last day of your trip, you will be driving back and last time seeing the beautiful mountain peaks. Driving on the same road you took when you began the journey, and when you reach Mandi, our team bids you farewell, and you are on your own. You could go back or explore other areas nearby.

    How to Reach Mandi?

    Mandi is one of the towns in Himachal Pradesh, India. For getting to Mandi, there are a variety of alternatives based on the starting destination and transportation mode. Below are some guidelines on how to get to Mandi:

    1. By Air:
      • The closest airport to Mandi Mandi is Bhuntar Airport (also known as Kullu-Manali Airport), located in Kullu, about 65 km from the city. It is possible to fly to Bhuntar Airport. You can then book an auto-cab or bus for Mandi.
    1. By Train:
      • The nearest central railway station to Mandi is Joginder Nagar, which is about 55km away from Mandi. There aren’t many trains that are connected with Joginder Nagar. The most accessible railway station can be found at Chandigarh Railway Station, which has an excellent connection to cities across India. From Chandigarh, there is the option of taking an auto or taxi to Mandi.
    1. By Road:
      • Mandi is easily accessible via road and is accessible by car or bus. It is possible to drive to Mandi from cities in the vicinity as well as towns. The road conditions are subject to change, and verifying the situation before making your travel plans is recommended.
      • If you’re coming from Delhi to Mandi, then you should use NH44 or NH205 to get to Mandi. Mandi is about 500 kilometers, and the trip can last between 10 and 12 hours via roads.
      • Additionally, there are state-run as well as private bus routes that link Mandi with other cities in Himachal Pradesh and neighboring states.

    Be sure to monitor the latest weather and road conditions in addition to any travel advisory or restriction applicable. Also, reserving accommodations before departure is good, especially when the tourist season is in full swing since Mandi is one of the most popular destinations within Himachal Pradesh.