Himachal Pradesh - Trekking
Prashar Lake & Rishi Prashar Temple
Prashar lake is the beautiful weekend treks surrounded by snow capped peaks and accompanied by fast flowing Beas river, the Lake Prashar is very scenic. A winter frozen lake with a dazzling beauty, a jewels of Himachal, also there is a little floating island in between the lake which keeps floating and changes its position, which is quite unique. Mandi and Kullu are reasonably big town and well connected with the plains. One of the top most offbeat place within accessible distance. The surrounding trails are attract to many tourist, 13th century pagoda temple dedicated to Sage Prashar is a brilliant example of architectural design.
Prashar Lake is such ‘hike’ which can be wrapped up within a weekend without any compromising on sheer beauty and richness that Himalayas offered you. We are on and the scenery is magnificent and literally walking above the cloud. An entire amazing panorama of snowy mountain ranges is visible from this location. At the top of the valley, one can be surrounded by lash green spots with lambs, horses and small mud huts. A place covered in the arms of white snow-capped mountains, where the deep blue water of a calm high-altitude lake reflects the golden sun rays. Prashar Lake has 2 states, one, when it is surrounded by green colors with variety of flowers July–August. And, the other state is when the white carpet of snow surrounds this surreal lake in January-March.
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next to the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.” – David H. T.
Day 1: PANARSA TO PRASHAR LAKE
Overnight Drive from delhi to Mandi for lake by traveller. Lake lies 45 km north of Mandi and 64Km south of Kullu, is well connected with the plains. Somehow time passes in traveller and after a long tired journey, we drive from Mandi to Panarsa in morning and checkin into guest house to freshen-up, drive to Jwalapur village by vehicles. From Jwalapur, trek to Prashar Lake. we are walking a treacherous trail, is uphill along-side a stream of water. The trail will take you through forested valley where you will feel closest to nature. 1st half of trek is a bit steep and rich with pine, oaks and rhododendrons trees. After walking, around an hour we leave behind greenery and white sheet of snow greet us.
As we reach the other top, we are blessed with yet another splendid view of the mighty Himalayas. Please be very selective about the shoe that you wear for Winter trek. Pitching camps not required in Prashar Lake because of GMVN or Temple area on rent available for night stay. After a refreshing, explore the beautiful surroundings. The sun is going down and we to go back before it gets dark. We reach the guesthouse, a bonfire and well earned dinner. Overnight stay in GMVN.
Day 2: PRASHAR LAKE - JWALAPUR - PANARSA - NAGGAR
After an early breakfast. Lake provides a breathtaking Panaromic view of Himalayan ranges makes this trek stand out from the rest. The horizon is gold and yellow, a sight that will stay forever in mind. The tranquil beauty of the lake, stands tall, an ancient three-storied temple. After spending some time at the temple, which felt like eternity turn back. View of famous Dhauladhar and PirPanjal Range, Hanuman Tibba Peak and many more peaks.
Trek is a steep descend through dense forest. There is water source towards the 2nd half of trek from where you can fill water bottles. On one side there’s snow and on the other is steep gorge. It’s scary and adventurous at the same time. Lunch @ Panarsa on the banks of Beas River. Board the waiting vehicle and depart for Nagar for overnight Camping.
Day 3: NAGGAR - MANALI / PANARSA
After an Early Breakfast. Enjoy the ambience and surroundings of apple orchards of Nagar. Later Drive to Manali, Lunch at Manali, Sightseeing in Manali and then take traveller to Delhi.
HOW TO REACH
BY AIR : Bhuntar is the nearest airport, which is 52 km away from Manali. Transports available from Bhuntar, its well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
BY ROAD : Delhi - Manali is well connected, take an overnight bus journey in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets available online.
MORE INFO : From Delhi (ISBT, Majnu ka Tilla) most Volvo private buses leave between 5 pm - 6 pm. AND From Manali most Volvo private buses leave between 4 pm - 5 pm. Plan your onward journeys accordingly.
WHAT ARE THE RISK INVOLVED ?
Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS): Shortness breath, Mild headache & Tiredness are some common in high altitude trek. Risk of being hit by AMS is considerably low but you are advised to be on a course of Diamox. In case of any medical emergencies, there are easy exit points on this trek, means evacuation will generally not take more than 24 hours.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR TREK
Prepration: Fight again sub-zero temperatures, carry multi layers throughout winter trek and practice carrying packed backpack to comfortable with it. Carrying dry fruits will help on trek since they provide instant energy. The ascent-descent during the trek demands level of fitness. Begin your fitness preparation, jogging 5 Km in 30 minute before One month or two before start the trek, stretching exercises for flexibility are important so you don’t get cramps in trek.