Beas Kund Trek
Beas Kund is a high altitude alpine lake that sits quite at an altitude of 3,700 m in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as the origin of Beas River, it is where Sage Vyas used to take bath when he meditated there. The trek begins from Solang Nallah famously known for skiing and paragliding. The trails of Dhundi will make you cross various river streams after which you finally arrive at the captivating site of Bakar Thach. There you will find yourself surrounded by peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, and Seven Sisters. Also, lay your eyes on the Beas Kund Glacier en route to the lake. Pluck the wild strawberries and mushrooms from the bushes and watch shepherds herding their sheep and goats. This summer trek is perfect for beginners for its easy trail and short duration.
This trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For novice, it is a great start to enter the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain a good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on this weekend trek for the love of its views and trekking.
This trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.
The base camp for the Beas Kund Trek is Solang Nallah in the beautiful Solang Valley. It is a short drive of 13 km from Manali to Solang Valley. The road from Manali to Solang Nala is lined with apple and pine trees. There are private taxis running between Manali and Solang Valley that cost you anything between INR 2500 to 4000 depending upon the season. Manali is well connected to Delhi with all kinds of transport (except direct train) and can easily be reached through road or air.
By Road : The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14 hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
By Rail : To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train to Joginder Nagar from Pathankot which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
By Air : The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to taxi that can cost you around INR 2000-5000 depending upon the season.
Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.
No mobile connections are available at Beas Kund. Though Airtel and BSNL may have coverage at some points on the trek. Bakkarthatch & Dhundi have decent coverage of BSNL. One can expect full reception till Solang Valley.
May-June, September- November
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.