Mantalai Lake Trek
The Parvati valley, just like the Kullu valley, is one of the most beautiful valleys that you will ever see. It stands up to its name, representing the legendary beauty of Goddess Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva, almost perfectly on the earthly plane. With lush green hills covered with Pine and Deodar on either side of the gushing Parvati river, every bend in your path offers yet another picture perfect view of the distant snow capped peaks. Mantalai is the source of River Parvati and therefore, could also be called the source of the beauty of this valley. For most parts of the journey, you hike along the Parvati river, with the tunes of its gushing waters, gentle here and exuberant there, that will ring in your ears long after you return home from the sacred lake. The trail to Mantalai, situated at 4100 m (13,500 ft) is a challenging trek in itself, involving a significant gain in altitude from the base. It is advised to prepare well before taking up this trek. And if you are an experienced trekker who likes challenging trail then instead of descending back from the lake take the same trail further. You will be on your way to Pin Parvati Pass - which is hands down the most beautiful trek in India and has a place on every trekker's bucket list. Treking to pin Parvati pass involves crossing over to the Pin Valley (Spiti).