Mantalai Lake Trek

Mantalai Lake Trek

7 Days

Moderate

0 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

4100 mts.


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Bhuntar to Bhuntar

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Description

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).



Itinerary

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Day 1

Bhuntar - Pulga - Kheerganga

Pick up from Bhuntar in the morning by 11 AM. Thereafter short drive to Pulga via Manikaran in a Tempo Traveller. The trek to Mantalai starts from Pulga. Reach Kheerganga by the evening. Stay in the camp.


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Day 2

Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj

Post breakfast in the camp, Trek to Tunda Bhuj located at an altitude of 3285 m. Today is a very adventurous day as you will walk through very charming pastures. Variety of wildflowers can be seen in the summer. Reach Tunda Bhuj and stay in the tented accommodation.


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Day 3

Tunda Bhuj – Pandu Bridge

Today is an adventurous day as to reach Pandu bridge, we have to trek through birch forest crossing rocks and dense vegetation. We will cross three unique bridges. For the night stay, we will camp after crossing Pandu Bridge.


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Day 4

Pandu Bridge- Mantalai Lake(4100 M)- Mini Mantalai

Early morning after breakfast, we will head for Mantalai Lake. Enjoy the beautiful pastures of Odi Thatch and amazing sceneries of Mini Mantalai. We will reach Mantalai lake(4100 meters) by the afternoon. Spend some time on the lake & start for return journey. Reach Mini Mantalai in the evening & stay in camps.


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Day 5

Mini Mantalai - Tunda Bhuj

Breakfast in the camp and then head for Tunda Bhuj. The trail is tough so it will test our stamina. Reach Tunda Bhoj by evening & Overnight stay in camps.


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Day 6

Tunda Bhuj- Kheer Ganga

Start early morning after breakfast. Reach Kheerganga by noon, take a dip in the hot water pool of Kheerganga. Today we relax the penultimate day of our journey. Overnight stay in camps.


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Day 7

Kheer Ganga - Pulga- Bhuntar

Start early morning after breakfast. Return trek to Pulga. Drive in a taxi from Pulga to Bhuntar. Drop in Bhuntar by the evening.



Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Mantalai Lake Trek

Starting from the trail to Kheerganga in the Parvati Valley the trek to Mantalai lake takes you across lovely forests along the raging Parvati River on the route to Pin Parvati Pass Trek and takes you to the holy lake of Mantalai Lake flanked by stunning mountains.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The pickup will be from Bhuntar.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Bhuntar has reasonable size market but because of immediate departure from Bhuntar last minute purchasing might be difficult. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There might be snow on the trail depending on the season.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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. This famous tourist hill station has so many places to visit in Manali. 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.

Packing List: What to pack



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Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Best time is from July to September.

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty along with the experience of trekking at altitudes of 3700 metres or above.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Taking you to a maximum altitude of 4100 M, the Mantalai Lake Trek is meant for trekkers with prior experience. It is a moderate level trek with Grade 4 on the Bikat Difficulty scale.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

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No Cash Refund

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  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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