Prashar Lake (2,730m), surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley is a beautiful lake. The hike starts from Baggi village which is 2 hours drive from Mandi. The trek follows a charming trail through a forest and several water streams. Prashar lake is said to have been discovered by the Pandavas (from the epic Mahabharata). One can also experience the local culture as the trail goes through small Himachali villages. Prashar Lake is accessible by road now and hardly any trek anymore. If you are a novice but looking for a proper trekking experience then we suggest you go for Beas Kund trek in the same (Himachal) region.
Mandi To Prashar Lake ( 2712 M) Via Baggi Village (7 Kms Trek )
We board a vehicle at Mandi at 7:00 A.M. to reach Baggi village. This is a 2 hour 30 minute journey with stunning views of the Himalayas. We should reach Baggi by 9:30 A.M. After briefing & stretching exercise, we start our trek to Prashar lake at 10:00 A.M. It's a 7 Km uphill trek. The trail starts by following a river basin where we can see the wrath of mother nature as debris from a previous landslide lies as a reminder to us of the power of nature. 15 minutes into the trek we reach the first and only water point. We stop to refill our bottles as we need to contain it for the whole stretch of the trek. Then we deviate from the river and move uphill Ito the tree line. The next phase is a 4 Km uphill moderately steep trail through the dense forests. This phase opens up to the beautiful meadows which is under a thick layer of white snow. We can now see the panoramic view of the Himalayas. 2 Km more of uphill traversing through the meadows and we reach our finish point at Prashar Lake. The whole trek should take us 5-6 hours to complete. Our campsite being 2 minutes from Prashar lake give us spectacular views of Prashar lake and Prashar temple. Campsite situated at an elevation from the lake makes sure nothing obstructs our panoramic view of the Himalayas. The view from campsite is unique in its own way. You can see all the three ranges of Himachal Himalayas, Pir Panjal range near Dharamshala to Dhauladhar range near Manali to lahual and Spiti range from kinnaur region together from camp. After an hour of refreshment and enjoying the snow we head out to see another very old lake, Sukhasar lake. 2 Km of traverse through the meadows, in 25 min we should reach Sukhasar lake. After 30 minutes of indulging in it's beauty and taking pictures we head back to camp for rest. We enjoy dinner under the stars that light up the sky and the glow of Prashar lake.
Prashar Lake To Mandi Via Baggi
We wake up at 7:00 A.M. to witness the sun rise. After a breath taking sunrise we pack our bags, eat a healthy breakfast and get ready to head back to Mandi. We set out downhill at 9:00 A.M.. Again following the same trail we followed uphill this trek should takes us only 3 hours to complete and we should reach Baggi by 12:00 P.M. The snow on the trail makes downhill a bit more tricky making our journey a little more adventures. Upon reaching Baggi and enjoying some tea we board our vehicle back to Mandi.
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