Prashar Lake Trek
3,000 per person (approx.)
A winter weekend should be no cause for getting bored as we have a fun excursion in Himachal Pradesh, planned for you. Pack your bags, and embark on the Prashar Lake trek with us. Prashar Lake is an ovular pond in a lush grassland. The lake, located at an elevation of approximately 9000 feet above sea level, is said to have been discovered by the Pandavas. But, you will not see a lush meadow here, as the winter snow will have covered it completely, turning it into a quintessentially Himalayan landscape. Though the trek is only 9 km one way, the snow may make it a bit challenging.
This Prashar Lake winter trek will take you on slightly steep ridges, which will give you loads of thrill. On the way, you will meander through forests of cedars, firs and spruces that will be white with snow. You will also walk past numerous rivulets that might be frozen due to the cold weather. After reaching the lake, you can visit the local pagoda-style temple here. Enjoy the rest of the day, making snowmen or snow fairies, or throw snowballs at each other. A warm bonfire and dinner will follow before you head inside your tent to sleep.
The next day, you have a chance to see an amazing sunrise over the snow-white Himalayas that you must not forget capturing in photos. Thereafter, Prashar Lake trekking in Himachal Pradesh ends with you tracing the mountain trail back to Bagi. From here, you drive to Mandi and then further head to Delhi. Though the trip will give you loads of fun, you should not take it lightly. Remember to pack good-quality woollens as the weather at higher reaches will be icy cold. Also, pack sturdy trekking shoes with spikes so you do not slide on the ice or sink in the fresh snow. Consult your doctor beforehand to be sure of your health as the hike will require you to be perfectly fit.
Day 01: Arrival in Mandi | Mandi to Bagi (30 km) | Trek from Bagi to Prashar Lake (9 km)
Upon reaching Mandi, check-in at the hotel/guesthouse and rest. After freshening up, relish breakfast, and travel to the village of Bagi by road. Once here, begin the Prashar Lake trek with packed lunch, from a rain shelter near the bus stop. After crossing a stream, walk on a narrow trail along the stream’s right bank, and head into a thickly forested valley. Five minutes later, a series of three scissor bends comes, which you can avoid by heading straight up the hill. After treading for about 10 minutes, the path starts to show a gradual uphill incline.
Keep walking ahead to find a mountain stream, where you may fill your bottles if it is flowing. Continue the Prashar Lake winter trek to arrive at a bend, where you will see a rivulet. From here, turn right and scale a forested ridge, seen to your right. After about 2 minutes, the trail forks into two; take the one heading right with a sharp ascent. Once you have walked for a little more than 30 minutes, the gradient of the slope decreases, and the trail forks again. Head to the right, and tread uphill till you approach a forest clearing. Further ahead, cross two scissor bends to arrive at a flat ground with a Trishul, fixed on it.
The hike further takes you uphill for around 40 minutes till you reach another clearing. After passing two more clearings, enter another forested ridge, and tread for around 15 minutes to reach a level land. From here, a steep climb to a hilltop needs to be negotiated. The time taken to complete it depends on the amount of snow on the route. Once on top, look for a ridge to the left, and walk uphill to scale it. After reaching the ridge, walk for around 800 metres to finally reach the gates and fence of Prashar Lake.
Once here, admire the scenery, and pay homage at the temple here if you wish. Later, get recharged with snacks, and then sit around a crackling bonfire for dinner, before moving to your tent for an overnight stay.
Day 02: Prashar Lake to Bagi (9 km) | Bagi to Mandi (30 km) | Mandi to Delhi
Wake up early to witness an enchanting sunrise and get a clear view of the snow-clad Himalayas. Later, enjoy breakfast, and embark on the downhill phase of the hike with packed lunch. This stretch of Prashar Lake trekking in Himachal Pradesh leads you back to Bagi via the same path you followed yesterday. On reaching Bagi, head back to Mandi by road to collect your luggage, and thereafter transfer to Delhi.
Prashar Lake Trek
Duration: 2 Days
Below is the approx provided by various tour operators.
Best time to go: Throughout the year. Winters are the best.
Maximum Altitude: 8956 feet
1. Accommodation on triple share basis in tents / homestays/ PWD rest houses or trekkers huts (During heavy snowfall, pitching tents near the lake is not possible. We offer alternate arrangements in such scenarios)
2. All meals
3. Experienced guide
4. Camping gears and kitchen equipment
1. GST @ 5.0%
2. Transportation to reach Mandi
3. Any personal expenses
4. Medical insurance
5. Anything not mentioned under inclusions