Parashar Lake Trek
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- 3 Days 2 Nights
- Difficulty - Easy
- For 12+ years
- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan) Spring (Feb, March, April) Summer (May, June, July) Monsoon (Aug, Sept, Oct)
One of the most stunning and essential treks in India's north is the Parashar Lake Trek. You should go on the relatively simple but rewarding trek to Parashar Lake before the tourist crowds arrive. The floating island in the lake is well-known. But you would say that's a fairly common occurrence. But hold on—the surprise isn't quite over yet. You need to be cautious because the tiny floating island happens to float around the edge of the lake. When visiting Parashar Lake, you should also inquire about the lake's depth. You might be surprised to learn that despite numerous attempts, the precise depth of this lake is still unknown. Some claim that the humorous topology and climate of Parashar Lake are to blame for this, while others hold that mythology has something to do with it.
We know you enjoy stories, so we have one for you. According to myths, the lake was created by the elbow of the ram that belonged to Bheem as he and his brothers, as well as Lord Kamrunag, were travelling back from Kurushetra. Lord Kamrunag made the decision to spend his entire life in this valley because it so seduced him. As the upright person he was, Bheem drove his elbow into the mountain, carving out the lake for Lord Kamrunag. It is believed that Rishi (Sage) Parashar meditated at the lake that bears his name.
The tourist destination offers more than just a lake. The Parashar Temple, a prime example of the varied Himachal architecture, is a must-see for anyone who appreciates architecture. The 13th-century temple was built by Raja Bank Sen in Rishi Parashar's honour.
Day 0: Delhi to Baggi via Mandi
Day 1: Trek to Parashar Lake
Day 2: Descend back to Baggi and Depart to Delhi
Day 3: Reach Delhi | Trip Ends
We must travel to the place of tranquility, far from the bustle of our daily lives, to begin this alluring trek weekend.
On a Friday night in the late evening, we leave Delhi to start travelling to Baggi. We will travel by the Mandi district as our trek begins in Himachal Pradesh. This is where you stock up on your essentials, such as some quick cash or medications, and respond to critical emails because moving forward, you'll be giving up not only the urban conveniences of Dunzo and supermarkets but also your mobile network. Yes, it is unlikely that you will get a signal from this point forward, especially while travelling, so your phone's only purpose from this point forward will be to take pictures.
Our trek starts at Baggi which is only a short ride from Mandi.
The first kilometre of the trek is relatively flat, brimming with humongous boulders and progresses in a gradually ascending slope. Eventually, you’re going to enter the beauty of dense forests full of Rhododendron. Keep your eyes open to observe the different birds you could spot around the trail and for the settlements that reflect the lesser-known Himachali culture. Along the trail, you can find picturesque spots that showcase the Dhauadhar range.
The trek opens into a meadow and continues to give you a sense of different terrains. You will be able to catch sight of apple orchards. But the trek here on requires you to go the extra mile, quite literally. Not to worry though, because the clearing is worthy and rewarding. You will catch a glimpse of Manali peak, Friendship peak, Ali Ratni Tibba and so many more.
If you visit this area during the pre-summer season, you could see snow flowing down in little rivulets. Up next comes a mesmeric lake, forests, more water streams, and a few houses. And…finally, after some diligent trekking, you’ll arrive at Parashar Lake.
The lake holds a revolving island within it. It’s unlikely that you will see it moving because the movement is rather subtle and unnoticeable. The lake is usually surrounded by green pastureland, giving you shades of blue and green unlike what you would see in winters. In the winters the lake is largely frozen and the greenery around is overthrown by snow. In the monsoons, the lake reaches new levels of water due to the raise. Around the lake, you will find Pagoda Lake dedicated to sage Parashar.
Spend time with your fellow trekkers, explore the area or sit by the bonfire and admire the beauty of The Parashar. After a fulfilling dinner, pitch a tent and take a good night’s rest.
Stay Not Included
Wake up to the warming sun, chirping birds, and calm winds on your final day at Parashar Lake. Take a long walk around the lake, and loiter about until a hot breakfast is served.
Trek downhill for 3 hours, back to Baggi from where we will return to Delhi. Reach Delhi by late evening after having had a weekend to remember.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- Transportation in Tempo Traveller or Volvo Bus
- Accommodations in Homestay/Camps on sharing basis as per itinerary.
- 4 Meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner + Breakfast)
- Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.
- Sleeping Bags
- Permits for the trek
- State Taxes, Toll Taxes and Parking Charges
- 5% GST
- Hotel early check-in.
- Personal costs.
- Any travel delays incur additional lodging/food costs.
- Unlisted lunches and dinners.
- Airfare/rail fare not listed in "Inclusions."
- Entrance fees and parking for sightseeing.
- Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and Other Natural Disasters.
- Unlisted services
THINGS TO CARRY
- Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )
- Rucksack ( 40 litre )
- Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
- Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
- Two Carry light cotton trek pants: Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
- Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
- Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
- Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
- Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
- Socks (2pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
- Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
Policy and Terms
Here's the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks
- If you cancel before 30 days - 90% of amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 20 -30 days - 75% % of amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 15-19 days - 50% will be refunded
- If you cancel between 7-14 days - 25 % amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date - No amount would be refunded.
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.
Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money
For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy
Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.
Q: Do I have to carry luggage during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek/trip on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same
Q: What will the weather be like when we're on our trek?
A: The range of daytime temperatures will be 13–18 degrees celsius, while the nighttime temperature range will be 0–7 degrees celsius.
Q: Will this trek be in the snow?
A: Snow can be found on the trail between December and March if you're hiking. Even without snow, this is a great journey to take.
Q: What times of year are ideal for the Prashar Lake trek?
A: Any time of year is suitable for this hike. Between December and March, Prashar Lake is a fantastic journey to take if snow is what you're after.
Q: Is this trek safe for women to take?
A: Yes, taking a woman on this walk is entirely safe. There are modest villages there, and the walk is not difficult.
Q: Are there restrooms or toilets on the trek?
A: On the trek, toilet tents will be available to you. Wet wipes are not biodegradable, therefore please do not use them. There won't be a bathroom available during the walk.
Q: Is there mobile network connectivity in Parasar Lake Trek?
A: Likely, you'll only get a sporadic BSNL signal. Please let worried family members know about the trek's limited connectivity.
Q: What Season Is Best for visiting Prashar Lake?
A: Although you may complete this walk at any time of the year, the greatest times are in January and February when the lake is nearly frozen and completely covered with snow. Being in uninhabited hills, with the snowy white blanket adorning everything in sight and the chill in the air making you feel all the more alive, has a special allure.
Q: How to reach Prashar Lake?
A: For convenience, it is advised to go from Delhi to Mandi (which takes less time) on the same day that you depart for Prashar Lake. Given that it is on the way to Manali, Mandi offers excellent road accessibility as well as numerous public transportation choices. By Air: Bhuntar, which is 60 KM away from Prashar Lake, has the closest airport. To travel to Mandi, you will need to take a cab or bus. However, it will be advisable to take the cab straight to Baggi village if you don't have any plans to explore Mandi. Given regional weather variations and the airport's poor connectivity, there may be delays in operations. By Train: There are no direct trains from Delhi or Shimla to Mandi. You can, however, travel the Shatabdi to Chandigarh and then either hire a cab or take a bus to Mandi. You can also get to the train station at Joginder Nagar. By Road: The following is the path you would use to get to Prashar Lake from Delhi. Sonipat, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Chandigarh, Sundernagar, and Mandi are the order of events. All buses leaving Delhi for Manali will get off at Mandi. Tickets can be purchased through HRTC or Redbus. There are a variety of alternatives, including non-AC, semi-sleeper, Volvo, and even Mercedes buses. However, I'll advise you to use an HPTDC or HRTC bus rather than a private one because they are more dependable and secure. The bus fares are between Rs. 530 and Rs. 1400.