If you’re seeking out the mountain chill but don’t want to go the road most taken, then Prashar Lake is the best pick for you. Before expanding the details of the 2-day trek, let’s learn about the majestic Prashar Lake situated in the heart of Himachal Pradesh. Prashar Lake lies 49 kilometres away from Mandi, which is a small town of Himachal Pradesh. A three-storeyed Pagoda temple is seated on the shore of lake, imparting a picturesque beauty to the landscape. The lake is 2730 metre above sea level. Although the lake is not as gigantic as the other ones in India, but it is held sacred to the sage Prashar. It is believed that the great sage once sat beside the lake and meditated.
The temple was built in the 13th century and it is believed that it was built by a baby from a single tree. Interestingly, to this day no one has been able to determine the depth of Lake Prashar!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Panarsa, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 08:00 AM|
|ALTITUDE||2,730 m (8,960 ft)|
|WEAR||Comfortable warm clothes, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Key Points of Lake Prashar Trek
• 9 kilometre of trek through the soiled path through Alpine forest lining the road.
• Camp is set up near the majestic Prashar Lake with a beautiful view.
• The view consists of pine-covered mountains of Great Himalayas and clouds floating above them.
• Water is available in abundance due to a number of streams nearby.
• Bonfire has been banned on all treks by the forest department, we don’t promise the availabity of bonfire
• Camping in the fenced area near the lake is also banned by the forest department, tents will be pitched 2.5 km away from the parashar lake
• In case of bad / windy weather, camping may not be possible, and you may be shifted to shared rooms
Why Trek from Panarsa
• Volvo Drops you right at Panarsa, no cab / auto needed to reach the hotel
• Open Views during the trek from Jwalapur side
• There is plenty of water and orchards on this trek, most part of the trek is along a stream, you have to carry less water
• After the trek on Day 2 you can *wait at the hotel * or near the river till the Volvo arrives
• In case you arrive early from the trek, you can go for Rafting on Beas river
• If your plan is to go Manali , you just have to travel 60km more
• If your plan is to go Kasol, you are just 40 km away
• If your plan is to go Tirthan valley, you are just 30 km away
Day 1: Panarsa to Prashar Lake
On your arrival to the starting point Panarsa, you will start your journey in a shared taxi to Jwalapur. The 25 kilometre distance will be covered by road to Jwalapur where the trek will commence. In order to reach Panarsa, you can ask the bus (Delhi to Manali) driver to drop you at Panarsa. The commencement point is at walking distance only.
The cab journey will begin after a light breakfast. You are advised to have light food only if you’re motion sick. Upon your arrival in Jwalapur, you will begin your trek to Lake Prashar. An experienced trek guide will help you throughout the 9 kilometre of trek. You will also be provided with lunch to have while on your way to Prashar Lake.
On reaching Lake Prashar, you will freshen up and have some evening snacks. You can enjoy the sunset at the lake. It’s a photographer’s delight since the scenic beauty of the setting sun makes up for the perfect subject.
An overnight camp will be set on the bank of Lake Prashar.
Day 2: Prashar Lake to Panarsa
On the second and final day of the trek, you can wake up early to witness the most beautiful sunrise. Either way, you will be provided hot breakfast along with some beverage. After the breakfast, you will begin your trek back to Jwalapur.
From Jwalapur, you will head back to Panarsa in a shared cab. You can enjoy sightseeing in the local area and click pictures.
In the evening, you can head back to your city.