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Prashar Lake Trek, Mandi Overview

One of the most offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh, Prashar Lake is a crystal clear water body situated about 50 km north of Mandi, with a three-storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at the height of 2730 m above sea level with deep blue waters and holds a saintly position there. Bounded by mighty Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley, the place is full of mystic charm. It is surrounded by snow-topped peaks and looks down on the fast flowing river Beas. The temple was built in the thirteenth century, and its construction comes under the light of a vague myth. The lake has a floating island in it, and its actual depth is unclear.
Its lush green valleys, interspersed with rivers and lakes offer one of the most scenic and enjoyable trekking experiences.

If you want to make some memories which are to be etched forever then visiting Parashar Lake is a must. The lake is frozen in winters but dazzles throughout the remaining year. Other than its charismatic beauty the lake is famed for its three-storied temples.

It is nestled with tall cedar trees and forms a perfect location for a calming vacation, away from the hustle-bustle of the city. It is also known as the bird's eye as when seen from above it resembles the same.

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Base Village

Baggi

Approx Trekking Distance (Both sides)

15 km - 16 km

Difficulty Level

It is an easy trek during springs and summers. However, the difficulty level is moderate during winters when it is snowing or when it is slippery during monsoons.

Water Availability

Carry your own water as well during the trek. However, you will have the opportunity to refill your water stock from a steam flowing during the trek.

Food Availability

You won't find any place to eat during your trek. It's always a good idea to carry your own food during trekking.

Camping/Shelter

Prashar Lake does not offer any proper accommodation for the trekkers. Most of the tourists carry their own sleeping bags and tents.

Trekking and Camping at Prashar Lake

How about setting a camp beside the lake so that nature engulfs you within its arms? This is the best thing you can ever do in your life to rejuvenate yourself. There are various packages which you can book online or get them as you reach there. Walking through the lush green forest and encountering the blue beauty of the lake is the great add-on to your travel diary. It is a coveted jewel of Himachal Pradesh.

Myths

Mythology believes that the lake was formed by Pandawas, on their way after Mahabharata with Deity Kamrunag to find best place for their teacher, Dev Kamrunag. Their teacher liked the isolation of this place so much that he decided to stay here for the rest of his life. On his request, Bheemsen one of the Pandava brothers formed the lake by pushing his elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain as per the story believed by locals. During stormy period, tall cedar trees would fall into the lake to disappear. Today faith from all faiths of people brings them here. As an offering people throw money, silver coins and gold into the water.

Best Time To Visit Prashar Lake Trek

Winters (December - February) is a good time to visit if you enjoy the snow.The place is almost freezing during the winters covered under a thick blanket of snow. You can see snow from the last week of December till mid-March.  The trek will be slightly difficult but will be definitely worth it. 

Summer (mid-April to May)is a green and beautiful time to visit. You should avoid the monsoon months. 

Tips For Visiting Prashar Lake Trek

1. Make sure you carry warm clothes irrespective of the fact that what season you are travelling in.
2. Carry your own trekking gear and equipment and be always prepared.
3. Carry a medical aid kit and your usual medicines for the way.
4. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must.
5. Carry rain gear no matter if you are travelling during monsoon season.
6. Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region.
7. Make sure you carry spare batteries and film roll for the camera as there will be no electricity supply.
8. A well informed and trained guide is very important and do make sure to sort out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding.
9. You won't find any place to eat during your trek. It's always a good idea to carry your own food during trekking.
10. Carry your own water as well during the trek. However, you will have the opportunity to refill your water stock from a steam flowing during the trek.

How To Reach Prashar Lake Trek

It lies 45 km north from Mandi and could be reached via buses or private taxis. 

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Neha Nagpal 12 months ago
This moderately challenging trek leading to a lake of mystery with an inherent floating island, considered sacred by the locales is a bliss in winters for a travel freak. One can either take a taxi uphill or decide to trek through forests from Baggi Village which takes about 5-6 hours. I got a chance to Visit this place in January, decided to trek through the scenic beauty the trail offers. After breakfast, we started with the trek around 11:30 am and reached around 7 pm. I would recommend taking woolen clothes that are light in weight but warm and snow boots while trekking in winters. Also, carry some eatables like dry fruits,nuts etc. and liquid as you cannot really find a single person selling these during winters on the way.On reaching top-hill, one can either stay in Temple in the vicinity of the blue-water lake or can go for tents. We had our dinner sitting near the bonfire which felt like the tastiest food we ever had and decided to rent a tent.
Subham Dawn 12 months ago
Explore the hilly areas nearby the temple .. Awesome Silence and view ..

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Q. Is guide mandatory to fullfill this trek? Do I need to take permission for this trek from local police station?

Holidify 4 months ago
Prashar Lake Trek is not a guided trek as the it is a comparatively easy path. It is always safe to take precautionary steps like the permissions and registration with the local authorities. It is a must to have all the important supplies and rechecking them before starting the trek. General Tips: 1. Make sure you carry warm clothes irrespective of the fact that what season you are travelling in. 2. Carry your own trekking gear and equipment and be always prepared. 3. Carry a medical aid kit and your usual medicines for the way. 4. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must. 5. Carry rain gear no matter if you are travelling during monsoon season. 6. Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region. 7. Make sure you carry spare batteries and film roll for the camera as there will be no electricity supply. 8.Make sure to sort out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding. 9. You won't find any place to eat during your trek. It's always a good idea to carry your own food during trekking. 10. Carry your own water as well during the trek. However, you will have the opportunity to refill your water stock from a stream flowing during the trek.
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