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Parashar Lake Trek

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Parashar Lake Trek is one of the most beautiful and must-do treks up in the north of India. Being a relatively easy yet rewarding trek, Parashar Lake is a trek you must do before tourism traffic hits. The Lake is famously known for the floating island in it. But that’s a common phenomenon, you would say. Hold on though, for the surprise doesn’t end just yet. The miniature floating island happens to float along the circumference of the lake which is something you must watch out for. Another thing you must do when you visit Parashar Lake is to ask around for its depth. You’d be surprised to know that despite many attempts, the actual depth of this lake hasn’t been figured out yet! Now some do say, the reason behind this has got to be in the amusing climate and topology of Parashar Lake, while the others believe it’s got to do with mythology. 

Now-now, we know you love stories so here’s one for you- Myths say that the lake was formed by the ram of Bheem’s elbow when he and his brothers along with Lord Kamrunag were returning from Kurushetra. Lord Kamrunag was so enticed by this valley that he decided to live there forever. Bheem being the righteous man he was, rammed his elbow into the mountain creating the lake for Lord Kamrunag. Rishi(Sage) Parashar is said to have meditated at this lake which gave birth to this name. 

The destination spot has more than a lake to offer. If you’re an architecture lover, you must visit the Parashar Temple which is an epitome of abundant Himachal architecture. The Temple is one from the 13th Century, made by Raja Bank Sen in honor of Rishi Parashar.

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Trek Details

  • Trek Distance: 16 km
  • Trek Level: Easy ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trek Altitude: 4220 m / 13841 feetv
  • 2 Days

Price Inclusions

  • To and fro Transport in a Tempo Traveller(AC – Pushback)/Volvo Bus(AC – Semi Sleeper) from Delhi
  • Accommodation in tents multiple sharing ( 2/3  sharing )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Camping Essential (Sleeping bags, mattress, camps)
  • Trip Leader
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Any Entry Fees
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

Pickup Point

New Delhi (Akshardham Metro Station, Gate 1 – 9:00 PM)

To and fro Transport in a Tempo Traveller(AC – Pushback)/Volvo Bus(AC – Semi Sleeper) from Delhi

Things to Carry

  • 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/Three trek pants: 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 (3-4 pairs) 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)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Prashar Lake Trek - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 0: Delhi to Baggi

To get this alluring trek weekend started with, we need to get to the home of tranquillity, away from the noise of our daily routines. 

We start off from Delhi during the late evening hours of a Friday and begin our journey to Baggi. As our trek begins in Himachal Pradesh, we will be going via the district of Mandi. This is where you stock up on your basic necessities like some handy cash or medicines and respond to important emails as going forward, not only are you going to leave behind the urban privileges of Dunzo and supermarkets but also mobile network. Yes, here on, it is unlikely that you would get any signal, especially during the travel so your mobile would have only one job- capture memories.

Day 1:Baggi to Parashar Lake

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 litreally. 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.

Day 2: Parashar Lake to Baggi to Delhi

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, 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.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers 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/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely 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 accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • 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.

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

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.
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