Prashar Lake is one of the offbeat treks that gives way to the secluded lake of Prashar. One of the prominent factors of the trek is the up close view of the Dhauladhar ranges from the semi-circle shaped valley where lies a beautiful lake of Prashar. Prashar Lake is set in the surroundings of mountains at an altitude of 8,956 ft. These ranges walk with you as you make your way to the lake right from the start at Baggi, the basecamp of the trek. Not Just Dhauladhar ranges, other ranges like Pir Panjal and Kinnaur play hide and seek during your journey.
If you wish to spend your weekend in a solace and peaceful environment with your family and friends then Prashar is the best option with its short distance trekking trail that can be done in 2 days. Different seasons bring out different flavours in Prashar. If you want to have a taste of heavenly snow covered landscape with the frozen lake then you can attempt this trek in winters. However, if you like unfrozen lakes with crystal clear views of the Dhauladhar range then spring and autumn are best for you. Any which way, Prashar Lake trek won’t disappoint you.
Trek Distance: 16 km
Trek Altitude: 8,956 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: November to December
How to Reach:
By Bus: Take a private or public bus from Delhi to reach Mandi which is the basecamp of the trek. You can also take one from Chandigarh and get down at Mandi. A journey via HRTC buses is the budget-friendly option which takes around 12-hours drive time.
By Train: The nearest railway station from Mandi is Joginder Nagar Railway Station which is further well connected by road. You can reach the basecamp which is at a distance of 55 km from the station by bus or a taxi.
By Flight: Kullu-Manali Airport is the closest Airport from Mandi and take a bus or shared taxi for the onward journey. You can even choose to directly reach Baggi village at a distance of 44 km from the Airport if you are not interested in spending time at Mandi.
Things to do:
Explore the picturesque trail
The trekking trail from Kantlu to Prashar is a series of Forest route clearing up to give you a surprising treat of the beautiful scenic views. The rhodo trees and pine, oak Forests gives you an enthralling walk through the dense jungle of the Himalayas. The forest clears out to give way to the open field and Dhauladhar range comes into the frame.
The Views of the Mountain ranges
As you make your way to the top of the edge you will be greeted with the mesmerising views of the Triund, Dhauladhar, and several other known peaks. Hanuman Tibba, Manali peak, Friendship Peak are also some of those known peaks which you can pin point from the edge. The beautiful Prashar Lake emerges from the edge of the low ground encapsulated in the bowl-shape valley of the Kullu.
Camping beside the Lake
Camping beside the high-altitude Prashar Lake is another beautiful experience that this trek offers. Even though you can choose to stay in the dormitories that are available for the trekkers, camping has its own charm. You get to learn how to pitch a tent and stay in your own little cocoon. The clear sky and the natural environment make camping all the more fun with your friends.
Get mesmerised by the charming sunset
If you truly want to experience the sunset in its ethereal beauty on Prashar Lake trek then take a short trek up to the Tunga Mata Temple and enjoy the blissful view of the lake, the Dhauladhar range and the colourful setting horizon all in one frame. On your next day, wake up early to get a glimpse of snow-clad peaks basking in the golden light of sun rays for one more time and then head towards the basecamp through a different route.
Engage in the culture
The temple dedicated to Sage Rishi beside is the exemplary architecture of the Himachal culture and it goes well with the surroundings at the lakeside. The serene environment of this dedicated temple will heal you off your burdens and worries with its pure aura. You can marvel at the many legends related to Sage Rishi and this temple.
All in all, Prashar Lake invites every trekker, may it be a first-timer or the seasoned trekker with open arms, leveraging its grand beauty of the mountains, forest, valleys and the Lake. When all the high-altitude glacial lakes are rendered inaccessible in the winters, Prashar lake still remains operational. Top Things in Prashar Lake Trek