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  • About Prashar Lake, Mandi

    Prashar Lake is located about 50 km north of the mountain town of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. It is named after the three-storied temple dedicated to the sage Prashar on its banks. You’ll trek through pine forests, see meadows with cows, woolly lambs, and horses grazing, and will pass charming villages as you go. From the lake, you’ll be able to see panoramic views of the snowy Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.

    Prashar Lake difficulty level

    The Prashar Lake trek is an easy trek that can be attempted by first-timers and families with children. It is at a comfortable altitude and is easily accessible, making it ideal for a quick weekend getaway. If you’re considering doing your first trek here, you should check out our Top Short Treks in Himachal Pradesh.

    Camping at Prashar Lake

    One of the highlights of the Prashar Lake trek is that you’ll get to camp beside the lake. The pretty, oval lake lies at an altitude of 8956 feet and looks like a pretty, oval jewel nestled in the hills. Glacial meltwater from the region flows into the lake, keeping it cool and fresh year-round.

    Legend has it that the famous Rishi Prashar meditated here, but it is fascinating for other reasons too. Locals claim to have seen tall trees collapsing into the lake during storms, and vanishing without a trace, but nobody knows how deep it really is. There is also a floating island in the middle of the lake that mysteriously changes location every now and then.

    Prashar Lake – Trek itinerary

    The Prashar Lake trek begins at Kullu or Manali. You’ll be driven to the start point, which is Baggi, about 2 hours from Kullu. You’ll trek for about 4-5 hours to get to the lake, and will get there in time for tea. You can spend some time watching the sunset and enjoying the views, and then it’s time to set up camp.

    The next day, you’ll wake up to spectacular views of the lake and the mountains around. You’ll eat breakfast and explore the lake, and then it’s time to head back to Kullu.

    If you’re planning a holiday here, you should read our blog about Top Things to do in Himachal Pradesh.

    What is the best time for the Prashar Lake trek?

    The best season for the Prashar Lake trek is mid-April to the end of June when the weather is lovely, the landscape and forests are green, and the views are clear. During these months, the temperatures hover between 16-25 degrees Celsius.

    However, if you love snow and want to see a winter wonderland, then December is perfect. The lake freezes over and is surrounded by a snowy landscape. In the monsoon, the region receives heavy rainfall and it becomes hard to find dry camping ground, so you should avoid going during this time.

    Prashar Lake is yet another gem that nature has gifted us from the Himalayan ranges and one that will surely appeal to different types of travellers. The Prashar Lake will make you crave for similar experiences and introduce you to the world of lakes and the mystic beauty that surrounds them.

    Prashar Lake Trek Summary

    • State: Himachal Pradesh
    • Nearest city: Kullu
    • Total days: 2 days
    • Grade: Easy
    • Max altitude: 9000 feet
    • Total trekking distance: 15 km
    • Season: Summer and Winter
    • Avg temperature: 13 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day and 0 to 7 degrees Celsius during the night
  • Prashar Lake Trek – 2 days

    Sketch itinerary:

    Day 1: Trek to Parashar Lake

    • Start point: Mandi
    • Endpoint: Parashar Lake
    • Day start time: 07:00 AM
    • Trekking distance: 11 km
    • Trekking time: 4-5 hours

    Day 2: Descent and leave for Mandi

    • Start point: Parashar Lake
    • Endpoint: Mandi
    • Day start time: 07:00 AM
    • Trekking time: 2-3 hours
    Detailed itinerary:

    Day 1: Trek to Parashar Lake

    Please report to your pick up point at Mandi by early morning 07:00 hours. You will meet your fellow trekkers here and will be provided with a room to freshen up. From here you will be driven to Baagi village and you will be provided with a packed lunch.

    Soon after lunch, you will begin your trek towards Prashar Lake. The trail has a steep ascent at the beginning when you start the trek, and it takes you through thick forests of pine, oak and rhododendrons. The Dhauladhar mountains will accompany you as you tread along.

    You will ascend to an altitude of 9000 ft and finally reach the beautiful Prashar Lake. Spend your time relaxing beside the beautiful lake as well as visit the nearby temple. Overnight in tents at the banks of Prashar Lake.

    Day 2: Descent and leave for Mandi

    Wake up to the views of majestic snow-capped Dhauladhar mountains. Post breakfast, you will start descending back to Baagi village. After reaching the village, drop-off to Mandi will be provided in a private car. Your trip ends here.

    Inclusions:

    Accommodation will be provided in tents on double or triple sharing basis. Transfers between Mandi and Baagi village in a private car will be included. Meals from lunch and dinner on day 1 till breakfast on day 2 will be provided. Camping amenities such as sleeping bags and mattresses and bonfire arrangements will be provided by the operator. All applicable taxes are inclusive.

    Exclusions:

    Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks etc.or any personal expenses such as tips to staff, cigarettes, beverages etc. are not included and will be additional. Any kind of insurance and anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The best season for the Prashar Lake trek is mid-April to the end of June when the weather is lovely, the landscape and forests are green, and the views are clear. During these months, the temperatures hover between 16-25 degrees Celsius.

    However, if you love snow and want to see a winter wonderland, then December is perfect. The lake freezes over and is surrounded by a snowy landscape. In the monsoon, the region receives heavy rainfall and it becomes hard to find dry camping ground, so you should avoid going during this time.

  • Prashar Lake Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

    • Check the trekking route map for the Prashar Lake trek.

    • Check maximum and minimum altitudes for every day of the Prashar Lake trek.

  • Prashar Lake Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    What should I carry for the Prashar Lake trek?

    The gear and clothing you need will depend on the season you’re going in. Your operator will provide you with a detailed packing list, so do make sure you go through it carefully. You’ll need to carry warm clothing and dress in layers in any season. Keep some dry fruit and snacks readily accessible, as well as your bottle of water and camera. Carry sunscreen, lip balm, and cold cream in all seasons.

    When is the best time for trekking to Prashar Lake?

    Can first-timers do the Prashar Lake trek?

  • Reviews

    • Rated : 1

      27-03-2020

      Camping arrangement was pathetic. Food provided was bad. Dirty bed sheets and washrooms. No activities planned. Promised for 11km rafting track but provided only 4-5 Km without pick & drop.

    • Rated : 1

      27-03-2020

      My experience was bad. We wanted to do rafting after coming back from trek. I did a booking for rafting through The Great Next and the itinerary was not clearly communicated and was left to us to 'figure out'. We were given camp majestic. The staff here is completely unprofessional. We were wondering what is the action plan for rafting and when we asked late at night, we were surprised to hear that we had to bear an additional cost of transport to the starting point(based on my earlier communication with TGN my understanding was there was no transportation required). We tried probing for more details on itinery and only then we were being told about details. One of my friend had requested for custom food because of cultural constraints quite early in the evening for dinner. At dinner time that was conveniently forgotten. The dinner was served late at 9:45 pm (scheduled time was 8 pm). In short completely unprofessional. If you want to do rafting go book a nice hotel independently and just directly go for rafting. No need to go with TGN. Save your money and time.

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'We were the first timer rafters, but these guys make us feel like professionals☺☺☺. Comfortable stay with good assistance from experienced instructor's. Truly Awesome Experience, the saying ''Pura paisa wasool'' holds true for us in this trip. Good management and well executed as committed. Looking forward for another service soon...

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Awesome weekend spent doing Rafting and the dirt bike ride ( Though the rest of the activities were okay) The guides were cooperative... The food was nice... and a special thanks to Urja to make this trip possible..

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      The great next ..is an amzing platfrom fr those who like adventure ...my first advrnture (river rafting ) was full of fun n lovely moments and truly is was an awsome feeling ......thnzkz to d team ....

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      Team TGN thank you so much for an extremely awesome experience of river rafting in kundalika river.. it was worth..

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      I would like to THE GREAT NEXT..for making my rafting trip so memorable..especially Mr VENKAT who planned my trip with perfect information.His guidance through out helped me to manage things in a way better manner.I would definately recommend the great next for anyone who looks for Adventure trips across india.

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Amazing rafting in Ganges river. The Great Next team organized all very well so thank you guys for such a good day.

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Our trip was an impulse decision but thanks to tgn it was a success and awesome trip.Excellent food and relaxing resort after river rafting trip

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      It was great fun at water rafting with the great next, excellent trainers, food was good, overall good experience, we would like to visit again

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Let me begin by saying: One Must Experience Kolad White Water Rafting , it is super fun and now if you are ready for the fun.. you must ask these guys to plan the trip. Why ?? Let Me tell you... We have been to Kolad now twice and both times used The Great Next to book the rafting and also a night stay. So first thing first, the accommodation they provide, is i would say is pretty good. Well, after all your there for adventure and one can't expect a five star luxury: so rooms are neat and clean, Bathrooms are also tidy. The biggest benefit of this accommodation is the fact, that it is right at the starting point of rafting, so you can easily wake up say by 8 AM, enjoy breakfast ( good food) , enjoy morning sun with some out door activities and get briefed and trained and then ... hop onto life's thrill. The place they book you in is good a few acre property, they organize Bonfire and food is included in the package. ( this time around , the food was awesome ) Price: Very Very Reasonable and Value for Money 100% Ease of Booking: Pretty Simple, inbox em, or just log onto their website, a chat applet will help you book. I for both times booked via a gentleman named Mr. Venkat, really helpful and suggested us the right mix always. How to Reach: Take the tahmini ghat via Pirangut ( if traveling from Pune) and If from Mumbai, you need to take Khopoli _pali road SH 92 via Umbre. Well the place we stayed on both occasions was same and really simple to reach, in case you find it difficult to spot, they are really prompt to help and guide over the phone. Experience : If you are first-timer at Rafting then, it is for sure thrill and if Pro rafter then your exp depends on Dam gates.So, If more than 2 Dam gates are open on that particular morning, then boy you will have one exhilarating ride and if it is one or 1.5 gates, still rapids are good fun to get in and get drenched. All in All 4/5 experience. but for beginners A MUST !! Have fun and in case you any question you can ask me on Insta FB Page : Collared Hippie or my Insta ID : @collaredhippie.'

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      'Stress, work life balance and the chaos and the need to take respite from it - and so began the search, the need to escape from it all. So some quick search landed me up with the great next , and came across Rahul and Venkat. A silent retreat far away from the din of Mumbai, Kolad is one of the perfect weekend gateway. As you step in DM Farms, the earthly traditional cottages touch you. Its staff always come up with handful of sweets at end of every meal. They also made arrangements for bon fire , which was an added attraction and set up the mood perfectly for the night. Accompanied with musical chair. The rafting was conducted professionally and is a beautiful experience to be remembered lifetime. I went solo, however, came back making lovely friends.'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      TGN has a very sophisticated and concise web page along with many optional details and information. This is one of the few sites that provides information about the operator. All the operators they recommend are safe, well-trained and reliable. They are easily accessible and offer reasonable deals. I've booked a trekking and river rafting trip with them already, and it was a very good experience. I'll always choose The Great Next to plan my adventure trips.

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      We took their service in Oct 17 for Rafting in Kolad. Came across their details while randomly looking for adventure groups. Once we contacted them, they co-ordinated with Hans Adventure resort for our stay and activities. Stay and food was good. Rafting was also arranged well. Recommended group �

    • Rated : 1

      27-03-2020

      'I wish i could have rated them zero but sadly there is no option for that.so i have booked this so called luxury tent stay with rafting for 8pax in kolad. Once we reached the rafting point (Daivya adventures) the staff over there was clueless about the booking from great next and clearly refused to 12-13 people who have booked through the great next, there was no network at that place even to contact anyone from the TGN team. We had wasted around 3-4 hours in this confusion and at last was sent without any proper briefing/ equipments and a novice kinnda raft instructor. It was a waste of Money and time. I will never recommend anyone to try this. Even the customer support is very bad. Vrushti was the one who sold me the package and never reverted after the problem. #waste #poorcustomersupport #tryotheroptions #bignono'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'We went for the kolad river rafting on 14th Oct 2017. It was amazing experience the staff and arrangement made was Awesome. Excellent guys TGN. Thanks for giving us such service .'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      We were planning river rafting at Kolad. Vrushti quickly replied on my online request. Coordination was good. It was a fabulous, safe n cool experience. The arrangements were perfect to give a memorable experience without any hassels. I look forward to join for other activities too

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Had an amazing time at kolard thanks to The Great Next! They planned an amazing package for us and their instructors were amazing! Thanks The Great Next!'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      I heartly Thank Venkat for making our trip awesome. We were six and had used this platform to book the tickets for River rafting and Venkat had arranged an awesome dome house(Tent house). He had offered us a good package which include few adventure activities as well as stay and food. We enjoyed a lot and planning for next visit soon. He was there to guide us even in the night around 9 which I liked the most.

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      I would say incredible experience in river rafting thanks venkat for arranging this awesome stuffs I appreciate your guidance and I recommend The Great Next for the people who is looking out for the adventures in their life.

  • Getting There

    Mandi does not have an airport or a railway station of its own. The closest airport to Mandi is the Kullu-Manali airport at Bhuntar and the closest railway station is in Pathankot. You can take a taxi or public buses from outside the railway station or the airport to reach Mandi.

    However, the most convenient way of travelling to Mandi is by hiring a cab or riding on the HRTC bus which operates regularly from Delhi if you stay close to Delhi. If you are from other parts of India further away from Delhi, then flying to Bhuntar via Delhi is the fastest and most convenient way to reach Mandi.

    What To Wear

    Even though Prashar Lake trek is a relatively easier one, it is still a trek on the mountains of the mighty Himalayas. The weather is of high altitude mountains and the terrain varies greatly as you get higher. Therefore, what you wear matters a lot and one must dress appropriately to ensure you are safe, protected and have an enjoyable experience.

    It is best to wear clothing that keeps you warm and protects you from any harsh terrain or rocks. Here is a list of what to wear and include in your backpack: It is highly recommended that you dress in layers, wear thermal innerwear, warm t-shirts, trekking pants over thermal inner pants, warm and thick fleece and woollen sweaters. Wear and carry both regular and woollen socks for the temperatures get chilly at night.

    Cover your head with a sun cap during the day, wear woollen gloves, use a muffler, wear neck warmers to cover your neck. Wear comfortable trekking shoes, and carry lightweight floater. Do not forget to carry a raincoat/poncho as the rains can be unpredictable here.

    Do not wear any expensive jewellery or gadgets on you or carry any expensive items as you never know what kind of emergency situations there maybe when you are at the mercy of nature high up in the mountains.

    What To Carry

    Your operator will provide you an exhaustive list of items you must carry for the trek. However, ensure you are not missing out on the following items in the packing list.

    Carry your camera with extra batteries and do not forget to carry your personal medication as required.

    Preparation/Fitness

    This is an easy trek with moderate levels of difficulty as the trail gets steeper towards the lake. It is suitable for families, young children and beginners to introduce them to high altitude treks. It is also a great beginner’s snow trek during the winter.

    However, even though it is an easy trek, you must have a decent level of fitness. You should be able to walk at least 6 to 8 km every day and be able to carry a 15kg backpack for adults. Try to have regular walks or runs in the weeks before the trek and practice climbing stairs or slopes around you for at least 15 min. This will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. Especially, when the terrain gets a bit more challenging during winter when it gets covered in snow.