Prashar Lake Trek
Prashar Lake trek is one of the most beautiful weekend treks. Since it provides breath-taking panoramic views of various Himalayan ranges, it makes this trek stand out from the rest. One can clearly see Dhauladhar range, mountain ranges of Kinnaur and Shimla from the top. Prashar Lake is named after the sage Prashar who meditated here in ancient times.
Dedicated to sage Prashar, there is also a temple besides the oval shaped lake. Temple is a great example of brilliant architectural design. Prashar Lake is also famous for a small circular island on its surface, which keeps on changing location from time to time. According to locals, sometimes they have seen same location of island for months in a row and sometimes it suddenly changes many times within a month. Therefore, there is a mystery surrounded with movement of island. In addition, depth of the lake is unknown. As per belief of locals, there have been many attempts to gauge the depth since ancient times but to no avail. Post 2000, temple committee has put fencing around the periphery of the lake.
|Pickup/Drop Point||Bus Stand, Mandi|
|Departure Time||6:30 AM|
|Return Time||5:30 PM (Take a buffer time of an hour)|
|Trek Distance||Difficulty||Camp/Stay Location||Terrain Type||Max altitude|
|Day 1||7 kms||Easy||Temple rooms at Prashar Lake premesis||Forest trail||2750 metres|
|Day 2||7 kms||Easy||Forest trail||2750 metres|
Mandi – Baggi – Kandalu by shared cabs (1.5 hours) and trek from Kandalu to Prashar Lake (7 kms or 5 hours)
We arrange pickup from Mandi bus stand at 06:30 AM. From Mandi, it is a 1.5 hours’ drive until Kandalu village. It is located at 45 kms from Mandi. On the way we pass besides IIT Mandi at Kamand, then Baggi, which is another starting point for this trek and finally to Kandalu.
We take a brief halt 1 hour for refreshments at Kandalu. Kandalu at an altitude of 1900 metres is a small point with couple of cafes. Trek starts by 10 AM and it generally takes around 4-6 hours to reach lake.
First half of the trek is a bit steep and moves through the forest, which is rich with Pine, Oaks, Rhododendrons trees and few shurbs. During winters i.e. from January to mid of March, Rhododendrons are in full bloom with red coloured flowers.
After walking through forest trail of four kms, trail inclination turns gradual. Post that, views start to open up and one starts to get the sight of snow-capped Himalayan ranges with Shimla towards the east, Kinnaur and Rohtang Pass to the north and Dhauladhar range towards the west. We ascend until an altitude of 2700 metres after which it is mostly flat. Last 2 kms of the trek until Prashar Lake is the easiest.
Sight of awe-inspiring Prashar Lake with mysterious island surely removes all the tiredness of trek. Prashar Lake is located at an altitude of 2750 metres above sea level.
Interested people can visit the temple or stroll near the lake. As per belief of locals, one must take a walk around the lake in clockwise manner.
Since NGT and Temple committee has put a ban on camping at Prashar since early 2018, we provide stay in form of temple rooms in lake premises. These are big rooms, which can accommodate 5-6 people. There are separate rooms for boys and girls. We provide beddings and sleeping bags.
|Please note that if you reach late at Mandi on Day 1, i.e. beyond buffer time of 1 hour, you will have to reach base on your own expenses. However, we will assist you fully in booking of cabs.|
Trek from Prashar Lake to Kandalu (7 kms or 4 hours) and drive of 45 kms from Kandalu to Mandi (1.5 hours)
Day starts with tea at 6:30 AM. It is worth the efforts to wake up during dawn time at Prashar as it generally provides beautiful views of all the peaks. If time and weather permits, our trek lead provides a brief session of Yoga and meditation with majestic views in backdrop.
After that, Trek Lead gives a demo on tent pitching, choosing a campsite in case one needs to trek solo in future, packing and unpacking the tents, how to pack sleeping bags etc.
Trek starts by 10 AM from Prashar Lake towards Kandalu village. We choose the same route as we used on previous day while ascending. This is a comparatively easier day as we descend 975 metres through dense forest. It is hike of 7 kms that can take 3-4 hours.
Post the trek, we move in pre-arranged cabs from Kandalu village towards Mandi bus stand. A final briefing, and thanks note mark the end of this 2-days refreshing journey.
|Please note that itinerary is subject to change owing to weather conditions. As safety of everyone is our primary concern, we WILL NOT take any decision that hampers the safety of an individual.|
- Rucksack (40-50 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for probably 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for almost 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the front end of show and if bought incorrect size, it can affect in opposite way and might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woolens/fleece
- Thick Jacket (for winter season)
- Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair for winter season)
- Woolen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season)
- Water Bottle
- Sunglasses (must for winter season as snow reflects UV rays)
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues)
- Headlamp/LED torch
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch
ORS/Electrolyte (3 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
• First Aid kits
• Vegetarian meals (including snacks and soup) starting from Day 1 Breakfast till Day 2 Lunch
• Tents on Twin sharing basis (Single occupancy also available at extra cost of Rs 500 per night (*(Many times NGT puts ban on camping near Prashar Lake. In case there is ban on camping, stay would be in form of rooms in Prashar lake premesis. These are big rooms where we would provide beddings and sleeping bags. One room can accommodate 5-6 people)
• Sleeping Bags with fleece linings
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Services of certified Trek Lead and Local Guides
• Meditation at sunrise
• Camping permissions and charges
• Bonfire if time and weather permits
• Fun activities if time and weather permits
• Any meals not mentioned above
• Guide/Support Staff Gratuity
• Any kind of personal/Accidental Insurance
• Any personal expenses
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Mule/Porter services for carrying personal belongings
Raincoat/Poncho on rent: Rs 100 per raincoat/poncho for entire trek
Trekking Pole on rent: Rs 100 per trekking pole per day
*These services can be selected at the time of booking the trek
• For any cancellations 1 week prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-6 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded
Example, for a trek starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 25th July, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 26th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount would be refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For an easy trek like Prashar, a basic level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
We would suggest a daily jog of 3-4 kms on flat surface like in your nearby playground or street.
For beginners, do a daily 3 sets of10 bodyweight pushups, 3 sets 20 bodyweight squats, 3*30 seconds Plank Hold and 5*100 meter sprints (full power)
Take good amount of rest between sets
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂