Prashar Lake Trek-The perfect family hike in Himachal
The Dhauladhar mountain range in the Kuru Valley is surrounded by a blue water lake called Prashar. Prashar Lake trek is a secret in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh. Hiking along charming paths through forests and several streams. At the same time, the trail also passes through the village, allowing you to appreciate the local culture. Hiking can enjoy 180 degrees of Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, and the Kinnaur Mountains.
For those interested in architecture, the local Prashar Rishi temple by the lake blends in perfectly with the landscape with its fascinating Himacharistic architecture.
Prashar Lake Trek
Day 1: Kantlu to Prashar Lake
Altitude: 6,050 feet (1,844 meters) to 8,900 feet (2,744 meters) Duration: 1 hour Driving + 5 hours on foot, 7.05 km
Slope: medium. It rises steeply for 500 meters and then gradually ascends for about 4 kilometers. Another 300-meter steep climb, and then an easy hike.
Water fountain: bring two liters of water. There is a water source in Til, which is about a 2.6 kilometer walk away. You can refill the water bottle here.
Baki Village at Prashar Lake Trekking
Kantu is about 2 hours from Mandi. I got to Mandy at 7 in the morning and then went straight to Kantruh. I had breakfast here and started walking. The trail starts out in the open country and rises steeply for about 500 meters. You will see the valley on your right.
After this, you will enter a jungle dominated by rhododendrons. The trail smoothes out a bit here and gradually ascends. After 400 meters, you will come to a clearing where you can see a panoramic view of the Dhauadhar Mountains. Take a break here. This is a good place to click on some pictures.
When you pass through the clearing, the trail enters the oak forest. Continue to climb slowly. After walking for 1 kilometer in the jungle, you come to another clearing. It is also a good place to rest.
From this open space, the trail enters the motor vehicle lane. Take this road for the next 700 meters. Then you will come to a place called Til. There are many shops here.
From Til, look for Kachha Road. Climb here for about 600 meters until you reach another small meadow. Rest here for lunch. The view here is great.
Once you start walking from the grass, you will find an apple orchard. Make sure you haven’t picked any apples. After 700 meters, you will cross the highway again. From here the trail climbs steeply 300 meters. This part is a bit strenuous. After this, you will immediately reach the open space.
The scenery here is very special. The mountains you see from left to right are Triund, Dhauladhar Matterhorn, Kap Chuli, Man Hill, Hanuman Tibba, Sikar Beh, Mukar Beh, Manali Peak, Friendship Peak, Mukila, Ali Ratni Tibba, and several surrounding the beautiful valley Smaller mountains. Rest here for a while.
Hiking at Lake Prasal in winter
Hiking through the snow to reach Lake Prasal on a winter day. PC: Pratul Nigam
At 300 meters, you enter another forest. The path here is very flat, followed by a short climb. But this is not Prasha Lake. Go down to the lake and explore the surrounding environment. You will also find two shepherd’s huts here.
From the lake, follow the motorable road for 1.7 kilometers. Before reaching Prashar, you will see some houses. Turn around once you cross them. You can see the lowlands from here. Once you reach the edge of this lowland, a beautiful lake will appear-this is Prasha.
Prasha Lake is protected by a fence and cannot be accessed. There is a circular floating island in the lake. If you are lucky, you will be able to see how the island moves when you are there.
There is a beautiful temple by the lake, dedicated to the saint Prashar. Its architecture is unique and attractive.
Trek to the nearest lake to watch the sunset, and return to watch the sunrise the next morning. From here you can see the entire mountain range, including Papsura and Dharmsura. Rest in the bedroom at night.
View of Lake Prashar
Different views of Lake Prashar PC: Ikshit
Day 2: Lake Prashar to Kantlu
Altitude: 8,900 feet (2,713 meters) to 6,050 feet (1,844 meters) 4445 hours, slope: 47.47 kilometers: simple. It is primarily a downhill path, with few short ascents.
Water fountain: bring two liters of water. After starting your hike, you can refill the water bottle with a small pump that can reach 2.2 kilometers.
You will return to Kantlu today, but the route is different.
Walk 1.5 kilometers from Prasha Lake along Ketong Lake. From here, leave motorable road and turn right. This is a narrow path through the grassland. After 700 meters on this road, you will see a small pump house. This is a beautiful and absolutely peaceful place, surrounded by forests. The only sound you hear is the sound of water. You can refill the water bottle here. The trail enters the dense forest from here. There is another detour after 500 meters, you must take the path on the right. The trail gradually descended after the pump room. After 1.2 kilometers, you will reach the ascent point. Once I cross this