Mantalai lake trek fall on the way to Pin Parvati Pass, The pass connects the luxuriant and lush Parvati valley on the Kullu side with the Pin valley on the Spiti side.
The Pin Parvati valley trek is one of the most captivating and challenging trekking trails in India. Pin Parvati trek is usually manageable during the months of July to September and a prerequisite is excellent trekking skills and techniques. It was first transverse in 1884 by Sir Louis who was looking for an alternate route to Spiti. The imposing view of the Pin Parvati Pass is full of adventure and thrills. It is parlous pass because of the high altitude.
WHO CAN DO THE MANTALAI LAKE TREK DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
The Mantalai lake trek is a strenuous trek and should not be undertaken by people(s) or person(s) who are new to trekking. It's for seasoned trekkers as there is lot of physical activity that is required for the trek. It is advisable that people who trek a lot should halt at say Pulga to get acclimatized before venturing towards Mantalai Lake.
MANTALAI LAKE TREK ACCOMMODATION:
As Mantalai lake trek is in a remote area there is no option of lodges or anything, it is best to take your accommodation with yourself in the trek. Also if you are going in solo or with a group of 2-3 persons , you have all the necessary supplies to do a trek of this magnitude. It is advisable that you stay there for a couple of days – to explore the serenity around and take in the awesomeness of the place.
MANTALAI LAKE TREK DISTANCE FROM MAJOR PLACES:
Delhi to Chandigarh - 245Km approx. Which would take you 5 hours via Car or 6.5 hours via Bus or 5.5 hours via Train, depending upon the time and traffic situation , which changes very rapidly.
Chandigarh to Bhuntar via NH 205 and NH 154 - 261 km approx. Which would take you 6.5 hours via car or at least 7.5 hours via bus.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MANTALAI LAKE TREK:
It is advisable not to visit Mantalai lake trek in the winter season as it snows heavily there and the trekking route could be blocked with snow, plus the area is also cut off from fresh supply of essential commodities, so if by any chance any natural calamities occur, it could turn for the worse if you are not fully prepared especially in the winter season. It is best to visit the area from June to October-end instead of the rainy and winter season.
PLACES NEAR MANTALAI LAKE TREK:
If you continue east from Mantalai lake, you can cross to the great trekking routes that is Pin-Parvati Pass (5320m) and reach Spiti. You reach into the Pin Valley National Park and then to the village of Mudh in the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
MANTALAI LAKE TREK TIPS:
Keep a set of warm clothes handy as the temperature fluctuates rapidly. Also keep an extra set of clothes of both summer and winter clothing. And carry common medical supplies, which is a must and is life saving if you are trekking to Prashar lake.
If your are travelling by your own personal vehicle it's advisable to fill your fuel tanks with enough petrol, after that you have to trek till Mantalai lake as there is no motor able road ahead, there is scarcity of petrol pump in the hilly areas.