They don't call Himachal Pradesh an explorer's paradise for nothing. With its spectacular snow-clad peaks and plunging river valleys, there is something to be discovered around every corner. Yulla Kanda is one such gem. Hidden amidst the depths of the Rora Valley of Kinnaur, the Yulla Kanda lake is believed to be home to the world's highest Krishna Temple, which is located inside the lake. The temple is believed to have been made by the Pandavas during their exile. However, despite its religious connection, it isn't the regular tourist hotspot you'd expect it to be. In fact, it pretty much remains isolated throughout the year except during Janmashtami when hundreds of pilgrims flock here to celebrate.
Located at a height of 3,895 metres, the Yulla Kanda lake is not a place that finds mention on the usual tourist packages and itineraries. But it doesn't mean you can't visit this stunning place. Trek A Tribe has put together a special package that offers a rare opportunity to take the Yulla Kanda trek. So, if you're heading to Himachal this summer, skip the regular tourist hotspots and opt instead for this short but eventful trek.
Why should I go for the Yulla Kanda trek?
The Yulla Kanda lake is a holy spot for pilgrims and Krishna worshippers, but it is yet to become popular on the trekking circuit, which makes it perfect for those looking for something offbeat and removed from all the touristy chaos. The Yulla Kanda Trek is also great for beginners given its moderate difficulty level and short duration.
The trek gives you a chance to spend time amidst the pristine Himalayas. It takes you through forested areas, meadows, snow-clad spots, and finally leads to the lake where you spend time gazing at the stars in the night sky. The trek begins from Yulla Khas village and is about 11km long. While people from all over Kinnaur and other parts of Himachal flock here during Janmashtami, the lake remains secluded during the rest of the year, making it ideal for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.
What's more is that if you want to go ahead and extend the duration of the trek, you can move forward to Rora Kanda (3,900 metres) by trekking onwards in the north-east direction from the lake. You can camp overnight at Rora Kanda and get a chance to witness breathtaking views of the passes around.
The lake is said to have healing properties, a dip in this holy lake will take all the negativity from the mind and body away.
What is the duration of the Yulla Kanda trek?
The Yulla Kanda trek is a moderately-difficult trek that takes place over a duration of three days and two nights.
What is the day-wise itinerary?
Here is a day-wise breakdown of what you can expect during the trek: