There's A Mystical 'Mountain of Lakes' 15km From Manali That You Actually Trek Through!

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A hippie's paradise, an ideal honeymoon destination or simply a place you head to when you're in a mood to bond over with your near and dear ones—Manali can mean a lot of things to a lot of different kinds of travellers. On the flip side, however, one cannot deny that the once simple Himachali town has fallen prey to the ghosts of excessive tourism.So if you're someone who's had enough of shelling out big bucks for hotels in Manali and being stuck in traffic for hours, here's a sigh of relief.

Merely 15km from the popular hill town, lies a mountain that does not even find a place on Google Maps and is a local gem that's been hiding all along. And the best part is yet to come—the folks over at Mountaineerz have curated a special package that offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to take the Futta Saur trek. It's officially time to bid adieu Manali's touristy side and travel like a true blue mountain lover!

Why should I go for the Futta Saur trek?

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Promising an experience unlike any other, Futta Saur, also known as the 'Mountain of Lakes' is simply a haven for trekkers and curious travellers. The trek is often identified as one of the most offbeat ones you can take in the region and takes you through the serene Pir Panjal ranges in Western Himalayas. Unlike other mountain treks that take you through tourist spots, this one offers a completely different experience, encouraging you to unearth the explorer within you.

Locals claim that there are as many as 12 lakes spread across the mountain and each of them is bound to leave you simply mesmerised. Of all these mist-laden lakes, the most popular one happens to be Futta Saur (after which the mountain is named), best known for being the place where the celebrated sage Jamdaagni once meditated. The trek to Futta Saur takes you through unexplored snow-clad trails, plantations of medicinal herbs, breath-taking views of the Himalayas and wide open meadows.

What is the duration of the Futta Saur trek?

The Fuuta Saur trek promises a memorable experience spread across six days and five nights.

What is the day-wise itinerary?

Here is a day-wise breakdown of what you can expect during the course of the trip:

Day 1

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Board a bus to Manali from your home town and get down at Patlikulh, 16km before Manali. Meet and greet with fellow trekkers and head to the accommodation facility in Haripur. You will then be taken to the oldest village in Kullu called Soil, which also serves as the starting point to the trek. Before starting the trek, visit the ancient temples of Jamdagni Rishi and Kabir to embrace the positive vibes. Commence your trek from Soil and reach Camp 1 after about five hours of trekking. Stay overnight at Camp 1.

Day 2

Wake up early in the morning to witness a glorious sunrise from Camp 1 and indulge in a hearty breakfast with other trekkers. Trek through dense Oak forests to reach Camp 2 where you will spend the night.

Day 3

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On the third day of the trek, pass through thick forests of birch, rhododendron and juniper to proceed to Camp 3. Trekkers can bond over in the evening over a hearty dinner and head to bed early and prepare themselves for the most exciting leg of the trek.

Day 4

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Embark on the hunt for hidden lakes early morning and explore the mountain while you actually get to create your own paths. What promises to be the most exhilarating day of the trek, trekkers will pass through Futta Saur and marvel at the hidden lakes, capturing the raw, undulating beauty. Spend the day marvelling at the ethereal lakes and head back to Camp 3 to retire for the night.

Day 5

Descend down from Camp 3 to Camp 1 on the fifth day and stay overnight at Camp 1.

Day 6

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Descend further from Camp 1 to get back to Haripur via Soil Village from where you can head back home. However, just in case, you don't manage to get a booking for the same day, you can stay in Haripur for the night at no extra cost.

What all does the package include?

The cost of the package includes comfortable stays in tents on a sharing basis during the course of the trek and in the base accommodation in Haripur. The package also includes the transportation cost part of the trip itinerary will be taken care of. In addition, all camping arrangements, meals and guided treks are a part of the package. To add to that, all the permits required during the trek will be managed by a team of skilled professionals.

What is not included in the package?

The package does not include a nominal cost that will be incurred in bonfire, barbecue and meals at Mountaineerz base in Haripur.

How can I book this experience?

You can simply book this experience by clicking here

FYI, you better do it fast and avoid a sold out show!

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