Himachal Pradesh is a trekker’s paradise. There are so many Himalayan treks in this region that a lifetime would be less to explore all the trek routes. And most of these treks will take you to the virgin territory of the snow-capped Himalayas that will not only test your endurance levels, but also will leave you mesmerized with the sheer magnificence of the journey. The Neelkanth Mahadev Lake Trek is one such trek in the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh. the Neelkanth Peak is situated at an altitude of 17500 ft and as the name suggests, the peak is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
“Neelkanth” literally means ‘the blue throated’. Lord Shiva was called the Neelkanth after He consumed the virulent poison that came along with ‘amrit’ or nectar by the ocean churning by the Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons), left his throat blue. A glacial Lake called the Neelkanth Lake is situated at the base of the peak, located at a height of 13777 ft ASL. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva near the lake.
The trek to Neelkanth Mahadev is quite interesting and the terrain is relatively unexplored. Although, the Neelkanth lake is visited by devotees, mostly men who have not been blessed with a son, the trek route is relatively untouched. A bath in the lake and a prayer to the Neelkanth Mahadev is said to grant their wishes to sire a child. However, women are not allowed by the local people to visit this place.