Trek to the Mountain of Lakes to Explore the Offbeat Himachal Pradesh

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Blessed with lofty mountains, serene lakes, ancient temples and welcoming people, Himachal Pradesh is an ideal destination for both backpackers and thrill seekers. Whether you are in search of adventure, serenity, or an adrenaline rush, you can never go wrong with this hill state. With popular hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Kullu and Chamba, the state attracts tourists all around the year.

But if you are done visiting these popular destinations and wish to explore the offbeat Himachal Pradesh, then you have landed on the right post. To discover Himachal like never before and to explore the least explored places, I personally recommend a trek to Mountain of Lakes. What? Never heard of it before? Well, there is actually a place between Kullu and Parvati Valley that has a series of glacial lakes located in the hidden mountains.

You can’t find this mountain on Google maps, just in case you are trying to locate it. But worry not, here is a detailed itinerary to help you have the best of offbeat Himachal.

Why should you go?

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As mentioned earlier, if you want to explore a completely different side of this popular state then you should definitely take this trek. A paradise for mountain lovers and trekkers, it's away from the crowd and through undiscovered tourist spots.

You get to see as many as 12 lakes spread across this mountain as you trek through snow-clad trails, lush green plantations and stunning views of the Himalayas.

Day-wise itinerary

Day 1

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Deboard the bus at Patlikuhal where a member of the team of mountaineers will receive you and drive you to dA Base - Mountaineerz, Haripur. After refreshments and breakfast, head for a two-hour hike to dA Kkoott - Jungle Lodge in Soil, the oldest village of this valley. After lunch, you can choose to explore the surrounding jungle or go angling. Unwind with the team over bonfire and dinner once you return back to the dA Base - Mountaineerz. Your breakfast, lunch and dinner are all covered, and you get your choice of vegetarian/non-vegetarian in dinner. You can either choose to stay at the rooms at dA Base - Mountaineerz or opt for cosy wooden rooms at dA Kkoott, Himalayan Jungle Lodge.

Day 2

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Duration: 6-7 hours

You will be received on arrival in Manali at the 15 Mile bus stop. After documentation and refreshments, drive up to Soil from where the trek will begin. As you walk through the village past dA Kkoott, the uphill ascent through the forest leads to the Mountain of Lakes. After 4 hours of ascent through the thick Deodar forest, you will arrive at the first campsite. Spend the night in your camps. For meals, you get breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Day 3

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Duration: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, begin the climb towards the open meadow, and after about two hours, the treeline starts to thin out. After a sharp ascent over boulders, you will reach a vast meadow where you will set up camp for the night. This is going to be different camping experience as you will get to see Mt. Hanuman Tibba and many peaks of the Dhauladhar range on one side. Relish your dinner around a bonfire and spend the night in your tents.

Day 4

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Duration: 3 - 4 hour

Start the hike across the open meadow after early breakfast. The trek is all open and vast and is excellent to walk on. You can experience snow-covered spots since the snow rarely melts there, even during summers. The trek is full of alpine flowers and soft alpine vegetation. You will reach the last campsite by a glacial stream, which is one of the most stunning places in this journey. Camp here for the night with a bonfire by the stream.

Day 5

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Duration: 7 - 8 hour

Have your breakfast and trek for about 45 minutes to reach the first lake Batarunaag Saur. Vasukinaag Saur is just a short walk away from here. Walk a little more, and you will get to one of the most beautiful glacial lakes, Futta Saur. During rains, you can expect many other smaller lakes which seem to cover the entire range. Trek in alpine style to the lakes, the terrain is not suitable for camping due to its rocky nature. The tents will be pitched a short distance before the lakes for the same reason. Trek back down directly to camp 2 for the night.

Day 6

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Duration: 4 hour

Start the descent from camp 2 to dA - Base, Mountaineerz or dA Kkoott. Board the vehicle from Soil and drive back down to dA Base - Mountaineerz, Haripur. You can choose to extend your stay at dA Kkoott, Soil. From here, you can ask for drop at Patlikuhal bus stand. Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner will be provided.

Other details

Tour Duration

6 days/5 nights

Cost

Rs 19,200

Inclusions:

• Accommodation

• Pick up and drop from 15 mile bus stand, Patlikuhal, Manali.

• Lead guide and assistant guide.

• All meals during camping on the trek

• Kitchen equipment, cook and helper

• All the camping arrangements

• Wildlife/environmental permits and other permits and levies

• All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps

Exclusions:

• Travel cost to and from your city

• Cost of any form of insurance

• Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalisation, etc.

• Any personal expenses nature like laundry, tips to drivers, phone/fax calls, guides, beverages

• Any expense that arises due to change in itinerary and decrease/increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.

• Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.

• Porterage for personal bags at Rs 3,000 for the trek (max. 10 kg bag per person)

• 5% GST

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