Himachal Pradesh has this Prashar Lake, a well-kept secret in the Mandi district. This trek follows a charming trail through a forest and several streams. Meanwhile, one can explore the local culture as the trail takes you through the villages as well.

A simple two days trek that you can take during a weekend. This lake lies in the middle of the dhauladhar range in Kullu valley. The depth of the lake is still not found and It also has its own floating island.

There is a rising temple on the banks of the river, which was built in the honor of the rishi Parashar. This temple is styled in the ancient pagoda -style. You’ll be presented with a 180° view of pirpanjal,  dhauladhar and Kinnaur mountain ranges from the peak point.

Starting point 

You can either start your trek from jwalapur village or from tihri. 

Quick facts 

  • The entire trek will hardly cover 16 kms
  • The maximum altitude of this trek is 2730m.
  • Considering the temperature: 
    • Summers range from 10 – 15 degree Celsius during day and night, it might drop to 5 – 0 degree Celsius. 
    • While in winter, days are quite bearable with 5-10 degrees and night freezes you with dropping temperature of -2 degree. 
  • The nearest ATM is in Manali. 

The trek

  • Your trek begins once you Reach Jwalapur , from there you’ll start trekking towards the Prashar lake.
  • The Prashar Lake trek is 8 km long from the starting point and it will roughly take around 4 hours to reach the beautiful Prashar Lake.
  • All through The route to Prashar lake you’ll be filled with lush greenery, numerous waterfalls, and small streams gushing. 
  • After reaching Prashar lake, you are set free to visit the Prashar Rishi temple and enjoy the views of the Himalayan ranges. Do not miss out the opportunity to capture the Himalayan silhouette during sunset.
  • Camp there while sitting around a bonfire under the sky full of stars if the weather permits.
  • Overnight stay in camp is a fabulous experience. 
  • The next day Start your day by capturing the 360° view of Himalayan ranges and savour the memory forever.

Highlights of the trek 

  • Visiting  the pagoda-styled Rishi Prashar Temple in the midst of the valley caters the outstanding architectural brilliance.
  •  Staying  in the camps near the lake with bonfire and  admiring the beautiful vistas of mighty mountains are magical. 
  • Having that fun chit-chat session with your squad during bonfire beneath the sky full of stars is a fun filled pack of memories to take home.
  • Trekking through some of the most astonishing trails covered in pine trees & several streams gives you a pinch of taste of adventure. 

Hiking up 

The trail begins with a steep climb for about 500 metres in the open land where you will see the valley on your right.

From there you’ll enter a jungle that mainly consists of rhododendron trees. The trail becomes a little easy here to become a gradual ascent. In about 400 metres, you’ll reach a clearing from where you get a clear view of the Dhauladhar range. Have a break as It’s a good spot to click some photographs.

Once you cross the clearing, the trail takes you through the oak forest,  It continues to ascend gradually. Trailing the jungle for about 1 km, you reach another clearing. Where again you can take a break.

After this clearing, the trail gets on to the motorable road You’ll take a Walk on this for the next 700 metres at the end of which you’ll reach a place named Til. This place has got a lot of shops.

From Til, take the kaccha road. Continue hiking up for about 600 metres till you reach another small meadow. 

Hiking up from the meadows, you will come across apple orchards. After 700 metres, you will once again cross the motorable road. From here, the trail gets steep for 300 metres which is a little strenuous. Another clearing awaits right after this.

In another 300 metres, you enter another forest, the trail here is flat, followed by a short ascent. You will see a beautiful lake below which is equally beautiful as PARASHAR. 

From that lake,  the motorable road for yet another 1.7 km. Will take you to A low ground. On reaching the edge of this low ground, a beautiful lake comes into view, the Prashar – your most awaited destination.