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Trekking in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
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Trekking in Mandi, Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
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Trekking in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Ashish Bhatia
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Trekking in Mandi, Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
24 Dec, 2017 + 1 dates
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About Activity

Prashar lake trek is one of the most beautiful weekend treks. Since it provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, it makes this trek stand out from the rest. One can clearly see Dhauladar ranges, Rohtang Pass, mountain ranges of Kinnaur and Shimla from the top. Prashar lake is named after the sage Prashar who meditated here in ancient times.
Dedicated to sage Prashar, there is also a temple beside the oval-shaped
 lake. The temple is a great example of brilliant architectural design. The lake is famous for the small circular island on its surface, which mysteriously keeps changing its location from time to time. According to locals, they keep seeing the island at the same location for months in a row and then it suddenly changes several times within a month.

Since early 2000, tourists and pilgrims are not allowed to go near the lake, to protect its ecological balance. Hence, they have installed a fence along the circumference of the lake, which no one is allowed to cross.

 

 


Itinerary

Day 01: Mandi to Bandi by shared Taxi (1.5 hrs) and Trek from Bandi to Prashar Lake (7kms or 5 hours)

  • Since it is a long trek on day 1, pickup is made early from Mandi bus stand at 06:30 am. From Mandi, its 1.5 hour drive through National Highway 21 till Hanogi and then through link road to Bandi village (Transportation charges are included in the package).
  • We will have breakfast and get packed lunch at Bandi village, around 45 km from Mandi. Post-briefing, the trek starts at around 10 am and it takes around 4-6 hours to reach Prashar lake.
  • The first half of the trek is a bit steep and moves through the forest which is rich with pine, oaks, rhododendrons trees and few shrubs.
  • After crossing through the forest, one starts to get the sight of snow-capped Himalayan ranges from Shimla towards the east, Kinnaur and Rohtang Pass in the north and Dhauladhar range towards the west. We would attain a height of 2700 metres after which its mostly flat with a descent of approximately 50 metres stretched over 2 kilometres.
  • The tiredness of trekking will be completely forgotten with the sight of awe-inspiring Lake from the top! Night shelter would be in form of tents pitched on a flat area from where one can get a clear view of the lake. (Many times NGT bans camping near Prashar Lake. In this case, the stay would be in form of rooms in Prashar lake premises. These are big rooms where we would provide beddings and sleeping bags. One room can accommodate 5-6 people)
  • Interested people can also visit the temple. Snacks would be served at 4 pm in addition to soup later in the evening. There would be a bonfire after sunset if weather permits and then dinner would be served at around 8 pm.

Day 02: Trek from Prashar Lake to Baggi (7 km or 4 hours) and Baggi to Mandi by Shared Taxi (1 hour)

  • The day starts with tea at 6:30 am followed by yoga. One can get soaked in the Himalayas with some breathing and stretching exercises.
  • After the yoga, breakfast would be served at 8 am. After that everyone would be given a demo on tent pitching, choosing a campsite in case one needs to trek solo in future, folding the tents, how to pack sleeping bags etc.
  • After getting packed lunch, the trek starts at 10 am from Prashar Lake towards Baggi village which is on opposite side of Bandi village, starting point of the trek. This day is a steep descent of 975 metres through dense forest which can take 3-4 hours.
  • There is a water source towards the second half of trek from where trekkers can fill water bottles. Baggi is situated beside a natural rivulet which was formed as a result of floods encountered in 2011-12.
  • Everyone would be moved in pre-arranged cabs from Baggi village towards Mandi. After final briefing, and thanks note, trekkers would be dropped at Mandi bus stand (Transportation is included in the package).

 

 


Price Info

Inclusions:

  • Transportation from Mandi bus stand to Bandi and back to Mandi bus stand
  • Vegetarian meals (including snacks and soup) - Day 1 Breakfast to Day 2 Lunch
  • Tents on Twin sharing basis (Many times NGT puts a ban on camping near Prashar Lake. In this case, the stay would be in form of rooms in Prashar lake premises.One room can accommodate 5-6 people)
  • Sleeping Bags with fleece linings
  • Mattresses
  • Microspikes in case of hard ice
  • Gaiters in case of deep snow
  • Services of a certified Trek Leader and Local Guides
  • Meditation at sunrise
  • Camping permissions and charges
  • Bonfire if time and weather permits
  • Fun activities if time and weather permits

Exclusions:

  • Hiking equipment other than those mentioned above. (Trekking Poles, Poncho/Raincoat available at extra cost which can be selected while booking the trek)
  • Any meals not mentioned above
  • Guide/Support Staff Gratuity
  • Any kind of personal/Accidental Insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Mule/Porter services for carrying personal belongings (This service is available at extra cost of Rs 300 per bag per day as an add-on while booking. If opted for at the base, the charge will be Rs 500 per rucksack) 

Note: Single occupancy tents are also available at an extra cost of Rs 500 per night

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Cancellation Policy

  • No refund (Partial or otherwise) will be made if you voluntarily leave or drop out of a trek for any reason after the trek has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.
  • In case, TEAM TREKTRAILS cancels the trek due to unforeseen circumstances it would be happy to suggest an alternative treks/dates. You shall be notified of same. You may accept the alternate trek suggestion, voucher (with one-year redeemable limitation) or request another trek of your choice. The difference in cost, if applicable, will have to be borne by you. 

Refund policy:

  • For any cancellations 1 week prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded.
  • For any cancellations 3-6 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded.
  • For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded.
  • For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations.
  • For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations.

 

 

 

 

GST at 5%

Things to Remember

  • Medicines, if any
  • Please ensure that you wear good quality sports or trekking shoes.
  • Kindly wear clothes that are comfortable and suitable for outdoor activities.
  • You are required to carry a good quality backpack or haversack and avoid carrying jholas or sling bags.


Things to Carry

  • Photocopy and Original Govt id card
  • Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
  • Rucksack (40-50 litres)
  • Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
  • Good Quality Trekking shoes
  • Trek pants (1 pair)
  • Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
  • 1 Full sleeve thermal shirt- woollens/fleece
  • Socks (1 pairs): 1 cotton
  • Gloves(1 pair for winter season, November – March)
  • Woolen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season, November – March)
  • Raincoat/Poncho.
  • Water Bottle.
  • Sunglasses (must for the winter season as snow reflects UV rays).
  • Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues).
  • Headlamp/LED torch
  • Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking.
  • Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain
  • 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch
  • Personal medical kit- ORS/Electrolyte 2 packets, Band-Aid, Paracetamol 2 tablets, Moov spray, Avil 25 mg1 tablet, Combiflam 1 tablet, Vomistop – 2 tablets


Boosters

Add boosters to enhance your adventure
  • Others - Mules/Porter Service (Per rucksack) -  600
  • Others - Raincoat/Poncho on rent -  200
  • Others - Trekking Pole on rent -  200

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