Lake Parashar Trek
Join us for the trek to Parashar lake. Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas.
Each online purchase entitles one person for this activity. Book quantity more than 1 for the number of people in your group.
We strongly encourage you to carry your own back pack. But if you opt to offload your back pack to a porter please select the option porter required while booking for the trek. The bag offloaded must be just one bag and total weight of the bag must not exceed 15 Kgs
Treks are conducted when there are enough people interested in it (more than 5 people). Please register early at the below link with your contact information so that we can co-ordinate.
Price listed (per person) is for a group of 10 people.. As the number of people in the batch increases the price may come down. Once you have registered for the trek, and we have minimum set of people, we will let you know so that you can pay 25% of the cost upfront. The final payment needs to be done one week before the trek date. We will let you know the remaining amount that needs to be paid (it will vary based on team size).
Day 1: Pick up from Mandi and transfer to Bagi by jeep to the base camp. Trek begins from Baggi to Parasar lake at 9000 feet (8 Kms 6 hours). Excursion around Parasar Lake and camp around the lake.
Day 2: Trek begins from Parasar Lake and reach Baggi. Pick up from Baggi by Jeep to reach Mandi.
Trek Date – Throughout the year subject to weather conditions. (For details about the fixed dates contact Ayan Brahma [Ph: +91 9591945454])
Physical preparation is recommended for this trek. Regular Jogging, Stretching Exercises, Cardio Exercises
Things to get
Rucksack 50-60 Liters, First Layer – Thermals, Water Proof cum Wind Cheater Jacket, For Head & Ears – Balaclava, Long Woolen socks, Trekking Shoes – Forclaz 500/600
Ponchos, Water Proof Gloves(optional), Water Bags, Trekking shoes – Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on treks and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
Note: Ladies with smaller feet size find it a problem to get a shoe. Forclaz 500 has special trekking shoes for women.
2 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
2 cotton t-shirt with collar. Avoid bright colours like red and fluorescents. Stick to lighter tones. There are plenty of Birds and Animals one would come across while trekking and you won’t want them to get scared with your dressing sense.
One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
2 pairs of Undergarments.
1 pair of Thermal Inners.
2-3 pair of Sports Socks.
Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
Sun glasses – Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown and Blue coloured
Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
People who wear spectacles should have any one of these:
Photo chromatic Glass.
If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
Light towel (a quick drying kind).
Chap stick or Lip Balm.
Cold Cream and Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 40+).
2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not carry packaged water bottles.
Life straw personal water filter (optional) – buy them online at Pepperfry
LED Torch with extra set of cells/ Head Lamps (preferred).
Personal Toilet Kit (minimal) and Toilet Paper.
Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory).
Camera, Memory-Cards, Batteries etc (Carry enough spare batteries. You won’t get Electricity on slopes)
Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
While there are adequate food provided on trek, some do feel very less energetic compared to others. So you can carry few energy bars (dry fruit pouches are better than 5 Star/Munch).
While packing, use bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Carry a personal Leak proof Tiffin Box, a Plate, Spoon and Coffee Mug.
Personal Medicine kit containing:
Dolo 650 – 10 Tablets, Avomine – 1 Strip, Diamox – @ 3 Tablets/day, Combiflam – 5 Tablets, Disprin – 10 Tablets, ORS – 5 packets, Betadine cream, Moov spray
We strive for the best safety standards. Every trekker must adhere to the instructions issued by the guide.
Minimum Age: 9 years
Past experience in trekking: Useful but not essential.
You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes before commencement of the trekking expedition. Any high altitude in Himalayas above 15650 feet, higher than most European summits, the air is thin and the surrounding becomes difficult. You need to carry a backpack that weighs 7-8 kgs. Your physical fitness is very important for the successful completion of trek. Prepare yourself to get to a jogging distance of 4.5 km under 30 minutes; this would make your lungs strong enough to trek in such conditions. Simultaneously also tone up with some active stomach exercise like leg rise and sit ups minimum 3 sets with push ups strengthening your shoulder, pelvic and chest.
Flexibility is the ability of muscles and tendons to relax and stretch easily. It determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Stretching improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and low back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
DOs and Don’ts
- A strict NO to your Denims – they are not suitable for treks, beside it adds weight.
- NO to Snacks, Colas, Alcohol and Personal Food – Don’t overweight yourself with them.
- NO to any Disposable Plastic Bottles, plastic wrapped/packaged items & Non Bio Degradable material.
- While at the trek enjoy the view. Do not litter and leave the place in the same condition for other trekkers and next generation coming after you to enjoy.
We carry Sleeping Bags with us hence please do not carry yours. We would also be carrying tents and other equipment required for such treks.
- Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 7-8 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you need to repeat and remove what is not essential.
- Travel light and carry what is essential. For example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).The list given here are mostly what you need.
Some Common advice about Clothing:
To protect you from cold, dressing in layers is the ‘Catch’. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a suggestion. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
Please ensure to carry the following documents:
An identification card (like Driving License, Voters ID card, Passport etc), along with a photocopy, Passport Size Photos, a Medical Certificate and Disclaimer Certificate (Download pdf here).
All mentioned DOCUMENTS are MANDATORY, without which you won’t be allowed to trek.
1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Guest House (Day 1, and Day 6 according to Itinerary)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trekking equipment
5. First Aid Medical kits and oxygen cylinder
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers
1. Transport/Food / Meal on the way to / from Pantwari
2. Any kind of personal expenses
4. Porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
Not suitable for: Heart Patient, paralyzed Patient, pregnant women, Asthmatics or any other medical conditions that limits person from participating in adventure sports
Contact person – Ayan Kumar Brahma
Ph: +91 9591945454
How to reach?
Starting point of the trek is Baggi, Himachal Pradesh
Nearest big town is Mandi. You can reach Mandi by an overnight bus journey from Delhi.
About Maharishi Prashar : He is the son of Maharishi Shakti and the Grandson of Maharishi Vashisht.
Characteristic of the Pagoda like Temple: A 3 tier with lower 2 roofs in pent roof form covered with tin slates. Its conical roof is covered with tin roof. Intricate wood carving designs. A knotted serpent’s looks magnificent.
Areas around Prashar Lake:
Pandoh: Just 16-km away from Mandi is Pandoh Dam.
Shikhari Devi: 15-km from Janjheli is situated the ancient temple of Shikhra Devi and is surrounded by some marvellous landscapes.
Barot : A nice picnic spot situated at a distance of 33 km. from Mandi on the Mandi – Pathankot Highway. It is famous for trout fishing and a ropeway that attracts the tourist.
Chindi : This little hamlet in an apple growing area is blessed with breathtaking beauty. There are numerous small temples of considerable antiquity not too far away.
Kamru Nag Lake & Temple : Resting resort for trekkers at a height of 3,334 meters above sea level on the Mandi–Karsog road.
The Lake is surrounded by tall cedar trees having stunning silence. Mythology says that this lakewas formed by Pandawas when they were on their way afterMahabharata with Deity Kamrunag (based on which this entire valley is known by Kamru Valley today) to find best place for their teacher, Dev Kamrunag and Deity love the isolation of this place so much that he decided to stay here for the rest of his life. On his request, Bheemsen the eldest brother amongst Pandava formed the lake by pushing his elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain. And that is the reason believed by locals after oval-shaped lake with depth unknown. Many a time in storms an almost 30-meter-tall cedar tree would fall into the lake to disappear. Today faith from all faiths of people brings them here. As an offering people throw money, silver coins and gold into the water
Less than 10 days – 0% refund
Between 10 to 14 days – 50% refund
Between 14 to 24 days – 70% refund
More than 24 days – 95%
Activity subject to weather condition