Parashar Lake trek is one of the most beautiful and sceneric weekend treks. It provides breath-taking panoramic views of various Himalayan ranges, it makes this trek stand out from the rest. You can clearly see Dhauladhar range, mountain ranges of Kinnaur and Shimla from the top. Parashar Lake is named after the sage Parashar who meditated here in ancient times.
Dedicated to sage Parashar, there is also a temple besides the oval shaped lake. Temple is a great example of brilliant architectural design. Lake is also famous for a small circular island on its surface, which keeps on changing location from time to time. According to locals, sometimes they have seen same location of island for months in a row and sometimes it suddenly changes many times within a month. Therefore, there is a mystery surrounded with movement of island. In addition, depth of the lake is unknown. As per belief of locals, there have been many attempts to gauge the depth since ancient times but to no avail. Post 2000, temple committee has put fencing around the periphery of the lake.
|Days||Trek distance||Difficulty||Camp Location||Max Altitude||Terrain|
|1||7km||Moderate to easy||Parashar lake||9000 Ft aprx.||Forest and snow trail|
|2||7km||Easy||-||6270 Ft||Snow and forest trail|
Trek Mantra will arrange cab (sumo or like that ) from Mandi bus stand at 8 AM. From Mandi it is 1.5 hour drive till kamdalu village(starting point of trek). It is located at 45 kms from Mandi. On the way we pass besides IIT Mandi at Kamand, then Baggi , which is another starting point of Parashar Lake Trek and finally to Kandalu. Kandalu is at an altitude of 6270 ft from sea level is a small point with couple of cafes. Trek start by 10 AM and it generally takes around 4 – 6 hours to reach lake. First half of the trek is a bit steep goes through rich pine, oak Rhododendrond trees and few shrubs forests. During winters it means from end of December to mid of March, Rhododendrons are in full bloom with red color flowers. After walking through forest trail of 4 km, trail inclination turns gradual. Post that views start to open up and one starts to get the sight of snow capped Himalayan mountain ranges with Shimla towards the east, Kinnaur and Rohtang Pass to the north and Dhauladhar range towards the west. We ascend until the altitude of 8900 ft, after which is mostly flat. Last 2 km of the trek until Parashar Lake is the easiest
Sight of awe-inspiring with mysterious island surely removes all the tiredness of trek. Parashar Lake is located at an altitude of 2750 metres above sea level.Interested people can visit the temple or stroll near the lake. As per belief of locals, one must take a walk around the lake in clockwise manner.
Day 2 start with a hot tea or coffe at 6:30 AM. It is worth that efforts to wake up during dawn time at Parashar as it generally provides beautiful views of the peaks. If weather and time permit, our trek leader provides a brief session of Yoga and Meditation with majestic views in backdrop.
After that, Trek Lead gives a demo on Tent pitching and choosing a campsite activity in case need to trek solo in future. Trek start BY 10:00 AM from Parashar lake towards the Kandalu village. We choose the same route as we used on previous day while ascending. This is comparatively easy day as we descend 3220 ft through dense forest. It is hike of 7 km that can take 4 hour.
Post trek will move on in pre arrange cabs from Kandalu village towards Mandi bus stand. A final briefing, and thanks note mark the end of this 2 days refreshing journey.