Best time to visit
March to October (April-May peak time)
This is a comparatively easy trek and no prior experience is required. However good stamina and practice for climbing is recommended. There are chances of getting exhausted owing to the high altitudes and some steep climbs. Some water sources are available on the trek route but it is recommended to carry on water and cooking gears.
About the trek
Beas Kund is holy a sacred lake for Hindus as Rishi Vyas, the one who wrote Mahabharat used to take bath over here and is situated some 29 km from Manali. It is an origin of the river Beas and is protected by an igloo like structure. This river was also known as Vipas and Arjiki in ancient times. The lake is situated above the Solang Valley and is known for having various adventure sport arenas. Being at high altitude the place is foggy, however on clear days a magnificent sight Mt Indrasen, Deo Tibba and other mountains of the Pir Pangal range can be seen.On the west of this lake in a pass that takes up to the peak called Hanuman Tibba which is 5990m above the lake. The trek is a complete package of scenic beauty from snow clad mountains and glaciers to lush green meadows. The trek covers dense coniferous forests, grasslands of Dhundhi and Bakharthatch and the Pir Pangal range.
Day 01– Drive from Manali to Solang Valley and then trek to Dhundhi
Altitude: 8156 ft to 9465ft
Average Time taken: 5 Hours
Distance: 6-7 Kms
The Beas Kund trek starts from travelling to Solang Valley a 12 km car drive from Manali Bus stand. The first trek involves 4-5 hours of driving and a few hours of trekking. On entering Solang Valley beauty of nature can clearly be witnessed with pine forests and mountains around. The trek then starts with a rocky patch for around 5-10 minutes after which is small stream. Some 5 minutes later the trail takes us through a dense forest, which opens up at a main road which is to be followed till we reach the Rohtang tunnel. Right side of this road is a beautiful sight of river Beas flowing through boulders, which is to be crossed with help of wooden logs present there. The river is easy to be crossed and is not to rough here. After a 10 minutes walk we reach our first campsite Dundi.
Day 02– Dhundi to Lohali
Yurutse altitude: 9465 ft to 10974 ft
Distance: 2-3 Kms
Average time taken: 4 Hours
A trek through the pine birch and walnut trees with a steep ascent is the beginning of today’s trek. After trekking for an hour we have to cross a stream, which is also one of our sources for drinking water. 15-20 minutes after crossing the stream and going through a steep descent a log bridge is spotted that takes us to the other side of the Beas river which is Bakarthach campsite. However our trek still continues on the same side and we see a start of subalpine bushes. After around 2 km through these bushes the valley opens to the vision of river Beas passing through boulders. Going through the river and crossing yet another small stream is the next campsite Lohali, a wonderful land surrounded by mountains.
Day 03– Lohali to Lady Leg to Beas Kund and back to Lohali
Altitude: 10974 feet to 12,772 ft
Distance: 3-4 kms to and fro
Average time taken: 6-7 Hours
Wake up early in the morning and start your trek, as we have to complete a steep climb of 1798 feet, though the distance is only around 1.2 kms. It will take around three and a half hour to reach a meadow called the Lady Leg, also a summit to Friendship Peak. After reaching this place we rest click pictures and if some have the stamina may chose another 15-20 minute climb to the highest point from Lady Leg. From this top ridge we can see the Beas lake and if weather permits then the Pir Pangal range and other major peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, Ladakhi and Friendship Peak. After regaining some energy we hade back to our Lohali base.
Day 04– Lohali to Solang Valley
Markha altitude: 10974 ft to 9465 ft
Distance: 9 Kms
Average time taken: 5-6 Hours
Even if the distance is too much, the trail from Lohali to Solang Valley is an easy one. It is the same route, which we came up through. However being a descending route this trek is easy. The travel is also very refreshing as we are travelling down on altitude through green and dense forests with not so rough rivers and streams.
Day 05– Solang Valley to Manali
Thochuntse altitude: 8156 ft to 9465 ft
Distance: 13 Kms
Average time taken: 5-6 Hours
It’s again a car drive back to Manali with scenic spots and small tea stalls along the route. This proves to be a beautiful end to a mesmerizing trek with all the ups and downs, which are totally worth the effort.