Set in the Parvati Range, the Mantalai lake provides a trek’s ideal objective. Starting from the piligrim town of Manikaran near Kasol, the trek winds up through the very scenic Parvati valley to the high altitude lake.
SEASON: June – October end
MAX. ALTITUDE: 4115m
NUMBER OF DAYS: 8 days
TREK GRADIENT: Moderately challenging
Day 01: Arrive in Bhunter from where a vehicle will pick you up and drop you to the base camp at Manikaran.
Day 02: Manikaran – Barsheni (2289m) by bus – Khirganga
Duration: 4 hours
Take the morning bus to Barsheni, from where the trek starts. Khirganga is a hot spring where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated. The difference between the spring here and in Manikaran is that after a bath in Khirganga, your skin will feel clammy and greasy whereas after a bath in the spring at Manikaran, your skin will feel dry.
Day 03: Khirganga – Tunda Bhuj (3285m)
Duration: 5 hours
The trek commences through dense forests and flower-strewn meadows. The progress is gradual and slow as it’s a steep climb to Tunda Bhuj.
Day 04: Tunda Bhuj – Thakur Kuan (3620m)
Duration: 6 hours
The trail continues through a landscape strewn with waterfalls, lakes and meadows till Thakur Kuan.
Day 05: Thakur Kuan – Odi Thach (3800m)
Duration: 5 hours
It’s another day of steep climb to reach the high altitude meadow of Odi Thach. On the path, you will cross the Pandu Bridge, which is made of a single rock on the river Parvati. It is said to made by the Pandavas during their exile in the Himalayas.
Day 06: Odi Thach – Mantalai Lake (4115m) and back
Duration: 9 hours
The trek up to Mantalai lake is a gradual climb. Once at the lake, you can see the Mantalai Glacier, which is the source of the river Parvati.
Day 07: Odi Thach – Tunda Bhauj
Duration: 8 hours
Return to Tunda Bhauj is by the same route that was taken on the way up.
Day 08: Tunda Bhauj – Barsheni – Manikaran
Duration: 7 hours
Return to Barsheni from where a vehicle will pick you up and drop you back at Manikaran where the trek ends.