The lake resides at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level with deep blue water. The lake is held holy to the saint Prashar, and he is believed to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the high-flowing river Beas. Within the lake, there is a small, floating platform which is a widespread naturally occurring phenomenon. The floating land occupies 7% of the lake floor, while water is 93%.
According to legends, a small boy constructed this 13th-century old temple from a single tree log. The lake depth is uncertain because nobody has yet been able to find out the depth of Prashar Lake.
Trek starts on Day 1 at 10:00 AM
Trek ends on Day 2 at 12:00 PM
The Prashar Lake Trekking is suitable for people of all interests. The hike starts to the picture-perfect blue water lake from the Jwalapur village of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Lake has a free-floating platform in it and surrounded by the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges of Himachal Pradesh. Prashar Lake is considered one of the most scenic treks which turn frozen in the winter.
The campground location of Prashar Lake is very soothing to eyes due to its closeness to the lake and mother nature. The daytime temperature falls between 13 ° C and 18 ° C, at night between 0 ° C and 7 ° C.
Trek will start from the village Jwalapur which is only a 25 km drive from Panarsa. Panarsa lies 60 kilometres from Mandi towards Kasol. When you walk up the hills, you’ll come across local people, and it’s the perfect chance to know the indigenous community closely. You will go through the beautiful trails, passing the wilderness and some small streams, during this trek. You’ll have to stay for one night at the beautiful lakeside campground, and you’ll walk down to Jwalapur village the next morning. The trek includes all meals and camping-style lodging for this hike. Apart from trekking, if weather permits, you can have a bonfire at the camp.
Arrive Panarsa. Panarsa lies in the direction of Kasol, 60 km from Mandi. Drive on Shared Cabs to Jwalapur Village (25 Km). Beginning from Jwalapur village, trek to Prashar Lake which is about 8 km away. We will give you Packed lunch for the day and do not forget to take a break for lunch near the Waterfall. Most of the trek will be through lush greenery, along a stream en route with multiple waterfalls. Once you get to the top, you see the Highland pastures and the beautiful lake on your left. Dinner (Bonfire if permitted)
Sunrise with a 360-degree panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas, one can have a great sight of the Himalayan Ranges like Dhauladhar Ranges, Bada Bhangal region, Deo Tibba in the East from this location. Post breakfast, walk down back to the village of Jwalapur (8 km). Drive back to Panarsa from Jwalapur(25 Km), shared cabs are easily available at this location.
Prashar Lake is situated in the Mandi, a Himachal Pradesh district. If you are interested in doing this trek, reach Panarsa first. Now, you might ask how to reach Panarsa. Here are some travel options…
If you’re going to come by air, then it’s going to be the best way as Panarsa has nearest airport called Kullu-Manali Airport which is in Bhuntar which is just 15 Kms. So, from any of India’s major cities, you can quickly get to Panarsa.
This would be the most accessible approach if you’re willing to travel from Delhi or Chandigarh, particularly if you’re on a limited budget. Take a direct bus from Delhi to manali and get down at location called Panarsa, Mandi. It is about 10 to 12 hours journey. Most of the coaches run overnight so; you should take note.
If you’re looking for the cheapest way of travel to reach Panarsa, Mandi then it would be by train. Still, it can get a little challenging as Panarsa,Mandi has no railway station. To reach Mandi, take a train till Pathankot and travel on a bus for approximately 10-12 hours.
Now that you have entered Panarsa, Mandi, you need directions to reach trek’s starting point. The place is known Jwalapur village. Hire a shared taxi to get to Jwalapur as no direct bus run to that locality.
May-June and September-October months are the best time to visit this location, as the weather here during these months is very good. During winters it can get pretty cold here and the summer season is a perfect time to come here to avoid the cities’ scorching sun. If you’re looking for snow trekking, which is more challenging but also more spectacular, then in January-March you should think of trekking.
If you are an adventure lover, Prsahar Lake trek can be done across the year. There is also an opportunity to go snow trekking from December to March to Prashar Lake. So, this is the best choice in your hand if you want to do snow trekking.