Prashar Lake Trek (2,730 m) is a spectacular trek in Mandi district of Himachal, India. Cheerbolt offers trekking to this magical lake throughout the year. This holy Lake lies 65 km north of Mandi, with a three-storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. 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, the lake can be approached via Panarsa and Baggi village. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth. Prashar Lake is one of the hidden gems of Himachal. If you are looking for peace, quiet and breathtaking beauty, make your way to this splendid lake. You can spend a whole day simply relaxing under the blue skies overlooking the deep blue waters of the lake.
Mythology says that this lake was formed by Pandavas when they were on their way after Mahabharata with Deity Kamrunag (based on which this entire valley is known by Kamru Valley today) to find the 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, Bhimsen one of the Pandava brothers 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.
Today faith from all faiths of people brings them here. As an offering, people throw money, silver coins and gold into the water. The trek offers a 180-degree view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, and Kinnaur mountain ranges. A 12 km trek to Tunga Mata temple above the Prashar Lake can also be done. The trail is a steep climb on the mountain ridge behind the lake. The view of the lake from here is breathtaking.
On the first day, board a comfortable luxury Volvo AC bus starting from Delhi in the evening, which will drop you off at Panarsa (Mandi), the base for the hike. Relax yourself during the comfortable journey, as you prepare for an adventure-filled day ahead. Mandi: Mandi is a small scenic beautiful town at the centre of Himachal Pradesh. Mandi district is one of the central districts of Himachal Pradesh state in northern India. Mandi town is the headquarters of Mandi district. The town has mythological and historical significance and boasts of unique temple architecture. It is referred to as Chhota Kashi as there are many ancient temples in the city.
Upon reaching Panarsa early morning, meet your friendly CHEERBOLT Team and get acquainted with the awesome fellow travellers you will be spending the next two days with! After a good hour’s rest and some satiating breakfast, we will drive towards Jwalapur (25 km drive) and start our short hike towards Prashar Lake. This 8 kilometres journey should not take more than 3-4 hours, even for a beginner trekker. After reaching Prashar Lake, a briefing about the place and about the ranges visible from there and then Bonfire, Dinner, and Night stay near Prashar Lake in tents. Prashar Lake: Prashar Lake lies 65km 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. One can witness easternmost Pir Panjal ranges and Mt. Deo Tibba (6,001 m) and Mt. Indrasan (6,221 m) from Prashar on a sunny and clear day.
Rise up to the sound of silence and after breakfast, visit the Prashar temple. The temple of Parashar is simply a masterpiece of folk art. Trek down to Panarsa village (3 hours) and catch your evening Volvo bus back to Delhi. Have a comfortable journey back home as you reminisce about the blissful 3 days you just spent right in the lap of Mother Nature.