Trek to the Mountain of Lakes (5N/6D)

 Manali    5 Nights/6 Days
Instant Booking     No Booking or Convenience Fees

Luxury Leisure Style

₹ 12900

Visit a world that exists beyond the human imagination where every moment is an adventure and every sight a discovery. And, let the serene and tranquil sights bring you back to life.You think you have seen it all? Witness the grandeur that is Futta Saur and you will come alive. Here time is forgotten and the beauty is re-defined.

The trek to the Mountain of Lakes – Futta Saur is one of the yet not so traversed treks even by the natives here.  Last year, we undertook a recce and exploration trek to see the Lakes of Futta Saur.

Legend has it that there have been sightings of as many as seven lakes on this mountain, however, no one can be certain, The team has themselves witness five of these lakes. After the last place where we camp, we will trek alpine style to see these lakes and return to our camp site. We have named these lakes as “elusive”, because some say that even after the first sighting; the Lakes remain elusive and are normally covered in mist. Those who have been fortunate to see the lakes are unable to describe their beauty and charm. The lakes of Futta Saur are revered by the natives and are sacred to them. Some even go on to claim that the locals do not go exploring this region as they do not want to commit blasphemy and tarnish the sanctity of the lakes.

There is something that I would love to share.

To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

When we went on this unchartered territory, all we had were our instincts, wits and bearings, a basic sense of direction, some great team mates and a folk lore to arm us. Believe me; the lakes are elusive in the true sense. I guess the Mountain Gods were quite appeased with our diligence and perseverance. We were rewarded with the sightings of 5 lakes. The sights are imprinted in my mind and I am falling short of words to aptly describe them.

I will be candid here and say that in the beginning we were also skeptical about what the trek has to offer. But once I went on the trek myself that is when I realized the real adventure and fun is when you have to make your own path and do not have any marked territories. It is when you only have some sense of your bearings and a belief in one’s sense of adventure (with due caution of course), that is the true test of a person’s mettle. The fact that the lakes remain elusive and just beyond reach makes a trekker feel that he may have to walk a long time to reach them. But then, would it be as much fun if they were easily accessible and could be visited by anybody and everybody like a recreation park is? 

The trail begins in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali, meanders on Halaan Theli and finally leads on to Futta Saur which sits in the Pir Panjaal range of the Western Himalaya. We takes pride in being the pioneers in this trek as we have traversed these trails many a times to explore. Walk this path least travelled with our experienced guides to see the wonder that is the Elusive Futta Saur – Mountain of lakes.

So come one come all! Subscribe to our school of thought, explore the unexplored and be prepared to be amazed.

Highlights:

  • Max. Altitude: 14,290 feet
  • Starting point of trek: Haripur, Manali
  • Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Trail Course: Manali - Haripur – Soil – Guhad - Mindua

(Max. Altitude: 8,410 feet, Duration:  4/5 hours)

Arrive in Manali and we will be happy to pick you up from the air port/bus terminal and we will assist you to settle in to dA Base/cottage/hotel/accommodation of your choice. The climbers who have not stayed overnight with us at dA Base, are welcome to join us for breakfast and a chat session with the our team and your fellow climbers. Get all your questions answered in order to ensure a great trek. We will drive up to the oldest village in the Kullu Valley, ‘Soil’. After visiting the beautiful ancient temple of Jamdagni Rishi and Kabir (Kabir was to Rishi Jamdagni like Nandi was to Lord Shiva). No one is allowed to enter the inner sanctum of the temple. Only the pujari (priest) can go there and he too has to be blindfolded. Soil in itself is a charming little village and it is sheer joy to trek across it.

From Soil, we start walking towards ‘Mindua’. The trail is fairly easy and leads up to Guhad. It is a vast expanse of meadows with forests of Kharshu, Walnut, Chestnut, Bhojpatra etc. A trek for another 4 to 5 hours will lead us to Mindua. We will pitch our tents here and camp overnight with some bone warming bonfire and lovely dinner with chatter.

Day 2: Trail Course: Mindua – Shodupathar – Dhundha

(Max. Altitude: 10,850 feet, Duration: 4/5 hours)

The sun rise at Mindua is surreal. Enjoy a high-nutrition breakfast here and charge up for the trek ahead. We start our ascent to Dhunda. The trail runs through dense Oak forests and the pure oxygen almost hurts the lungsJ. The trail will now lead to chowkigarh nalla, a small stream, and we will cross this to reach a lush green meadow amidst a thick forest of predominantly Oak trees. We will pitch our tents here. Take in the beautiful surroundings and explore the surroundings. After some nice warm dinner, snuggle up in your sleeping bags for the night.

Day 3: Trail Course: Dhundha – Parkuni

(Max. Altitude:  12,580 feet, Duration: 6/7 hours)

After a morning charge up session and a healthy breakfast, we leave for Parkuni, which is above the tree line. The trail meanders through thick forests of Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper. This region is laden with various rare plants and herbs like Karu, Chora, Patish, Gugal, wild Garlic etc., which are known to have some high medicinal value.

The air is heavily laden with unadulterated oxygen and there is only so much you can do to keep your excitement in check. For those who may need a bit of motivation to keep walking, the sights and sounds and textures of Himalaya will prove to be a fuel enough. We will camp for the night in Parkuni.

Day 4: Trail Course: Parkuni -  Kukarban – Batarunaag Saur -  Vasukinaag Saur – Futta Saur – Mata Kotli Saur – Parkuni

Altitude:  Vasukinaag Saur – 13,870 feet

                Futta Saur – 14,250 feet

                Mata Kotli Saur – 14,290 feet

Duration: 7/8 hours

Today, we get our much deserved eternal reward when we feast on the sights of natural grandeur that will form memories of a life time. After breakfast, we will trek for about 45 minutes to reach the first lake ‘Batarunaag Saur’. A short walk will bring us to one of the most ethereal lakes; ‘Vasukinaag Saur’. A short distance from here basks the elusive lakeFutta Saur’ and ‘Mata Kotli Saur’. I have chosen to call them “Elusive” as they are almost always hidden in mist and give the illusion that they are just a stone’s throw away.

The attempt to sight the Elusive Lakes will be done in Alpine style. The terrain here is a bit rocky and not very suitable for camping. So, our tents will remain pitched at Parkuni while we will trek to the lakes and back well in time for dinner and bonfire (if conditions permit). Turn into your sleeping bags and slide into a blissful sleep while atop the Mountain of Lakes. Talk about luxury J 

Day 5: Trail Course: Parkuni – Shodupathar

(Max. Altitude: 9,900 feet, Duration: 5/6 hours)

Now you can take things at your own pace. Just unwind and chill with some breakfast at Parkuni. From here. Retrace your steps backwards to reach the campsite at Shodupathar. Pitch tents here and just connect with nature. The challenging part of the trek is over. You have earned the righjt to celebrate.

Day 6: Trail Course:  Shodupathar – Soil – dA Base, Haripur

(Max. Altitude: 9,900 feet, Duration:  5/6 hours)

After breakfast and some photography at leisure, we will leave Shodupathar for dA Base at Haripur via Soil village. Reach dA Base and unwind and celebrate with some hot lunch and a non-stop chatter about our achievement of trekking through the Mountain of Lakes.

Believe me when I say this, we have earned our celebration because there are very few who can honestly claim to have gone to the Mountain of Lakes and been blessed with the sightings of the mystical lakes. Relax at the base camp before we part ways here to meet soon for our next adventure.Take the bus back to Delhi from Manali at 5:00 pm to wrap up your tour.

What's Included:
  • Free stay on the night before and after the trek at Base Camp.
  • Pick up and drop from patlikuhl bus stop in manali
  • Stay in 2/3 men tents during the trek
  • All meals (vegetarian) during the trek ( 6 breakfast, 6 lunches and 5 Dinners)
  • Experienced MOI and rescue management qualified lead guide and BMC qualified assistant guide
  • All camping staff - cook, helpers, etc.
  • All trekking equipment (dining, sleeping, kitchen, sleeping bags, mats etc.)
  • Horses/ porters to carry your luggage (max. 10 kgs strictly)
What's Not Included:
  • Travel expense to and from Haripur, Manali.
  • Client’s Insurance  of any form (personal/ baggage/ medical)
  • Any personal expense like laundry, phone, beverages, junk food.
  • Any expense that arise due to change in the itinerary because of natural forces like weather, land slide, road blocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to extra stay on the trek other than 2 nights stay at the Base Camp that is complimentary.
  • Any item or service not specified in inclusions.
  • Any sightseeing in Manali.
  • ** Cost of activities such as angling, paragliding, rafting etc & bonfire and barb q on the free stay days.
  • Snow overalls, crampons, gaiters etc.  
Additional Information:

We suggest guests arrive at our base in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali on the Naggar road, the night before the start of the trek.
All guests are welcome to stay with compliments of Base Camp in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go angling, and interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire (*) before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return.

Advisory:

  • If coming straight to our base in Haripur get down at Patlikuhl bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.
  • Do not forget your camera’s extra batteries
  • Wear clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
  • A pair of good trekking shoes is a must and packing a pair of gaiters is suggested.
  • Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.
  • Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and carried back.

Adventure Gear List:

Woolen balaclava/ monkey cap, woolen scarf and muffler, 1 pair thermal under-garments, Thin Warm sweaters, Woolen track pants, water proof track pants, waterproof jackets, 2 Woolen socks, 2 cotton socks, Rain gear (Jacket, trousers/ Parkha) Warm jacket, waterproof gloves, Woolen gloves, 2-3 Full sleeves T – Shirts, Sun block lotion Chap-stic (lip salve), Good hiking waterproof shoes with ankle support and or Gaiters, slippers ,Camera & films Sun Glasses, Water bottle, One duffel bag for personal items not more than 5 kgs (to be carried by porter) , Torch, One rucksack for item of your daily use (to be carried by you) Personal Medicine

Cancellation Policy:

We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change.

  • From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure - 10% of the total amount payable would be charged
  • Between 15 - 29 days – 50% would be refunded
  • Less than 15 days prior to departure 100%.

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis.

Note: -

All programs are subject to change due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.
Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
We might be forced to change/modify the itinerary and also reserves the right to do so, due to unforeseen disruptions by natural forces. If any costs increase due to this change, the client would be requested to pay the additional amount in Manali.
Operator reserves the right to change or modify the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. If any costs increase due to this change, the client would be requested to pay the additional amount in Manali.

BOOK NOW - ₹ 12900



Average Response Time: ~4 hours
Tour Duration
6 Days
Availability
04 Jun '17 to 31 Oct '17
Type
Group
Typical Group Size
2 to 6 people
Grade
Moderate
Guide Language
English, Hindi,
Starts/Ends
Manali/Manali
Locations
Meeting/Start Point

  Patlikuhl Bus Stand, 16 kms Short of Manali

Organizer Code:
310
Outdoor Adventures Trekking and Hiking Camping

Why Trodly?

  No Convenience or Booking Fee Trodly does not charge booking fees of any kind.   Guaranteed Best Price Guaranteed lowest price possible for the particular trip.   True Marketplace Compare prices, offering & quality and then book.

Alpine Style

₹ 11900

Visit a world that exists beyond the human imagination where every moment is an adventure and every sight a discovery. And, let the serene and tranquil sights bring you back to life.You think you have seen it all? Witness the grandeur that is Futta Saur and you will come alive. Here time is forgotten and the beauty is re-defined.

 The trek to the Mountain of Lakes – Futta Saur is one of the yet not so traversed treks even by the natives here.  Last year, we undertook a recce and exploration trek to see the Lakes of Futta Saur.

Legend has it that there have been sightings of as many as seven lakes on this mountain, however, no one can be certain, The team has themselves witness five of these lakes. After the last place where we camp, we will trek alpine style to see these lakes and return to our camp site. We have named these lakes as “elusive”, because some say that even after the first sighting; the Lakes remain elusive and are normally covered in mist. Those who have been fortunate to see the lakes are unable to describe their beauty and charm. The lakes of Futta Saur are revered by the natives and are sacred to them. Some even go on to claim that the locals do not go exploring this region as they do not want to commit blasphemy and tarnish the sanctity of the lakes.

There is something that I would love to share.

To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

When we went on this unchartered territory, all we had were our instincts, wits and bearings, a basic sense of direction, some great team mates and a folk lore to arm us. Believe me; the lakes are elusive in the true sense. I guess the Mountain Gods were quite appeased with our diligence and perseverance. We were rewarded with the sightings of 5 lakes. The sights are imprinted in my mind and I am falling short of words to aptly describe them.

I will be candid here and say that in the beginning we were also skeptical about what the trek has to offer. But once I went on the trek myself that is when I realized the real adventure and fun is when you have to make your own path and do not have any marked territories. It is when you only have some sense of your bearings and a belief in one’s sense of adventure (with due caution of course), that is the true test of a person’s mettle. The fact that the lakes remain elusive and just beyond reach makes a trekker feel that he may have to walk a long time to reach them. But then, would it be as much fun if they were easily accessible and could be visited by anybody and everybody like a recreation park is? 

The trail begins in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali, meanders on Halaan Theli and finally leads on to Futta Saur which sits in the Pir Panjaal range of the Western Himalaya. We takes pride in being the pioneers in this trek as we have traversed these trails many a times to explore. Walk this path least travelled with our experienced guides to see the wonder that is the Elusive Futta Saur – Mountain of lakes.

So come one come all! Subscribe to our school of thought, explore the unexplored and be prepared to be amazed.

Highlights:

  • Max. Altitude: 14,290 feet
  • Starting point of trek: Haripur, Manali
  • Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Itinerary:

Day 1: Trail Course: Manali - Haripur – Soil – Guhad - Mindua

(Max. Altitude: 8,410 feet, Duration:  4/5 hours)

Arrive in Manali and we will be happy to pick you up from the air port/bus terminal and we will assist you to settle in to dA Base/cottage/hotel/accommodation of your choice. The climbers who have not stayed overnight with us at dA Base, are welcome to join us for breakfast and a chat session with the team and your fellow climbers. Get all your questions answered in order to ensure a great trek. We will drive up to the oldest village in the Kullu Valley, ‘Soil’. After visiting the beautiful ancient temple of Jamdagni Rishi and Kabir (Kabir was to Rishi Jamdagni like Nandi was to Lord Shiva). No one is allowed to enter the inner sanctum of the temple. Only the pujari (priest) can go there and he too has to be blindfolded. Soil in itself is a charming little village and it is sheer joy to trek across it.

From Soil, we start walking towards ‘Mindua’. The trail is fairly easy and leads up to Guhad. It is a vast expanse of meadows with forests of Kharshu, Walnut, Chestnut, Bhojpatra etc. A trek for another 4 to 5 hours will lead us to Mindua. We will pitch our tents here and camp overnight with some bone warming bonfire and lovely dinner with chatter.

Day 2: Trail Course: Mindua – Shodupathar – Dhundha

(Max. Altitude: 10,850 feet, Duration: 4/5 hours)

The sun rise at Mindua is surreal. Enjoy a high-nutrition breakfast here and charge up for the trek ahead. We start our ascent to Dhunda. The trail runs through dense Oak forests and the pure oxygen almost hurts the lungsJ. The trail will now lead to chowkigarh nalla, a small stream, and we will cross this to reach a lush green meadow amidst a thick forest of predominantly Oak trees. We will pitch our tents here. Take in the beautiful surroundings and explore the surroundings. After some nice warm dinner, snuggle up in your sleeping bags for the night.

Day 3: Trail Course: Dhundha – Parkuni

(Max. Altitude:  12,580 feet, Duration: 6/7 hours)

After a morning charge up session and a healthy breakfast, we leave for Parkuni, which is above the tree line. The trail meanders through thick forests of Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper. This region is laden with various rare plants and herbs like KaruChoraPatishGugalwild Garlic etc., which are known to have some high medicinal value.

The air is heavily laden with unadulterated oxygen and there is only so much you can do to keep your excitement in check. For those who may need a bit of motivation to keep walking, the sights and sounds and textures of Himalaya will prove to be a fuel enough. We will camp for the night in Parkuni.

Day 4:

Trail Course: Parkuni -  Kukarban – Batarunaag Saur -  Vasukinaag Saur – Futta Saur – Mata Kotli Saur – Parkuni

Altitude:   Vasukinaag Saur – 13,870 feet

                Futta Saur – 14,250 feet

                Mata Kotli Saur – 14,290 feet

Duration: 7/8 hours

Today, we get our much deserved eternal reward when we feast on the sights of natural grandeur that will form memories of a life time. After breakfast, we will trek for about 45 minutes to reach the first lake ‘Batarunaag Saur’. A short walk will bring us to one of the most ethereal lakes; ‘Vasukinaag Saur’. A short distance from here basks the elusive lake ‘Futta Saur’ and ‘Mata Kotli Saur’. I have chosen to call them “Elusive” as they are almost always hidden in mist and give the illusion that they are just a stone’s throw away.

The attempt to sight the Elusive Lakes will be done in Alpine style. The terrain here is a bit rocky and not very suitable for camping. So, our tents will remain pitched at Parkuni while we will trek to the lakes and back well in time for dinner and bonfire (if conditions permit). Turn into your sleeping bags and slide into a blissful sleep while atop the Mountain of Lakes. Talk about luxury J 

Day 5: Trail Course: Parkuni – Shodupathar

(Max. Altitude: 9,900 feet, Duration: 5/6 hours)

Now you can take things at your own pace. Just unwind and chill with some breakfast at Parkuni. From here. Retrace your steps backwards to reach the campsite at Shodupathar. Pitch tents here and just connect with nature. The challenging part of the trek is over. You have earned the righjt to celebrate. J

Day 6: Trail Course:  Shodupathar – Soil – dA Base, Haripur

(Max. Altitude: 9,900 feet, Duration:  5/6 hours)

After breakfast and some photography at leisure, we will leave Shodupathar for dA Base at Haripur via Soil village. Reach dA Base and unwind and celebrate with some hot lunch and a non-stop chatter about our achievement of trekking through the Mountain of Lakes J.

Believe me when I say this, we have earned our celebration because there are very few who can honestly claim to have gone to the Mountain of Lakes and been blessed with the sightings of the mystical lakes.

Relax at the base camp before we part ways here to meet soon for our next adventure. Take the bus back to Delhi from Manali at 5:00 pm to wrap up your tour.

What's Included:
  • Free stay on the night before and after the trek at Base Camp.
  • Pick up and drop from patlikuhl bus stop in manali
  • Stay in 2/3 men tents during the trek
  • All meals (vegetarian) during the trek ( 6 breakfast, 6 lunches and 5 Dinners)
  • Experienced MOI and rescue management qualified lead guide and BMC qualified assistant guide
  • All camping staff - cook, helpers, etc.
  • All trekking equipment (dining, sleeping, kitchen, sleeping bags, mats etc.)
  • Horses/ porters to carry your luggage (max. 10 kgs strictly)
What's Not Included:
  • Travel expense to and from Haripur, Manali.
  • Client’s Insurance  of any form (personal/ baggage/ medical)
  • Any personal expense like laundry, phone, beverages, junk food.
  • Any expense that arise due to change in the itinerary because of natural forces like weather, land slide, road blocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to extra stay on the trek other than 2 nights stay at the Base Camp that is complimentary.
  • Any item or service not specified in inclusions.
  • Any sightseeing in Manali.
  • ** Cost of activities such as angling, paragliding, rafting etc & bonfire and barb q on the free stay days.
  • Snow overalls, crampons, gaiters etc.  
Additional Information:

We suggest guests arrive at our base in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali on the Naggar road, the night before the start of the trek.
All guests are welcome to stay with compliments of Base Camp in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go angling, and interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire (*) before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return.

Advisory:

  • If coming straight to our base in Haripur get down at Patlikuhl bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.
  • Do not forget your camera’s extra batteries
  • Wear clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
  • A pair of good trekking shoes is a must and packing a pair of gaiters is suggested.
  • Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.
  • Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and carried back.

Adventure Gear List:

Woolen balaclava/ monkey cap, woolen scarf and muffler, 1 pair thermal under-garments, Thin Warm sweaters, Woolen track pants, water proof track pants, waterproof jackets, 2 Woolen socks, 2 cotton socks, Rain gear (Jacket, trousers/ Parkha) Warm jacket, waterproof gloves, Woolen gloves, 2-3 Full sleeves T – Shirts, Sun block lotion Chap-stic (lip salve), Good hiking waterproof shoes with ankle support and or Gaiters, slippers ,Camera & films Sun Glasses, Water bottle, One duffel bag for personal items not more than 5 kgs (to be carried by porter) , Torch, One rucksack for item of your daily use (to be carried by you) Personal Medicine

Cancellation Policy:

We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change.

  • From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure - 10% of the total amount payable would be charged
  • Between 15 - 29 days – 50% would be refunded
  • Less than 15 days prior to departure 100%.

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis.

Note: -

All programs are subject to change due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.
Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
We might be forced to change/modify the itinerary and also reserves the right to do so, due to unforeseen disruptions by natural forces. If any costs increase due to this change, the client would be requested to pay the additional amount in Manali.
Operator reserves the right to change or modify the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. If any costs increase due to this change, the client would be requested to pay the additional amount in Manali.

BOOK NOW - ₹ 11900



Average Response Time: ~4 hours
Tour Duration
6 Days
Availability
04 Jun '17 to 31 Oct '17
Type
Group
Typical Group Size
2 to 6 people
Grade
Moderate
Guide Language
English, Hindi,
Starts/Ends
Manali/Manali
Locations
Meeting/Start Point

  Patlikuhl Bus Stand, 16 kms Short of Manali

Organizer Code:
310
Outdoor Adventures Trekking and Hiking Camping

Why Trodly?

  No Convenience or Booking Fee Trodly does not charge booking fees of any kind.   Guaranteed Best Price Guaranteed lowest price possible for the particular trip.   True Marketplace Compare prices, offering & quality and then book.

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