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Mantalai Lake Trek 2019

 Manali    8 Nights/9 Days 165 people interested today
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Trip Overview

A mesmerizing trek in the Pin Parvati Valley, climb up to a maximum altitude of 5319 metres and explore the wilderness at its most pristine form.

Highlights

  • Max Altitude: Pin Parvati Pass (5319 metres)
  • Best Time: July to end September
  • Starting Point of the Trek: Barshaini
  • Mesmerizing scenic beauty, nature, flora & fauna     
  • Grade:  Easy-Moderate

 

Detailed overview

The trek starts from the village of Barshaini, the road-head in the Parvati valley. A moderate ascent of around 5 hrs brings one to Khirganga, which is a hot spring where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated. The difference between the springs here and in Manikaran is that after a bath in Khirganga, your skin will feel greasy whereas after a bath in the spring at Manikaran, your skin will feel dry.

This trek is said to be one of the most spectacular treks in the region that takes one up the lush green Parvati valley to the source of the sacred Parvati River, which is the high-altitude Mantalai Lake, nestled at the foot of majestic high peaks of the Himalaya. Most portion of the trek passes through the outskirts of the Great Himalayan national park and there are quite a few opportunities on this trail to explore myriad flora & fauna of the Indian Western Himalaya.  This is the perfect trek for nature lovers and people who have an interest in the spiritual & natural history of the Kullu Himalaya.

 

Itinerary

Day 0: Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali - Haripur | 12 – 14 hours

  • Arrive in Manali/Patlikuhl in the morning where your hosts will pick you up and drop you off at the Base Camp in Haripur.
  • Unwind after the long drive. Later meet the team. Explore surroundings like the beautiful ‘somvan’ by the river Beas, Naggar Castle, Roerich art Gallery etc.
  • Enjoy an early dinner to get up early in the morning.

Day 1: dA base Haripur - Manikaran – Barshaini - Khirganga | 85 km Drive, 6/7 hours

  • Travel by road from 'dA Base' Haripur to Manikaran  (85 km). Manikaran is a holy place for both Sikhs and Hindus alike and also has the world’s hottest Sulphur Spring. 
  • Ascent through villages, fields and forest. Kheerganga (2960 m) is also a go-to place with hot water springs.
  • You will be camping the night at Kheerganga in tents.

Day 2: Kheerganga - Tunda Bhuj | 16 km Trek, 6/7 hours

  • Through forest level walking to reach Tunda Bhuj (3285 m). The trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wildflowers in the summer.
  • You will be staying overnight in tents.

Day 3: Tunda Bhuj - Thakur Kuan | 16 km Trek, 6/7 hours

  • Through birch forest crossing rocks and dense vegetation. This section of the valley is difficult at places as the trail frequently skirts rock faces that are difficult for laden porters.
  • Reach Thakur Kuan (3360 m) above the cliff section. You will be staying overnight in tents.

Day 4: Thakur Kuan – Pandupul | 12 km Trek, 5/6 hours

  • Beyond Thakar Kuan, the trail passes several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river by a natural rock bridge.
  • You will be trekking for 12 km to reach Pandu Bridge (3700 m) and be staying overnight in tents.

Day 5: Pandupul - Mantalai Lake | 11 km Trek, 7/8 hours

  • Trek for 11 km to reach Mantalai lake (4200 m), the source of Parvati river. 
  • There is a choice of grassy campsites just beyond Mantalai.
  • You will be staying overnight in tents.

Day 6: Mantalai Lake to Pandu Bridge | 15 km Trek, 7/8 hours

  • Trek back the same way from Mantalai to Pandu Bridge.
  • Stay overnight in tents in Pandu Bridge.

Day 7: Pandu Bridge – Thakur Kuan | 12 km, 5/6 hours

  • Trek back the same way from Pandu Bridge to Thakur Kuan and stay overnight in tents.

Day 8: Thakur Kuan – Tunda Bhuj | 16 km, 7/8 hours

  • Again on day 8, you will be trekking from Thakur Kaun to Tunda Bhuj and be covering about 16 km.
  • You will be staying overnight in Tunda Bhuj.

Day 9: Tunda Bhuj – Barsheni – Manikaran – Kullu or Manali Drop

  • On day 9, return to Manikaran from where a vehicle will pick you up and drop you back at Kullu or Manali where we part ways.

**Guests who are travelling the next day are welcome to stay the night at no extra cost.  Relax at the base camp or go angling (some nice spots near our base).

Basic Details

Start Point
Manali
Finish Point
Manikaran
Activity Level
Moderate
Start time
9:30 am
Category
Trekking and HikingCamping
Trip Code
O310A448

Inclusions

  • Pick up and drop from Patlikuhl bus stand, Manali
  • Stay in 2-3 men tents during trek.
  • All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian) 
  • Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide
  • Kitchen equipment, cook and helper
  • All the Camping arrangements
  • 2 nights stay at base camp located in an orchard in Haripur, Manali.
  • Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.  
  • All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps
  • ‘Leave No Traces’ protocol charges.  
  • Guaranteed amazing Himalayan experiential adventure holiday.

Exclusions

  • Cost of travel to and from Manali from your city
  • Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical)  
  • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.  
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.   
  • Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.  
  • Nominal cost for a bonfire, barbeque and all meals at the base in Haripur (choice of veg/ non-veg).  
  • Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
  • Porter charges for personal luggage
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Important Information

Advisory about activity – 

  • We suggest guests arrive at Manali, the night before the start of the trek.  
  • All guests are welcome to stay with compliments at the base in Haripur, Manali in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go paragliding, rafting or angling and later interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire (**) before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return.  
  • Stay in Manali can be upgraded to 4-5* hotel/ cottage on prior notice. Stay and meals cost as applicable.  
  • If coming straight to our base in Haripur get down at Patlikuhl bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.
  • Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
  • 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 should be carried back.

Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if cancelled before 45 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 30 days
  • 25% refund if cancelled before 15 days
  • No refund after that

*Advance payment is non-refundable

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world\'s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond any one’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members. To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.

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Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced ladies. All treks are extremely safe for ladies and we have a lot of solo clients who are ladies.

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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.

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There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.

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Our trip will start from the base camp in Haripur, 14 km short of Manali. If you are travelling by Volvo bus, you are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhal bus stand and we will receive you from there and drive you to the base camp

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The water during the trip is fresh and it is recommended to carry your personal reusable water bottles and filters as well.

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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • Patlikuhal Bus Stop (16 km before Manali)
  • The operator details and phone number will be shared in the booking voucher send to you via email
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