Parashar lake is a sacred lake located on the top of a hill near the Baggi village in the Mandi district. The lake is situated at a height of 2730m above sea level and it is dedicated to Sage Parashar. There is a temple situated near the lake and is believed to be built in the 13th century.
The lake houses a floating island which keeps changing its position time to time. With many stories doing the round few believed that it hasn’t shifted for the past three months and with the help of island shifts locals can predict weather conditions and can be prepared for worse.
According to locals, it is said that the water level of the lake has been maintained for centuries now. There is no water source to the lake. The lake is surrounded by snow laden peaks of Himachal Pradesh most of the time of the year. One can have clear views of mighty peaks such as Indrasan, Deo Tibba, etc. It is one of the few weekend treks from Delhi and Chandigarh.
Reach Mandi in the morning by 6 AM. Freshen up and get ready for a short 2 hour drive to Baggi village, which is the starting point of trek. Our vehicle will receive the group from Mandi bus stand and drop to Baggi village. Relax a bit and start your trek to Parashar Lake. The total distance of the trek is 8 kms and the trail passes through dense forest.
The initial trail is through a path full of boulders and water streams. Mind your step while crossing the streams as stones remain slippery. After this stretch of about half km, you will reach the forest and from where the real trek starts. The whole trek is steep and uphill and it passes through dense forest. After an uphill walk of around 5 km, you will reach a small meadow, which is a nice place to relax.
One can have its first sight of snowcapped peaks from the meadow. After this meadow, the trek seems little easy. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach the lake. The lake is pristine and is surrounded by green pastures. There is a pagoda temple standing near the lake. After reaching there, explore the lake and the temple. Have dinner and bonfire in the night. Overnight stay in tents.
Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise. Explore the area near lake and after breakfast, start your downhill trek towards Baggi.
It takes around 3 hours to reach the village. Our vehicle will pick you up from Baggi and drop you at Mandi bus stand.
Transport from Mandi to Baggi and return
Guided Trek to Parashar Lake
Packed Lunch,dinner and breakfast
Camp Stay on double/ triple sharing
Travel cost to Mandi and return
Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary