Trekking trips are the best escape from the chaotic and stressful life of today’s world. Whenever we get the opportunity for weekend trips from Delhi or neighboring areas we immediately think about the trekking in Himalayas which lie in the vicinity.
The Himalayas are situated in the north of India and comprise a range of mix snow capped mountain ranges. There are a number of treks and hikes that can done in this region.The breeze of cold winds, chirping of birds and the tranquility around this place is what attracts most people here. You will find yourself lost in the amidst the beauty of the Himalayas and find solace that you were searching for all through.
Trekking in Himalayas is a thrilling experience that you will cherish forever. Hence pack your bags and start the journey of Himalaya trekking experience with one of the very famous and easiest treks which is the Beas kund trek. The trek to Beas Kund is a high altitude trek that can be done straight from the Solang valley.
The Beas kund trek also known as Vyasa kund and is surrounded by coniferous forests and alpine meadows. The Beas river has its origins nearby mountains and trickles down as streams flowing through this region. Solang valley is the base point of the Beas Kund trek which is around 15 kilometers away from Manali.
It is known for being one of the best camping places in India as well as there are grasslands where camps can be set. Small rivulets flow by the side of these grasslands and the snow capped Himalayan mountains can be seen in the backdrop. The Beas kund trek offers panoramic views of major Himalayan mountain ranges like the Deo Tibba and the Pir Panjal ranges.
The Beas Kund lake is located at the summit of this trek. Legend says that says this was the lake where Sage Vyas meditated and wrote the epic ”Mahabharata”. The total approximate Beas kund trek distance is around 30 kilometres and does not pose much of a challenge and is a rather easy but enduring trek.
The trail to the Beas Kund passes through beautiful hamlets of Solang and Dhundi where you can witness and soak in some of local culture and lifestyle of the people staying here. Solang Valley which is also famous for a variety of adventure sports like skiing and paragliding.
The ideal place for campsite is Bakar thach which nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. Such camping trips help us come across new people and experiences. We are sure we have got you intrigued by a little by now with the general description of this trek, now let us go into minute details about the Beas Kund trek.
The Beas kund trek is the short distance and easy trek that can done by beginners as well as experienced trekkers. It can act as an ideal weekend trip in the form of a trekking expedition and has a maximum elevation of 14000 ft. The Beas Kund trek does not have any major challenges but there are a few tricky portions which need to be crossed with caution.This trek is meant for the beginners but at the same time, physical fitness of the person is essential.
The Beas kund trail starts from Solang valley which is around 15 kilometres away from Manali which is a major tourist destination. The trail starts from here and is surrounded by forests of pine, spruce and deodar.There are rivulets, water streams, alpine meadows and grasslands that you will come across while on a trek here.
The Beas Kund Trek is essentially a four day trek and requires you to stay in camps. In fact camping here on the lush green grasslands here is one of the most cherish able experiences. The Beas Kund lake is nestled in the mountains at the summit and is the main attraction on this trail.
Our Beas Kund Trek package is meticulously planned and has all arrangements in place. The best part about this trek is that it allows you to also meet new people or trek together with your close ones in a group. Unlike other treks, this is not so hectic or remote. The Beas Kund Trek is indeed one of those treks which you should definitely do if you are an adventure lover and wants to try out something different while on a trip to Manali versus visiting the usual places for sightseeing.
Location and how to reach
The Beas Kund trek starts from Solang which is around 15 kilometres away from Manali. Once can reach Manali by a number of ways
By Air: The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar. It is located at a distance of 57 km from Manali. However, due to the bad weather conditions flight is not the reliable mode of transport.
By Road: Manali is very well connected by road with different cities. Manali distance from Delhi is around 570 kilometers and there are regular buses plying between these cities.
Cars or taxis can be hired to reach Solang and from here the Beas kund trek starts.
Beas kund trek best time is from mid of June to mid of September. The weather remains conducive during these times for a memorable trekking experience. Post October the region gets covered by snow and trekking actually becomes difficult. The mornings and afternoons have pleasant temperatures but the temperatures drop to 3 to 4 degrees Celsius during the night.
Day 01: Reporting to Manali. (1800m)
We arrive at Manali by Volvo Bus in the morning. There are a number of buses that play between Delhi and Manali everyday.Pick up shall be arranged from the Volvo bus stand from where we will head over to our hotel Here you will be served with some welcome snacks.
There will not be much activity for today and will primarily act as a day dedicated for complete rest for the body to regain all the required energy for the Beas Kund trek that officially commences from the day after.You can either rest in your rooms or head over to do some sightseeing or shopping outside. The Mall road market at Manali is a must visit for shopping lovers.We will try wrapping up things early today, since we have lot of activities lined up for the next day.Fresh cooked hot meals will be served for dinner by 7pm. We will make way towards our beds by 8pm in the night thereafter for some quality sound sleep.
Day 02: Manali / Solang Valley / Bakar Thach(10700ft.) Via Taxi.(/ 8 hrs) (approx. 13-14 km.)
We will start our day early with some breakfast and head over to Solang Valley. The distance between Solang Valley and Manali is around 15 kilometres. We will cover this distance by a taxi. Solang Valley is a renowned picturesque spot for various sports like skiing, paragliding and many more. The Beas river flows through this region and is surrounded by coniferous forests. Solang valley is the base point for the Beas Kund trek.
The trail starts with rocky patch along streams that originate from the mountains nearby. Pine forests and deodar trees can be seen all along the way. We will eventually reach the Dhundi village which is the last village in the Solang Valley. A few wooden bridges over rivers and streams need to be crossed also along the way. We will be camping at Bakar Thach which is a grassland surrounded by mountains and forests for tonight. The distance between Solang valley and Bakar is around 8 kilometres on trek.
Camping here is a memorable experience and there are rivulets flowing through the grasslands here. Bakar Thach is surrounded by snow capped mountains.After 1.5 hrs of the trek on pastures and meadows, we will reach a campsite from where you can catch stunning views of Pir Panjal Range and Dhauladhar Range. Also major peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Ladakhi and Friendship Peak stand majestically before you. We will stay in tents here that will be pitched here for our the overnight stay.
Day 03: Bakar thach – Beas Kund (12800ft.) – Bakar Thach (10700 ft; 6 to 7 hrs) Approx 10-11 km.
We will wake up early and start our day with some breakfast. Today we would be trekking to our prime attraction on this trek which is the Beas Kund lake. The distance from Bakar Thach to Beas Kund is around 6 kilometers. The stretch here is a bit steep and therefore has some tricky portions.
The Beas Kund lake is nestled amidst mountains and is formed from the waters of the glaciers that flow down from above the mountains. There are small water channels and streams that originate from this lake as well.The colorful view of green pastures, white snow-capped peaks and blue crystal clear water of Beas kund Lake will mesmerize you.
Make sure you click as many pictures are possible of these scenic landscapes. Post this we will head down again to our campsite at Bakar Thach. In the evening we will spend our time sitting by the campfire, singing and having food together. An eventful day comes to an end here.
Day 04: Bakar Thach –Solang Valley- Manali. (1800m/6000ft; 5 – 6hrs) Approx 13 – 14 km.
Today we will descending from Bakar Thach to Solang Valley. The approximate distance that needs to be covered would be around 14 kilometers today. We will trek all the way to the Dhundi village.You can meet the local people here and get a sense of their simple lifestyle as well. From Dhundi we will be proceeding toward the Solang Valley on foot and a car would be there to drop us back to Manali.
An adventurous weekend trip ends here. The experiences and scenic views you will witness on the way to the Beas Kund trek will stay with you for a while surely. From Manali you will be heading back to your respective hometowns.
The Beas Kund trek is an easy trek which families and beginners can easily do. The level of difficulty is easy to medium but is surely endurance testing. People who love adventure and are up for new thrills and challenges will surely love this experience. Sights on the trek are absolutely stunning.
It has a well defined and wide walking trail and is not a risky one. However it does test your endurance and patience at times but at same time fills you up with adrenaline rush and vigour . Most of the portions have a gradual ascent.
If you are leading a rather sedentary life, then make sure you workout or make yourself physically fit a month prior to this in order to do this trek. Making yourself mentally prepared for this will also help. You can use a walking stick during the trek.The trek passes through some high altitudes and there might be low levels of oxygen.
Some people might experience difficulties with that, so they should come prepared. Also the temperatures high up there might be very low, proper woollen clothes and gear should be carried.
Beas kund trek temperatures remain pleasant during mornings in summers but the temperatures drop during the night. The temperature can dip to something as low as – 7°C at night. The area is covered with snow during the months post October and temperatures drop further.
There will be guest rooms booked for the first day of the trek and post that we will staying in tents or trekker hunts.
Beas kund trek cost includes the meals also. Fresh and tasty food will be served during the four days of the trek. During trekking packed food will be provided.Our cooks will be there to serve you delicious and healthy meals up there in the hills.
- Local transport during Trek.
- Highly Advanced and qualified Guide.
- Skilled Local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/).
- Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner
- Basic First aid Kit with portable oxygen.
- Forest Permits and camping trip charge
- Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
- Personal trekking equipment – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trailhead.
There are no ATMs nearby and also on the trekking route. The nearest ATM is at Manali which is located some 15 kilometres away. It is advisable to withdraw money from here before you start you trek.
Make sure you withdraw sufficient amount of cash for the entire journey and carry it with you.None of the cell phone networks also work up there properly, however, you might get limited network at times. Major networks work properly till Manali only.
Make sure you complete all your important calls and let your family members know about this connectivity issue before you start trek.
Permissions/Passes and Permit
People doing the Beas Kund trek need to have a permission from the forest check post. This is easily available and the original and xeroxed copies of identification cards are required.
Identification cards such as driving license or voter ID along with a passport size photo are compulsory and would be required while obtaining the permit for the trek.There are no other permissions or permits required.
Things to carry
Following are the list of items which should be carried personally.
- Rucksack and rain cover
- UV Ray protected sunglasses
- Good trekking shoes
- Walking stick
- Water bottle
- Winter warm trek clothes like thermal wear, jackets and hand clubs.
- Extra pair of warm socks.
- Raincoat and torch.