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A Thrilling First-Hand Experience To Parashar Lake Trek

Updated on July 19, 2019
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Rajinder loves trekking to fun, adventurous, spiritual and natural places in the mountains. Has launched YouTube Channel Trekking Is Life

Vivid Account of Parashar Lake Trek and Forest

If you want to experience peace, adventure and thrill all at the same place then Parashar Lake trek is highly recommended. It is located 60 km from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India. The trek is beautiful and offers a variety of landscapes and flora. It can rain anytime.

The weather remains between 16 and 22 degrees during the day in summers and between 2 to 8 degrees at nighttime.

During winters, Parashar Lake and its nearby area are covered with snow and temperature may go down to -14 degrees at nighttime. It is located at a height of 8960 feet above sea level.

This is an offbeat place and is meant for lovers of meditation, adventure and fun. The difficulty level of this trek is medium but during rain it becomes a challenge, especially when you are descending back to the base camp. If taking challenges is your passion then you may already feel excited to take this trek. So fasten your seatbelts as we go through this awesome journey.

The Trek to Parashar Lake: Beautiful and Thrilling

Beautiful Parashar Lake: Serene, Mysterious and Spiritual

This is the first photograph showing Parashar Lake and its temple complex.
This is the first photograph showing Parashar Lake and its temple complex. | Source

Parashar Trek -- Midway Beauty of the Meadows

Base Camp: Panarsa, Himachal Pradesh, India

Hiring a Trek Guide:

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Parashar Temple

The temple lies in close proximity to the Parashar Lake and it looks beautiful and historical dating back to many centuries ago.
The temple lies in close proximity to the Parashar Lake and it looks beautiful and historical dating back to many centuries ago. | Source

Transportation

  • By air from Delhi and Chandigarh to Bhuntar airport which is just 25-min drive (14 km) to Panarsa base camp.
  • By train, the nearest station is Una but this option is not recommended as Una is very far from Panarsa (185 km).
  • Panarsa is very well connected by road so you can either drive in your own vehicle or buy a Volvo ticket online from either Redbus or other tours and travel operators.

New Delhi (Starting Point) --- Panarsa (Base Camp) --- Parashar Lake (Final Destination)

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RK Ashram Marg Metro Station:
Ramakrishna Ashram Marg, kreshna street Paharganj Delhi, New Delhi, India

get directions

This is the point from where you need to board Volvo bus to reach Panarsa, Himachal Pradesh, India.

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Panarsa Base Camp:
Panarsa, Himachal Pradesh 175121, India

get directions

While travelling in the volvo for Manali, you need to specifically tell the driver to drop you at Panarsa or otherwise you may miss the location.

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Parashar Lake - Your Final Destination:
Parashar Lake, D.P.F. Parashar Dhar, Himachal Pradesh 175005

get directions

To reach this place, you need to hire a local guide from Panarsa base.

Traveling in Volvo is Comfortable

There are a number of Volvo buses that to go Manali. The boarding point is below RK Ashram Marg Metro Station
There are a number of Volvo buses that to go Manali. The boarding point is below RK Ashram Marg Metro Station | Source

Benefits of Volvo Bus

  • The traveling time is 12 to 12.5 hours so you may get tired while driving your own vehicle.
  • The Volvo bus drivers are trained well and they have a fixed route, heading straight toward your destination.
  • Volvo buses are comfortable and spacious.
  • The buses start at 6 pm from New Delhi so when you will reach Panarsa it will be 7 am. You can utilize this time to sleep and relax and get yourself prepared for the next-day trek.

Accommodation at Panarsa and Parashar Lake

You can either book an all inclusive package from any of the tour operators that are operational near Manali, Mandi or Bhuntar. They will provide you food, accommodation and trekking guide at very affordable rates. As accommodation options are limited at this place, you will get guest house accommodation at Panarsa and camping accommodation at Parashar Lake temple complex.

Camps are of good quality so there is no need to worry

I slept throughout the night as it was raining outside but there was not a single drop of rain that entered inside my camp. The camp contained all the necessary items that helped me keep warm through the night.
I slept throughout the night as it was raining outside but there was not a single drop of rain that entered inside my camp. The camp contained all the necessary items that helped me keep warm through the night. | Source

Rain, Slippery Trek and Leeches

The Thrilling First-Hand Experience

While I was a solo trekker when I left home to reach Panarsa, I soon joined a group of 14 trekkers at the base camp who were very energetic, adventurous and excited just like me. Everything went well while ascending toward the lake, it was the descending part where we got stuck at one point for up to 2 hours. Although lizards, bones of animals, etc. were usually seen, the most terrific of all of them were leeches which were spread throughout the trek. They increased at a considerable rate due to rain. At one point, all the mud trek got dissolved due to heavy rainfall and the only way to go down was through the dense flora. Our guide, Mintu, was a great help at that time as he was bitten by several leeches and was bleeding through several points in his body but he was still helping us ignoring his own wounds. There were girls who were crying as they fell down on a bunch of leeches and unfortunately they were wearing casual shoes with capri jeans which added to their problem. The leeches were so big that I felt so scary myself. Somehow after a lot of hard work, our guide was able to take us through an alternate way. We thanked God after moving away from that point. The next challenge was to face the slippery stones and muddy conditions. So we had a plan for that.

  • We made groups of three and held each others hand.
  • The person wearing trekking shoes or shoes having a firm grip on the ground was the first one to descend.
  • Most of the girls were wearing casual shoes which were slippery so they were asked to put their feet on our shoes.
  • The person in the front was assigned to check the soil with the stick even before moving a single step.
  • At some points it was dangerously steep and and slippery that there was always a chance to go down and get hurt.
  • The leeches were adding to all the challenge we were going through.

A Snake Head Shaped Plant And A Piece of Bone Found While Trekking Uphill

Upon inquiring with the guide, he told me that it was not poisonous. But its shape was scary.
Upon inquiring with the guide, he told me that it was not poisonous. But its shape was scary. | Source
Don't know which animals bone is this but I found this as it was also scary.
Don't know which animals bone is this but I found this as it was also scary. | Source

Animals on the Trek

Besides seeing a dead cow who got injured after slipping, we saw goats and dogs, but there were no signs of any species like Himalayan fox, black bear, yellow throat marten, barking deer, Himalayan goral or leopard as mentioned in a science alert journal that I read over the Internet days before embarking on this trip.

Clicked From The Left Side of Parashar Lake

I clicked this photograph while I was taking a circle of the Parahar Lake while reciting Durga Kavach.
I clicked this photograph while I was taking a circle of the Parahar Lake while reciting Durga Kavach. | Source

Spiritual part of Parashar Lake

Every year in the month of June, all the locals from adjoining areas get together and celebrate "Parashar Soranahuli Fair". When we reached there, the three-day fair was already over and locals were coming down while we were going up. This is the reason why we saw a lot of food stalls and lot of garbage in and around the temple complex. At other times, the complex remains pretty clean.

Parashar Lake: Soranahuli Mela 2019

Meditating on the Top of Parashar Lake Complex: My experience At This Place was Extraordinary

It was 6 am and there was only one local boy who clicked this photograph of me. When he had gone, I sat there for 30 minutes. I was able to hear the flapping of all the birds that were while flying above my head. This area was so peaceful.
It was 6 am and there was only one local boy who clicked this photograph of me. When he had gone, I sat there for 30 minutes. I was able to hear the flapping of all the birds that were while flying above my head. This area was so peaceful. | Source

Rain Started While Trekkers Prepared to Come Down to The Base Camp

It was raining on and off since last night and our guide had only few use and throw raincoats to cover us. I reached to the base camp without any rain coat as I love being in the rain all the time.
It was raining on and off since last night and our guide had only few use and throw raincoats to cover us. I reached to the base camp without any rain coat as I love being in the rain all the time. | Source

Beautiful pink rose clicked at Panarsa Base Camp

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Conclusion

Although it was really adventurous at several points, but this does not happen throughout the year. Most of the trekkers have not experienced this adrenaline rush as we were lucky enough to experience it.

This would be a completely different experience for you as it has that variety to offer. And don't forget to take photographs on the way as these will serve as your memories of a lifetime.

Seek and you will get it.

Wish and it will be served to you.

Happy trekking

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Rajinder Soni

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      Rajinder Soni 

      5 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Thank you so much Rajan Singh Jolly for appreciating my hub. I visited Parashar Lake in June 2018 but still the memories were all fresh in my mind so I gave my best shot in writing and publishing this hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very vivid detailing of your trek. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      5 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Thank you so much Tess. I will create more adventurous accounts like these. Keep coming back.

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      Tess 

      5 weeks ago from Hawaii

      What an incredible adventure. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rajinder Soni 

      6 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Thank you so much Mansi. That appreciation will motivate me to write more.

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      Mansi 

      6 weeks ago

      Very nice information......weldone

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      Rajinder Soni 

      6 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Thank you so much Ritu. I am happy that you found my hub to be comprehensive and good.

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      Ritu Singh 

      6 weeks ago

      Comprehensive and insightful information... Keep up the good work!

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      Rajinder Soni 

      6 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Thank you so much Liz. It is nice meeting you here. This is my first vivid account and I have done this with all my heart. I will add more valuable information to this. I will keep posting more of them so be connected. Thanks for your comment. You are the first one so that is always nice.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      This is a vivid account of your trip. It is well-written and packed with illustrations and information.

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