Beas Kund Trek is known to be a popular trekking destination near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. This trek takes you to the very origin of the Beas River that is Beas Kund. This Lake is where the sage Vyas, the author of Mahabharata, used to take his daily bath that is the reason why it is also known as Vyas Kund. The setting of the entire trek in itself looks appealing to the trekkers who always come back for more. Lush green meadows, three largest summit mountains of Manali contrasting those meadows makes up the frame of the entire trek. Nestled deep in between this frame is the emerald Lake called Beas Kund from where the Beas River flows out.
You might have encountered this river on your way from Manali if you choose to travel by road. The peaceful water body of the Lake in front of the rugged mountain terrain of Pir Panjal ranges is what defines the beauty of this place. As you soak in your surroundings near the Beas Kund, the Lake tumble downs into the waterfalls which cascade down to form the Beas River. The trek welcomes the beginners and pro trekkers. However, preparation for any trek in the Himalayas is necessary. As you would gain altitude from 8000 ft to 12,000 ft you need to be prepared for tackling any challenges and enjoy the trek comfortably.
DAY 01: Manali to Dhundi then Trek to Panchgani Thatch
First you need to reach Dhundi, which can be considered as the start point of the trek. You need to cover a distance of 14 km from Manali to reach Dhundi. You can get a cab or share a taxi, it will take you around 1.5 hours to reach Dhundi. After reaching Dhundi you can have your meal and then start for the trek of 1.5 km to Panchgani Thatch. You will start from an altitude of 6,725 ft and go to 8,156 ft in about 1.5 hours. The trekking trails are well marked and it takes you to the forest with moderate ascent.
DAY 02: Pachhani Thatch to Lohali
Your second day is to set for the altitude gain of 9,465 ft in about 5 hours. You need to cover a distance of 4 km that takes you through a steep ascent and you need to be more careful.
DAY 03: Lohali to Beas Kund and Lady Leg
The Third Day brings the most awaited Beas Kund into picture. However, this day will be the longest one with a trek distance of 5 km that takes about 8 hours. The terrain gets a bit complicated to navigate through up till the end and you have to climb steep trails. The hustle is paid off at the sight of the Lake. After spending some time you need to descend back from 12,772 ft to 9,465 ft for the campsite.
DAY 04: Lohali to Dhundi and Drive back to Manali
Fourth day is the descending back day. You need to trace back your step to get to Dhundi, the base camp. The Total trekking distance boils down to 4 km from Lohali to Dhundi which can be covered in around 6 hours. The descending back is much easier and you can easily navigate your way. After reaching Dhundi, you can get a share cab to get to Manali. For the onward journey you can choose any means of transport as Manali is well connected with all the major cities.
How Difficult Beas Kund Trek is?
The Beas Kund trek is known to be beginner friendly trek with its easy to moderate difficulty level. The main challenge posed by the altitude gain of around 4,616 ft in a span of three days. This leads to the steeper trail towards the end. Apart from this the trek remains comfortable for anyone. You start your altitude gain from Solang Valley at 8,156 ft touch the highest point of 12,772 ft at the Beas Kund. You can prepare yourself in advance to do the trek comfortably. All you need is to follow a proper fitness regime for 4-weeks and you are good to go.
Weather and Temperature in Beas Kund
Beas Kund remains cold even in the summers pertaining to its high altitude of 12,772 feet. The best months to plan your trek to Beas Kund are May to July and the post monsoon months of September to October. The post monsoon months won’t bring snow but be mindful of the temperature dropping down to 0 degree Celsius. So, plan accordingly.