The Mantalai Lake Trek
(Traversing the Parvati Valley)
Parvati Valley an off shoot of the main Kullu
vale is one of the most picturesque regions in
the district with its abundant bio-diversity in
terms of flora and fauna. It spreads across thickly
forested hillsides and green meadows south of
the Great Himalayan National Park's periphery.
Discovered in 1884 as a way into the high-altitude
desert region of adjacent Spiti, the trail is
now a favoured trekking route in the region. The
small town of Bhuntar on National Highway 21 with
an airfield and lying 10 Kms from Kullu town and
50 Kms from Manali has the only approach road
into the Parvati Valley. On the way to our first
destination we are afforded excellent views of
the surrounding hillsides and the snow clad mountains
to the east. From Bhuntar after crossing a sturdy
suspension bridge across the River Beas the road
continues along the boisterous Parvati River to
the pilgrimage hamlet of Manikaran. This small
settlement stands on the banks of the Parvati
built around a Gurudwara – Sikh temple -
and an ancient Hindu temple. Our trek starts further
from the small village of Burshaini and traverses
beautiful hillsides and streams to take us to
the small glaciated lake of Mantalai at 4,047m
our final destination.
GRADIENT: The trek in the beginning is
a moderate walk up to a little hamlet called Khirganga.
The moderate climb in the trek increases gradually.
On the 3rd day of trek, a little portion is tricky
to negotiate the suspension bridge (Jhula Pul),
which is know as Tyrolean traverse and provides
for a very challenging experience crossings over
Parvati River at many places. However, in general,
it’s an easy trek.
: A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed
for this trek.
INTEREST: Excellent view for photographers,
ideal place for nature lovers and an amazing place
for adventure lovers
AREA OF KULLU AND MANALI : The hauntingly
beautiful Kullu district lies in Himachal Pradesh,
a tiny hill state in the North of India between
north longitude 32-26 and, and east longitude
76-59.To its west lies the Bara Bhangal range
of mountains, and to the south west are the peaks
are Dhauladhar, separating it from Kangra district.
Kullu Manali is the source of river Beas and its
tributaries, the Parvati and the Sainj. On the
north east and east lay the Central Himalayan
Range and beyond them are the border of Lahaul
and Spiti. The magical region comprises a total
area of 1924sq miles, an eighty-mile stretch of
varying width, running north to south along the
western side of the great snow range known as
the Mid Himalaya.
VALLEY : The main Kullu valley has numerous
side valleys opening into it. The most notable
of these is the Parvati valley, Parvati River,
which meets the river Beas at Bhuntar, is the
biggest tributary of the river Beas. There are
more than fifty peaks from 5650m.to 6630m. Enclosed
between them together with the Retrain glacier,
Dibibokri Glacier, Tosh Glacier, Malana Glacier
and Parvati Glacier.
: Where the hottest non-sumptuous water springs
of the world are situated, is the most popular
place to visit and stay? Most of the trekking
trails commence from the Manikaran motor head.
Day 01 : Dep from Mumbai
Day 02 : Arrive Delhi and proceed to Bhuntar,
Day 03 : On arrival at Bhuntar drive to Manikaran
by Jeep, check in the hotel.
Day 04 : Manikaran - Khirganga
Day 05 : Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj.
Day 06 : Tunda Bhuj - Thakur Kuan
Day 07 : Thakur Kuan - Odi Thach
Day 08 : Odi Thach – Mantalai Camp
Day 09 : Mantalai Camp - Thakur Kuan
Day 10 : Thakur Kuan - Khirganga
Day 11 : Khirganga - Manali
Day 12 : Sightseeing to Snow Point, Gulaba Or
Day 13 : Half day free and in the evening, departure
by bus to Delhi.
Day 14 : Arrive Delhi in morning and depart for
Day 15 : Arrive Mumbai.