Beas Kund is one of the most beautiful short treks near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. It is a three-day trek to the origin of the river Beas, which flows through Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Beas River at its end meets Sutlej River in Punjab. Beas Kund is a glacial lake, located at an altitude of 3810 metres above sea level. Trek starts from Dhundi in beautiful Solang valley. Solang village in Solang valley is also famous for Skiing and Paragliding. It feels an achievement to trek from Dhundi to reach source of massive Beas River. One gets a chance to experience the sight of a magnificent thousand-year-old glacier.
FIXED DEPARTURE TREK SCHEDULE – 2019
The Beas Kund, which is regarded as a holy lake is located in the Kullu Valley and is the original source of River Beas. It is believed that Rishi Vyas used to take his daily bath in the pristine water of this lake that is perched at an altitude of 3,650 meters in the lap of Mt. Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters. Snaking and passing through the Solang valley the trail to Beas Kund offers a rejuvenating experience and the journey is filled with several surprises at each turn. The Beas Kund Trek, which is considered as one of the easiest treks in the Himachal Himalayan region is also a short trek of three days from the popular hill station of Manali that is tucked at a height of 2,050 meters.
The Beas Kund Trek commences from Manali and leads to Dhundi at 3,150 meters via Solang Nallah. The trail faces a gradual climb from Solang Nallah and it takes approximately 5 - 6 hours. The route from Dhundi winds upward to Bakarthach, which is at an elevation of 3,300 meters and leads to Beas Kund after a gradual climb over the moraine.
Best Time to Visit Beas Kund Trek
The best time for Beas Kund Trek is between Mid-May and Mid-October. The weather remains quite salubrious making the trek easy and ofcourse thrilling.
As the season starts in March there can be snow along the trail which generally melts by the end of March. Days are going to be sunny and moderately warm (16-25 °C) throughout the summers while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 8-16 °C. In the monsoon months this area generally experiences rain but it is rarely of the torrential variety. In the upper reaches it just drizzles and that too not very occasionally. Temperatures around this time are almost like the previous months. We don’t run trips in the monsoon months. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Dec) the days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (14-22 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (6-14 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications
Day 1: Reporting Manali.
Reporting – Acclimatization – Orientation & Briefing of the trek – Trek Preparation & window shopping
(Sufficient time would be given for visiting market and nearby places)
Day 2: Drive Manali to Solang Valley/ Trek to Bakar Thach
- Drive: 22-25 km (1 hr)
- Altitude: 10824 ft
- Time taken: 6-8 hrs, 14 kms
- Water sources: You’ll find a stream on the trail, but it could be murky. Carry 2 liters of water from Manali.
- Stay: Overnight stay in tents
After a healthy breakfast, we will move to the Solang Valley via vehicle. From Solang Valley our trek will start to Bakar Thach. On the route we will cross the Dhundi Village, the Last village in Solang Valley, a place where Beas river meets it’s first tributary coming from Beas kund and Rohtang Pass. The last place to stock up with a few essentials before heading to the mountains. Metal road ends here. After Dhundi our trek starts from the coniferous tree line to the high altitude pasture . Rhododendron shrub are abundant and River Beas is crossed over a snow bridge . The trail is moderately gradient and needs no special efforts.
Bakar Thach is base for every expeditions, trekking's done in this region and it is also the base for courses of mountaineering institute Manali (ABHIMAS) . Bakar Thach is a perfect place to see high mountain ranges, Glaciers and moraines. Night halt at Bakkar Thach.
Day 3: Bakar Thatch – Beas Kund (3700m.)- Bakar Thach
- Altitude: 12,772 ft
- Trek: 10-12 Km / 6-7 Hrs
- Trek gradient: Steep ascent
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water
- Stay: Overnight stay in tents
Today start climbing towards Beas Kund. The trail goes through moraines then moderates till Beas Kund. En route one has to cross a stream flowing down from Hanuman Tibba Glacier. The landscape in the surrounding of Beas kund is vast open valley with snow capped and rocky mountains.
Beas Kund is a serene lake from which River Beas originates. The lake isn't great in its dimensions but great with importance among Hindu inhabitants of the valley, who used to visit and worship on occasions. The lake is holy and polluting around it is prohibited. Spend some peaceful time at the Lake then return back to our camp in Bakar Thatch.
DAY 4: Bakar Thach –Solang Valley- Manali
- Altitude: 10,300 ft
- Trek: 13-14 Km / 5-6 Hrs
- Trek gradient: Easy (Mostly descending)
- Drive: 22-25 km (1 hr)
- Time taken: 5-6 hour Trek + 1 hour drive. Reach Manali around 2-4 PM
We will Trek back to Dhundi via same trail. From Dhundi we will reach to Manali by Road. Your Adventurous trip ends here. Go back to your home with unlimited memories.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
- Car pick up and drop from Manali to Manali.
- Food as per menu on the trek
- Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
- Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
- Safety Equipments.
- First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
- Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
- Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Hotel Stay in Manali.
- Meals during road Journeys.
- Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
- Any expense of personal nature.
- Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
- A rucksack with rain cover
- A water bottle or a hydration pack
- A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
- UV Protection Sunglasses
- A trekking pole
Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended
- Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
- Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
- Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
- Fleece Jacket - 1
- Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
- Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
- Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
- Thick woolen socks - 1 pair
- Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
- Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
- Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
- Woolen cap - 1
- Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
- Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.
- Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
- Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
- For women:
- Tampons or sanitary napkins,
- 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
- Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
- Water bottle
- Camera (optional)
- Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
- Dry fruits, energy bars
The Beas Kund trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek. You start from an altitude of 8,156 ft at Solang Valley and you reach a highest point of 12,772 ft at the lake at Beas Kund.
This means you gain around 4,616 ft over just three days of trekking.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
If you’re trekking to Beas Kund trek, note that the temperature drops to around -3 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 12 degrees. This extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.
- Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
- Hold your breath for 40 seconds
- 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
- Push Ups – 10
- Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
Monitoring health on a trek
Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.
On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone . Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.
Acclimatisation in high altitude
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.
By Air:The trek begins at Manali, and the nearest airport to Manacle is at Bhuntar Town (about 50 km south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu town). Indian Airlines and a couple of private airlines have regular flights to the airport. The nearest international airport from Manali is at Chandigarh.
By Rail:Jogindar Nagar is the nearest railway station from Manacle, which is situated at a distance of 166kms. The other convenient rail heads are at Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road:Manali is well connected by road with major North Indian cities such as Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie. Regular buses ply between these stations.