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Mantalai Lake Trek - 7 Days

Mantalai Lake Trek
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Mantalai Lake The Source Of Parvati River. Is The Holy Lake Situated At Altitude Of 13,500 Ft . The Lake Is Situated Deep Inside Parvati Valley In The Middle Of White Snowy Mountain’s . The Trek Begins From The Kheerganga Hot Water Spring. Following The Parvati River , Passing Through The Dense Forest, Risky River Crossing , Living In Tent’s For Amost 7 Days The Full Dose Of Adventure That Every Wanderer Need’s . You Will Require Good Level Of Fitness & Strength To Finish This Challenging Trek, And Not For The Beginner’s.

Mantalai Lake

The source and origin of the "The Mighty and Powerful Parvati River" Mantalai Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh is home to many beautiful and pristine valleys and rivers and lakes, one of them is the Parvati valley. The Parvati valley, just like the Kullu valley, is one of the most exquisite valleys that you will ever come across. It lives up to its name, representing the legendary grace of Goddess Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva. With thriving flora and fauna with green hills covered with Pine and Deodar on either side of the surging Parvati river, every nook and corner in your way offers yet another picture perfect view of the distant snow capped peaks.

As Mantalai Lake is situated at an altitude of 13,500 ft, automobiles cannot go there, the best option is to trek to the location from the nearest place till which automobiles can traverse. The nearest place with motor able road is Barsheni, which is around 17 kms from Kasol. Kasol is around 32 kms from Bhuntar. You can reach Bhuntar from anywhere in India by any transportation.

You start your trek from the village of Barsheni towards Pulga which is 5kms trek. Then from Pulga make way towards Kheerganga which is around 10 kms trek. From Kheerganga make your way towards Tunda Bhuj, which is 18 kms trek. From Tunda Bhuj go towards Thakur Kuan, which is another 16 kms worth of trekking.

Leave for the high altitude meadows of Odi Thach from Thakur Kuan. On the way, you will need to cross Pandu Bridge, which is made of a single rock on the river Parvati. It is said to be made by the Pandavas during their exile in the Himalayas. It is another 9 hours trekking.

Finally when you reach Odi Thach, make your up gradual steep climbs towards Mantalai Lake after a 5 hour trek. Once you the lake, you can see the Mantalai Glacier, which is the source of the river Parvati.

BEST TIME TO VISIT MANTALAI LAKE TREK:

It is advisable not to visit Mantalai lake trek in the winter season as it snows heavily there and the trekking route could be blocked with snow, plus the area is also cut off from fresh supply of essential commodities, so if by any chance any natural calamities occur, it could turn for the worse if you are not fully prepared especially in the winter season. It is best to visit the area from June to October-end instead of the rainy and winter season.

MANTALAI LAKE TREK WEATHER

The weather there is unpredictable, rain and snow might fall any time due to the dense forest area. If you are planning to go to Mantalai Lake, search for the forecasted temperature that will be there till the time you reach there and till the time you leave Mantalai Lake. Expect snowfall if you are going there in the winter months.

Day 1
Bhuntar - Pulga - Kheerganga

Day 2
Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj

Day 3
Tunda Bhuj – Pandu Bridge

Day 4
Pandu Bridge- Mantalai Lake - Mini Mantalai

Day 5
Mini Mantalai - Tunda Bhuj

Day 6
Tunda Bhuj- Kheer Ganga

Day 7
Kheer Ganga - Pulga- Bhuntar

DAY 1: Bhuntar - Pulga - Kheerganga

  • Drive: Bhuntar to Pulga 1 - 2 hrs drive & Pulga to Kheerganga  4-5 hr trek.
  • Altitude: 2960 m
  • Trek: 7-8 km / 4 - 5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy level of ascent
  • Water sources: Can refill water from river. ( Hot water spring at Kheerganga)
  • Stay: Stay in tents/ local rest house

Pick up from Bhuntar in the morning by 11 AM. Thereafter short drive to Pulga via Manikaran in a Tempo Traveller. The trek to Mantalai starts from Pulga. Reach Kheerganga by the evening. The trek today is a moderate one as well and takes about 3 hours to reach Kheerganga. We start from our camp site and trek towards Kheerganga. Kheerganga is a very common and popular trek in this region. 

NATURAL HOT WATER SPRING AT KHEERGANGA

KHEERGANGA is a beautiful inclined meadow. You will find many huts here for travelers and restaurants/cafes as well. After settling down, a visit to the Parvati kund is a must. Parvati kund is famous for its Hot water springs and such pampering is much needed after a long trek. We spend our night here in Tents.

DAY 2: Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj

  • Altitude:  3100m
  • Trek: 13 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Gradual ascent but tiring
  • Water sources: 3 small stream with small bridge be careful
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
Wake up to an awesome view and start our trek for today to Tunda Bhuj after having breakfast. The trek today will take about 6-7 hours. We cross through a string of waterfalls on our way today. This route is mainly used by villagers/shepherds and so the trek is muddy and can slow you down a little.
We will cross a series of make shift bridges and through forests, we will reach meadows. This is where locals also sell refreshments. Today we gain a height of 10000+ ft. From the top we can see the beautiful Parvati valley as well. We reach Tunda Bhuj and camp for the day. Overnight in Tents.

DAY 3: Tunda Bhuj – Pandu Bridge

  • Altitude:  3367 m
  • Trek: 11 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Tricky and rocky patch on the way so walking together is mandatory
  • Water sources: Streams on the trail
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Today is an adventurous day as to reach Pandu bridge, we have to trek through birch forest crossing rocks and dense vegetation. We will cross three unique bridges. For the night stay, we will camp after crossing Pandu Bridge.

 

DAY 4: Pandu Bridge- Mantalai Lake(4100 M)- Mini Mantalai

  • Altitude:  3930 m
  • Trek: 12 km / 7 - 8 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate to difficult
  • Water sources: River or streams on the trail
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
Early morning after breakfast, we will head for Mantalai Lake. Enjoy the beautiful pastures of Odi Thatch and amazing sceneries of Mini Mantalai. We will reach Mantalai lake(4100 meters) by the afternoon. Spend some time on the lake & start for return journey. Reach Mini Mantalai in the evening & stay in camps.

 

DAY 5: Mini Mantalai - Tunda Bhuj

  • Altitude:  3367 m
  • Trek: 11-12 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Tricky and rocky patch on the way so walking together is mandatory
  • Water sources: Streams on the trail
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
Breakfast in the camp and then head for Tunda Bhuj. The trail is tough so it will test our stamina. Reach Tunda Bhoj by evening & Overnight stay in camps.

DAY 6: Tunda Bhuj- Kheer Ganga

  • Altitude:  3100m
  • Trek: 13 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Gradual decent
  • Water sources: 3 small stream with small bridge be careful
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Start early morning after breakfast. Reach Kheerganga by noon, take a dip in the hot water pool of Kheerganga. Today we relax the penultimate day of our journey. Overnight stay in camps.

DAY 7: Kheer Ganga - Pulga- Bhuntar

  • Drive:  Pulga to Bhuntar  1 - 2 hrs drive (Reach Bhuntar by the evening)
  • Trek: 7-8 km / 4 - 5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy level of decent
  • Water sources: Can refill water from river.

Start early morning after breakfast. Return trek to Pulga. Drive in a taxi from Pulga to Bhuntar. Drop in Bhuntar by the evening.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Transportation from Bhuntar to Bhuntar
  • 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

  • Accommodation and meals in Bhuntar.
  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trekking Gear

  • 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

Clothing:

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 - 3
  • 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 5-6 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • 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.

Miscellaneous

    • 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

Fitness Required for Pin Mantalai Lake Trek

At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Mantalai Lake Trek is an challenging trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.

Who Can Go:-

Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering Mantalai Lake Trek with us:

  • Experience of high altitude trek at least 1 treks of more than 4500 mt. or 14,700 ft.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 35 minutes without a stress.
  • A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.

Flexibility

Mantalai Lake Trek has been graded as a difficult trek. On most days, you are covering 15 kms in high altitude. Trekking for 10-15 kms each day with a backpack on can tire out even the most hardy trekkers. This trek demands you to be in your top physical condition.

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.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Mantalai Lake Trek in winter, note that the temperature drops to around -4 to -7 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 15 degrees. While going for summit the 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.

Fitness exercises

  • 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, DexamethasoneYour 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 :- 
Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

By Road:- 

Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Bhuntar. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in, Tip: Since Delhi -Bhuntar-Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.

 

Note:- Trekkers need to take only those VOVO buses which reach Bhuntar till 09.30am on first day. Our reporting time is 10.00am at Bhuntar but in-case you will not able to reach at meeting /briefing time, either we will transfer your seat to our any next batch or we will cancel your trek, so please double check your bus time with your bus transporter.

Price From INR20,000 INR18,000/person
18,000
Total 18,000 INR

Trip Facts

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Difficult / Strenuous
  • 13,500 Ft.
  • Day time: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
  • Scenic beauty, Nature, Flora & Fauna
  • 55-60 Km
  • Mid of May to end September
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Bhuntar to Bhuntar
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Camping
  • Chandigarh or Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi
  • Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar

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