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.
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.