Beas Kund Trek

Trek through unending lush green valleys, fairytale meadows, meandering rivers and tall mountain slopes to reach the origin of the river Beas, the blue green mesmerising Beas Kund Lake.

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Beas Kund Trek Overview

The Beas Kund trek: A short getaway near Manali

This is one of the most alluring treks in the Kullu region, winding along a river bank and offering panoramic views of the Pir Panjal range. It is an easy to moderate grade trek that is suitable for amateurs and people of all age groups. Even though you will be going to an altitude of over 11,000 feet, no prior trekking experience is required. There are fewer curves and slippery scree to grapple with, than most other Himalayan treks.

The Beas Kund trek is a short one that begins and ends in Manali, so it can be done over a weekend. It’s a perfect chance to get a taste of the outdoorsy life, bask in the warm sunlight on the cold foothills, experience the picturesque and take masterful photographs.

Beas Kund is a mountain lake that is the source of the Beas river. The lake is named after the Rishi Vyas, the author of the Mahabharata, who is said to have visited the lake to bathe, and is therefore considered to be sacred. It lies in the middle of a vast serene meadow, dotted with wildflowers, from where you can see spectacular views of the nearby Shitidhar, Ladakhi, Friendship and Hanuman Tibba peaks.

Typically, to catch such close-ups of these peaks, one has to trek for days and often negotiate tricky terrain. Here you can do it in three to four days in a low-intensity manner.

If you’re looking for snow treks, Beas Kund trek is a great option. Beginners need not be daunted— this is the perfect starter trek. Find other Easy Snow Treks for Beginners. Or if you’re looking for treks around Manali, you might also be interested in other Treks in Kullu.

Beas Kund Trek Summary

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Nearest city: Manali
  • Total days: 3 days
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Max altitude: 13,100 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 26-30 km
  • Season: Summer and Winter
  • Avg temperature: 10 to 25 degrees Celsius in summers; -15 to 12 degrees Celsius in winters

Beas Kund Trek - 3 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day1: Trek to Bhakarthach

  • Start point: Solang
  • End point: Bhakarthach
  • Day start time: 10:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 11 kms
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs

Day 2: Beas Kund day

  • Start point: Bhakarthach
  • End point: Bhakarthach
  • Day start time: 08:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 6 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs

Day 3: Bhakarthach to Solang

  • Start point: Bhakarthach
  • End point: Solang
  • Day start time: 08:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 11 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Trekkers must arrive at Solang by 10 a.m, where they will receive detailed instructions. You will start walking uphill through the orange orchards, and the oak and fir forests. Try to spot the peaks Deo Tibba and Indrasan on your way.

You will reach Bakarthach in the afternoon and the rest of the day is for relaxing and hanging out. After covering a total of 11 kilometre on foot, put your feet up and get cozy in a tent at night.

Day 2:

Wake up to the smell of your favourite hot beverage and delicious breakfast! After a hearty meal, you will start trekking to Beas Kund. Notice how the terrain becomes rockier and more barren. Finally, you will see the lake ahead of you.

Here, you can play with snow, dip your feet in the ice-cold Beas lake, spend some peaceful moments and don’t forget to click plenty of insta-worthy pictures. You will grab lunch nearby and then head back to Bakarthach and spend the night at the campsi

Day 3:

You’ve had your fun. Now it’s time to go back. You will return to Dhundi and then to Solang Nala. It’s all downhill and so, it is an easier trek. Until next time, bid goodbye to all your new friends after reaching Manali. Don’t forget to exchange numbers

Inclusions:

Accommodation in tents on triple or quadruple sharing basis will be provided. Sleeping bags and mats will be included. All meals during trek will be provided. Experienced trek guide, support staff and porters to carry common equipment camping equipment will be included.

All necessary permits and entry charges are inclusive. First-aid kit will be available. All technical and safety equipment as required will be available. All applicable taxes are included.

Exclusions:

Travel between Manali and base will be additional. Meals, snacks or beverages during the drive are not included. Personal insurance is not provided. Charges for still/video cameras where applicable are not part of the package costs and will be additional.

Personal expenses including telephone calls, laundry, tips, porterage/ mules charges, etc. and any additional costs incurred due to weather or other unforeseen situations will be additional. Anything not mentioned above in the inclusions will be additional.

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Beas Kund Trek - 4 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Manali

  • Start point: Manali
  • End point: Dhundi
  • Day start time: 09:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 8 kms
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs

Day 2: First day of trekking

  • Start point: Dhundi
  • End point: Bakarthach
  • Day start time: 07:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 6 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs

Day 3: Beas Kund Day

  • Start point: Bakarthach
  • End point: Bakarthach
  • Day start time: 07:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 6 kms
  • Trekking time: 6 hrs

Day 4: Return to Manali

  • Start point: Bakarthach
  • End point: Manali
  • Day start time: 07:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 10 kms
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Assemble at the Government Bus Stand in Manali by 09:00 hours in the morning. After which, it’s an hour-long drive to Solang Valley. From here you will start trekking to Dhundi. It’s an 8-km walk along the Beas river surrounded by pretty green deodar and oak trees.

By nightfall, you will snuggle into tents and sleeping bags in Dhundi. You’ll be camping here for the night, so leave your backpacks and go take a short walk around to explore your campsite. The Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks look majestic in the sunset. Grab an early dinner and turn in for the night. You’ll need the strength for tomorrow.

Day 2:

Nothing like eating a good breakfast while being entertained by bird songs and the sounds of the alpine forest life. After gathering your strength, you will start trekking towards Bhakarthach. The path is scenic and full of boulders and eases upwards. You will find many boulders stacked up on each other and navigate some tricky sections.

Bhakarthach is also aptly known as “shepherd’s field,” probably after the many sheep you’ll find in this open land grazing on its sweet grass. Take out your mobile phones and cameras and capture these cuties! Later, relax and enjoy the view of the mist rise through the valley. Spend the night in tents here.

Day 3:

If you’re a beginner, today you will finally understand the magic of trekking as you climb towards Beas Kund. You will begin early. Climb over a ridge and experience for yourself the serenity of the glacial lake of Beas Kund. Hang around this winter fairy land for a while. Take some time and enjoy its beauty and the soaring Shitidhar and Friendship peaks. Watch the sun set before heading back to the campsite.

Day 4:

You’ll start the day at 7 a.m. and head back to Dhundi from Bhakarthach and then onwards to Solang on a 5-hour trek. Hop into a jeep and visit Vashisht on your way to Manali. It’s farewell once you reach Manali in the evening.

Inclusions:

Accommodation during trek will be on triple-sharing basis in tents.Sleeping bags, mattresses etc. will be provided. Transport from Manali to Manali will be included. Meals while on trek (veg) from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3 will be provided. All fees and permits will be included. First aid medical kits and services of qualified and experienced guide and support staff will be included.

All applicable taxes are inclusive of the package costs.

Exclusions:

Any meals during transit are not included. Personal expenses like tips, beverages, snacks, etc. or unscheduled stays or expenses due to landslides, events beyond the operator's control will be additional.Personal porters for your bags are not included but can be arranged at additional costs.

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Best time to go/Weather

TWhile the summer heat is scorching in the rest of India, Beas Kund experiences a pleasant summer or spring as the temperatures don’t usually stray from the 10 to 25 degrees Celsius range. From the months of May to October, the snow has melted, leaving behind a carpet of green, dotted with vibrant wildflowers.The skies are clear, but for the few braids of white cloud and the days are refreshingly chilly, with crisp cold nights.

However, many trekkers like to go in the winter, when this trek takes you into snowy terrain and offers a short snow trek experience. The snow makes the trek slightly more challenging than the summer or spring trek, but the stark magnificent landscapes makes it worth it.

Getting there

Manali is one of the most popular adventure destinations in India, attracting travellers from all over the country. Hence, it has grown to have sophisticated connectivity to the many cities of India. You can reach Manali either by flight or by road. Manali does not have its own railway station due to the mountainous location, therefore, you cannot reach there by train.

Flying to Manali is the most convenient way if you are further south of Delhi. The closest airport to Manali is the Bhuntar Airport, located about 50 km from Manali. The airport is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by daily flights and to other major cities like Mumbai and Bangalore, etc. by regular flights. But due to erratic weather, it is not always dependable and there can be flight delays. From the airport, you can either take a cab or a local bus to reach Manali.

Reaching Manali via road is thrilling and fun since you get to cross winding roads through the mountains and lush forests. Manali is connected to most major cities and towns of North India by a rich network of highways. You can either take a private cab or a state/privately run bus. You may even drive your own car or motorbike if you enjoy driving.

What to wear

Ensure to dress in layers and add a layer of thermal wear for both upper and lower body. Wear cotton socks for trekking, woollen socks for the nights when the temperatures drop further. Cover yourself with a scarf, muffler, woollen hat for head and neck.

Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes are a must as you will be walking many hours each day and across different terrain from grass, to rocks to even snow. Avoid carrying Expensive jewellery, wrist watches and electronic items; and suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage.

What to carry

Participants are requested to carry valid photo ID proof. Only those with valid and confirmed bookings are allowed to stay at the campsite. Ensure you carry a waterproof rucksack with raincover, raincoat, a sturdy water bottle (1 litre), trekking pole/walking stick, torch with extra batteries, personal toiletries like toilet roll, toilet soap, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste, lightweight and quick dry towel.

Protect yourself with sunglasses, sun block, lip balm, a suncap, thermal innerwear for upper and lower wear, warm jacket, warm gloves, woollen hat, woollen socks (for the night only), and lightweight floaters/sandals. Do not forget your personal medicines and carry some chocolates or energy bars.

Preparation/Fitness

This is an easy trek with moderate levels of difficulty at a few stretches along the way. It is suitable for families, young children and beginners to introduce them to high altitude treks. It is also a great beginner’s snow trek during the winter.

However, even though it is an easy trek, you must have a decent level of fitness. You should be able to walk at least 6 to 8 km everyday and be able to carry a 15kg backpack for adults. Try to have regular walks or runs in the weeks before the trek and practice climbing stairs or slopes around you for at least 15 min. This will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. Especially, when the terrain gets a bit more challenging during winter when it is covered in snow.

FAQs about the Beas Kund trek

Is the Beas Kund trek suitable for beginners?

The Beas Kund trek is an easy trek that is suitable for beginners. In the winter, the snowy terrain makes it moderately more challenging, but fit beginners will be able to handle it. The trek is suitable for families with children as well.

What should I carry for the Beas Kund trek?

Your operator will provide you with a comprehensive packing list for your Beas Kund trek. Do make sure you carry sunscreen even in winter, as well as rain covers for your backpack and day pack.

What is the season for the Beas Kund trek?

The peak season for the Beas Kund trek is usually from April or May onwards, when trekkers head into the mountains to escape the heat. The weather is usually chilly in the day, but the nights can get cold. However, if you’re looking for an easy winter trek or planning your first snow trek, this is a great option.

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Trip Description
This adventure takes you into misty Himalayan heights to an emerald-green lake that is fed by melting glaciers. It is said that the Rishi Beas visited the lake to meditate, and you'll certainly feel the peace of the place when you get there. The trek to Beaskund changes as you climb, starting in idyllic meadows filled with flowers and shrubs to rocky outcrops and craggy peaks. You'll camp in stunning locales, sleeping under the stars and listening to the wind as it whistles past.

If you’re a first time trekker, the Beaskund trek is perfect for you. It has mostly easy walking, with a few steep sections. If you’re a seasoned trekker, this trek is a great short adventure that starts close to Manali.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents on triple or quadruple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • All meals during trek
  • Trek guide, support staff
  • Porters to carry common equipment
  • Any permits and entry charges
  • First-aid kit
  • All technical and safety equipment as required
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel to Manali-Solang-Manali
  • Meals, snacks or beverages during the drive
  • Personal insurance
  • Charges for still/video cameras
  • Personal expenses including telephone calls, laundry, tips, porterage/ mules charges, etc.
  • Additional costs incurred due to weather or other unforeseen situations
  • Anything not mentioned above in the inclusions
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The trek to Beaskund is a 4 day trek that takes you to the glacial lake of Beas, with views of surrounding peaks such as Shitidhar and Friendship Peak in the Kullu region. You'll trek past slow avalanches rumbling in the distance, through wide open valleys between peaks, where mountain streams dot the landscape, up to grazing meadows where shepherds bring their flock to graze on the sweet grass. You'll also witness hanging glaciers and camp out in the wild. But the emerald-green Beaskund is the highlight of this trip, with its serene environs and open skies above.

The Beaskund trek is an easy grade adventure, suitable for beginners, but is also good for experienced trekkers looking to gain altitude in a day's trek.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation during trek (camping) on triple-sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Transport from Manali to Manali
  • Meals while on trek (veg) from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3
  • All fees and permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals during transit
  • Personal expenses like tips, beverages, snacks, etc
  • Cost escalation due to natural reason
  • Personal porters for your bags
  • Unscheduled stays or expenses due to landslides, events beyond operator's control
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