Moderate | Level 1
8 to 55 years
8 to 55 years
Moderate | Level 1
Beas Kund Trek
A Trek to the Source of River Beas with Terrific Mountain Views
Beas Kund has always been a famous trek around Manali. After all, it takes you right to the source of the river that flows through the town. (You might have followed the very same river upstream while getting into Manali!)
But one of the reasons trekkers loves this trek is the setting. Picture this: Lush green grasslands flourish below the summits of the three biggest mountains around Manali. And hidden in these grasslands is the emerald lake out of which the river Beas emerges.
The contrasting sight of this serene water body nestled in between jagged mountain peaks of the Pir Panjal range adds to the beauty of his setting.
Standing here, there is also a keen sense of being near the source of the raging river you see in the valley below. This emerald kund branches off into streams, tumbling waterfalls right until it converges into the boiling Beas river.
As is the case with every river that feeds a civilisation or settlements surrounding it, the Beas Kund is also associated with a legend.
It is believed that Rishi Vyas, who wrote the Mahabharata took his daily bath in this lake. The term Beas Kund may have been derived from Vyas, the sage; and Kund, a lake.
This combination of big snowy summits towering above you, the greenery of the grasslands, and the lake draw everyone to this trek.
While this trek can be done by beginners, we would advise preparation. The climb from around 8000 ft at the beginning of the trek to over 12,000 ft is no mean feat.
Beas Kund Trek Videos
Watch these videos to prepare for your Beas Kund trek.
Drive from Manali to Dhundi. Trek from Dhundi to Palchhani Thatch
Drive Distance: 14 km | Drive Duration: 1.5 hours | Transport Cost: Rs 3,300 per vehicle to be shared by trekkers
Trek Distance: 1.5 km | Trek Duration: 1 hour
Altitude Gain: 6,725 ft to 8,156 ft
Leave from Shuru Homestay, Manali at 8.00 am. (Best way to reach Manali: Fly to Chandigarh. Take a bus from Chandigarh to Manali) En route, drop off your cloakroom bag, and collect your rentals. You reach your first campsite by 2.30 pm and have lunch there.
Palchhani Thatch to Lohali
Trek distance: 4 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 8,156 ft to 9,465 ft
Moderate to steep ascent throughout the trek.
Lohali to Beas Kund and Lady Leg. Trek to Bakarthatch/Lohali
Trek distance: 5 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
Altitude gain: 9,465 ft to 12,772 ft and back
Steep ascent all the way to the summit.
Bakarthatch/Lohali to Dhundi. Drive back to Manali
Trek distance: 4 km | Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Altitude loss: 9,465 ft to 8,156 ft
Easy. Mostly descending. Drive back cost: Rs 2,800 per vehicle to be shared by trekkers
You will be back in Manali by 1 pm.. Book a return flight/train ticket from Chandigarh or Delhi. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 4.
Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.
- Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek.
- Trekkers must carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.
Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.
Pickup and Drop from Manali – We will pick you up from Shuru Homestay, Manali at 8 am. The transport cost will be Rs. 3300 to be shared by trekkers.
You will be back in Manali by 1 pm. Book a return flight/train ticket from Chandigarh or Delhi. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 4.
Campsites at a Glance
At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Beas Kund trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.
Palchhani Thatch Campsite. It's the best campsite for the sunrise, with the view of seven sisters and Mt. hanuman. Picture by Jothiranjan
Lady leg view from Lohali Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan
Lohali is another place before the Beas Kund where you can camp. Picture by Akhil Menon
Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder
Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible.
I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences.
I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.
In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.
Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.
What I Like About the Beas Kund Trek
What I Like About Beas Kund Trek
Picture by: Jothiranjan
Towards Beas summit.
Know Your Trek
We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.
Use this section to learn about the Beas Kund trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.
Why Fitness Matters on Beas Kund Trek
On Moderate treks, you walk for about 6-8 km each day. The ascents and descents could get steep. The maximum altitude will range between 13,000 ft to 14,000 ft. You’ll come across tricky patches frequently (like snow or scree), which require you to navigate with a certain amount of caution. There might also be small stream/river crossings.
Your goal is to 5 km with an intention to finish within 35 minutes.
Note: If you are above the age of 58 years, you'll also need to submit your Treadmill Test within 7 days of registration.
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