Why Beas Kund Is A Great Trek Right Out Of Manali
We have just begun to run the Beas Kund trek in September 2018. It is a rather well-known trail that starts a little ahead from Solang Valley.
For a long time, we had pushed it aside as a very easy trek that people could do independently.
But little did we realise that Beas Kund can be such a stunner of a trek, and that it can be a thrilling high altitude trek right out of Manali.
Here’s what we saw on the trek.
Dense coniferous forests that climb right out of Solang Valley
It’s hard to imagine that so close to a bustling city like Manali is such a dense and wild coniferous forest. Just around 15 km from Manali is Solang, where the trek starts and the magic begins right there.
Ancient deodar trees rise right out of Solang, within 5 minutes into the trail. They are such gigantic trees that you’ll not be able to see the tree tops even if you crane your neck as much as you can.
These are all ancient deodar trees with massive trunks. They stand like sentries protecting you as you go deeper into the trail.
Add to this the lovely Beas river tumbling about in tiny streams throughout the trail. On the very first day you come across a stream that you have to cross over a wooden bridge. It’s a delight even for the most experienced trekkers.
The grasslands of Dhundhi and Bakharthatch
We have spoken quite a bit about the grasslands on the Bhrigu Lake trek, especially around Rola Kholi.
Considering Beas Kund is in the same region, these grasslands are similar to Rola Kholi and are perhaps better! They are much less crowded than the Bhrigu Lake trail and are more pristine.
Being able to camp in these grasslands with the tinkling sound of a rivulet right outside your tent is a rare opportunity that not many treks present.
Standing at the base of big mountains of the Pir Panjal Range
Not many people know this but Solang Valley and the trail further is the base of many big mountains. Many mountaineers off on their technical climbs to Friendship Peak, Ladakhi Peak, Hanuman Tibba, start their ascent from here.
So on the Beas Kund trek, you’re standing at the base of these big mountains. On a clear day, the views are simply mind-blowing! You’ll be able to spot Mt Indrasen, Deo Tibba and more peaks from the Pir Panjal range.
There are very very few treks where you get up close with big mountains in such a short period of time. You almost always have to trek a few days into the mountains to get this close.
Beas Kund, the lake and the story behind it
The highest point on this trek is the Beas Kund lake. It’s a steep climb and it’s worth it. The contrasting sight of a peaceful water body nestled between jagged mountain peaks is something that will stay with you forever.
It is believed that Rishi (sage) Vyas, the author of Mahabharata took his daily bath. The term Beas Kund seems to have been derived from Vyas, the sage; and Kund, a lake.
The additional perk of having it start right out of Manali
Trekking by yourself or joining us?
That’s about the Beas Kund trek. Of course, no amount of words will do justice to the beauty of the trek. We’d recommend doing the trek yourself and telling us what you thought about it.
If you’d like to do the trek by yourself, just take a look at the documentation below. The trail is well-marked with arrow marks showing you the way. You’ll need your own camping and cooking gear.
If you’d like to register with us, click here to view all the dates.
Detailed Trek Documentation
Day 1: Drive from Manali to Solang Valley and then trek to Dhundhi
- Altitude: 8156 ft (2486m) to 9465ft (2885m)
- Time taken: 4-5 hrs, 6.7kms
- Trek gradient: Moderate Ascent
- Terrain type: Well-marked road followed by forest trails
- Water sources: You’ll find a stream on the trail, but it could be murky. Carry 2 liters of water from Manali.
The Beas Kund trek starts from Solang Valley. The 12 km route from Manali Bus Stand to Solang Valley takes you past Palchan Village.
As you enter Solang Valley, the trail gets more scenic with pine forests and mountains around.
The trek starts from a rocky path besides Hotel Solang Valley Inn, which goes towards Solang Power House.
Around 5-10 minutes into the trail, you will come across a gate to the right and the rocky path which goes to left, continue walking on the rocky path which goes to left, then you will come across a stream.
Cross the stream and keep following the trail. Around 5 minutes later notice that the trail ends. Just before the trail ends, spot a huge pine tree on the left hand side of the trail. Find a small trail just beside the pine tree, which goes up through the forest cover. This trail connects to the main road.
From here, follow the road till you reach the bridge which connects the Rohtang Tunnel. Beside the bridge, find a road that goes down to the left. On the right hand side of this road you’ll see River Beas flowing amidst many boulders.
You need to get across the river. There’s a wooden log bridge. The river is not too rough at this point, so it should not be difficult. From here, it is a 10 minute walk to our first campsite Dhundhi.
Day 2: Dhundhi to Lohali
- Altitude: 9465 ft (2885m) to 10974 ft (3345m)
- Time taken: 4 hrs, 2.2.km
- Trek gradient: Moderate to steep ascent throughout the trek
- Terrain type: Mostly forested, with pine trees
- Landmarks on the way: Blue arrows on the boulders pointing the direction of the trail.
- Water sources: Carry 2 liters of water from Dhundhi. The first water source is 0.7 km from Dhundi. It is a stream that you will br crossing. Fill your water bottles here as there is no water source available till you reach the next campsite.
The trail begins with steep ascent as you head deeper into the valley. You’ll find pine, birch and even some walnut trees.
Around an hour into the trail, there’s a stream that you have to cross. This also serves as a good water source.
After crossing the stream the ascent continues followed by steep descent. The trail is well marked with blue arrows painted on the boulders. So there’s no possibility of getting lost.
Further from here, around 10-15 minutes into the trail, spot a log bridge that connects to the
other side of the valley (i.e. Bakarthach campsite). This is just to get your bearings right. You will not be crossing the river at this point. Just stay on the same side of the river, on the right hand side of the valley beside the Beas River.
As you go further you will observe that the tree line has ended and subalpine bushes start. Around 1.6 km into the trek, the entire valley opens up and you can see the boulder sections from where the Beas River flows. You will also be able to see an Ice Wall above the Boulder Sections.
Soon, the trail bends towards the right, into the valley. Once you’re in the valley, you will see a stream flowing from the valley. Cross the stream and you have reached the next campsite Lohali.
Lohali is a scenic campsite surrounded by mountains, it makes an ideal camping spot. Your water source here is the stream which flows besides the campsites.
Day 3: Lohali to Lady Leg to Beas Kund and back to Lohali
- Altitude: 10,974 ft (3345m) to 12,772 ft (3893m)
- Time taken: 5-6 hrs, 3.2 km (to and fro)
- Trek gradient: Steep ascent all the way to the summit
- Terrain type: Rocky path
- Water sources: Carry 2 liters of water from Lohali as there is no water source on the trail.
Start early as you have to trek a height of around 1798 feet. With the distance being just around 1.6 km it’s a steep ascent to Beas Kund.
The trail is well-marked and quite relentless. But the view of the mountains and forests around keeps you company.
After around three hours of ascent you will reach a meadow at an altitude of 12542 ft (3823m), this place is called Lady Leg, which also happens to be the summit camp of Friendship Peak. Rest here for a while and take some pictures. If the weather is clear, you’ll get good pictures of Friendship Peak too.
As you reach the Lady Leg campsite you will see a trail going to the left side of the meadow which goes all the way up to the highest point, which is on a ridge. It is a 15-20 minute climb from the Lady Leg Campsite.
As you reach the ridge look for the lake in the distance.
On a clear day you can catch a stunning view of Pir Panjal Range and Dhauladhar Range up close. Also major peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, Ladakhi and Friendship Peak stand majestically before you. On a really clear day, you can also see peaks like Deo Tibba and Indrasen down the valley.
After spending some time at the summit, retrace your way to Lohali.
Day 4: Lohali to Solang Valley
- Altitude: 10974 ft (3345m) to 8156 ft (2486m)
- Time taken: 5-6 hrs, 9 kms
- Trek gradient: Easy, Moderate descent
- Terrain type: Forest trails and river-side trails
Today’s trek is an easy one, you get back to Solang Valley through the route you came up from. It takes 5-6 hours to reach Solang Valley.
Cover image by Akhil Menon
How to get fit for the Beas Kund trek
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.
This can make the trek quite demanding. Before you get on the trail, we’ll ensure you’re fit enough to do the trek by checking your fitness level. We need your help with this.
So here are the 3 areas that you must work on. Scroll down to see a chart that will help you to get fit in 4 weeks.
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.
Here’s a fitness routine that works:
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.
–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 45 minutes.
If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.
How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?
Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.
Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometre of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.
Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.
Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek
For < 45 years age : One screenshot of 5 km in 45 minutes and the second 5 km in 40 minutes.
For > 45 years age : Two screenshots of 5 km in 45 minutes.
If you love cycling, cover a distance of 18 km in one hour and upload the same.
Fitness proof to be uploaded with GPS on and along with your picture.
Here is a guide to help you get fit for the trek.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
What To Take On The Beas Kund Trek
- Trekking shoes: The trek distance is long and you will have to walk for long distances which need you to have comfortable trekking shoes. Watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Five Warm Layers: It will be cold at the higher altitudes so make sure you have at least five layers of warm clothes to protect yourself. This includes full sleeve tee shirt, thermals, fleece, sweater and jacket.
- Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals (Mandatory): Carry thermals to wear at night because the temperature drops considerably.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. So they are required only if you expect snow on the trek.
- Suncap: The sun is more harsh at high altitudes so wear a cap to protect your face and neck.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, windproof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury
- Anti fungal powder
Please email a scan of your ID document (PAN, Aadhar card or Voter ID) to your Ground Coordinator as soon as you have finished registering for the trek. If you submit the Aadhar card or Voter ID scans, please make sure that we get both the side. This is required in advance to get the necessary trekking permissions.
Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
Here’s a quick checklist to help you pack for the trek –
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What you need to know about the trek fee
The trek fee of Rs. 6,850 + 5% GST covers all costs of the trek from Solang to Solang.
Here is what the trek fee includes:
- Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 4 (Solang to Solang). You will be camping on all days of the trek (3 per tent).
- Meals – All meals from lunch at Manali on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
- Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
- Trekking equipment – You will stay in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Our high altitude sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC. We provide ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
- Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
- Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering courses.
- Services of an expert Trek Team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of well trained guides, cooks, helpers and porters.
Here is what the trek fee excludes:
- Transport — The trek fee does not include the transport cost from Manali to Solang and back to Manali. The cost is shared by trekkers and paid to the driver directly.
- Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to and from Manali apart from the lunch we provide on Day 1.
- Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 250 per day + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Last minute offloading is not possible on this trek. Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
- Stay at Manali on the last day
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.
The cancellation charges are as under.
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
- Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
2. The trek fee includes all cost from the start of the trek at Solang to the end of the trek at Solang.
Note: In case you do not want the Indiahikes pick up, please let us know at least 20 days in advance.
4. Backpack carrying: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
Backpack offloading charge is Rs. 250 per day + 5% GST. Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed. Last minute offloading is not allowed on this trek. You will need to book offloading online before leaving for the trek.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
5. Emergency during trek:
During a trek a medical or any other emergency might arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek, Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
6. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
7. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage to your gear or equipment or other belongings during the trek.
8. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted. Payment can be done only after you have received an email confirming your position on the trek. An email containing a link that allows you to make the payment online will be sent to you within 12 hours of your registration.
Note: We do not work on weekends so all registrations done on the weekend is confirmed only by Monday morning.
9. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
10. Safety Protocols:
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in the Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced ascents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reasons for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to send a trekker back if, in the opinion of our trek leader, they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
How we take care of your safety
What are the risks on the Beas Kund Trek?
The Beas Kund trek is an easy-moderate high altitude trek. With every high altitude trek comes the risk of altitude sickness. At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety
Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.
Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:
1. Fitness criteria before registration
Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have an eligibility criteria for the Beas Kund trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Beas Kund trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.
2. Breaking down the trek into four days to ensure acclimatisation
The Beas Kund trek is not a very difficult one. Yet, it does gain a good deal of altitude, which poses risks of altitude sickness.
So we have broken up the trek into four days.
You will not be gaining much more than 1,500 – 1,700 ft in a day, which is a good amount of altitude gain, and yet friendly to the human body.
This reduces chances of altitude sickness by a good number.
3. Monitoring health on a trek
On the Beas Kund trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked at the beginning of your trek.
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.
Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.
4. High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. 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 altitude campsites for any emergency situations.
5. High Altitude Trek Equipment
To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.
All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.
With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.
Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.
6. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek
You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.
We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.
What you compulsorily need to know if you’re going on the Beas Kund trek
Acute Mountain Sickness:
At above 12,000 ft the chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness can be quite high.
Beas Kund, the lake itself, is the highest point on the trek. Trekkers tend to develop symptoms of altitude sickness at these camps. That said, Solang Valley, where the trek begins, is itself at a high altitude, and you ascend close to 1,500 ft each day, which means that you need to take utmost care on all the days of ascent.
Do not proceed to Beas Kund if you have symptoms of altitude sickness. Inform your trek leader about your condition. If the symptoms don’t alleviate it is best to head down to Manali.
This risk can be avoided by going on a course of Diamox. Even while on Diamox, the risk of AMS still prevails. While AMS can be treated with rest and medicines for the most part, the symptoms must be recognised before it can go to advanced stages – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).
HAPE and HACE are critical conditions that can be fatal within hours.And they can occur without AMS preceding them. So it’s doubly important to recognise any symptoms and nip them in the bud.
Take this specific precaution – Go on a preventive course of Diamox
We strongly advise you to go on a preventive course of Diamox. Diamox is a blood thinner and helps you acclimatise much faster and reduces the chance of AMS by around 80%. Take half a tablet twice a day from one day before your trek.
What to do if you have symptoms of AMS?
If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.
Watch the below video to understand the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. In this video, Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes will also tell you the protocol to follow when you see someone showing symptoms of AMS.
Exit points on the Beas Kund trek:
The safest point on a trek where a trekker can descend to and rest is considered an Exit Point. On this trek, Solang Valley, the closest road head is an easy exit point. It can be reached within a day from any point on the trek.
Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks
If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life -saving steps you can take. Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.
Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker. There are three life-saving medicines that we suggest you always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
If you are trekking with Indiahikes, do not administer these to anyone without consulting your Trek Leader. If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.
Also ensure that you are well hydrated throughout the trek and do not skip any meal.
You can watch the video below to learn about HAPE and HACE and how to tackle them. In the video, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about High Altitude Pulmonary and Cerebral Edema, what the symptoms are and how to tackle them.
We cannot stress enough on how important it is for you to communicate any symptom to your Trek Leader. Only then your trek leader will be able to take steps at the right time.
Acute Mountain Sickness
If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.
For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.
Useful articles before you climb to high altitude
1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?
Beas Kund is a 4 day trek. Accommodation will be in tents on all the days – each tent will be shared by 3 trekkers. The tents will be provided by Indiahikes. We will also put up toilet tents – the number will vary according to the size of the group.
2. Will you provide us with sleeping bags?
Yes. Indiahikes will provide each trekker with a sleeping bag. The sleeping bags we provide can withstand temperatures up to -10° C on high altitude treks.
3. What is the best time to do this trek?
May to July and September to October are the best months for the Beas Kund trek.
4. What will the temperatures be like on this trek?
Beas Kund climbs up to around 12,700 ft. Expect it to be very cold even in summer.
In May, June and July, the temperatures could drop to around 1-2 degrees at night and lower if there is snow.
In September and October, there won’t be snow, but the temperatures could drop to 3-4 degrees post sun down.
5. When will there be snow on this trek?
You are likely to find snow on this trek in June. However, this depends on the amount of snowfall that happens in the preceding winter.
6. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.
7. At what time should we reach Manali?
You’ll have to be in Manali at 10.3o am. The exact gathering point is Manali Bus Stop where you’ll meet your team of trekkers.
8. When will we get back to Manali on the fourth day of the trek?
On Day 4, you will reach Manali latest by 6 pm. Book your return travel the same day post 7 pm.
9. What is the best way to reach Manali?
There are overnight buses from Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali. It takes 12 to 14 hours for the bus from Delhi to reach Manali. The journey from Chandigarh is shorter by a couple of hours.
So the best way to get there would be to fly to Chandigarh / Delhi and take a bus to Manali.
10. Are backpacks, raincoats and other equipment available for rent?
We do have ponchos, backpacks, shoes and trekking poles available for rent. You can order them online here.
11. Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Yes. Beas Kund is a rather easy trek that many first timers attempt. Fit first timers can go for it. However, irrespective of your past trekking experience, mandatory fitness preparation is required before every high altitude trek. An ability to jog 5 km in 35 minutes should help with this trek.
12. If not the Beas Kund trek, what is a good alternative trek to do?
An alternate trek for the Beas Kund trek would be the Bhrigu Lake Trek. It’s a four day trek, which is slightly tougher than Beas Kund. But it’s worth every penny because of the spectacular high altitude meadows on the trek. That trail too climbs up to a lake at around 14,000 ft and climbs right out of Manali.
13. Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?
Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.250 per day + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed.
We suggest you read 5 Tips to make Carrying your Trekking Backpack Easy before making a decision.
Last minute offloading is not possible on this trek. If you wish to offload, make sure you do so online, before leaving your home town. Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
14. Who will be there on the trek with us from Indiahikes?
An expert and qualified Trek Leader from IH, along with guides, technical guides, cooks and other staff members will be with trekkers during the entire trek. This team is well trained and are always ready to help trekkers.
15. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Indiahikes treks. Anyone found with alcohol is immediately removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Indiahikes treks.
16. What kind of food do you serve on treks?
Indiahikes serves Indian vegetarian food, fruits and desserts. We use a well planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. Dry ration of biscuits and chikki will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
17. What are the washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?
Toilet tents are set up along each campsite. There will be 2 to 4 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. It’s the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since there are not biodegradable.
18. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
Yes. Eligibility for this trek is 8 years and above. Make sure that your child also prepares and gets fit so that she/he can enjoy the trek.
19. Is a trekking pole mandatory for the trek?
A trekking pole is useful on the Beas Kund trek. It gives you stability and balance, and reduces fatigue. For those who do not wish to invest in a trekking pole, you can fashion a pole from dead wood on the forest floor. Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
20. Will I get mobile network on the trek? Are there any electricity charging points on the trek?
Manali would be the last place where you will find electricity and charging points on the trek. There might be intermittent network a little after Solang Valley, but don’t bank on it. Make all your important calls beforehand.
21. How long do we trek every day?
You’ll be trekking for an average of 6-7 hours on a daily basis. Your trek starts early in the day post breakfast. You’ll usually be at your next camp by lunch time.
On longer days, you’ll be given packed lunch in your cutlery to eat on the trail at a rest point.
Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
22. How difficult is the Beas Kund trek?
Beas Kund is rated as an easy-moderate trek and you cover around 21 km over 4 days.
But there are several sections, especially in the final stretch, where the trail is steep. Working on your core strength and stamina will especially help you here.
23. How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek? Do I need special jackets?
For extreme cold temperatures in the Himalayas, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dips to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woolen, inners and lower wear.
Follow this guide:
Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woolens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of track suit. If you are prone to more cold, just add a layer.
The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking.
A woolen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.
This video has tips on how to stay warm on a high altitude trek.
24. Do I need special snowshoes for the trek?
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend a pair that is water resistant. Keep sufficient spare socks for a quick change incase the snow wets the insides of the shoes. Indiahikes will provide gaiters and microspikes, if necessary, to prevent you from slipping on snow and to reduce the amount of snow getting in.
25. What all do I need to carry on the trek?
26. Is it safe to trek with Indiahikes?
All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek.
How to reach the basecamp – Solang
Delhi → Manali → Solang
The Beas Kund trek starts from Solang, which is around 20 km from Manali. Indiahikes organises transport for trekkers from Manali to Solang Day 1 of the trek. The cost of the transport is not included in the trek fee. It will cost Rs 2300 for a Tata Sumo and Rs 2600 for an Innova. This amount is shared by trekkers and paid to the driver directly.
Getting to Manali
Manali is well connected to Delhi. If you take an overnight bus from Delhi, it will take you 12-14 hours to reach Manali. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. Choose government buses such as HPTDC and HRTC as they usually run on schedule.
Note: Since Delhi-Manali is a long journey, most private buses leave Delhi between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm. The last government bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Solang → Manali → Delhi
The Beas Kund trek ends at Solang, around 2 pm on Day 4. We start on the drive back to Manali immediately. Indiahikes arranges transport from Solang to Manali. The drive takes roughly an hour.
You’re expected to reach Manali latest by 6 pm.
If you are travelling further on from Delhi immediately, do keep enough buffer time while booking your tickets. The best time to book your travel would be post 7 pm.