Beas Kund: A trek to 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 love 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 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 legend. It is believed that Rishi Vyas, who wrote the Mahabharata took his daily bath in this lake. It’s possible that the term Beas Kund has 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 draws everyone to this trek. While this trek can be done by beginners, we would advise preparation. The climb from around 8000 ft in the beginning of the trek to over 12,000 ft is no mean feat.
What To Watch Out for
An Amphitheatre Of Big Mountains
The Beas Kund trail offers you close, base-to-summit views of big mountains of Manali like Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, Ladakhi and Hanuman Tibba. This is just within four days of trekking! These kind of views of a mountain are usually gifts given to mountaineers and hardcore trekkers – after days of rigorous trekking. No wonder mountaineering institutes establish their base camp on this trail to train aspiring mountaineers in snow and ice craft. On a clear day, you’ll also be able to spot Mt Indrasen, Deo Tibba and more peaks from the Pir Panjal range.
The grasslands of Bakarthach and Dhundhi
Just below these tall mountains are big grasslands of Bakarthach and Dhundhi. Bakarthach is a shepherd’s field, filled with grazing sheep and bovine. Tiny streams spread around this lush meadow. It is a marvellous expanse of greenery! Dhundhi, on the other hand, is the grassland you camp on in the beginning of your trek. In this campsite, you see the Beas River tumbling noisily on one side and a plethora of blooming flowers on the other.
Trekking In Ancient Deodar Forests
Just five minutes into the trail, ancient deodar trees rise, creating a dense coniferous forest. They are so tall that you’ll not be able to see the tree tops even if you crane your neck. You can also spot pine and maple trees. It’s hard to believe that this place is just 15 km from the bustling town of Manali.
Banner image by Nitesh Kumar
Day 1: Gather at Manali Bus Stop at 10.30 am. Have lunch in Manali (provided by Indiahikes), drive to Solang Valley and start the trek. Reach Dhundhi campsite by 5 pm.
Day 2: Dhundhi (8156 ft) to Lohali (9465 ft) — 4-5 hours of trekking
Day 3: Lohali (9465 ft) to Beas Kund (12,772 ft) and back to Lohali — 7-8 hours of trekking
Day 4: Lohali (9465 ft) to Solang Valley (8156 ft) — A moderate descent with 5-6 hours of trekking.
You’ll be back in Manali latest by 6 pm. You can book your return travel the same night post 7 pm.
The fee of the transport from Manali to Solang and back to Manali is not included in the trek fee. It will cost Rs 2300 for a Tata Sumo and Rs 2600 for an Innova. This is split by the total number of trekkers.
Please note that stay on all days of the trek will be in tents (3 per tent).
It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.
If you wish to offload your backpack, make sure you pay for it online before starting from your home town. Offline backpack offloading is available from the base camp, however we do not recommending doing as we might be unable to arrange for it at the last moment.
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 litres 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 beside 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 the 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, 3.5 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 be 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 a 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 beside 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.
Note that, you won’t be trekking to the banks of the lake but you can enjoy the views of it from the ridgeline
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 km
- 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
Plan Your Travel for the Beas Kund Trek
It is great to see you going on the Beas Kund Trek, A trek to the source of river Beas with terrific mountain views. While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly. Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.
- Click here to get a quick view of your travel plan (Skip to section)
- Click here to plan onward air/train booking (Skip to section)
- Click here to plan return air/train booking (Skip to section)
- Click here to plan hotel booking (Skip to section)
- Click here to learn how to reach Manali on your own (Skip to section)
1. Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel.
Day 0: Book your air ticket to Chandigarh or Delhi. If Chandigarh, proceed to Sector 43 and take a bus to Manali. If Delhi, book an overnight bus to Manali. Click here for more explanation.
Day 1: Drive Manali to Solang Valley; 14 km 1 hour
Trek from Solang Valley to Dhundhi; 6.7 km 4 hours
We organise transport to Solang Valley from Rambagh circle on Mall Road near Manali Bus Stand. Our vehicles leave at 10:30 am sharp. A sumo vehicle costs Rs 2,300, Inova costs Rs 2,600. Trekkers can travel together and share this cost.
Day 2: Trek from Dhundhi (8156 ft) to Lohali (9465 ft); 3.5 km 4 hours
Day 3: Trek from Lohali (9465 ft) to Beas Kund (12,772 ft) and back to Lohali; 3.2 km, 5-6 hours
Day 4: Trek from Lohali (9465 ft) to Solang Valley (8156 ft); 9 km 5-6 hours and drive back to Manali.
You are expected to be back to Manali by 6 pm, we advise you to book your return from Manali only after 7pm.
Day 5: Book return flight/train ticket from Chandigarh or Delhi. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 4. Click here for more explanation.
|Note: While getting to Manali, we recommend you arrive a day earlier and stay in Prini area. Staying at Manali gives you a well deserved rest for the night. Plus you avoid the traffic snarls in the morning.
2.Planning your onward flight/train booking
If you are travelling from Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or any other city, book your
air tickets for Day Minus One, which is the day before Day 1 on the itinerary. Example: If your trek start day is 25 September, then book your air tickets for 24 September to either Chandigarh or Delhi.
There are two options for your flight tickets.
Option 1: Fly directly to Chandigarh.
We recommend this. It gives you an added rest day at Manali. It also makes your travel time less. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Chandigarh is too high, book to Delhi and travel to Manali by bus.
| Tip: Land at the Chandigarh airport and directly head to Sector 43 (which is the main Interstate bus terminal of Chandigarh). You get AC airport buses to Sector 43, from just outside the arrivals. It is about 10 kms and the buses run every half hour or so. A ticket costs Rs 60 for these buses.
Always target to reach Chandigarh by around 7.30 pm. It takes an hour or so to get out of the airport and get to ISBT in Sector 43. Getting a bus connection to Manali may take about half an hour or so. It is usually an 9-10 hour bus journey to Manali (294 kms on mountain roads).
Avoid reaching Chandigarh post 7.30 pm, unless really pushed to it.
| Tip: Use HRTC or Himachal Tourism buses. They usually run on time.
Pro Tip: Avoid taking buses that are expected to reach Manali after 9am. The route is prone to very bad traffic jams. Often with 3-4 hour delay.
Pro Tip: If you are in a group of 3-4, then it may make sense to take a taxi from Chandigarh airport to Manali directly. A taxi charges about Rs 3,200 for the trip. You can book a taxi from Goibibo or Ola in advance. We use this system often.
Option 2: Flying to Delhi
Flying to Delhi may be a lot cheaper than getting to Chandigarh. Make sure to book a flight that reaches Delhi by 4.00 pm. You must arrive in Delhi on Day Minus One and not on Day 1.
|Note: If you notice the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Chandigarh less than Rs 1,000 then book directly to Chandigarh. The rest and shorter travel time is worth the difference.
|Bus to Manali: Take the bus before 6pm from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to the Manali Bus Stand. It is a 13-14 hour bus journey from Delhi to Manali. Take a bus that leaves Delhi at around 5.30 pm.
|Tip: Use HRTC or Himachal Tourism buses. They usually run on time.
Pro Tip: Avoid taking buses that are expected to reach Manali after 9 am. The route is prone to very bad traffic jams. Often with 3-4 hour delay.
Option 3: Flying to Bhuntar
Flying to the Kullu Airport is a risky and expensive option as it is a small airport and flights can get cancelled easily if the weather is bad. Make sure to book a flight that reaches before 9.00 am. You must arrive in Delhi/Chandigarh on Day Minus One and not on Day 1.
Cab to Manali: There are cabs available right outside the airport. They will charge around Rs. 2500 from Bhutar to Prini (Manali).
3. Planning your return flight/train booking
Booking your return tickets require some thought. First, always book your return ticket keeping in mind the monsoons. It generally causes delays in the mountain roads with slower moving traffic.
Option 1: Flying out from Chandigarh
Assuming you have stayed at Manali the day before, take a bus to Chandigarh. Book a flight that flies out of Chandigarh post 8 pm. It takes about 10 hours to travel from Manali to Chandigarh by bus. And a further one hour from Chandigarh ISBT at Sector 43 to Airport by bus.
If you want to return the same night, take a bus before 9 pm from Manali to Chandigarh. Book a flight that flies out of Chandigarh post 12 in the noon.
You get buses at Manali bus stand from 8.30 am onward
Option 2: Flying out of Delhi
Assuming you are not staying overnight at Manali, you get buses to Delhi starting in the morning at 5 am to 9 pm from Manali Bus stand. The travel time to reach Delhi ISBT is around 14-15 hrs. If you are booking a flight from Delhi and taking a bus, then book a late morning flight post 9 am.
If you want to stay in Manali that night, take the next morning bus to Delhi.
| Note: Travel time from Manali to Delhi is 14-15 hours, book your flights accordingly.
|Tip: Experience the different cafes in Manali and take a night bus after 9pm to Delhi. Then onward flight to your cities on the evening from Delhi.
4.Planning your hotel/stay
Booking stay at Manali is fairly easy. There are quite a few hostel options available around Old Manali.
|Tip: Book around Prini area if you arrive a day before your trek date. And for after the trek, book stay around Old Manali.
Hotel options at Manali
➤ Keylinga Inn, A decent hotel to spend a night in Manali. The cost is around Rs 1100 for a double bedroom.
Pro-Tip: You can rent a room here for a few hours to freshen up for Rs. 250 per head. It is best if you share a room with a few others from your batch.
Contact Number: 094189 79005
➤ Hotel Peak View
The cost is Rs 800-900 for a one-night stay.
Contact Number: 0124 398 6193
➤Hotel Rock Sea is a moderate priced hotel close to the bus stand. You can book this is you are taking a morning bus. The cost ranges from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 for a double bedroom. The cost varies according to the seasons.
➤ Hotel Mount View is a moderate priced hotel close to the bus stand. You can book this is you are taking a morning bus. The cost ranges from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 for a double bedroom. The cost varies according to the seasons.
You can also look up Hostel World for good budget options in Old Manali. The price varies from Rs. 200 to Rs. 350 per head for a dorm room.
5. What if you miss the Indiahikes pickup? Getting to the Base Camp on your own.
If you miss the Indiahikes pick up from Manali. Here is how you can get to Solang base camp on your own.
If you are at Manali, take a bus to Palchan as quickly as you can. From Manali bus stop, for every one hour you will get buses (till late afternoon) going towards Palchan. The cost of the bus ticket is Rs. 20. It takes 1-1.5 hour to reach there. Get down at Palchan, walk to Beas Sangam Restaurant, it’s around 100 meters. From the restaurant you will be guided to the base camp.
Tata Sumos/Boleros also run as shared taxis along Palchan route. They charge Rs. 1000 per vehicle which is shared among travelers. It takes around 1 hour to reach Palchan.
| Note: Shared taxi might not get much travellers going towards Gulaba, in such cases you will have to hire the entire cab and pay Rs. 1000. Cab cost depends on season, they have cab unions in Manali, they decide the cab costs every season for every route. So, cab cost might vary.
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 the 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 every day. 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 47 minutes.
If you are somebody who prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 20 km in 60 minutes.
How to send us 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 into 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 47 minutes.
If you love cycling, cover a distance of 20 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.
Beas Kund is an easy trek. So this is a perfect match as trek fitness guide
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.
Things to get for the Beas Kund Trek
Beas Kund is a very high altitude trek. The trekking gear you need to carry for this trek is different from regular treks. So pay careful attention to this entire section.
- A list of everything you need for the trek (Skip to section)
- Useful videos to help you with your gear (Skip to section)
- A list of medicines for your trek (Skip to section)
- A list of mandatory documents (Skip to section)
First, The Essentials. You cannot do the trek without these.
1. Trekking Shoes:
Beas Kund Trek requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.
| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There really isn’t any necessity to buy the higher priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.
| Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are already broken into and in good condition. Rental shoes are not dirty or unhygienic. This is how they are kept clean.
For a trek like Beas Kund, you need a 30-40 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack.
| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from.
| Rental: The 48 litre backpack by Adventure Worx is available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are custom-made for our Himalayan treks. Rent them if you don’t have a backpack.
Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required.
Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.
Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.
| Buying tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.
| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)
| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space, since you’re already carrying them.
3 insulation layers:
The highest altitude you reach on this trek is 15,000 ft. At these altitudes it can get freezing cold even in the middle of summer. You will need at least 3 insulation layers for this trek.
You will need 2 light fleece layers, 1 full-sleeve light sweater. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.
1 Outer layer:
A padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t really need a water resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.
| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.
Note: Down/feather jackets are really not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.
| Rental: Padded jackets made by Fort Collins are available on rent at the Indiahikes store. They are custom made for Indiahikes and trekkers find them terrific, even in winter.
Two trek pants:
Twopairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry two just in case it rains. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon in case of small stream crossings / rain.
| Buying tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.
| Track pants or trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants are not trek pants — so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup.
Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek.
These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to Beas Kund without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first.
Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. On a trek like Beas Kund, you are in a permafrost region (there’s snow all around the year). Expect to walk on long stretches of snow. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection.
| Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.
Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.
| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.
| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens.
A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sun strokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance.
| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.
| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sun burns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way.
3. Synthetic hand gloves:
On a trek like Beas Kund you are going to be handling snow quite a bit. You’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself in snow. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.
4. Woollen cap or Balaclava:
Ensure these cover your ears. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. Which is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.
Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is absolutely essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. Do not get a woollen cap that only covers your head.
5. Socks (3 pairs):
Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry. As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug in the night. If you cannot get woolen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well.
Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the Beas Kund trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles.
| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you.
7. Trekking pole (a pair):
Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the Beas Kund trek there are steep ascents and descents. A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.
| Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store.
On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing.
Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are really not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.
| Rental: High grade ponchos are available on rent on the Indiahikes store.
9. Rain cover for your backpack:
Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes, your warm gear in your backpack. It is important that your backpack stays dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built in rain-covers. If your back pack does not have a rain-cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic.
| Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.
10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional):
Some trekkers opt to offload their bags to a porter on the Beas Kund trek. While we do not encourage this practice, in case you opt for offloading, then carrying a daypack is mandatory. In your daypack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites.
A daypack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not daypacks. Do not get them.
Other mandatory requirement
1. A toilet kit:
Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.
| Pro tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.
Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like Beas Kund.
| For women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose your sanitary waste.
Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leak proof. You are expected to wash your own cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, bacteria to settle on your cutlery. Incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.
| Pro tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at the highest. Watch this video on why steel cutlery is better than plastic.
3. Two 1 litre bottles or a 2 litre hydration pack:
Beas Kund has a few long walking days. You need to carry two one litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.
| Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store.
4. Plastic covers:
Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.
Useful videos to help you with your gear:
- What to take on your trek
- How to pack your backpack
- How to choose your trekking shoes
- Trekking shoes vs sports shoes. How are they different?
- How to layer up on a Himalayan trek
- Why you need a trekking pole
- How to manage sanitary waste on a trek
Personal medical kit
Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader.
- Diamox (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Carry on the medication until you descend down to Barua. Being on a preventive course of Diamox greatly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the Beas Kund trek.
- Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
- Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
- Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol.
- Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS.
- ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking. Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
- Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.
Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.
| Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.
Mandatory Documents to carry
These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, passport will do. This is required by the forest department for your identification.
- Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp – Download PDF
- Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practising doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF
| Pro tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet.
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
The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy
We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that.
Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies.
Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.
In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher
In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.
Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for.
If you cancel any rental gear from our store:
- Cancellation of rental gear 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
- Cancellation of rental gear less than 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a voucher of the whole amount you have paid for the rental gear. This voucher is applicable on your future treks.
If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:
The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge.
If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee.
Special Cases That Could Occur:
There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.
1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.
2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)
In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you.
Important note: Your offloading and rental fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.
3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one).
In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.
How to cancel your trek:
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps.
- Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link.
- Find your upcoming trek on your home page.
- Click on “Cancel Trek”
- Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
- Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable).
- Click on “Cancel Booking”
How long does the refund process take?
After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.
If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.
What is a Trek Voucher?
Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.
Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable.
How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?
If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek.
Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator.
The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)
At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.
So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.)
To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges.
Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.
Your trek fee includes –
- Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 3. You camp on all days. (3 per tent).
- Meals – All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4 is included, Meals are nutritious and vegetarian.
- Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
- Trekking equipment – We provide high-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
- Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc.
Your trek fee does not include –
- Food during transit to and from the base camp –
- 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. The cost will be Rs 2,300 per vehicle (5-6 seater)
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 750 for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that last minute offloading – when you decide to offload your bag after reaching Gulaba is not possible on this trek.
- Stay at Manali on the last day
- Anything apart from inclusions
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. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. The trek has gradual climbs and steep descents. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 40 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 47 minutes. This is a minimum requirement.
If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 20 km in 60 minutes.
Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.
In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.
Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
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 charges – Rs 250 per day plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.
Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.
All trekkers will be picked up at the Manali Rambagh circle at 10.30 am on the first day of the trek. You will have your lunch with the team which is provided by the IndiaHikes.
The fee of the transport from Manali to Solang and back to Manali is not included in the trek fee. It will cost Rs 2300 for a Tata Sumo and Rs 2600 for an Innova. This is split by the total number of trekkers.
Repeat Trekker Policy
At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.
In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.
On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.
Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.
If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.
Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.
You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.
If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.
This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.
What is the pick up location for the trek?
All trekkers will be picked up at Manali Rambagh circle at 10.30 am on the first day of the trek. You will have your lunch with the team which is provided by the IndiaHikes.
The fee of the transport from Manali to Solang and back to Manali is not included in the trek fee. It will cost Rs 2300 for a Tata Sumo and Rs 2600 for an Innova. This is split by the total number of trekkers.
How can I reach Manali, the pick up point?
The best way to reach Manali is by an overnight bus from Chandigarh or Delhi. The travel time from Delhi to Manali is around 12 to 14 hours and the travel time from Chandigarh to Manali is around 8-10 hours. You can book the Himachal Government Volvo buses. They are reliable and usually on schedule. Ensure you leave at around 6 pm the previous evening so that you are well on time for the pick up in case of unexpected delays in reaching Manali.
Flying to Kullu airport is not recommended, as the flights commonly get delayed and canceled in case of unexpected changes in weather.
At the end of the trek, what time will I reach back to Manali? Can I travel back on the same day?
You are expected to reach Manali by around 4 pm on the last day of the trek. It is advised to stay back at Manali on the last day and book your onward journey the next day. If you are keen on leaving the same day, book your transport anytime after 6 pm.
Can i bring luggage i do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before the trek begins?
Yes, we have an option of leaving behind extra luggage you do not need on the trek, at Manali. Ensure you leave no valuables (laptops, cash, electronics) in this luggage. There is no extra charge to leaving this luggage at the base camp, and you do not have to pre-book it anywhere.
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.
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.
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