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.
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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
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.
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.
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, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. We do not like biodegradable wet wipes because they take a long time to decompose in the mountains. Use toilet paper instead.
- Sanitary waste: Make sure you bring your used sanitary napkins back to the city with you. Carry a zip lock bag to put used napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose 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. We do not allow biodegradable or disposable cutlery on our treks.
- 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 – 1 Strip
- Crocin- 10 tablets
- Avomine (optional, in case of motion sickness)- 1 Strip
- Combiflam- Half Strip
- Muscle relaxant – Half Strip
- Digene- Half Strip
- Avil- 1 strip
- ORS- 6 packs
- Knee Cap (If you are prone to knee injury)
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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
All costs of the trek including pick up to and fro Manali are included in the trek fee.
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.
Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Beas Kund Trek
- There are 18 participants in a batch
- We usually overbook by 3 to bring down the total participants after cancellations to between 16-18. Rate of cancellation is usually between 4-5 in a batch.
- On cancellation the next participant on our waitlist is immediately sent an auto notification to confirm their participation.
- Chances of waitlist getting confirmed is 80% if registration is done about 45 days prior to trek start date. 70% between 30-45 days. 50% if less than 30 days.
- Batches that are 'full' have crossed their waitlist limit. Further slots are unlikely.