Difficulty Easy-Moderate
Duration 4 Days
Highest Altitude 12,772 ft
Minimum Age 8 Years

Beas Kund Trek

A Trek To The Source Of River Beas With Terrific Mountain Views

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Difficulty Easy-Moderate
Duration 4 Days
Highest Altitude 12,772 ft
Minimum Age 8 Years

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.

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Trek Fee:
6,850 + 5% GST

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What Happens After You Regsiter


  1. Pickup and Drop from Manali – We will pick you up from Rambaugh Circle, Manali at 10 am.
  2. Rental Gear –Don’t buy. Rent from a range of products available on Indiahikes store. Renting all gears from head to toe doesn’t cost you more than Rs 2000 for the entire trek. See here
  3. RT-PCR Negative Certificate: Mandatory for Indiahikes treks. Without it you will not be allowed to trek. You are exempted only if you’ve had two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months.

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Highlights of Beas Kund Trek

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.

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Mt. Hanuman Tibba as seen from Beas Kund trek. Photo by Akhil Menon

The grasslands of Bakarthach and Dhundhi

Lohali Campsite - Beas Kund Trek near Manali
Lohali Campsite

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

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The trail through forests of Deodhar

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

Trek Fee

+ 5% GST

This fee includes everything from basecamp to basecamp. See Inclusions and Exclusions

View dates / Register

What Happens After You Regsiter


  1. Pickup and Drop from Manali – We will pick you up from Rambaugh Circle, Manali at 10 am.
  2. Rental Gear –Don’t buy. Rent from a range of products available on Indiahikes store. Renting all gears from head to toe doesn’t cost you more than Rs 2000 for the entire trek. See here
  3. RT-PCR Negative Certificate: Mandatory for Indiahikes treks. Without it you will not be allowed to trek. You are exempted only if you’ve had two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months.

Quick Itinerary

DAY 1: Drive from Manali to Dhundi. Trek from Dhundi to Palchhani Thatch 

Leave from Rambaugh Circle, Manali at 10.00 am. (Best way to reach Manali: Fly to Chandigarh. Take a bus from Chandigarh to Manali)
En route, drop your cloakroom bag and collect your rentals. You reach your first campsite by 2.30 pm and have lunch there.

Drive distance: 14 km | Duration: 1.5 hours | Cost: Rs 2,800 per vehicle to be shared by trekkers
Trek distance: 1.5 km | Duration: 1.5 hour
Altitude gain: 6,725 ft to 8,156 ft
Trek type: Moderate ascent. Well-marked road followed by forest trails.

DAY 2: Palchhani Thatch to Lohali

Trek distance: 4 km | Duration: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 8,156 ft to 9,465 ft
Trek type: Moderate to steep ascent throughout the trek. 

DAY 3: Lohali to Beas Kund and Lady Leg. Trek to Bakarthatch/Lohali

Trek distance: 5 km | Duration: 7-8 hours
Altitude gain: 9,465 ft to 12,772 ft and back
Trek type: Steep ascent all the way to the summit.

DAY 4: Bakarthatch/Lohali to Dhundi. Drive back to Manali  

Trek distance: 4 km | Duration: 5-6 hours
Altitude loss: 9,465 ft to 8,156 ft
Trek type: Easy, moderate descent.
Drove-back Cost: Rs 2,800 per vehicle to be shared by trekkers

Note: You will be back in Manali by 1 pm

| Important points:

  • Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek.
  • You can leave extra luggage at the cloakroom in Palchhan before your trek begins.
  • 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 recommend doing it as we might be unable to arrange for it at the last moment.

Know Your Beas Kund Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a surficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Beas Kund trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Don’t miss the ‘Frequently Asked Questions' section. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

How Does Each Day Look Like

Complete Trek Guide With Photos

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Dhundi and then trek to Palchhani Thatch

  • 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.
  • For Indiahikes Trekkers: Pick up from Rambaugh Circle at 10 am

The Beas Kund trek starts from Dhundi. The 12 km route from Manali Bus Stand to Dhundi takes you past Palchan Village.

As you enter Solang Valley, the trail gets more scenic with pine forests and mountains around.

The road ends at Dhundi, and you start trekking from here. Earlier, in the absence of this road, we used to trek from Solang Valley to Dhundi.

| Old Route: Trekking from Solang Valley to Dhundi

Start trekking on the rocky path beside Hotel Solang Valley Inn. 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. 

First river crossing before dhundhi_Beas Kund-Indiahikes-AkhilMenon
First river crossing before Dhundi. Picture by Akhil Menon.

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 Dhundi.

| Latest route: You drive to Dhundi and trek for an hour to reach our first campsite Palchhani Thatch.

Dhundi: you start trekking from here. Picture By: Akhil Menon

Day 2: Palchhani Thatch 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.

The river-crossing to reach Bakarthach. Picture By: Akhil Menon

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.

Lohali is another place before the Beas Kund where you can camp. Picture By: Akhil Menon.

Day 3: Lohali to Lady Leg to Beas Kund. Trek to Bakarthatch or 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

Towards the right, you can see a lake nestled in the laps of peaks around. Picture By: Akhil Menon

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: Bakarthatch/Lohali to Dhundi

  • 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 Dhundi through the route you came up from. It takes 5-6 hours to reach Dhundi.

On the way back from Lohali. Picture by Akhil Menon

Cover image by Akhil Menon

Plan Your Travel to Beas Kund Trek

Quick Guide on How to Reach the Basecamp

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.  

1. Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel. 

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 from Manali to Dhundi. Trek from Dhundi to Palchhani Thatch 

Leave from Rambaugh Circle, Manali at 10.00 am. (Best way to reach Manali: Fly to Chandigarh. Take a bus from Chandigarh to Manali)
En route, drop your cloakroom bag and collect your rentals. You reach your first campsite by 2.30 pm and have lunch there.

Drive distance: 14 km | Duration: 1.5 hours | Cost: Rs 2,800 per vehicle to be shared by trekkers
Trek distance: 1.5 km | Duration: 1 hour
Altitude gain: 6,725 ft to 8,156 ft 

DAY 2: Palchhani Thatch to Lohali

Trek distance: 4 km | Duration: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 8,156 ft to 9,465 ft

DAY 3: Lohali to Beas Kund, back to Lohali

Trek distance: 5 km | Duration: 7-8 hours
Altitude gain: 9,465 ft to 12,772 ft and back

DAY 4: Lohali to Dhundi. Drive back to Manali  

Trek distance: 4 km | Duration: 5-6 hours
Altitude loss: 9,465 ft to 8,156 ft

Drive back cost: Rs 2,800 per vehicle to be shared by trekkers

Note: You will be back in Manali by 1 pm.

Book return flight/train ticket from Chandigarh or Delhi. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 4.       

|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.

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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. 

Website: http://www.keylinga-inn.com/.
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/8SR7JMYYg6NBNqCM9

Contact Number: 094189 79005

Hotel Peak View

The cost is Rs 800-900 for a one-night stay.
Contact Number: 0124 398 6193

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/wJQdAVz58UvXr9T47
Email ID: [email protected]

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.

Website: https://www.oyorooms.com/15461-oyo-rooms-oyo-9912-hotel-rock-sea-manali/. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/SCrw9LJKajJi7adH6

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. 

Website: https://www.oyorooms.com/45840-oyo-rooms-oyo-23533-mount-view-manali/. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/LaxXKyi3p7pNiPQG9

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 Difficult Is Beas Kund Trek?

A Reality Check on the Difficulty of this 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.

What To Take

A Packing Check-List

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.

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.

2. Backpack:

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.

3. Clothes:

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. 

Base layer:

3 T-shirts:

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. 

1. Sunglasses:

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.   

 2. Suncap:

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. 

6. Headlamp:

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.  

8. Rainwear:

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.

2. Cutlery:

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:

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

  1. 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.    
  2. Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
  3. Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  1. 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.  
  2. 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
  3. 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 to Get Fit for Beas Kund Trek

A Step-by Step Guide to Getting

ATTENTION: There will be a fitness screening after you reach the basecamp. If your fitness is not up to the mark, your Trek Leader can take the call to not take you forward on the trek.

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.

Cardiovascular endurance

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

4 Week Hiking Fitness Plan
Print this and stick it on your wall

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.

Inclusions and Exclusions

What You Need To Know About Your Trek Fee

Here is what the trek fee includes:

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 3. You camp on all days. (3 per tent).
  2. Transport – We arrange pick up from Manali on Day 1 and drop back to Manali on Day 4 in shared cabs.
  3. Meals – All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4 is included, Meals are nutritious and vegetarian.
  4. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  5. Trekking equipment – We provide high-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  6. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc.

Here is what the trek fee excludes:

  1. Food during transit to and from the base camp –
  2. 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.
  3. Stay at Manali on the last day 
  4. Anything apart from inclusions

Frequently Asked Questions About Beas Kund Trek

Are backpacks, raincoats, and other equipment available for rent on Beas Kund trek?

We do have ponchos, backpacks, shoes, and trekking poles available for rent. You can order them online here. You receive your rental gear after you set off from Manali to start the trek.

What is the best time to do Beas Kund trek?

May to July and September to October are the best months for the Beas Kund trek.

What will the temperatures be like on Beas Kund trek?

Beas Kund climbs up to around 12,700 ft. Expect it to be very cold even in summer. 

In May, June, and July, the temperatures could drop to around 1-2 degrees at night and lower if there is snow.

In September and October, there won’t be snow, but the temperatures could drop to 3-4 degrees post sun down.

What will we do if it rains on the Beas Kund trek?

If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen, and toilet tents are all waterproof, so you will stay dry inside.

When will there be snow on Beas Kund trek?

You are likely to find snow on this trek in June. However, this depends on the amount of snowfall that happens in the preceding winter.

Will I get mobile network on Beas Kund trek?  Are there any electricity charging points on the trek?

Manali would be the last place where you will find electricity and charging points on the trek. There might be intermittent network a little after Solang Valley, but don’t bank on it. Make all your important calls beforehand.

What is the style of accommodation in Beas Kund trek?

Beas Kund is a 4-day trek. Accommodation will be in tents on all the days – each tent will be shared by two trekkers. The tents will be provided by Indiahikes. We will also put up toilet tents – the number will vary according to the size of the group.

Available dates

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  1. I would like to go for a short trek from manali . This will be my first Himalayan trek .I was considering bhrigu lake trek or beas kund trek .
    Plan to go in October or November.
    Please inform dates and how to book .
    I don’t have a group.
    Can join a group.

      1. Hi Ajay the trek is not accessible in DEcember because there’s too much snow. It’s open only in July, August and September. Maybe a little bit of October too but not beyond that. It gets too much snow and the water sources freeze up as well.

        If you’re looking to trek in December, any of these treks would be fantastic – https://indiahikes.com/month/december/

    1. i am also want to go beas kund trek or hampta paas trek on 26th oct 2020 in solo if u get some idea plzz share it.

  2. If I want to go on this trek with a group of friends separately, does India Hikes have a provision for that? Tentative dates are third week of April.

    1. Hi Medha, if you wish to trek with a large group (10+) of friends, please drop us an email on [email protected]. For a group smaller than 10, you may directly register yourself in an existing batch that has available slots. Happy trekking!

    1. Hi Neha, Beas Kund is a moderate trek. Yes, a child can do this trek, but the child must be active like doing activities such as sports, cycling etc. We advise you to do treks around your city with your child and prepare well.

  3. I m interested for the beas Kund trek. This will be my first trek experience. Can you pls share more details n itenary.

    I will be solo traveller from Delhi

  4. I have been doing Himalayan treks every year for the last 8 years along with members of Trichy Trekkers and wish to join for a trek this year too

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