Now that July is upon us, the season of taking the Beas Kund trek is here. Considered to be one of the most beautiful and awe-striking treks from Manali, Beas Kund is a lake steeped in mythology. It is said that the great sage Vyas (who created the Mahabharata) used to meditate near the lake and bathe in it.
At a height of 12772 feet, the Beas Kund lake offers a tranquil paradise that has been said to remind people of the gates of heaven opening up.
This trek favourited by thrillophiliacs from around the globe for a number of reasons. Only a few hours from the town of Manali, it is quite easily reached to people living in the city of Delhi and can be the best way to make use of some much needed squad-only time.
If you and your adventurous friends are looking for something to do this weekend or take a break from the noise and pollution of the big cities, then read on to find out why people go gaga over the Beas Kund trek.
There are many treks from Manali that tempt travellers. There is the Hampta Pass trek, the Bhrigu Lake trek, Chandrakhani Pass trek, etc. But Beas Kund is by far the most feasible and approachable. Not only is it easily reached, but it is also perfect for beginners and advanced trekkers alike.
The terrain is challenging but not so difficult that it scares newer members. If you are new to this whole mountain climbing thing, then Beas Kund will be perfect for you. Not only will you be graced with the wild and lush views, but you don’t have to worry about not being able to complete the trek.
Pro Tip: If you are going for the first time, make sure you have a trek leader with you.
Though the magnificence of the trek cannot fully be described in words, I will try. The Beas Kund trek contains some of the most unique, unparalleled and lush landscape in all of Manali. You will encounter the giant sinewy ski slopes of the Solang Valley, traverse through some gorgeous green meadows, cross old wooden bridges over freshwater streams and get to camp right next to the giant peaks.
The forests full of oak, maple, deodar and toss trees will provide the much-needed breeze and shade as you are on your way to the alpine glacial lake.
Pro Tip: Carry a sun cap and SPF 30+ sunscreen with you because the sun can be harsh while climbing uphill.
STUNNING CLOSE-UP VIEWS
One of the most fascinating things about the Beas Kund trek is the fact that the camp at Dundhi and BakarThatch provide some crazy close up views of summits and peaks of the higher Himalayas. These views are usually only possible to come across after rigorous trekking of weeks or more. But the Beas Kund treks lets you experience it within four days.
Some of the mind-blowing close up views will include those of Indrasan (20410 f), Deo Tibba (19688 f), Hanuman Tibba (19625 f), Ladakhi Peak (17532 f), Friendship Peak (17352 f) Shitidhar Peak (17224 f), Moon Peak (15125 f) and many more.
Pro Tip: If you are a photography enthusiast, make sure to take your camera with you. You will be amazed at the photos you take.
NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO GO
It is widely known that the best time to take the Beas Kund trek is between the months of mid-June and September. And this is not some half cooked truth. It is actually very true. The snow in this region stays put till the mid of June and sometimes even towards the end of the month. Being the first-time trekker and traversing some highly snowy regions may be difficult.
During July and September, the snow melts and the lush green vegetation shines through. The forests look verdant and the trekking path becomes a lot let treacherous. The monsoon season sees a lot of treks from Manali close up but Beas Kund becomes lusher and greener than ever. So if you have vacation openings in July, definitely choose this trek!
Pro Tip: Enquire about the weather from your trek supervisor beforehand. They will know how best to guide you.
STARGAZING AT IT’S FINEST
The campsite for the Beas Kund trek is called Dhundi. It is a large green grassland that is flanked by the gurgling river Beas on one side and acres of blooming flowers on the other. Camping here on your first night is going to be magical. And no, not just because of the excitement of the next day.
It is because as night falls, the sky is going to get lit up with millions of sparkling stars. Highly experienced trek leaders often say that Dhundi is one of the best spots to capture some truly amazing sights of the galaxies far beyond. If you are an astrophotographer or a budding astronomer or simply a nature lover, then we say ditch the camps and sleep directly under the stars.
Pro Tip: The Sky Maps app can help you decode what constellations you are seeing up there. Download it before you leave.
QUAINT LOCAL CULTURE:
The Beas Kund trek offers you the chance to peek into the lives of Himachali locals living at such massive heights. They are very polite and are extremely conscious of the way their land and environment is treated. I am sure they will be ready to help you whenever you need.
The trek will lead you through the Sannag, Burua and Goshal villages. There might be some even tinier ones that I do not know the name of. If they take a liking to you, they might even offer you some lip-smacking homemade delicacies.
Pro Tip: DO NOT litter. Carry bottles, cutlery and plastic covers that can be put into your backpack and taken back to base.
The ultimate time to take the Beas Kund trek is a small window and missing this opportunity would mean you have to wait for a whole another year. Don’t overthink it – just GET UP GO!