Total Duration – 4 Nights / 5 Days
Maximum Altitude – 3909 m/ 12900 ft
Grade – Moderate
Best Season – April to November
Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite
Food – On trek – All meals included
Distance – 45 KM.
Saurkundi Lake Trek
Saurkundi lake trek is a spectacular trek with mind blowing scenic beauties. It is very popular amongst nature lovers and Neophytes. Saurkundi Lake is located in Kullu valley in between trail to the Kalihani Pass and Bara Bhangal trek. Saurkundi lake trek is also called as Rani Sui lake trek. Saurkundi comprises of two words one is ‘Saur’ which means’ Lake’ and the other is ‘Kundi’ which means ‘A Frying Pan’. So the word Saurkundi means “a lake in the shape of frying pan”. The lake is dedicated to 'Maharishi Shandilya'. Every year thousands of people come visit this divine magical place to take a holy dip in the sacred water.
The Saurkundi lake trek has numerous routes but we take route from the Shangcher village, 30km. far from the base at Naggar. First we drive to Patlikuhal, then turn right and continue following road passing some beautiful villages at high hills offering a great landscape till Shangcher village. The route will commence from the village starting with steep incline between the village houses. Trail will zigzag in between the hike amongst bushes and shrubs to the forests of cedar and wild flora and fauna. The campsite at Thoti wouldn’t take so long to approach instead being healthy acclimatization mountain walk. Thoti is surrounded by the Cedar trees and in front is the mesmerizing view of the valley below with river Beas flowing serenely. The forests in further trail are dense and will follow till the mountain opens up to vast meadows. Climb to the Maili Thach comes with slant meadows of wild flowers. Maili Thach is located at a decent height, so that the vista around is mesmerizing. The evening and the morning lights paint the landscape full with colours. Going forward to the lake brings out the best of this trek. Vast mountain meadows, towering peaks surrounding the trail captivates one amidst the real Himalayan Nature. En route one will encounter huge boulders and rocks, on this moraine patch there are some huge carved round stone, said to be set at this height by the “Pandavas” for building a wind mill. The boulders are so huge that it reminds of the pre historic times as we pass by. The steep gradient continues till the meadows become gentler and following the trail will lead us to the Lake. From above one will see the shape and the location of the lake as if it is named Saurkundi. The lake might be little in size but offers serene landscape. The lake is sacred, so there shouldn’t be any kind of litter and noise or shout. After having a good time, return back to the Maili Thach via same route. As approached the camp have a cup of tea watching beautiful sunset aside the campfire. Following morning trek back to Shangcher village taking same route, where our vehicle would be waiting for us. Drive back to the base camp, depart to your destinations.
Things to Pack:
Rucksack, cotton clothes, good trekking shoes, a warm jacket, Gloves, warmer, woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, raincoat, extra socks, water bottle, torch, cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel, Walking Stick and medicines that you usually use.
Fix Departure tariff 8,900/- excluding GST of 5%
Rates are excluding GST of 5%
Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements
Day 1. Arrive Manali. (2050m)
Arrive at the base camp in Naggar. Documentation, Briefing and shopping trek related items.
Day 2. Base camp – Shangcher – Thoti
Drive to Shangcher village then start trekking through the village houses. The trail steepens up and continues till the campsite at Thoti. The attentive landscape of the mountains makes trekking joyful. The trail goes zigzag at first with bushes then dense forests continue to enchant the way. It could be a good acclimatization hike till the first camping site at Thoti. Though the distance isn’t so long and can be reached in 2-3 hours. The camp is surrounded with trees of Cedar with fabulous scenery ahead. Explore around the campsite watch sunset painting the sky and sleep well in the tents.
Day 3. Thoti – Maili Thach
As day rises have a healthy breakfast and start trekking to the higher camp at Maili Thach. The steep trail continues through forests of Cedar and Pine and the sunlight coming through the trees creates magical moment to rejoice the nature. Trekking higher on the verdant meadows opens up the broad setting ready to be seen. These meadows will leave the trees behind and after hours of trekking one will reach at Maili Thach somewhere by the evening. The vista at this place is mesmerizing with whole of the valley stretching far away along the river Beas. The great valley view becomes interesting mostly in the evenings when the sky is with full of colours. In the evening a Bonfire can be done too. Sleep tight in the tents at Maili Thach.
Day 4. Maili Thach – Saurkundi Lake (3,909m.) – Maili Thach
Next morning give an early start towards the Saurkundi Lake. The route is moderate gradient to steep in between. The vast meadows keep going along all the way till the lake. These meadows are fully covered with colorful wild flowers, a perfect sight to be at. En route the moraines ridge will be faced. The boulders and rocks here are so huge that reminds of a prehistoric time. At this moraine point is the most interesting round stone said to be carved and brought up by the ‘Pandavas’ to build a wind mill. It seems right by looking at the stone, cause no human today can lift or move this stone at his own and bring at such height. Going forward leads to another meadow of fascination. The trail becomes gentler just before approaching the lake. Once reached at the lake one can see the shape of the lake as the name suggests “Saurkundi” “A lake in the shape of a frying pan”. Watching the lake a bit from above would reveal the fact of its name called as Saurkundi. It is a holy lake sacred to the thousands of people in the valley. Littering and creating noise is strictly prohibited near the lake. Spend some time taking pictures and having refreshments. Then return back the same way to the camp. Night halt in the camps at Maili Thach.
Day 5. Maili Thach – Thoti – Shangcher – Base camp
Trek back trailing the same route to the Shangcher village. Descending to road head will take 3-4 hours. Hop in the vehicle waiting to drive the pack back to the base camp. Reach the camp and move to your preferred destinations.
What is included in the tour
- Transport required in the trek.
- Highly advanced & certified mountaineering guide from Himalaya Destination.
- Skilled Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
- Equipments – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
- Basic First aid Kit.
- Forest Permits and camping charges.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners.
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trail head.
- GST 5%.