Quick Manali (4N5D)September 13, 2019
People have always mistaken Neelkanth Lake with the one in Uttrakhand, India. Not many know about this one unless you are a Shiva abode lover. Neelkanth is a lesser known abode of Lord Shiva residing in Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh. It’s a 2 days long trek and is often completed within one day by local lads.
Ladies are strictly prohibited to visit this lake. We are not a supporter of misogyny but we stand with our culture and strong beliefs. That’s one reason we are commercially only inviting males to join us on this trek.
Trek includes a satisfying road trip starting from Manali crossing Rohtang Pass reaching Jalma from where a road is diverted from Mulling zero point further till Nain Gahar. Trek is challenging because of its remote area and lack of public transportation till the last village. The biggest challenge you face on the trek is lack of burning wood for cooking purpose as there are no tress for miles. Folktales believe that the objects taken on the trek must be left at alyaas shelter (Sarain) or at the lake for other people to use. You are surely to find many utensils and eatables left there by the pilgrims.
View from the Base Camp Nain Gahar
Trekkers on the way to Alyaas sarain
Trekkers relaxing near Alyaas
Trek is moderate for any age group people who are medically and physically fit and have little bit prior experience of high altitude places. It isn’t a suitable choice for people who have respiratory problems. You might also feel the effect of various herbs which might cause headache and other normal problems.
Trek offers beautiful reddish landscapes with small shrubs and bushes. The little purple flowers which later turn red is a center of attraction on the entire trek. This type of color tone is rare to find in any other trek in Himachal. The river crossing before the old lake is something which is very exciting and thrilling. It need to be crossed holding each other hands or can also be crossed individually from particular points. The first view of the lake will keep your eyes open. The lake is far more beautiful than you will expect. It will surely keep your eyes wide open for few seconds. In moments you will call it a worthy journey after locating the lake. A holy dip in the lake is very much enough to take away the fatigue.
Evening View of Gangstang (6162 mtrs)
First sight of the holy mountain from Alyaas
First sight of the Neelkanth Peak from its base
Day 1 : Manali – Nain Gahar (Chokhang Road )
Early morning our team will pick you up from Manali and start our journey towards base camp 1 i.e Nain Gahar. In the evening we will reach the base, the last village on the trail. On arrival we will check in to the traditional rest house or pitch our own tents (according to the availability). After dinner we will relax for our next day journey.
Day 2 : Nain Gahar – Alyaas (8 KM trek)
Early in the morning after breakfast we will start our trek ahead taking the first glimpse of the uncounted kailash trail. The trail goes through rough terrains without any trees and any vegetation on the complete trek. On the way we will cross 5 easy water stream crossings. The walk is a up and down route with mostly leveled walk till Alyaas shelter. In the evening we will reach Alyaas shelter (Sarain) the only man made shelter on the entire trail. Taking first view to the Kailash peak you are free to explore the area around till its dark. Later hot dinner will be cooked and we will have a leisure time.
Day 3 : Alyaas – Neelkanth Lake (7 KM)
Next day morning after having our breakfast we will start the remaining trek to our final destination.
This will be the most satisfying part of the entire trail as we pass through stunningly beautiful landscapes with the view to the mighty Neelkanth and Gangstang Peak (6162mtrs). The trek today also goes through crossing a big water stream which can be called as the most thrilling experience of the entire journey. After crossing the big river and climbing a steep ridge we make our way forward crossing uncountable stones to reach the Purani Jheel. The old lake is a gorgeous place, walking by the side of calm water steams coming from melting glaciers. 2 Km ahead we reach the first religious point after a climb and it’s where we sight the holy lake for the very first time. On reaching the lake you are free to explore the area around and take the holy dip in blue neelkanth lake. After spending few hours at the lake and having some lunch we will start heading back towards alyaas shelter crossing the river before it starts getting dark. On reaching alyaas you are free to relax and enjoy the beauty around. Later hot dinner will be served.
Day 4 : Alyaas – Nain Gahar – Manali
Today early we will start our journey back after breakfast in Nain Gahar and lunch somewhere in Jalma. Till night we will reach Manali via Rohtang pass. You will be dropped to the hotel and our services end here.
• Accommodation in triple sharing tents while camping on the trail.
• All three meals which include Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Including tea and snacks every evening.
• Lunch may be packed for each day depending on the walking speed of members.
• Highly active and experienced trek guide and high altitude cook with prior experiences on the trail.
• Campfire facilities on every evening to keep you warm.
• Good matrices and sleeping bags per person.
• Separate kitchen tents.
• Porters to carry all the stuff required on the whole trek.
• Clean utensils everyday according to your need.
• All basic medical emergencies and medicines.
• Every evening music facilities till the battery lasts.
• Well lighted tents in evening with separate emergency torches and candles in case of emergency.
• Complimentary Photography of the members.
• Last night hotel stay anywhere near the point of pickup.
• Any bus fare/train fare or air bookings.
• Warm clothes, trekking boot ,snow boots , trekking poles etc.
• Meals other than mentioned.
• Any kind of medical insurances.
• Any kind of drugs or alcoholic drinks will not be provided by our side.
• Any kind of power bank for charging your gears.
• No porter for carrying your personal stuff.
• Head Lamps
• Toilet Paper and soap.
Route via Purani Jheel to the main lake
Old glaciers en route Neelkanth Lake
First view to the holy neelkanth lake