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Beas Kund trek: Reaching the origin of river Beas

Published On 14 Mar 2021 by Mohit Goswami

Some places leave you contemplating about the infinitesimal position of humankind before the vast universe and its inexplicable eternal beauty. The Beas Kund Trek does just about that. It leaves a fleeting and pleasant emotion in travelers and forces them to indulge in the philosophy of existentialism. If you don?t know what that is then it is time for you to pull out that backpack, grab your essentials, tighten your laces and hop onto this trek to explore the surreal beauty of nature and find the purpose of your life. The enchanting beauty of the Himalayas accompanied by a desirable weather together crafts a beautiful experience that remains ambitioned by many adventure enthusiasts. This easy trek to Beas Kund starts from the famous hill station of Manali which is well connected with many cities and can be easily accessed by private or local vehicles. It ventures deep into the scenic and fascinating valleys of Solang, Dhundi, Lohali and Lady Leg to ultimately lead you to the summit of Beas Kund. The pristine landscapes that are encountered during this journey are majestic and absolutely drool-worthy. There is also abundant scope for solitude and tranquility which is anticipated by most metropolitan travelers and this is also why the Beas Kund trek remains favored by those who wish to grab a few moments of seclusion from the world. Overall the trek is easy and can be done by any averagely fit person, however the level of difficulty rises with the fall in temperature, becoming tricky and challenging during peak winters. However, the trek is refreshing in its own way with lush green meadows and grasslands and the unbelievable views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Ranges and the peaks of Deo Tibba, Indrasen, Ladakhi and Friendship mountains which are usually clearly visible from the summit on bright and clear days. The trek to Beas Kund becomes all the more exciting during the winter season with views of landscapes and mighty mountains smeared with fresh, powdery, white snow, raising the bar of difficulty on the one hand and making the journey merrier, exciting and equally thrilling on the other.

Solang valley is where the trek to Beas Kund begins. A swift and refreshing 2hrs drive from the hill station of Manali will lead you to the beautiful and serene valley of Solang which is situated at an altitude of 8,500 ft and treasures beautiful landscapes within its ambit. Post drive, an easy and pleasant trek lined with boulders and a stream that cuts across it will lead you to Dhundi. On your way to Dhundi, you will also come across a river crossing amidst the enchanting lush green scenery of the valley, within few minutes of trekking into which, you will find yourself lost in the marvelous beauty of the Dhundi valley. Most trekkers call off their journey at Dhundi for the day and resume their expedition the next day with an exhilarating trek to Bakarthach. The trail from Dhundi to Bakarthach is interesting since it allows you to spot the Indrasan and Deo Tibba Peaks along with the seven sisters, as you trek upwards. After traversing through sparse forests of Oak and fir, you are introduced to unbelievable landscapes. As you trek higher, the sight tends to appear greener, fresher and all the more drool-worthy with gigantic snow capped mountains entering the frame in Bakarthach situated at an altitude of 10,800 ft. Bakarthach remains the base camp for the trek to the summit. Ideally, trekkers trek from Bakarthach to Beas Kund and return back to Bakarthach the same day. Beas Kund lies just 6km away from Bakarthach and is accessed within 4-5 hours of relaxed trekking. The route to the peak is quite and blissful, it passes through bright green meadows stretched as far as the sight goes and opens into the emerald blue lake of Beas Kund. The beauty that the lake and the surroundings encompass is inexplicable and has to be experienced to be understood. Interestingly, Beas Kund also serves as a base camp for treks that venture into Friendship peak as well as Ladakhi and Shitidhar peaks. After whiling away some time by the lake, trekkers return to Bakarthach to sleep for the night and begin their journey back to Solang valley, early morning the next day. The trek from Bakarthach to Solang valley is approximately 13 km long and brings you down from an altitude of 12,772 ft to an altitude of 8,400 ft in approximately 6-7 hrs. You are to retrace the same exhilarating trail to return to the bottom and successfully complete the expedition.


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