Phauta saur is the new unknown destination for your next trek. Forget Manali and Mussoorie and visit Phauta Saur to experince Indiaâ€™s best trek. Also known as the â€œMountain of lakesâ€ Phauta saur has as many as twelve lakes in a single mountain. The best part about the region is the fact that it is covered with snow all year round. The trail for trekking is surrounded by incognito floras and faunas along with massive Oak trees. So, pack your bags this June and get ready to experience one hell of a trek because weâ€™ve got you all covered. The landscape is serene making it once in a lifetime experience.
â€¢ Duration: 5 nights and 6 days
â€¢ Starting point of trek: Haripur, Manali
â€¢ Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
â€¢ Total trekking distance: 36 kms
â€¢ Average daily trek: 6-7 hours
â€¢ Best trek time: June- October
Day 1: Arrive at Basecamp - Camp1 | 8,410 ft. - 30 Mins Drive - 5 Hrs Trek
Reporting time: 7:30 am - Please take the earliest bus from Delhi/Chandigarh
Arrive in Manali and we will be happy to pick you up from Patlikulh bus stop (14-16 km before Manali bus station) to bring you to the base camp. The climbers who have not stayed overnight with us at the base camp, are welcome to join us for breakfast. A chat session with the team and the fellow climbers. Soon after we'll proceed to Soil, the oldest village in the Kullu Valley. A charming village in itself, the hike to Soil is easy and refreshing, good start to the day.
After spending a little while in the village, we will proceed to Mindua. It's an easy hike to Guhad, the trail opens up to a vast expanse of meadows surrounded by forests of Kharshu, Walnut, Chestnut, Bhojpatra trees. Another 4 to 5 hours will lead us to Mindua. We will pitch our tents here and camp overnight with some bonfire and dinner.
Day 2: Camp-1 to Camp-2 | 10,850 ft. - 5 hrs Trek
After a hearty breakfast, we'll start our ascent to camp-2. The trail runs through thick Oak forests and the pure oxygen almost hurts the lungs. The trail will lead us to chowkigarh nalla, a small stream. We'll cross the stream to enter the lush green meadow amidst a thick Oak forest. We camp here for the night.
Day 3: Camp-2 to Camp-3 | 12,580 ft. - 7 hrs Trek
After the dose of energy packed breakfast, we leave for camp-2. The trail meanders through thick forests of Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper. This region is known for it it's various rare plants and herbs like Karu, Chora, Patish, Gugal, wild Garlic etc., which are known to have some high medicinal value.
Day 4: Camp-3 - Hike to the lakes and back to Camp-3 | 14,290 ft., 8 hrs Trek
After breakfast, we will trek for about 45 minutes to reach the first lake â€˜Batarunaag Saurâ€™. A short walk will bring us to one of the most ethereal lakes; â€˜Vasukinaag Saurâ€™. A short distance from here basks the elusive lake â€˜Futta Saurâ€™ and â€˜Mata Kotli Saurâ€™. I have chosen to call them â€œElusiveâ€ as they are almost always hidden in mist and give the illusion that they are just a stoneâ€™s throw away.
The terrain here is a bit rocky and not very suitable for camping. So, our tents will remain pitched at Parkuni while we will trek to the lakes and back well in time for dinner and bonfire (if conditions permit). Turn into your sleeping bags and slide into a blissful sleep while atop the Mountain of Lakes.
Day 5: Camp-3 to Camp-1| 9,900 ft. - 6 hrs
Unwind and chill with some breakfast at camp-3. From here, we retrace our steps backwards to reach the camp-1, we pitch our tent here for the night. The challenging part of the trek is over.
Day 6: Camp-1 to Base Camp in Haripur | 9,900 ft. - 6 hrs
After breakfast we will leave from camp-1 for the basecamp at Haripur. Reach Base Camp and unwind and celebrate with some hot lunch.
Relax at the base camp before we part ways here to meet soon for our next adventure.Take the bus back to Delhi from Manali at 5:00 pm to wrap up your tour.