Manimahesh Lake (also known as Dal Lake, Manimahesh), situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, is a high altitude lake (el. 4080 m.). The Manimahesh Kailash peak stands high close to the lake. The religious sanctity of this place is next to the Lake Manasarovar.
Day 1: Departure
the first 6km of the trek passes through a small lake. Tibetan children village and satobary village. From satobary village a wide trail descends to Ghera through thick jungle the cross Gaj river and Karari stream. From Ghera is a steady climb to Kareri village. Night stay in tents.
Trek goes along Kareri nullah. It is 3 to 4 hours to Kareri Lake. The lake is situated at the base og Minkiani Pass. Kareri lake has beautiful high altitude meadows and big pastureland.
Four to five hours steed asent takes to the top of the pass. In early summer one has to walk over snow and ice and needs good technical skill. After the monsoon there is no snow and the trail is visible. The weather is unpredictable here. From the Pass the trail descends down to the Minkaiani Got through big boulders.In early summer months these boulders remain covered by deep snow. The track terminates at Minkaini Got where few rock caves and a beautiful camping ground will take care of night stay.
Lam Dal the biggest lake in Dhauladhar range is considered as the abode of Shiva and is sacred. On the way to Lam Dal is kali Kund shaped like a well and surrounded by rising hills.
From Lam Dal the trek descends down the valley along Lam Dal stream Night stey at Drakund.
It takes about two hours to reach Dunali on the main Chamba – Bhamour road. The villages are scattered but linked with each other.
Located at the confluence of Ravi and Lam dal stream. (Dunali to Bharmour – 40 km) Night stay in a guest house inj Bharmour visit ancient Chaurasi Temples Re-supply for the trek.
Bharmour to Hadsar is 13Km motorable. Hadsar to Dhancho is about 7km steep ascent. Dhancho is the base camp for the trekkers enroute Manimahesh Lake. Gauri nullah (stream) forms a huge waterfall at Dhancho. Night stay in the tents.
From Dhancho a big trail steep up 5km to Gauri kund is gradual ascent for 2.5km to Manimahesh Lake. Manimahesh is a small glaciar lake in Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. Thousands of people go on pilgrimage to this lake every year in August. Lunch at the lake and to Dhancho for the night stay.
night stay in the guest house From Bharmour bus/ jeep are available for Chamba, Dharamsala, Pathankot.