An Overview

The Manimahesh Lake- also known as Dal Lake- is a high altitude lake located at an elevation of 4,080 meters (13,390 ft) above sea level. Situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This lake is of deep religious significance for Hindus, next in line to that of the Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. This lake lies just in front of the mighty Manimahesh Kailash peak at 5,656 meters above sea level. The Lake is the venue of a highly revered pilgrimage trek, known as the ‘Manimahesh Yatra’, undertaken during the month of August/September corresponding to the month of Bhadon according to Hindu calendar, on the eighth day of the New Moon period.

There are two ways of reaching the lake. The first trek to Manimahesh Lake starts from a village called Hadsar in the Kugti Valley and is about 14 km long. This route is shorter, easier and has ample food and water facilities en route, especially during the pilgrimage season. The other route starts from a village called Holi in Chamba district which is for the adventurers. Although it is exceptionally scenic, it is also exceptionally tiring and has no civilization en route apart from a small village. Towards the north-east of Manimahesh Lake and just below the Kailash Peak, there lies another lake known as Kamal Kund. The trek to Kamal Kund is just about 2 kilometers from the base camp of Manimahesh Lake. One can witness astoundingly beautiful views of Manimahesh Lake from the Kund. Beyond Kamal Kund, there is another trek that goes towards Kugti Pass which connects Bharmour area to Lahaul Valley. The Kugti Pass trail is traditionally followed by the people of Lahaul & Spiti to reach Manimahesh Lake during the Manimahesh Yatra from Lahaul side. Manimahesh Kailash, being one of the many Abodes of Lord Shiva, will not only reward you with stunning vistas but also fill you with a deep sense of reverence with the environment around thanks to its high spiritual energies!

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4,080 m/ 13,390 feet

Trek Length

2 nights/3 days.

Difficulty Level


Best Season

July to October.

Manimahesh Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Chamba. Drive towards Hadsar. Trek of 3km towards the camping site. Bonfire, dinner and night stay in tents.
Day 2
After breakfast, an early morning trek towards Manimahesh Lake. Exploring around and briefing about the ranges visible around. Descend back to camping site. Dinner, night stay in tents.
Day 3
Morning descend towards Hadsar. Drive back to Chamba and then departure to particular places.

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Accommodation, activities, and meals included in the trip.

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