An Overview

The trek to Neelkanth Mahadev Lake (4,200m ) is one of the most untouched treks in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. NUsually, the best time for this trek is in the month of Mid-June to Mid-September. Th nearest village from the trek's basecamp is Thirot and the total trek length is 15 kilometers one-way. Situated in Tappan Valley of Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, the Neelkanth Mahadev Lake offers a splendid view of some of the tallest mountains in the region. While Neelkanth is a high peak in the Himalayan range dedicated to Lord Shiva, the lake is located at a height of 4,200m (13,777 ft) above mean sea level. There is also a small temple of Lord Shiva near this lake. As per local legends, this peak is also known as Neelkanth Kailash and many devotees from the country come here to take a dip in this holy lake.

The trek to Neelkanth Mahadev is a  really interesting trek with variable terrains throughout. The trek starts from Nainghar, a small hamlet with very little population which is located on the right bank of the glacial water stream flowing from mountains towards the Chandrabhaga river. Then the journey continues towards a beautiful small meadow located just in middle of the trek where we will meet the only people residing at such heights in these mountain ranges - the Shepherds, living along with their flock of sheep, whom they leave free for grazing in the region and the protector of the flock are alert, curious, and courageous mountain shepherd dogs. Then few glacial water streams with freezing cold water have to be crossed and finally, it comes to a stiff walk towards the end of the trek. This place is visited by those men who have failed to father a son. Women are prohibited by local people to visit this lake. The water of the Neelkanth lake is crystal clear blue in colour. A holy bath in this lake is regarded beneficial both for the mind and the body due to the presence of healing herbs in the water.

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4,200m /13,777 feet

Trek Length
15 km (one-way)

4 Nights/ 5 Days

Difficulty Level


Best Season

Mid-June to Mid-September

Neelkanth Mahadev Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1

The trip begins with our arrival in Manali, followed by a day full of rest and preparations for the days of trekking that lie ahead of us.

Day 2

This day begind with an early morning drive from Manali to Nainghar via Rohtang pass, Keylong and Thirot. Once we reach our destination, we get a briefing about the place and about the views around, including the peaks visible, followed by a bonfire, dinner and night stay at Nainghar.

Day 3

After and early breakfast, we begin our trek towards the base camp with lunch en route. The basecamp is the mid point of the trek. Upon reaching, we get a briefing about the place and peaks around, followed by bonfire, dinner and night stay in tents.

Day 4

We rise early in the morning and begin the trek towards the lake after a power packed breakfast from the base camp. Upon finally reaching the lake, we get a briefing about the lake, the Neelkanth Peak, their history and significance, as well as the passes and the ranges visible nearby. After exploring the areas surrounding the lake for some 30 minutes near the lake, we descend back towards the base camp followed by dinner and night stay in tents.

Day 5

After breakfast, descend back from the base camp towards Nainghar and further drive back to Manali. Departure from Manali. At Manali, we part ways to meet soon for another trekking adventure. (Night stay in Manali would be arranged if required by you)

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Accommodation, activities, and meals included in the trip.

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The number of Days and sightseeing to Vashisht hot water springs, Jogini waterfall trek, Nehru Kund, Old Manali, Hadimba Devi Temple, Beas Kund, Rohtang La, Keylong, etc. and other nearby places can be added to the trek at an additional cost. Sightseeing to these places can be arranged depending on the road conditions during that time.