Trek to Futtasaur- Mountains of lake 3rd October to 8th October, 2018

According to the folklore, Futta Saur is the lake where the all-powerful and revered Jamdagni Rishi (form the famed house of Malana) performed his bathing ritual or some auspicious ceremonies. It was almost 30 years ago that ‘Jamdagni Rishi’ last visited the Holy Futta Saur. There has been no recorded visit post that. The trek starts from the ancient village of Soil from where the trail will lead on to thick alpine forest with some rare flora and fauna. After a comfortable trek of about four hours, we will reach an open meadow like ground by the name of Mindua. This will be where we will camp the first night. This is also the “Lair” for the local gaddi sahib, Shri. Chetram ji A.K.A Chetu Phuaal (Phuaal meaning Gaddi). Hence, the name. This entire terrain is so rich in composition of medicinal and exotic herbs that the air you breathe in is rich enough to get some people light headed.

Day 1Trail Course: Manali - Haripur – Soil – Guhad - Mindua
Max. Altitude: 8,410 feet
Duration: 4/5 hours)
Arrive in Manali and pick up from bus stand. Freshen up and have breakfast. We will drive up to the oldest village in the Kullu Valley, ‘Soil’. After visiting the beautiful ancient temple of Jamdagni Rishi and Kabir (Kabir was to Rishi Jamdagni like Nandi was to Lord Shiva). Soil in itself is a charming little village and it is sheer joy to trek across it. From Soil, we start walking towards ‘Mindua’. The trail is fairly easy and leads up to Guhad. It is a vast expanse of meadows with forests of Kharshu, Walnut, Chestnut, Bhojpatra etc. A trek for another 4 to 5 hours will lead us to Mindua. We will pitch our tents here and camp overnight.
Day 2Trail Course: Mindua – Shodupathar – Dhundha
Max. Altitude: 10,850 feet
Duration: 4/5 hours
The sun rise at Mindua is surreal. Enjoy a high-nutrition breakfast here and charge up for the trek ahead. We start our ascent to Dhunda. The trail runs through dense Oak forests and the pure oxygen almost hurts the lungs. The trail will now lead to Chowkigarh nalla, a small stream, and we will cross this to reach a lush green meadow amidst a thick forest of predominantly Oak trees. We will pitch our tents here. Take in the beautiful surroundings and explore the surroundings. After some nice warm dinner, snuggle up in your sleeping bags for the night.
Day 3Trail Course: Dhundha – Parkuni
Max. Altitude: 12,580 feet
Duration: 6/7 hours
After a morning charge up session and a healthy breakfast, we leave for Parkuni, which is above the tree line. The trail meanders through thick forests of Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper. This region is laden with various rare plants and herbs like Karu, Chora, Patish, Gugal, and wild Garlic etc., which are known to have some high medicinal value. The air is heavily laden with unadulterated oxygen and there is only so much you can do to keep your excitement in check. For those who may need a bit of motivation to keep walking, the sights and sounds and textures of Himalaya will prove to be a fuel enough. We will camp for the night in Parkuni.
Day 4Trail Course: Parkuni - Kukarban – Batarunaag Saur - Vasukinaag Saur – Futta Saur – Mata Kotli Saur – Parkuni
Altitude: Vasukinaag Saur – 13,870 feet
Futta Saur – 14,250 feet
Mata Kotli Saur – 14,290 feet
Duration: 7/8 hours
Today, we get our much deserved eternal reward when we feast on the sights of natural grandeur that will form memories of a life time. After breakfast, we will trek for about 45 minutes to reach the first lake ‘Batarunaag Saur’. A short walk will bring us to one of the most ethereal lakes; ‘Vasukinaag Saur’. A short distance from here basks the elusive lake ‘Futta Saur’ and ‘Mata Kotli Saur’. The attempt to sight the Elusive Lakes will be done in Alpine style. 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 5Trail Course: Parkuni – Shodupathar
Max. Altitude: 9,900 feet
Duration: 5/6 hours
Now you can take things at your own pace. Just unwind and chill with some breakfast at Parkuni. From here retrace your steps backwards to reach the campsite at Shodupathar. Pitch tents here and just connect with nature. The challenging part of the trek is over. You have earned the right to celebrate.
Day 6Trail Course: Shodupathar – Soil – Manali
Max. Altitude: 9,900 feet
Duration: 5/6 hours
After breakfast and some photography at leisure, we will leave Shodupathar for Manali via Soil village. Reach Manali and unwind and celebrate with some hot lunch and a non-stop chatter about our achievement of trekking through the Mountain of Lakes.
Cost Includes
  • Non AC road travel on Day 1 and Day 6.
  • All meals from Day 1 dinner to Day 6 breakfast.
  • Tented accommodation at all locations.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Porters.
  • Guides.
  • Safety equipment.
  • Basic medical and first aid kit.
  • Expertise.
Cost Excludes
  • Travel from Mumbai/Pune/Bangalore to Manali and back
  • Personal expenses like mineral water, cold drinks etc.
  • Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.


14,950 + 5% GST per person


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