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Saurkundi Lake Trek

Himachal Pradesh , INDIA

Saurkundi Lake Trek Highlights

Saurkundi Lake Trek Altitude

3900 meters

Trek Level


Trek Duration (Days)


Minimum Age


Saurkundi Lake Trek Months

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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Guides for Saurkundi Lake

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Overview of Saurkundi Lake trek

Saurkundi Lake trek is also called Saurkundi Pass trek or Rani Sui Lake trek.
This trek is on the trail to Kalihani Pass and Bara Bhangal.

Kundi mean a frying pan, the lake is called Saurkundi because it is in the shape of a frying pan. This trek can be done via a number of routes, we have outlined one of them below. There are many local legends about this lake. The trek offers you breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and the valley below. You get Majestic views of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Manalsu glacier.

Trek begins at: Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
Trek ends at:  Manali.

How to reach Manali
Nearest Airport  to Manali :   Bhuntur Airport, Kullu
Nearest Major Towns:  Chandigarh - 312 km, New Delhi - 553 km
Trekkers usually travel to Delhi by Air or Train, then take Volvo bus to Manali.
Volvo bus booking can be done on redbus
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Important Information for Saurkundi Lake Trek
Number of days: 3 but could also be done faster depending on fitness level of the trekker.
Unless you are an experienced high altitude trekker, you should stick to the itinerary provided by a local guide.

Trekking path: Steep uphills, forests and Green meadows.

Weather conditions: The local guides are the best judge of the weather conditions to determine if the trek can be done or not.

Support needed: You would have to carry your camping equipments like tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, food and stove. If you are an experienced trekker and have done self supported treks you could do this trek on your own.
A local guide can help organize the trek. Based on your needs, a local guide can organize everything needed for the trek or can just play the role of a guide.

Personal checklist: Here is the list of items you would have to carry for this trek - Personal items you have to carry.

Finally, here are some important things you should know before taking up this trek - Important things to know.

A generic itinerary for Saurkundi Lake trek

Day 1: Trek from Old Manali to Lama Dugh (3000 m, 5 hrs)

You will start the trek from behind the hadimba temple in old Manali. The trek goes through dense forests of oak and cedar. On emerging from the forests, you are greeted with mesmerising views of the peaks around you. You would be able to see Indrasan, Peak of Bara Shigri glacier and Deo Tibba. Lama dugh is a beautiful alpine meadow and during the months of summer you will find alpine flowers here. Remember to carry sufficient water as finding water could be difficult on this stretch of the trek.

Day 2: Trek from Lama Dugh to Rani Sui  (3900 m, 3 hours)

The trek from Lama dugh will continue through mixed forests for about an hour.  As you climb higher the forest will give way to alpine bushes like the rhododendron, juniper and birch. The trek then will pass through a steep ridge below Khanpari Tibba, from which you get amazing views of the valley below. Depending on the season, you could find the valley painted in different colours.
From here Rani Sui is not very far, you would have to trek to the top and then descend to the Lake. At the lake you get a magnificent 360 degree view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. You could camp here for the night under the star lit sky.

Day 3: Trek from Rani Sui to Khaniyal (2300 m, 7 hours)

The day will be spent descending to Khaniyal through high altitude meadows and mixed forests of pine, horse chestnut, maple and walnut. The trek will pass through the meadows of Duddu Thatch and then enter dense pine forests again to reach Khaniyal. A vehicle can be taken from Khaniyal to Manali.