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Ghepan Lake Trek

Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek

  • 5 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Start: Manali
  • Altitude
    Max Altitude: 4140 m

Ghepan Lake Trek is a hidden gem nestled in the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh. The trek to this mesmerizing alpine lake is a treat for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The trek starts from Sissu village, which is one of the remote villages of Lahaul-Spiti, located on the banks of the Chandra River.

The trek offers breathtaking views of barren mountains with snow-covered peaks surrounding you, glacial waterfalls coming down from these mountains, and lush green meadows dotted with wildflowers. The trail takes you through dense forests of oak, pine, and deodar trees, offering a refreshing break from the scorching heat.

Ghepan Lake is a hidden neon-blue glacial lake that is unknown to even many local guides. The lake sits deep inside the valley and can be reached after a moderate-level trek. The crystal-clear water of the lake reflects the surrounding snow-capped peaks, making it a sight to behold.

The Ghepan Lake Trek is an easy trek that can be completed in two days. The best time to visit Ghepan Lake Trek is from June to September when the weather remains pleasant and favorable for trekking.

To reach Ghepan Lake Trek, one needs to first reach Manali and then travel to Sissu village from where the trek starts. Manali is well connected by roadways and airways with major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla.

The lake is situated at an altitude of 4140M, and it is a really awesome offbeat alternative to more crowded treks like Hampta Pass and Bhrigu Lake.

Departure & Return Location

Manali Mall Road (Google Map)

Meeting Time

11 A.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg): Morning bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner, Hot Bournvita at night, and Yummy Desserts
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings as required
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit

Price Excludes

  • Transportation from Manali to Sissu & back
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Insurance
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • The Ghepan LakeThe highlight of the trek is undoubtedly Ghepan Lake itself. This 1km-long lake is nestled amidst barren mountains and surrounded by snow-covered peaks. Its neon-blue color adds to its beauty and makes it a sight to behold.
  • Offbeat LocationThe trek starts from Sissu village, which is one of the remotest villages in Lahaul valley. This offbeat location ensures that you get to experience nature at its best without any crowds or commercialization.
  • Glacial WaterfallsAs you trek towards the lake, you'll come across several glacial waterfalls cascading down from the mountains. These waterfalls add to the beauty of the already picturesque landscape.
  • Local CultureDuring the trek, you'll get a chance to interact with locals and learn about their culture and way of life. You'll also get to see traditional houses made of stone and wood.
  • Flora & FaunaThe region around Ghepan Lake is home to several species of flora and fauna such as Himalayan blue poppy, Himalayan tahr, etc. Keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful creatures during your trek.
  • Beginner Friendly TrailWhile the trek may be a little challenging, the trail is beginner friendly with gradual ascents and descends which makes it perfect for beginners who want to test their limits without pushing themselves too hard.
Ghepan Ghat Trek Photos

Ghepan Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1Manali to Sissu (3130M) - Drive, 40 Km

The Ghepan Lake Trek starts with a beautiful drive to Sissu. Sissu is one of the remote villages of Lahaul-Spiti. It is located on the banks of the Chandra river. 

We start the drive from Manali to Sissu, via Rohtang Pass. Sissu is at 3130 M so we’ll be staying at Sissu tonight to acclimatize to the high altitude. 

The stay will be in a homestay and dinner will be served hot. 

Day 2Sissu to Camp 1 (4 Km / 3 Hours)

The day starts with a hot tea. After breakfast, we start with a short drive to the trailhead, which is around 9 Km away from Sissu. From the trailhead, the trail is a gentle climb up.

The trail starts with a rocky section. We’ll be passing shepherd homes, and abandoned huts. The trail will eventually lead us to Camp 1. Camp 1 is a beautiful open meadow amidst snow-capped mountains. 

We’ll camp here for the night and dinner will be served hot. 

Day 3Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6 Km / 4 Hours)

Today, we’ll be trekking deeper into the valley, and closer to the Ghepan glacier. Once we start from Camp 1, we have to cross a river, after which is a series of ascents and descents. 

Camp 2 is another meadow full of beautiful wildflowers. Far away from civilization, we’ll be spending the night here and get a good night’s sleep before approaching the Ghepan Ghat. 

Day 4Camp 2 to Ghepan Lake (8 Km)

Today is the most awaited day of all, the trek to Ghepan Ghat! After starting from Camp 2, we ascend on a rocky section towards the ridge and then descend to a flat grass field. We’ll need to cross a small river nallah here.

Once we climb the final ridge, the neon blue Ghepan Lake reveals itself. It is an amazingly beautiful lake and you can see brilliant white chunks of ice from the Ghepan glacier floating on the lake. The lake is around 2-3 Km long. 

After admiring the beauty and staying at the lake for a while, we’ll start to descend towards Camp 2. Stay at Camp 2 for the night. 

Day 5 Camp 2 to Sissu & Drive to Manali

Today is the last day of this amazing trek. We will be retracing our steps back to civilization. Don’t forget to look back and admire the beauty of the valley.

Once we reach Sissu, we will be driving back to Manali via the famous Rohtang Pass. Spend some time at the pass, click pictures and say goodbye to the Lahaul valley. We will be reaching back to Manali by 5 PM.

Ghepan Lake Trek Map

FAQ

What is the best time to do this trek?

The best time to embark on the Ghepan Lake Trek is between May and October. During this period, the weather is pleasant, with clear skies and moderate temperatures.

The trek takes you through a picturesque valley where you can witness the beauty of nature in its full glory. The highlight of the trek is the blue glacial lake, which is a sight to behold. The lake’s color changes throughout the day, depending on the sunlight’s angle, making it a photographer’s paradise.

What are the requirements for participation?

All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.

Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.

How to make a booking with us?

You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

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If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at hello@advenchar.com with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.

What is cancellation policy?

You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months.  You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar. 

Refund

  • Before 15 days from departure date – 100% refund.
  • Between 15 days and 7 days from departure date  – 70% refund.
  • Less than 7 days from departure date – You can modify your trek free of cost, and transfer it to a friend/family member.
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