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The Rani Sui Lake Trek, nestled at 12,400 ft within the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the few high-altitude treks open throughout the year for trekkers to explore.
Himachal is the mystical wonderland for all things adventure. Among several trekking places for adrenaline enthusiasts and trek lovers, the Rani Sui Lake is nestled close to the sanctity of the Dhauladhar ranges. You can’t help but drool over the region’s mesmerizing yet diverse landscape and distinct culture. Rani Sui Lake is a stunning lake sprawled at 11,154 ft. Commonly known as the Saurkundi trek, the Rani Sui lake lies above the beautiful town of Manali, right between the route to Bara Bhangal and Kalihani Pass.
The Rani Sui Lake Trek journey begins from Old Manali, and we trek our way to our first destination- Lamadugh, a high-altitude plateau. En route, trekkers will also witness several snow-capped peaks like Deo Tibba, Indrasan, and Bara Sigri Glacier. The trail to Rani Sui Lake from Lamadugh is steep but also delivers panoramic views of the Dhauladhar and the Pir Panjal ranges and the beautiful town of Manali. It takes you through the lovely and lush alpine meadows and the region’s dense forests.
This trek offers a fascinating and timeless travel route used by the legendary Gaddi shepherds that span the untouched mountain wilderness of the majestic Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Ranges. Yet very few visitors find their way here. You should be ready for adventure and to be taken by views to treasure in your memories forever. It is a grueling ascent to the last ridge below Khanpari Tibba peak to Rani Sui.
There will be vertical climbs and short stretches of snow, especially during winter and when it snows heavily in the region. One remains genuinely in awe of the untouched meadows of this valley, the peaks of the Dhauladhar and the Pir Panjal ranges like Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Indrasan, and the Rohtang Pass.
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 5 to 6 hours
Manali Altitude: 2,050 m (6,725 ft)
Lamadugh Altitude: 3,060 m (10,040 ft)
This is the first day of your trek to Rani Sui Lake. Manali is accessible from major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. An overnight journey from any of these cities will get you to Manali. Old Manali is one of the most accessible and comfortable regions to stay in Manali, with amazing views of snowy peaks and snow-clad summits. You can find several animals in this region, the most prominent being the Yak.
The trek begins from the Hadimba Devi temple, also known as Dongri Mata Mandir or Dhungari Temple. It is an ancient cave temple in the region. You will witness mesmerizing views of snow-clad Deo-Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Bara Sigri Glacier peaks, Dhauladhar, Rohtang Pass, and so much more on your way to the lake.
As we say this, we suggest you fill up on your essentials and water supply at this point. The temple is the last water source until you reach Lamadugh, so ensure you are well-equipped and hydrated. The steep and narrow climb toward Lamadugh starts from the Dongri Mata Mandir. The journey may be exhausting, but we will cover significant altitudes patiently.
Stunning views of snow-capped peaks will welcome us on our way and make the journey more fun. We will resume on the same trail and cross the dense forests of deodar and pine till we reach the ridge. Soon we get our first stop at Lamadugh, a high-altitude alpine meadow with vibrant, colorful flowers, making it perfect for shepherds to graze their cattle.
Thick forests surround Lamadugh; if you get lucky, you can spot multiple endangered and exotic birds and animals. You will then be mesmerized by a beautiful view of the picturesque town of Manali.
It will be an overall easy trek on the first day, so you will get enough time to soak in the beauty of this vast pastoral land. We will spend the rest of the night in tents.
Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 8-9 hours
Rani Sui Lake Altitude: 3,780 m (12,400 ft)
We will begin our trek early morning from Lamadugh to the Rani Sui Lake. The trail will get steeper as we cover 1 km below the ridge at Khanpari Tibba. From here, the view of the resort town of Manali and the upper valley of Kullu is visible. We trek further for a few hours till we reach Rani Sui Lake, a pristine and oval-shaped picturesque lake.
Located right across the Dhauladhar range in Manali, this trek has a brilliant view of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. The Dhauladhar is one of the ranges located in the Middle Himalayas. They begin near Dalhousie at the northwest end of the region of Himachal Pradesh and pass through the state to the area of the bank of the Beas River in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. They begin to merge with the Pir Panjal ranges near Manali.
The Pir Panjal ranges are towards the lesser-Himalayan regions and show gradual elevation at each step. The Pir Panjal Pass, commonly referred to as Peer ki Gali by the area’s locals, connects the Kashmir valley with Rajouri and Poonch via the Mughal Road.
You can explore the ranges and soak up nature at this point to your heart’s desire. We will spend some time here and then descend towards Duddu Thatch which is 10,500 ft. Duddu Thatch’s trail includes expansive meadows and dense forests of maple, walnut, pine, and horse chestnut. We will set camp here and spend the entire night in the woods, under the beautiful stars and open sky.
Distance: 6 km
Time Taken: 3-4 hours
Manali Altitude: 2,050 m (6,725 ft)
On the third day of our trek, we will descend toward Manali from Duddu Thatch. The descent from Duddu Thatch to Manali will take us through pine forests, alpine meadows, and pristine rock formations everywhere around us, so we need to be careful as it’s a steep and narrow road.
Once we reach the bottom, our trip ends as we get to the beautiful and quaint town of Manali. You can then visit the little Himachali homes lining the area and the Dungri Village in Old Manali – a laid-back and quaint district known for its wooden mountain trails, apple and mangrove orchards, and scenic spots with several exotic flora and fauna.
After we reach our base camp in the town of Manali, our wonderful trek comes to an end.
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