Dashaur Lake, lies near Rohtang pass in Manali-Kullu region. Rohtang pass is at an altitude of 13500 ft and it divides the Kullu and Lahoul valley. Once you cross Rohtang pass on way to Keylong, you into Lahoul valley. You come across a completely different landscape and vegetation with towering mountains and a deep valley with Chandra-Bhaga river (Chenab) flowing dangerously.
Dashaur lake is also known by several other names vi Dashir, Sarkund and Sheela Sar. It is situated at an altitude of 15000 ft approx and remains covered in a sheet of ice most of the time during the year except for a few months in summer. The lake provides a panoramic view of the snow clad peaks of the Lahoul Mountains.
The lake has a depth of 3 to 4 meters. It is believed that waters of Dashaur Lake have curative and healing powers and a dip will cure you of many illnesses. The lake draws scores of local pilgrims during the months of August and September. The place is also ideal for a base camp to explore the beautiful and enchanting mountains/regions nearby.
To reach the lake, one can take a bus/taxi from Manali to Marhi, which is 1 ½ hours journey, passing on the way through some mesmerising landscapes and villages. From Marhi the distance to the lake is approx 7 kms which has to be trekked on foot. It is advisable to hire a guide as one can lose one’s way in the mountains.
Another way to reach Dashaur is to trek from Beas Kund, which would be a bit longer. Dashaur forms part of the “3 Lakes Trek”, covering Beas Kund, Dashaur and Brighu Lake.