The trek to Chandratal the " Moon Lake" is almost like going to the moon. You almost feel like the first explorers going to a new place for the first time. The landscape and the scenery change ever so quickly with each sighting bettering the one before. This is till you reach the lake! The world comes to a stand still here. Staring at you is this turquoise crescent of water surrounded by the Chandrabhaga & Mulkila Massifs. The lake seems to hypnotise you with its various hues and is like a nymph left alone in this great Himalayan setting of towering mountains.
This moderately difficult trek is also provides one with an opportunity to get to as high of 4800 m without too much difficulty, in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh leading to the large high altitude Chandra Tal Lake (Lake of the Moon in the local dialect). The trek ends at the Baralacha Pass on the Manali-Leh road. It is a very popular trek out of Manali and can be extended with another trek or a Jeep Safari to Ladakh
Best Time to visit : April to November
Day 1 :
Arrive Delhi Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Later in the evening board the overnight luxury coach to Manali (1850 mts) in the famed Kullu Valley.
Day 2 :
Arrive Manali Arrive Manali in the morning. Check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 :
Manali-Batal (8 hrs,100 kms) Drive from Manali to Batal over the Rohtang Pass (3950 mts) into the Chandra Valley and onto Batal . Batal is at the base of the Kunzum La Pass. Spend the night in camp at Batal. Overnight in tents.
Day 4 :
Batal-Chandra Tal (5-6 hrs) The trek from Batal to Chandra Tal is a comfortable trek along a motorable track. The views down the valley include the BaraShigri Glacier and several peaks above 6000 mts. Camp at Chandra Tal which has fabulous views of Mulkilla, TaraPahar and Tala Giri (all above 6000 mts). There is the option of spending an extra day at Chandra Tal to acclimatize. Overnight in tents.
Day 5 :
Chandra Tal-Tokpo Yongma (6-7 hrs) Hard trekking from Chandra Tal to the bank of the Tokpo Yongma (4350 mts). The track rises and falls over scree slopes till the camp site. It is usually quite cold here and good warm clothing is required. Overnight in tents.
Day 6 :
Tokpo Yongma-Tokpo Gongma (6-7 hrs) Trek along a lesser used trail to Tokpo Gongma (4650 mts). These trails are maintained by the shepherds who bring their flocks to graze in this area during the summer months. These shepherds are from a tribe called the Gaddi and travel all the way from their homes in Western Himachal to these grazing grounds every summer. They are invaluable to trekkers, especially early in the season. Without them treking in the area would be impossible. Overnight in tents.
Day 7 :
Tokpo Gongma-Baralacha La-Manali (4-5 hrs+5 hrs) Leave after an early breakfast. Follow a clear trail to the top of the Pass through lush green high altitude pastures. The Pass is motorable and you will be picked up by jeeps and driven to Manali or alternately you can continue on a trek or a Jeep Safari to Leh in Ladakh. Check into Banon Resort at Manali.
Day 8 :
Manali - Delhi (570 Km. / 12-13 hrs) Breakfast at the hotel and time at leisure, Post Lunch time to explore the city on your own. We will depart for Delhi by 1800 hrs. Dinner on the way to Delhi. Overnight Journey.
Day 9 :
Departure Delhi After breakfastTransfer for connecting flight home from the international airport Onwards Journey with carrying unforgettable pleasant moments which you experienced in tours with KUTCHHI TOURS.