CHANDRA TAL TREK
|Duration: 12 Night / 13 Days
|Destinations: Himachal Pradesh
Chandratal lake is a spectacular sweet water lake, located in the midst of dry arid landscape of Spiti. The lake is bean shaped and has a circumference of about 2.8 kms.
The lake is situated at an altitude of about 4200 Mtrs. The water is crystal clear, and it boasts of different shades of blue as the day progresses. A small meadow at either side of the lake makes it a perfect camping location to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this jewel of Spiti.
Our trek would start from Kunzum Pass situated at an altitude of 4550 Mtrs. From here it is largely an easy downhill walk. Magnificent views of high Himalayan peaks of the CB range are in the vicinity all around. Chandratal lake is the source of Chandra river, which later confluences with Bhaga to form Chandra Bhaga and is later called the Chenab as it continues its journey into Pakistan.
This tour is a combination of an overland Himalayan jeep safari experience and high altitude trekking in the Indian Himalayas.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi:
On arrival met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi to Manali:
Morning after breakfast drive to Manali on arrove chik in to hotel and dinner overnight stay in the hotel
Day 03: Manali:
On arrive at Manali and transfer to hotel late afternoon sightseeing tour of Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Hot Spring etc. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 04: Manali to Keylong (3348 m/11000 ft):
Morning after breakfast drive to Keylong (115 km/4 - 5 hrs approx) via Rohtang pass (3980 M) for acclimatisation purpose. Go on short hikes around Keylong. Keylong is the capital town of Lahaul and has numerous cultivated fields bordered with willow and poplar trees, in-between the surrounding barren landscape. Overnight in tents.
Day 05: Keylong to Batal (3950 m / 13000 ft):
We will drive to Batal from Keylong in the morning. Arrive in Batal for lunch. We will go on an acclimatising hike from here. Return to the camp in the evening. Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Batal to Chandra tal (4250 m / 14000 ft):
Today we will trek 18 kms to reach Chandratal and it will take us about 5-6 hrs, while on this trek we will get a nice view of the Lahul range, peaks like Minar (6172 M), Talagiri (6279 M), Tara Pahar (6227 M) and Mulkila (6517 M). Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Chandra Tal (4250 m/14000 ft):
This day belongs to you, 'Do Your Own Thing'. Go on an exploratory hike, swim in the chilled waters of the lake, or just chill at the campsite. Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Chandra Tal to Tokpo Yongma (4350 m/14300 ft):
Today's trek is of 15 km and will take us about 6-7 hrs. Overnight in tents..
Day 09: Tokpo Yongma to Tokpo Gongma (4650 m/15250 ft):
We will trek 15 kms on this day and the time taken will depend on how long it takes to cross Tokpo Yongma (Lower River) and one more stream. We might have to use ropes for crossing the streams. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Tokpo Gongma to Baralacha (4950 m/16236 ft) to Jispa (3348 m/11000 ft):
We start the day by crossing Tokpo Gongma (upper river). On this day we will have to hike for 12 km to reach Baralacha La. Baralacha La (4950 M) is a double pass. It marks the divide between the Himalayan and Lahul Ranges and also between the Himalayan and the Baralacha Range extending to the North. From here drive to Jispa, a beautiful hamlet by the river Bhaga. Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Jispa to Manali:
After breakfast drive to Manali (147 km, 4-5 hrs). Evening at leisure.
Day 12: Manali to Delhi:
Today we will do half day sight seeing at Manali and in the evening drive to Delhi by car / AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 13: Delhi:
Arrival at Delhi by morning. On arrival transfer to hotel for relax. In the evening drive to international airport to catch onwards flight. Trip End.