Chandratal Lake 09 Nights / 10 Days Tour
Delhi - Manali - Shishu - Kumzum pass - Chandertal - Keylong - Manali
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The Chandratal-Baralacha Trek takes the trekkers all over the majestic Himalayas to explore the cold and dry mountain desert of Spiti and Lahaul Valley while passing across Bara Shigri Glacier, the biggest glacier in Himachal Pradesh. The route further takes us through the beautiful Chandratal Lake at an altitude of 4270 meters. Chandratal, which means the Lake of Moon, is shaped like a half moon and is set on a large meadow of edelweiss within a lower ridge and the main Kunzum range. The trek to Chandratal, the “Moon Lake" is almost like going to the moon and the region brings the feeling as if the explorer has been to a new place for the very first time. And the most eligible reason for such feeling is that the landscape and the environment of the whole region keep on changing with every sighting much better than before. And once you are at the lake the world just stands still and the trekkers faint into another world. The lake truly magnetizes anyone and a glorious trek to this region is moderately difficult type and brings an opportunity to ascent across an altitude of 4800 m without much difficulty.
The Chandratal- Baralacha trek ends on top of the Baralacha Pass (4830 m), which marks the highest point of the trek. From there, the tourists can go back by jeep and can have a stopover in Keylong (optional). This is a perfect trek during monsoon time, since there is no rain in this fascinating valley.
Morning relax. Afternoon drive to Solang valley to start a short acclimatization walk. It is three hours drive from Solang valley to old Manali passing through some traditional villages of Manali. Overnight stay at Hotel in Manali.
The beautiful road journey into the high Himalayas starts today. Leave after an early breakfast and drive over Rohtang Pass. It is beautiful zigzag uphill drive to Rohtang Pass. After crossing Rohtang Pass you will notice a sudden change in the landscape-the green kullu valley is suddenly replaced by dry dessert of Lahul valley. Camp at Shishu on the side of river.
This short stage is included in order to get acclimatize to the increasing altitude. After breakfast we drive further up into Lahul valley to visit one of the monasteries sitated on top of a hill. Later drive back to Shishu and continue to Chota Dara where you camp on the side of Chandera river that originates from Chandertal.
After a short drive you on top of Kunzum Pass from where you start your trek to Chandertal Lake. From Kunzum Pass you have beautiful view of the high Himalayan peaks. It is gradual walk from Kunzum Pass to Chandertal lake.
Gradual uphill walk for 4 to 5 hours takes us to the next camping place. We have to start early in order to cross small streams that gets flooded in the afternoon. Camp for overnight stay.
Gradual uphill walk for 5 hours takes us to our next camping place. Tokpo Yongma means small river.
After 3 to 4 hours of uphill walk we reach Baralacha Pass situated on the main highway between Manali and Leh. On the side of the pass is Surajtal from where Bhaga river and Yunam and tokpo Chandra rivers originate and flows in different directions. From Baralacha drive to Keylong for overnight stay in Hotel.
Drive back to Manali crossing over Rohtang pass. Overnight stay in Hotel.