About Chandra Tal Trek
Chandra Tal is also known as "Moon Lake" is the source of the Chandra River. It was once a tentative place for traders from Tibet and Ladakh who went to Spiti and the Kullu valley, but today it attracts a large number of adventure enthusiasts from across the world. Located at an altitude of 4300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is just 6 kms away from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh state of India.
Walking on Chandra Tal trek will offer an ultimate experience similar to the experience of going to the moon. You will pass through two high mountain ranges named Moulkila and Chandrabhaga, which are quite challenging for mountaineers. Further, you will see the beautiful snow-covered mountain peaks and slopes. There is a legendary story associated with this lake. It is believed that this lake is located at a place from where the chariot of the god Indra picked up Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers. As a result, Chandra Tal is counted among sacred lakes of India and grabs the attention of lots of Hindu devotees. The color of water of this holy lake keeps changing from reddish to orange to blue to emerald green as the day ends.
Earlier Tourist had to walk to reach this lake, but now a day's one can reach Chandratal by car as well. At Trekking in India, we offer an exclusive Chandra Tal Trekking Tour for adventure lovers. You can trek as well as enjoy your adventurous journey in the car with us while trekking on this track without any restriction or limitation. Best time to visit this holy lake is between Mid June to Mid October. This trek is rated moderate by the trekkers and starts from Manali. A holiday tour to this adventurous place will allows you to have a look at the unparalleled beauty of nature. You will cross through lush green meadows and the fresh water Chandra River down below.
Chandratal Lake Trekking Tour Highlights
Mesmerizing Chandertal Lake
Trek via Hampta Pass
Amazing sites for camping
Verdant valleys and forests
Best Time to Visit Chandratal Trek
Best season to visit Chandratal Trek is from mid-June till mid-October. In the beginning of the season, there are more chances of seeing lots of snow. Snow cover reduces considerably as August approaches. As the season advances, we are more likely to witness rain in the Kullu Manali Valley and bask in the sun at the Spiti Valley.
The days are warm and sunny with temperatures ranging from 12 to 20°C, and nights at the highest campsite fall in between -2 to 6°C. In the last phase of the season (Sept to mid-Oct), the amount of snow in the path will dwindle. General weather conditions will be good and sunny, but with October approaching there is a chance of snowfall. The day temperatures float between 12 to 18°C; while the night's hover around -6 to 4°C.
Where is the Chandratal Trek
Chandra Tal ('the Lake of Moon) is located at the height of 4,270 metres in the Himalayas. It comes under the Spiti area of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Chandra Tal is a popular trekking and camping destination, attracting a number of travellers every year. It can be reached on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum La Pass. The best season to embark on the Chandratal Trek is from mid-June to mid-October. There is a 16 km motorable road from Batal which can be accessed after mid-July, as the condition of the road can be dangerous before this period. Even after taking this road, one needs to walk for 2 km from the road head.
Trail which begins from Kunzum is truly picturesque and displays panoramic views of Samudra Tapu Glacier, CB Peaks and Chandra River. It is 8 km long and takes only 4 hours to complete. Chandratal Lake is just at a walking distance from Kunzum. The source which feeds the lake is probably under the ground, as there is nothing visible on the surface. Wild flowers fill up the banks of the lake in summer. The vast green meadows around the lake are a favourite among the Gaddi Shepherds, who come here to graze their flocks. The shepherds of Gaddi tribe enjoy their traditional and long held grazing rights in the area. Chandratal Lake is one of the two high altitude wetlands of India.
How to Reach Chandratal Trek?
Nearest Airport: The Kullu Manali airport at Bhuntar Town (about 50 km south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu town) is the nearest airport. Indian Airlines and some private airlines have regular flights to the airport (But due to bad visibility most of the time flight cancelled). Chandigarh airport is the nearest international airport.
Nearest Railway Station: Jogindar Nagar is the nearest railway station (lies 166 km from Manali). The other convenient rail heads are at Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road: Manali is well connected by road with Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie. Regular buses ply between these stations. It is connected with Leh during July to October.
There are Lots of Buses that operate between Both Delhi and Manali. You can book private buses on redbus.in or Himachal Pradesh Tourism operates buses those starts from Delhi in between 16:30 hrs – 1800 hrs in the evening and reach Manali the next morning. You can book HPTDC tickets here
Please carry the documents given below
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Note: – Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.
Necessary Items for trekkers
Photo ID Proof.
Rucksack/Backpack (40 to 50 Litre) & Rucksack cover (Waterproof).
Daypack- one small day pack (15-20 L) with you during the walk.
Trekking Shoe- A good quality rubber sole shoe..
T-shirt Dry fit/Quick dry type.
Warm Jacket-Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill.
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater.
Under garments/Inner wear.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles.
Water bottle/Hydration pack.
Sunglasses -UV protected.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries.
Wet tissue paper.
Camera with extra cells
Medications and a first-aid kit
Carry Personal Medical Kit
Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)
Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)
Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
Disprin – (Cures headache)
Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)
Avil – (It treat allergies)
Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)
Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)
Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.
Advisory:- follow covid-19 guidelines
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Apart from above in some cases like Special Train Journeys, hotels or resorts bookings during the peak season (X-Mas, New Year), full payment is required to be sent in advance.
Mode of Payment:
Overseas advance payment can be made through Wire Transfer to our bank.
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- 45 days prior to arrival: 15% of the Tour / service cost
- 15 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
- 07 days prior to arrival: 75% of the Tour / service cost
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Note: Written cancellation will accept on all working days, except Sunday, Any cancellation sent on Sunday's will be considered on next working day (Monday).
For the X-mas and new year period from 20 Dec to 05 Jan the payment is non-refundable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement, refund would be restricted to a limited amount only which too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
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