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Hampta Pass was my first multiple day trek and I had an amazing experience overall. The base points like Chika, Jwara, Balu ka Ghera are all placed ver...
Hampta pass trek was my first ever trek and thanks to the operator for making it a trek I will never forget. Starting from day 1 everything was very we...
About the Chandratal Lake Trek:
Five days of Chandratal Lake trekking package will enable you to spend ample time amidst the flabbergasting serenity mixed with so much fun and excitement. Once you arrive in Manali, the beautiful expedition starts. Chika would be the first destination on the tour which is close to Manali. Vasisht Temple will be the stop point on your way to Chika. So many hot water springs will also give you a good time to relax.
Chika to Balu ka Ghera shows you the towering Himalayas, especially the Dhauladhar ranges which are the outer Himalayan chain of mountains. The bewildering flowering meadows and valleys that create a delightful picture-perfect scenery for you to revel in are some of the major highlights of this trek.
Shea Goru valley and Hampta Pass which are at a height of 13000 feet need an 8-hour trek from Balu ka Ghera. It involves dynamic landscape at the end of easy and gradual slopes. The local shepherds you can see on the way would find it cool if you have a little chit-chat with them. The spellbinding Hampta Valley and the Lahaul Valley will have a lot to reveal to you. Expect both the valleys sharing the best beauty of their nature. Witness the magnificent Pir Panjal ranges of the inner Himalayan circle appear ahead of you when you trek to reach Chandra Tal. After exploring the beauty of Chandra Tal very well, return to Manali after crossing Rohtang Pass and wind up the trek.
About the Destination:
The Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass, a treasure trove for the ardent as well amateur trekkers, holds the charm and allurement like any other treks in the Himalayas. Although a short trek, the scenic landscape exposes trails that meander through alpine forests, huge rock formations, and remarkably rich vegetation.
This high altitude trek taking place 14,000ft above sea level can be undertaken all year round. But to get bewildered by its captivating beauty, visit the region from June to September when nature seems to have painted an enchanting frame with every possible myriad hue.
Not only does the Chandratal Lake trekking experience introduces you to the captivating beauty of the Himalayan meadows, cold desert, flora and fauna of the Lahual and Spiti valley, it also gets you close to the life and spirit amidst the lofty peaks. With easy gradients, climbs and descends, this trek will definitely satiate all your quench for trekking in the Indian Himalayas.
Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and -2 to 5 degrees at night
Trekking Distance: 26km
Maximum Altitude: 14,100ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Airport: Bhuntar Airport
Base Camp: Manali
Manali Sightseeing, Vashist Temple
The fun and excitement of this amazing Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass begins with your arrival in Manali. Following your check-in into a local hotel, and after getting freshened up, embark on a local sightseeing tour. Visit some of the local attractions and upon completion of lunch, take a short drive to Chika; en route, visit the sacred Vashist Temple and experience its hot water springs. Upon arrival in Chika, settle down in the basecamp and retire for the night.
5 Hours Trek, Majestic Peaks, Dhauladhar Range
After a wholesome and nourishing breakfast, set on an easy trekking trail that is supremely impressive! Today, you’ll experience the true beauty of the Himalayas as you set eyes for the very first glimpse of towering snow-capped peaks. These are the Dhauladhar ranges, the outer Himalayan chain of mountains. Walk through flowering meadows and valleys that create a delightful picture-perfect scenery for you to revel in. Cross a log bridge; over a fast flowing mountain stream, cautiously to arrive at Balu ka Ghera, the hibernating grounds for the great Himalayan brown bear followed by overnight stay in camps.
8 Hours Trek, Hampta Pass, Kullu Valley, Lahul & Spiti Valley
Starting with an early morning trek, toady you will experience the dynamic landscape that the Great Himalayas hold within its large arms! A perfect learning ground for beginners in trekking, the trail has easy and gradual slopes; on your way, you can also enjoy conversations with the local shepherds and know more about the valley and life in there!
Following these trails, arrive at the spell binding Hampta Valley and experience its enchanting beauty at the best. Continue to cross the Lahaul Valley after leaving Hampta Village to reach Siagoru basecamp; overnight stay in tents.
4 Hours Trek, Pir Panjal Ranges, Chandra Tal Lake
Compared to the other days, today will be an easier one! Beginning with the trek (after breakfast), start descending through the Hampta Valley. The magnificent Pir Panjal ranges of the inner Himalayan circle appear ahead of you! On the way to Chatru, you will be crossing through the stunning cold desert land of Spiti Valley with a dominating landform of its own.
Arriving in Chatru, relax for a while and adore its scenic beauty. Hereafter, a drive through the magnificent trails and passes of Chatru will take you to Chandra Tal, where you will spend the night in Chandratal Lake camp.
Chandra Tal Lake, Tour Ends Here
The Chandra Tal Lake will serve as the main attraction for the day! A high altitude moon-shaped lake, it is located at an altitude of 14,100ft and is a delight for the visitors. Exploring and discovering the stunning beauty of the lake, take a drive through Rohtang Pass to reach Manali. With your arrival in Manali, this wonderful Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass will come to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
Hampta Pass was my first multiple day trek and I had an amazing experience overall. The base points like Chika, Jwara, Balu ka Ghera are all placed very well from each other and serve as a perfect checkpoints for the overall trek. Our trek started on 14th Oct and due to snowfall our group could not complete the trek and we had to come back from somewhere near Blau ka Jheel. So my advice would be to plan this trek before September end otherwise it gets too cold and you can't even compete the trek. But apart from this, the Hampta Pass Trek is thoroughly enjoyable with scenes that feel straight out of some fairytale or wallpapers. As for beginners, this trek is easy-to-moderate with only very few tough patches. Happy Trekking!
Rated : 5.0
Hampta pass trek was my first ever trek and thanks to the operator for making it a trek I will never forget. Starting from day 1 everything was very well organised. Sadly we couldn't make it to the pass and chandratal lake due to the weather, nevertheless every bit of the journey was well worth the experience. The camp sides Pandu ropa, Chika, Jwara were beautiful with breathtaking views. The peace and beauty of the mountains would make anyone fall in love with them. The trek was well organised. First two days were kept easy to get everyone acclimatized to the climb and altitude. Operator truly lived up to their name making every moment an adventure to recount. Evenings they always had a bonfire ready for us to enjoy the starry nights. The views just got better as we went higher up into the mountains. Our guides Dev, Rahul and Jitender were just amazing.. kudos to those guys.. they ensured that each of us made it safe to every camp and were always encouraging us with smiling faces when we would get tired. They did a great job in making the entire team work together ..Also a special mention to the cooks.. the food they dished out was just amazing.. every meal was something different. The entire team would look forward to what's cooking for that day :) Overall it's a wonderful experience.. something everyone should experience.. I totally loved the quiet and peace of the mountains, the fresh air and most importantly being away from the busy urban life. It's fun to meet new people from all walks of life. The entire team connected instantaneously making the 5 days a super fun journey. Thanks to Udith and his team.. great job.. looking forward to more adventures with you guys
Rated : 4.0
Where the trek between manali to chika was pleasing, but the trekking from chik to bula ka ghera was damn exciting. After spending the whole night in camps we moved from bula ka ghera to discover other cool places. we crossed the beautiful valleys of kullu and hampta. The valley was covered with dense vegetation and the landscape was awesome. After crossing the valleys and hampta pass we reached iagoru base camp. Our all basecamp locations were really nice including chika, bula ka ghera and siagoru. As we started moving forward the trails started getting easier qith small slopes. The chandratal lake is an amazing site and the beautiful mointains covers the lake from all around making it the perfect point. our one journey eneded with camping in caping near chandratal lake.
Rated : 5.0
From the first day of trekking i realized that i am going to have the most amazing moment in my life. Driving to manali to chika, visiting the vashist temple, them spending over night in chika and heading towards Bula ka ghera was exciting journey. The lake looks beautiful almost in all season, and there are plenty of places to discover.
Rated : 4.0
Wao what a trekking it was, we crossed all the popular trekking points like Balu ka Gera, Siagoru and also the Hampta Pass. It felt great to spend some quality time in the camps, we also got to,see the kullu valley, lahul & spiti Valley. Wao the himalayan dynamics were just amazing, can not explain in few words. i was trekking for the first time and all went so smoothly , it is just perfect for beginners like me. The unique attraction of our trip was sightseeing only, since every location was something new in its scenery. When we reached the hampta valley the entire nature welcomed us, we also interacted with local people of the hampta village. Overnight stay in camps was lovely and overall i loved this.
Rated : 5.0
Hampta pass trek is a beautiful trek path that can be done at any season. A couple of years back, I went to this trek in the month of March, and it was good. However, I read that going in the month of June-October is the best time to go. I did pick this trek and it was awesome. I had a really great trek here. The trek in Manali was even better this season. The rates of this trek are also not that expensive. It was indeed the best trek ever. I am so glad to have opted for it again.
Rated : 5.0
This trek is for anyone wanting to escape the dusty, smoke filled monotony of urban life. After one day of trekking you will be breathing the fresh air of the Himalayas under the clear starry night. If you are lucky you will have forgotten the day of the week. On the very first day of the trek the unbounded beauty of the Himalayas hit us and over the next 4 days it only got better. As you progress through the trek the temperature, pressure and oxygen levels change and you can feel it because of the changing vegetation and wildlife. On the first day I could really feel the weight of my rucksack, but by the third day I was running and jumping around, hardly feeling the weight. The trek requires a good will power and rewards you for your effort. The guides are friendly and great to talk to over tea. Trekking up the Hampta pass and then descending down is a daunting experience and is full of thrill. The sheer scale of the Himalayas is humbling and made me realize how tiny and frail we are. Even after coming back to the city I miss the sound of silence in the valley with the streams trickling down beside my tent, the passage of the wind through the valley and the sound of rain drizzling down on the tent. It was a relaxing, humbling and invigorating experience for me and I recommend this for anyone who is tired of skating on the thin ice of modern Life. Nature understands everything and it's teachings are infinite.
Rated : 4.0
The trek was all fun and interesting. Also, a long lake trek is something that I definitely wasn’t expecting at this inexpensive rate. The travel to and fro were very comfortable. We had best time with the co-trekkers. As I said earlier, it was quite inexpensive too. The food served during the trek was not that nice
Rated : 5.0
It was an amazing trek. Thanks to the prompt decision making of our guides.. special thanks to Rahul, Nanak, Nishant and Dev.. the guider were superb.. the food provided was even better. You guys did a fantastic job and I hope I get a chance to trek with you guys again..
Rated : 5.0
A trek to Hampta pass was a great five day experiece. To begin with, it was not my original choice. However since I planned at very short notice, a trek to Hampta Pass was suggested by Thrillophilia, which was starting the very next day, with a promise of loads of thrill n adventure. And, indeed, the next five days were spent in the lap of nature....experiencing tall mountains, lush green valleys, beautiful wild flowers of various colours, wild strawberrys, mist n light showers, camping by the side of gushing streams, the occassional sighting of the marmots and star gazing - a mesmerising sight of The Milky Way, identifying the favourite constellations and witnessing shooting stars in the night sky... The trek was easy to moderate and comfortably paced, providing time and opportunity to admire nature and make new friends. It helps that the mobiles dont work here... Hampta Pass connects the Manali Valley to Lahaul- Spiti Valley and the marked change in the topography is easily evident....lush green Manali Valley to the Cold Desert of Lahaul-Spiti... Ours was a small group of six trekerrs, from various parts of the country...It goes without saying that we all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the trek... our Guide Banu Thakur was knowledgeable and friendly, we were spoilt by the delicious spreads prepared by Ganga Ram, the support provided by the ever smiling Deepak and the cheerful mule drivers... Kudos to team Thrillophilia... The icing on the cake was a trip to Chandrataal Lake... The tranquillity and serenity makes it a truly divine experience... Overall a great experience...
How is Chandratal Lake weather?
Except monsoon and high winter, the days at Chandratal Lake will be warm and clear with temperature between 10 and 15 degree Celsius and at night it falls down to 2 to 5 degree Celsius. On the last set of tourist season that is in October- November months, the amount of snow will be huge still, the temperature varies between 8 and 12 degree Celsius during day time and drops to 3 to -2 degree Celsius at night.
What is the best time to go Chandratal Lake Trek?
May to October is the best time for this trek. During monsoon time that is June to July, the roads will not be as cool as at other times and there will be non-stop rain. September is the best time to watch the rare birds and animals and the days will be clear. October is the season that is considered to be the time winter starts embracing the valley. It will be cold but it is a good time for trekking. From November to March, the roads will be very tricky and risk is high while doing trekking amidst the thick snow walls.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Which type of shoes should I buy for Chandratal Lake Trek?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
You will be served Indian vegetarian food during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.
What about first aid and medicines?
It’s always advisable to carry a first aid kit of your own. A dedicated support staff will always be available to you for any medical emergencies.
How do we reach Chandratal Lake?
Situated in the Kumzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh, Chandratal Lake also known as the Moon lake is a treasure trove for the ardent as well amateur trekkers. The lake is a 14km trek from Batal and is at a height of 4300 meters.The distance and altitude are definitely worth the shot.The lush flora fauna of the place is a die for and the distance will definitely go unnoticed.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
It is an eternal peace to mention that their isn't any mobile connectivities from the very start of Spiti Valley unless you are carrying a satellite phone. This very fact gives the trekkers a complete wholesome experience. In case of emergency, we always have several options for your convenience to help you reach to your near and dear ones.
What is the difficulty level of Chandratal Lake trek?
As mentioned it is a trek for all type of trekkers so it is generally classified as one of those scenic yet easy treks. So all the amateur trekkers may very well tighten up their buckles and start off.
How much distance will we trek each day?
As the approx climbing distance comes up to 26 km so we climb at the rate of 6-7 kilometers per day. The distance per day strictly varies from One's own physical limitations. But you definitely shouldn't be climbing it in one straight day.
How is temperature on Chandratal Lake Trek?
The temperature around the valley varies extremely during the summers and winters. So accordingly make sure that you pack your gears. Nevertheless the best time to visit is may to October.
What sort of accommodation will be there?
The accommodations will be strictly makeshift kind of tents keeping in the mind the terrain and connectivity of the place. Nevertheless, the ensure a very good experience. The tents are made from sustainable material to ensure safety against the weather changes and the insects found in the terrain.
What is the minimum age required to do this trek?
The minimum age of an individual required to undertake this trek is 14 and above. The individual must also ensure that they are physically fit.
Can we consume alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?
Consumption of alcohol or any other forms of intoxicants are strictly prohibited during the trek. In order to ensure a good trekking experience, make sure that you follow everything that your instructor has passed on. Trekking during nights is hazardous ; kindly avoid it. As an individual, it is our duty to maintain the decorum of the place and also as a token of respect to the co-trekkers; such activities are not appreciated.
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