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Overview

About the Destinations:

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 get 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.

Duration of the Tour: 5D/ 4N

Altitude: 14,100ft

Meal Types: Veg (while on trek)

Activities: Trekking, camping

Total Trekking Distance: 26km

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Easy

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Manali, Drive from Manali to Chika (10,100ft) (3km)

    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.

  • Day 2 - Trek from Chika to Balu ka Ghera (11,900ft)

    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.

  • Day 3 - Trek from Balu ka Gera to Siagoru (12,900ft) crossing Hampta Pass (14,100ft))

    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. 

  • Day 4 - Trek from Siagoru to Chatru (11,000ft), Drive from Chatru to Chandra Tal

    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.

  • Day 5 - Drive from Chandra Tal to Manali.

    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. 

Other Inclusions

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  • All accommodation during the trek
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  • All meals during the trek (vegetarian)
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  • Medical and first aid kit
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  • Necessary permits (wherever applicable)
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  • Qualified and experienced trip leader, well-informed guide and support staff

Things To Carry

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
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  • Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.

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    Story by Rameshwar Varman

     Rated : 3.0

    The trek was fine. The weather was good, which made the trek feel nicer. I am recommending this trek to all you trek enthusiasts. Have a nice experience trekking in Manali. The only flaw with the trek is that the food in the vicinity or on the trek is not that great.

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    Story by Gopaal Gandhi

     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.

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    Story by Balagopal Ahuja

     Rated : 4.0

    What an amazing trek that I had. It was one of the best long treks taken ever. It is definitely a little bit tedious and tiring, but it is all worth it. The main factor is that the lake trek was well planned and executed. Kudos! The organizing team had a nice itinerary made and shared with all of us. Also the trek was quite a brilliant one. All the trekkers were enthusiastic. Taking occasional camps helped us to relax and refresh. Also the food served during the trek was good and nice. We did have a great trek overall. I am so recommending this to people interested in long treks. All you need to know is to prepare well by stamina and strength training

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    Story by Udai Varrier

     Rated : 4.0

    It indeed was a good trek. Firstly, planning such a trek while living in the other side of the country wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks to the team for organizing this. Also, as we were a really small gang of 3, trekking with other trekkers had made it more fun. We definitely would not have found friends or acquaintances to tag along. This is one of the advantages of taking a tour pack. The overall cost was quite cheap too. As in except for flights, almost everything was covered, which was definitely a good thing.

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    Story by Dhanvin Mahajan

     Rated : 4.0

    Lake treks always amuse me and the fact that this trek was a long lake trek amused me even more. I have been to just one lake trek before, but reading all the stories of trekkers about their lake trek actually made me take this trek. It was so worth it. Also, going on a well-organized trek is a good thing and I am glad that the team had it all well-organized for the trekkers. It actually makes us happy to have spent the money on such planned treks.

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    Story by Prateek Singhania

     Rated : 5.0

    Last year I had the fortune of going on a holiday adventure to Hampta Pass and this trek was one of the best things to have happened to me. As i walked through gorgeous river valleys and dense jungles I realised new facts about myself. It was a very enriching experience as i got a phenomenal view of the mighty Mt. Deo and I recommend everyone should try it atleast once in their life.

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    Story by Navneet Singh

     Rated : 4.0

    Born and brought up amidst the hills of Himachal Pradesh, I always had a love for the mountains. And last year, I got fortunate enough to join the amazing trek to this pass. Within the 6 days of the trek, I and the other group members enjoyed amazing views, faced difficult terrains, climbed through challenging and narrow passes and also had great times with each other.

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    Story by Durgeshwari Deshpande

     Rated : 4.0

    Amazing trek experience: This was my first time at Chandratal Lake Trek With Hampta Pass and it was just so brilliant. I never thought that treks could be beautiful too. I always concentrate on the adventure, but this lake trek had got me a whole new perspective on trekking as such. This trek is without any argument the most beautiful trekking zones in India.

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    Story by Tanushree Verma

     Rated : 5.0

    Chandratal Lake Trek With Hampta Pass was a brilliant trek that I had taken. It is so much fun than the normal treks. Also, the camping during this trek made it even more fun. I totally loved this trek and this was definitely one of the best treks I had hands down. It was also not very costly. The whole trek expenses included in the package.

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    Story by Suma Bhattacharya

     Rated : 4.0

    I was looking for a trek that is both fun as well as challenging. My friend who recently took this suggested it to me and I am just spellbound by the trek as such. I am super glad. The beauty of Hampta Pass had got me and I have no words to explain how much fun this whole thing was. I am so mesmerized by the beauty of it.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go?

      May to October is the best time for this trek

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Which type of shoes should I buy?

      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.

    5. 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.

    6. How much weight will I have to carry?

      Upto 10 kgs per traveller.

    7. 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.

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