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We were 6 friends who had gone for Hampta pass trek with Adventurescape on the June batch. I must say great trek by Rakesh and team. The staff were rea...
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...
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 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.
About the 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 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.
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
We were 6 friends who had gone for Hampta pass trek with Adventurescape on the June batch. I must say great trek by Rakesh and team. The staff were really nice and polite. Food was simple and tasty. Overall great trek ! Keep it Up!
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 : 5.0
What an amazing experience we had while trekking on the chain of mountains from manali to chandratal lake.. Although it is a long and tiring trek since you need to keep going forward in anyway, but the splendid beauty will not let you feel the tiredness. our management was great so we enjoyed a lot in our journey. Taking about aome points then the chika is a nice place for sight seeing because you will get to see the sacred vashist temple there. Then from there Bula ka ghera is your next campsite but the journey from bula ka ghera to chatru is the best one. The trekking becomes easier and lot of sighting locations appear. The kullu and hampta valley will also comw in your way to chandratal. The lake is awesome carrying the cold water. Camping will be fun too, and a camera is must to capture the beauty of nature. One of the best trekking expedition in the himalayas!!!!
Rated : 5.0
Waoo Awesome trekking guys....Had a blast!!! The himachal pradesh is just awesome, it offers the most fascinated trekking in the entire country. Starting from manali and crossing the beautiful valleys we reach the chandratal, lake. it was crystal,clear lake qith azimg views. Got to see the very famous and sacred vasist temple. The chain of himalayan mountains and the meadow flowers followed us during the entire trekking. The best part about the adventure is sightseeing and camping, it feels amazing to, spend over night with friends in small two men tents and the spotting the gorgeous morning. Wao it was incredible to stand at an,altitude of 14000 ft and watch the nearby valleys, distant villages and the snow capped mountains.
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 : 5.0
Guys Chandratal lake trek is a heavenly place with tons of things to offer and just perfect for beginners. So if you are planning a trekking expedition then this himalayn point is the best choice. The ideal time to go is during mid summers and starting winters, the weather works in your favour then. The attraction of the entire trip would be sightseeing in manali, chika, bula ka ghera, sigoru, chatru vashist temple, and vaious valleys that you will cross. camping on the other part becomes an intersting groip fun later and so is the trekking. The trails fet easier as you reach the destination. The spleendid beauty will win your heart. The lake is not so large and the nearby locations are also great for camping. Forget the rest and enjoy your trip.
Rated : 5.0
we had a great trip from manali to chandratal, one of the best one in my life. Not only the beauty of nature but the adventure welcomed us . It is good to go for the trek in a group, so we were in group. Thanks to our organizers who managed the trip very well. Trekking is easy and suits for all aged group people, though some points can turn out to be a though otherwise it okay. We saw the vasisit temple in manali, and crossed with major trekking points including the kullu and lahur valley. it was a 13 day trip with many stoppage points , and last was the chandratal lake. talking about the lake then it is just gorgeous moreover there is a small moon lake also which is quite popular. overnight camping was awesome. overall i toally loved my adventure.
Rated : 5.0
If you want to climb the Himalayas with wonders at every step, I would suggest the Hampta Pass Chandratal trek to you. To me and our group, it was the best so far. Not so much difficult, beautiful views of the pass and the Chandratal lake, lovely trekking-mates and such a high experienced facilitating team kept me amazed and excited throughout the trek.
Rated : 5.0
If you are looking towards exploring the beauty if the Himalayas and also enjoy the thrills of trek, but with moderate amount of challenges, I would suggest this Hampta Pass Chandratal Trek for you. I did it last year with 3 of my colleagues and few other members. Everything on the way was so refreshing and awesome.
Rated : 5.0
One of the best experiences that I have had since I came to India. The trek through high altitude passes may have you short of breath but the amazing view can completely take your breath away. The temples are a must see in this place! The jeep ride is fun as the terrians can get rugged.
How is Chandratal Lake weather?
Except monsoon and high winter, the days at Chandratal Lake will be warm and clear with temperature between 12 and 25 degree Celsius and at night it will be falling down to 6 to -2 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 12 and 18 degree Celsius during day time and drops to 4 to -6 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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