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Tanushree Verma


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 tre...


Prateek Singhania


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...


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.

Quick Facts:

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


  • 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. 


  • All accommodation during the trek


  • All meals during the trek (vegetarian)

Other Inclusions

  • 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

  • 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.


  • Pay heed to the instructions given by the trek leader and guide
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  • Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited
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  • Do not litter the campsites or any part during the trek
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  • Avoid the use of too many plastics in order to keep the environment safe
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  • Check with your doctor about the physical conditions before you come for the trek
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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.

    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.

    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 Giridhar Chawla

     Rated : 5.0

    I truly enjoyed the Hampta Pass Trek that was organised by Thrillophilia. The landscape of Manali and Leh is really something. My favourite part was trekking through walnut and oak forests.

    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.

    Story by Ekadant Pilla

     Rated : 4.0

    If you are looking for a nice Lake Trek which is adventurous, challenging, and fun at the same time, then Chandratal Lake Trek With Hampta Pass is the right choice. The rates are also quite cheap for such a long trek.

    Story by Giriraaj Khan

     Rated : 4.0

    This was definitely a very good trek,

    Story by Aarya Agarwal

     Rated : 4.0

    One of the best trekking zones in India. Not only it will interest trekking enthusiasts, but this is a blessing for travel photographers, travel writers, and anyone who loves to travel.

    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.

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. 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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