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Chandraayan Shah

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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 c...

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Sanjay Mehrotra

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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 ...

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Departure Dates:

July: 6,8,14,15,20,22,27,29
August: 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31
September: 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30

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.

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

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. 

Stay

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  • 4 Night Tented accommodations on triple sharing basis

Meal

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  • All Veg Meals from Lunch on Day 1st to Breakfast on Day 5th

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.

Advisory

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  • 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 Chandraayan Shah

     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.

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    Story by Sanjay Mehrotra

     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.

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    Story by Meena Patil

     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.

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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 Kuber

     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.

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    Story by Shashi Patel

     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

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    Story by Vinayak Verma

     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..

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    Story by Devesh shahi

     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...

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    Story by Avani Mishra

     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!!!!

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    Story by Jaimini Bhat

     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.

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    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 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.

    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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