Duration: 6 Days | 5 Nights
Elevation: 4350 mtr Best season: Mid June-Oct
Chandertal Lake at the doorstep of the Lahaul and Spiti valley is one of the beautiful treks in the Manali region. The trek begins from the town of Manali. The trail continues through the orchards and the alpine forests of the valley and ascends to a height of 4270 metres at Hamta Pass. One can get a close view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from here. Continuing along the grassy slopes, and along the Chandra river, one reaches Batal at the foot of Kunzum Pass. This pass provides the main approach to Spiti from Lahoul. The Chandertal Lake is hidden between the lower ridge and the main Kunzum range. Situated at an altitude of 4270 m, it is a crescent shaped lake with a circumference of 2.5 km. It is set on a large meadow and provides a spectacle of peace and serenity amid the views of Mulkila mountain range and Samudra Tapu Glacier. The trek can be continued to Tokpoyongma. Crossing the river and a steady ascent brings us to the Baralacha-La at an altitude of 4833 m. The Pass is the confluence of roads from Manali, Lahaul, and Ladakh. The journey is a series of ups and downs, crossing the high altitude passes and meandering in the valleys. Culturally Chandertal is the gateway to the unique traditions of Buddhism followed by the people at the remote and largely unexplored Lahaul and Spiti valley. It is the source of the Chandra river and according to legend, it is believed that Yama took Yudhishthira to heaven through this path.
Day 1:- Arrival at Manali
- Reach Manali by morning and stay at manali or Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization.
- If there is time then explore Manali.
- Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Old Manali, Vashisth Hot Water Springs etc.
Day 2:- Manali – Rohtang Pass – Battal
- Head early morning towards Chandratal via Rohtang Pass
- Drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Battal Chandratal is out of the world with one of the worst roads you will ever ride/drive
- You can either stay at Khoksar PWD Rest House to acclimatize more or if you are comfortable with dhabha night stay or PWD rest house stay without light, then stay at Battal
- The reason to sleep at Khoksar or Battal is just to acclimatize more
- About 3-4 Hrs to Khoksar and 6-7 Hrs to Battal
- Overnight at Khoksar or Battal
Day 3:- Battal – Chandratal Lake
- Head early morning to Chandratal lake to get the reflections in the lake
- Spend the time up there at the lake, explore region around and have lunch at the lake
- Drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Battal Chandratal lake is out of the world
- Camps are about 1-1.5 KMs from the Chandratal lake. You can either stay there if you felt good the previous night or be back to Battal (preferred) where there is a PWD rest house now though without electricity. Unless you want to stay in guest house with electricity, better stay at Battal and save time as well as energy for next day.
- About 1-1.5 Hrs drive
- Overnight at Chandratal Lake or Battal
Day 4 | Chandratal – Batal – Gramphu – Rohtang Pass – Manali
- Drive through the same Battal – Chattru – Gramphu route
- Head back to Manali via Rohtang Pass
- About 7 – 8 Hrs drive easily if you do not get messed up Rohtang Pass
- You may take the overnight volvo to save a day but to make hectic.
- Overnight at Manali