Manali and Chandertal Baralacha (12 Days)
Chandertal Lake is located at the altitude of 4,270m. It lies between the low ridge and the main Kunzum range. Also known as the "Moon Lake", it lies around 6 Km from the Kunzum pass that links it to Spiti and is the source of the river Chandra. Some believe that it is the spot where Yudhishtra, the eldest of the Pandavas was taken to heaven in his mortal form in God Indra's chariot. The snow capped mountain peaks and slopes that surround the valley rise from the height of 3,000 to 6,000 metres.
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• Trek in the land of Gods and watch the terrain change from forests of blue pine, cedar, oak, and chestnut, over valleys and rivers towards more rugged and stark settings
Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
|Trip Length:||12 Day(s) 11 Night(s)|
|Tour Departure Dates:||Every day|
June to October
|Type of Transportation:||Vehicle,Bus,Trekking|
|Type of Accommodation:||Camping - Stay in tents|
Child age: No special child rate, adult rate applicable for child aged 12 and above
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Accommodation: Camping in tents.
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• Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
- Locations Visited:
- Delhi, Manali, Pandu Ropa, Juara, Sheha Gohru, Hamta Pass, Chatru, Chota Dara, Batal, Chandertal lake, Topko Yongma, Baralacha La
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- End City:
Day 1: Manali - Pandu Ropa
(5 hours; 2,700m) The steepest part of the trail takes about 2 hours to negotiate. You will pass through apple orchards and forests of blue pine, cedar, oak, and chestnut. A further 2 hours trek brings us to our campsite.
Day 2: Pandu Ropa – Juara
(5 hours; 3,530m) The path to Juara through the tiny village Of Chhika, where the Alian Nala flows from the Hamta Pass. 5 hours of steady walking brings us to Juara, where our campsite closest to the Tokru Shakru peaks.
Day 3: Juara - Sheha Gohru
(7 hours; 3,200m) Today is a long journey around 7 hours. You will ascend to Hamta Pass (4,275m), stopping to appreciate the close view of Deo Tibaa and Indrasan peaks. A long decent follows the trail taking us right to the campsite at Sheha Gohru. In the local dialect Sheha Ghoru means “A very cold place”. During summer it is a cool grazing pasture and hub for shepherds on the way to Lahoul & Spiti Valley.
Day 4: Sheha Gohru – Chatru
(4 hours; 3,360m) Today you have a 4 hours walk to Chatru which is quite easy. You will follow the river up to the rock field, a difficult section during the monsoon season. You will ford the river at a point from where you can see right across the beautiful valley of Lahoul & Spiti. Spiti range dominates entire landscape until we reach the camp site at Chatru. Chatru is a confluence of trekking routes from Rohtang pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti.
Day 5: Chatru - Chota Dara
(5 hours; 3,760m) Today see the trail winding through a narrow valley as the terrain becomes a gradually more rugged and the colour more stark. The gushing of the river Chandra is our constant companion and becomes a roar as it rushed to join the Bhaga at Tandi near Keylong. We reach Chota Dara after 5 hours and settle down to enjoy the new landscape.
Day 6: Chota Dara - Batal.
(6 hours; 3,990m) The trail finds its feet on the road to Batal. Reaching the confluence of the paths to Chandertal and Kunzum Pass into Spiti valley
Day 7: Batal - Chandertal lake
(8 hours; 4,270m) Today you have an 8 hours of trekking which will begins on a pleasant route along the alpine meadows that embrace the Chandra river. The path then leads over the rocky plateau, crossing a small stream and traversing the incline. From here the trek is a series of gentle ups and downs until you will reach Chandertal Lake. This high altitude lake is a majestic sight, surrounded as it is by the mighty Himalayan peaks.
Day 8: Rest at Chandertal Lake
You will spend the whole day at leisure at Chandertal lake, resting and simply enjoying the unrivalled beauty and peace of surroundings.
Day 9: Chandertal - Topko Yongma
(7 hours; 4,320m) Today you will set off again following the Chandra river. The trail rises and falls several times as we approach Topko Yongma. The trail ascends from the mountainside and you will cross a stream nearing the campsite. You ford the river in a beautiful, scenic location and reach our campsite at Topko Yongma.
Day 10: Topko Yongma - Topko Gongma
(6 hours; 4,640m) An early start today, crossing to gushing mountain tributaries before beginning a steep ascent across the rock face. From here it’s an uphill walk to the campsite.
Day 11: Topko Gongma - Baralacha La
(6 hours; 5,100m) The day starts off with a steep ascent to the top of the ridge above Topko Gongma, which takes around half an hour. The trail then negotiates a rock field offering the most fantastic views of the Koa range peaks to the southwest. We cross another mountain stream before reaching Baralacha La. After a challenging walk, you will go by the twin passes of Baralacha Pass, which is an important spot on the trade route as roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahoul converge here. On the northwest side lies the Bhaga river, while the Chandra river flows from the southeast. Nearby will be the campsite at Baralacha La. You also see from here the beautiful emerald lake Suraj Tal. We stop here for our last night in the mountains, reminiscing on our achievements.
Day 12: Baralacha La - Manali
Today we drive off-road to Manali for about 170 km and you will arrive back in town after a long drive and then you will proceed to your hotel or next destination.
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