Chandratal Lake Trek Overview

Chandratal Trek takes you to witness the beauty of the lovely Chandratal lake that reflects the mightiest mountains and the blue skies. This trek is a popular beginner-friendly trek that lets you travel through the green mountains and reaches the source of the Chandra River and Chenab River. Staying true to its name, Chandratal translates to ‘Moon Lake’ as it is an eye-catching secluded lake amidst the hills of Himachal Pradesh. Starting from Manali, you will trek to an altitude of 4551 meters to discover this enchanting lake, which lies on the path once considered a highway for traders from Tibet and Ladakh.

This serene lake is accessible by three trekking locations- Spiti Valley, Hampta Pass, and Rohtang Pass. You will trek to Chandratal through Hampta Pass, the prettiest valley of flowers on the greenest fields. As you reach the lake and its blissful atmosphere, you will notice its blue color change multiple times a day. The lake portrays a mirror image of the Chandra Bagga Mountain range and its lush greenery. Trekkers place their tents adjacent to this 2.5-kilometer-long crescent lake encircled by green grasslands. You will witness the large meadows near the lake get decorated with hundreds of wildflowers, showcasing the floral beauty of the entire lake.

Quick Facts of Chandratal Lake Trek

Quick Facts of Chandratal Lake Trek

Maximum altitude - 14,100ft

Grade - Moderate

Duration - 5 days

Chandratal Lake Trek Distance - 35km

Rail head - Jogindernagar railway station

Airport - Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar

Snow Season - Winters

Best Time for Chandratal Lake Trek - Summers

Region - Himachal Pradesh

Short Itinerary for Chandratal Lake Trek

  • Day 1 - First day of your trek starts as you transfer from Manali to Jobra base camp and trek to reach Chika at an altitude of 10,400 ft.

  • Day 2 - On the next day of the trek, you ascend to Balu ka Ghera at 11,900 ft after trekking for 5 hours.

  • Day 3 - This day marks your arrival at Hampta Pass at 14,100 ft and witness its lush greenery and descend to Siagoru at 12,900 ft.

  • Day 4 - You will descend to Chatru and transfer to the enchanting Chandratal alpine lake.

  • Day 5 - The final day of the trek takes you to Manali via Atal Tunnel.

Chandratal Lake Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 1

Manali – Jobra (Drive) and Trek from Jobra to Chika

Max Altitude - 10,100 ft

  • Have a scrumptious breakfast in Manali and transfer to Jobra- the base camp, the origin of Chandratal lake.

  • Receive guidelines and instructions from your trek leader at Jobra, and trek the easy 2-kilometer trail to reach Chika at an altitude of 10,400 ft.

  • Ascend through forests of green maple, pines, and birch trees.

  • Halt Chika campsite near the banks of the Rani Nallah.

  • Witness River Rani reflecting the big rocky hills of Himachal.

  • Stay overnight at the campsite in the tents to freshen up.

What to Pack for Chandratal Lake Trek?

What to Pack for Chandratal Lake Trek?

Things to Carry

  • Carry 35 to 40 liters of backpack
  • Water bottles
  • Eatables- biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites are some examples of foods.
  • Shirts and pants for hiking
  • Shoes for hiking that can be worn on any surface
  • Flashflight and additional batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletry-toothpaste, tissues, soaps, cold coral, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, and anti-fungal cream.
  • First aid kit
  • Warm coat or sweater
  • Lots of socks and gloves
  • Raincoat—for rains
  • Camera

Know Before You Go to Chandratal Lake Trek

Tips For Chandratal Lake trek
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Tips For Chandratal Lake trek
  • Before the trek, see a doctor to determine your level of fitness and to get any other necessary checkups.

  • Trekking should be avoided during the monsoon season because it can be uncomfortable.

  • You must bring documents, such as identity proof and a fitness medical certificate from a licensed physician, in order to sign up for the Chandratal trek package.

  • Since there are no ATMs or UPI machines outside of Manali, keep cash on hand.

  • There wouldn't be a mobile phone network after Manali. You should therefore let your family and close friends know in advance.

  • The state's regulations must be followed.

  • Pay close attention to the trek guide's instructions.

  • Don't go on a nighttime hike.

  • Practice ventilation methods because the atmospheric pressure drops at such high altitudes, reducing the amount of oxygen that is inhaled.

  • Avoid using earphones because you need to be alert all the time about your surroundings while trekking.

  • Headaches, hypoxic conditions, vomiting, and a number of other medical conditions can all be brought on by a sudden drop in oxygen levels.

  • Take the necessary precautions and carry your medications to prevent these.

  • To save money, bring dry snacks and food from home.

  • As cold waves hit your head and face and cause your body temperature to drop, cover your head.

  • Rapid ascent will wear you out and increase your chance of being injured.

  • On the days of your trek, get 7-9 hours of sleep to avoid moving around restlessly, which will slow you down and make you uncomfortable.

  • Take a 50–60 liter backpack with you to carry everything you need.

General Trivia About Chandratal Lake Trek

General Trivia About Chandratal Lake Trek
  • In ancient times, the trail of Chandratal was used as a trading route for traders of Ladakh and Tibet, to visit Spiti and Kullu Valley.

  • Chandratal lake is considered sacred by Hindus as the legend says the lake is located at the place where the eldest of all the Pandavas, Yudhishthira, picked up Lord Indra’s chariot.

  • Hampta Pass has often been considered the Valley of Flowers in Himachal Pradesh during monsoons as meadows become lush with greenery and hundreds of wildflowers bloom.

  • Hampta Pass and Pin Bhaba Pass are often considered the same instead they are crossover treks with entirely different trails.

Why to Go for Chandratal Lake Trek?

You must choose the Chandratal trek as this journey takes you through many such attractions of the Himalayas like Hampta Pass, Spiti Valley, and lastly to the beautiful Chandratal lake. The terrain is easy to moderate as you climb through the cold barren deserts on the trek. The journey is a combination of ascends and descends as you witness White Range, and Spiti Valley while trekking up the mountains and Hampta Pass and chandratal as you come down. Throughout the trek, you will witness a few steep climbs but move most through lush meadows and cold deserts. The endpoint of the trek lets you witness the beauty of Chandratal alpine lake encircled by green grasslands and blooming wildflowers.

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FAQ's for Chandratal Lake Trek

How much distance will I have to cover in the Chandratal trek?

    You will be covering 35 kilometers in 5 days. It is approximately 7 kilometers per day to ascend and descend to cover the Chandratal trek.

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