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About the Destination:
The Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass, it is a trove for many adventure lovers and trek admirers as it holds the charm and beauty as any other highland areas in the Himalayas possess. It is a short trek for five days which will expose the exact beauty of the landscapes and the trail goes through alpine forests, huge rock formations, and remarkably rich vegetation. This high altitude trek will lead you to reach a height of about 14000 feet above sea level can be undertaken all year round.
The myriad nature becomes undulating and replenishing during the mid-year season that is from June to September. The trek promises you some evoking sights of the Dhauladhar Range and other lofty mountains spreading across the mighty Himalayas. Chandra Tal is something unique a sight to behold. This trek will take you through some of the most amazing views of the region. Witness the captivating flora and fauna of the region and the Himalayan meadows.
The Lahual and Spiti valley will make you wonder about this place more and more. With easy gradients, climbs and descends, this trek will definitely satiate all your quench for trekking in the Indian Himalayas. Each of the trekking trails will open up to something very beautiful which is hidden from the normal eyes. Keep continuing your trek as you will come across some of the exotic sights of flora and fauna of this region.
About the Trek:
Among the trekkers favourite, Chandratal Lake trek is definitely the one that will make your vacation a happening one. This trek of 5 days will take you through the journey amidst the flabbergasting serenity mixed with so much fun and excitement. After your arrival at Manali, you will start this exciting trek from Chika through some of the beautiful scenery. You can also make a stop at the Vashsith Temple and enjoy a hot spring bath. Relax there for some time and then get ready for your trekking again.
Chika to Balu ka Ghera shows you the towering Himalayas. Feast your eyes at the Dhauladhar ranges which are the outer Himalayan chain of mountains. You will be awestruck by the flowering meadows and valleys that create delightful picture-perfect views for you. As you continue your trek you will come across the Shea Goru and Hampta Pass which are at a height of 13000 feet, this will take you around 8 hours.
You will also meet the local shepherds here and enjoy a short talk with them. The magnificent Hampta valley and the Lahaul valley will make you fall in love with this place. Catch the glimpse of the Pir Panjal ranges of the inner Himalayan circle which will appear right in front of you until you reach Chandra tal. Then continue your journey back to Manali where you will end your trek. This trek is a must do trek for the ones who are looking to spend their vacation away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Chandra Tal Lake trek Highlights:-Chandra Tal Lake trek takes you through some of the most unseen parts of the region high up in the mountains.
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
The amazing trek begins with your arrival in Manali.
Check into the hotel and then head out to explore Manali which is the most suitable option for sightseeing.
Visit some of the local attractions and upon completion of lunch, take a short drive to Chika.
On the way, take a stop to visit the holy Vashist Temple and experience its hot water springs.
Upon arrival in Chika, check into your camps and relax.
After a nourishing breakfast, get ready for an easy trek through the privileged trails to Balu ka Ghera where you will get the true beauty of the Himalayas directly.
These are the Dhauladhar ranges, the outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It will give you immense pleasure while you stroll along the flowring meadows and valleys that create a surrealistic picture.
Cross a log bridge and be cautious on your route to reach Balu ka Ghera.
Stay overnight in the camps there.
With an early morning trek, you will be wondered to see the gorgeous serenity spreading across and 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.
Later, you will reach the bewitching Hampta Valley and experience its enchanting beauty at the best.
Post this, cross the enticing Lahaul Valley and then continue to Shea Goru base camp.
Compared to the other days, today's trek will be easier and start descending through the Hampta Valley after breakfast.
The magnificent Pir Panjal ranges will be visible as you continue through the trails.
On the way to Chatru, cross the cold desert land of Spiti Valley which possess a dominating land-form of its own.
After you reach Chatru, relax for a while and adore its scenic beauty.
Afterwards, get a stroll through the magnificent trails and passes of Chatru will take you to Chandra Tal, where you will spend the night in Chandratal Lake camp.
The Chandra Tal Lake will be the major attraction kept hidden to unwind only on your visit.
It is a high altitude moon-shaped lake, it is located at an altitude of 14,100 ft and is a delight for the visitors.
As you envisage the uncontrollable beauty of the lake, it will be time to go to Rohtang Pass to reach Manali.
With your arrival in Manali, the trek comes to an end.
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How is the Chandratal Lake weather?
The overall weather is mostly chilly due to the high altitude: During the day the weather is warmer At night, the weather could be freezing. Snow or rain can be expected
What is the best time to go Chandratal Lake Trek?
Deciding on the best time to go for the trek is a combination of both the ideal season range and how best can you fit other aspects like time available to take the leave. Ideal months to go trekking are: June July August September
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The altitude plays a major role in deciding the fitness level needed: Since there are sudden altitude gains during the trek, one needs to have a cardiovascular endurance One should also be able to walk lifting heavy weights Basic fitness levels are expected
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side?
Trekking experience is only enhanced with right kind of gear. Some of the essential things to carry along are: Trekking Shoes, Big BackPack, Smaller Day bag, Layers of warm clothes, Trek Pants, Light T-shirts, Thermals, Sunglasses, Sun caps or hats, Waterproof Gloves, Scarves, Woolen and cotton socks, Headlamp, Trekking Pole, Toiletries like moisturizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, petroleum jelly etc Cutlery, Water bottle, First aid and medical kit
Which type of shoes should I buy for Chandratal Lake Trek?
Sports shoes aren’t right for the trek. Ideal shoes are trekking shoes. In case of show, spikes can be added. Ensure that you break into your shoes if they are new to avoid shoe bites on trek. Their benefits are: Good grip to avoid slipping Ankle support Soft and flexible sole to withstand different terrains Water resistant
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
Diet on the high altitude treks is different from the usual menu. You could choose to carry food as well. Campsites are usually pitched near the water sources that are clean and hygienic. Some of the food for the trek includes: Bread and butter, Nuts, Chikki, Poha, Sandwiches, Cornflakes, Candy, Chocolate, Dry snacks, Bisciuts
What about first aid and medicines?
While on trek, it is better to anticipate the worse and have an advanced first aid kit ready with the essential medicines in case of an emergency. Some of the suggested components of your kit are: Diamox to combat AMS Crocin Painkiller like Combiflam Antacid Anti inflammatory medicine Pill for headaches A medicine to prevent Vomiting Crepe bandage Gauze Bandaid Bitadine/ any other antiseptic Cotton ORS Muscle relaxant spray
How do we reach Chandratal Lake?
There are 2 ways to get to the lake: On foot by trekking across the pass Trekking till Chhatru and driving till Chandratal
Will there be mobile connectivity?
While the idea of technology is to keep us connected, while on a trek it can prove a distraction: Base camp will have charging points and connectivity Rest of the trek you will be off grid as there will not be any mobile networks or charging points
What is the difficulty level of Chandratal Lake trek?
While the lake itself is surrounded by meadows, the journey to the trek is not very easy: Trek level is moderate Being an experienced trekker will be an advantage
How much distance will we trek each day?
Daily distance covered will be based on the target at the end of the trek and the overall endurance of the team: Total trek will be of 4-6 days On an avg. 4-5 hours of trekking will be covered
How is temperature on Chandratal Lake Trek?
Off Season temperatures could be way below freezing and during the season the temperature could be quite pleasant: Day time Temp: 13°C-18°C Night time Temp: 0°C-7°C
What sort of accommodation will be there?
Since the entire area is sparsely populated, modern construction is a rare sight: Tents will be set up in specific areas during the trek Inside the tent 2 or 3 sleeping bags will be provided
What is the minimum age required to do this trek?
The younger one is, the easier the trek is for them. However, too young kids might not cope with extreme climates: Minimum required is 14 years Minimum fitness levels need to be maintained
Can we consume alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?
Alcohol and smoking are highly dangerous on a high altitude trek: Alcohol makes you colder instead of battling the heat Alcohol dehydrates faster Smoking affects the overall lung capacity, which is bad especially when you are on a high altitude trek
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