Chandratal Lake to Baralacha la pass Trek  - 8 days        

Chandratal Lake and crossing of 7 kms long Himalayan pass on Great Himalayan range

Trip Route: Manali -  Rohtang La - Chatru - Kunzum la pass - Chandratal Lake  - Tokpo Yongma - Gongma - Baralacha La pass - Gumling - Kardang - Rangcha la - Gondhla - Manali

Trip Facts

Lahaul Spiti region - Himachal Pradesh, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to Strenuous, Max Altitude - 4890m 
Trip Length - 8  days Delhi to Delhi, 5 days Manali to Manali, 4 days of Trek and 4 nights of Camp
Activity - Trekking expedition, Best time - Mid June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek  

Trip Introduction

Chandra Tal meaning the Lake of Moon is situated at an altitude of 4270m in the Himalayan region of Lahaul and Spiti. Situated mostly in the part of Spiti. Chandratal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The Lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzom la pass from late May to mid of October. There is motor able road from Batal which is 16 kms but before mid of July conditions of road can be bad, but less than 2 kms of walk is essential from road head.

Trail from Kunzum is more scenic and panoramic overlooking Samudra Tapu glacier, Chandra River and CB peaks. It is 8 kms and takes only 4 hrs. walk from Kunzum to Chandratal Lake. There is no visible source of this Lake yet it takes all its source underground. During summer banks of this Lake are filled with wild flowers. The vast meadows of Lake and its surroundings is favourite summer home for Gaddi Shepherds who graze their flocks in the vicinity of the Lake. The Gaddi shepherds has long held traditional grazing rights in the area. The Lake is also one of the two high altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites.


Trek to the lake of Moon Chandratal.
Meet Himalayan shepherds in high meadows.
Explore Tod, Ghar and Tinan villages.
Crossing of 7 kms long Baralacha la pass (4890m), source of 3 rivers

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary. Pick up from your hotel to drop.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, down sleeping bags + liner, Potala design comfortable foam sleeping pads, a pair of  trekking poles. Safety gear Ice axe, ropes, accessories and duffel bags for your baggage's.

  • All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table

  • All meals during trek (Bed tea, breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, 3 course dinner) from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine Veg and Non veg.

  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

  • Muleteer or Sherpa porters for portage of your baggage's.

  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

  • Includes Govt. Service tax 9%. 

Not included in the Cost

  • Hotel accommodation in Manali, Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Mineral water or hard drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monuments, heritage sites, monasteries

  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.

  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging and boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

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Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Chatru (3'100m) 5 hrs. Acclimatize.
Day 2: Drive Chatru - Batal (4000m) - Kunzum (4551m), 45 kms 2 hr, trek to Chandratal (4270m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Tokpo Yongma 4'400m, 6 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Tokpo Gongma (4'700m), 6-7 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Baralacha la (4'890m). 5 hrs Drive to Patseo 2 hrs

Day 6: Drive to Satingri 2 hrs, Trek to Kardang (3600m) 5 hrs.

Day 7: Trek to Rangcha gali 4400m - Khindang (3500m) 7-8 hrs

Day 8: Drive to Manali. 5 hrs

Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Drive Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Chatru (3'100m) / Daddar bridge or Chota Dara, 5-6 hrs. Acclimatize.

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Day 2: Drive to Batal (4000m) - Kunzum (4551m), 45 kms 2 hr, trek to Chandratal (4270m) 5-6 hrs.

It’s a 17 km from Chhatru to Chota Dara. We drive along theright bank of the Chandra River. Along the trail one could see huge granite walls, which are increasingly popular among rock climbers. The color of these rocks is differs to each other. Far across Chandra River, view of Chhota Shigri glacier and some wonderful peaks are mind-blowing. Some small teashops mark the arrival at Chhota Dara. Leaving Chota Dara behind we continue along the right bank of Chandra River. Good view of Bara Shigri glacier on the left side. All above the glacier which is 12 km in length longest in Himachal, impressive view of Papsura (6451m), Dharamsura (6446) and numbers of peaks towers above Bara Shigri glacier. Crossing bridge soon after Batal, we climb towards Kunzum la following small stream, which originated above pass. Arriving at pass has a glimpse of Spiti valley, which runs 170 kms towards south. Take a path, which goes to Lake 8 km; approach large meadows - a favorite area with a multitude of shepherd’s huts. Passing and crossing a long stretch of stony ground and small stream arrive at the lake. Across Chandra River most fascinating sight of Samudra Tapu glacier, North Dakka glacier, South Dakka glacier and Silver glacier. Above the glaciers towering mighty peaks of Moulkila (6517m) and C.B. peaks. Leaving Kunzum we trek to Chandratal which is 8 kms long and has a wide panoramic view of Chandra Bhaga peaks all around. Camp after Chandratal.

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Day 3: Chandratal -Tokpo Yongma (4'400m), 7 hrs.

A long exhausted trek but well worth, because occasionally trekkers encounters patches of green pastureland. This stretch is about 14 to 16 km. The trail starts with a series of ups and downs through steep ravine and boulders - stream fields. As you progress, a flat grassy land, which slopes up to snow, clad ridge. Snow cock can be heard has heard and even sighted, if you are lucky. After 3 hrs the trail winds down a knoll, which has a steep precipice to the river far down to the left. Cross the stream if the water is low or find Snow Bridge up near the source. Or camp and cross next morning as earliest.

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Day 4: Tokpo Yongma-Tokpo Gongma (4'700m), 5 hrs

Trek through a narrow valley flanked on both sides by snow-capped mountains. Star walk early as possible, since this stream to be cross, while the flow of the water is less early in the day. A short walk after crossing the river, here the valley opens out on a broad plateau where camp is set on a delightful grassy patch

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Day 5: Trek to Baralacha la (4'890m). 5 hrs Drive to Patseo 2 hrs

Today early departure from camp towards Baralacha la pass, which is 7 km long, gives the source of three rivers - Chandra through South, Bhaga through upper Lahoul and Yunam towards Zanskar. A splendid view of M-4, which is the highest in the Moulkila range, can be seen from the trail as well as of Keorang range of Great Himalayas. On the pass, join the Manali - Leh highway and drive to Patseo for overnight camp.

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Day 6: Drive to Satingri 2 hrs, Trek to Kardang (3600m) 5 hrs.

Leaving camp today we  drive to Jispa and continue to Satingri. Starting a hike from here we descend to Bhaga River and pass small villages along the way. Crossing the bridge at Bhaga River just below Gumling we climb through fields of barley to small and beautiful village of Lapchang. Following the trail to Kardang gompa with spectacular view of Kyelang at a distance, we arrive at Barbog. Camp near Kardang gompa.

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Day 7: Trek to Rangcha gali 4400m - Khindang (3800m) 7-8 hrs

A climb begins from camp along the Barbog slopes, famous for winter ski. Kyarkyoks peak and Bhaga River valley as far as Tod valley in sight. Finally a steep climb short before the pass and through tiny gully to the pass. Magnificent view all around. A descend along the Gondla slopes to Khindang village. Beautiful campsite.

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​Day 8: Drive to Manali. 5 hrs

Short walk to road head at near Khindang village and drive to Sissu - Rohtang pass to Manali. Trip ends.