Area: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 10 Days (4 days travel/6 days trekking)
Best Season: Mind June to Mid October
Altitude: 4550 mts
Total Trekking: 60 K.M
Nothing short of an enthralling expedition, the Chandratal to Baralacha Pass trek takes you through winding scenic trails, picturesque valleys, dense forests, quaint villages and awe-inspiring landscapes. One of the most sought after treks hidden in the quaint valleys of Himachal Pradesh, the Chandratal - Baralacha trek gives you an opportunity to revel in the mesmerizing beauty of the 'Chandratal' or the 'Moon Lake' as it sits in its mystical glory, cuddled in the tranquility of the Spiti Valley. The adventure does not end at Chandratal; a thrilling climb to the majestic Baralacha La connecting regions of Spiti, Lahaul, Ladakh and Zanskar adds to the magical charm of this memorable trek. The nature's work of art at the Baralacha La is just indescribable in words; the magnetic vistas of the Chandra and Bhaga Rivers and the enchanting beauty of the emerald Suraj Tal leaves you speechless and awed the very instance you reach the pass.
Be prepared to ascend steep slopes, cross gurgling rivers, traverse through boulder fields, brave icy-cold waters of the milky white streams, cross over rustic bridges and witness a dramatic change in the landscape from lush greenery of Kullu-Manali valleys to arid and barren mountains of Lahaul-Spiti valleys; as you make your way to the Chandratal and Baralacha La. Needless to say, immerse your souls in the captivating vistas of snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, shimmering glaciers, crystal clear water streams and flower carpeted meadows along this fulfilling and enticing journey of your lifetime.
Commencing from the scenic hill station of Manali, the trek follows the route through Batal via Rohtang Pass, halting mid-way at the beautiful Chandratal Lake, perched at a height of 13,000 ft. above sea level. After spending the night in camps at the lakeside, start your journey ahead via Topko Gongma, Topko Yongma, finally leading you to the Baralacha La, situated at an elevation of 16,000 ft. Designated to be of moderate to challenging grade, the Chandratal Baralacha trek is packed with all the necessary elements an ardent trekker looks forward in an ideal trekking excursion. With its immense scenic beauty and plethora of thrilling twists and turns along the journey, the trek, undoubtedly will leave you asking for more.
The Chandratal Baralacha route is accessible between June-July to mid-October but, the best month to visit it, is during the month of September. In June, the roads may be in pathetic conditions and owing to presence of slippery snowy patches, you can face tough time climbing the ascent. July-August is the time of heavy monsoon showers in the region with huge possibilities of land-slides, avalanches and cloud-bursts so, better embark on to the journey in September. The route can close any time in October. Also, it is not recommended to venture on this trek in October as the temperature drops below zero, making the trek all the more difficult.
The Chandratal Lake is a crescent shaped alpine lake, tucked away in the Spiti Valley, surrounded with majestic snow-clad peaks of the Chandrabhaga Range of the Garhwal Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. From Chandratal, at a distance of approximately 37 km. lies the Baralacha Pass located in the Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh that connects Zanskar and Ladakh regions of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Chandratal Baralacha trek starts from the quaint hill town of Manali that can be reached through following options.
By Air: The nearest airport to Manali is the Bhuntar Airport located at Kullu. Flights from Delhi and Chandigarh regularly ply to Kullu, from where taxis and buses can be booked to reach Manali. Taxi can be further hired up till Batal from where the actual trek begins.
By Rail: Nearest and most recommended railway station to Manali is at Chandigarh. Chartered taxis and buses can be hired to Manali from Chandigarh and then, a taxi up to Batal.
By Road: Many regular overnight Volvo and state run buses ply directly from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Dehradun to Manali. From Manali, private or shared taxis can be hired to reach Batal.
In the evening catch Ac Volvo bus for Manali at 17:00 hrs. An overnight journey.
By Morning arrive at Manali and then transfer to the hotel for relaxing & acclimatisation. At leisure visit the old Manali, the famous Hadimba Devi Temple and the Mall road. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
In the morning after the breakfast drive to the Batal through Rohtang pass (3980 meters). On arrival at Batal set out the tent. Rest and relax through the night. In the afternoon, take a walk enjoy the nature's marvels. Come back to the camp site in the evening. Dinner & Overnight stay in the tents.
After an early feast, begin the trek to the Chandratal (4250 meters/13940 feet) with a sumptuous meal packed for the lunch. Chandratal enjoys incredible beauty. Nestled amidst the main Kunzum range and a lower ridge, the passage leads through the Chandra River. Come back to camp, take dinner & stay overnight.
After breakfast explore the spectacular surroundings. One can go for a trail or relax nearby the lake. Feast and night stay in the tents.
Right after the breakfast we will hike to the Tokpo Yogma. Enjoy a panoramic view of the stunningly gigantic glaciers and mountain peaks during the trek. After trekking for a while, one arrives at the Tokpo Gongma located at an altitude of 4400 meters. Stop for the ready to eat lunch for a while moving on to Tokpo Yogma. In Tibetan "Tokpo" refers to a river and the meaning of the word "Gongma" is big. Dinner & night stay in the tents.
Today, trek starts towards Tokpo Gongma with packed lunch through Tokpo Yogma River. On this trek we will cross the river streams using ropes. On arrival camps are set out for dinner & overnight stay.
Today, after a hearty morning feast at the Camp, the day begins by crossing the Upper River by crossing the Tokpo Gongma. The hike of about 10 KM will takes us to Baralacha La. This is a twofold pass located at an altitude of 4950 Meters. It marks the separation between the Lahaul Ranges and the Himalayan Range and also between the Baralacha and the Himalayas stretching towards the North. After enjoying lunch, one moves towards Baralacha located at an altitude of 4883 Meters. This is a stunningly beautiful 8 kilometres long pass and gives ascend to 3 rivers namely Bhaga, Chandra, and Yunam. The meaning of the world Baralacha is 'pass with cross roads on summit'. Roads from Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul, and Spiti meet on the zenith of the Baralacha pass. On the arrival at the 'Baralacha Pass', the tour manager will meet you with the Jeeps. After reaching Manali, you can rest at the hotel after a nice dinner.
The day to unwind. In the evening, drive back to Delhi by the AC Volvo coach. An Overnight journey.
Arrival at Delhi by morning in between 07:00 – 08:00 hrs.
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You should book Chandratal Baralacha Trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.
Total weight of the backpack should not exceed 12 kg. You should carry all those things, listed in the itinerary given by TMI.
Our pick up and drop point for Chandratal Baralacha Trek is Delhi (Janpath/RK Ashram Metro Station/Majnu Ka Tila). You can board Bus from these bus stops to Manali. At Manali our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
Chandratal Baralacha trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 14925ft (4550m) minimum age required is 12 years.
In the month of July & August the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and it can rain heavily which will further decrease the temperature.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 8 to 14 Kms.
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.
We serve nutritious, pure vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable, and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes, etc.
Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so a vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller, etc. are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in the wilderness and they carry necessary first aid medicine kit. At each camp, they assess your condition and can take appropriate action in case a rescue is required. In the case of the rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
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