“The Moon Lake Trek”(Chandertal) Over The Baralacha La Via Hampta Pass


Description about Chander tal Lake:

Chander Tal (meaning the Lake of the moon), or Chander tal, is the situated at an altitude of about 4,300mts (14,100ft) in the Himalayas. Mountain of screen overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. Situated in the spiti part of the Lahul and spiti district of Himachal Pradesh (India), Chandra Tal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass from late may to early October. There is also a motor able road from Batle which is 16 km(9.9mi) away from Chandra Tal, best before august , its condition can be bad. The road from Kunzum Pass is accessible only on foot, and it is about 8km (5.1mi) from Chander Tal. Suraj Tal is also accessible  Chander Tal, 30km(19mi)away. Vast meadows on the bank of the lake are the camping sites. During spring time, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers.

The most surprising thing about this lake is that there in no visible source of the lake but there is a visible outlet of this lake which means that water to this lake comes from the underground.  The lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks the Chandra River.

About Area

The name of Manali is derived from the world “Manualaya” meaning “The home of Manu”(The power giver), the saint who gave the world the written laws for the first time. Manali is located in the upper Kullu vally, at an altitude of 6000ft.(2050m), and is one of the most popular tourist resorts  in Himachel Pradesh. The place is famous center for adventure sports like skiing, Hali skiing, Para-gliding, river rafting, Trekking and Mountaineering. Manali is also a launching pad for treks and expeditions in Dhauladher range, Pir panjal range, lahul spiti, Zansker and Ladakh regions.

Lahaul & Spiti
The Lahaul and spiti valley from a unique socio-physical unit of Himachal Pradesh. These rugged valleys lie at a height of (3000mnto 4800m) above sea level. Spiti is cold mountain desert, located on the Tibetan border and flanked on the southeast by district of Kinnaur, north east by Tibet, north by Ladakh, west by Lahaul and to the south by district of kullu.

Region - Manali, Hamta Pass, Lahoul spiti
Season - July and Mid September]
Max. Altitude - 4830mts
Duration - 11 days
High Passes - Over 03 stages Hamta pass, Rohtang Pass and Baralacha-la pass
Grade - Moderate In the beginning its about three hours walk up Hamta / Setan and one gets acclimatized easily generally easy trek except river crossing. Difficulties are not there, of course ups and downs.
Grading - A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this trek and one-day acclimatization at Manali is recommended.

About Trek

One of the most difficult treks in the Manali region affording views of lush green valleys, towering snow clad mountains and barren hills with surrealistic forms and shapes. Excellent for the treker who is reasonably fit. Leaving the Manali valley, the trek proceeds through evergreen cool forest of walnuts, Oak and the occasional alder. The views of the entire Kullu valleys are excellent and are glimpsed all along the trail. Once atop Hamta Pass (4270m), another spectacular panorama of peak appears. The Chander Tall is a jewel of a lake so breathtaking in its beauty that one feels like spending an eternity Harte. Then it is into the Lahaul valley where barren towering mountains rise above lush green fields of potato and barley and the presence of Buddhist culture seems evident. An unforgettable trek, Known to very few trekkers and foreigners.

Programs Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Manali

Day 02 Manali to Pandoo Ropa (2700mts)
It’s a 5 hour walk uphill. It starts from the nearby village Chachoga. On the steepest section at the start, through apple orchards and Trail goes through the thick forest of pine, cedar, oak, fir, chestnut and deodar. The first Part of 3 hour. A small hamlet hamta has a very interesting history. They say that a person who dies has to go through hamta. The people live there say that have heard some sort of noise of crying and a sound of trumpet. The noise of crying shows that person is going to the hell and trumpet means the person is going to the heaven. It is there because Mount Inderkilla is known as a heaven and hell. On the way to Panduropa befor Setan is a potato farm which is one of largest farm in Himachal. The setan village is occupied by a horse people’s community those who came from spiti & Kinnaur many year ago, known as a Khampas(gypsy community) and we finally reach the campsite Panduropa amidst  sliver Fir tree and fully grass field. Our dinner and overnight stay is in Panduropa.

Day 03 Pandu Ropa To Juwara. (3530)
It is around a 5 hour walk through landscape to just below the Hamatapass situated on grassy bank sloping down from the cliff. The impressive grandeur of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru-Shakru peaks the wonderful coloring of rocks and mountainside. A river Alain Nullah follows Chikka and its snout is Hamta pass which one has to cross it thrice a time to come across along the cliff side till one finally reaches chikka. Panduropa means paddy fields of pandavas. Pandavas they are hero in( Mahabharata ) the trek from Panduropa is full of cliff cascading splashes over  which attracts a lot of foreign trekkers from all over the world. Our dinner and overnight stay in camp Juwara.

Day 04 Juwara To Sheha Gohru. (3200mts)
Its 8 hour. Today is long day of 8 hour journey over the Hamtapass (4270mts). We being our ascent to the hamta pass (4275mts). Stoping to apreciatebthe close view of the  deo Tibba and Indrason Peak. After that it is all the way desends down in a zigzag right to the campsite Shea Gahru. Along descent follow the trail to camp site of sheha Gohru. In the local dialect sheha Gohru means “very cold place” it is adjacent to the source of glacier snout. During summer it is a cool grazing pasture and halting place of shepherds to enter in the way to Lahoul & spiti. Our dinner and overnight stay in camp Shea Gahru.

Day 05 Sheha Gohru to Chattru(3360mts)
It’s a 4 hour juareny this four hour walk is quite easy a welcome relief after the hard across the Hamta pass. We follow the river up to rock field, a difficult section during the monsoon season.  Some time you can find a bridge usually blown off by the avalanche. And at one point one has to cross the river physically at the forded place. Once you close to the crossing point and one can see the distant valley of Lahaul and Spiti comes into view. The massive mountains of the Pir panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Chattru is a confluence point of trekking rout from Rohtang pass, Hamta pass and spiti. Our over night stay and dinner in camp chhatru.

Day 06 Chhatru To Chhotadara (3740mts)
It’s a 4 hour walk. The trail today winds through a narrow valley along the roadside. The terrain become more rugged and the color more spectacular. All along the rail (which is actuality an unmetelled road) the river chandra keeps one company as it roars along to join the Bhaga and Tandi near Keylong. the same trail along the unmetalled roed leads to other tiny hamlet of Batal. From here, there is a bifurcation: one road leads over the  Kunzum la into the spiti valley, While the other one goes on Towards the enchanting lake of the Moon; Chandertaal) On the way, glimpses of the Bara shigri glacier provide one with the enormous  scales that the western Himalaya glacier are made of. This particular glacier extends over 12 k.M camp overnight and dinner in Batel.

Day 07 Batal to Chandertal (4270 mts)
Its around 4 hour journey. A pleasant walk along the Chandra River where green pasture and a Sheppard’s hat can be seen. The trail proceeds over the rubble-strewn plateau, crosses a small stream and continues traversing the upward slop. The trek IS almost level, with a few ups and down and the Chander Tal appears. A majestic serene lake surrounding by the mighty Himalayan peaks. A vast meadows, is the camping site on the banks of the enchanting lake. During springtime, it is carpeted with hundred of kinds of wild flowers. During the trail we can see the bara shigri glacier and other peaks of the CB range. This high altitude lake is mighty Himalayan Peaks. Our dinner and overnight stay in Chander Tal.

Day 08 Chandertal To Tokpoyongma (4320mts)
Today we are walking 7 hour. It’s a Gradual walk and the trail ahead rises and falls several times, but mostly stays beside the river. Approaching Tokpoyongma, the trail ascends from the mountains side, crosses stream. At near the Tokpoyongma before the campsite one river has to be forded / negotiate either it by a snow bridge some 15 minutes up stream. Finally we reach’s campsite and over nightstay and dinner is in camp.

Day 09 Tokpogongma (4640mts)
It’s around 5 hour walk. Start early in the morning because most mountain streams are low in the morning the later part of the day generally makes the stream swell, making crossing almost impossible. There are two trails to ford the river but one has to go up stream to negotiate the snow bridge is almost one hour walk quite tiresome. Once you cross the rock face. Mules do not cross the snow bridge because the trail traverses a slippery rock face which animal can’t negotiate it. In the beginning trail is almost gradual in the rises and falls plateau. After crossing a river it is ten minutes ascends to the top the hillock and reaches campsite Tokpogongma. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 10 Tokpogongma To Baralacha-La (4833mts)
It’s around 6 hour journey in the beginning its half an hour steep ascend in a zigzag way to the top of the ridge. After the ridge trail proceeds through the big boulder leads over the plateau with a good view of the KR(koa range) peak to the sw. Approaching gradually through the green meadow and a breathtaking view on the plateau a very long walk seems to be tiring but enchanting mountains keep the physically  fresh and mentally too. Before reaching the Baralacha-La one has to cross a stream then after again easy walk right up to the Baralacha-La. Baralacha means summit with cross road from spiti, Ladakh, Zansker and Lahaul meet here and in ancint times it was part of a trade route. On the North West lies the Bara River while the Chandra flows south east. Near below the Baralacha-La is having a beautiful emerald lake the Suraj Tal (sun lake), the source of the river Bagha. And same day catch a jeep to jispa, Zingzing bar, Patseo, Deepak Tal, A small mountain train along the road, Darcha and finally Jispa. Overnight stay and dinner in Jispa camp.

Darcha: (3400mt) is also a launching pad for trek and expedition in lahaul, Zansker, And Ladakh regions.
Jispa: It has new Monastery on the left bsnk of river of Bhaga, built to  commemorate the auspicious 18th Kalachakra the initiation by his holiness the Dalai Lama in July 1994.

Day  11 Jispa to Manali
It’s around 7 hour drive via Keylong, Tandi, and Khokhsar and over the Rohtang pass to Manali. Keylong is the district headquarters of Lahual and spiti region and is surrounding by the Kardang monastery  just above the other side of the Bhaga river. The village are skirted with fild of Potato, Barley, and Kuth (Buck Wheat). The tree along the road are mainly popular and willow. The landscape changes dramatically, as the barren hillside are replaced by the lush green hillside of the kullu valley. At the top of the Rohtang passone can have a luminous vale of the Manali valley all the way down to Manali. Overnight stay and in Manali.

Day 12 Sight seen in Manali
Morning after breakfast visit in other places in Manali. Where ever you want and lunch we are having to gather in hotel. After lunch pack your baggage’s and evening 4:30 is your departure time.

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