Chandranahan Lake Trek

6 Days - 5 Nights
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Description

CHANDRANAHAN LAKE an Alpine Lake in Himachal Pradesh

Chandranahan is a small Lake in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 13,900 feet. It is River Pabba’s source, trek along this river during most of the journey.

The trail is through undulating meadows that remain covered in snow during winters and dense forests which further leads to Buran Ghati Pass.

Chandranahan

 CHANDRANAHAN LAKE: PARADISE ON EARTH.

Tucked away in the Pabbar Valley, Chandranahan lake is one of the most beautiful lakes located amidst the snowy mountains at an elevation of 4,00 meters above sea level.

If you want to reach Chandranahan  Lake, one has to reach Rohru at a distance of 120 km from Shimla. The lake falls on the way to Buran Ghati Pass.

The trek to Chandranahan lake starts from a quaint village called Janglik village.

If you didn’t know the lake is the source of the PabbarRiver and is located on the southeastern slopes of the Himalayas. The lake is considered extremely sacred.
Many will be surprised that Devta Shikru Maharaj has its origin here and tends to visit the lake for a ritual bath, once in every year.
It’s a lesser traversed trail taken by the Adventurers to witness the shimmering lake because of the arduous route.

Considered a trekker’s paradise, Chandranahan lake is relatively unexplored.

While treading through the route of Janglik, the village boasts about the carpeted wildflowers, alpine forests, verdant grasslands.

Trekkers will get to witness the awe-inspiring snow-clad mountains of Pabbarvalley.

The Chandranahan

Meant for Adventure seekers

Chandranahan lake trek exposes the landscapes similar to Switzerland and Alps. Walking through a mountain range and undulated meadows will level up your adrenaline rush.

A magnificent view of meadows with a pure blend of picturesque snow-capped mountains in the backdrop.  Isn’t it a fairytale?

A perfect spot for shutterbugs, everyone will be amazed to see the contrasting campsites which are a treat to the eyes!!

Some of the spectacular views you will come across while passing through Janglik, Dayara Thatch and Lithamare the green meadows, snow-clad peaks, small brooks and water streams.

The best time to do this trek is between May – 1st week of July and September till the 2nd week of October. The main highlight of the trek is crafted wheat that in front of the wooden farmhouses.

When you reach Dayara Thatch, you will hear the thundering of the water streams and witness the snow-capped mountains of the Dhauladhars.

The trail to Chandranahana lake is so mind-boggling that it will leave you spellbound. It passes through dense forests of Oak and Pine trees that look like a painting while you walk through them.
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Highlights of Chandranahan Lake

Small rivulets cross your path many times and enjoy boulder hopping.

The trek is less technical and turns great for families.

Explore the lush green meadows of Dayara which blooms with wildflowers.

Go through mixed forests of Janglik.

Come across Chandranahan waterfall.

Witnessing Chandranahan Lake which is considered sacred and remains frozen for most of the time.

Key Points of Chandranahan Lake Trek

Level: Easy to Moderate

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.

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Duration:6 Days (Shimla to Shimla)

Best Season:May, June, Sep and Oct

Level:Easy to Moderate

Highest Point:13900 feet

Weather:Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Temperature:(13°C to 18°C) (0°C to 7°C)

Starting Point: Shimla

Short Itinerary of Chandranahan Lake Trek

Day 1 – Shimla to Janglik (9,200 feet) (9/10 hours)

Day 2 – Janglik to Dayara (11075 feet) (5 hours)

Day 3 – Dayara to Litham (11737 feet) (3 hours)

Day 4 – Litham to Chandranahan Lake (13900 feet) and return (4/5 hours)

Day 5 – Litham to Dayara (11075 feet) (3/4 hours)

Day 6 – Dayara to Janglik (9,200 feet) and Drive to Shimla (4 hours)

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Day 1: Shimla to Janglik (9,200 feet) (9/10 hours)

Meet the members at Old bus stand of Shimla and then the drive is towards Base camp “Janglik”. Drive is along the clear bluish Pabba River and witness the changing sights with quaint villages of Himachal.

Crossing Pabbar leads to Diude and from Diude a short hike will take you to Janglik.

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Day 2 : Janglik to Dayara (11075 feet) (5 hours)

Start the trek by coming out of the wheat fields, big goodbye to the last few Diude huts. Further you gain altitude and have a view of Tonglu, Diude and other pretty villages. Enter the forest of pine and oak and it gets dense and the steep ascend turns a gradual one.

After half an hour hike, you can see the receding tree line and now enter the undulating meadows. As you climb up the hill with view of mountains on one side and dark trees on another, descend gradually and the trail gets wide.

After an hour you again enter the dense pine and oak forest, walking under the shades of trees and the sound of crumbling leaves will make the hike pleasant. Before reaching Dayara the trail climbs up gradually. Reach the campsite, setup your tents and sleep comfortably.

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Day 3 : Dayara to Litham (11737 feet) (3 hours)

Explore the Dayara meadows in the morning and the trail from Dayara to Lithum goes through thick forests, alluring green meadows and streams.  Through meadows trail head towards Gunas Pass and after fifteen minutes enter the pine forest.

Cross a stream and exit the forest section with delicious views of Dhauladhar range and Gunas Pass. Ahead the grasslands look wonderful, after half an hour trail takes you through another forest of Bhoj. Descend through this forest and reach a stream from where Litham is clearly visible.

The trail after the meadows goes to Chandranahan stream which needs to be crossed before reaching Litham. Cross it and reach your campsite, there are plenty of streams across Litham. From here the views are just mind boggling.

Towards left you can see the Chandranahan Waterfall ahead is Chandranahan Lake, towards right are cliffs with snow patches behind which lies Rupin valley and in front are snow-covered mountains at their back lies Buran Ghati.

This is the last meadow on this trek, a wide one. Setup your tents at desired area with beautiful views and then retire for the night.

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Day 4 : Short hike to Chandranahan Lake (13900 feet) and back to Litham (4/5 hours)

Chandranahan is a small glacial lake surrounded by mountains and snow flanks feed this Lake. Take the shepherds trail to reach the Ridge Top and head towards the waterfall’s snout. In one hour you can reach this Lake and the journey gets difficult from the snout.

You can see the alpine valley and the views are delicious. The setting of this Lake is idyllic, grassy patches are in middle and small waterfalls turn into small streams. There are rough rocks which mark the lake, look at the settings and head back to Litham.

Descend is steep till Litham, make sure you start early to Chandranahan Lake so you can reach there at mid-day.

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Day 5 : Litham to Dayara (11075 feet) (3/4 hours)

Retrace your steps through the undulating meadows of Dayara and reach the campsite.

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Day 6 : Dayara to Janglik (9,200 feet) and Drive to Shimla (4 hours)

Follow the same route and get back to Janglik. The vehicle will be arranged for departure to Shimla.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Shimla To Shimla

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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