Chandratal Trek

5 Days - 4 Nights
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Chandratal Trek in Himachal near Rohtang Pass India

Chandratal Trek is the most famous and popular lake in the Lahaul and Spiti Range, the turquoise blue lake is a hidden gem also situated in the Chandrabhaga Range. It’s a terrific attraction for all the tourist trekkers and adventurers.

It is 14 km away from Batal. The routes are extremely treacherous, but worth it as you will get to witness the vistas of nature. Chandratal is a tourist destination for trekkers and campers. The lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from the Kunzum Pass from May to late October.

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Camping near the lake should be in everyone’s bucket list. Accommodation is available 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) from the lake. Witness the vast meadows on the banks of the lake. During springtime, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of varieties of wildflowers. Chandratal Lake is On the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks Chandra River (a source river of the Chenab).

The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100ft) In the Himalayas. One can witness the some of the major peaks of Chandrabhaga Range like Chandrabhaga 14(CB14) or Chandrabhaga 13(CB13).

Chandratal Trek a Sacred Moon Lake in Spiti valley in Himachal

Chandratal Lake trek is a beautiful trek in Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 4,300 m. It is also called “Moon Lake” because of its crescent shape and is the origin of Chander River. In ancient times this trail was used as trade route; traders from Tibet and Ladakh came to Spiti and Kullu valley.

Chandratal lake can be easily approached from Kunzum Pass which is Located at an average of 4,590 meters, Kunzum pass is one of the most famous high altitude passes of Himachal Pradesh. It is a hub for many trekkers and adventurers. From Kunzum pass, you will witness the gorgeous Chandrabhaga Range and Bara Shigri Glacier which is considered as the second largest.

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Glacier after Gangotri in the Himalayas. The pass connects Lahaul valley and Spiti Valley to the Kully Valley. Kunzum Pass is the starting point of the Chandratal Lake the visitors come here to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga and visit Chandratal Lake, which is around 9 km from Kunzum Pass. The route is extremely beautiful that people come here to halt and indulge in photography and to view the magnificent Bara- Sigri Glacier, the second-largest glacier in the world.

Key Points of Chandratal Trek

Level: – Easy or Moderate

Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Chandra Tal Trek.

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 10 kgs.

Do spare time in Interaction with locals, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology. And our Spiti or Himachali Cultures

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Duration: 5 Days from Manali to Manali

Best Season: June, July August and September

Level: Easy or Moderate

Highest Point:  4300 meters

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

Temperature: (5°C to 15°C)

Starting Point: Manali mall Road

Short Itinerary of Chandratal Trek

Day 1 – Pickup to you from manali mall road Drive from Manali to Batal via Rohtang pass (109 km) (4/5 Hours) (3907 m) (5/6 hours) over night stay camp

Day 2 – Drive from Batal (3907 m) to Chandratal (4551 m) and night stay in Kunzum La Pass/Chika (3200 m)

Day 3 – Kunzum La Pass to Kibber village (69 km) (3/4 hours) (over night stay hotel

Day 4- Rest day explore some time kaza monastery back to overnight stay kaza hotel

Day 5 – Drive from Kaza to Manali (209 km) (8/9 hours) reach manali late evening 6 to 7 pm


Day 1 : Drive from Manali to Batal

Vehicles will be arranged from Manali, leave early to avoid traffic jams at Rohtang pass. Batal is a small town in the Himalayan region of Lahaul and Spiti. Arrangements will be made in a hotel there.


Day 2 : Drive from Batal (3907 m) to Chandra Tal (4300 m) same day drive Kunzum La Pass / Chika camp

The drive from Batal to Chandratal is 15 km long and it can be covered in less than an hour. Peep out of your window and witness the magnificent Chandra Bhawa ranges and snow clad peaks.

This crescent shaped “Moon Lake” lies at an altitude of 4300 m. It is a sacred lake which changes color and attracts many Hindu devotees. This places offers the sight of deserted mountains.

Then the drive is towards Kunzum La Pass, where the arrangements will be made.


Day 3 : Kunzum La Pass to Kibber village

Kunzum La is the highest memorable Pass and separates Spiti and Lahaul valley. Post breakfast the drive is towards a high village in Spiti valley.

Reach there and visit a monastery and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Night stay will be in a lodge there.


Day 4 : Drive from Kibber village to kaza

Rest day explore some time kaza monastery enjoy beautiful views back to hotel overnight stay kaza hotel


Day 5 : Drive from Kaza to Manali (209 km) (8/9 hours)

In the morning, after breakfast drive to Manali via 2 high passes Kunzum La and Rohtang Pass. Have lunch en route. Reach manali late evening 6 to 7 pm

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



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


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)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


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 Manali To Manali

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




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




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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