Region: Himachal Himalayas
Duration: 12 Nights 13 Days
Destination covered: Delhi – Manali – Keylong — Batal – Chandra tal — Tokpo Yongma – Tokpo Gongma – Baralacha – Jispa – Delhi
Altitude: 4950 m above sea level
Grade: Moderate Trek
Best Time: July to mid October
The trek to Chandratal the ” Moon Lake” is almost like going to the moon. You almost feel like the first explorers going to a new place for the first time. The landscape and the scenery change ever so quickly with each sighting bettering the one before. This is till you reach the lake! The world comes to a stand still here. Staring at you is this turquoise crescent of water surrounded by the Chandrabhaga & Mulkila Massifs. The lake seems to hypnotise you with its various hues and is like a nymph left alone in this great Himalayan setting of towering mountains.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrivel Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi – Manali
In the morning take a half day sight seeing at Delhi and in the evening drive to Manali by AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 03: Manali
on arrive at Manali and transfer to hotel late afternoon sightseeing tour of Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Hot Spring etc. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 04: Manali – Keylong (3348 M/11000 FT)
Morning after breakfast drive to Keylong (115 km/4 – 5 hrs approx) via Rohtang pass (3980 M) for acclimatisation purpose. Go on short hikes around Keylong. Keylong is the capital town of Lahaul and has numerous cultivated fields bordered with willow and poplar trees, in-between the surrounding barren landscape. Overnight in tents.
Day 05: Keylong – Batal (3950 M / 13000 FT)
We will drive to Batal from Keylong in the morning. Arrive in Batal for lunch. We will go on an acclimatising hike from here. Return to the camp in the evening. Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Batal – Chandra tal (4250 m / 14000 FT)
Today we will trek 18 kms to reach Chandratal and it will take us about 5-6 hrs, while on this trek we will get a nice view of the Lahul range, peaks like Minar (6172 M), Talagiri (6279 M), Tara Pahar (6227 M) and Mulkila (6517 M). Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Chandra Tal (4250 M/14000 FT)
This day belongs to you, ‘Do Your Own Thing’. Go on an exploratory hike, swim in the chilled waters of the lake, or just chill at the campsite. Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Chandra Tal – Tokpo Yongma (4350 M/14300 FT)
Today’s trek is of 15 km and will take us about 6-7 hrs. Overnight in tents..
Day 09: Tokpo Yongma – Tokpo Gongma (4650 M/15250 FT)
We will trek 15 kms on this day and the time taken will depend on how long it takes to cross Tokpo Yongma (Lower River) and one more stream. We might have to use ropes for crossing the streams. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Tokpo Gongma – Baralacha (4950 M/16236 FT) – Jispa (3348 M/11000 FT)
We start the day by crossing Tokpo Gongma (upper river). On this day we will have to hike for 12 km to reach Baralacha La. Baralacha La (4950 M) is a double pass. It marks the divide between the Himalayan and Lahul Ranges and also between the Himalayan and the Baralacha Range extending to the North. From here drive to Jispa, a beautiful hamlet by the river Bhaga. Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Jispa – Manali
After breakfast drive to Manali (147 km, 4-5 hrs). Evening at leisure.
Day 12: Manali
Today we will do half day sight seeing at Manali and in the evening drive to Delhi by car / AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 13: Departure Delhi
Arrival at Delhi by morning. On arrival transfers to hotel for relax. In the evening drive to international airport to catch onwards flight. Tour End