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11 Day "The Moon Lake Trek" (Chandertal)
 
AN OVERVIEW

Region: Manali, Hamta pass, Chandratal, Baralacha-La and Lahaul valley.
Season: July to Mid September.
Max. altitude: 4830m.
No. of days: 11 days.
High passes: Over 03 pass: Hamta pass, Rohtang and Baralacha-la.
Transport: Baralacha- La/ Jispa and Jispa/ Manali.

Gradient: In the beginning its about three hours walk up to Hamta/ Setan and one gets acclimatized easily, generally easy trek except river crossing. Not a difficult trek although there are climbs and descents.


Grading: A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this trek and one-day acclimatization at Manali is recommended.

 

 

 


Lahaul & Spiti:
The Lahaul & Spiti valleys form a unique socio-physical unit of Himachal Pradesh. These rugged valleys lie at a height of (3000 to 4800m.) above sea level.
Spiti is a 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.


Trek:
One of the most delightful treks in the Manali region affording views of lush green valleys, towering snow clad mountains and barren hills with surreal forms and shapes. Excellent for the trekker who is reasonably fit. Leaving the Manali valley, the trek proceeds through evergreen cool forests of walnut, oak and the occasional alder. The views of the entire Kullu valley are excellent and can be glimpsed all along the trail. Once atop the
Hamta Pass (4270m.), another spectacular panorama of peaks appear. The Chandertal is a jewel of a lake so breathtaking in its beauty that one feels like spending an eternity here. 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.

 


Manali:
The name Manali is derived from the world ‘Manualaya' meaning ‘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 valley, at an altitude of 6000ft. (2050m.) and is one of the most popular tourist place in Himachal Pradesh. Manali is a famous center for adventure sports like Skiing, Heli-Skiing, Para-gliding, River-rafting, Trekking and Mountaineering. Manali is also a launching pad for treks and expeditions in Dhauladhar range, Pir Panjal range, Lahaul, Zanskar and Ladakh regions.

 
BEST TIME TO VISIT

July to Mid September.

 
SPORT
Backpacking , Camping , Hiking , Trekking
 
LOCATION
Manali in Himachal Pradesh
 
LOCATION DESCRIPTION

Region: Manali, Hamta pass, Chandratal, Baralacha-La and Lahaul valley.
Max. altitude: 4830m.

Manali is situated at an average elevation of 2625 metres (8612 feet) in the Beas River valley. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali and its surrounding areas are of great significance to the Indian culture and heritage as it was the home and abode of the Saptarshi or seven sages. It is famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, para gliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. It also offers hot springs, spectacular religious shrines and temples, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and trekking in the surrounding mountains.


 
HOW TO GET THERE

 

 
PROFESSIONAL GUIDE

All guides accompanying the group are certified from Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali. They also have certification from Himachal Tourism.
 

 
OUTDOOR RULES TO BE FOLLOWED

1) Please don’t throw any garbage around. Carry plastic bags or use camp bins and help us keep the ecology clean.
2) Please don’t destroy any flora and fauna. Just take back memories and photographs.
 

 
ITINERARY

1: Manali/Prini - Panduropa/Setan (2700 m) 4 hours. Trek to camp involving 2hrs on the steepest section at the start, through apple orchards and forest of blue pine, cedar, oak, fir and chestnut. A small hamlet Hamta has a very interesting history. They say that a person who dies has to go through Hamta. The people living there say they have heard some sort of noise of crying and sounds of trumpet. The noise of crying shows that a person is going to hell and trumpet means the person is going to heaven. It is there because Mount Inderkilla is known as a heaven and hell. On the way to Panduropa before Setan is a potato farm which is one of the largest farms in Himachal. The Setan village is occupied by horse people's community, those who came from Spiti & Kinnaur many years ago, known as a Khampas (gypsy community). We then reach the campsite Panduropa amidst Silver fir trees.

Day 02: Panduropa/Setan - Juara (3530m) 5 hours trek through landscapes to a point just below the Hamta Pass situated on a grassy bank sloping down from the cliffs. The impressive grandeur of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru-Shakru peaks and the wonderful coloring of rock and mountainside are enchanting. River Alain Nullah follows Chikka and its snout is Hamta Pass which one has to cross thrice to come along the cliff side till one finally reaches Chikka. Panduropa means paddy fields of Pandavas. The trek from Panduropa is full of cliff cascading splashes which attracts a lot of foreign trekkers from all over the world.


Day 03: Juara - Shea Gahru (3200m.) 6hrs over Hamta Pass (4270m.). The trail now begins to ascend towards the mighty Hamta Pass (4270m.) and one can enjoy close views of Deo Tibba and fabled Indrasan peaks. After that it is a descend all the way down in a zigzag pattern right to the campsite Shea Gahru. Shea Gahro means a very cold place because it is adjacent to the glacier snout. During summer it's a grazing pasture or halting place for the Sheperds to enter in the Kullu and Lahaul valley.


Day 04: Shea Gahru - Chhatru (3360m.) 3hrs Today's walk is quite easy along the river up to the rock point, which is hard to cross in the rainy season. At times you can find a bridge at rock point but during the winter the bridge is usually blown off by the avalanche. At one point one has to cross the river physically at the forded place. Once you are close to the crossing point you can see the distant valleys of Lahaul and Spiti come into view. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point via Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti. Camp overnight at Chhatru.


Day 05: Chhatru - Chhotadara (3740m.) 5hrs. The trail today winds through a narrow valley along the roadside. The terrain becomes more rugged and the colours more spectacular. All along the rail (which is actually unmetalled road) the river Chandra keeps one company as it roars along to join the Bhaga at Tandi near Keylong.

Day 06: Chhotadara - Batal (3960m.) 6hrs Today, trek on the same trail along the unmetalled road leading to other tiny hamlets 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; Chandratal). On the way, glimpses of the Bara Shigri glacier provide one with the enormous scales that the western Himalayan glaciers are made of. This particular glacier extends over 12kms. Camp overnight at Batal.

Day 07: Batal - Chandratal (The Lake of moon 4270m) 4hrs. A pleasant walk along the Chandra River where green pasture and a Shepherd's hut can be seen. The trail proceeds over the rubble-strewn plateau, crosses a small stream and continues traversing the upward slope. The track is almost level, after a few ups and downs the Chandra-Tal appears. A majestic serene lake surrounded by the mighty Himalayan peaks. On the vast meadows, is the camping site along the banks of the enchanting lake. During springtime, it is carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wild flowers. Overnight in camp.


Day 08: Chandratal - Tokpoyongma (4320m.) 7hrs Gradual walk and the trail ahead rises and falls several times, but mostly stays beside the river. Approaching Tokpoyongma, the trail ascends from the mountainside, crosses a stream. Near Tokpoyongma and before the campsite one river has to be forded/negotiated, either ford the Tokpoyongma or cross it by a snow bridge some 15 minutes up stream. Reach campsite and stay overnight at the camp.


Day 09: Tokpoyongma - Tokpogongma (4640m) 5hrs 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, almost an hour walk which is quite tiresome. Once you cross then one has to ascent steeply across the rock face. Mules do not cross the snow bridge because the trail traverses a slippery rock face which animals cannot negotiate. In the beginning the trail is almost gradual on the rises and falls on the plateau. After crossing the river it is ten minutes ascend to the top of the hillock and one reaches Tokpogongma campsite. Overnight in camp.

 

Day 10: Tokpogongma - Baralacha-La (4833m.) Jispa (3142m.) 6hrs In the beginning its half an hour steep ascend in a zigzag pattern to the top of the ridge. After the ridge, trail proceeds through the big boulders leading over the plateau with a good view of the KR (Koa Range) peaks to the southwest. Approaching gradually through the green meadow you come across a breathtaking view on the plateau. A very long walk seems to be tiring but enchanting mountains keeps the energy flowing. Before reaching the Baralacha-La one has to cross a stream then after that there is an easy walk right up to the Baralacha-La. Baralachala means summit, cross roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul meet here and in ancient times it was part of the trade route. On the North West lies the Bhaga River while the Chandra flows South East. Below the Baralacha-la there exists a beautiful emerald lake, the Suraj tal (Sun lake) and the source of river Bhaga. Same day catch a jeep to Jispa, Zingzing bar, Patseo, Deepak tal a small mountain tarn along the road, Darcha and finally Jispa. Stay overnight at Jispa camp.
Darcha (3400m.) is also a launching pad for treks and expeditions in Lahaul, Zanskar and Ladakh regions.
Jispa: It has new monastery on the left bank of river Bhaga, built to commemorate the auspicious 18th Kalachakra initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in July 1994.


Day 11: Jispa - Manali 7hrs. Drive via Keylong, Tandi, and Khokhsar and over Rohtang Pass to Manali. Keylong is the district headquarters of Lahaul & spiti region and is surrounded by the Kardang monastery just above the other side of the Bhaga River. The villages are skirted with fields of Potato, Barley, and Kuth (Buck Wheat). The trees along the road are mainly poplar and willow. The landscape changes dramatically, as the barren hillsides are replaced by the lush green hillsides of the Kullu valley. At the top of the Rohtang pass one can witness a luminous vale of the Manali valley all the way down to Manali. Stay overnight in hotel at Manali. Trek concluded.


Day 12: Departure - Delhi by Air or Bus/Jeep.

 
EQUIPEMENT TO BE BROUGHT BY THE CUSTOMER

WATER BOTTLES
FLASH LIGHTS
TREKKING BOOTS
SWEATER, JACKET AND WATER PROOF JACKETS.
CAPS/SUN CAPS
WOOLLEN/COTTON SOCKS.
TOILET KIT
GLOVES
COLD CREAM /SUN SCREEN.
SUN GLASSES .
MOSQUITO REPELLENT

HIGHLIGHTS

Excellent view for photographers, ideal place for nature lovers, best spot for adventure lover and Buddhism culture in Lahaul.

Price Description

Cost Includes:

Rs 2500/- per day per person. All camping equipment including sleeping bags will be provided.

Equipment, meals, guide and helping staff will be provided throughout the trip.

Cost Does NOT Include:

Rates for climbing and rappelling @ 700 Rupees per person for once.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling gear will be provided during the activities.
 

ACCOMODATION

Tents or rooms will be provided as per the need of the group and location of the camping area. Tents could be 2 men, 4 men or 6 men depending on the group size and their needs.

 
MEAL

Indian, Continental and Chinese food will be provided on everyday basis as per request. Snacks and special food can also be prepared at a slightly extra cost.
 

Year
2004
 
Certificate

Department of Tourism ( Himachal Pradesh )

 
Area of Operation
Western Himalayas, Garhwal, Himachal Pradesh and Zanskar,Ladakh.
 
Area of expertise
Trekking, Jeep Safari, Cultural Tours, Mountain Climbing Expeditions, Mountain Biking Expeditions, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Glacier walking.
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