Trek to Baralacha Through Chandratal
NATURE OF TRIP Trekking
LOCATION Manali, Himachal Pradesh
DURATION 11 days (Manali - Manali)
TREKKING DAYS 11 Days
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE Baralacha – 4833 m
GRADE Challenging (refer to our grading chart in the ‘Important Info’ section)
SEASON June– July & August
ACCOMODATION Tents – 10 nights
Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal, is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Mountains of scree 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 Taal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. Vast meadows on the banks of the lake are the camping sites. During springtime, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers.The lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks
the Chandra River.
Baralachala means summit with cross roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul meet here and in ancient times it was part of a trade route. On the North West lies the Bhaga 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 Bhaga.
DAY 01 : Manali - Chikka (29600m) Trek/14km
Situated on a long grassy bank, sloping down from the cliffs, it is an ideal location for the end of the day’s march.The impressive grandeur of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru-Shakru peaks, the wonderfull colouring of the rock and mountain side, the deep purple of the early morning shade and the golden glories of the setting sun constitute this halting place.O/N Camp at Chikka.
DAY 02: Chikka – Chhatru (3350m) Trek/16km
Over Hamta pass at a height of 4268M in the Lahaul valley distanct and massive mountains dominate and landscope their serrated peakes silhouetted against the blue horizon.Close views of deo tibba and fabled Indrashan peaks.O/N Camp at Chhatru.
DAY 03: Chhatru – Chhota Drara (3750 m) Trek/16 km
walk through rugged valley.Chhota Drara is a beautiful camp site.O/N Camp at Chhota Drara.
DAY 04: Chhota Drara – Batal (3960 m) Trek/16 km
Batal is situated at the foot of Kunzum Pass which provides the main approach to Spiti and Lahaul valley.The panorama as viewed from the top of the pass is enthralling and inspiring.On the way to Bara Shhingri glaciers the view of the Shhingri stream emerging from beneath a huge iridescent archway of solid ice is a never-to be forgotten sight.Behind the height.The glacier is mountainous mass of solid ice more the a kilometer wide and extending over the distance of ten kilometer.O/N Camp at Batal.
DAY 5: Batal – Chandratal (4270M)/ 18km
Chandratal means the lake of moon.This lake of exgusiting beauty is set on a large meadow of endeweiss between a lower ridge and the main kunzum range with an outlet in to Chandra river. A beautiful view of the Samudra Tapoo glacier and of mulkila range is obtainable.O/N Camp near by Chandratal lake side.
DAY 5: Chandratal– Tokpo Yonma (4320M)/ 12km
After breakfast we start trek to Tokpo Yonma.O/N camp at Yonma.
Day 6 : Tokpo Yongma – Congma (4640m)/ 11km
After breakfast we start trek to Congma.O/N Camp at Congma
Day 7 : Tokpo Yongma – Baralacha (4833)/ 10KM
Early start recommended after Baralacha we drive back to Zispa by Jeep.O/N Stay at Camp at Zispa.
Day 8 : Zispa – Manali
After breakfast we drive back to Manali by jeep.Lunch enroute.An evening we reach Manali.O/N Manali.
- Camping Include Dome Shape 3 Men Tents / Sleeping Bags / Sleeping Mattress / Dry Pitch Toilet Tents etc..
- All vegetarian meals beginning with breakfast on Day 01 to breakfast on Day 06.
- Cook , Kitchen Helper and Porters.
- Camping equipment – international quality equipment will be provided
- Professional guide with English speaking.
- Hiking Poles and Ponchos.
Cost does not include
- Travel between Delhi and Manali Manali-Delhi (can be arranged by us on request).We charge extra for all transportation.
- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
PRICE ON REQUEST
Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)
For travel to Mcleod ganj and back one can choose between air & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Kullu KUU, also known as Bhuntar Airport, and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India.
There is frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1000 - 1200 per person. These buses depart from ISBT and Kashmiri Gate every 30 mins. or so and take about 14 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Summer in Manali extends from March to June when the temperature variation is recorded to be ranging between 15°c and 20°c. Mercury sometimes reaches up to 25°c but never goes beyond that. During winters the temperature can drop to -5° and the maximum temperature hardly goes up to 15°c.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.