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Route : Manali - Chandratal - Batal - Tokpogongma - Baralacha - Seraikelang - Debni - Chumikmarno-Shingsen -
Total Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days

The Circular trek commences from the tiny hemlet of Batal in the Lahaul Spiti valley. Situated at the base of the mighty Kunzum-la, Batal is the starting point for the Chandratal are first nights camp.

NATURE OF TRIP                 Trekking
LOCATION                            Manali Himachal Pradesh
DURATION                            16 Days (Manali– Manali)
TREKKING DAYS                 16 Days
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE         Baralacha - 4833 m
GRADE                                  Challenging (refer to our grading chart in the ‘Important Info’ section)
SEASON                               25 June to 15th Sept.
ACCOMODATION                Tenting Accommodation
 
OVERVIEW
 
The Circular trek commences from the tiny hemlet of Batal in the Lahaul Spiti valley. Situated at the base of the mighty Kunzum-la, Batal is the starting point for the Chandratal are first nights camp.From here the path crosses two streams and the entress Lahaul and then in to Zanskar via the Phirtse la and Shingo la two of the few hight Himalaya passes.Finally Darcha is Lahaul is reached from where surface transport is available for Manali.
 
 
ITINERARY
 
DAY 01 : Manali – Batal (3860m)
Drive to Batal from manali over the Rohtang pass (13400ft)via the Chandra River valley.it takes about six hours to Batal bu road.Overnight on Batal At Batal pack-ponies will be awating it join the trek.
 
DAY 02 Batal to Chandratal (Lake of the moon) (4270m)
A pleasant five hour walk and the cahndra –Tal appears. A majestic serene lake surrounded by mighty Himalayan peaks. A vast meadow, is the camping site on the banks of this enchanting lake. During spring times, it is carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wild alping floweres. Camp overnight.
 
DAY 03:
After five hours walk reach Tokpoyongma, a little ahead of the camping site lies a stream that has to be forded the next day early in the morning camp little away from the stream.
 
DAY 04: Tokpoyongma to Tokpogongma (4640m)
Start very early because most mountain streams are low in the morning. The later part of the day generally makes the strem swell. Making crossings almost impossible. After  crossing the stream, a six hours walk brings us to another barren camping site surrounded by rocky hills. Camp for the night . From here you can spot the Baralacha pass why ahead.

DAY 5: Topkogongma to Baralacha –La (4833 m)
Today  s trail os through high country stewn with myriad streams flowing through green meadows .Ahead lies the 4833 M hight Baralacha –La. Baralacha means summit with cross roads .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 . Camp near a beautiful emerald lake the suraj Tal , the source of the river Bhaga.

 
DAY6 :  Baralacha –La to Seraikelang
The trail continues to wind upwards towards serailkelang a quaint little oasis amongst barren country. Following the left bank of the river yaman the site is reached , where a tiny fresh water brook provides welcome relief.

Day 7 : Seraikelang to Debni

The trail now narrows down and a river crossing is made. After this ,the terrain becomes more and more barren , the Landscape attaining fantasric forms and hues. Gradually the track becomes steeper as it leads to wards the 5250M high Phirtse La, the highest pass on the whole trek the trek The whole trek the trail now winds upward on the right bank of the lingti –chu river and after going up and down a couple of hills, Debin – the camping site is reached.
 
Day 8 : Debin to Chumikmarno
An early start is recommended due to the kamirup stream . once past this the next crossing  Occurs only at mid – day at kyonon. This originates from the phirtse – La glacier . it is advisable to continue and halt at the base of the pass from where extensive views are a delight.
 
Day 9: Chumikmarpo to Shingsen
An early start to avoid the snow turning soft on the phirtse – La advised . A nice trail winds its way up to the apss on which a tiny glacier is Located to the left and on cret on the right is mani stone with tall poles downwards towards the camping site of shingsen. The trail now enters the Phirtse chu valley for Camping Overnight.
 
Day 10: Shingsen to Teta
After crossing a small bridge over shangse river, the trail goes evenly on the keft bank towards the tiny hamlet to Teta. On the way a long mani wall ac – companies the trail from quite a while and small Gompa is spotted Perched on  one of the  orange coloured hils to the right . camp is set up a little ahead of Teta.
 
Day 11:  Teta to Phuktal Gompa To Teta (3950m
Today Teta remains the base come for a visit it the ancient Phuktal Gompa. The trail winds upwards for abot three hours and the Gompa is reached This Monastery belongs to the Gylugpa sect of monks and 70 of them reside here.Over the Gompa there is a Tiny spring which is said to have healing properties and whose leavel never changes . inside the Gompa in -  tricate frecoes are seen but carry a torch , as the chamber is quite dark. There is also a stone table here that is said to have been left there by a Hungarian explorer who spent times in Phuktal around 1826 A.D Return to the base camp at Teta .
 
Day 12: Teta to Kargiakh (4050m)
This a aong day s walk goes over moonscape country . Eroded rocks as –sumeal forms and colours, and in the distance, the Zanskar peaks emerge majestically . kargiakh is the last village of the Zanskar region after which Lahaul is entered . kargiak has numerous Mani walls , stupas and  here the best Yoghurt (curd) is available in whole of Zanskar . Camp a little before the tiny village.
 
Day 13: Kargiakh to Lakhang
Lakhang lies at the base of the 5096M high shingo –LA. A grasual walk through barren moonscape with the might peaks of the Zanskar region eternally looming over the trail finally ends at Lakhang where camp is pitched.
 
Day 14: Lakhang to Chuminakpo (4060m)
A steep ascent to the saddle of the pass is rewarded at top by some of the most awersome scenery ever withessed in the Himalayas. TO the north lie the Zanskar mountains while to the south , the mountains of Lahaul appear with sudden impact. As always prayer flags flutter in the strong winds characteristic of most Himalayan passes.from here an other equally steep descent later, the camp site of chumoknakpo is reached. Watch for wild horses in the upper valley.
 
Day 15:Chumiknakpo to Zankarsumdo
The trail proceeds over rugged , barren countruside and it is a fairy easy walk. A river Crossing is involved and a short while later the camping site of Zanskar sumdo appears.Alittle vegetation after a long while brings welcome relief, camp overnight.
 
Day 16: Zankarsumdo to Darcha
Slowly  the mountain desert desert gives way to craggly trees and patches of shrubs .on the way two icy rivers have to be forded so it advisable to leave zankarsumdo . Along  days walk and the trail reached Darcha on the banks of the Bhaga river. From here surface transportation is available to Keylong and Manail.
 
Cost Includes
  • 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.
  • Insurance
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 
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.
 
Weather Details
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.

 


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