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Chandra Tal Trek

Trek Highlights

This is a moderate four day trek in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh leading to the large high altitude Chandra Tal Lake (Lake of the Moon in the local dialect). The landscape and the scenery changes 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 trek ends at the Baralacha Pass on the Manali-Leh road. It is a very popular trek out of Manali and can be extended with another trek or a Jeep Safari to Ladakh .

Route Chart

New Delhi - Manali - Batal - Chandra Tal - Tokpo Yongma - Baralacha - Manali - New Delhi

Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 01: MANALI - ROHTANG PASS (3980m) - DADRAPUL (3900m/110 km/ 5 - 6hrs)

  • For a high altitude trek like the Chandertal trek one day acclimatization is not sufficient so we drive over the Rohtang pass overlooking the ever exiting drive from Manali. As we cross over the Rohtang pass (3980m) we start following the origin of the Chandra River and finally settle at the base of the Kunzum la pass (4551m).
    Dinner and overnight stay at the camp. L,D

DAY 02: DADRAPUL - CHANDERTAL (4270m/ 18km/ 5 - 6 hrs)

  • Arrive at Chandertal Lake also called the 'Moon Lake' at an altitude of 4200m. Spend rest of the day at the lake to explore the lake and to acclimatize. Today we will trek 18 km 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).
    Dinner and overnight stay at the camp. B, L, D

DAY 03: CHANDERTAL - TOKPO GONGMA (4300m/ 6hrs/ 12 km)

  • After breakfast get ready for your first day trekking to Tokpo Gongma. Hard trekking from Chandra Tal to the bank of the Tokpo Yongma (4350 m). The track rises and falls over scree slopes till the camp site. It is usually quite cold here and good warm clothing is required. You have to walk for almost an hour on the never-ending grassland of the Chandertal Lake. Packed lunch en route, we follow the Chander river along a moraine trail to Tokpo Gongma (06 hrs).
    Dinner and overnight stay the camp. B, L, D

DAY 04: TOKPO GONGMA - TOKPO YONGMA (4630m/4 - 5 hrs/ 10 km)

  • After breakfast trek along a lesser trail to Tokpo Yongma (4630m). These trails are maintained by the shepherds who bring their flocks to graze in this area during the summer months. These shepherds are from a tribe called the Gaddi and travel all the way from their homes in Western Himachal to these grazing grounds every summer. They are invaluable to trekkers, especially early in the season. Without them trekking in the area would be impossible. Early start to cross the river early in the morning as the river swells later in the day. From here 2 hours of trek to river Tokpo Yongma which has to be crossed before 1100hrs. In both rivers the current is very fast and are 2-3 feet deep in the ebb. Packed lunch en route.
    Dinner and overnight stay at the camp. B, L, D

DAY 05: TOKPO YONGMA - BARALACHA LA (4950m/ 7 km/ 3 - 4 hrs) - SURAJTAL (4801m)

  • After breakfast trek to Baralacha La which will be a 45 minutes climb of the three-hour trek. Follow a clear trail to the top of the Pass through lush green high altitude pastures. It 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. We camp at Surajtal which is just below the Baralacha la.
    Dinner and overnight stay at the camp. B, L, D

DAY 06: SURAJTAL- MANALI (184km / 6 - 7hrs)

  • After an early morning breakfast drive to Manali (6 -7 hrs) to board the overnight bus to Delhi. B


The Trip cost includes:

  • 05 nights stay in trekking tents with all meals during the entire trip.
  • Three nights in trekking tents while on trek.
  • All meals while on trek.
  • All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps (Non AC)
  • Services of a professional trekking guide.
  • All camp staff like cooks waiters, helpers etc.
  • Horses/porters to carry your personal luggage (max 15 Kgs per person)
  • All trekking equipment like tents, dining, toilet tents, carry mats, sleeping bags etc.
  • Currently applicable Govt. taxes

Cost does not include

  • Any airfare, airport tax, visas fee, 
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.
  • Insurance personal/Baggage/Medical.
  • Any increase in govt. service tax.
  • Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary because of natural forces like land slides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
  • Any medical, travel or evacuation insurance.
  • Any other service or item not specified above.
  • Any sightseeing’s in Manali


  • Woolen cap
  • Peak cap
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm sweater
  • Woolen trousers / Thick track pants for Trekking
  • Woolen socks
  • Rain gear (Jacket, trousers/ Parkha)
  • Warm jacket
  • Woolen gloves
  • Torch
  • T – Shirts
  • Sun block lotion
  • Chap-stic (lip salve)
  • Good hiking shoes with ankle support
  • Camera & films
  • One pair sport shoes for camp.
  • One duffel bag for personal item ( To be carried by horse / pony)
  • One knapsack for item of daily use ( To be carried by you)
  • Personal sleeping bag (Recommended)


25%                 at the time of booking
50%                 30 days prior to the group departure.
25%                 one week before group departure.


  • From confirmation up to 10 days prior to departure:         10%
  • 9 - 7 days prior to departure:                                                  30%
  • 6 days - 48 hours prior to departure                                     75%
  • Less than 48 hrs or no show                                                100%

Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings

MHE reserves the right to change or modify the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. If any costs increase due to this change, the client will be asked to pay the additional amount on the spot.

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