The Chandratal Baralacha Trek is packed with everything that one would cherish during a journey.
The shimmering sunset on the turquoise waters of Chandratal, undulated landscape, mountain passes, several small streams, lush green meadows, wild and colourful orchards and wildlife all together make the journey worth reliving every moment. The Chandratal Lake at an altitude of about 4,300 meters is one of the high altitude lakes in the Indian Himalayan region that is located on Samudra Tapu plateau of Spiti valley. The lake is the source of Chandra River, which is a major tributary of Chenab River. Occupying the mind of trekkers, photographers and nature lovers, the Chandratal Baralacha Trek is one of the popular alpine treks in Himachal Pradesh that is filled with surprises at every turn. Baralacha La, at an elevation of 4,890 meters and lying on the Leh-Manali Highway, is one of the high altitude motorable mountain passes that connects the Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul regions. Further, the journey makes it an ideal MINDSCAPER as it moves through the lush green valleys and forests of Kullu valley to the barren lands of Spiti en route several small villages inhabited by various sects of Indo –Tibetans.
The Chandratal Baralacha Trek commences from Batal, which is a few kilometers away from Keylong. Keylong is approximately 115 kilometers of drive from Manali. The trek from Batal leads to Chandratal, which is about 6 – 7 hours of trail, covering approximately 18 kilometers. Throughout the journey one can enjoy the panoramic view of the Lahaul range and peaks like Minar at 6,172 meters, Talagiri at 6,279 meters, Tara Pahar at 6,227 meters and Mulkila at 6,517 meters. The vicinity encircling Chandratal offers a great opportunity to camp overnight. From Chandratal the trail further leads to Tokpo Gongma at 4,420 meters and thereafter winds to Tokpo Yongma at 4,650 meters. From Tokpo Yongma the trek leads off at Baralacha Pass and wheels to Manali. To make your tour more exciting you can also visit the colourful vicinity of Suraj Tal, which is a short and easy trek from Baralacha Pass. Suraj Tal is another high altitude lake in the Indian Himalayan region that is also considered as one of the sacred lakes.
|Season||July to mid Oct|
|Altitude||4950 mts / 14300 ft|