Baralacha Chandratal trek
Baralacha Chandratal ( Lake of the moon) is one of most fascinating trek drained by two mightly rivers , the Chandra and Bhaga , both start from Baralacha La (4890m) in opposite directions.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Large Group
High altitude glacier lake and High altitude mountain pass
If Conquering High Altitudes is your cup of tea, this trek is for you. The Chandra taal Baralacha Trek is one of the popular alpine treks in Himachal Pradesh 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. This 5-day adventure trek is like a short and very sweet treat. The trek is fairly moderate to challenging in Nature and requires crossing numerous glacial rivers, multiple mountain passes, and gradual climb. Fit first timers in the company of experienced guides will also enjoy the trek. During the entire trek enjoy snow covered peaks, barren mountains, amazing colour, high altitude mountains, blue lakes & rocky mountain terrain.
Grade – Moderate to Challenging
Duration – 6 days
Max. Altitude – 16076ft
Total trekking – 60 kms approx.
Region – Lahaul & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House/Homestay/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek (Veg)
- Transport from Manali to base village and return
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Travelling insurance
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Manali – Batal(12100ft)
The first day’s drive takes one through Rohtang Pass (3970m), which is on the high way to Keylong and Leh. Only few places on the Earth can mark so dramatic a change in landscape as the Rohthang Pass. To one side‚ the lush green head of Kullu Valley; to the other‚ an awesome vista of bare‚ chocolate – colored mountains‚ hanging glaciers and snowfields that shine in the dazzlingly crisp fight. . After that starts the safari up to the Batal campsite through the rugged Chandra river valley. Batal is situated at the foot of the Kunzum La (4551m). On the way is the Bara Shigri glacier. “Bara” meaning big and “Shigri” meaning glacier in Spitian dialect. We end the day by camping in tents at ‘Batal’.
Batal- Chandratal lake(14000 ft)
An extremely pleasant walk with gradual ascents and descents through some of the most magnificent scenery witnessed in the ‘Lahaul – Spiti’ region. From ‘Batal’‚ we cross the road bridge over the ‘Chandra River’ and head up the road leading to the ‘Kun Zum La’. The trail to ‘Chandra Tal’ cuts away from the river valley and gradually ascends‚ through boulder fields at first‚ before meeting the stream coming from the lake. Follow the ‘Gaddi trails’ around to the side of the lake and finally camp for the night near the lake appreciating the spectacular beauty and spending a relaxed evening after the rewarding walk. The first sight of Chandrataal Lake takes ones breath away‚ with its shores ringed with meadows carpeted with hundreds of varieties of alpine flowers.
Chandratal lake to Tokpyongma(14400ft)
This is a gradual walk as the trail rises and falls several times, but mostly stays beside the river. Approaching Tokpoyongma, the trail ascends from the mountainside and crosses a stream. Barren slopes and playful streams rush by as we mark our ascent to a stop in our destination. Tokpo Yongmo is the last large stream we will cross today. We will cross it from a suitable point and camp for the night after crossing the river. We later retire for the night in our tented camp.
Tokpyongma to Topkogongma(15100ft)
Today again‚ another river crossing is involved, so an early start is advisable. Mules don’t take this route, as they will find it difficult to negotiate the steep ascent that starts immediately after the streams. Frosty peaks of the Chandrabhaga range add a scenic touch to the landscape. The trail then ascends steeply across the rock face and up a hill to the campsite. The scenery is quite barren in a beautiful kind of way and by evening the campsite is reached‚ where we would rest in tented camps.
Topkogongma – Baralacha pass(16076) – Keylong (10100ft)
A five hour climb leads up to the ‘Baralacha –La’. The name of the pass literally means a summit with crossroads meeting on the top. Roads from ‘Ladakh & Spiti’ meet here and from atop the pass we can witness superb views of the mighty Western Himalayan peaks on the way to the campsite. After having undertaken a pleasant walk through some of the most magnificent mountain capes‚ we reach the middle of the great Himalayas. The Jeep would pick us up from ‘Baralacha la’ and we would drive to ‘Keylong’ through ‘Lahaul’ and spend the night in the hotel.
Keylong – Manali
After breakfast one can visit monasteries nearby and depart for Manali by reserved vehicle. On the way you ll get a magnificent view of Hanuman Tibba peak. If you still want some thrills and adventure then visit to Solang valley for Adventure sports activities like paragliding, zorbing, and many more. Arrive at Manali by late afternoon. Take some time out for a stroll around at the local market or one can opt for leisurely individual activities and then depart for Delhi by evening bus and goodbye to your trek mates. Baralacha Chandratal trek ends here.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group