Chandratal Baralacha Trekking Tours
Duration: 11 Days
Altitude: 4950 mts / 14300 ft
Season: July to mid Oct
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.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Manali(525 kms/12 - 14 hrs)
In the morning take a half day guided sight seeing at Delhi. In the evening drive to Manali by AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 03: Manali
Arrival at Manali by morning and then transfer to hotel for relax & acclimatisation. At leisure visit Hadimba Devi Temple, old Manali and the Mall road. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 04: Manali - Batal(100 Kms/ 4hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Batal via Rohtang pass (3980mts). On arrival at Batal set out tent for overnight stay. In theafternoon take a hike for acclimatisation. Return to the camp in the evening. Dinner & Overnight stay in tents.
Day 05: Batal - Chandratal (18 Kms/6 hrs)
After an early breakfast trek to Chandratal (4250 mts/13940 ft) with packed lunch. Chandratal is of exquisite beauty between a lower ridge and the main Kunzum range, the outlet being into Chandra River. Dinner & overnight stay in camp.
Day 06: Chandra Tal (4250 mts/13940 ft)
After breakfast explore the surroundings. One can go for a hike or chill out near by lake. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 07: Chandra Tal - Tokpo Yogma (4350 mts/14300 ft) 12 kms 6 hrs
After breakfast we will trek to Tokpo Yogma. Enjoy a good view of the mountain peaks and glaciers throughout the trek to reach Tokpo Gongma (4400 m). Stop for Packed lunch on the way to Tokpo Yogma. Tokpo means river in Tibetan and Gongma means big. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Tokpo Yogma - Tokpo Gongma (4650 mts/15250 ft) 10 kms/5 hrs
Today we will trek to Tokpo Gongma with packed lunch via Tokpo Yogma River. In this trek we will use ropes for crossing the streams. On arrival set out camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09: Tokpo Gongma - Baralacha (4950 mts/16236 ft) 10 kms/5 hrs - Manali (By Jeep)
Breakfast at the Camp, Today We start the day by crossing Tokpo Gongma (upper river). On this day we will have to hike for 10 kms to reach Baralacha La. Baralacha La (4950 M) is a double pass. It marks the divide between the Himalaya and Lahaul Ranges and also between the Himalaya and the Baralacha Range extending to the North. Packed lunch on theway to Baralacha, Baralacha (4883 m) is an interesting 8kms long pass and gives rise to three rivers viz Chandra,Bhaga and Yunam. Baralacha means 'pass with cross roads on summit '. Roads from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet on top of the pass. Upon arrival at Baralacha Pass our tour escort will meet you there with the Jeeps and drive straight to Manali for Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 10: Manali - Delhi (525 kms/12-13 hrs)
The day for relax. In the evening drive to Delhi by AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 11: Delhi
Arrive at Delhi by morning. On arrival transfers to hotel for relax. In the evening drive to international airport to catch onwards flight.