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Kunzum - Chandratal - Baralacha La Trek - 6 days

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TRIP FACTS

Regions: Kullu - Manali, Lahoul - Spiti

Activities: Trekking, Snow walking, camping, River Crossing

Best Season: June End to Mid October,

Trip length: 6 Days Ex Manali to Manali.

Trek days: 4

Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate to Strenuous,

Max. Elevation: 4890m

Cost and info

 

Trip Cost

 

21000 INR 6 days

GROUP SIZE: Min 4 – Max 12

 

What is included in 6 days trip Manali to Manali

·         5 nights camp with all camping facilities and 1 nights’ hotel accommodation.

·         2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Nordic walking sticks.

·         All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

·         Transportation to and from per itinerary

·         Support staff, well English, Tibetan and Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse.

·         Medical first aid support.

·         All camping fees along the trail.

What is not included

·         Rest of Hotel accommodation in Manali

·         Personal insurances.

·         Mineral water and soft drinks.

·         Entrance fee at monasteries.

·         Personal tipping to staff.

·         Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip schedule

Chandra Tal meaning the Lake of Moon is situated at an altitude of 4270m in the Himalayan region of Lahaul and Spiti. Situated mostly in the part of Spiti. Chandratal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The Lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzom la pass from late May to mid of October. There is motor able road from Batal which is 16 kms but before mid of July conditions of road can be bad, but less than 2 kms of walk is essential from road head. Trail from Kunzum is more scenic and panoramic overlooking Samudra Tapu glacier, Chandra River and CB peaks. It is 8 kms and takes only 4 hrs. walk from Kunzum to Chandratal Lake. There is no visible source of this Lake yet it takes all its source underground. During summer banks of this Lake are filled with wild flowers. The vast meadows of Lake and its surroundings is favourite summer home for Gaddi Shepherds who graze their flocks in the vicinity of the Lake. The Gaddi shepherds has long held traditional grazing rights in the area. The Lake is also one of the two high altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites.

Trip Highlights

·      Trek to the lake of Moon Chandratal.

·         Meet Himalayan shepherds in high meadows.

·         Explore Tod, Ghar and Tinan villages.

·       Crossing of 7 kms long Baralacha la pass (4890m), source of 3 rivers.

 

Day 01: Depart Delhi or Chandigarh - Manali (1'940m)

Day 02: Manali - visit Old Manali, Hidimba, Vashisht hot springs and local market.

Day 03: Drive Manali – Solang valley – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Chatru (3'100m)

Day 04: Drive Chatru - Batal (4000m) - Kunzum (4551m), 45 kms 2 hr, trek to Chandratal (4270m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Tokpo Yongma 4'400m

Day 06: Trek to Tokpo Gongma (4'700m)

Day 07: Trek to Baralacha la (4'890m).

Day 08: Drive Baralacha la – Darcha – Keylong (3100m) – Manali (1940m)

Day 09: Drive to New Delhi or Chandigarh.

 

Trip Details

Day 01: Depart Delhi or Chandigarh - Manali (1'940m)

Day 02: Manali acclimatise - visit Old Manali, Hidimba, Vashisht hot springs and local market.

Day 03: Drive Manali – Solang valley – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Chatru (3'100m), 5-6 hrs – acclimatise

Day 04: Drive Chatru - Batal (4000m) - Kunzum (4551m), 45 kms 2 hr, trek to Chandratal (4270m) 4-5 hrs.

It’s a 17 km from Chhatru to Chota Dara. We drive along theright bank of the Chandra River. Along the trail one could see huge granite walls, which are increasingly popular among rock climbers. The color of these rocks is differs to each other. Far across Chandra River, view of Chhota Shigri glacier and some wonderful peaks are mind-blowing. Some small teashops mark the arrival at Chhota Dara. Leaving Chota Dara behind we continue along the right bank of Chandra River. Good view of Bara Shigri glacier on the left side. All above the glacier which is 12 km in length longest in Himachal, impressive view of Papsura (6451m), Dharamsura (6446) and numbers of peaks towers above Bara Shigri glacier. Crossing bridge soon after Batal, we climb towards Kunzum la following small stream, which originated above pass. Arriving at pass has a glimpse of Spiti valley, which runs 170 kms towards south. Take a path, which goes to Lake 8 km; approach large meadows - a favorite area with a multitude of shepherd’s huts. Passing and crossing a long stretch of stony ground and small stream arrive at the lake. Across Chandra River most fascinating sight of Samudra Tapu glacier, North Dakka glacier, South Dakka glacier and Silver glacier. Above the glaciers towering mighty peaks of Moulkila (6517m) and C.B. peaks. Leaving Kunzum we trek to Chandratal which is 8 kms long and has a wide panoramic view of Chandra Bhaga peaks all around. Camp after Chandratal.

Day 05: Chandratal -Tokpo Yongma (4'400m), 7 hrs.

A long exhausted trek but well worth, because occasionally trekkers encounters patches of green pastureland. This stretch is about 14 to 16 km. The trail starts with a series of ups and downs through steep ravine and boulders - stream fields. As you progress, a flat grassy land, which slopes up to snow, clad ridge. Snow cock can be heard has heard and even sighted, if you are lucky. After 3 hrs the trail winds down a knoll, which has a steep precipice to the river far down to the left. Cross the stream if the water is low or find Snow Bridge up near the source. Or camp and cross next morning as earliest.

 

Day 06: Tokpo Yongma-Tokpo Gongma (4'700m), 5 hrs

Trek through a narrow valley flanked on both sides by snow-capped mountains. Star walk early as possible, since this stream to be cross, while the flow of the water is less early in the day. A short walk after crossing the river, here the valley opens out on a broad plateau where camp is set on a delightful grassy patch.

Day 07: Tokpo Gongma- Baralacha la (4'890m). 5-6 hrs.

Today early departure from camp towards Baralacha la pass, which is 7 km long, gives the source of three rivers - Chandra through South, Bhaga through upper Lahoul and Yunam towards Zanskar. A splendid view of M-4, which is the highest in the Moulkila range, can be seen from the trail as well as of Keorang range of Great Himalayas. On the pass, join the main highway.

 

Day 08: Drive Baralacha la – Darcha – Keylong (3100m) – Manali (1940m)

 

Day 09: Drive to New Delhi or Chandigarh.

 

           

           

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