If Conquering High Altitudes is your cup of tea, this Chandrataal To Baralacha La Trek is for you. The epic trail takes you to the a high Altitude Glacier Lake and ends at a High Altitude Mountain Pass. Both Start Point and End Point are peculiar in Nature. Chandratal on one hand is a high altitude Alpine lake in the spiti region of Himachal Pradesh.It is situated on Samudra Tapu, one of the largest glaciers in Chandra basin of district Lahaul and Spiti. It is regarded as a Wetland and is part of Ramsar Conservation Project. On the other hand, Baralacha La is a Double Mountain Pass. It Marks the divide between (Great Himalayan Range and Lahaul Range) and (Great Himalayan Range and Baralacha la Range). Chandrataal To Baralacha La Trek is one of the finest in the Spiti Valley.
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Head over to Chandrataal lake in Spiti Valley via Chattru. It takes 6 hours to reach Chandrataal from Manali. Chandrataal is a high Altitude Alpine Lake and according to Hindu mythology, Chandratal is the place where Indra, the King of Gods, came down on his chariot to transport Yudhishthira, eldest of the five Pandavas, in his mortal form to Swarga (heaven).
Locals believe that fairies visit the lake at night. Chandra Bhaga mountain range (CB Group) forms the perfect backdrop for the lake.
The Day's Trek is very easy but a long walk accompanied by massive Chandrabhaga (C.B.) range on the Western side. The camps will be set up nearby the river or just after crossing the river. It is required that the trekkers either wear slippers or extra shoe while crossing the river.
Start Early. The Perpetual heat on the mountain tops and over the glaciers rises during the day time and it becomes difficult to cross rivers due to the rising water force. The route is a breath-taking and one with sight of frosty peaks of Chandrabhaga Range. The Tokpo Yongma crossing is more east as compared to the Tokpo Gongma.
The day will be tough. You will need to climb some steep slopes of Chandra Valley to enjoy stunning sights of snowy Himalayan ranges past the Baralacha Pass. Ascend to the Baralacha La South peak and then descend to cross over a river. After this patch, make way through a lovely and lengthy meadow stretch to arrive at Baralacha La North summit. Head Over to Bharatpur and Rest for the day.
Head over back to Manali and take return bus to Delhi.