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.

    • Total Duration of the trip: 07 Days
    • Type: Moderate Trekking  Expedition
    • Maximum Elevation: 16040 ft
    • Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult
    • Starting Point of the Trek: Chitkul
    • Price for Foreign Nationals is € 772 per person( Read FAQ's, Inclusions and Exclusions for further details)
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Per Person Cost

₹21,470.00

All Inclusive: Accommodation, Meals, Trek Guide, Equipments, Transfers. Includes Service Tax of 9% as per updated Government Regulations

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Manali

Arrive at Manali and indulge in the local discovery and gems around the city

Day 02: Manali to Chandrataal

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.

Day 03: Chandratal (4300m) - Tokpo Gongma (4320m) (6 hours)

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.

Day 04: Tokpo Gongma (4380m) - Tokpo Yongma (4640m) (Trek/5 hours)

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.

Day 05: Tokpo Yongma (4640m) - Baralacha La Pass(4900m)

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.

Day 06: Baralacha drive to Manali over Rohtang la (3980 m)

Head over back to Manali and take return bus to Delhi.

FAQ's

Question 1- Is this Trek Safe for Amateurs

Some Degree of Fitness is required to Complete this trek. An experience into High Altitude Trekking Expeditions is required and can safely complete this trek with in the designated time.

Question 2- What is the maximum Altitude Covered

The maximum altitude covered during the trek is 16000 ft.

Question 3- What are the place covered in this trek.(Important)

The places covered are Manali - Chattru - Chandrataal - Tokpo Gongma - Tokpo Yongma - Baralacha La - Bharatpur.

Baralacha La to Cha

Question 4 -How will we deal with altitude acclimation?At higher altitudes

The kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

Question 5 -How do I Reach Manali

Manali is one of the hottest Hill station in India and is well connected by Delhi by Bus and Cab.

Question 6 -How do Foreign Nationals Make the Payment

Prices, Inclusions and Exclusions are different for Foreign and Indian Nationals.Please read the Inclusion and Exclusion thoroughly before making the payment
All Payment solution is available securely by Net banking, International Debit and Credit Cards and Pay pal.

Question 7- What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

Question 7- What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Question 8-What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will rescue you to the nearest Sattelite town.

Question 9-Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?
We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Indian himalayas, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Question 10-What communication options exist while trekking?
What communication options exist while trekking?
It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage.

Valid Image Source

1-Ondrej Pospisil from Flickr:https://www.flickr.com/photos/120244959@N03
2-Shiraz Ritwik from Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sritwik/

Inclusion

  • Inclusions for Indian Travellers


  • 1-Accommodation in tents on 4 sharing during the Trek.
    2- All meals – starting Breakfast on day 1 to Dinner on Day 06 (All Veg Meals + Egg meals )
    3- Eccentric Travels Trip Leader.
    4- Services of an experienced and certified Mountaineer & trekking route guide.
    5- Cook & attendant during the trekking
    6- All necessary technical equipments required for the trek (Sleeping bags,Sleeping Mats, Camps)
    7- Camping Fees, Entry fees and Trekking Permits.These charges are different for Foreign and Indian Travellers
    8- All Road Transfers from Delhi & Manali to Chandrataal and Baralacha la to Manali & Delhi
    9-Service tax of 9% as per updated government Regulations.

  • Inclusions for Foreign Travellers


  • 1-Accommodation in tents on Twin sharing during the Trek.
    2-All meals – starting Breakfast on day 2 to breakFast on Day 06 (All Veg Meals + Egg meals)
    3- All meals – starting Breakfast on day 2 to dinner on day 08 (All Veg Meals + Egg meals )
    4- Eccentric Travels Trip Leader.
    5- Services of an experienced and certified Mountaineer & trekking route guide.
    6- Cook & attendant during the trekking
    7- All necessary technical equipments required for the trek(Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mats, Camps)
    8- Camping Fees, Entry fees and Trekking Permits.This cost is different for
    9- Porterage fees for Carrying Kitchen/camping equipments/Luggage
    10- All Transport using non A/c SUV starting from Dehradun to Harshil & Chitkul to Shimla.
    11- Transfer by Volvo Bus Service from Delhi to Dehradun and Shimla to Delhi
    12- Service Tax of 9% as applicable by govt. of India
    13 - Personal porter to carry Luggage

    Exclusion

  • Exclusions for Indians


  • 1- Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare or airport tax other that mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
    2- Meals other then mentioned in cost inclusion.
    3- Trekking Shoes and clothing and other items of personal belonging.
    4- Any kind of insurance, Medical evacuation charges, Travel insurance, repatriation charges, Damages/ claims of any nature, Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, Laundry, Any kind of hard or soft drinks.
    5- Any kind of personal clothing
    6-Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
    7- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides , road conditions and any other circumstances
    beyond our control.
    8-Personal porter to carry Luggage
    9-Service tax of 9% as per updated government Regulations.

  • Exclusions for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare or airport tax other than mentioned in the cost inclusion column
    2- Meals other then mentioned in cost inclusion
    3- Trekking Shoes and clothing and other items of personal belonging.
    4- Any kind of insurance, Medical evacuation charges, Travel insurance, repatriation charges, Damages/ claims of any nature, Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, Laundry, Any kind of hard or soft drinks.
    5- Any kind of personal clothing
    6- Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
    7- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides , road conditions and any other circumstances
    beyond our control.

    Cancellation Policy

    Case 1- Cancellation from Customer's end

    1-30% of the deposit amount if cancelled 30 days prior to trip start date.
    2-50% of the deposit amount if cancelled 20 days prior to trip start date.
    3-90% of the Full amount if cancelled 10 days prior to trip start date.

    Case 2- Cancellation due to Natural Contingency,Political Turmoil, Disaster

    No Money will be Refunded in Case 2.

    Essentials List

    1 High Quality Winter Jacket
    3 High Quality Winter Fleece
    1 Rain Cover for Body
    2 Pair Warmers
    3 Pair Tre/Riding Pants

    Other Essential

    1 Winter Cap
    1 Pair High QualityGloves
    1 Scarf and Muffler
    1 Trek/Riding Shoe
    1 Think Outer and Thin Inner Socks
    12 Pair: Change Socks Everyday
    1-Back Pack (50-70 lt.)
    1-Rain Cover For Bags
    1-Sandals Slippers for Evenings
    2-Insulated Water bottles
    1- Trekking Pole

    Electronics

    2-Battery packs
    2 10000 MAH BATTERIES
    4-6 Camera Battery pack
    1-Head lamps

    Toilet Essential

    1 Winter Face Creme/Sun Protection
    1 Face Wash
    1 Hand Sanitiser
    1 Deodorant

    Documentation

  • Documentation for Indian Travellers


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form

  • Documentation for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form
    4- Self Attested scanned copy of Indian Visa 30 days prior to trip start date
    5- Self Attested scanned Copy of Passport 30 days prior to trip start date
    6-Schedule for Arrival and Departure in India.
    Available Dates
    Adults:

    What's so great about us!

    Extraordinary, Extreme and Breathtaking Himalayan Expeditions.
    Expert team of certified mountaineering guides.
    High Quality Camping Equipments, Technical Equipments for Climbing and Mountaineering.
    Highly Skilled Bike Leader/Sweeper and Mechanic for Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Huge fleet of Royal Enfield Bikes for Overland Himalayan Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Extensive knowledge of Himalayan Ecosystem and Geographical territory.
    Critical response team well trained for Altitude sickness, High Altitude Acclimatisation Problems and Emergency exits.
    Huge Network of Guesthouses, homestay and Hotels for extraordinary stay.
    Professional team of Film Makers and Photographers for Shoot during Travel.
    High Quality Goodies for Each traveller.