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If you are an ardent trekker or an adventurer, you know about the Chandratal lake already and know that it is a paradise. For the ones who don’t know and love exploring the new places, then this lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of the world. This crescent shaped moon’s look alike lake is at a height of 4300 metres in the Himalayas. Camping at the side of this lake is nothing less than a dream. The view of the lake and the Chandra Bhaga mountains making for a great backdrop makes this a perfect place for soaking in the peaceful vibes.
It is in fact a sacred lake whose colour changes from the day to the end of the day from red to orange to blue to emerald green. And breaking the nomadic life and indulging here in this ambiance is the best to enjoy some of the peaceful days of your life. The sun reflects its rays right on the lake and it makes it look crystal clear. This is one of the best spots in the country to be at and to click some gorgeous pictures non-stop from all the angles.
The trek from Manali to Rohtang pass to Lahaul to Chandratal is described below with a short itinerary.
DAY 1 – Road trip, Manali Sight-seeing, and overnight stay at Manali
Start the road trip from Delhi at around 7 pm so as to reach Manali the next morning.
The first thing you do is check into your home stay to freshen up, relax, and have your breakfast.
The next thing is the best because we go out to explore Manali, the most beautiful hill station of the country.
The famous places to visit in Manali are the Hidimba temple which is very old and is up above the hill, Vashisht temple famous for the natural hot spring, Jogni waterfall, and the colourful Mall road which is the liveliest place of the city.
One of the best things to do in Manali is to hang out at the old cafes and this experience would also be covered. For this, we go explore the old Manali area.
Post a long day, come back home to enjoy the evening at the home stay.
Dinner will be served in the evening to relish with the fellow trekkers.
DAY 2 – Manali to Lahaul via Rohtang Pass, trek to Sissu waterfall
Start your day early because a long day today too awaits. Also, the beautiful sunrise view in Manali is a must to have.
Have your breakfast and depart for Sissu.
The route will be from the Rohtang pass and the view of this place is breathtaking. So, make sure to absorb as much of it as you can.
Post getting away from the gorgeous Rohtang Pass, you will enter the Lahaul valley that is incredibly and equally beautiful. This is one hidden beautiful gem that you wouldn’t explore otherwise so make sure to enjoy this. Lahaul valley has enough of lush green sights and the majestic cascades. The trekkers are going to have a great time exploring all these beauties on the way.
Finally, reach the Sissu waterfall and check into the camp sites.
Post checking in and relaxing for a bit, the trek to the Sissu waterfall starts.
Have a trek for the whole day there and return to the campsite by the evening. Have sumptuous dinner in the hills in the tents with the view of the stars with your fellow trekkers. Go to sleep post this chilling session.
DAY 3 – Sissu to Chandratal trek
This day is also going to be a long day. So, wake up early to enjoy the sunrise from the tents and have your breakfast.
After having your breakfast, go out for the Chandratal trek.
It would be noon till the time you will reach Chandratal.
Post reaching Chandratal, you can check into the camps, relax for a while, and have your lunch over there itself.
Go out to explore the mystical Chandratal lake and the Chandra Bhaga mountain range. The view of this landscape is gorgeous and definitely feels unreal. It is impossible to not get soaked in this view for the longest time. You will not feel like moving away from this serenity.
Spend the night in the camps enjoying your dinner, campfire, and star gazing with the fellow trekkers while you guys also share some fabulous stories.
DAY 4 – Chandratal to Manali and then depart to Delhi
This day is all about going back through the Manali route.
Again, the same route of Manali Rohtang pass will be followed. So, again here is a time for you to enjoy the views.
Once reaching Manali, you will be taken to one of the old cafes to enjoy some chill vibes, have some food, bid good bye to the trekkers with some last final stories, and make your way back to Delhi.
The bus from Manali to Delhi will be taken in the evening.
Reach Delhi the next morning with the most pleasant memories and gorgeous pictures of the trek.
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