Chandertaal to Surajtaal Trek
6 Nights/7 Days
Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal, is situated at an altitude of about 4,570 metres (14,994ft) in the Himalayas. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. This is one of the most popular and exciting trek of Lahul and Spiti Valleys. Both the Lakes are famous for their beauty, migratory birds, fish, alpine meadows, glaciers and serene pollution free environment
Suraj Tal or Suraj Tal Lake also called Surya taal, is a sacred body of water, literally means the Lake of the Sun God, and lies just below the Bara-lacha-la pass (4,890m) 8 km in length in the Lahaul and Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh state in India and is the third highest lake in India, and the 21st-highest in the world. Suraj Tal Lake is the source of Bhaga River which joins the Chandra River downstream at Tandi to form the Chandrabhaga River in Himachal Pradesh territory, and as it enters Jammu and Kashmir it is renamed as the Chenab River. The Bhaga River (a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab) originates from Surya taal. The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra originates from the glacier close to the Chander Tal lake in the Spiti district.
Day 00: Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – dA Base Haripur (12 – 14 hrs.)
The participants will de-board the Bus at ‘Patlikuhl’, 14 kms short of New Manali Bus stand. From this pick-up point, the guests will be driven to our Base in Haripur. Unwind at our base located in an orchard in Haripur. After breakfast explore Naggar/ Manali. Return back at base to chat with the team over bonfire and dinner.
Day 01: Manali – Batal (Karcha) - 3,960m
A long journey by road from dA base Haripur across Rohtang Pass to Batal via Gramphu, Chatru and Chota Dara ends up at Batal for a comfortable over night’s stay. The road from Gramphu village ascents along the scenic river Chandra offering a magnificent view of Bara Shigri glacies across the river upto Batal situated at the foot of Kunzum Pass the gateway to Spiti Valley.
Day 02: Batal – Chander Tal Lake (Chhochikma) 4,270m
A long beautiful trek of 16kms along the river is steep gradient initially but gradually levels down near the lake. It takes about 6/7Hrs. Crystal clear water calm and serene surroundings and alpine meadows. A walk around the lake is extremely refreshing.
Day 03: Chander Tal – Topko Yongma
Locally, Topko means river and Yongma means upper. Following the river Chandra on a moderate gradient with a gradual ascent, the trek traverses through beautiful landscapes. After crossing the stream the trek leads to Topko Yongma camping ground by noon thus giving the trekker much needed rest for a day.
Day 04: Topko Yongma – Topko Gongma
It is a fairly easy trek along the river Chandra with slightly gradual ascent. It is quite a comfortable trek running through picturesque surroundings offering superb and magnificent view of snow clad Mulkila Range. On the way one comes across awesome hanging glaciers and small water-falls almost in all directions.
Day 05: Topko Gongma – Base of Baralacha Pass
It is yet another comfortable trek with a mild gradient offering spectacular view of the mountain range with glistening snow clad peaks. Baralacha pass is very windy and the valley is quite open. Camping site is located immediately below the pass
Day 06: Base of Baralacha Pass – Suraj Tal
A short uphill climb leads to the highest point of this trekking route at Baralacha Pass. The salient feature this pass is that it is very wide and 8Kms long having artic landscapes. It is pass with crossroads meeting at its summit whereby one can go to Leh (Ladakh), Zanskar Valley or Lahul Valley. The Manali Leh National Highway cuts through this twin pass.
After a short stopover on this windy pass, the descent to Suraj Tal camping is quite close. Suraj Tal is yet another beautiful lake fed by numerous hanging glaciers and is a favorite of grazers.
Day 07: Suraj Tal – Manali
The National Highway is close to Suraj Tal and one can return to Manali by road via Keylong (Lahul Valley).
**Guests who are travelling the next day are welcome to stay the night at no extra cost. Relax at the base camp or go angling (some nice spots near our base) the next day, before we part ways here to meet soon for our next adventure.
- 2 nights stay at ‘dA Base’ located in an orchard in Haripur, Manali.
- Pick up and drop from Patlikuhl bus stand, Manali
- Stay in 2-3 men tents during trek.
- All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian)
- Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide
- Kitchen equipment, cook and helper
- All the Camping arrangements
- Porterage – pony/porter for your personal belongings (in the luxury package)
- Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
- All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps
- ‘Leave No Traces’ protocol charges.
- Guaranteed amazing Himalayan experiential adventure holiday.
- Cost of travel to and from Manali from your city
- Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical)
- Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
- Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.
- Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
- Nominal cost for bonfire, barbeque and all meals at Mountaineerz base in Haripur (choice of veg/ non-veg).
- Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
- porterage @INR. 300 per day in case alpine style trekkers need porter/pony
Max Altitude: 4270m
- We suggest guests arrive at our base in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali on the Naggar road, the night before the start of the trek.
- All guests are welcome to stay with compliments at Mountaineerz Base in Haripur, Manali in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go paragliding, rafting or angling and later interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire (**) before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return.
- Stay in Manali can be upgraded to 4-5* hotel/ cottage on prior notice. Stay and meals cost as applicable.
- If coming straight to our base in Haripur get down at Patlikuhl bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.
- Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
- Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.
- Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and should be carried back.
- Adventure Gear List:
Woollen cap and woollen gloves, thermal under-garments, warm sweater, woollen trousers / thick track pants for trekking, woollen socks, rain gear (jacket, trousers/ parkha), warm jacket, torch, full sleeves t – shirts, sun block lotion, chap-stick (lip salve), good hiking (preferably waterproof) shoes with ankle support, gaiters, camera, films, battery backup etc. one duffel bag for personal items (sky bags etc. will not be accepted to be carried by horse– not more than 10 kg strictly), one knapsack for item of daily use (to be carried by you), personal medicine
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- B. FANTASTIC MEALS AND TOP OF THE LINE GEAR
To provide exceptional meals we customize our menus depending on the preferences of the group, and we never use freeze-dried backpacking meals – you will be well nourished and your tummies filled with high nutrition and high energy vegetarian meals during your treks.
Our tours are supported by kitchen facilities, chefs and helping staff to provide hygienic and freshly prepared meals at all times. All our cooking infrastructure is specially customized for outdoors and staff is experienced in preparing nutritious and tasty meals even with limited resources and at times in adverse conditions.
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Our knowledge of the Indian Himalayas comes from living, working and experiencing the mountains first-hand, not from once-a-year trips. Capability to run trips in remote and difficult regions, Ensuring safety and comfort of guests in adverse conditions
- D. SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY.
We perform rigorous safety checks on every location, sport, instructor, tour leader, hotel/ campsite and Transportation Company we use, provide immediate on-tour support and have an emergency contact line available 24/7.
- E. WE DO IT ALL, OURSELVES.
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- F. 24/7 SUPPORT
Your dedicated personal Program Consultant will guide you through the entire tour planning process, and for clients, MSPL’s Customer Care staff and Doctor is available 24 hours a day.
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- G. CHAT WITH ANY OF OUR PAST GUESTS
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- H. SPECTACULAR DESTINATIONS
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- J. FLEXIBLE TRANSFER AND REFUND POLICY
When Murphy’s Law is at play in anybody’s life, things which have to go wrong will go wrong. L We absolutely understand that.
Hence, we believe in a relaxed and flexible transfer and refund policy.
- K. 10% DISCOUNT OFF ANY TRIP AFTER YOUR FIRST
When you hike with us you’ll receive a Lifetime Family Membership entitling you and your family to a 10% discount off any future Trekking trip.
We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change.
- From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure - 10% of the total amount payable would be charged
- Between 15 - 29 days – 50% would be refunded
- Less than 15 days prior to departure 100%.
In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis.
- All programs are subject to change due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.
- Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
- Mountaineerz might be forced to change/modify the itinerary and also reserves the right to do so, due to unforeseen disruptions by natural forces. If any costs increase due to this change, the client would be requested to pay the additional amount in Manali.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced ladies. All treks are extremely safe for ladies and we have a lot of solo clients who are ladies.
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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.
There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.