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Chandratal Lake Road Trip and Camping (2 Days)

 Manali - Spiti    1 Nights/2 Days 642 people interested today
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Trip Overview

The ride to Chandratal – The Moon Lake is truely a 2 day crash course to riding around Spiti. Not to be played around with, you really need to know your stuff to venture into the looming scree mountains and unforgiving terrain of Spiti. SUV off-road trip to Chandertaal offers a rush of a lifetime and a view of the “Promised Land”. 

Chandratal is known as the Moon Lake (from its crescent shape) and shimmers at an altitude of 4,300 mts (14,000 ft) in the Spiti region of the Lahoul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Chandertaal feeds the fierce river Chandra and is almost 2.5 Km in circumference. It is in turn fed by glacier Samudri Taapu. The ride starts from our basecamp in Manali and passes through the lush green forests of Marhi, Gulaba and on to Rohtang Pass (a 3 to 4 hour ride depending on your riding skills and the killer traffic). The non-existent road leads to Chhatru and then on to Batal. Chandertal is just 38 km from here and we will camp just before the lake at an exotic location 

Route: Manali - Marhi - Gulaba - Rohtang Pass - Chhatru - Batal - Chandratal



  • Adventurous on-road & off-ride drive to Chandratal
  • Camping, stargazing at Chandratal Lake
  • Reach Kunzum La situated at 4551 mts. (15018 ft.)


Brief Itinerary:


  • This is a high altitude tour where we would be sleeping at altitudes above 14000 feet, It is strongly recommended that you arrive a day earlier, walk around and initiate the process of acclimatization in the Himalayas.
  • we'll recieve you upon your arrival in Manali and check-in at the base in comfortable rooms
  • Hike to the ancient village of 'Soil'. Experience the culture and cuisine of the valley
  • Reach dA Base by early evening for “around the bonfire” conference with the other climbers. Break the ice with some great dinner and chill with your fellow travelers.


Day 1: Arrive in Manali - Drive/Ride to Chandratal  | 140 km - 8 hours

Reach Patlikulh Bus Stop by 6AM, 16 kms before main Manali. Get picked-up by the team member and report at the Base Camp in Haripur and meet the team members over refreshments. After bike (RE 350 cc) allotment, we will depart at 7:00 am sharp for our off roading ride to looming landscape of Spiti. We'll take a refreshment break at Gulaba. We'll have an early lunch at Chhatru (estimated time: 4 hour from the start). Next stop Batal, where we'll stop for tea break. Chandertal is just 38 km from here and we will camp just before the lake at an exotic location in comfortable luxury camping tents. 

Day 2: Ride back from Chandratal - Kunzum La - Batal - Chhatru - Rohtang Pass - Manali Basecamp | 140 km - 8 hours

After an early breakfast, we will leave from Chandertal and head on to Kunzum La, which is also the highest point of the trip. From here, we will ride back to Chhatru for lunch and then continue to the basecamp in Haripur, Manali while passing Rohtang Pass. From here, head on to board your buses to Delhi. 

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  • Pick-up and drop to 15 Mile volvo bus stop 
  • Travel by high clearance suv or traveler
  • Stay in swiss tents at Chandratal
  • Refreshments, Dinner and Breakfast during camping (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian)   
  • Experienced Driver cum Guide specializing on Spiti roads
  • Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.   


  • Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical)   
  • Lunch or meals during the trip at "Dhabas"/restaurants
  • Pick-up from Manali city (available as "Add on" and can be selected during booking online)
  • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.   
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature and 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.   
  • Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc. 

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Important Information

  • All participants are strongly recommended to have travel insurance that covers trekking and wilderness travel.

  • We strongly recommend that participants spend at least one night in Manali to acclimatize. On this trip you would be sleeping at realy high altitudes and uneasiness and discomfort due to altitude is very likely therefore please spend atleast one night in Manali before planning to spend the night at Chandratal at 4200 meters.

  • Please note that the roads in Spiti after Rohtang pass are not in good condition. Be prepared! If in case of a mechanical breakdown of the vehicle, the guests may have to wait for long for the substitute vehicle to arrive or for any alternate arrangements to be made. We suggest that you carry a bag of nick-nacks such as chocolates, dry fruits and biscuits for personal consumption, in case of unforeseen waiting periods..

  • Please note that the lunch and meals during travel (not included) are at ‘dhabhas’ (roadside restaurants) and are very basic in nature, though clean. We suggest that you carry a bag of nick-nacks such as chocolates, dry fruits and biscuits for personal consumption.

  • Please note that there are no real luxury stay options available in Spiti. Stay in this package is in some of the best options available. 3 participants shall share one room, however couples can be given a room subject to availability and prior request.

  • We recommend guests arrive a day before the trip. All guests are welcome to stay at Mountaineerz Base in Haripur, Manali in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go paragliding, rafting or angling and later interact with the team.  

  • Road trip programs in the Himalaya not necessarily would always run exactly as scheduled. Allow for unplanned long days or early camps due to weather disruptions or similar causes. 

  • Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing. 

  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 30 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 7 days
  • No refund after that

*Advance payment is non-refundable


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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There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.

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Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world\'s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond any one’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members. To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.

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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.

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Our trip will start from the base camp in Haripur, 14 km short of Manali. If you are travelling by Volvo bus, you are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhal bus stand and we will receive you from there and drive you to the base camp

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The water during the trip is fresh and it is recommended to carry your personal reusable water bottles and filters as well.

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