Chhota Chandratal Trek

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Trip Overview

Deo Tibba is one of India’s most popular climbing peaks. The trek to the Deo Tibba Base Camp though doesn’t get nearly enough attention from trekkers looking for a short yet rewarding mountain trip. The 5 day trip packs it all - make your way through dense broad leafed forests, alongside the ferocious Duhangan Nala and through the sacred rocks of Chikka. Further on you trek to the expansive Seri grasslands, zig zag your way up the Seri cliffs while the sound of the waterfalls drown out your thumping heart. Come up triumphant thereafter to the even more beautiful Tenta flat lands and go up the snowy moraine to view the Deo Tibba glacier and finally the pristine Chota Chandertal. What this high altitude lake lacks in size, it surely makes up in location


  • Duration: 5 days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 4480m
  • Starts from: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  • Ends at: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Brief Itinerary:

Day 0: Arrive at Manali (1900m), short acclimatization walk
Day 1:  Drive to road head (2775m) and trek to Chhika (3175m)
Day 2: Trek from Chikka (3175m) to Seri (3700m)
Day 3: Trek from Seri (3700m) to Tenta (4300m)
Day 4: Trek from Tenta (4300m) to Chota Chandratal  (4480m) and back to Seri (3700m)
Day 5: Trek from Seri (3700m) to road-head (2775m). End of trek and drive back to Manali.

Detail Itinerary: 

Day 1 - Drive from Manali to road-head and trek to Chhika (3175m) 
Duration : 2 hours drive. 3 hours trek.
Arrive in Manali and take in the mountain surroundings. We meet at the HRTC bus stand and drive two hours to the road-head for the trek. The bumpy pot holed road takes us high above Manali to where the Duhangan Nala almost disappears into a tunnel to meet Jobri Nala at a power project on the other side of the mountain.
We start trekking up along the Nala, cross it and make our way through a steadily ascending forest trail. The broad leafed forest, rich in biodiversity is a naturalist’s delight. After 2 -3 hours the forest starts giving way to more glades and we reach the open pastures of Chhika.
Chhika, which is sacred for the locals who live further down the valley,  has a few huts and a temple for devotees to stay. We camp here with Duhangan Nala gushing right beside us.
Day 2: Trek from Chikka (3175m) to Seri (3700m)
Duration : 5 hours
The day’s trek starts with a moderate ascent through thick forest. As we go higher the forest thins out gradually and gives way to Birch trees and finally bushes and high altitude grasslands. We walk along the Nala all day until we reach the expansive grasslands at Seri with the Tenta cliffs towering to the left and the waterfalls crashing on the rocks below. We camp at the flatlands for the night and witness a blanket of stars open up above us.
Day 3: Trek from Seri (3700m) to Tenta (4300m)
Duration : 5 hours
Today we cross the flatlands and reach the spread out Duhangan Nala. We ford the stream and start climbing up a serpentine trail to reach the top of the cliff in 2 hours. Another flatland opens up in front of us  dotted with wildflowers of myriad colours. We walk along the spread out Nala and cross it to start climbing up the boulder littered terrain. An hour of walking up along a ridge brings us to our campsite where we set up our tents at the base of the snow covered glacier.
Day 4: Trek from Tenta (4300m) to Chota Chandratal  (4480m) and back to Seri (3700m)
Duration: 6 hours
Today we hike up loose scree and steep uphills with only our day sacks. The boulder littered banks of the lake and the azure blue waters make the perfect foreground for the Jagatsukh Peak to tower over. What the lake lacks in size, it makes up in location. We spend a few hours at the lake and then come back to our campsite. Taking our backpacks with us we descend to Seri and set up camp for the night.
Day 5: Trek from Seri (3700m) to road-head (2275m). Drive to Manali.
Duration: Trek 4 hours, drive 2 hours
We retrace our steps from Seri to Chikka and onward to the road-head. Our vehicle will meet us at the road-head and take us back to Manali by the evening.

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  • Transfer in vehicle between Manali and Chhika
  • Good quality tents, sleeping bags and carry mats. Tented accommodation will be on double / triple sharing basis
  • Safety equipment – first aid kit, stretcher, pulsoximeter, portable oxygen cylinders (where required, for use in case of emergencies only)
  • All vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on all trek days) for the trek duration (from / till Chhika)
  • WildBoots trek leader, guide, cook and camp helpers and horses / mules / porters as may be required for carrying the equipment
  • Permits, fees and other charges imposed by local authorities, national parks, etc.


  • Transport costs to reach Manali
  • Meals, snacks, mineral water, telephone, tips and other incidental expenses during travel between Manali and Chhika
  • Sightseeing in and around trek reporting location
  • Trekkers are expected to trek carrying their own backpack, else will have to bear an additional cost to offload their backpacks on to the horses / mules / porters
  • Cost of doctors, medical officers. WildBoots trek leaders are trained in First Aid to assist in case of medical emergencies.
  • Emergency evacuation related costs owing to personal emergencies, medical emergencies or weather conditions

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Important Information

An essential list of things to carry for a high altitude trek is mentioned below. This list is ideal for a week long (7-8 days) trek. For shorter treks, clothing gear can be reduced while additional warm clothing can be added for winter treks.

  • A good quality rucksack (50-60 litres should be sufficient)
  • Good quality trekking shoes / boots. Please do not wear regular sports / canvas shoes for the trek.
  • 2 pairs of quick-dry, synthetic / cotton trekking pants (1 for trekking, 1 extra)
  • 3 quick-dry synthetic / cotton T-shirts (2 for trekking, 1 extra)
  • 3 pairs of inner-wear
  • 3 pairs of cotton socks
  • 1 windcheater OR sweatshirt (fleece or quick-dry synthetic, preferably with hood)
  • 1 full-sleeve jacket (light-weight down jacket preferable, if you have one; with hood)
  • 1 set of thermal wear (upper and lower)
  • 1 raincoat / poncho
  • 1 torch / head torch with extra pair of batteries
  • 1 monkey cap / beanie
  • 1 pair of dark, 100% UV protection sunglasses, dark tints (black, brown or green)
  • 1 one litre water bottle (thick plastic or aluminum, BPA free water bottle and not the disposable mineral water bottles please!)
  • Personal toiletries (tooth brush, paste, toilet paper, etc.)
  • 1 towel (quick dry, light-weight)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and Lip balm
  • Personal medication – specific prescribed medicines only, we will be carrying a first aid kit. Paracetamol and Combiflam tablets, a strip of band-aids, an ORS packet, knee caps (most frequently used item!) and Moov or Volini cream are sufficient as part of your personal first aid kit.
  • Garbage bags (2-3 small plastic / garbage bags to carry your personal waste items)

Important, Please Note

  • Please avoid bringing brand new, unused gear – especially rucksack and trekking shoes / boots for the trek. You should ideally use your trekking gear, most importantly rucksack and trekking shoes / boots for short hikes or treks so as to be comfortable with using the same on the high altitude trek.
  • Multi-utility gear such as convertible track pants, waterproof & windproof jacket helps reduce gear to be carried
  • All gear should also be light-weight and less bulky, without compromising on the protection it is to offer.
  • Alcohol & all other types of intoxicants are strictly prohibited and should not be carried on the treks. All kinds of intoxicants not only impale the decision-making process of your brain, but it also affects the oxygen-carrying capacity which can be a big issue on the heights.
  • Please carry plastic bags to compartmentalize your belongings in your rucksack but make sure you do not leave anything behind on the trail. Remember we are guests on the mountains & do not own the trail. It is our responsibility to leave the trail in a better condition than we see it in. Please carry jute bag instead of plastic if possible.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 30 days
  • 75% refund if cancelled before 15 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 7 days
  • No refund after that


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Bus Stand, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
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