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Chandra Taal Bicycle Trip

 Manali    4 Nights/5 Days 102 people interested today
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Overview

The surreal Chandertaal, also known as the Moon Lake (from the crescent shape it bears), is at an altitude of 4,300 metres (14,100 ft.) in the Spiti region of Lahoul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled in the Himalayas, the magnificent Chandertaal is surrounded by the view of Mountains of scree on one side and a spectacular cirque on the other. Chandertaal is about 2.5 km in circumference and is also the main source of river Chandra. The road from Kunzum Pass is accessible only on foot, and it is about 8 km (5.0 mi) from Chandra Taal. Suraj Tal is also accessible Chandra Taal, 30 km (19 mi) away. Vast meadows on the banks of the lake are the camping sites. During springtime, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers.

The ride to Chandertaal on a bicycle is an experience that can only be felt in order for it to do justice. The path bicycle tyres take traverses through high altitudes and scenic landscapes finally culminating at the surreal Chandertaal. This lake is only open for campers and trekkers from the last week of May to September.

Legend has it that the Chandertaal is the place which is often visited by fairies and hence the surreal feel which is symbolic of Chandertaal. Especially on full moon nights, the sights and sounds at Chandertaal can restore one’s faith in a higher power.

This challenging Manali to Chandertaal cycling trip by road is rewarding as one gets to see some rare flora and fauna en route. Throughout the journey, one is rewarded by magnificent sights of lush green pastures, charming little springs and some most exotic fauna and colours that almost seem larger than life. When after a long bicycle ride you reach the magnificent Chandertaal, that is when we realize that THIS IS WHAT WE LIVE FORJ. This bicycle trip is finally rewarded with camping and spending the night by the shores of the splendid Chandertaal.

Meal Types: High-nutrition/energy vegetarian dishes freshly prepared by the skilled kitchen staff with the group.

Activities: Cycling, Camping, Off-roading

Temperature: Around 18-25 degrees (Day) to 14 – 18 degrees (Night) between June to August. Around 10 – 15 degrees (Day) to sub zero (Night) between September to October.

Max Alt: 4650m (Kunzum La)

 

Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Manali (2000m), Cycle ride around Manali

Day 2: Cycle ride from Manali – Marhi (3350m) (38km ride)

Day 3: Ride from Marhi – Rohtang Pass (3950m) – Chhota Dhara (3800m) (47km ride)

Day 4: Ride from Chhota Dhara – Chandertaal (4300m) (39km ride)

Day 5: Ride from Chandertaal – Kunzum La (4650m) – Chhota Dhara (20-30km ride), Drive from Chhota Dhara – Manali (5-6 hour drive)

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Manali: Cycle ride around Manali 

Arrive in Manali and check in at the Base Camp in Haripur. Feast on some scrumptious meal and relax. Acclimatize with the environs and bicycle around the beautiful town, get used to the weather while soaking in the amazing sights and sounds of the Himalayas. Head back to the base camp and enjoy a healthy and scrumptious dinner with the other team and group members. Retire early in order to wake up fresh for the great adventure the next day to the beautiful Chandertaal.

Day 2: Cycle ride from Manali – Marhi (3350m) (38km ride)

After an early breakfast, depart on the great adventure ride to the beautiful Chandertaal. Head out to the epic Rohtang Pass, which also leads to the great Mountain Desrt - the region of Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. Ascend uphill and take a lunch break. Head out to the beautiful Marhi and soak in the amazing environs. Marhi is where we will camp for the first night.

Day 3: Ride from Marhi – Rohtang Pass (3950m) – Chhota Dharra (3800m) (47km ride)

After an early breakfast, ride uphill to Rohtang Pass standing at 3950m. The ride is intoxicating as you soak in beauty of Pir Panjal and Trans Himalayan range. This pass is significant for separating the valleys of Kullu and Lahaul. During the summer time, the Rohtang pass is a sight not to be missed as one witness’s exotic Himalayan alpine flowers and fauna as never seen before.

From the top of the Rohtang pass, the visuals of the Lahaul valley on the right and a charming water spring, which is also significant as this is where the Beas River originates from, and Beas Kund at the head of the Solang Nullah, will leave you spell bound. Legend has it, that the origin place of the Beas river is where Rishi Vyasa meditated. To the left of the pass is a beautiful lake called Sarund and is believed to have healing properties.

From this pass, we will trek about 10 to 11kms and arrive at Gramphoo. From here, we take a diversion on the left to the Spiti Valley. This expanse is great for some off-roading for about 21 km till we reach Chotta Dhara. We will camp here for the night.

Day 4: Ride from Chhota Dhara – Chandertaal (4300m) (39 km)

After a high nutrition breakfast, embark on an adventure drenched ride to Batal while following and traversing along the 19kms embankment of the mighty Chandra River. The adrenaline dripped ride to Batal is dotted with some rocky flat area, long and winding roads and a bit of tricky terrain. The ascent from Batal to Chandertaal is a bit challenging. But then, that is the fun of it. J The lake is about 20km from Kunzum Pass. If the ascent is not for you, you can get on board the Mountaineerz Support Vehicle to make your adventure more comfortable. The Mountaineerz Support vehicle will be with the team at all times in case of any contingency or if any team member wants to take a break. After we reach the Surreal Chandertaal, all you need to do is take in the wonder that is nature. Just breathe and watch all your fatigue wash away. We camp at the lake overnight.

Day 5: Chandertaal – Chhota Dharra – Manali (5-6 hour drive)

After a high nutrition and yummy breakfast, drive or ride downhill to Batal and then to Chotta Dharra. Take in the surreal sights and sounds en route. Enjoy a delicious lunch here and board the Mountaineerz Support Vehicle for the journey back to Manali.

This is where we part ways to meet soon for our next adventure. However, all guests are invited and welcome to stay at Base Camp to continue their holiday with us.


Basic Details

Start Point
Manali
Finish Point
Manali
Activity Level
Challenging
Start time
9:00 am
Category
Biking and Cycling ToursOutdoor AdventuresCamping
Trip Code
O310A439

Inclusions

  • 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.

Exclusions

  • 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
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Important Info

  • 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

OUR GUARANTEE  

With our every escapade we bring you closer to the best of adventure travel. We brings you an experience that encompasses the quiet and the wild, the divine, the exotic and the spiritual side of   “The Valley of The Gods.”

Cancellation

  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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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.

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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 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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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • pick-up from from Patlikuhal Bus Stand, Patlikuhal, Himachal Pradesh, India
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