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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)
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.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 18 years||INR 36000 / Adult ( With Tax )|
* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.
|City||Hotel Name||Star Rating|
|Manali||Hotel Base Camp||
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