Chandratal to Baralacha La Trek

Gio Adventures
INR12900
  • 5 days
    (Duration)
  • Moderate
    (Difficulty)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)
  • Hilly
    (Terrain)

Chandratal to Baralacha La Trek. This 5-day adventure trek is like a short and very sweet treat. In about a week you are able to hike through some of the finest trekking destinations in the Indian Himalayas.



Description

Product Code: TRCB

Availability: In Stock

Grade: Moderate +

Region: Lahaul Valleys (Himachal Pradesh)

From Chandratal we start climbing up and for the next couple of days we trek in the upper reaches of the Chandra valley. There are great views of the Mulkila range and its glaciers. In this stage we walk on scree slopes and stark yet stunning semi-arid landscape typical of the Lahaul & Spiti region. Adding to the adventure quotient will be the river crossings at Tokpo Yongma and Tokpo Gongma which will need to be handled carefully depending upon the conditions. Our guides might use rope and some equipment to assist crossing if required.

In the last stage of the trek we ascend the high slopes of Chandra valley and come out at the beautiful meadows below the Baralacha La which play host to a lot of wild flower varieties. The expansive views of the Himalayan ranges beyond Baralacha La provides a good contrast to the views of the earlier stages. We will finish our trek at the pass at the famous high altitude highway connecting Manali to Leh. From here we drive back to Manali to end a spectacular trek.


Itinerary

  • Day 1

    MANALI (2000M) – BATAL (3907M) DRIVE/5-6 HRS

    We will meet at a centrally located point in Manali and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Batal. This is an interesting drive which crosses over from the lush green valleys of Kullu & Manali into stark dune-like landscape of Lahaul & Spiti valley via the famous Rohtang pass. We will spend some time at the pass and then start descending into the Lahaul valley. We will stay at Batal today to get acclimatised to the lower levels of oxygen. Upon reaching Batal we will set up our campsite and towards early evening head out on an acclimatising hike. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 2

    BATAL (3907M) – CHANDRATAL (4300M) TREK/6 HRS

    After breakfast we set out on the trek. We cross over the Chandra river and start moving up from Batal. It is a reasonably long walk all the way up to Chandratal and will take around 6 hours. We get very fine views of the Bara Shigri glacier and some high Himalayan peaks enroute. Chandratal is a jewel in the mountains and the minute you set your eyes on it the exhaustion of the day's hike will vanish. The scenery at the lake is quite remarkable with the lake surrounded by high mountains. The lake also called Moon Lake and gets its name from its half-moon shape. There are several gaddi shepherds scattered around the lake giving it a beautiful character. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 3

    CHANDRATAL (4300M) – TOKPO GONGMA (4320M) TREK/5-6 HRS

    We set off early in the morning from Chandratal to Tokpo Gongmo. The trail is gradually ascending and we will be crossing many small streams on our way, all of which meet the Chandra River below. The landscape is stark and arid with lots of scree slopes and boulder fields. Our final river crossing of the day will be the large stream "Tokpo Yongmo". We will cross it from a suitable point and camp for the night after crossing the river. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 4

    TOKPO GONGMA (4380M) – TOKPO YONGMA (4640M) TREK/5 HRS

    Again today, we start our day early as we need to cross a couple of rivers while the water levels are low. The trail is picturesque and the snow-capped peaks of the Chandrabhaga range stay with us through the morning. The first river we cross is relatively easier than the second one of the day which will be Tokpo Yongma. We cross the river over a snow bridge of wade across depending upon the conditions. The campsite at Tokpo Yongma is beautiful and has a few shepherds close by. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 5

    TOKPO YONGMA (4640M) – BARALACHA LA (4900M) – MANALI (2000M) TREK/5 HRS & DRIVE/7 HRS

    Today we ascend the high slopes of the Chandra valley to get great views of the snow clad Himalayan ranges beyond the Baralacha pass. It's great for photography with plenty of photo opportunities. We will first climb up to the Baralacha La South summit and from here move down to cross a river and trek through a beautiful and long meadow section to reach Baralacha La North summit where we have the Manali to Leh road meeting the pass. Baralacha La means "pass with cross roads on summit" as roads from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet on top of the pass. It also gives rise to the three rivers of Chandra, Bhaga and Yuman. Once we reach Baralacha La, we board the waiting vehicle drive onwards to Manali. Trip ends here.


Price Includes

  • 2 Guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

  • Accommodation in a hotel/guesthouse at on single/ double occupancy. Accommodation will be in a basic but neat & clean hotel/guesthouse

  • High quality Camping arrangements

  • We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:

  • 3/4 season imported alpine tents.

  • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality

  • Good quality Camping Mattresses

  • Camping stools & tables

  • Mess Tent

  • Toilet tent with portable toilet seats

  • First Aid / Medical kit

  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.

  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations

  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)

  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

  • Service Tax


Equipment Rental

  • Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood): 250

  • Down jacket (for additional warmth): 300

  • Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover: 75

  • Warm Gloves: 50

  • Waterproof Trekking boots: 300

  • Balaclava: 50

  • Rucksack (60 ltrs): 150

  • Waterproof gaiters: 50

  • Warm high-length woollen socks: 50

  • Poncho/Raincoat: 50

  • Trekking poles: 60

  • *Cost in INR per day

  • *Taxes extra


Price Does Not Include

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

Payment Terms & Conditions

  • Less than 45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • <15 Days: No refund


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