About Chandratal Baralacha Trek

Nothing short of an enthralling expedition, the Chandratal to Baralacha Pass trek also takes you through winding scenic trails, picturesque valleys, dense forests, quaint villages and awe-inspiring landscapes. One of the most sought after treks hidden in the quaint valleys of Himachal Pradesh, the Chandratal – Baralacha trek also gives you an opportunity to revel in the mesmerizing beauty of the ‘Chandratal’ or the ‘Moon Lake’ as it sits in its mystical glory, cuddled in the tranquility of the Spiti Valley.

The adventure also does not end at Chandratal; a thrilling climb to the majestic Baralacha La connecting regions of Spiti, Lahaul, Ladakh and Zanskar adds to the magical charm of this memorable trek. The nature’s work of art at the Baralacha La is also just indescribable in words; the magnetic vistas of the Chandra and Bhaga Rivers and the enchanting beauty of the emerald Suraj Tal leaves you speechless and awed the very instance you reach the pass.

Be prepared to ascend steep slopes, cross gurgling rivers, also traverse through boulder fields, brave icy-cold waters of the milky white streams, cross over rustic bridges and witness a dramatic change in the landscape from lush greenery of Kullu-Manali valleys to arid and barren mountains of Lahaul-Spiti valleys; as you make your way to the Chandratal and Baralacha La. Needless to say, immerse your souls in the captivating vistas of snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, shimmering glaciers, crystal clear water streams and flower carpeted meadows along this fulfilling and enticing journey of your lifetime.

Commencing from the scenic hill station of Manali, the trek also follows the route through Batal via Rohtang Pass, halting mid-way at the beautiful Chandratal Lake, perched at a height of 13,000 ft. above sea level. After spending the night in camps at the lakeside, start your journey ahead via Topko Gongma, Topko Yongma, finally leading you to the Baralacha La, situated at an elevation of 16,000 ft. Designated to be of moderate to challenging grade, the Chandratal Baralacha trek is also packed with all the necessary elements an ardent trekker looks forward in an ideal trekking excursion. With its immense scenic beauty and plethora of thrilling twists and turns along the journey, the trek, undoubtedly will leave you asking for more.

Chandratal Baralacha Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Indulge in sight-seeing at Manali and also explore the place’s sacred ancient temples.
  • Get an opportunity to enjoy scenic vistas at the Rohtang Pass.
  • Get the opportunity for camping at serene and picturesque locations set amidst lush landscapes; Chandratal lakeside camping also needs a special mention.
  • Explore the culture of Lahaul/Spiti immersed in Buddhism.
  • Abundance of photographic locales for photographers.

Best Time to Visit Chandratal Baralacha Trek

The Chandratal Baralacha route is accessible between June-July to mid-October but, the best month to visit it, is during the month of September. In June, the roads may be in pathetic conditions and owing to presence of slippery snowy patches, you can face tough time climbing the ascent. July-August is the time of heavy monsoon showers in the region with huge possibilities of land-slides, avalanches and cloud-bursts so, better embark on to the journey in September. The route can also close any time in October. Also, it is not recommended to venture on this trek in October as the temperature drops below zero, making the trek all the more difficult.

Where is the Chandratal Baralacha Trek

The Chandratal Lake is also a crescent shaped alpine lake, tucked away in the Spiti Valley, surrounded with majestic snow-clad peaks of the Chandrabhaga Range of the Garhwal Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. From Chandratal, at a distance of approximately 37 km. also lies the Baralacha Pass located in the Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh that connects Zanskar and Ladakh regions of Jammu & Kashmir.

Chandratal Baralacha Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01

Delhi – Manali (525 Kilometres /12 to 14 hours.)

Other Benfits (On Arrival)
  • Breakfast
  • Transfers
  • Stay Included

In the evening catch Ac Volvo bus for Manali at 17:00 hrs. An overnight journey.

Day 02


By Morning arrive at Manali and then transfer to the hotel for relaxing & acclimatisation. At leisure visit the old Manali, the famous Hadimba Devi Temple and the Mall road. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03

Manali – Batal (100 Kilometres / 4hours)

In the morning after the breakfast drive to the Batal through Rohtang pass (3980 meters). On arrival at Batal set out the tent. Rest and relax through the night. In the afternoon, also take a walk enjoy the nature’s marvels. Come back to the camp site in the evening. Dinner & Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 04

Batal – Chandratal (18 Kilometres/6 hours)

After an early feast, also begin the trek to the Chandratal (4250 meters/13940 feet) with a sumptuous meal packed for the lunch. Chandratal enjoys incredible beauty. However, Nestled amidst the main Kunzum range and a lower ridge, the passage leads through the Chandra River. Come back to camp, take dinner & stay overnight.

Day 05

Chandra Tal (4250 meters/13940 feet)

After breakfast explore the spectacular surroundings. One can go for a trail or relax nearby the lake. Feast and night stay in the tents.

Day 06

Chandra Tal to Tokpo Yogma (4350 meters/14300 feet) 12 Kilometres/ 6 hours.

Right after the breakfast we will hike to the Tokpo Yogma. Enjoy a panoramic view of the stunningly gigantic glaciers and mountain peaks during the trek. After trekking for a while, one arrives at the Tokpo Gongma located at an altitude of 4400 meters. Stop for the ready to eat lunch for a while moving on to Tokpo Yogma. In Tibetan “Tokpo” refers to a river and the meaning of the word “Gongma” is big. Dinner & night stay in the tents.

Day 07

Tokpo Yogma to Tokpo Gongma (4650 meters/15250 feet) 10 Kilometres/5 hours.

Today, trek also starts towards Tokpo Gongma with packed lunch through Tokpo Yogma River. On this trek we will also cross the river streams using ropes. On arrival camps are set out for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 08

Tokpo Gongma to Baralacha (4950 meters/16236 feet) 10 Kilometres/5 hours – Manali (Travel By Jeep)

Today, after a hearty morning feast at the Camp, the day begins by crossing the Upper River by crossing the Tokpo Gongma. The hike of about 10 KM will takes us to Baralacha La. This is a twofold pass located at an altitude of 4950 Meters. It marks the separation between the Lahaul Ranges and the Himalayan Range and also between the Baralacha and the Himalayas stretching towards the North. After enjoying lunch, one moves towards Baralacha located at an altitude of 4883 Meters.

This is also a stunningly beautiful 8 kilometres long pass and gives ascend to 3 rivers namely Bhaga, Chandra, and Yunam. The meaning of the world Baralacha is ‘pass with cross roads on summit’. Roads from Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul, and Spiti meet on the zenith of the Baralacha pass. On the arrival at the ‘Baralacha Pass’, the tour manager will also meet you with the Jeeps. After reaching Manali, you can rest at the hotel after a nice dinner.

Day 09

Manali to Delhi (525 Kilometres/12 to 13 hours.)

The day to unwind. In the evening, drive back to Delhi by the AC Volvo coach. An Overnight journey.

Day 10

Arrive Delhi

Arrival at Delhi by morning in between 07:00 – 08:00 hrs.

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