Chandra Tal Lake is situated at a height of 4300 m and 6 km away from the Kunzum Pass in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Boasting of a circumference of about 2.5 km, the deep blue-water of Chandra Tal Lake is the source of the Chandra river. I had just come back from Chandra tal (Moon Lake) , the whole tour was very good and I had some very different and good experiences, The lake is extremely beautiful. I liked the shades and the turquoise color of the lake. The whole place is quite desolate, almost moon like. In fact the whole valley is just amazing. The mountains, sand, silence, serenity! We also suffered AMS. I had headache and in night I was not able to sleep properly. In morning I felt nausea and vomited. After vomiting I was fine. I know AMS is due to at high altitude, but I think in my case it was also because we did not had a change to acclimatize as we traveled by car and did not take any long stoppage.
The road is very rough and bumpy. We decided to stay at Chatru and Batal as I thought that we will not get accommodation in Chandra tal but luckily I got the accommodation in tents their.
Here is my complete travel detail.
12th August : We were two couples and reached Manali in the morning by Volvo. Later we took rest and visited the riverside and mall road and booked return tickets to Delhi. Also booked a Sumo to Chandra tal for Rs 5000.
13th August, 2009 : We started early morning at 6:30 a.m from Manali and reached Chandra tal at 2:00 pm. The route was Manali – Rohtang – Gramphoo – Chattru – Chotta Dhara – Batal – Chandra tal. We stopped at Marhi for breakfast, Chatru and Batal for lunch. We spent whole day and night in Chandra tal at the tent. Tent charges were Rs.500/- and food charges with tea + breakfast were approximately Rs. 500 for 4 persons.
14th August : Woke up early and started from Chandra tal to Manali at 7:30 am. We stopped at Chatru and later got stuck in the famous Rohtang jam. Finally reached Manali at 3:30 pm.
15th august, : Visited Hadimba Temple, and Beas river valley. Boarded the Volvo coach to Delhi at 5:00 pm