Chandratal Lake

chandratal 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

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16 Responses to Chandratal Lake

  1. nice blog grate place to visit

    sakshi sen October 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply
  2. It’s beutiful lake I visited with my Hampta Pass trek and after that we went to Kunzum pass and then trek down to lake and after camping there trek to Batal. 

    Chandratal April 14, 2017 at 12:00 am Reply
  3. hi,
    we are a couple planning to do the Hampta pass trek. post that we want to drive in the spiti lahaul area. can you suggest how we do that and what places can we visit?
    will the Chandratal lake be accessible in first week of August?

    samina July 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm Reply
    • Yes I am also doing the same Hampta pass and then chandratal but in July

      Nilanjana Roy March 24, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
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  5. Hi im planning to go for north india trip on bike starting from Chandigarh>shimla>narkanda>sangla>chitkul>kalpa>nako lake>Tabo>Kaza>chandratal>manali>nagini>tatapani>Chandigarh. can you please help me out weather this route is approachable in november on bike or can you suggest us better plans or change of route. thanks in advance.

    chandan November 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm Reply
    • It has also started to snow in higher reaches. Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass has already been blocked due to snow. Hotels and guest houses have already closed in Sangla / Kalpa. This is not the right time to do the route. You can do the entire route from 20 July- September onwards next year.

      NITYIN November 13, 2015 at 3:54 pm Reply
  6. Dear friends,
    we are 5 friends(male) ..want to go chandratal at 9th or 10th of november from shimla or from manali by car … to stay at tent overnight….please guide us the best way to plan our trip…..Dr Soumya Dingal.

    Dr Soumya Dingal October 18, 2012 at 1:34 am Reply
  7. Amritsar would be fine. Traveling to Amritsar would be no problem in November..

    Anu September 27, 2012 at 6:54 am Reply
  8. Dear all, I`m planning to visit Manali in november 2012 with my whife and 8 y.o daughter. Please tell if its possible and safety to take trip to Chandra tal with such a company? How many kilometers must be done by walk? Do we need some special equipment for the trip?
    Thank you

    Dmitriy Tsykurenko September 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Hello, Thanks for dropping by…
      Reaching Chandertal lake in the month of November will be unlikely since it normally snows in these heights by then. Even more reaching from Manali will be difficult as you will have to cross 2 mountain passes, namely the Rohtang Pass and the Kunzum Pass. The first snowfall has already happened on Rohtang Pass in September and by November there will be a good amount of snow there. Also the temperature drops considerably during this time.

      Chandertal is best done between the period July to September. As post October the weather becomes erratic in high mountain passes. With a 8 years old, I would not recommend venturing on the high mountain passes in November.

      Still if you want to try your luck, you can travel from Shimla side. The route will be Shimla > Kalpa > Kaza. From Kaza you will have to travel to Batal, just below the Kunzum Pass and then to Chandertal. It would depend on the amount of snowfall around Kunzum pass whether you will be able to reach Batal or Chandertal.

      Best to plan in the period July to Septmeber

      Anu September 25, 2012 at 1:24 am Reply
      • Thanks for your comments Anu, so I think for the first visit, nothing left than to try to stay content with Manali and it`s surroundings. I plan to rich it from Amritsar in the beginning of November by bus (or car maybe), but if you say it is still difficult, will you recommend to give it up as well?

        Dmitriy Tsykurenko September 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply
        • Amritsar would be fine. Traveling to Amritsar would be no problem in November..

          Anu September 27, 2012 at 6:59 am Reply
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  10. Hi Rajiv
    I am planning to visit Chandertal.
    How can one contact the tent accomodation providers at Chandertal?
    Any possibility of booking in advance?

    Saran (

    Saran June 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm Reply
    • Hi Saran,

      I run a company by the name of and we can do the tent arrangement for you if needed. You can reach me at 9459520806 or mail at We also have two properties- one in Lohsar just before the check post (WIP) and other in Kaza by the name of Snowline.

      Vishesh Shourie

      Visheshshourie June 29, 2010 at 3:10 am Reply

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