Chandratal, also called the Moon lake is a popular trekking destination in the Spiti valley. Chandratal Lake is 6 kms away from the Kunzum Pass where Pir Panjal and Baralacha La merges which is also the gateway to Spiti valley. Chandratal lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass from late May to early October.
Chandratal is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres in the Spiti part of Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Chandratal lake is situated on a plateau (Samudra Tapu) overlooking the Chandra River. Chandratal lake with expansive meadows on the banks of the lake is a popular trekking and camping destination in northern Himachal Pradesh.
Best Time to Visit Chandratal
The best time visit Chandratal is between August to October. There is a motorable road from Batal which is 14 km away. Chandratal is accessible only on foot from Kunzum Pass
According to legend, Chandratal lake is the location from where god Indra’s chariot picked up Yudhishtir, the eldest of the Pandava brothers to his heavenly abode. As a result, Chandratal lake is considered holy and draws a large number of devotees round the year. Chandratal is a crystal clear blue water lake which lies in a broad grassy plain surrounded by the snow capped mountain ranges of Moulkila and Chandrabhaga rising upto 3000 meters to 6300 meters and makes Chandratal a picture perfect setting for a camping trip.
Trek to Chandratal
Chandratal is a trekking destination of moderate difficulty. The ideal start point for a trek to Chandratal is Kunzum Pass which is about 8 kms from Chandratal lake. The longer version of this trek takes one to the famous Suraj Tal near Baralacha La