Chandratal Lake In Spiti
Bask in the glory of nature at Chandratal Lake
Rated 4.2/5 (based on 104 reviews )
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun, Oct - Dec
About Chandratal Lake in Spiti
Located at an altitude of 4300 m in the Himalayas, the Chandratal Lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau in Spiti Valley. The name, Chandra Taal, originates from its crescent shape. Enclosed by scree mountains on one side and magnificent cirques on the other, this Lake offers breathtaking views of clear blue skies, water, and the rugged topography. The Chandratal Lake at night offers picturesque views of the night sky lit by millions of bright stars.
Known as the camper and trekkers’ paradise, the Chandratal Lake (Moon Lake) attracts thousands of adventure enthusiast from all over the world. Chandratal Lake is extremely famous for its stunning reflections of the surrounding himalayan peaks in clear blue waters. The Chandratal Lake Trek starts from Batal which is 14 km away. The trek is quite adventurous and tedious but the surrounding picturesque views and charm of the place make the efforts worth it.
Chandratal lake is also an official camping site where one can actually spend a night in tents very close to the lake, gazing at the star-lit sky as they experience the magic of nature. Chandratal Lake camp allows visitors to stay in camps, located 2 to 3 km away from the lake and offer a range of facilities from clean and hygienic food, hot water and toilets etc. Some campsites also offer further excursions to nearby places.
Being one of the most famous tourist attraction in Spiti, Chandratal Lake is a trekkers’ paradise and should be visited once in a lifetime.
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Trip to SpitiIt was great experience with Travel Triangle & Tanish Himachal Tours. They are always supported and available to any help. Thank you !
Trip to SpitiWe have planned for 8 day tour where Nikita our tour coordinator helped us booking the Trip Will divide the review into multiple parts so that it will help others to decide(Hotel, Food, Places, CAB, On Tour Support) CAB Lucky(Lalchand Bhatia) : knows every inch of Himachal and the vehicle is Innova Crysta and the best we can expect. itinerary was well communicated to Lucky and that we need not to worry about our schedule On Tour Support : Nikita, helped us to prepare ourselves for the travel before a day what to bring for wearing and all and gave good support during the journey providing quick support by coordinating with cab driver and changing the hotel in case of venue changes in the last minute. Hotels & Food Our trip is 8 days long and we almost stayed in 7 different hotels 1. Shimla --> Rajat Hotel (Food is decent but Not the hotel ) shimla is a good place and they can get better hotel 2. Sangla --> IBex Camp (Excellent view and decent food with the surrounding nothing to complain about) 3. Kalpa --> Tab Exotic, ( Decent hotel with Decent Food) 4. Tabo --> Sidharth (Nice hotel with Nice food ) 5. Kaza --> Spiti Valley -> (decent hotel with decent food) then can do little better here as its also big tourist place 6. Chandratal --> didnt stay in Tenzin camp due to heavy snow 7. Manali --> Mountain View --> Nice Hotel with Nice food 8. Chandigarh --> Hotel Oscar Regency --> (Worst hotel and worst food) we stayed for night room is full of alcohol and cigarette smell Overall : Its great trip, and on the last day we got the snow fall my kids enjoyed it a lot and its beautiful journey. Precautions: Food is only Parotha, Rice and Bread available mostly, as it takes a lot of journey if you are going towards spiti better keep some snacks of your own and some pickles in case you miss your home food
Trip to SpitiOverall a very good and seamless experience. Initial assistance before the trip by Ambika was very helpful and she clarified all the doubts all the time. Covered a lot of places in the short time span of the trip. Anil managed the trip well, also took us to Apple orchid on request while it was not part of the itinerary. He took a lot of photos of the group and always tried to encourage everyone for the group activities. Areas which can be improved upon is the lunch timing, and may be updating the itinerary to visit chandrataal during day time. We reached chandrataal late in the evening, and it was dark out there, so we asked Anil if he could take us again in the morning and he did that for us. It snowed that night, and in the morning it was all white. The traveller couldn't start due to freezing cold weather, so we trekked to the lake and the trek was the beautiful and so was the lake.
Trip to SpitiIt was an amazing experience. Eveything was completely sorted and the trip was scheduled very wisely. The vehicle was great and the driver was helpful and cooperative. No issues faced till the end of the trip. The trip was perfect. Except one little issue. The pick up point of the bus from Delhi was not confirmed earlier. The pick up point changed thrice and it was a lot of inconvience. Apart from that, everything perfecto!
Trip to Spiti1Our Chandratal Camp was canceled due to snow fall, so Classic Expeditions booked a good hotel for us in Manali including breakfast and Dinner without any charges. Camps were very good. In camps they provided warm water for drink and bath. Food quality was good in Camps. Please improve food quality at hotels
Trip to SpitiIt was my 1st solo travel with other unknown travelers. Some improvement are possible on home stay as well as in food for have option for local & traditional food especially at Home stay. Agent involvement & efforts were nice in complete travel. Tracking towards Chandratal Lake after snowfall was awesome. Overall it was very nice experience for such travel.
Trip to SpitiThe overall experience of the trip was awesome,the travel Agent Ambika effectively answered all our queries and was very helpful .the cab was good,driver was very kind and nice and only thing to comment about is the driver from Chandigarh to Delhi on the last day was demanding for money to visit the India gate which was already discussed and included in the itenary and also delayed for extra penny to drop us to airport since the terminal was changed last moment due to flight cancellation. Every moment was great, we enjoyed the SPITI valley And Rohtang pass.
Trip to SpitiI have a concern on price charged by travel triangle from different travellers. It should be consistent as you do not provide any additional service for additional money charged. Hope travel triangle will improve here. Even in tripple sharing bed should be provided. Snowfall
Trip to SpitiI did Spiti full circuit road trip with Imm Ventures starting from Shimla and ending at Manali. The cab, hotels, local food etc met the expectations. The roads in Spiti are very difficult to drive and our driver Mr. Sunil Chauhan did a great job in driving. He was an experienced driver and he made sure we reach all destinations without any hurdle. The hotel selection was good and we enjoyed the local at some of the hotels. The coordination and support by Ambika Negi was superb and she was always there to help. We were able to cover all the places comfortably mentioned in the itinerary. The most important thing that we followed was time. We always started very early which provided us sufficient time at each location for sightseeing, photography, interaction with locals, trying local food, tea, snacks, monastery/temple visits etc. Everything went smoothly as per the plan and thankfully weather was also in our favor. Overall it was a great tour in the given budget. Looking forward to do another our with Imm Ventures.
Trip to SpitiBecause all the stays were done in camps, and the cold was too much, I fell sick, I wish the kaza stay was planned as 1 day camp and 1 day hotel, then the situation would be different. So we had to skip chandratal on the last day and return back to manali a day before planned. Except for that rest all services were excellent, the hotel in manali was too good, can and driver were up to the mark, very friendly. The camp folks were also amazing. Unexpected snow fall❄ at Kunzum pass
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FAQ's of Spiti
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No. the attraction does not have any entry fee.
Yes, campsites and hotels are available. However, they are not very close to the lake. The campsite is 3-5 kms away from the lake. You can stay here overnight or look for small local hotels at Batal for a night’s stay.
Trekking from Batal to Chandratal lake is an option for you if you want to indulge in adventure and capture the breathtaking views surrounding the place. However, a better way, if you are travelling with a packed schedule, would be to hire a taxi (also available on sharing basis) or cab which may cost around 500 INR to 1000 INR.
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