(The Lake of
This is a short but interesting trek and gives the
trekker an opportunity to peep the heights of Kullu valley.
Typical Himalayan villages and Shephards (Gaddi) are sure to
be there to greet you. On reaching the Lake, one touches an
altitude of 4800 Mtrs. Patches of snow and the green view of
the valley below ensure a good experience.
Day 01: Manali
Jagatsukh ( 7 Kms drive) Chikka
After a short drive visit the ancient temple at Jagatsukh
. Immediately start trek on
a long grassy bank, sloping down from the cliffs, it is an ideal
location for the end of the days march. The impressive grandeur
of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru Shakru
peaks, the wonderful
colouring of rocks and mountain side. Overnight in tents.
Day 02: Chikka Chhatru 16 Kms.
the Hamta pass 4270 Mtrs. In the Lahaul valley, distant and
massive mountains dominate and landscape their serrated peaks
silhouetted against the deep blue horizon. Close views of Deo Tibba and
fabled Indrasan Peaks. Overnight in tents.
Day 03: Chhatru Chhota Dara 16
in the morning and whole day walking through the rugged valley.
Overnight in tents.
Day 04 : Chhota Dara Batal 15 Kms
Batal is situated at the foot of Kunzum pass which
provides the main approach to Spiti from Lahaul. The panorama
as viewed from the top of the pass is enthralling and inspiring.
On the way is Bara Shigri glaciers. Bara meaing big and Shigri
meaning glacier in Lahaul dialect. The view of the Shigri stream
emerging from beneath a huge iridescent archway of solid ice
is a never to be forgotten sight. Behind the archway lies the
Shigri glacier climbing up to dizzy height. The glacier is mountainous
mass of solid ice, more than a kilometer wide and ex tending
over a distance of ten kilometers. Overnight in tents.
Day 05 : Batal
- Chandratal 17 Kms.
Chandratal means the lake of Moon. This lake of exuisite
beauty is set on a large meadow of edelweiss between a lower
ridge and the main Kunzum range with an outlet into the Chandra
river. A beautiful view of the Samudra Tapoo Glacier and of
Mulkila range is obtainable. Overnight in tents.
Day 06 : Chandratal Tokpo Yongma 12 Kms.
Leave in the morning aftger five to six hours walk
we reach to the camping site, a little ahead of the camping
site lies a stream that has to be forded the next day early
in the morning. Camp little away from the stream. Overnight
Day 07 : Tokpo Yongma Tokpo Gongma 11 Kms.
Start early morning because most mountain streams are
low in the morning. The later part of the day generally makes
the stream swell, making crossings almost impossible. After
crossing the stream, a six hours walk brings us to another barren
camping site surrounded by rocky hills. Overnight in tents.
Day 08 : Tokpo Gongma Baralacha la (4883 Mtrs.)
Todays trail takes us through high country strewn
with myriad streams flowing through green meadows. Ahead lies
the Baralachala pass. Baralacha means summit with cross roads.
Roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul meet here and in
ancient times it was part of a trade route. On the North West
lies the Bhaga river while the Chandra flows Sout East. Tonight
it will be the coldest night during the whole tour. Overnight
From here there are many different options. One can
continue trek till Darcha via Shingola or directly to Darcha.
Another option the bus/jeep will pickup you from the Baralachala
and will take you to Leh.