The crescent shaped Chandratal lake is nestled deep amidst the mountains of Spiti at a height of more than 14,000 feet above sea level. The road from Kunzum La takes a detour, a kilometer before Batal and turns into a mud track clinging onto the mountains with Chandra river accompanying all the way. The 12 Km ride is an adventurous one along with magnificent views of the mountains and the gorgeous river.
The camp site where the road ends has numerous tents on offer and is the only place where one can stay for the night. The camp site is two kilometers before the lake and a narrow mud track snakes its way up to Chandratal from here. The mud track leads to the parking area from where it is an easy 15 minute walk before you get a glimpse of the surreal lake. Surrounded by beautiful brown mountains, the turquoise lake with clear waters offer a picturesque frame.
Considered to be a sacred lake, Chandratal is a favourite with trekkers and campers. The place also offers lovely night skies for photographers and star gazers.
Location: Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh.