Mostly referred to as Moon Lake, the moment you start trekking here it feels like walking on the moon. This pass is located at an altitude of 4950 m above sea level. Stroll on the ice land and witness the shimmering sunset, lush green landscape, water streams, colorful orchids and various other things that will make your journey beautiful and a trip that you will never forget. While trekking at Chandratal Baralacha, one can enjoy the great view of the high mountains and Baralacha glacier, which is the source of the Chandra River. The trek commences at Batal and heads toward the Baralacha Pass. Throughout the journey, one can enjoy the panoramic view of Lahaul range. This trek passes through various peaks like Mulkila at 6,172 meters, Minar at 6,172 meters, Talagiri at 6,279 meters & Tara Pahar at 6,227 meters. In between the trekking, you can take a short break at Suraj Tal which is a high altitude and sacred lake in the Indian Himalayan region.
The Chandratal Baralacha Trek is packed with everything that one would cherish during a journey. The shimmering sunset on the turquoise waters of Chandratal, undulated landscape, mountain passes, several small streams, lush green meadows, wild and colorful orchards, and wildlife all together make the journey worth reliving every moment. The Chandratal Lake at an altitude of about 4,300 meters is one of the high altitude lakes in the Indian Himalayan region that is located on Samudra Tapu plateau of Spiti valley. The lake is the source of Chandra River, which is a major tributary of Chenab River. Occupying the mind of trekkers, photographers and nature lovers, the Chandratal Baralacha Trek is one of the popular alpine treks in Himachal Pradesh that is filled with surprises at every turn. Baralacha La, at an elevation of 4,890 meters and lying on the Leh-Manali Highway, is one of the high altitude motorable mountain passes that connect the Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar, and Lahaul regions. Further, the journey makes it an ideal MINDSCAPER as it moves through the lush green valleys and forests of Kullu valley to the barren lands of Spiti en route several small villages inhabited by various sects of Indo -Tibetans. The Chandratal Baralacha Trek commences from Batal, which is a few kilometers away from Keylong. Keylong is approximately 115 kilometers of the drive from Manali. The trek from Batal leads to Chandratal, which is about 6 – 7 hours of the trail, covering approximately 18 kilometers. Throughout the journey, one can enjoy the panoramic view of the Lahaul range and peaks like Minar at 6,172 meters, Talagiri at 6,279 meters, Tara Pahar at 6,227 meters and Mulkila at 6,517 meters. The vicinity encircling Chandratal offers a great opportunity to camp overnight. From Chandratal the trail further leads to Tokpo Gongma at 4,420 meters and thereafter winds to Tokpo Yongma at 4,650 meters. From Tokpo Yongma the trek leads off at Baralacha Pass and wheels to Manali. To make your tour more exciting you can also visit the colorful vicinity of Suraj Tal, which is a short and easy trek from Baralacha Pass. Suraj Tal is another high altitude lake in the Indian Himalayan region that is also considered as one of the sacred lakes.