With the opening of the road from Manali to Leh various snew areas for trekking have opened up. One of the most fascinating of these is the Lahoul Valley, drained by two mighty rivers, the Chandra and the Bhaga. Both start on a 16,000 ft (4,890 m) pass - the Baralacha la - in opposite directions and later join each other to form the Chenab, which is one of the biggest tributaries of the Indus. This trek explores the upper reaches of the Chandra river and goes up to its source on the Baralacha la, where it joins the Manali/Leh highway. The highlight of the trek is Chandra Tal or Moon Lake, which stands out sharply among the towering peaks and barren beauty of Lahaul.
Season: Mid July to mid September
Total Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Trekking days: 06 Days
Special Features: Lake and Pass
Trek Grade: Easy to moderate
Max Alt.: 4,891m approx.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
You arrive in Delhi by International flight. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport and to our hotel for check-in. After some rest, breakfast at coffee shop in the Hotel. After breakfast we will go on a guided tour of Delhi, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to the Red Fort built in the year 1648 and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour includes drive around India Gate, President's House and visits to Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi - Nalagarh (300kms / 6 hrs approx.)
Breakfast at the Coffee Shop, Later drive to Nalagarh, stopping en route at a tourism restaurant for lunch (to be paid for by themselves) and arrive Chandigarh and visit Rock Garden, Pinjore Garden and Sukhna Lake (If time allows) Later Drive to Nalagarh Fort, Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel.
Nalagarh is the capital of the Kingdom of Hindur, founded by Raja Ajai Chand in 1100 A.D. It was ruled by the Chandela Rajputs who originate from Chanderi in the Bundelkhand region of Central India. The famous Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela kings of yore. The fort was built during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand in 1421. Nalagarh is the gateway to Himachal Pradesh in North India, 300 kms north of Delhi and is located on a hillock at the foot of the hills.
Day 03: Nalagarh / Manali (245 kms / 6 hrs)
Morning Breakfast at the Hotel, And depart hotel at 0800 hrs for Manali, Arrive Manali by 1400hrs, After lunch explore the adjoining forests with blooming mountain flowers, Breathe in the fresh mountain air of Manali, the most famous hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. the pine covered slopes, the panoramic mountain vistas, the gushing waters of the Beas river are sure to enthrall you as you embark on a tour of Naggar Castle, Roerich's Art gallery, Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery. Evening is at leisure. Dinner Overnight at the Hotel Mayflower.
Day 04: Manali - Khanol (16 kms)
Post Breakfast Travel by jeep upto Jagatsukh with packed lunch and then start the trek along the Jagatsukh nallah upwards through green forests with an amazing variety of vegetation dot the way to reach Khanol (2200 m). The Manali valley appears far below and to the east lies the mighty mountain - Deo Tibba. Dinner and Overnight in tents.
Day 05: Khanol - Chhika (8 kms)
Post breakfast A stretch of 3-4 kms if steep through forest and then a long & wide alpine plateau with wild flowers upto Chikka (3350 m), We will serve you packed lunch here then we start continue our trek to Chhika. Chikka provides the best rocks for climbing in the area. Dinner and Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Chhika - Tenta (10 kms)v Post breakfast we start trek with packed lunch for Tenta, The route is along the right bank of Jagatsukh nallah and passes through Seri. Seri was once a glaciated lake, but is now a meadow carpeted with an astounding variety of herbs and alpine flowers. Along the trek, sudden appearance of Deo Tibba (6001 m) is breathtaking. Dinner and Overnight in tents at Tenta (4180 m).
Day 07: Tenta - Chandertal - Tenta (10 kms)
Breakfast at the Camp and Same day return trek to the beautiful, emerald blue water - Chandertal lake (4480 m) at the base of Deo Tiba. This lake should not be confused with a lake with the same name in Lahaul valley. We will have our packed lunch near the Lake The flora enthusiast will have a wonderful time trying to identify the hundreds of flowers growing everywhere. Dinner and Overnight in tents. Option : If you wish you can extend your stay for one more night here.
Day 08: Tenta - Bhanara (10 kms)
Post breakfast Descend down to Bhanara village with packed lunch. In the afternoon explore nearby areas and view Shringtingu mountain range. Dinnera and Overnight in tents.
Day 09: Bhanara - Jagatsukh - Manali (25 kms)
Post breakfast Trek down to Jagatsukh village with packed lunch enroute visit local temples and a historical cave 'Arjun Gufa'. From Jagatsukh travel to Manali by car/jeep. Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel in Manali.
Day 10: Manali - Delhi (570 Km. / 12-13 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel and time at leisure, Post Lunch time to explore the city on your own. We will depart for Delhi by 1800 hrs. Dinner on the way to Delhi. Overnight Journey
Day 11: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi at 06:30 hrs. and upon arrival transfer to your hotel. A leisurely morning is followed by breakfast and time at leisure. In evening we will go for the evening Light and Sound show at Red fort. Drive back to hotel for Farewell Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 12: Depart Delhi
Our tour concludes: thanks you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to the International airport for your onward travel.