In the middle of nowhere - the tranquality of Chandratal Lake Trek


If you ever had a dream of going to a place which you can truly call being 'In the middle of nowhere', Chandratal lake trek is the place for you. It's a 12 km easy trek from Kunzum pass but it can give you a tough time because of its high altitude. Kunzum Pass is located at 15,060 feet while Chandratal Lake is at 14,100 feet. The trek starts from a gradual ascend and then number of ascends and decends. Just after 15-20 mins of trekking, you can have a first glimpse of the lake. It looks like a small blue water drop in the middle of desert mountains. The beauty of the landscape keeps you spell bound throughout the trek but the charm of the trek is in the mesmerising view of barren mountains and the glimpse of the blue lake which you keep on seeing throughout the trek. It makes you feel that the lake is pretty near to you but it actually takes 4-5 hours of trekking with normal speed to reach up to the lake. The first 3 hours of trek takes you through the barren mountains and then to rocky path. After crossing this, you see a stream which is going all the way to the lake.

Photo of Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh 175140 by Ashish Bhardwaj