Day 7: Chandratal lake -->Batal -->Chhatru -->Rohtang La-->Manali 130 km
This was the most treacherous and difficult road I have taken. Camp people advised us to leave early by 5 am so as to avoid big water crossings during the route. As we started with chandratal lake, saw an Innova got stuck in the first water crossing which created a big jam, as the Innova got cleared, we crossed first with cold water inside the shoes. Thereafter, we reached Batal by 6.30 am, had our breakfast at the famous Chacha-Chachi hotel and continued our ride from thereon.
Chhatru is just 17.5 km from Batal, but there is no road at all, it is full of big stones from the river, gravels, and sand. There are numerous water crossings in this route, one of them is Chota Dhara where we saw again one Innova stuck, as it cleared up we rode slowly on the dhara, avoiding any fall and crossed it successfully. It two around 2 hrs to reach Chhatru with an average speed of 10-20 kmph. Thereafter, the road was same till Gramphoo Nala, testing our patience and skills on water streams, narrow turns, and the road full of big of stones.
As we crossed Gramphoo, the road connects to the Manali-Leh highway, we took the left turn towards Rohtang pass cursing about our restricted leaves, but admiring our journey to one of the most marvelous landscapes, beautiful valleys in the world.
We crossed Rohtang La, had a plan to reach Mandi but due to heavy rain in Manali we decided to stay there, took a hotel for 1200 Rs. in old Manali, explored the local places and cafe.