If you are looking for a short & challenging ride with panoramic Himalayan views then this is the ride for you. Though short on duration this one doesn’t lack grandness in any way and takes one riding on a memorable trail through a high altitude region, leading to a true jewel in the mountains, Chandratal lake.
It is pristine, grand and ethereal. That’s Chandratal Lake at an altitude of 4300m, fed by glaciers and revered by all, located in the cold desert of the Spiti valley. Every year the lake is out of bounds for seven months and the lucky ones can visit only once the road opens in last week of May to be closed in September. At a distance of 123 kms from Manali, the Chandratal Lake has many a legend attached to it, one being that fairies often descend from the heavens to dwell in its serenity. Well we don’t know if we will run into them or not, however one sight which will resonate forever is the Full Moon night at Chandratal.
The 3 day ride from Manali to Chandratal is breathtaking and for the novice can be tough; nevertheless rewarding. It’s an experience which will resonate for years to come and camping by the Chandratal Lake surely does awaken your senses to a higher realm. A perfect monsoon getaway ride – for that quick unwinding – unlearning.