They say it feels good to be lost in the right direction. And Hiking they is like life, the journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other …again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit. This held true for this trek. For every step made us see a different form of nature beauty, see here to believe –
Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal is situated in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh (India). The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. Chandra Taal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass from late May to early October. There is also a motorable road available till a parking made 2km before the lake. Stay options are available 5km before the lake on prebooking. The road from Kunzum Pass is accessible only on foot, and it is about 8 km (5.0 mi) from Chandra Taal. Suraj Tal is also accessible Chandra Taal, 30 km (19 mi) away. Vast meadows on the banks of the lake are the camping sites. During springtime, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers.
The lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks the Chandra River.
The lake is one of two high-altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites.
And that day the real moon also appeared clearly in day light to compliment our walk to the Moon lake.
It was very cloudy that day and hence the view in the lake, which generally is transparent wasn’t so. The lake appeared green in color. Yet the beauty remained intact. If the clouds would have not been there the walk would have not been as interesting and picturesque as it was.
As the night approached, it was time to have dinner and hunger pranks were at their high. One of us was an expert in making rotis in a faster way, though a Doctor by profession, put to mark in work of kitchen and so Sarangaa made 100 chapatis that day to be served to all and this way we happened to get dinner much on time.
Post dinner, we spent about two hours together in a tent, 13 of us in a tent; you can imagine the size of the tent now 😉 and we played this game called Maafiya. It was so much fun being together and having fun times.
We were strictly told by our drivers to start from Chadratal lake to Manali via Chhatru on time at 6 am sharp because of the rough and tough way. It rained entire night and the temperature went down, yet we all made sure we start on time.
Chandratal lake was one such dreamy and real experience of its kind :).