Camping at Chandratal Lake, Spiti Valley

Camping at Chandratal Lake, Spiti Valley


The mystical, beautiful, almost always frozen Chandratal Lake is known by a lot of names – Chandra Tal, Chandra Taal, Chander Taal – all of which translates to Moon Lake, a name derived from the crescent shape of the lake.

The Chandratal Lake is believed to have been discovered by traders travelling from Tibet and Ladakh to Kullu and Spiti, who would stop by the lakeside to rest a while before resuming their journey.

Located at a height of 14,100 feet, the Chandratal Lake can be accessed only during the three months of summer. The immensely blue lake is the source of the Chandra River which flows down to merge with the Bhaga River and in turn the Chandrabhaga River which later becomes the Chenab.

The Chandra Bhaga mountain range forms a striking backdrop for the lake, which changes appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky.


Spiti Valley is located in the remote part of the Himalayas and has limited accommodation options when compared to hotels in the lower Himalayas. At Chandratal Lake, you will be staying at a comfortable and warm camp.

Here, you will be camping about 2 kilometers away from the lake as the law does not allow one to camp next to the lake. Hippy Traveller can arrange state-of-the-art high altitude camping equipment including warm minus degree sleeping bags and waterproof tents which will keep you safe, warm and comfortable in Chandratal Lake.

The camp will also provide three delicious freshly cooked meals to make it an extremely memorable part of your Spiti Valley Tour.

Contact Us to book a camp near Chandratal Lake at best local prices.


Chandratal Lake, like the weather in the rest of Spiti Valley, is very cold during winter and difficult to approach. Temperatures drop well below even – 30 degrees in the winter and temperatures hover between 0 and 20 centigrade during summer. Rainfall is almost zero and heavy woolens are recommended both in Summer Winter.

The best time to visit Chandratal Lake, weather-wise, would be between Mid-June and Mid-October.


Taking a private taxi is the most comfortable way to reach Chandratal Lake. While it is the most expensive option, it is also a valuable investment as you get to enjoy the stunning landscape of Spiti Valley on the way at your own pace.

Chandratal Lake can be driven to by taxi from two routes:
1) Manali – Kaza Road (Manali – Rohtang Pass – Chandratal Lake) – This drive takes about 8-10 hours and can be done in one day.
2) Hindustan-Tibet Highway (Shimla – Kalpa – Kaza – Chandratal Lake) – This drive takes close to 22 hours and can be split between two days with an overnight halt at Kalpa.

Hippy Traveller has its own set of comfortable cars and reliable and safe drivers to help you drive up to Chandratal Lake. Contact Us for more details.

Like the name suggests, you will be sharing a taxi (usually a Tata Sumo) with 8-10 people. If you opt for this, we can help you connect with a reliable and safe driver. Contact Us for more details.

The closest airport to Chandratal Lake is Bhunter. From Bhunter, drive to Manali and then onwards to Chandratal Lake via the Manali – Kaza road.

Daily local buses ply on the Shimla -Reckong Peo – Kaza route and the Manali – Kaza route. From Kaza, you will have to switch to another local bus / shared taxi to get to Chandratal Lake. While it is not very comfortable, it the most economical way to reach Chandratal Lake.