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Manali Chandra Tal Trek Kullu
Tal Trek Kullu
Maximum - 03
About This Trek:
A glacial lake in a splendid secluded
position surrounded by magnificent peaks. This fairly strenuous hike
can be done there and back in 4-5 days. Best period : 10-30 June and
10 August to 10 October.
I t i n e r a r y
the treks of Kullu (Himachal Pradesh India) is connected by 'our
coach' with Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar.
Manali-Jagatsukh-Chikka (3005m) 17km, 6-7h - To
Jagatsukh, 7km S of Manali, by bus or texi. Go through the outskirts to a clear
trail turning E above the bed of Dohangan Nala (Jagatsukh Nala), which is
more-or-less followed all the way. Cross two small streams, and continue over
wooded slopes from where three big rocks are seen; one to your left, a second to
your right inside the Nala, and third across the Nala. An interesting folk tale
is attached to these rocks which are named Sheer Ganj. After 3.5km and 2h steep
going reach Khanol camp ground on a beautiful meadow carpeted with flowers.
Now a steep section of 500m heading North East to a
stone-littered patch called Shettu Gagu, exposed to stone fall from above; in
rain or windy conditions, exercise great caution here.
The main trail negotiates the Settu Gagu rockfall
area and goes on to ascend steeply in dense forest for 1km to Katach, a small
camping area where local shepherds' often halt. From here a descent over 1km
leads to Charodi, then another km to Pateshu. After the latter clearing, cross
a small stream to enter Chikka camp ground on an alpine terrace. Projecting
rocks offer shelter and a stone hut is available. Firewood can be picked up in
Chikka-Seri (3990m) 6m, 4-5h A
pleasant stretch commencing with an ascent of 1h to a grassy plateau called
Yolah. Then 1km onward to Othchar; according to a legend, the Pandava brothers
(of Mahabhartha fame) used to cultivate rice here. In another 35 min reach a
huge rock 15m high, known as Duddu Patthar, with a small cave shelter nearby for
3-4 people. Then steeply ahead for 1km to Chorgan, a shephed's den, followed by
an easier 2km, passing a stream, to Seri. This large alpine plateau under the
SW side of Deo Tibba is famous for wild flowers; small cave shelter.
Seri-Chandratal (4480m) 6km, 3h -
Parties usually leave sacks, etc. in the cave and go up lightweight. From Seri
cross the main Nala and climb steeply along side the Tenta camp ground (4077m);
small cave shelter. Ahead is a steady ascent of 1.5km to the glacial lake over
alpine slopes and boulders-in May or June often snow covered. The Norbu Peak
(5226m) and Deo Tibba (6001m) are seen towering above on the right and left.
In reasonable conditions parties can return to Manali in two days.