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This trail leads you to Chandratal, the moon Lake. Walking on this, you will occasionally bump into a herd of Sheep followed by a shepherd or some nasty Yaks.

Chandratal lies in the Lahaul-Spiti region which being in the rain shadow area is a cold desert in the Himalayas. You will hardly see any greenery on ur trek to the Lake of the Moon. What you will see will be a totally barren landscape adorned with some snow clad peaks and River Chandra flowing parallel to the trail. But this landscape has an aura of its own as you can see in the photo.

If you look closely, you can also see the bridge on River Chandra at Batal.

To reach this place, you have to cross Rohtang La coming from Manali and then proceed left towards Kunzum La. After passing through Chhatru n Chhota Dara, you reach Batal, which is around 150 Kms from Manali n 15 Kms from Chandratal. Although a couple of those 15 Kms is motorable, it is better to start trekking from Batal itself.So trek 15 Kms, lo and behold, you have reached one of the five most beautiful lakes in Himalayas.

See Chandratal for more details.

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