kunzum pass himachal

Lahaul Valley

Batal: Batal is a small hamlet en-route once you cross Kunzum La pass while coming from Spiti side. Batal has a lone dhaba, operations during the summer months situated in the most idyllic settings surrounded by icy peaks all around. Batal is the place from which you can approach the famous high altitude moon lake Chandratal through a motorable road but the last few kilometers has to be trekked.

Chandra Tal: Situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) Chandratal, meaning the Moon Lake is at a short distance from Batal. Chandra Tal is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass from late May to early October. There is also a motorable road from Batal which is 14 km away from Chandra Tal, but road condition is not at all good and in most cases the last few kilometers has to be trekked. Lush Rolling Meadows by the lake side is ideal for camping. We would be happy to set camp here. Be ready for a treat in the spring season as these meadows are carpeted by a bloom of wildflowers.

Chatru: Another small hamlet with two roadside dhabas but Chatru do have a 2 room PWD guest house which can be utilized for stay if anyone is interested. It does not however have electricity. Permission to stay in the guest house however has to be procured earlier from Koksar.

Koksar: Situated at height of 3140 and at a distance of 21 kilometers from Rohtang Pass Koksar is considered the coldest place of the Lahaul valley. It is the first habitation as one cross over the Rohtang Pass approaching from Manali. It has a few road-side dhabas, operational during the summer months but no proper hotels. There is a lone operational PWD guest house situated at a scenic location.

Keylong: Situated at a height of 3080 meters, Keylong is the administrative headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti district. This remote place however remains cut from the rest of the world during the months of November till April as the Rohtang Pass experiences heavy snowfall and roads gets closed. Strategically located along the Manali–Leh road, the Pattan and Pangi Valley can be accessed from Keylong.

 

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