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#16 Jul 13th, 2004, 20:54
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Great!

where is the picture?
#17 Jul 13th, 2004, 20:57
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The picture got dropped probably because of the size. I have reposted it after a bit of resizing. It is a stitch of 9 photos Sorry for the slight tilt as I am just an amatuer when it comes to photography.

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Your welcome dude! Nice pic.
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#19 Jul 15th, 2004, 19:47
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Chandratal lake: I was there a few days ago, and yes it was stunningly beautiful (especially before about 09:00 when the wind causes no ripples yet)

... and yes the jeep invasion has started - we arrived when two jeepfuls of camping Punjabis left, leaving an interesting amount of polystyrene cups and plastic bags. The future of local tourism.

A few km before the lake there is a barrier of sorts that unfortunately can be driven around, so that jeeps can easily come to the hill overlooking the lake, the more daring can drive down to the shore too.

For those with no tents - you can sleep in the simple dhaba at the end of the road.
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#20 Nov 24th, 2004, 04:39
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I trekked to Chandratal in August 1992 and September 1996. I was surprised how cold Chandratal was on September 18th. At the end of August it was warm enough to go swimming. Chandratal is superb destination in July and August.

In 1996 the road stopped 4 kilometers short of the lake. We joked that the next time we would visit Chandratal there would be a 5-star hotel on the lakeshore. The excuse given for the road was that it provided a fast escape for anyone suffering from altitude sickness. If you don't drive to Chandratal you would be hard pressed to get altitude sickness unless you followed this itinerary:

Day 1: drive from Chandigarh to Manali
Day 2: drive from Manali over Rohtang Pass to Batal
Day 3: hike from Batal to Chandratal

That does not allow enough time to acclimatize to high elevation. Both times I hiked from Manali over Hampta La to reach Chandratal. Note that Batal is very windy and is not a good campsite. On the second visit we hiked 8 kilometers beyond Batal before camping out.

I am sorry to learn that jeeps can now drive right up to the lake. Jim Corbett would disapprove!
#21 Dec 2nd, 2004, 19:51
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Chandertal -What A Place !

Post of AvidTrekker is practcal and right.
I would add-better avoid crossing ROHTANG PASS in snow and pitch your tent in peace far as possible.

This is very very popular destination and sorry to say-you can have good company,thats why it's always better to be in as much remote as possible.
Should stay for minimum 2 nights-I would like to 4/5

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