4 Nights/ 5 Days
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding Manali Chandratal Jeep Safari preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
Day 1: Arrive Manali – Chandartal Lake (14100ft.).
Arrive Manali, fulfill your remaining documentation and then get ready for an exciting drive over Rohtang Pass. We will leave lush green valleys of Manali behind and enter into the desolation of Spiti. After awhile take right at a place called Gramphoo, then comes the rough terrain filled with grit and numerous rivers across the route. We will pass some of the stopovers at Chhatru, Chota and Bada Dara, Baatal and then to the Chandartal Lake. It is a detour after few km’s ahead of Baatal, taking left will lead towards the Lake and the right one goes to Kunzum Pass to much settled inhabitations. It is a treacherous road demanding hours of ride just to complete few km’s of distance. As we drive near to the Lake one can see multiple camping sites opened to serve people who come and go thru the route. The lake is just few km’s far from the camping site and ends the roads just a km before the lake premises. We will leave our vehicle at the last road head and walk leisurely for some time. Eventually the green lake appears exhilarating one with enthusiasm. It is a large glacial lake of fresh water stretching almost 3 km wide amidst the barren mountain ranges. It is a sacred and spiritual place for the correlated dwellings similar like any sacred sight for Hindus. The lake is circumambulated by the pilgrims and can be circled by anyone visiting the place. It takes about 2-3 hours of walk to complete the round. We will spend some quality time around the lake and return back to the camping sites. Our halt will be in tents for the night.
Day 2: Chandartal Lake – Manali (2050m).
Today wake up early as the sunrise brings beautiful colors of light contrasting over the mountains and bald meadows. Enjoy the sunrise, have breakfast and get ready to drive back to Manali. We will ride back same route on rough roads of Spiti. The distance will be completed by the afternoon and one can spree around the Mall or can visit nearby places in Manali. Our trip will end as we have approached in Manali. Here on group will break and one can stay or leave Manali.
Distance by road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
How to reach Naggar:
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
Nearest Railway Station:-
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport :-
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Shoes: You should carry a sport shoes as they are light weight and comfortable during the drive..
Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for cold.
Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals if necessary.
Socks: Carry 1 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.
Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold.
Sunscreen/ lotions/Vaseline to protect your exposed skin from harsh climate.
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)