Driving Direction to Chandratal

As soon as you cross the hustle & bustle of manali and the bridge on river beas, to go over to Rohtang Pass road, the scenic beauty of what is about to unfold will slowly emerge. The drive from Manali to Rohtang is only 51 kms but can be a harrowing experience if you do not start early, not later then 6.30 AM to avoid the mad rush of tourists, trying to have their first glimpse of snow.

So start early and avoid the mad rush at Rohtang, and once y0u cross Rohtang, you will leave the civilization behind and start to feel the nature, as the views will be mesmerizing. An occasional, water fall on the road will add to the excitement to the drive.

Shortly, as we descend from Rohtang, we come to a diversion where one road will take you to Leh while the other will take you to Spiti Valley. We need to be on the road to Spiti Valley. We will cross, places like Chatru, Karcha and finally Batal. All along the drive the chandra river will give you company, first on the left and later on the right. The dirt track starts shortly after you cross Batal and once you are on this dirt track, towards the Chandratal it is roughly 12 kms to the parking lot. The parking lot is roughly 3.5 kms short of the lake, so the last few kms is a mild trek.

Driving Directions From Manali :  Drive time roughly 7 hrs

  • Manali – Rohtang ( 51 kms ) – roughly 3 hrs  
  • Rohtang – Gramphu  (15 kms) – Chatru – Karcha & Batal ( 40 kms )
  • Batal on a dirt track to Chandratal Parking – 12 kms
  • Parking to Lake – 3.5 km of trek.