Ideal Time
Jul - Oct
Total Trek Distance
18 KM
Minimum Time Required
2 Days
Nearest Large Town
Highest Altitude
14,100 ft.
Not required but recommended


Chandra Tal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), is situated at an altitude of about 14,100 feet in the Spiti valley of the Himalayas. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. Vast meadows on the banks of the lake are the camping sites and during springtime, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers. The most surprising thing about this lake is that there is no visible source of this lake but there is a visible outlet which means that water to this lake comes from underground. The lake is one of the two high-altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites.