Chandra Taal|Sweet water lake of love and passion in Greater Himalayas

Chandra Taal


Chandra Taal is the only Sweet water lake situated in the Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh in India circumscribed by the mountains of the Greater Himalayas.The lake looks dazzling and spirited in the morning and afternoon hours reflecting the color of the empyrean and strikes a wonderful glow with the environment.The mountains encircling the lake belongs to the Greater Himalayan circuit and consists of different colors,shapes and sizes.Travellers and tourists come from different corners of the world to view the stunning appearance that makes it exemplary and distinct among
other high altitude Himalayan lakes.The proximity of firmly different textures helped me to capture the stream of water in the lake as if I were shooting an ocean from a plane.

Sweet water lake Chandra Taal
The Candid Chandra Taal

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Mountains encircling the sweet water lake
The mountains encircling the lake zone

Passionate people willing to camp in the Himalayas find this place the perfect stead for such activities but backpackers need to get their own tents and other trekking gears willing to adventure and set up their own campaigns in the area to keep their wanderlust alive and dynamic.Backpackers and adventure activists plan for a sojourn near the lake and spend the night getting a chance to  capture its beauty and changing colors.During winter the lake is normally frozen so it would be wise to visit the lake during autumn or summer to feel its essence and charm.

Approaching Chandra Taal
On the way to Chandra Taal lake

Dry areas around Chandra Taal
The dry areas of the region and the arid mountains

Chandra Taal enclaved by mountains
Chandra Taal enclaved by mountains

Chandra Taal hiking
Hiking around Chandra Taal

My experience with this sweet water lake was amazing and the weather was crystal clear and free from nimbus clouds.The entire area is very scenic and perfect and on spanning few kilometres would take us to the famous Bara Shigri Glacier enveloping the Kunzum Pass.There are tents set up between the Pass and lake by the local residents for their daily income and business.The road is zig zag and an easy one to traverse with the mountains of the Greater Himalayas encompassing and creating a dazzling panorama for photographers and travel enthusiasts.Lovers and couples often consider this place
as the perfect honeymoon destination due to its geographical latitude and bearings.The color of the mountains keep on changing as we come closer to the lake and move westward towards to the Kunzum pass.The place has all the ingredients,piquancy and flavors to compare it with the top ten high altitude lakes of the world and the best in India.Being the only sweet water lake and the origin of the Chandra river in Greater Himalayas it attracts more tourists and travelers across the world

Sweet water lake Chandra Taal
Chandra Taal

Mount Manaslu peregrination|The peak with crescent structures and a ridge at the meridian

Golden hour at Manaslu


Manaslu peak is situated in the western segment of Nepal and is a treasure for the country as it is the eighth highest mountain in the world with crescent structures.Trekking to Manaslu is a test of strength and courage and popular as a section of the Manaslu Circuit zone,a prominent and striking route undertaken by the trekkers of Nepal and individuals coming from other countries.The trek starts from a place called Arughat extending into Larkhe Pass and concluding at Lamjung region.

The Larke Pass (5135 meters)
Approaching Larke Pass

Manaslu Circuit Trek Larke Pass
Larke Pass

Manaslu trek route
Monastries along the trekking zone

Manaslu peak has crescent structures along its surface and a ridge at the meridian.These crescent structures are easily perceptible and prominent once we come closer towards the base camp of the mountain.The mountain dazzles and the best view can be seen in the early morning hours when the peak enthralls and intrigues travelers with its vibrance and effulgence. It is not a herculean task to reach till the base camp of Manaslu which can be easily attained with the best trekking groups.The entire trekking zone is very enthralling and magnetizing due to the enchanting mountains of the Himalayas and the ever changing landscape of the region.The trek to the base camp requires a permit and the entire route is through the snow capped peaks and the Buddhist monasteries along the Budhi Gandaki river.Vegetation along the region is abundant and there are medicinal plants and rhododendrons and associated species in the forestal zone.

Temple shed for trekkers
Small bricks laying a foundation and making a shelter for tired trekkers

Crescent structures mountain Manaslu
Manaslu circuit zone camp

I was blessed in getting the services from Peregrine Treks and Expeditions,a notable local travel operator in Nepal whose hospitality was worthy of praise and a striking feature during my entire trip.The services provided by them made the entire trip fruitful and a memory to last for a lifetime.The entire journey planned along with them allowed intimate communications and synergy with the different classes of people who lives in the small villages of the region.The entire trekking route comes under the Great Himalayan trail and the Manaslu conservation area ,an initiative undertaken to conserve and protect the natural resources and promote eco-tourism and development in the entire zone under propinquity.

Manaslu Larke Pass
The circuit zone

Monastery in Manaslu
Monastries proclaiming the importance of Buddhism in the region

As compared to other trekking zones,this one holds a special significance in my heart and memory as I was fortuitous in capturing the beauty of the pristine mountains of the Himalayas in the Tibetian border coming under the Nepalese territory and a chance to visit Nepal and its grandeur and the lifestyle of the people.Manaslu peak is  very famous among the people of Japan as they were the first to conquer this mighty peak.The entire expedition along with my friend and the trekking company was full of excitement and magic and an ernest desire to complete the entire voyage within the stipulated time frame.The local inhabitants,the villagers of Syala and Samagaon made it very special and remarkable to contrive unforgettable memories of this trail and the Himalayan lifestyle and life thriving there in my travel life span.

Panchchuli:Five adjacent peaks endowed with fleecy stimulants

Panchchuli mountains

Panchchuli is a range of five snow covered peaks with fleecy stimulants in the Kumaon ranges of Uttarakhand endowed with  palpable from Munsiyari.Among the five peaks ranging around 6000 m above sea level,the second peak is considered to be the highest among all the adjacent
peaks in this massif mountain ranges.There are four glaciers emanating from the massif and forms a central part of the water repository in the adjoining valleys.The name is Panchchuli because of the five pandavas who went to conquer the mountain as their last supper.

Panchchuli endowed with fleecy stimulants

Khalia camp
Khalia top

It is easier and simple to go towards the base camp after which the climb is a herculean one and not within the reach of common man.The Britishers have tried climbing all of these ranges within a stipulated time frame making a history of conquering these mammoth peaks.The ranges of Panchchuli endowed with fleecy stimulants are also discernible from Khalia Top Bugyal and can be witnessed properly without any speculations.The peaks fascinate and continue to impress all travelers having the mountain wanderlust in them.I was fortuitous in catching hold of all the five peaks of the ranges tangibly with one of my friend and catching the exquisiteness and the beauty in the lenses.

Panchchuli mountains


Five peaks of Panchchuli
Five peaks of Panchchuli

The mountain peaks dazzles during sunrise garlanding the entire region of the Kumaon spectrum and the view is enchanting and magnificient during sunset after which the clouds come pouring in eclipsing these peaks slowly and then vanishing from
the cynosure of all human eyes.These peaks have the power to awaken a dead soul and are the epitome of good luck,prosperity and well being.The peaks invigorates creating an impeccable hysteria among human minds to go and circumvent and introspect
about their unknowing heights and their existence from human stand point.The glaciers are said to be intact and not in the pipeline of getting melted any sooner which is a promising sign for life thriving at the Himalayan abode.