Chandra Taal Lake – The Moon Lake
Chandra taal is a beautiful lake in the heart of Peerpanjal mountain range at an altitude of about 4,300 metres in the Himalayas. This lake looks especially beautiful on a full moon night which is why is it is called The Moon Lake; “Chandra” (meaning Moon) and “Taal” (meaning lake). During the day, the lake appears blue in color, and a greenish tinge appears towards the evening. The lake is situated on a plateau (Samudra Tapu) overlooking the Chandra River which originates from a glacier near Bara-lacha-la. Chandra Taal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The lake is accessible on foot only for few months in a year, from May to September.
Just 2 kms from Batal towards Kunzum La Pass is a diversion to Chandra taal lake. The lake is 12 kms from that diversion. The Forest Department banned camping next to the lake in the year 2010 to keep it clean and a barricade has been put up 2 kms before the lake to avoid parking of vehicles at the lake. This is the approved camping area and you can find accommodation here in some fixed camps during the season. Another route to reach the lake is also a hike from the Kunzum La Pass (4551 metres).