Chandra Taal To Samudri Taapu Glacier Trek
Trek from Chandra Taal Lake To Samudri Taapu
Here is a short but tough trek you can undertake in Spiti. The Samudri Taapu trek starting from Chandra Taal at an altitude of about 4300 m is considered difficult due to rough terrain and the fact that trekkers may need to cross flowing river on foot. Among the many origins of Chandra river, Samudri Taapu is one of them. The Chandra River flows through the Spiti Valley before it becomes one with the mighty Chenab river. It is an ideal trek if you love adventure and want to have a short but somewhat tough trek. Please note that actual itinerary and cost can differ vastly from what is posted here due to factors like weather, availability of guides, terrain, expertise level of participants and so on.
DAY1: Lake to Glacier.
Walking from the Chandra Taal , we trek along the Chandra River, as it flows to the left side. The terrain can be rocky at times and a little unstable, and is also laced with streams and ridges. You may meet some Gaddi shepherds on the way. As we walk for about 4-5 hours, we reach the Chandra river origin at the end of the ridge. We halt here for lunch. After some rest, we can cross the small plateau and set up the camp site at a little distance from the glacier. As we walk to the glacier, we can explore the area. Sleeping in the tents is an added attraction under the night sky.
DAY 2: Return Trek.
We have two options to come back. A walk back to the same route of the ropeway , the local shepherds use. The ropeway can be dangerous at times and is not recommended especially if you are alone or carrying a heavy load. Then, we climb a dry waterfall, active only during the rainy season. We walk back to our camp in about 60-70 minutes. There is also the option of spending a day in the camp and spend a little more time in the area.
Travel package details:
TRANSPORT : Trek on foot.
ENDURANCE LEVEL: Medium.
ACTIVITIES: Trekking, Camping, Mountain climbing, Bird watching, Volunteer activities (Optional)
DURATION: 2 to 3 Days
MEALS: By choice
COST: INR 6000 (US $ 100 ) onward (At 1 US $ = INR 60)