Chandranahan Lake Trek
- Duration: 6 Days
- Diffculty Level: Moderate
- Best Season: November to March
- Pick & Drop: Shimla to Shimla
- State: Himachal Pradesh
Chandranahan lake trek is known to a handful of people as its not high on the popularity charts when compared with treks like Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, and more. But, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it is any less adventurous, fun, or appealing in comparison to those mentioned here.
Now, Chandranahan lake is not just like any other lakes but it has historical, mythological, and geographical significance as well.
It is believed that Chandranahan lake’s location is the exact place where Goddess Kali used to stay, back in the day, and is also known as her holy abode. Adding to that, it is also the birthplace of Devta Shikru Maharaj, who holds a very important place in the eyes of locals and devotees.
The name of this place has an interesting story as well. And according to the legend, it says that Chandra Dev visits this place for a ritual bath every 10 years. This is why the place is called Chandra-Nahan meaning, Bath of Chandra.
Upon reaching the 9,200 ft top, which is also the Chandranahan lake altitude, one can experience true bliss and grandness of nature. The lake itself is frozen and makes up for a great view for the one who really wants to see, hidden attractions of the world.
And the glitter in your eyes might not stop only there, but they’re going to brighten even more loudly. The reason being the added attraction of Chandranahan Waterfall, which is a sight to behold.
The Chandranahan lake weather is something you would never be able to forget, with the serene scent of pure air and the mesmerizing surroundings. The cold weather adds to the aesthetics of the place and makes up for a trip with unforgettable memories.
Moving onto the next thing which is frequently asked about the lake, the best time to visit Chandranahan Lake is during the winter months. So, when winter hits the calendar, you have at least one place you need to visit.
Now, This is just enough for anyone to get onto the traveler leaving for Chandranahan Lake. Don’t you also want to get hitched for a ride to Chandranahan Lake? You do, right?
So, without further ado, pack your bags and let us take you to the Chandranahan lake trip in 2021 with JustWravel.
1st Day: Shimla to Janglikh(2500mtrs)
2nd Day: Janglikh to Dayara Thach
3rd Day: Dayara thach to LithamThach (Nearby Chandernahan waterfall)
4th Day: Chandernahan Waterfall to seven Glacial Ponds
5th Day: Litham to Dayara Thatch
6th Day: Dayara thatch to janglikh village To Shimla
Itinerary (Shimla to Shimla)
1st Day : Shimla to Janglikh(2500mtrs)
On arrival at Shimla, you will be met by our representative at the bus stand, and then we will travel to Janglikh village. Drive through the beautiful valley, en-route Khadapathar or via Narkanda and Rohru.
The journey to Janglikh will take almost 6-7 hours. After the briefing, we will camp overnight at Janglikh village.
The day ends with a bonfire and post that dinner.
2nd Day : Janglikh to Dayara Thach
We will explore the village in the morning. Being a heritage village, it is also a picturesque one.
After breakfast trek towards Dayara Thach. The trek unwinds through the thick forests, beautiful meadows, and grassy land ascents.
Being a moderate trek, it takes around 4-5 hours to reach Dayara Thach.
Dinner and night stay in Camps at beautiful meadow Dayara Thach.
3rd Day : Dayara thach to LithamThach (Nearby Chandernahan waterfall)
After breakfast, we start out trek to LithamThach through the meadow of Mount Thach.
These meadows are heavenly for nature lovers. After 5-6 hours of ascending you will reach Litham thach . Now enjoy the beauty of Nature as you are in-front of beautiful Chandernahan waterfall.
Today we will also cover a newly formed Mundar Lake.
Back to Litham by evening. We will camp near waterfall in Litham Thach
4th Day : Chandernahan Waterfall to seven Glacial Ponds
Early morning breakfast. Post breakfast we trek to the Seven Frozen Glacial Ponds.
These Seven Glacial Ponds are the source of the Pabbar river.
The fifth glacial pond is the biggest one.
Back to Chander Nahan waterfall campsite.
Overnight camping and Dinner.
5th Day : Litham to Dayara Thatch
After breakfast, we trek back to Dayara Thach
Dayara Thach is the Most Beautiful Place on this trek. The long Meadows with herds of sheep will definitely steal your heart.
Enjoy dinner and sleep under stars in Dayara thach
6th Day : Dayara thatch to janglikh village To Shimla
After breakfast, we start trekking back to Janglikh village.
Post freshen up we drive back to Shimla.
The trek ends here with refreshing memories of Chandranahan lake and waterfall.
Transport - Shimla to Shimla
Meals during Trek ( Day 1 Dinner - Day 6 Breakfast)
Camp Stay + Sleeping Bag + Mats
Trek Lead + Guide
Meals during the journey
Any other meals apart from inclusions
Any entry fees, the monastery fees
Any personal expense
Extra Adventure Activities (unless stated)
Inner Line Permit Fees (as required) - unless stated in the package
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any extra expense coming due to change in weather, unavoidable circumstances, road blockage or any natural calamity.
Any extra expense coming due to change of plans from the client-side
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee.
6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
No Show . No refund.
Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Things To Pack
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Things To Know
Chandernahan Lake Trek is in the south-eastern slopes of the Himalayas. Located in the Rohru town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Chandernahan Lake is not just the trekking place, rather it has spiritual importance in Rohru. As per the regional belief, it is the birthplace of Devta Shikru Maharaj (God), and followers believe that once every ten years Moon (Chandra Maa) visits the lake for a ritual bath. So on the name of Chandra i.e Chand (Moon), this name had given name Chandernahan.
“It is believed that there are 7 lakes but only 6 lakes are visible to us but the seventh lake is one of the mightiest lakes among them but till today no one had ever seen this lake.”So this trek also gives trekkers some thrilling moments during the trek.
Local people believe that the lake is a holy home of Goddess Kali and one of the mightiest Lord Jakh.
The alluring temple of Devta Jakh is located in the heart of Rohru in Janglikh village. The temple is nearly 500 years old and its architecture and design are some of the attractive things for travelers and trekkers. Before entering this historic place Janglikh, firstly you will be welcomed by a mesmerizing waterfall of approximately 50 meters truly a treat for the eyes.
The altitude of Chandernahan trek takes you to around 4200 meters above sea level and definitely it takes you to the peak of thrill and adventure.
This is one of the most beautiful trekking routes of the region. Chandernahan Lake Trek is truly mesmerizing and being a trekker's paradise, has everything right from the Sky kissing mountains, deep virgin forests to gurgling streams, waterfalls after every 5km of the trek which leaves travelers spellbound. The trek starts from the heritage and historic Janglik Village.
We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants. The reason being that smaller batches are better in terms of collaborative group experience and trip coordination as well. You’re more likely to gel up with everybody in a short group as compared to a group that has more participants in number.
We have fully qualified and functionally trained Trip Leads, Assistant Trip Lead, Driver accompanying the group during all our journeys. Apart from that, Local Guides and Porters (personal expanse) will also be tagged in if required on a trip/trek.
It depends on the tour. Sometimes, we stay in Hotels, Camp and sometimes we prefer Homestays as well. The information about the full plan will be shared with you post the booking. Additionally, if you have any doubts, you can call any of our representatives to get more information on the same.
Once your booking is confirmed, an email confirmation will be delivered to you which will include all the necessary information including booking details, trip details, and a brief packing list.
Since we do not have any trekking to do while on the journey, you might not need trekking shoes specifically. But still, a good pair of shoes that have proper soles and are equally comfortable is recommended.
You might need a good pair of shoes when traveling to Dhankar Lake and Chandratal lake. A Quechua or forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will also do."
We will be staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays-we have constructed washrooms with proper running water and sanitation facilities.
We offer both Double sharing and Triple Sharing rooms. Depending on the package you book, you will be provided with the accommodation accordingly.
After selecting the trip, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you through the booking process.
We provide nutritious, hygienic, and healthy food during the trip. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as Jain Foods, Only Vegetarian or any other type then we can make arrangements beforehand. But make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking. In case you find any clean water on the trek, make sure to fill your bottles with the same. Do not try out water that is stable, always go for running water.
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it as well.
Yes, we can customize any trip as per your preferences. Once you show interest in the same, a dedicated handler from JustWravel will be assigned to you for the same.
Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trips. Although, for common symptoms and even more, we have first aid boxes and all our trip leads have basic knowledge about basic paramedics practices.
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor for the same. Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problems on the trip then please consult with your trip leader about your condition as soon as possible.
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents, and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek/trip. The minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Yes! You should board with us on the departure date without any hesitation being the solo girl traveling alone. The reason is that we will make sure to take care of your experience during the whole journey. Additionally, all our trip leads are trained to deal with a number of situations and they’ll be there for you during the trip.
We will make sure that you’re comfortable during the whole journey and that is why we hire the best in class vehicle according to the terrain and need. Some of the on-ground vehicles that you might travel in will be Tempo Traveller or taxis such as Innova, Bolero, Tata Sumo, e.t.c.
Chandranahan Lake is a small Lake in Himachal Pradesh.
At a height of 13,900 feet.
Janglik Village is the base camp of the trek.
The months of May, June, Sep and Oct are the best.
The best months to do the Chandranahan Winter Lakes trek is between December to March.
Maximum of 6 days starting from Shimla.
Shimla is well connected by air, and is also the nearest airport.
Kalka is the railway station to use if you are travelling by train. Drive from Kalka to Shimla, which takes about an hour and a half. On this road, buses and private taxis are readily accessible.
There are daily overnight buses for Shimla from Delhi from Kashmere Gate ISBT and take about 11 - 12 hours.
Up until Janglik, Airtel has decent coverage. In Janglik, Vodafone and BSNL both have patchy coverage. You can find Airtel coverage at a hut 2 kilometres before Dayara and a large boulder in Lithum once we begin the trek. Aside from that, you will be unprotected.
Chanshal, Hanol Mahasu Temple, Shikhru Devta Temple, Khara Patthar.
If you are a senior citizen, bring a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are eligible for adventure activities such as trekking.
During the winter, the temperature can range from 10-15 degrees Celsius during the day. The nights will be chilly, with temperatures ranging from 0 to -12 degrees Celsius. The colder it gets the higher you go in altitude.
Yes, there will be a good amount of snow on this trek, if you're trekking during the winter months.
Rohru is the last place, one can find an ATM.
Chandranahan Lake Winter Trek is made for both beginners and experienced trekkers who want to experience a gorgeous snow-clad winter trek with zero foot traffic. However, the challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. It is recommended to have some prior trekking experience.
Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.
Approximately 4-6 hours each day.
Please carry your personal meical kit with all the necessary medicines you would need on the trek.
Trekkers should be physically fit and have good walking stamina.
Yes! Anybody with good physical health and good walking stamina can do this trek.
Uphill training (Stairs Climbing), crunches, push-ups, jogging and walking, sit ups.
At least 3 months prior to your trek.
Chandranahan Lake Details
The idea of lying down on flat meadows, with forests and brooks accompanying you. Does it entice you? This mystical trek allows you to make your way all the way up to Chandranahan lake. Surrounded by glorious mountains, it satiates your travel appetite.
A trek that begins from the village of Janglik, is a moderate one. With your trek scaling a height from 9200 ft to 13900 ft, the trek is filled with surprises along the way. Depending on your variable speeds, it could take up to 3 – 5 days to complete the entire journey.
If you’re travelling in from different states, you will have to fly to Chandigarh, since it is the closest airport. You need to make your way to Shimla, for this is where you’ll be able to continue your journey further. While your routes may differ depending on your travel itinerary; if you’re already travelling within the state of driving in from other states.
The ideal route for you to trek to Chandranahan is to reach the last accessible village of Tangnu. Depending on your primary location, you can make your way here. If you are beginning your journey from Shimla, you will have to make your way past Rohru.
With villages that you cross and the hospitality that you get to experience, it is always worthy to make stops along the way. With locals welcoming you, you get to witness their culture first hand. The entire route is guided by the gorgeous Pabbar that accompanies you all the way through. Once you’ve crossed Tikri and cross Chirgaon, you have reached closer to Tangnu. From here, you make your way to Diude, which is where you can halt and then begin your trek towards Janglik which will be your starting and ending point of the trek.
The trekking base camp is Janglik, which is a journey of about five hours from Diude. The entire landscape that you are summoned with is charming with different elements around you. The invariable transition that you notice is when, post scathing the dense forests, the open meadows welcome you. It is a sight to behold.
If you are a nature lover, you get to explore the best of coniferous, pine and oak trees. Lining your trek on either side, the pathways through these forests are adventurous. With each passing step, you come across a different aspect of nature which leaves you mind-boggling.
Some of the first brooks that you will come across, begin once this transition occurs. Not only do these rivulets power your enthusiasm further, it also enhances the exquisiteness around you. This is when you know you’ve reached the Dayara meadows.
Another stretch of dense forests with pine trees lined up, you take a break from your trek to experience nature. The thing about being in the mountains is; wherever you park yourselves, you’re forever engulfed by captivating views.
When you proceed further in your journey, with streams guiding you, you witness the first views of Gunas Pass overlooking the Dhauladhar range. Lined in their majestic demeanours, snow-clad, they gleam at night. While this view leaves you astonished, treading your way further, crossing the silver birch trees, awaits Litham for your arrival.
With each stop where you set up camps, the elevation increases. The sight you bear around you does too. Not only is it peaceful, but these views also enthral you, as you intake all that nature blesses you with.
The day of reaching your final destination is one when you rise with the sun or even before. The most demanding stretch of your entire trek is on this day. But as they say, the most beautiful view awaits you after the most treacherous paths; you realize how worthy all the efforts were.
What you are welcomed with first is Chandranahan waterfall. The flow of the fall and the sound reverberates through the mountains that encompass you. While this site is mesmerizing, there is still a long way till you can reach the lake.
An elevated trek of about an hour from here brings you closer to the inviting sights of Chandranahan Lake. For some, they gauge a lake by how humongous it is; however, Chandranahan Lake is more about the view that environs it.
Nestled amidst scenic mountains, each season reveals a beauty incomparable to the other.
Overwhelmed by the views, you have the snow-clad mountains covering Buran Ghati on a side, Ruping Valley on the other side and the Chandranahan Lake and waterfall on the third. Taking a moment to accept the limitlessness of these mountains around you might seem less.
The last stretch of the trek flashes back to the entire journey that you covered along the way. The transitions that you were overwhelmed by and the numerous elements of nature that left you spellbound. Camping underneath the stars studded sky with travel stories that alight your life. The camping, the trekking, the entire adventure surmounts your experience to one of a lifetime.
While you cherish the numbing sound of the lake and the gushing waterfall below, you are enthralled by the mountain peaks that surmount over you. Take a few moments to condense all that you have overcome to be where you are. Making the most of being in the moment, travel surpasses all of your other worries in life. Dwindling them to a meagre nothing, while your eyes traverse through the various landscapes.
The journey back to the base camp follows the same suit and with the overpowering enthusiasm of achieving your trek, you are embraced with joy. With an unsurmountable joy, you make your way back to Janglik via Litham and Dayara.
One of the lesser-known treks in Himachal Pradesh, the Chandranahan Lake trek is amongst the best for those who are not abreast of the knowledge that the mountains exhibit. With this discovery, you are unintentionally training yourself for more treks that are lying undiscovered in the hills of Himachal Pradesh.
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