Camping at Chandratal – Best Camp Sites

by Vargis.Khan

Please note that I wrote this article about camping at Chandratal over 5 years ago. Things and situations may have changed recently. My strong advice would be that you do not just go by my word. Arrive at Chandratal, inspect the campsites and check in to the one you like the most. By means of this article, I meant to share my feedback several years ago and not currently vouching for any particular campsite at the lake.

Of all the places that I have camped at, either in my own tent or at a campsite, camping at Chandratal was probably my favorite one so far. The absolute beauty of the place is mesmerizing. I always urge everyone to spend a night at Chandratal if they are planning a Spiti trip because, in my opinion, the trip remains incomplete unless you have included Chandratal in it.

Camping at Chandratal

There are several campsites at Chandratal that you can choose from. Up until some time ago, the closest campsite was barely located at a distance of less than 1 kilometer but recently, owners were asked to move at least 3 kilometers away from the lake in order to keep the ecology safe.

Chandratal is the lake from where river Chandrabhaga originates so it is safe to assume that the lake has its own importance as well as beauty.

I am not saying that the other campsites are bad but my favorite one would be Jamaica’s camps. I first met Jamaica during my first visit to Chandratal where I met him and stayed in his camp.  There are several reasons for which I would always prefer to stay with him whenever I visit Chandratal, some of which I will cover below.

Camps

On a high altitude place like Chandratal where the nights are freezing cold, it becomes of utmost importance that your tent is of superior quality, capable of withstanding the high cold winds and keeping you warm at night. Even a single opening in the tent is enough to give you a sleepless night. Jamaica’s tents are pretty comfortable in that manner, of good quality and quite spacious.

Comfort

He will provide you with good comfortable beds and blankets to keep you warm and cozy at night.

camping at chandratal

camping at chandratal

Location

It actually applies to all the campsites here and pretty much is the same for everyone. I will post a picture and let it do the talking.

camping at chandratal

Cleanliness

I know this worries a lot of people and I am saying this based on the queries I received on a daily basis. At Jamaica’s however, the camps were quite clean and the beds/blankets we slept in were all washed and clean. If you are someone like me who is a little too concerned about hygiene, I would also recommend staying with Jamaica.

Washrooms

This I believe is another aspect that applies to all the camps here. The aspect of a common washroom is pretty much the same with all the campsites however, even though it is common, washrooms are quite clean and well managed. The facility of running water is also under work and will be available soon.

Water

I know, at a cold place like Chandratal, hot water is a must. Right now, you will get hot water any time you would like it.

Food

Food I must admit was quite delicious. They have their own cooks at the campsites. Non-veg is not really always available but can be if you want to have. If you want to have a drink, that too can be arranged if you just asked Jamaica.

Jamaica

This is probably the best part of the camp. He is a jolly good fellow, quite funny and is a great company. He will create a bonfire for you; will sit down with you; and eat and drink with you like a perfect host. He wouldn’t even mind showing you around on his own. He in my opinion is a perfect host.

camping at chandratal

camping at chandratal

Conclusion

In short, if anyone asks me for a place for camping at Chandratal, I would always suggest Jamaica’s camps. If you would like to stay there, give him a call at 094182 00183 and let him know so that he can prepare. I hope the information above was of help. If you have any questions or need any other details, please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum, and I will be glad to answer.

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Denish September 26, 2019 - 11:27 am

Hey Varghis, Myself Denish hailing from Kerala…I am planning a circuit trip from Delhi to slSpiti via mlManali and exit through Shimla..would the road be open so that I can complete my trip using a hrtc bus .trip starts on 14oct from Delhi and ends on 23

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Vargis.Khan September 26, 2019 - 1:43 pm

Hi Danish – It depends on the weather but the chances are that the road will be open till 14th.

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Denish September 27, 2019 - 12:38 am

So the buses won’t be running after Oct 14th through Manali to kaza?

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Vargis.Khan September 27, 2019 - 12:46 pm

Most probably not but shared cabs will if the road is open

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Mooalram May 1, 2019 - 6:05 pm

Hi Vergis,

Thanks for informative article. Now i am planning to do Spiti Valley tour via bike. I have a question because i am doing solo trip so should i book hotels in advance or Its easy to manage while riding.

However, My tour dates will be 8-16 June’2019.

Please give some advice because unable to find out hotels online in such locations like batal, Nako etc.

Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan May 1, 2019 - 10:29 pm

Hi Mooalram, Do not book in advance. Negotiate an on the spot deal, it will be better that way.

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Sunny Kathariya December 10, 2018 - 11:36 am

Hi Vargis,

This is regarding Jamaica’s camp at Chandertal.

Owner of this camp Mr. Sanjeev is a liar. He is not returning my 5k given to him as advance. Due to poor weather, Camping @Chandertal was closed so I called him regarding entry to chandertal to which he said that camps are closed and will return the money within a week. It’s been 2 months now and I am still waiting for my money. Now, he stops picking my phone and even does not reply on whatsApp after seeing the message.

PS: I did my booking 3 months back after going through your blog. Please do not recommend such kind of people.

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Vargis.Khan December 10, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Sorry to hear about your bad experience Sunny. I jut dropped a note to Jamaica asking about what happened and who this Sanjeev is.

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Ashish kumar December 10, 2018 - 2:48 pm

Hi Vargis, this is just FYI. Jamiaca has done this to many tourists this year as this year camp was set up late in June ( vs booked dates in last week May). He owes me 2k which he charged as advance and not returned yet inspite of several calls and reminders.

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Vargis.Khan December 10, 2018 - 3:39 pm

Thanks for sharing this Ashish Bhai. Sad to see this happening really. I just added a note to the article that I am no longer providing a recommendation to ensure that no one else suffers on my word.

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Jarus August 22, 2018 - 12:44 pm

Helllo Vargis, thanks very much for your extremely informative blog. I’m planning to visit Spiti somewhere around September 10th – 15th 2018. Would this be a good time to visit the Himachal region in general? I plan on doing Manali, Kasol, Tosh, Spiti, etc. Any other places you recommend that I ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT MISS? I’m travelling with a friend. Also, if anyone reading this and planning to visit at the same time, please get in touch maybe we could form a group and hang out. Cheers

Thanks
Jarus

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Gaurav August 20, 2018 - 8:59 am

Hi Varghese – I have few queries for the travel for 26 Aug we will be traveling from Shimla .
How would be the weather and temperature ?
What would be the condition of roads .?

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Ankeet Kavaiya August 21, 2018 - 6:23 pm

Hello Mr Vargis, Same question here. Travelling on the 26th but from Manali.
How would be the weather and temperature ?
What would be the condition of roads .?

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TS July 7, 2018 - 7:50 am

Hi
Is camping at Chandratal open in Sept? Am planning to go in Sept week 3 . How is Samsung camp?

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Vargis.Khan July 7, 2018 - 8:03 am

Yes camping will be open in September 3rd week. Haven’t heard of a Samsung camp there, sorry.

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vivek bharti August 16, 2018 - 10:20 am

Hi, not able to connect to Jamaica’s camp on his mobile. We are 4 people staying on 14-15 Sept 2018 (one night). Is there any alternate number or email to connect? Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 12:35 pm

He maybe at Chandratal where there is no reception. Drop him a message on watsapp and he will respond as soon as he gets it.

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Abhishek July 2, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Hi Varghis!
Do we need a permit to reach Manali from Chandertaal (shall reach Chandertaal via Shimla) ? Also can we take our own tents and put them just anywhere (like at Chandrataal lake) ?

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:29 pm

Hi Abhishek,

1. No you do not need a permit to come from Chandratal to Manali. That permit is only needed when you go from Manali towards Rohtang.
2. Do not camp in the middle of nowhere. You may run in trouble here. Look for Jamaica’s camps. Give my reference and he will give you a spot to pitch your own tent. In return you can also use his washrooms and may even eat at his camps. He will charge you a nominal amount but it will be better than camping all on your own. Also remember there is wildlife here at the lake including wolves.

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Abhishek July 6, 2018 - 7:33 pm

Thank you ! We are planning to visit Spiti Valley in coming week. Do you have some suggestions as to where should we stay – any particular hotel/homestay that you would recommend in kalpa, tabo, mud and langhza (these are the places we are planning for night stay :P). Also would it be easy to find accomodation if we don’t pre-book ?

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Vargis.Khan July 7, 2018 - 12:43 am

At Kaza you can stay at Hotel Spiti valley opposite Kaza Monastery. In Mudh you can stay at Ibex Homestay or Tara Homestay. For rest of the places just reach your destination, find a hotel per your liking and negotiate an on the spot deal.

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 3:46 pm

Hi Nilakshi – Number is 9418200183. Drop him a message on watsapp in case you are not able to reach him.

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 3:44 pm

Hi Preet – Jamaica’s number is 9418200183. Drop him a message on watsapp in case you are not able to reach his number and he will call back.

For details on how to reach Chandratal, please check the article at the llink below. Let me know if you have any other questions.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/plan-trip-to-chandratal-lake/

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 3:42 pm

Hi Tarun – Sorry about late reply.

1. No pass or permit is needed for Indian citizens but you may need Rohtang permit if going via Manali.
2. Swfit – Yes. Alto, absolutely not.
3. Manali to Chandratal is about 7 hours.

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Disha Shetty July 11, 2018 - 9:47 am

Manali to Chandratal will take 7 hours even in the month of August? We inquired in some hotel in Manali and they told us that it would hardly take 4 hrs from Manali to Chandratal if your planning your trip in August.

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Vargis.Khan July 11, 2018 - 1:16 pm

They are misinforming you. There is no way that you can do Manali to Chandratal in 4 hours.

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Priyadarshini June 13, 2018 - 3:38 pm

I agree with Ankit. I also had a very great experience at Jamaica’s camps. One of the best evenings of my life was at his camp site at Chandratal. In fact after Chandratal, I also went and stayed at his shacks in Goa and that too was an awesome experience.

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Ankur Singh June 13, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Hi Himanshu,

It may have been one odd instance where your experience went bad. I will share my observation and also of my friend. I went to Chandratal in a group where only I had bookings with Jamaica and rest of our 15 member group was staying at other tents. Believe me, that evening all of us were sitting at Jamaica’s camps, even people who were not staying there. He entertained everyone and served dinner to everyone. Other members of my group went back to their camps only to sleep, at around 10 PM. They wer ealll back again the first thing in the morning, by first light of the day. One of the other camp site owners was too drunk to even serve dinner to his guests and rest of them were too money minded to even sit down with anyone. They just took rent, allotted a tent and did not give a crap. Jamaica on the other hand was the only one who actually sat down with everyone and took care of all of us.

Sharing another experience of my friend from last year who arrived at Chandratal a bit late in the evening, after it was almost dark. He did not have any booking and all the camp sites were completely full. He checked at every camp that night and they all turned him down. It was only Jamaica who in the end gave him enough a tent to sleep in for the night. If it wasn’t for Jamaica, my friend would have been sleeping out there in his car in the cold.

Nothing against with what you said but it could have been just one instance where Jamaica may have dropped the ball with the bookings. Yours is actually the only negative feedback that I have heard about him. Rest all have been only positive and high words.

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Nilakshi Borah June 4, 2018 - 6:18 am

Hi, can I have a contact number for camping at chandrataal

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Hi Nilakshi – Number is 9418200183. Drop him a message on watsapp in case you are not able to reach him.

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Deepak Sehrawat July 23, 2018 - 5:29 am

Hi Vargis Bhai

Can we go by bike ? Also please let me if we can do it in first week of September
and the charges for 6 people ?

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2018 - 12:33 pm

Hi Deepak Bhai – Yes you can go by bike and yes you can plan for 1st week of Sep. Try talking to Jamaica to get an idea on the cost involved. In case you are unable to reach him then try dropping a message on watsapp and he will call back.

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Preet Sandhu May 30, 2018 - 6:45 am

Hello sir , very informative article ,
we are 3 boys planing to visit chandartal after 15th June 2018.
i need little info form yourside 🙂

1. what are the option to reach Chandartal as we are traveling in Volvo till manali.
2. is any taxi available from manali to chandartal ? ( approx rent )
3. can we setup our own tents in chandartal ?
4. Please provide the number of Jamaica Camp (in case we are not allowed to setup our own tents )

thanks in advance 🙂

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 3:44 pm

Hi Preet – Jamaica’s number is 9418200183. Drop him a message on watsapp in case you are not able to reach his number and he will call back.

For details on how to reach Chandratal, please check the article at the llink below. Let me know if you have any other questions.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/plan-trip-to-chandratal-lake/

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Tarun Rana May 25, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Hello Vargis, your page seems quite interesting & very helpful for the travellers.
We are 10 people planning Manali to Chandartal trip in the last week of june, around 22-23 June, I want to get the basic idea for accommodating ourselves there. We are travelling by our own car do we require a pass for traveling there as we are travelling by our own vehicles & can swift or Alto car can do this trail?
Travelling time from manali to Chandartal?
That’s all.

Thank you keep up the good work 🙂

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Hi Tarun – Sorry about late reply.

1. No pass or permit is needed for Indian citizens but you may need Rohtang permit if going via Manali.
2. Swfit – Yes. Alto, absolutely not.
3. Manali to Chandratal is about 7 hours.

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Minakshi Roy May 20, 2018 - 2:44 pm

We will travel spiti valley this July…along with us there will be our relatives from USA…what permit we actually need to cover the whole spiti valley along with Rothang pass..what will be the cost? What are the procedures to get that?

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Isha May 17, 2018 - 9:51 pm

Hi Vargis
We are four people travelling to spiti valley starting 2nd June on Innova. We have planned the following route :
Day 1 : Chandigarh to Sarahan / Kalpa
Day 2 : Sarahan / Kalpa to Nako
Day 3 : Nako to Tabo
Day 4 : Tabo to Kaza via Dhanker and Pin valley
Day 5 : Kaza to Key , Kibber , Langza and rangrik
Day 6 : rangrik to Chandratal
Day 7 : Chandratal to manali / sundernagar
Day 8 : Manali / Sundernagar to Chandigarh
Please advise about suitability of this.
Do we need any permit for this route ? If yes from where

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2018 - 3:47 am

Your itinerary looks good. No permit needed anywhere unless you have a foreign national traveling with you.

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Neha May 17, 2018 - 8:05 pm

Hello. I had few queries.
1. Is electricity available at Chandrataal camps?
2. And what about mobile network? If yes which network has the best coverage?
3. How much time does it take to reach Manali from Chandrataal.

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2018 - 3:43 am

Hi Neha,

1. They have solar charged panels to light a few bulbs and charge phone maybe but that is it. This too depends on the weather
2. No mobile network at Chandratal. Phone is as good as a paperweight.
3. About 6-7 hours at least.

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MAHIMA SHARMA May 13, 2018 - 1:38 pm

Hi, such an informative article.
I am planning a trip to Chandratal via manali. We are 3 girls in total. I have a few questions –
1) Is it safe?
2) How to get back to Manali after stay at Chandratal?
3) Planning the trip last week of May or Early June, will it be open by then?

Any further suggestions from your side since we know little

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 6:00 pm

Thanks Mahima.

1. Yes it is
2. Walk back 14 kilometers to Chandratal diversion at Kunzum top and board the Kaza to Manali Bus.
3. Yes but the Bus may not be operational by then

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Tanmay Ryan May April 24, 2018 - 10:16 am

Kudos too yur article very helpful.
We are a group of 8 people , visiting manali on june 7 , planning to trek to chandrataal.
Can yu please provide the contact details for camp site and other relevant information.

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 6:48 pm

Thanks Tanmay. You may contact Jamaica at 9418 200183. Give my reference and he will take good care of you at a discounted price.

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Tanmay Ryan May April 24, 2018 - 7:48 am

Hello Vargis bro, first of all very nice article , quite helpful !
Now we are a group of 8 people (male) going manali around june 7 ’18 . We were planning for a night in Chandrataal lake , so can you please provide me with relevent info and how to contact Jamaica Camp ?

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 6:56 pm

Thanks Tanmay. You may contact Jamaica at 9418 200183. Give my reference and he will take good care of you at a discounted price.

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vivek singh April 11, 2018 - 6:12 am

hello vargis bhai

best time to visit baralacha laa from chandara taal and how many days it takes while trekking ?
can we do it in end of april ??

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Vargis.Khan April 11, 2018 - 8:20 pm

Hi Vivek – You are talking about the Chandratal to Surajtal trek, right?

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shivam sharma April 11, 2018 - 3:04 am

hi vargis, we two people are planing to visit all kaza aftr 5th may all the way from shimla through public transport only in between want to visit chitkul, nako and all the places which can be covered and from kaza we are planing to visit chandartal lake and thn return from manali. if u can guide a plan from all this that will be really helpful

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Vargis.Khan April 11, 2018 - 8:23 pm

Please see the post below Shivam. I have mentioned complete details here.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/travel-spiti-valley-by-bus-taxi-services/

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Subrata Kumar Saha February 20, 2018 - 2:08 pm

In this year when chandratal will be accessible for visiting. I and my wife aged 58/48 could be reached there, in this year kunzum pass will be open.we want to go Lahaul spiti’s other palace .we are four members. Please help me.what to do.

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Vargis.Khan February 20, 2018 - 3:32 pm

Both Chandratal and Kunzum Pass usually open by early June so please plan sometime after 10th June only.

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ashish kumar April 1, 2018 - 7:18 pm

Hi vargis, I am travelling to chandra tal on 22nd May -18. Is it possible to find camp site there at that time? In case not, will i be able to visit the chandra tal at least?

regards

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:24 pm

Hi Ashish – Camp sites at Chandratal usually get functional by June 1st week but considering that things are opening a bit early this year, chances are that you may find a place to stay there for the night.

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arpit November 1, 2017 - 9:56 am

hey! great help.

Planning to leave on 2nd november to reach chandratal on 4th november (full moon day) will the lake be accessible and what about camping?

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Vargis.Khan November 6, 2017 - 12:03 am

Sorry for the late reply bro, I guess u r already on your way.

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Nikhil October 28, 2017 - 7:03 am

Hey Vargis!
Is it possible to trek from Kaza to Chandratal in Feb starting? We are 3 people. Also, are the camps available there in Feb?

Thanks!

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Vargis.Khan October 29, 2017 - 9:19 pm

Hi Nikhil – It is only possible if you are able to find a local tour guide in Kaza who can take you trekking to Chandratal. Camps too will have to be arranged.

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Priyanka Ashish Agarwal September 24, 2017 - 1:20 pm

Hello Vargis

Thanks for the detailed information. We (a group of 4) is planning to visit Manali from Delhi (via our own car) on dates 30th Sep- 3 rd Oct. We wish to cover Manali, Rohtang and Chadratal lake in these dates.

> We will depart from Delhi early morning (approx 4-5AM) and wants to come back Delhi on 3rd Oct.
> Do you suggest its possible to cover all above in these dates . Is yes, then how we should plan. Please advise

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Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:34 pm

Hello Priyanka – Yes it is possible but the biggest problem will be of Rohtang Permits. You can plan in the following way,

30th – Delhi to Manali
1st – Manali, arrange permits
2nd – Manali to Chandratal
3rd – Chahndratal to Manali
4th – Return to Delhi or do not stay at Manali on 3rd and drive straight back to Delhi

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Priyanka September 24, 2017 - 1:17 pm

Hello Vargis

Thanks for the detailed information. We (a group of 4) is planning to visit Manali from Delhi (via our own car) on dates 30th Sep- 3 rd Oct. We wish to cover Manali, Rohtang and Chadratal lake in these dates.

> We will depart from Delhi early morning (approx 4-5AM) and wants to come back Delhi on 3rd Oct.
> Do you suggest its possible to cover all above in these dates . Is yes, then how we should plan. Please advise

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Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:35 pm

Hello Priyanka – Yes it is possible but the biggest problem will be of Rohtang Permits. You can plan in the following way,

30th – Delhi to Manali
1st – Manali, arrange permits
2nd – Manali to Chandratal
3rd – Chahndratal to Manali
4th – Return to Delhi or do not stay at Manali on 3rd and drive straight back to Delhi

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Ruchita Reengasia September 24, 2017 - 5:54 am

HeY thank you Vargis sir
I have already booked with jamicas camping for 2nd october
I have a huge doubt about coming back from chandratal to manali
As I have to reach manali max by 5 pm in manali so that I can catch bus from manali to delhi as I have my flight booked on 4th oct in the morning
So I have to reach delhi max by 9 am on 4th oct
So how is the transport from chandratal to manali so that I can reach manali as soon as possible

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Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:37 pm

Hello Ruchita – Public transport can be a bit of a problem. You will have to first find a ride back to Kunzum pass top or Batal from where you will have to board a shared taxi. Best would be to opt to hitch hike in order to commute faster.

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Prachi September 20, 2017 - 4:24 am

Hi Varghis!
Thank you for such informative articles on Spiti. We are planning the circuit from Delhi on Sep 25, and return via manali by oct 6. I wanted your help with the following:
1. What would be the cost of Jamaica camp? It is available at booking.com for almost 5000/- should I book it from there?
2. Can u suggest any stay option at Losar? We are plannning on doing Losar from Kaza before heading out to Chandratal and I have read it doesn’t make sense to drive back to kaza for the night stay. Pls advise.
Thanks!

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2017 - 2:40 pm

Hi Prachi, Thank you for your appreciating words.

No need to book in advance. Just reach the camp site, look out for Jamaica’s camps, give my reference and he will accommodate you well at a discounted price. Why do you want to stay at Losar? There is nothing there. There are a couple of hotels and guest house there however that you may stay at for the night. Losar is like the midpoint of the journey between Kaza and Chandratal, about 2 hours from Kaza at most.

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Prachi Priyam September 21, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Thanks for the response Varghis! Is there any place in the entire circuit, where you would recommend advance booking?
We are planning on staying a night at Kaza and visit Losar the next day and staying put overnight so that we can head out to Chandratal the next day directly from there. Or do you recommend covering Losar while driving to Chandratal? Also, how many nights are good in Kaza -1 or 2?

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Vargis.Khan September 21, 2017 - 8:39 pm

Hi Prachi – No need to book your stay in advance anywhere. Just reach there and negotiate a deal. Booking in advance would mean that you only ended up paying more.

Losar is hardly 2 hours from Kaza and then there is nothing to do or see there so it’s actually a day wasted. The entire drive from Kaza to Chandratal would not take you any more than 5-6 hours. Do not stay at Losar, go straight to Chandratal.

Stay at Kaza depends on your itinerary. If you want to cover Kibber, Komik etc then 2 nights. If you also want to cover Pin valley then three nights at least.

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Manav September 4, 2017 - 6:14 pm

Vargis bhai, planning to go to chandrataal at September end…Seeing a lot of positive online reviews for parasol camps as well…can you recommend which is better…parasol or jamaica

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Vargis.Khan September 5, 2017 - 4:46 pm

Manav Bhai I too have received great feedback for them but never stayed there. My preferred choice is always Jamaica, very lively fellow and takes extreme good care of his guests. Give my reference and you will get a discounted price there.

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Swati Sarkar August 25, 2017 - 9:42 am

I’m planning to visit Chandra Taal on 05.10.2017, after reading ur blog I am very excited to spend one night there. But I’m confused whether I should book the tent in advance or not, please suggest

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Vargis.Khan August 28, 2017 - 2:07 pm

No need to book in Advance. Jamaica will be wrapping up his camp by October 10th so his tents will be there on 5th. Just reach there, give my reference and he will accommodate you at a discounted price.

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Rajiv Kumar August 16, 2017 - 6:05 am

Hi, can you please let me know the source of the images in this article?

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Vargis.Khan August 16, 2017 - 12:57 pm

Clicked and sent to me by the owner of the camp site, Jamaica. why?

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vivek singh August 14, 2017 - 6:28 am

hello sir

we are group of 9 people planning to visit chandratal on 4 th nov
can you plz help us with the weather condition and availability of tent or how to reach there

it will be very helpful for us

plz reply soon sir

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2017 - 5:33 am

Hello Vivek Bhai – Chandratal closes by early October so you cannot go there in November.

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amit September 18, 2017 - 11:30 am

Hi Vivek
by when in october the chandratal get closed.

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Vargis.Khan September 18, 2017 - 10:28 pm

It will close by October 8th – 10th this year.

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vivek singh September 19, 2017 - 6:04 am

dear vargis bhai

i am planning for losar on 4th november
from there we are planing to move towards chandra taal for some few hours we will not stay at chandra taal just to click some pic and then return to losar or may be manali
kindly advice can it be possible

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Vargis.Khan September 19, 2017 - 2:05 pm

You cannot reach Manali Vivek Bhai as Kunzum Pass will be closed. You may be able to trek to Chandratal but it will be a long trek, not a short walk that you can go, click pics and come back.

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Anil Kumar August 10, 2017 - 9:17 am

Hi Vargis,

We’re grp of 4 people and travelling to chandrapal on 13aug from manali. I’m looking for camp stay for 13 Aug night and checkout on 14aug. I’ve tried Jamaica camp contact but it seems like phn switch off. Please share any alternative no you’ve Jamaica camp or any other camp stay near chandrapal lake. Please share request detail as it would be help ful to us.

My contact no is 9782012802

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Vargis.Khan August 10, 2017 - 3:11 pm

Hi Anil – There is no network at Chandratal so that is why you are not able to reach him. As a matter of fact, you won’t be able to contact any camp site there because of no phone coverage. Just go there and keep looking out for Jamaica’s camps, you will easily spot it while going towards the lake. Give my reference and he will take good care of you at a discounted rate.

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Sahil July 25, 2017 - 9:13 am

Hi,
Are camps at chandratal safe for girls? We are two couples planning it but not sure if its safe.. please suggest.

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Vargis.Khan July 25, 2017 - 2:42 pm

Absolutely. It is very safe. You will find plenty of families out there. Tourists include men, women, children all.

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farah azianti July 19, 2017 - 3:29 am

Hello sir…can you email me Jamaica’s number? Preferably with international code, I will be contacting him from Malaysia. My email [email protected]

Im planning to visit in September and Im glad I found your blog. It has helped me a lot! thanks 🙂

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Vargis.Khan July 19, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Hello Farah – His number is 9418200183. ISD code for India is 91

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farah azianti July 19, 2017 - 3:26 am

Hello sir…can you email me Jamaica’s number too? Preferably with international code since i will be contacting him from Malaysia. My email [email protected]

I’m planning to visit in September and your blog has helped me so much in planning my trip. Thanks!

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Karan July 12, 2017 - 12:42 pm

Hi Vargis ,Nice blog. Planning to go on 12th august .I am not sure what time i will reach at batal by Manali bus (5am). I have few questions –
1. Is it possible to trek after getting off from public transport same day ?
2. Will i get shared cab next day when i get down from the lake ?

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Vargis.Khan July 12, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Hello Karan,

Thank you.

1. Yes you can do it.
2. No there will be no shared cabs but you may be able to hitch a ride with some other tourists.

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Sandeep June 9, 2017 - 7:56 pm

Hello Vargis, Do bikes go right up till the campsite? Do they allow us to park bikes at the campsite? Coz on if you search on google, a small part of the final part shows walk required. You input on this will be highly appreciated.

Regards,
Sandeep

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 5:23 pm

Hello Sandeep – Bikes and Cars are both allowed only till at a certain point post which you have to trek about 2 kilometers to the lake. Could be a bit less but between 1.5 to 2 kms..

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Yash Sharma May 30, 2017 - 5:45 pm

Hi Vargis Sir, We are planning a bike trip to Spiti Circuit and we are planning to stay at Chandratal and Chitkul using our own camping gear.
Any advice for people using their own camping gear?

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Vargis.Khan May 31, 2017 - 2:16 am

Hi Yash – Do not camp in the middle of nowhere. Find an existing camp site or a dhaba, pay the owner a little money to give you a spot to camp and in return you can also use their washrooms. At Chandratal you can easily do this but at Chitkul this can be a little tricky because of the locals and their fields. Talk to any of the villagers first and take their permission.

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Gaurav June 1, 2017 - 1:45 pm

Hi Vargis, we are starting from Chandigarh on 04.06.17 for kaza via Shimla and return via Manali,
Will kunzum pass be opened by the time we will reach there on 08.06.17?
Also we had a plan to stay one night at chadrataal lake on 08th, will roads be opened to there? And can you provide us any good camp operator number??

Thanks..
Gaurav
09650892224
[email protected]

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Vargis.Khan June 2, 2017 - 3:03 am

Hello Gaurav – Please contact Jamaica at 9418200183. He is from Kaza and runs a camp site at Chandratal, best in my opinion. Road to Chandratal opened day before yesterday but camp sites are not yet fully operational. Call Jamaica and he will be able to tell you if his camp will be up and running by 8th.

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Soumyadeep May 29, 2017 - 10:58 am

Planning to go to chandratal from kaza & stay at jamaica’s camp on 6th october, 2017. Is it possible? Will the camp be there? Please inform

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 1:11 am

Depends on the weather. They usually start to wrap up by September but if weather is Ok, sometimes camps there are open by Mid October as well.

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Harkirat Singh May 30, 2017 - 7:54 am

I am planning to reach the camp site on 17th June and plan to spend the night here a , will it be available by then ? Is there a way to contact to anyone in the campsite and book tents in advance ?

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 4:35 pm

Yes it should be all open by then. Call Jamaica at 9418200183. Speak with him, he runs the camp site I posted pics of above. Give my reference and you may get some discount as well.

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Amit May 23, 2017 - 11:37 am

Hi VARGIS.

I tried calling this number-09418200183 for past 2 days and its switched off. Any other contact number?

Regards,
Amit

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Hi Amit – Just drop him a message on watsapp and he will call you back. Do not text, message him on watsapp. There could be network reception issue in Kaza due to which the number is not reachable but he is available on watsapp.

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Amit May 24, 2017 - 10:35 am

Thanks 🙂

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Vargis.Khan May 24, 2017 - 2:29 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Sanjiv Singh May 18, 2017 - 11:45 am

Will I be able to reach Chandra tal on 23 rd June from Kaza.regards sanjiv

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Yes, It will be open by then.

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Rohit Joshi March 25, 2017 - 5:51 am

Hi Vargis,
Thanks for your valuable updates always !
We are planning to visit Spiti in 1st week of July this year and would like to stay at Jamaica’s camp for one night.
Can you please suggest whether the camps will be operating at that time?
Also what is the approx. cost of stay at Jamaica’s for one night?

Regards

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Vargis.Khan March 25, 2017 - 1:42 pm

Hi Rohit – Yes, his camps will be available June onward. All the camps over there will cost between Rs. 1000 – 1500 (some camps charge even more than this). Just tell Jamaica that you are a friend of mine and you will get a good enough discounted deal.

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Rohit Joshi March 27, 2017 - 5:24 am

Thanks a lot Vargis.
Just one query.
The cost 1000-1500 is per person or for the tent.
Do they include dinner n breakfast also in the cost or its separate.
Regards

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Vargis.Khan March 28, 2017 - 1:54 am

It is per person and including meals

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Bala February 17, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Hello sir. Can u let me know if the camps will be there on March 2017?

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Vargis.Khan February 17, 2017 - 5:50 pm

No Bala … Chandratal wont open and Camps won’t be available until June.

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Ashoke Bose January 18, 2017 - 8:06 am

Hi Vargis,
Canu u please help me by forwarding the phone number of Jamaica or email Id to contact him.
Thanks
ASHOKE BOSE
KOLKATA

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Vargis.Khan January 19, 2017 - 1:58 am

Hi Ashoka – It is 09418200183

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Johnny Arora (Driderjex) September 25, 2016 - 5:07 pm

If I’ll Go There In November First Week

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Vargis.Khan September 26, 2016 - 1:33 am

It will be long closed by then, you wont find a place to stay at Chandratal in November. The entire place including Kunzum La would be snowed out … Unless you are planning to trek in snow with your own camping gear

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Gaurav September 14, 2016 - 6:51 pm

Hi Vargis, any idea till when Jamaica is operating in Chandatal this year? I remember he used to be there till first week of October but not sure about this year. His phone is not reachable so thought to check with you. I plan to be there on 30th of this month.

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Shaunak September 15, 2016 - 1:06 pm

Till sept-25

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Vargis.Khan September 15, 2016 - 11:16 pm

Thanks Shaunak

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Gaurav September 16, 2016 - 9:05 am

Thanks guy. I could speak to him and yes, he is available only till 25th. Leaving the site on 26th morning. But he has a friend there who would be camping till October 12th so there are still some options available.

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shaunak bhattacharjee September 6, 2016 - 1:39 pm

HI Vargis,
Can you please give me jamica’s number. email – [email protected]

I am planning to go 19th September, 2016

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Vargis.Khan September 7, 2016 - 1:19 am

Hi Shaunak – It is 09418200183

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shaunak bhattacharjee September 7, 2016 - 6:44 am

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for the reply. Can you please tell me is it feasible to go to battal from manali using the KAZA-MANALI bus service? Will it be operational around september 19th and what will be the approximate cost to chandrataal from manali with a night camping at chandrataal.

Awaiting your kind reply. 🙂

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Vargis.Khan September 7, 2016 - 10:56 am

HI Shaunak – Yes the bus would be operational but it would drop you at Kunzum pass top from where you will have to manage to Chandrataal. For that I suggest you speak to Jamaica and see if he can arrange a transport for you or you will have to walk the entire 14-15 kms to Chandrataal. For cost as well, please have a word with him and negotiate.

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Bharath A B June 22, 2016 - 8:36 pm

Can u please send me Jamaica’s number? at [email protected]

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Vargis.Khan June 22, 2016 - 10:14 pm

Sent you an email brother

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paresh June 15, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Actually the mobile number is written on the Blue tent in the picture.!

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Vargis.Khan June 16, 2016 - 1:06 am

Even I didn’t notice that until you pointed out

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sumeet June 7, 2016 - 10:42 am

Can you revert back on [email protected] .
I will be traveling to Chandra Taal on 15th June.

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Vargis.Khan June 8, 2016 - 3:47 am

Sent you an email

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Sapna Roy May 31, 2016 - 7:18 am

Yes please, give me Jamaica’s number. I am planning to trek to Chandra Taal Late on June 19th. Want to camp there. I will be traveling with a female friend. I hope the weather would be okay to trek from Batal to lake. Please suggest .

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Vargis.Khan June 1, 2016 - 1:52 am

Leave me ur email address Sapna and I will send u his number or just drop me an email by contacting on contact me link and I will reply

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