Chandratal Status 2023 – Chandratal Lake Road

by Vargis.Khan

The present Chandratal status is closed from both Kaza and Manali sides. You can plan a trip to the lake only after the road is declared open in late May or early June 2024.

The road leading to Kunzum Pass is completely blocked with snow. There is no way that you can reach Chandratal by road until the winter season has passed and the roads are cleared.

Historically, the road leading to Chandratal is opened towards the end of May and the campsites are made available for tourists in early June. A safe time to plan your trip will be after the 10th of June only.

Like previous years, this will remain to be a dedicated post to update Chandratal status. As the winter progresses and ends, I will share updates on the Chandratal Lake road status including the estimated opening dates and conditions of the road from both the Manali and Kaza sides.

If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram to chat with me or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there to get the latest status on the road.

Chandratal Road Status = CLOSED

Route Status
Kaza to Chandratal Closed
Manali to Chandratal Closed
Kunzum Pass Closed

A few other articles that I would recommend reading and that can be helpful in visiting Chandratal are listed below.

Below is a picture of Chandratal lake completely frozen and buried under snow.

chandratal status

Kaza to Chandratal Road Status

The road from Kaza to Chandratal gets open sometime in the month of May, around the 10th of it. The date is actually a little sooner than the entire Manali Kaza stretch gets open.

The route from the Kaza side becomes accessible and a day trip can easily be made. There will however be no campsites available and you will have to return to Kaza by evening. On the plus side, there is a high chance that you will find the lake half-frozen, like in the picture above.

Keep in mind though that the campsites at the lake will only be available by early May. The campsites are available until the 10th of the month and after that, there is no accommodation available anymore.

Though the road remains open a little longer after that and you can still make a day visit to the lake, you will not be able to stay there overnight.

Manali to Chandratal Road Status

The road from Manali to Chandratal only gets open only after the snow from Rohtang and Kunzum Pass has been removed completely. This only happens towards the end of May historically. To be on the safer side, assume the date of opening of the road as 20th May and not sooner than that.

Kunzum Pass Status

The status of Kunzum Pass is closed right now and it will only open after May 15th. There is a chance that it may even open sooner if it did not snow too much. But we will only find that out next year after the winter season has passed.

Rohtang Pass Status

The status of Rohtang Pass right now is closed and it will open sometime in the month of May after BRO is able to clear the snow completely from both Manali and Koksar sides.

When does Chandratal Lake Open?

Chandratal lake is declared open in the first week of June after the snow from Kunzum Pass and Chandratal road is cleared. If there was not too much snow and BRO was able to complete the work faster, Chandratal may open by late May as well.

Chandratal Status – Conclusion

I hope the information above on Chandratal status was of help.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below. You can also contact me on Instagram to chat with me live or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

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27 comments

Debojyoti January 10, 2023 - 2:59 pm

Hey Vargis! We are planning to go to Spiti Valley in May. Will Chandrataal be open by around 15th?

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Vargis.Khan January 17, 2023 - 10:38 am

Hi Debjyoti – It depends on the weather but the lake usually opens by early June.

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Dony don September 27, 2022 - 5:03 pm

Kitna din aur khola he chandratal lake

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Vargis.Khan September 29, 2022 - 3:41 pm

October 1st week tak toh khula hi rehta hai

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Amitava Sen October 11, 2022 - 4:59 am

The tents were to be closed after 8th Oct. That’s what Parasol boys told me when I stayed at their camps on 7th Oct. Most of the tents had already packed up before 5th Oct.

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Neeraj Hskim May 22, 2022 - 12:03 pm

Hi , I am planning a family trip to kaza . I will travel to kaza via Narkanda and reach kaza on 20th June . Plan to stay there till 24 th June and then travel to Manali for 1-2 days before starting for Delhi on 26th morning. I also plan to do chandertaal . I shall be travelling on Vitara brezza and also have a pet dog along . Should I do chandertaal while going to Manali or should I come back to kaza.

Can I also stay at a camp site near chandertaal , is it ok considering I have a pet with me.

Look forward to hear from you.
Thsnks

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Brajesh June 11, 2022 - 5:12 am

Yes, feel free.

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Sean May 16, 2022 - 7:12 pm

Hi Vargis. I had posted on your Sach Pass page earlier. Recently completed Sach Pass and am near Keylong now. Was wondering are there any camp sites right now open at Chander Tal?

Also how would you rate the road conditions of the stretch from Gramphu to Batal in comparison to the sach pass/killar to Udaipur route? Are they similarly difficult?

And if one is not crossing Rohtang (i.e., approaching from Keylong), are any permits required?

Thanks again for any info.

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2022 - 7:26 am

Hi Sean – Some of the Chandratal camps are open now. The route between Gramphoo and Batal is a bit easier than the Sach pass route actually. No permits needed if you are not crossing Rohtang.

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Prashanth May 7, 2022 - 4:41 pm

Hi Vargis,

Kunzum la is open for LMVs and two wheelers (since May 1). I crossed Kunzum la enroute Jispa from Kaza earlier today (May 7).

Chandrataal is closed as per both the locals in Batal and Kaza/Kee, as well as the officer manning the Losar checkpost. Said officer mentioned that while Rohtang was opened, it is temporarily closed due to a landslide yesterday (May 6).

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2022 - 8:02 am

Thank you Prashanth Bhai

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urmika ghosh May 6, 2022 - 11:34 am

Hi Vargis,
We are planning to visit chandratal from shimla kinnaur route in late may around 21 to 29 will there be snow and will the roads cleared so that we can reach chandratal ?

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2022 - 7:56 am

Hi Urmika – Yes, there will be snow near Kunzum Pass. Chandratal road is also open now.

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Shikha September 24, 2021 - 2:58 pm

We are planning to visit chandratal on 8th oct 2021. Is it good to plan that?

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Mohini Thakur September 20, 2021 - 6:53 am

Is campsite open for stay in between 10 to 15 October?

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Shibaji Karmakar August 24, 2021 - 10:20 pm

Can I go chandratal Lake on 23rd October 2021 from kaza?please reply me.

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Viren August 19, 2021 - 6:49 am

Closing date of chandratal lake….?
Camps for stay are available in October (mid October)

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Sean May 16, 2022 - 7:10 pm

Hi Vargis. I had posted on your Sach Pass page earlier. Recently completed Sach Pass and am near Keylong now. Was wondering are there any camp sites right now open at Chander Tal?

Also how would you rate the road conditions of the stretch from Gramphu to Batal in comparison to the sach pass/killar to Udaipur route? Are they similarly difficult?

And if one is not crossing Rohtang (i.e., approaching from Keylong), are any permits required?

Thanks again for any info.

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2022 - 7:26 am

Hi Sean – Some of the Chandratal camps are open now. The route between Gramphoo and Batal is a bit easier than the Sach pass route actually. No permits needed if you are not crossing Rohtang.

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Shaheen Haque July 19, 2021 - 10:21 am

Hi Vargis,

We are planning to go Chandratal Lake by end of July. Are the campsite available? Is it okay to go now considering monsoon season. Do you have itinerary if we are planning to trek and come back back same day

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Vargis.Khan July 21, 2021 - 6:21 am

The campsites at this time are very limited Shaheen but yes, there are a few operational. How are you traveling?

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Shaheen Haque July 29, 2021 - 1:39 am

I am travelling by car. I have reached kaza now i am confused at my next hault.

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Vargis.Khan July 29, 2021 - 5:26 am

Find out the situation ahead in Kaza. Ask around at the hotel you are staying in. There are landslides and heavy rain warning all over Himachal including the Kaza Manali stretch

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Vishesh Agarwal July 9, 2021 - 3:03 pm

Are the campsites at Chandartaal Lake open at July end? We are planning an overnight stay

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2021 - 7:27 am

Yes they are

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Mukta May 25, 2021 - 8:13 am

Is camping at chandra tal open now . Is the shimla spiti manali circuit open for tourists in june 2021

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Nitin Singh March 3, 2021 - 6:39 pm

is losar reacheable by march end from kaza??

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