Overview: Will clean all the dustbins of the camp owners filled with the garbage from their kitchen and tourists and of course the cleaning around the lake.
Duration: 4-5 Days
Start Date- End of August
Start Location: Manali
End Location: Manali
How to get there: Reach Manali via bus , flight to bhuntar airport. No train available
Fitness level: Easy to moderate.
Fitness training before the trek:
- Climb staircase
- Walk/jog regularly
- Stretch before the treks to warm up
- Walk around on the camp site after the trek
Distance Covered: 3-4 km a day.
Weather would be cold and its always windy . Due to lack of oxygen one might have breathing problem. So, it’s not advisable for the people who have asthma. Some people have altitude sickness for which we will acclimatize our volunteers in Manali for a day.
Accommodation: Homestay in Manali and camps at Chandrataal lake.
Essentials to carry: Trek pants , shoes , one heavy jacket that can bear up to minus 10 degree, Torch,3-4 pair of socks, one backpack up to 35 liters. Rest will update via email 30days prior to the event.
Day-1: Reaching Manali in morning around 10am -11:30am will allow all the volunteers to take rest all day. Overnight in home stay. A short discussion about next day’s activity prior to dinner.
Day-2: Early morning at 6:30am we will start from Manali after breakfast. Today we will clean and talk to all the camping owners at Chattru and give them jute bags. Chattru is a small village enroute Chandrataal lake with 5 dhabas & few houses and it’s also the pickup point for trekkers coming from Hampta pass. So the team needs to spend more than few hours here as the amount of garbage is in abundance. After cleaning and post lunch we will resume our journey, our next stop will be Batal where we will have tea and by evening, we will reach our camp site at Chandrataal lake. Overnight stay in camps, lights out at 10:30pm.
Day- 3: Breakfast will be served at 9am. Post breakfast all the volunteers will walk from camping site to lake cleaning along the way. Today we will clean around the lake and parking area. During the break one can enjoy serene beauty of the lake. After lunch we all will interact with the camping owners. Tonight also we will stay at the camping site.
Day- 4: Today we will leave as early as possible because reaching Manali on time is the priority. Volunteers can leave today as the Volvo timing is from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm and those who are going by flight can stay overnight in our homestay in Manali.
*Recreational activities for the volunteers on each day.
The beauty of Chandra Taal can never be perfectly described in words. At the crack of dawn, it marvels the onlookers with its stunning blue sight that sparkles along as the Sun reaches its zenith. The sunset at this magical lake creates a riot of colours in the sky before the darkness wins over it and spreads it army of uncountable stars around the flickering moon that looks over the lake like a king of the night.
The lake has been aptly named as Chandra Taal, owing to its crescent shape. It is located on the Samudra Tapu Plateau overlooking the mighty Chandra river.
Such beauty of Chandra Taal attracts thousands of trekkers every year who toil their way up just to witness what they have heard about it. The craze for this trek has led to the establishment of camping site around the lake sans any
arrangement for the waste management. The visitors just come for the camping and leave the trash behind degrading the beauty of the place. Their lack of knowledge doesn’t alert them when they just throw off their non-biodegradable thermocol plates and wet wipes near the lake. Till the end of the trekking
season, the surrounding of the trek turns into a dumpyard which is then burnt by the campsite owner polluting the fresh air at an altitude of 4300 meter (14,100 ft).
Overwhelmed with such saddening condition of the lake, the Healing Himalayas Team has started a cleaning drive to retain its beauty. In the year 2016, a number of volunteers trekked to Chandra Taal not only to enjoy the serenity but also to spread awareness about deteriorating condition of the lake. Plastic waste weighing tons was collected from around the campsite and the trekking trail to bring it down for the proper disposal.
The team is all geared up this year to create a permanent waste disposal facility at the campsites located on the meadows surrounding the lake. This would even be followed by the interaction with the campsite owners to create awareness about the degrading environment, harmful effects of burning plastic and the ways to manage the unavoidable waste.
This season, it’s your chance to contribute to the Himalayas by joining the cleaning drive in return of utmost happiness of trekking and self-gratitude of doing your best in keeping our natural heritage clean and beautiful.
Note: Event dates are tentative, actual dates will be updated one month prior to the event.