Starting from Gramphu, the road to Spiti runs up the incredible and glacier covered Chandra Valley. Here, the tiny settlements of Chatru and Batal have famous dhabas. One kilometer past Batal, a rugged track runs north to the amazing Chandratal, a peaceful glacial lake among snow peaks located at 4270 meters above sea level.
The path ends after twelve kilometers and a footpath runs the final one kilometer till the lake. Starting from June and up till mid-October one can stay in tent camps 3 kilometers before the end of the track, among them the Jamaica's Camp, that offer comfortable two-person tents and a friendly reception.
From Chandratal Lake, hikers can reach the Baralacha La on the Manali–Leh road in three arduous but heavenly days. Batal is also the starting point for hikes to Bara Shigri, one of the longest glaciers in the Himalaya, but the route is tough and it is absolutely imperative to travel with an experienced guide.
Important attractions in Gramphu to Kaza
The road from Gramphu to Kaza are full of most breathtaking views. On the way one can find wonderful attractions. Some of these such as the tranquilizing Chandratal Lake, the high mountain pass of Kunzum La and the trekking point of Bara Shigri are especially popular amongst the tourist community.
One of the most beautiful monasteries in the country, the Ki-Gompa is situated within the 10 kilometers of the stretch between Gramphu and Kaza. Again some other attractions such as the large Buddha Statue, built from 2002 to 2005 is amazing.
The other two important but beautiful Gompas in the region: the Sakya Gompa and the Tangyud Gompa are situated within the 30 kilometer radius of the stretch between Gramphu and Kaza.