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There are two kinds of people who venture out of their homes to explore new places – tourists and travellers. If you are the latter, trekking to and camping at Chandratal ought to be the highlight of your Spiti explorations. Here is everything you need to know about camping at Chandratal to pull it off like a pro: What is Chandratal? Situated at an altitude of 14,100 feet in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, Chandratal is a 2.5 kilometre wide fresh water lake that gets its name from its crescent-moon like shape. Surrounded by snow capped towering Himalayas in the distance, brown mountains with a slight hint of vegetation all around, this is a destination that’s all about breathtaking views and an all-pervading sense of calm. A Lake Where Fairies Descend Himachal, that has earned itself the title of Dev Bhoomi or Land of Gods, abounds in mystical local legends and mythological…

Different people have different ideas of Spiti. Some imagine it as a land of rugged mountainous terrain and a cold desert much like the neighbouring Ladakh region, others as a region dotted with quaint villages, lush green surroundings, rivers, streams and waterfalls, and others still as an arduous adventure destination with unforgiving trek trails. Interestingly, all of these descriptions are on-point. Spiti is all of this and much more. Besides abounding in raw natural beauty, the region is a cultural extravaganza in its own right. The name Spiti, which literally translates to ‘The Middle Land’ owing to it being located between India and Tibet, is the perfect summation of the character this unique land. Influences of Tibetan Buddhist and Indian cultures have so seamlessly blended together that it is hard to tell them apart, giving birth to distinct lifestyle unique to this region. So if a Spiti trip is on…