Yet another high altitude Himalayan treasure, the Chandertal Lake, lies high (roughly 14,000 feet) beyond the main Kunzum range in Spiti Valley and is accessed via a fairly treacherous and bone-rattling dirt track. About three kilometres from Batal where you begin your ascent to Kunzum Pass, the ‘road’ veers off from the Manali-Kaza route at a rusted sign announcing you are some 14 kms from the lake; of which only 12.5 kms is jeep-able. Save for a couple of near empty camp-sites, there appeared to be little sign of life as we competed with a rapidly setting sun to reach our destination. We won. I have photographic evidence.