If you ever plan a visit to Chandratal or Kaza in Spiti then these guys are the best in the business. The owner of the parasol camp Mr. Bishan Lal is very experienced and adroit in his camping job. I literally felt like home during my 4 days stay over there with my family. We reached around 9 in night and Chandratal campsite was freezing. It must have been below zero degree. We experienced nausea and some problem in breathing. Mr Bishan was present there and he realised our condition and quickly arranged garlic soup before we had dinner. It was so heartwarming gesture.
Not just him, rather whole team is extremely caring and welcoming in nature including his manager Neel Thakur, Bir Singh etc. At an altitude of 13,000 feet I was surprised to see the arrangements in the camp. It was much better than we had expected. Tents are of very good quality and made with modern technique, air can't pass so no worries of cold, food is amazing. Tastes really great when you exhaust yourself in trekking. We had the best experience of our life having food sitting around the table at a place surround by beautiful hills.
They maintain very great level of hygiene in everything. We stayed in small and luxury both kind of tents and they were equally cozy and comfortable but I would recommend that if you go in a group of four then you should go for luxury one which has attached toilet.
If you face breathing problem due to altitude sickness then they have arrangement of oxygen cylinders as well and this is exclusive in the campsite area. Mr. Bishan is always alert for his guests' safety and health. They have separate dining tent which is huge and quipped with Tandoor to keep the place warm. We had a lovely experience sitting and having dinner/lunch together.
Undoubtedly, Parasol camp is the best. Specially the staff is very very welcoming. Moreover, Apart from mesmerising, scenic beauty of Chandratal you'll get lots of interesting stories to hear from Mr. Bishan, the owner of the camp. Being a journalist I must tell you that, they are the oldest camp in Chandratal campsite area, others only followed them after seeing the success.
If you visit Kaza then they have a decent hotel over there, 'Kaza retreat' equipped with all modern facilities. So basically a packaged deal would be good to avoid any kind of inconvenience.
I visited this place (Chander Taal campsite of Paeasol) as part of a women's only group tour. Had a wonderful greeting from the manager in charge during the day, who with his witty humor and welcoming attitude made us feel real comfortable even though we were worn out by the long and difficult drive from Kaza.
Until evening it was going well, but the problem started at post dinner bonfire when a brawl started between our car drivers and the night shift manager's brother-in-law, all in inebriated state.
Soon after a huge physical fight ensued and after some time, even though the drivers retreated out of respect for the ladies in the group, the brother-in-law continued with the most chosen verbal abuses for almost an hour until some of us had to go out of the tent and confront him. All this while the manager's relative continued his drunken blabber and threat that he will go inside every guest's camp to locate and beat the driver who dared hitting him. It was almost 10pm and we were literally scared by his behavior.
To our utter surprise, the manager in charge simply failed to control his relative.
Even after being confronted by the ladies, they didn't stop and continued the drunken abuse for another hour, until 11:30pm.
We were scared to leave our tents even for toilet.
We were a group of 13 ladies and 4 male car drivers. Imagine what would it be like if there was a small family with babies and elders.
Suggest people to think twice before making a booking, especially in a place like this where basic amenities and services (phone network, water, medical facilities etc.) are so scarce and our health and safety are entirely entrusted upon the manager in charge.
Another con, the larger tents with beds have multiple holes in them, causing continuous air flow through the tent and as a result they are extremely cold.
So make sure you stay in one of the smaller tents, which are new and cozy.
more than i could expect at 4500m height. amazing garlic soup for your welcome. expertise from bishan. they will make u feel at home. very clean tents and attached clean toilets. very hygenic kitchen. staff guided us throughout our stay there. it is without any doubt the place to be when u plan ur chandrataal trip.
After the deadly bike ride till chandrataal when we reach parasol camps we felt utterly relaxed...but the way Bishan Thakur and his staff welcomed us and made us comfortable was just beyond our imagination....more than the words can say they provided the best service they could offer to us.
A place you must stay if you plan to visit chandrataal, lovely tents, awesome view and nice healthy food.
The garlic butter soup was a life saver and amazing.
Tents with attached bathrooms 4/5
Scenic beauty n view 5/5
Strongly recommend this place to everyone visiting chandrataal.
If you are visiting chandratal lake then staying in parasol camp overnight will surely add a different dimension to the overall experience of the place. The camp is well maintained. The tents are warm and cozy and the exclusive ones come with attached toilets. The blankets are warm n comfortable for the freezing -10degree at night. The food they serve are best available in that remote location. They even set up a fire place for the visitors to get warmth inside a large central tent. The staffs are really friendly and they share thrilling stories and experience of their lives at spiti valley. The amazing night sky the chilled weather of night will give everyone an amazing experience. The lake is around 2kms away from the camp. Mr. Bishen is an amazing host and humble person to meet with. And Mr. Surjit was always there with six of us as a guide friend and his safe driving skill gave us the most comfortable journey experience in the trip.