A tour to experience the best of Himalayan landscape, culture and tradition in 10 days. From foothills to high mountains, from pine forests to cold desert – this tour takes you through the heart of Kinnaur district before continuing to the highlands of Spiti Valley. Along the journey you will witness – high passes, ancient temples, monasteries dangerous roads, deep gorges, snow mountains, pine forests, vast riverbeds, high altitude villages and the most amazing people.
5. Enjoyable short treks – Dhankar Lake and Chandratal Parikrama.
Day 1 – Shimla to Narkanda – Overnight at Narkanda
Exciting journey awaits on a road less travelled as you start from Shimla. You will drive over the foothills of Himalayas on the winding roads of Shimla amidst Pine forests and apple orchards experiencing a breath of fresh air till you reach Narkanda
Day 2 – Narkanda to Sarahan – Overnight at Sarahan
Continuing on the windy roads, we descend to the Sutlej Valley near Rampur. The road meanders on the rock carved picturesque landscape of Kinnaur along the river banks. From Jeori the road leaves the valley and climbs upward to the little village of Sarahan. Immerse your senses in the Ancient BhimaKali temple and spellbinding views of Shrikhand Mahadev range.
Day 3 – Sarahan to Sangla – Overnight at Sangla
You will retreat back down to the valley and continue on the Indo-Tibet highway till you reach Karcham – the confluence of Sutlej and Baspa rivers, where a huge Dam is constructed for HydroElectric Power generation. We cross the Dam and continue along the banks of Baspa river to enter Sangla Valley – one of the most beautiful valleys of Himalayas.
Day 4 – Sangla to Chitkul to Kalpa – Overnight at Kalpa
Today’s journey will take you to the last village of India before Tibet in this region – Chitkul. The blooms of wild rose during the summers and high mountains along the head of the valley is a treat for nature lovers. From here we retrace back to Karcham and continue along Indo-TIbet highway before turning left and climbing the pine forest slopes till we reach Kalpa. A beautiful Himalayan village which offers one the best views of Snow Peaks right across the valley looming large in front of you. Kinner Kailash peak is one of the abodes of Lord Shiva.
Day 5 – Kalpa to Nako to Gue to Tabo – Overnight at Tabo
We leave Kalpa to head into the high mountains. After downhill climb to the highway we continue upstream of Sutlej witnessing the dramatic change in the landscape with every mile that passes by. With mountains becoming barren you are getting ever closer to Spiti Valley. At Nako you will see the artificial Nako lake before heading to Gue to see India’s own naturally preserved Mummy and continue to Tabo
Day 6 – Tabo to Dhankar to Lhalung – Overnight at Lhalung
Tabo has an monastery 1021 years old which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. This ancient monastery is rich in Murals, Frescos and Paintings that tell the story of Buddhist pantheon. Drive to Dhankar Monastery, perched on the edge of a 300m cliff is a sight to behold and looks straight out of a movie set. An hour trek takes you to the beautiful Dhankar Lake situated above the Dhankar village is a great way to get introduced to High Himalayan Trekking. After Dhankar you drive to Lhalung a lesser known village situated on the slopes in Lingti Valley also home to the most beautiful monastery of Spiti – Serkhong Gompa (The Golden Temple)
Day 7 – Lhalung to Mudh to Kaza – Overnight at Kaza
Drive to Pin Valley – a tributary of the Spiti river, ‘Pin’ originates deep in the Trans Himalayan mountains leading to one of the ancient trade routes and popular trek of Bhaba Pass. It is also home to the magnificent Snow Leopard and several Trans Himalayan animals and rare birds protected under the National Parks of India. You’ll drive through this beautiful valley up to last village of Mudh before heading towards Kaza – the administrative capital of Spiti.
Day 8 – Kaza to Hikkim to Komic to Langza – Overnight at Langza
Drive on the twisting high roads of Spiti to reach Komic, the highest village in the world with a motorable road at 4580m. Have the most amazing expereince of sending postcards to your loved ones from World’s Highest post office at Hikkim (4440m). Continue driving on these high roads above 4300m with the magnificent Himalayas jutting in front of your eyes to reach Langza – the most beautiful Himalayan Village with a 6303m Peak Mt. CCKN adorning its backdrop.
Day 9 – Langza to Kee to Kibber to Chandratal – Overnight at Chandratal Camps
The drive takes you towards Manali over Kunzum Pass before heading upstream of Chandra river till you reach the Hidden Jewel of the Himalayan mountains, the blue Jewel, Chandratal literally translated as Moon Lake. From the roadhead you will have to trek for 15 min to reach the lake and if you feel energetic enough you can do the Parikrama or Circumambulation of the lake to witness its true glory.
Day 10 – Chandratal to Manali via Rohtang Pass
After the most memorable trip of your life you head back to Manali with lot of photos, videos and friends from high Himalayas
Note: Homestays will have shared bathrooms