Kinnaur & Spiti Valley Tour
Duration : (9 Nights / 10 Days)
Destinations Covered : Narkanda| Sangla | Kalpa| Tabo| Kaza | Manali|Tirthan Valley
Do you want to explore the lofty Himalayan ranges in Himachal Pradesh? Tour Trip Mart’s Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari Package has so much to offer you. You will be passing through high altitude mountain passes, rough terrains, snow-capped peaks & valleys which are dotted with lush sub-tropical forests and act as paradises for nature lovers.
The high-altitude forests of Tirthan Valley are known for varieties of flora including wild flowers, while gladiolas, tulips, lilies, marigolds etc. Besides this, the dense forest areas are also home to exotic species of fauna such as snow leopard, ghoral, musk deer etc.
We will start our journey from Chandigarh passing through the stunning and picturesque valleys of the Sutlej, Baspa, Spiti and Pin rivers, and up and over the majestic Rohtang and Kunzum passes. We travel into the spectacular valley of the Sutlej River in Kinnaur, the mighty Kinner Kailash keeps you company in Kalpa, and the enchanting Baspa valley is the perfect place to rejuvenate. While in Spiti, you journey through some of the worlds highest villages-Kibber, visit ancient monasteries Tabo & Ki (including a monastery over 1000 years old), and get an insight into Spiti’s history, culture & folklore. This trip packs in as much of Spiti and Kinnaur as possible, without compromising your comfort levels.
Route Map of the Trip
Main Highlights of the Trip
- Tribal tour to Kalpa & Sangla
- Visit to 1000 Years Old Monastery
- Ajanta of Himalayas-Tabo
- Highest Motorable Village-Kibber
- Kunzum Pass,Rohtang Pass
- Tirthan Valley with Manali
- Private Cab for transfers & sightseeing.
Day 1: New Delhi to Narkanda via Shimla (165 Kms / 7.5 Hours)
We will leave early in the morning to take care of unforeseen delays. You can have your breakfast at Kalka though there are lot of options on this highway. Between Shimla and Narkanda there is no good place to eat, so have your lunch in Shimla.After leaving Shimla, the first major tourist point at 64 km from Shimla is Narkanda situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH - 22), the popular ski and winter sports resort in the region. This is the gateway to Kinnaur. From here if the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of the magnificence lying ahead. From the green valleys in the foreground to the striking expanse of snow covered Himalayan wall on the horizon, the breathtaking spectacle is the first indication of the splendour up ahead. It commands an unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. If you have time and energy we could drive up to Hatu Peak 8kms away. Overnight in Narkanda.
Day 2: Narkanda to Sangla (159 Kms / 5 Hours)
In the morning we will drive along the Hindustan Tibet road towards Sangla.The Sangla valley with river Baspa flowing through it, is enchantment galore at every bend. Splendid meadows, orchards and saffron fields are the colours on the surface while the Kinner Kailash peak dominate the skyline of the valley. On reaching Sangla check in to your hotel or Camp Resort.
Optional Tour to Rakcham & Chitkul-Last Indian Village ( Not Included in the Package)
If you are not constrained for time then you can also visit Chitkul & Rakcham. Chitkul is 28 km from Sangla, the last village in the heights of the valley at 11,300 ft. could add to feel of the stupendous with its alpine meadows and surrounding snow peaks. There is a luxury camp resort in the area on the banks of Baspa where you can engage in a stimulating sojourn with adventure sports and angling. On way to Chikul you can have stop over at Rakcham 13 km away from Sangla, to relish the scenic beauty of the valley from a height of 9,500 ft. Rakchham literary means stone bridge. 'Rak' is stone and 'Chham' is bridge in Kinnauri.
Day 3: Sangla to Kalpa (53 Kms / 2 Hours)
After breakfast this morning, check-out from your hotel and drive to Kalpa. 2758 metres above the sea level, Kalpa is the district headquarter of Kinnaur and was once the favorite getaway of Lord Dalhousie. On reaching Kalpa, check in to the hotel.By the side of Kalpa is a 79 feet high rock formation that resembles a Shivlinga that changes its colour as the day passes. In the evening, visit the Buddhist Gompa, Hu Bu Lan Kar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4:Kalpa to Tabo (176 Kms / 8 Hours)
We will proceed from Kalpa to Tabo enroute visiting Nako village beautifully located on banks of a small lake.Nako has mesmerizing beauty but it is not a free zone for travelers. Tourists require inner line permit to enter the village. All the guest houses and dhabas are located near the village entrance.Later drive towards Tabo & check in to your Guest House.
The ancient village of Tabo is situated on the left bank of the river Spiti. It is the land of one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries, regarded next to the Tholong Gompa in Tibet. It is also known as the ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’.
Day 5:Tabo-Kaza (50 Kms / 1.5 Hours)
In the morning visit Tabo monastery spread over an area of 6,300 square meters and encompassing 9 temples, 23 chortens and residences for Buddhist monks.The 10th century Tabo Monastery was founded by the great scholar, Richen Zangpo, and has been declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. By visiting the monastery, you will be able to have a close glimpse of huge collection of scroll paintings, manuscripts, statues, ancient murals etc.
Later travel to Kaza enroute visiting Lalung and Dhankar Gompa situated about 25 Kms east of Kaza and serves eastern part of Central Spiti. Dhankar is a big village and erstwhile capital of Spiti Kingdom. On top of a hill there is a fort which uses to be the prison in olden times. The Monastery has about 100 Lamas and is in position of Budhist scriptures in Bhoti language. Principal figure is a Statue of “Vairochana” (Dhayan Budha) consisting of 4 complete figures seated back to back. It has relics in the shape of paintings and scriptures.Overnight stay at Guest House in Kaza.
Day 6: Kaza
The largest township in Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh situated about 11,980 feet above sea level, Kaza boasts of high mountains with snowy crowns, crystal clear rivers, streams and barren splendor interspersed with patches of green. Kaza is known for its colorful festivals and the Sakya Tangyud Monastery.Rudyard Kipling described the Lahaul and Spiti region as ‘a world within a world’.
We will start our day by visiting Kye Monastery, 12 kms from Kaza.It is the main research center of the Buddhists in India. Near about 300 lamas are receiving their religious training from here. It is oldest and biggest monastery in Spiti. It houses the rare painting and beautiful scriptures of Buddha and other gods and goddess. You may also find rare 'Thangka' paintings and ancient musical instruments 'trumpets, cymbals, and drums in the monastery.If time is left we will visit Kibber Village located 16 km from Kaza at 14,200 ft above sea level.Kibber has the distinction of being the highest motorable village in the world. The village is known for its scenic mountains, barren splendor and monasteries. The landscape of Kibber and the entire Spiti Valley resembles that of Ladakh and Tibet. Overnight stay at Kaza.
Day 7: Kaza to Manali (208 Kms /9 Hours)
The most adventurous & thrilling part of the trip is the drive from Kaza to Manali. This is where you really feel like biting the bullet. Driving until Losar 60kms away from Kaza is real fun, good straight road with great scenery. As we drive from Losar the road disappears and the track climbs steeply to reach Kunzum La Pass situated at 4,551meters the pass offers spectacular view of the Bara Shigri Glacier.We will have a stop at Kumzum La Pass & offer prayers at the Gompa. The track then continues forwards with all the excitement and heart throbbing action to reach Chotta Dara, 16kms away and then crossing Rohtang Pass to reach Manali.Overnight stay at hotel in Manali.
Day 8:Manali to Tirthan Valley (3.5 Hours)
Wake up fresh and enjoy your breakfast.We will drive towards Tirthan Valley passing through Kullu,Aut,Banjar, Chalogi, Mungla, Nagini, Ghushaini.
On reaching Tirthan check in to the Homestay or hotel.Rest of the day is at leisure.
Note: We can have a half day stopover at Manali & then proceed in the afternoon.
Day 9:Full Day at Leisure
Today is free for you to explore Tirthan Valley on your own.You can visit Jalori Pass, at an altitude of 3120 meters,separating Kullu valley and Shimla Valley. You need to cover almost 2500 meters in less than 25 KMs to reach the top . You can have a meal at Shringi Vatika on the way back. Well this place is covered with snow from December end till March end.
You can also walk in to the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) to see nearby waterfalls.GHNP is a place where you can easily forget the world to relax and have loads of nature walks following one trail or the other, into the woods or besides the river.
Day 10 : Tirthan to New Delhi ( 413 Kms / 12 Hours)
This is the last day of the trip.Post breakfast we will proceed for New Delhi passing through Banjar,Aut,Mandi,Bilaspur,Chandigarh to reach New Delhi in the evening.
Some tips for visiting Rohtang Pass
Things to Carry: The sun's rays are harsh enough to burn your skin, while shaded areas remain cool enough to wear a jacket. It's best to pack clothes in layers, and carry full-sleeve T-shirts, sun hats, sun glasses and any other sun protection you can find. Good walking shoes are a must.
Mobile Connectivity: Only BSNL works in Kaza region & most of the other areas.
ATM : It's advisable to carry enough cash from Shimla as there are very less ATM in the region & their functioning is also erratic. There are also no money exchangers in Spiti region.
GETTING PERMITS : Indian identity holders going to Spiti, from Shimla, do not require permits to enter Spiti. Foreign identity holders entering Spiti via the Kinnaur require inner-line permits, since this route takes you very close to the Tibetan border. Permits can be obtained at Reckong Peo near Kalpa, and take upto a few hours to be issued.
- Accommodation for 1 Night on twin sharing basis at Narkanda.
- Accommodation for 1 Night on twin sharing basis at Sangla.
- Accommodation for 1 Night on twin sharing basis at Kalpa.
- Accommodation for 1 Night on twin sharing basis at Tabo.
- Accommodation for 2 Night on twin sharing basis at Kaza.
- Accommodation for 1 Night on twin sharing basis at Manali.
- Accommodation for 2 Nights on twin sharing basis at Tirthan Valley.
- Complimentary breakfast.
- All transfers & sightseeing by private Innova/Tavera/Xylo.
- All driver allowances,toll,parking & fuel charges etc.
- Any entry fees, Monument entry fees.
- Extra Food purchasing,Shopping.
- Any Snow / Water Activities like Paragliding, River Rafting etc.
- Any Air/train fare.
- Any heater charges.
- All other items and services not specified above.
- Any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, flight cancellation, landslides or road closed due to govt. or any union etc.
- Items of personal nature, porterage, tips, laundry, mineral water, pony rides, optional tours.
- Any additional night shall be charged on pro-rata basis.
- Service Tax as applicable will be charged extra on total bill.
|Narkanda||Himalayan Inn||Snow Flake|
|Sangla||Hotel Prakash||Prakash Regency|
|Kalpa||Mount View||Golden Apple|
|Tabo||Hotel Tow Dhey||Dewachan Retreat|
|Kaza||Hotel Deyzor||Sakya Abode|
|Manali||Sitara International||Snow Park|
|Tirthan Valley||Hotel Trout Valley||Raju Bharti's / Himalayan Trout House|