10 Days Itinerary covering -Chandigarh - Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla - Rakcham - Chitkul - Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza - Kunzum La - Chandertal - Rohtang La - Manali
Welcome abode to the company of the most exquisite snow-peaks known to man. Spiti& Kinnaur, the two unified districts, sit among the clouds as the emblem of placidity in Himachal Pradesh. Channelize your energy whilst sitting among the monks on your Gompa expedition or plan a homestay on the lap of Himalayas. Through our Tribal Tour for Spiti & Kinnaur Valley, we tend to offer a soothing sojourn that you remember for a lifetime.Taste the wilderness of extreme adventure treks amidst the snow-capped enchantress. Can you hear the mountain calls? Take a look at the highlights and the itinerary to get all the amazing insights. Start scrolling!
Day 1: Chandigarh - Shimla ( 125 Kms)
On your arrival at the Chandigarh Airport/Railway Station in the morning, you will be met by our local representative / cab driver at Chandigarh. Then proceed for Shimla from Chandigarh. Mountains with trees littered across them, hairpin roads and cool breeze, these things welcome you as soon as you enter Himachal near Parwanoo. Even the views on the roadside are so enchanting that you dare not take your eyes off of them, the curiosity seldom let you do so. With every turn you enter deep in mountains and the breeze become colder and colder and the roads become narrower. The feeling itself is great. It is polar opposite of what you feel when you travel in planes. If you are travelling for the first time on this route then you’ll have this feeling of suspense and excitement of what might come next. When you get tired of travelling you can always stop by a ‘Dhaba or Khokha’ and have a glass of hot tea. It makes you cozy and comfortable even on that wooden bench. And you’ll feel the actual luxury of travelling. Imagine being with your significant other amidst nature and the best Shimla Manali Honeymoon tour. With this amazing feeling you’ll enter Shimla. Beauty will increase with every passing second. And temperature will start to decrease. When you look around you could see the mountains of Shimla hill covered with lush green trees. Soon you’ll reach Shimla and will be checking in the hotel. Later visit Himachal State Museum, Jakhoo Temple, Institute of Advance Studies. Spend your evening at the Mall Road. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Shimla - Sarahan ( 170 Kms)
After breakfast, check out from hotel and leave Shimla, the first major tourist point at 64 km from Shimla is Narkanda situated at an altitude 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.
Late in the afternoon we will reach Sarahan, settled at an elevation of 2165 m and is graced with the presence of Shrikhand Mahadev peak. Besides, Sarahan is famous for the Bhimakali Temple. The temple revers the name of Goddess Bhimakali, the presiding deity of Bushahr dynasty. Pay homage at Bhimakali. Dinner and night stay at hotel.
Day 3 : Sarahan - Sangla ( 92 Kms)
Today, check out of your hotel in Sarahan after a hearty breakfast, and leave for Sangla. 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 exhausted then you can also visit Chitkul & Rakcham. Chitkul is 28 km from Sangla, the last Indian 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. 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. Head back to the hotel to unwind for the night.
Day 4 : Sangla - Kalpa ( 53 Kms)
Enjoy your breakfast and check out from your hotel. You have a tour awaiting you. Today, you will be visiting Kamru village and Fort at Sangla. You will actually love spending some time here as the whole aura is so refreshing and soothing. Later 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 Shiv Ling known as Kinner Kailash, that changes its colour as the day passes. You can have darshan of the Lingam from Kalpa. In the evening, visit the Buddhist Gompa, Hu Bu Lan Kar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5 : Kalpa - Tabo ( 176 Kms)
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 6 : Tabo - Kaza ( 70 Kms)
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 7 : 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 8 : Kaza - Kunzum La - Chandertal Lake
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 4,551 meters, 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. Later we will drive to Chandertal Lake also known as the Moon Lake. This famous attraction at an elevation of 4300 m sits in the upper Chandra Valley with an outlet in the River Chenab. Spend some time admiring the mesmerizing view of the surroundings and you might also get a chance to see migratory birds if you are visiting in summer.
Night stay in camp at Chandertal Lake.
Day 9 : Chandertal Lake - Rohtang Pass - Manali
Post breakfast start from camp at Chandertal and drive towards Manali passsing through Rohtang Pass. The landscapes changes as you leave Spiti Valley and zoom into a refreshing and greener surrounding. By the time its afternoon, you will reach Rohtang Pass and visit Beas Kund.
Post a short tea break, the journey resumes to Manali. On your arrival, complete the check-in formalities and enjoy the stay.
Day 10 : Departure
On this day visit the famous Hadimba Devi Temple at Dhungri, Vashisht hot water spring at Vashisht village and Manu Temple in Old Manali. Later in the evening, you will be dropped at Manali Volvo stand for the overnight bus journey to Chandigarh.
Note : Drop by cab can also be arranged at Chandigarh.
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Things To Carry
Warm clothes, jackets, raincoats, fleece jackets and thermals
Hand gloves, trekking shoes and extra pair of socks
Water bottles, energy bars and energy drinks
Caps/hats, sunglasses and towels
Personal toiletries and medications (if any)
Backpack with waterproof linings
Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
Avoid roaming during the nights.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
While visiting the monasteries, do obey proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.
Accommodation at Shimla and Manali – Can be arranged at extra cost
Accommodation at all hotels/camps as per the itinerary on sharing basis.
Meals : Breakfast and dinner at all hotels and camps.
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Reliable, experienced and adept local driver cum guide with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and toll taxes.
Camping fees, tents and sleeping bags/blankets
Transportation : Comfortable non-AC SUV/MUV