DAY 01: Shimla (2200m) - Kalpa (2960m), Drive / 240 kms / 9-10 hrs
Assemble in Shimla at 6:30 am
Today we drive from Shimla to Kalpa
Enroute we drive through Narkanda, Rampur & Rekong Peo
Reach Kalpa, rest & relax
Overnight in guesthouse / hotel / camp.
DAY 02: Kalpa (2960m) – Sangla (2690m), Drive / 51 kms / 2-3 hrs
In the morning we will explore Kalpa
In the afternoon, drive to Sangla
Overnight guesthouse/hotel/camp at Sangla.
DAY 03: Sangla (2690m) - Chitkul (3450m) – Sangla (2690m), Drive/ 26 kms/2-3 hrs
In the morning, we drive to Chitkul (26 kms), last village on the Indo-Tibetian border.
In the afternoon, return to Sangla
Overnight in the hotel/guesthouse/ camp.
DAY 04: Sangla (2690m) - Tabo(3049m), Drive/200 kms/7-8 hrs
Post breakfast, drive to Tabo village
Today, ride through lush green Kinnaur into the arid and strikingly beautiful Spiti
On reaching Tabo explore the region. Overnight stay in guesthouse/ camp at Tabo.
DAY 05: Tabo (3049m) – Dhankar (3890m) - Kaza (3800m) Drive/70kms/3-4 hrs
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Kaza
Enroute visit the Dhanker Gompa
On reaching Kaza, go for an evening stroll to the local market
Overnight in a hotel/camp at Kaza.
DAY 06: Kaza (3800m)– Kye(4166m)– Kibber(4270m) –Gete(4270m) –Kaza(3800m), Drive/ 60 kms /2-3hrs
Today drive to Kye village and visit the monastery
From here, drive further to reach the village at Kibber.
After spending sometime at Kibber, drive to highest village in the world, Gete (4270m)
In the afternoon, return back to Kaza.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight in a hotel /camp at Kaza.
DAY 07: Kaza - Kunzum La(4550m)–Chandratal(4270m), Drive/85 kms/ 3-4 hrs
Today morning, we drive to Kunzum La (4550m)
From Kunzum La (4550m), we further drive to Chandratal Lake(4270m)
On reaching Chandratal, enchant yourself with the beauty of the Lake
Overnight stay in the tents.
DAY 08: Chandratal(4270m) - Manali (2000m), Drive/118 kms/ 5-6 hrs
Post breakfast, drive to Manali via the famous Rohtang pass
On reaching Manali, check into hotel/ guesthouse.
In the evening roam around the market and do some shopping
Overnight stay at hotel/ guesthouse.
DAY 09: Manali departure
Post breakfast, depart for onward destination
Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!
Transport Options (Delhi –Shimla– Delhi)
For travel from Delhi to Shimla one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Chandigarh Airport and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Chandigarh. They take about 5 hrs to cover the distance. From Delhi there are Volvos available for Shimla. Also there is frequent service of buses from Chandigarh to Shimla. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max 25°C. min 10°C), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for chilly evenings and a small possibility of rain. Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
List of Essentials
Shirts and trousers 4 -5 pairs
Water and wind proof jacket
Thermal top and bottom
Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
Torch with extra batteries.
Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
Warm Socks (4-5pairs)
Sun screen lotion
Head torch with extra batteries.
Small light towel and napkin
Camera with extra batteries.
...LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
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Duration: 9 Days
Region: Lahaul / Spiti Valleys (Himachal Pradesh)
Day 01: Shimla (2200m) - Kalpa (2960m), Drive / 240 kms / 9-10 hrs
Day 02: Kalpa (2960m) – Sangla (2690m), Drive / 51 kms / 2-3 hrs
Day 03: Sangla (2690m) - Chitkul (3450m) – Sangla (2690m), Drive / 26 kms /2-3 hrs
Day 04: Sangla (2690m) - Tabo (3049m), Drive / 200 kms / 7-8 hrs
Day 05: Tabo (3049m) – Dhankar (3890m) - Kaza (3800m) Drive / 70kms / 3-4 hrs
Day 06: Kaza (3800m)– Kye (4166m) – Kibber (4270m) – Gete (4270m) – Kaza (3800m), Drive / 60 kms / 2-3hrs
Day 07: Kaza - Kunzum La (4550m) – Chandratal (4270m), Drive / 85 kms / 3-4 hrs
Day 08: Chandratal (4270m) - Manali (2000m), Drive / 118 kms / 5-6 hrs
Day 09: Manali departure
This exciting overland trip has it all. On this voyage we traverse through some of the most bizarre and surrealistic landscape, travelling at altitudes of more than 3500m once we enter the mountains, visit regions which till recently were cut off for tourists and are steeped in rich culture and history, etc.
We start off this road trip from Delhi and drive to the hill station of Shimla. From Shimla, we begin the actual journey into the famed valleys of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Our first halt would be at the quaint town of Kalpa. This town is Inhabited by Kinnauri people and famous for its apple orchards. From here we move into the Kinnaur valley with the first stop being Sangla. The drive from Sarahan to Sangla is through a picturesque route with winding mountain roads with the River Sutlej surging furiously across the valley. As you drive deeper into the valley, the spectacular vistas unfold the meandering river, verdant conifer slopes, meadows, apple & chilgoza orchards, quaint villages and the magnificent snow clad Kinner Kailash ranges. From here one could do a number of day hikes and visit the village of Chitkul, which is the last village on the Indo-Tibetan border. From here, we leave the Kinnaur valley and enter the Spiti valley. The difference in the terrain of the 2 valleys is stark with the Kinnaur valley being lush green and the Spiti valley being barren and desolate. The valley is steeped in Buddhist culture and the same is visible through the number of monasteries that dot the landscape. We would be visiting a number of these monasteries and would learn a lot about the culture from the resident monks, architecture, interiors, etc. From the Spiti valley, we proceed to another popular hill station Manali. This town is very popular with holiday goers and the same can be seen in the crowded marketplace with shops selling local handicrafts, food cafes, etc. From Manali, we begin the journey into Ladakh. This trip involves traversing through the Greater Himalayas and crossing a number of high passes beginning with the Rohtang Pass (3978m). Also one would be passing through Keylong capital of Lahaul, Jispa and Sarchu. Keylong is a melange of green fields, willow planted watercourses, brown hills and snowy peaks. Here we will visit Khardong and Sha-Shur monasteries. We will also visit a few monasteries en route Jispa. From Jispa we depart for Sarchu via the Baralacha La (4883 m) over the ZingZing Bar plains. From here one can view the Mulkila and Barashigra peaks. In the next stage we will be crossing the Lachlung La(5182m) and Tanglang La(5303m) passes to reach Leh.
The last leg of this road trip would involve exploring the Nubra valley in Ladakh. Nubra is an incredible valley which till recently was completely cut off from travelers. It is a Buddhist region north of Leh across the Khardung La(5600m), the second highest motorable Pass in the world. This valley also known as the valley of flowers was on the former trade route between Tibet and Turkistan. We finish this exciting voyage with a rafting trip down the Indus. View of the valley from the river adds a totally different perspective to this truly enchanting place. The trip finishes with a flight - right over the top of the greater Himalayas, offering views only conjured in dreams.