LEISURE HOLIDAY TO KINNOUR & SPITI
Nowhere else in the world the traveler can find such splendid diversity of mountain scenery as in the Himalayas, ‘the Abode of the Snows’ and unforgettable way to enjoy this diversity is to travel up the road from Shimla to Manali. This jeep Safari offers an incredible insight into the remote Spiti & Lahaul, Shimla, Kinnaur, Kullu and Pin valleys of Himachal Pradesh. From the lush green Shimla valley, we travel in a Kinnour valley formed by river Satluj then enter the starkly beautiful Spiti valley, visiting ancient Gompa and scattered little villages. After crossing the Kunzum Pass,and Rohtang pass the landscape changes dramatically, with the barren lunarscape of Spiti in to greenish valley of Gods Kullu.
SEASON: July to September.
MAX. ALTITUDE: 4551m.Kunzum Pass
DURATION: 10 Days
Day: 01 Shimla – Sarahan (2165m.) 176kms
From Shimla we drive through lower Himalayan hills to Narkanda and Rampur Bushehar. Sarahan is little but beautiful village in which situated the historical Bhimakali temple, which is about 1500years old. One can also enjoy the best view of Srikhand Dhar and Satluj River. o/n in hotel.
Day: 02 Sarahan — Sangla (2680m) 95km
Sangla is about 95 kms from Sarahan at an altitude of 2680m. Today we drive along the Satluj river. Sangla is a small town in Baspa valley of Kinnour region surrounded by pine and Chilgoza forests. And dominated by famous local diety Kamru naag. o/n in hotel.
Day: 03 Sangla – Chitkul 52km, Same day back to Sangla
The road on this stretch is very narrow and steep till Chitkul, the last and highest village (3450m.) in Baspa valley. It is situated on the right bank of the Baspa River. There is temples dedicated to local goddess Mathi, which is said to have been constructed some 500 years ago. o/n in hotel
Day: 04 Sangla – Kalpa (2960m.) 77km
Kalpa is the district Head quarter of Kinnaur on Hindustan Tibet Road and offer the nearest view of Kinner Kailash peak from Kalpa. o/n in hotel
Day: 05 Rest Day at Kalpa.
Kalpa is a picturesque village, once was favorite haunt of Lord Dalhousie the then governor general of India. Looming in front of Kalpa is an impressive view of Kinner Kailash peak. Day will be spend arranging inner line permit required for foreign visitors and for giving the vehicles thorough check up for the journey ahead. o/n in hotel.
Day: 06 Kalpa – Tabo via Nako (3050m) 170km
Nako (3664m.) is the highest and the largest village in the valley. To the north of the village is the monastic complex of four large temples built by the great Lotsaba Rin-Chen-Zagpo. Tabo ‘Gompa’ founded in 996AD, has exquisite wall paintings and stucco statues and is often called the Ajanta of the ‘Himalaya’. In terms of area, this is the largest monastic complex in Spiti.. o/n in hotel at Tabo.
Day: 07 Tabo – Kaza via Dhankar and Lalung 75km
Dhankar monastery in local dialect, is a fort and that is what this monastery once was. Standing high over the valley, this is a superb example of Spiti’s traditional architectural skills. Lalung a small village in remote area of Lingti valley. The main temple is decorated with unique Mandalas and statues with main statue of Bodhisattva in the center. o/n in hotel at Kaza.
Day: 08 Kaza – Ki-Kibber(4205m.) – Kaza. 36km.
Kibber village is the highest permanently inhabited village in the world connected by a motor able road .It also acts as the base for several high altitudes treks. . After having a look in the Kibber and approach down to Ki- Monastery. Ki is the repository of rare ‘Thangka’paintings’ and several ancient musical instruments and sacred Thangur text. o/n in hotel at Kaza.
Day: 09 Kaza – Kunzum pass –Chandrataal lake(4270m) 80km.
After crossing the 4551m high Kunzum pass which is the only gate way to Spiti from lahoul valley we turn right hand side on narrow jeep able road to reach Chandrataal. A majestic serene lake surrounded by the mighty Himalayan peaks.. Overnight in camp.
Day 10 : Chandrattal – Rohtang pass – Manali. 128km.
On the way is Bara Shigri glacier. The glacier is mountainous mass of solid ice, more than a kilometer wide and extending over a distance of ten kilometers. We reach on the top of Rohtang pass which is the gate way to lahoul and Leh Ladakh region. The color of the landscape changes dramatically as we cross the Rohtang pass. o/n in hotel at Manali.
Day 11: Day in leisure at Manali.