Kinnaur, Lahual & Spiti Road Trip
5 to 10 people
"At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains... surely the Gods live here” - Rudyard Kipling
Yet another one of it's kind road trip through the remote valleys of Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahaul is on our travel plans this July.
Majestic mountains, green valleys, meandering rivers, views of the Kinner Kailash, orchards and vineyards define the valley of Kinnaur while Spiti is a stark cold mountain desert, like Ladakh, hence it is often dubbed as Ladakh's lesser known cousin. The people and the lifestyle change distinctly as the landscape.
From the lush mountains of Kinnaur valley to the rugged moonscape of Lahaul & Spiti valley dotted with monasteries and temples, a place where Buddhism prevails alongside Hinduism. From the last village on the Indo-China border to the mummified lama of Geu to the fossils at Komic to the local brew, the Trans Himalayas are nothing less.
Places covered: Chandigarh, Narkanda, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, Dhankar, Kaza, Kibber, Hikkim, Komic, Langza, Chandratal, Old Manali, Chandigarh
- A trip designed in a way that you experience the best of the Trans Himalayas
- Stay in curated properties with the locals and learn about their culture
- Travel comfortably in Tempo Traveller
- Trip Co-ordinator
- Small group of like minded travelers
- Slow travel i.e. explore the place at your own pace
- Solo traveller? Fret not! You can now join our group & connect with other solo travellers in the group
- Complete pre-trip guidance
Day 1: Chandigarh-Narkanda
Land at Chandigarh latest by12 pm and drive to Narkanda. All you need after the long tiring journey is a good night’s sleep.
Meals: Dinner, Stay: Guesthouse | Distance: 200 kms| Drive Time: 7 hrs
Day 2: Narkanda-Sangla
We start our day by driving to Hatu Peak that offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. After a brief stop at the apple orchards of Thanadar, we proceed to Sangla, our destination for the day. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Swiss tents | Distance: 185 kms| Drive Time: 8 hrs
Day 3: Sangla-Chitkul-Kalpa
Wake up to the beautiful surroundings amidst the apple orchards in the Baspa Valley. After breakfast, visit the Kamru fort, Berig Nag Temple, Tibetan wood carving centre and marvel at the Kinnauri architecture. A scenic drive to the last village on the Indo-Tibetan trade route will leave you speechless. A short hike from Chitkul is the Indo-Tibet border.
Later, we head to Kalpa, one of the oldest villages, it is approximately 500 years old. Our stay is amidst apple orchard with views of Kinner Kailash, considered as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva; by its side is a 79 foot rock formation that resembles a Shiv linga that changes colour as the day passes.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Hotel | Distance: 100 kms| Drive Time: 5 hrs
Day 4: Kalpa-Nako Lake-Geu Mummy-Tabo
An early rise will reward you with a spectacular sunrise over the Kinner Kailash peak. We will visit the Shiva temple and leave for Tabo. We will take a pit stop at Nako Lake for lunch. Post lunch, explore the quaint little hamlet formed around the banks of the lake. Our next stop for the day is the Geu Mummy, a 550 year old naturally mummified monk. The mummy is remarkably well preserved for its age. It’s skin is unbroken and the hair is still on the head.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Guesthouse | Distance: 170 kms| Drive Time: 9 hrs
Day 5: Tabo-Tabo Monastery-Dhankar Monastery-Kaza
Today we connect with our inner selves as we will spend time in the Tabo monastery and the Dhankar monastery. One would be able to unearth well preserved artwork, scriptures and statutes as you delve into the Tibetan Buddhist religion.
Tabo monastery is a 1000 year old monastery with original decoration and iconographic program intact. Above the monastery, there are caves and cliff like structures which are used by the monks for meditation. You could opt to join a meditation/prayer session at the monastery with the monks.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Hotel | Distance: 130 kms| Drive Time: 5 hrs
Day 6: Kaza-Kye-Kibber-Kaza
Today we will visit another ancient and the biggest monastery in Spiti, the Kye monastery perched atop a hill. It is also the oldest training centre for Lamas. The monastery was damaged many times in the past due to the war, fire and earthquake.
Next, we visit the highest motorable village in the world, Kibber. It is a small village with about 100 houses and all painted in white with red rooftops. The architecture of the houses and fortified look of the village are worth seeing by a village walk. Play a game or two with the local children & relive your childhood.
Post lunch, the Bhuchen lamas will come all the way from Pin Valley and give a riveting theatric performance through storytelling and their colorful costumes. Be prepared to be fascinated! Evening is free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Hotel | Distance: kms| Drive Time: 5 hrs
Day 7: Kaza-Hikkim-Komic-Langza-Kaza
Today, we explore some other remote villages of Hikkim, Komic and Langza.
Hikkim is known to have the highest post office in the world. Send yourself a postcard back home from the post office here and cherish the memory for a lifetime. Komic is the highest motorable village in Asia. A village has only a dozen of houses and also houses the Tnagyud Monastery that has a sample of snow leopard skin.
Langza is village with rich fossil reserves. Take a stroll around to find sea fossils, but remember, you cannot take it back home. The village has a beautiful statue of Buddha and the view of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak makes the setting of the village spectacular.
Evening is free at leisure. You can opt for a session with the local amchi, a traditional Tibetan medicinal practitioner, who will take a look at your palms and tell about your health and prescribe herbal medicines accordingly or take a tour of the local brews in Spiti (DIY).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Hotel | Distance: kms| Drive Time: 5 hrs
Day 8: Kaza-Kunzum Pass-Chandratal
Today, we head to the famous Chandratal in Lahaul valley by crossing the Kunzum pass. Spend some time by the lake and be mesmerized by the surrounding beauty. Camp in basic tents a km or two away from the lake under the stars. A perfect setting to capture the Milky Way.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Basic Tents without attached loos | Distance: kms| Drive Time: 6 hrs
Day 9: Chandratal-Rohtang Pass-Old Manali
Today, we head to Old Manali. The drive to Manali is a 5 hour ride other than the traffic snarls at Rohtang. We will stay at Old Manali, a quaint backpacker town dotted with cozy little cafés. When the sun goes down, sway the night away in one of the cafés with live bands, karaoke nights and appetizing food.
Meals: Breakfast | Stay: Hotel | Distance: 140 kms| Drive Time: 5hrs + 2hrs traffic snarls
Day 10: Old Manali-Chandigarh
Drive to Chandigarh in time to catch your flights back home with wonderful memories of a lifetime. Book flights post 6 pm.
Meals: None | Distance: 315 kms| Drive Time: 10hrs
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Meals mentioned as per the above itinerary
- Travel from Chandigarh to Chandigarh in a Tempo Traveller
- Trip Co-ordinator
- Sightseeing as per trip plan
- Trip design charges
- Note*: The AC will be switched off for most part of the journey as the AC puts an additional strain on the car’s engine that can cause it to overheat and breakdown.
- Travel from your home city to Chandigarh and back.
- Meals not mentioned
- Any kind of personal expenses such as room service, tea/coffee, liquor, tips, laundry, beverages, etc
- Entry charges at monuments, monasteries, etc
- Any additional cost such as additional stay, extra days of transport etc. arising from change of travel plans due to weather conditions, landslides, flight delays, strikes etc. which are beyond our reasonable control will have to be personally borne by the traveler.
- Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions
- Travel to the Trans Himalayas is subject to weather related disruptions. If such a situation arises, we will do our best to adjust the itinerary.
- The client cannot claim Refund if he/she does not or cannot utilize any of the services like hotels, sightseeing, tours and treks, rides, cruises, meals, entrance fees, optional tours, etc due to any reason whatsoever.
- Organizer will not be held responsible for any kind of negligence on behalf of the travelers while on trip or travelers failing to heed the instructions of trip leader/ guide/ organisers and any condition arising out of consumption of alcohol/narcotics which are beyond the control of the organisers.
Prior to 30 days from date of departure: 25%
Between 15-30 days from date of departure: 50%
Between 15 days or lesser from date of departure: 100%
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