Up, Close & Personal with Himalayas

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Best Season

April to August

Grade

Moderate

Duration

16 days

06 -08 Persons

Highest Alt: 4850 m

Average Temps: 14-16 degrees Celsius

Highlights: Short & long hikes, Camps & Retreats, Long Drives over mountain passes, Angling & village walking, High altitude Monasteries & temples, Picnic Lunches & Farewell Dinner…..

Overview

One of the rare hiking trips, where you get the closest to the mighty Himalayas & feel the power, grace & beauty, that these mountain peaks exude & embrace you with; Protected by a blanket of snow for almost 6 months, these peaks emerge every summer glittering in your face. You have plenty to explore on this very exclusive trip by Banjaaray; From fishing for the trout in Baspa river at an altitude of 2700m to the leisurely walks through unending orchard farms, short & long kikes to the gorgeous peaks to a calming solace inside temples; the barren moonscape of Spiti valley to ancient forts & palaces, this is your opportunity to get up, close & personal with the Himalayan grandeur, uninterrupted……

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MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Delhi

You arrive in Delhi on your own. Our representative shall meet with you at the airport exit & assist you with your luggage to the waiting vehicle. A short drive & you reach your hotel, where you check in & relax for the rest of the day.

Hotel

Meals:

Day 02 Delhi - Chandigarh –Thanedar (Short train journey of 3 hrs followed by a drive of 195 kms, 5- 6 hrs)

You enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We shall transfer to the railway station for your train journey at 1200 hrs to Chandigarh. On arrival at Chandigarh, We shall meet with you, assist you to the waiting vehicle & drive you to Thanedar. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Stay overnight at Hotel / Camps’

Day 03 Thanedar - Sangla (150 kms 5-6hrs)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Leave thereafter for Sangla. En-route, you visit Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan. Your tryst with Himalayas & its imposing peaks commences this day after reaching Sangla valley. Every year for about 6 months, the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to the discerning traveler.

Optional Activities

Long walk to discover the amazing fauna and flora of the valley
Treks to view snow covered Himalayan peaks
Angling for trout
Village walks to experience some of the local culture and traditions
Rock climbing & rappelling
Retire for the night at Camps / Hotel.

Day 04 Sangla - Chitkul - Sangla (25 kms, 1 hr, Short hike 3 hrs)

First up you reach Chitkul. From here you start your hike up to Nagasthi, the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route. It is a short but enjoyable hike of 4 kms through a scenic landscape. Beyond Nagasthi is the border with neighboring China (Tibet region).

Day 05 Sangla – Rakcham- Sangla (Hiking Special) 6 kms, 3 hrs

Today you go hiking to Rakcham village. This is the signature walk of the valley. You see vast swathes of pink fields, possibly local millet & apple orchards before you reach Rackham. Return to Sangla in the evening. Stay here for the night.

Day 06 Sangla - Kalpa (40 kms, 2 - 3 hrs)

Enjoy breakfast in Sangla; Later leave for Kalpa famous for its apple and chilgoza plantations;. Kalpa offers the best panoramic view of the 6,000m high Kinner-Kailash range. Stay for the night at Kalpa.

Day 07 Kalpa - Kaza (210 kms; 6-7 hrs)

Great settings await you today on this fascinating drive to the Spiti valley. You depart for Kaza after an early breakfast, leaving behind verdant, forest clad mountains as you go over the tree line towards the Spiti region. En route you may take a short detour to visit the picturesque Nako Lake. The terrain will leave you breathless and speechless. Rock-hard Desert Mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds account for the sparsely populated villages. Upon reaching Kaza, you check into the Hotel / Camp and spend rest of the day at leisure.

Day 08 Kaza - Tabo - Dhankar – Kaza (80 kms, 3-4 hrs)

You wake up to a beautiful sun & surroundings in kaza. After an early breakfast, you drive down to Tabo and visit Tabo Gompa, reputed to be the oldest (an inscription on a wall here indicates, it was founded in AD 996) continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas, with its original decoration and iconographic program intact. You then move on to see Dhankar monastery. Dhankar, the traditional capital of Spiti, sits pretty on a hilltop. The fort here overlooks the Spiti valley and it was used as a jail in olden days. Today, more than 160 lamas reside here. A statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than seven-century old monastery. About an hour’s walk (about 3 kms) from here on a slightly uphill track is a small lake that sits languidly is a bowl. The size of the lake in the summer varies every year depending on how much snow the catchment area had in the previous winter. After an al fresco lunch, you take a 30 minute walk to the car and drive back to reach the retreat by evening.

Day 09 Kaza - Pin Valley National Park – Kaza

As a departure from your hiking & trekking explorations, you get to visit the Pin national park. Declared a national park in 1987, Pin Valley is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh; with its snow laden unexplored higher reaches and slopes, the Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals including the Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. The elevation of the Park ranges from about 3,500 M near Ka Dogri to over 6,000 M at its highest point. In summer, flowers decorate the valley with startling hues. Along with animals, rare birds like the Himalayan Snow Cock, Chukor, Snow Partridge and the Tibet Snow Finch also flourish in the area.

Day 10 Kaza

Have breakfast in the morning; later get set to visit Ki monastery and the quaint Kibber village. Ki Gompa is a Gelukpa sect monastery. Its hilltop position points to a post-thirteenth century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level, while the middle floor houses the Dukhang- the assembly hall – and the uppermost floor has another temple and the head Lama’s quarters, on one side of an open terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of ‘Thangkas’ salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars and the Sikhs in the 19th century. From here a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. Kibber is small village and is the take off point for the popular trek to Tso Moriri in Ladakh. Further up six kilometers from Kibber, you drive up to a still smaller village of Gete. Consisting of just six houses, it boasts of being the highest village in Asia connected by road. Drive back to the retreat for lunch and spend rest of the day at leisure – preferably resting.

Day 11 Kaza – Manali (201 kms, 7-8 hrs)

Your tryst with Spiti valley must end just like all good things come to an end at some point in time. Today you drive over Kunzun La (4553m) to reach Manali, a very beautiful & popular hill station in India. It is a longish drive; you can stop by at certain Pit stops for coffee & photo ops & capture the eternal scenery in your lens forever. Upon reaching Manali, you check in your hotel/resort for the night. Dinner is also provided here.

Overnight stay in hotel;

Day 12 Manali

Spend the day exploring the hill station famous for its hip hop culture; Overnight at hotel;

Day 13 Manali – Shoja (110 kms, 3-4 hrs)

Have breakfast at your Manali hotel. Later drive to Shoja; En-route visit the legendary Naggar castle and Roerich art gallery. Check into your retreat/resort upon arriving here. Enjoy Bonfire & dinner before retiring for sleep.

Day 14 Shoja

The entire day is at leisure for you to unwind & shed the fatigue of the trip. You may go on a leisurely hike to Raghupur Fort or Serolser Lake. Have an early dinner & retire for the night.

Day 15 Departure to Delhi

You have to leave early morning by 5am so as to reach the airport by or before 7am. Catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival check in your hotel; Have dinner & stay overnight here.

Day 16 Delhi – Sightseeing- Departure

Enjoy a full day sightseeing of Delhi today. We treat you to a farewell dinner at a city restaurant before dropping you off at the International airport. We wish you a safe flight back home.
Your tour ends. We look forward to seeing you again.

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