Himachal Tribal Expedition
Himachal Tribal Expedition
13 Nights / 14 Days
Shimla–Sarahan Reckong Peo–Kalpa Puh–Nako–Sumdo–Tabo-Dhankar–Lalung-Lalung–Kaza–Langcha-Kibber–Chicham-Chicham– Kunzum La–Chandrataal Lake-Batal–Chatru-Rohtang Pass–Manali
Day 1: Delhi / Chandigarh –
Morning pick up from Delhi / Chandigarh railway
station / airport & leave for Shimla. Evening free to explore Mall road
& church. Overnight in Shimla.
Day 2: Shimla - Sarahan 2,150 metres / 7,055 feet, (170 Kms 9-10 hrs)
After breakfast at hotel, Today it is a drive of
9-10 hrs, driving through the beautiful villages of Fagu, Theog, Matiana,
Narkanda and Rampur. Enrooted we will have many stopage and will visit the
Apple orchards and Hattu peak (3,400 metres/ 11,154 feet) at Narkanda, from
where you can have a spectacular view of the mighty Central Himalayas and will
also visit the traditional wodden carved temple of Godess Kali on the top. We
will also stop by a small lake on the way to Hattu Peak. Later on we continue
our drive to Sarahan via Rampur and enroute we will stop for lunch break and
various picture breaks. Sarahan - the tiny village offers the splendid views of
Shrikhanda Mahadev Peak (5,155 metres). The major attraction in Sarahan is
centuries-old Hindu temple of Godess Bhimakali. Steeped in legend, the temple
complex is a resplendent example of hill architecture. Sarahan is also the
gateway to Kinnaur valley. Overnight stay in Hotel in Sarahan.
Day 3: Sarahan – Reckong Peo – Kalpa
After breakfast drive to Kalpa village and spend
some time in meadows and apple orchards. Reckong Peo is district headquarter of
Kinnaur district and the launching pad for most expeditions to Spiti. Out hotel
over there is nestled between beautiful orchards of apple and cherry trees in a
very quaint and romantic location. Overnight in Kalpa.
Day 4: Kalpa – Puh – Nako – Sumdo – Tabo
After breakfast, From this point, you’ll notice a
change in the terrain as the barren cold desert landscape of Spiti becomes
visible. Driving through, we’ll reach Nako village and visit the Nako lake and
monastery in village to observe rituals of local Buddhist monks. The walk in
nearby areas will provide some great views of mountainous scenery. After visit
drive to Tabo. Overnight in Tabo
Day 5: Tabo
After breakfast, proceed to visit Tabo Monastery
is more than 1000 years old and contains many priceless Thanka paintings and
artifacts including Pillar of a Thousand Buddhas. This monastery is listed as a
World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The entry to monastery which is spread over 6300
square meters is made of earthen walls and covered with beautiful frescoes.
These paintings depict various lives of Buddha and stories from Jataka tales
painted in typical Tibetan style. You can also visit nearby caves which are
used by monks to meditate in solitude and introspection. Overnight in Tabo.
Day 6: Tabo – Dhankar – Lalung
After breakfast drive to Dhankar, the ancient
capital of Spiti and seat of Spitian Kings. There are ruins of an ancient
castle and a monastery constructed in 16th century. It’s situated on top of a
steep mountain ridge overlooking the valley. A walk to Dhankar lake takes about
90 minutes, We’ll then drive to Lalung village which is a small picturesque
village inhabited by friendly and helpful villagers. Lalung monastery is famous
for it’s statue of Three Cornered Buddha made with 3 sides to symblise Buddha
looking in every direction. It is believed that Rinchen Zangpo, founder of
major monasteries in Spiti planted a willow tree and instructed the locals to
construct a monastery of the tree survives. Today, an ancient willow tree
stands in front of the monastery constructed in 10th century. Overnight in
Day 7: Lalung – Kaza – Langcha
After breakfast drive to Langcha village hangs
over Kaza town at an altitude of 4250 meters. The road leading to Langcha
village is among the highest motorable roads anywhere in the world. Traveling
along this road, the travellers get spectacular views of valley and sparkling
waters of Spiti river flowing through it. The route eventually leads to Shilla
valley on plateau above which has grazing grounds for local livestock. Langcha
village is divided in to Upper and Lower village. We’ll have lunch there in a
local house and enjoy authentic delicious cuisine of Spiti . We’ll visit a 900
years old Buddhist temple and then visit Komik. We will then hunt for millions
of years old fossils in Langthis Natural Fossil Center. After that, we can
visit Komic monastery, which is one of highest monasteries anywhere in world as
well as another ancient monastery near Hikkim village which was destroyed in an
earthquake in 1975. Overnight in Langcha.
Day 8: Langcha – Kaza – Ki Monastry – Kibber
After breakfast, We’ll travel on road to Kibber
and visit world famous Ki Monastery located at an altitude of 4120 meters.
We’ll walk around it and see vast collection of ancient paintings and
manuscripts contained in the large complex. Ki monastery belongs to Gelugpa
Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After monastery, we’ll move towards Kibber village
which is among the biggest villages in Lahaul Spiti region and situated at an
altitude of 4250 meters. The surroundings offer a good spot for wildlife
sightings. Overnight in Kibber.
Day 9: Kibber – Chicham
After breakfast, trek to Chicham village which is
located on other side of a sharp and precipitous canyon. We can also go there
by a thrilling ropeway ride (called jhoola in local dialect). It’s not uncommon
to spot the elusive snow leopard here. It’s also a good place to spot other
wildlife like ibex, blue sheep, golden cock, pika, Himalayan wolf and more.
Overnight in Chicham.
Day 10: Chicham – Kunzum La – Chandrataal Lake
After breakfast, drive up to Kunzum La. Kunzum La
is a vital pass in the region at an altitude of 4550 meters. There’s also a
temple dedicated to Goddess Kunzum. We can either trek to Chandrataal Lake (8
km) from there or drive via Batal. Chandrataal Lake is one of the major
attractions of Spiti valley famous for it’s crystal clear water and stunning
views. We’ll spend the night in our campsite about 1 km from the lake.
Overnight Camping in Chandrataal Lake.
Day 11: Chandrataal Lake – Batal – Chatru
After breakfast drive to Batal, a popular resting
stop for vehicles on this route and have tea in hospitable Chandra dhaba. We’ll
get close to Chandra River and spend some time soaking in the views. After that
we’ll reach Chatru and camp there for the night near river. We’ll see the
fields, spend sometime with local Gaddi shephards and enjoy the views of dozens
of small streams flowing through mountains and joining Chandra River as it
gains more volume. Overnight in Chatru.
Day 12: Chatru – Rohtang Pass – Manali
After breakfast leave for Manali via Rohtang Pass.
The drive normally takes between 6 to 7 hours. As we leave valley, the desert
landscape of the valley is left behind replaces by greenery all over. We’ll
reach Rohtang Pass by noon and visit Beas Kund. After having a cup of tea,
we’ll reach Manali in evening. Check in the hotel and walk around The Mall Road
Manali. Overnight in Manali.
Day 13: Manali
fresh up enjoy Manali local sightseeing tour. Start your trip by covering
Hadimba Devi Temple and Ghatotkacha Temple. The temples are dedicated to Mata
Hadimba (the most worshipped deity in Himahcal) and her son Ghatotkacha.
Clubhouse will be next place to visit. Here, enjoy
activities such as Skating, disco, zipline, TT and much more. Later bathe
yourselves in Sage Vashisht’s Hot Springs containing Medical properties. Right
across the Hot spring are temples of Lord shiva and Lord Ram where one can pay
a visit. Overnight stay will be in reserved Hotel in Manali.
Day 14: Manali – Chandigarh / Delhi
After breakfast drive to Chandigarh / Delhi. En-route visit Kullu. Upon arrival in Chandigarh / Delhi transfer to Airport / Railway station.
***Tour End with Sweet Memories***