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Spiti Valley : Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Scantily populated, Spiti is an adventure lover’s paradise, with the famed Spiti trek attracting thousands of adventure enthusiasts every year. There are many trekking trails in Spiti that tourists can choose from. All of these treks start from Kaza (Spiti’s capital, where you make your base camp), to various peaks from where you can get panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains. An easy 1.5-kilometre trek along the Spiti River from Dhankar Monastery to Dhankar Lake promises gorgeous views of the villages below, and the Dhankar Lake itself is a place where you can sit back and relax amidst the cool mountain air.
Day 1 : Chandigarh to Narkanda (180 kms / 7-8 hrs)
Arrive at Chandigarh Airport/Railway Station and head towards Shimla. Take appropriate breaks on the way and enjoy the beauty as you leave the hustle and bustle of Shimla behind. View the lush green valleys and apple orchirds on both sides of the road. Stay in the midst of nowhere in Narkanda.
Day 2 : Narkanda to Sangla (160 kms / 7-8 hrs)
After breakfast with a view of the mountains and head to Sangla via Rampur. You shall meet the Sutlej river at Sainj and from there on it will be with you till Spiti. Sangla is one of the most beautiful valleys in India. We recommend a walk to Baspa river.
Day 3 : Sangla to Kalpa via Chitkul (100 kms / 4 hrs)
Morning after early Breakfast walk to Basteri village if you are up for it. Visit the ancient temple there and walk around the village. We take you Chitkul- last village on Indo-Tibet border. From Chitkul, we head to Kalpa. Here you will enjoy the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea.
Day 4 : Kalpa to Tabo via Nako (170 kms / 9 hrs)
Early morning you can walk to the Old Shiva temple and Buddhist monastery in Kalpa, if time permits. After early breakfast and head to Tabo this day. The terrain will change after Pooh and you will see the end of the tree line. See the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river at Khab. Lunch at a beautiful village called Nako. If time permits then we visit Gue to see the Mummy.
Day 5 : Tabo to Pin Valley (120 kms / 4-5 hrs)
After breakfast and visit the “Ajanta of Himalayas”- The Tabo Monastery which is close to 1000 years old now. The murals, thankas and paintings are believed to have been made in a single night by the Gods themselves. You can also hike to the meditation caves, if time permits. Visit Dhankar Monastery- Seat of the King in ancient times- the most beautiful setting of a monument which hangs on a cliff and overlooks the confluence of Spiti and Pin River. Hike to Dhankar lake, if your lungs permit. We shall head to the last village in Pin Valley.
Day 6 : Pin Valley to Kaza (50kms / 2 hrs)
After breakfast wake up to the stunning landscape of Pin Valley National Park. Enjoy a cup of tea and walk around. From Pin, we shall head to visit Khungri monastery- the last hold of Buchen Lamas in Sangam. After this, we make our way to Key monastery and Khibber Village. Key monastery is on top of a mountain overlooking the Spiti valley and a huge river bed. It is also the main learning centre for Lamas following Geluk sect of Buddhism. This monastery houses some 100 odd monks. We shall climb a little further and visit Khibber Village- which was once the highest motorable village in the world.
Day 7 : Kaza City Tour
After Breakfast easy and today we head to Langza- the main area for Fossils, Hikkim- the highest post office in the world and Komic- one of the highest villages in the world at 4600 meters. A visit to the Tangyud monastery in Komic is also worthwhile. You can see some snow laden peaks during this drive. To make this memorable, you can also hike from Langza to Komic- 3-4 hours. Visit the postmaster of the highest post office in the world at Hikkim and mail some postcards from here. Drive back to Kaza.
Day 8 : Kaza to Chandartal (120 kms / 4-5 hrs)
After early morning breakfast, we drive to Chandra Tal- The lake of the moon via Lohsar village and Kunzum Pass. The drive on this day will be one of the highlights of the trip. Have a cup of tea at the last village of Spiti valley- Lohsar. After this you will just get closer to the high mountains and all you will see is snow capped peaks from Kunzum Pass and beyond. The hike to Chandra Tal lake is 20 mins from the barricade. The lake is a mesmerizing sight that will leave you speechless for sure. We don’t have words to describe it. Spend the night at camp close to the lake.
Day 9 : Chandartal Lake to Manali (50 kms / 2 hrs)
After Breakfast, some call it adventurous and some call the drive of their life- this is the last day of your trip before you head back to civilization in Manali. The road between Chandra Tal and Manali is the toughest, roughest, most scenic and we guarantee you will skip a few breathes this day. The non-existence of roads, a few water falls, dry and dusty make this terrain difficult. On the other hand, snow capped mountains, Chandra river flowing to meet Bhaga and the vast landscape make your drive memorable. Spend some time at Rohtang if time permits.
Day 10 : Manali to Chandigarh Drop
After breakfast, Check out from the hotel and transfer to Chandigarh Airport.
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