Sangla Flower Festival Special

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We believe, September is the best month to visit Sangla valley. This is the time where one can witness a perfect blend of flowering, weather & festivals. You can enjoy the lush green forests, gushing rivers, majestic Himalayas & much more. 
 
This trip offers you some unique stays, in the most unexplored parts of Himachal; starting from a homestay, to a luxury camp & ending at a spectacular resort. We have an ideal Himalayan getaway planned just for you, so join us to explore this hidden paradise. 

ABOUT SANGLA VALLEY

Surrounded by forested slopes in the higher Himalaya range, it is named after the serene Sangla village. Until 1989 outsiders could not enter the valley without a special permit from the Government of India, due to its strategic position on the Indo-Tibet/China border . The Baspa river meanders through the valley and is famed for trout fishing. With magnificent views of slopes forested with pine nut orchards, Royal red apples and cherry trees Sangla Valley stands apart. 

Kinner Camps (2800 m) nestled in Sangla valley of the Kinnaur Himalayas. Home to one of the oldest tribal societies. Kinnaur, presents an enchanting experience through its uninhibited adherence to traditional lifestyle, custom, and costumes. Sangla Valley is surrounded by lust green slopes & offers stunning view of the high Himalayan snow capped mountains. 

 

DETAILED ITINERARY : 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

Day 1 – 1st Sept : CHANDIGARH TO KOTGARH ( 199 Kms - 6/7 Hours ) 

We take the flight to Chandigarh. Upon arrival we depart for Kotgarh. The drive will take about 6 -7 Hours. 

Surrounded by picturesque villages, enticing apple orchards and dense forest cover, the quaint towns of Thanedar-Kotgarh are endowed with a unique old-world charm, pristine beauty, and crisp, clean air to tranquilize the soul. 

Dinner and overnight stay at the cozy homestay. 

Day 2 –  2nd Sept : KOTGARH TO SANGLA ( 141 Kms - 7 Hours) 

Post breakfast at Kotgarh we depart for Sangla valley  (141 kms and takes about 7 hours). En-route to Sangla. 

We'll be staying at Kinner Camps at Sangla. At a height of 2,700 mts the camp is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides, and is on the banks of the Baspa river that surges through the valley. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinner Camps.

DAY 3 –  3rd Sept  - ATTEND FLOWER FESTIVAL - PHULIACH

During the month of September, the valley of Kinaur comes alive with all sorts of festivities and the Phulaich Fair is one of the many festivals celebrated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh every year.Villagers gather round and climb to the top of the mountain. Once at the top, the villagers look for a specific flower – the Ladra flower. His flower is the highlight of the entire Phulaich Fair. It has a special place in the heart of the locals who venerate this flower for a variety of reasons.

Day 4 : 4th Sept - VISIT CHITKUL & RAKCHAM VILLAGE 

Early morning, sip morning tea while watching birds like the Himalayan whistling thrush, Rufus warbler, grey tit, flower peckers and sun birds. Go for a walk in the valley. After breakfast, depart by 9.30 and drive to Chitkul (23km), the last Indian village on the Indo-Tibet border. Later, walk/drive to Nagasti, the last civilian point (2.5km).

Drive to Rakcham village. Trek and explore Rakchham valley. Carry a packed lunch and have a picnic by the river. Rest of the evening is free for adventure activities at the camp and leisure.

Dinner and Overnight at the camp.

DAY 5 –  5th Sept : SANGLA KANDA OFF ROADING EXCURSION 

Wake up early in the morning to the sound of birds humming & water gushing down the river near the camp. You can choose to meditate in the Yoga Camp set up at the camp or one can simply get ready for a quick morning trek or off-roading to Sangla Kanda.

Sangla Kanda excursion is done with a 4 x 4 Vehicle. The drive takes about an hour, to reach atop the meadow. Here, one can enjoy the spectacular views of the entire valley & majestic Kinner Kailash Peak. Since Kanda is traditionally known as a shepherd’s trail, you may come across heard of sheep’s spread across the lush green meadow.

One can trek with the shepherds, sit by the lake, meditate or simply enjoy the packed lunch alongside the beautiful view.

Post excursion, return to the camp. Evening is free for leisure & relaxation.

Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

DAY 6 –  6th Sept : SANGLA TO KALPA (60Km) - LOCAL SIGHTSEEING

Just 60 km from the camp, it can take over 2.5 hours to reach Kalpa. The drive is through the beautiful lands of Karcham, Powari and Recong Peo. Besides the amazing close-up view of the Kinner Kailash range, Kalpa also offers a wonderful market walk.

Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and gompas stick out like Christmas decorations on the mountain slopes and makes for an interesting sight. Overnight at Kalpa.

Besides the amazing close-up view of the Kinner Kailash range, Kalpa also offers a wonderful market walk. Sight sightseeing in Kalpa is all about gazing in utter amazement at the stunning view of Kinner. Kalpa is surrounded by apple orchards and forests of chilgoza pines, and the air is clean and crisp.

Dinner & Overnight at Kalpa.

DAY 7 –  7th Sept : KALPA TO NARKANDA ( 162 Kms - 6/7 Hours ) 

Wake up early to witness the stunning sunrise bathing the Kinner Kailash peaks. After an early breakfast, we leave the gorgeous Sangla Valley and leave for Narkanda  ( 7 - 8 hrs drive).

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

 

DAY 8 - 8th Sept : NARKANDA TO CHANDIGARH ( 185 Kms - 6 / 7 Hours ) 

Post an early breakfast, we depart for Chandigarh to catch flight back home. The trip concludes with fond memories & moments. 

 

RESORT DETAILS 

 

Kotgarh ( 1 Night ) - Deodar Cottage - Visit Website 

Sangla Valley (4 Nights) - Kinner Camps - Visit Website 

Kalpa (1 Night ) - Kinner Villa - Visit Website

Narkanda (1 Night ) - Tethys Ski Resort - Visit Website  

 

 

Trip Cost : Rs : 40,000 /- + 5% GST Per Person

 

Cost includes:

-  Accommodation on twin sharing basis at all places

- Breakfast & Dinner at Narkanda, Kalpa & Kotgarh

- All meals at Sangla 

- Sangla Kanda Excrusion by 4x4 Vehicle

- Surface transfers as per itinerary by Innova 

- Inner liner permits, entry fees, taxes, parking & toll

 

Cost Excludes:

- Rail or Air Fare

- Adventure sports at the campsite, local guide fees

- Any other services or meals which are not mentioned in the above "Includes" section

- Expense of personal nature such as mineral water, tips, laundry, telephones, beverages etc

- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and / or any factors beyond control

- Any services not availed of are non-refundable

 

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:

- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show)

 

ABOUT SANGLA VALLEY 

If a landscape had the powers of casting spells, then the Sangla valley would be a magician extraordinary. Once seen, it is a place that can never be forgotten. So aptly portrayed in the song "Nothing But" by John Kay. The gorgeous green valley of Sangla is where the tired mind and body gets relaxed and rejuvenated. 

Sangla Valley, also known as the Baspa Valley, is located in the greater Himalayan Range of Himachal Pradesh. The valley extends from Karchum to Chitkul, the last village at the Indo-Tibetan border. The gurgling River Baspa flows through the valley, with glacial streams rich in trout. Surrounded by lush, forested slopes of cedar and pine, the valley abounds in orchards of apple, apricot and walnut.

The word ‘Sangla’ in Tibetan language denotes ‘Pass of Light’. Sangla travel guide is full of references to the mesmerizing sceneries and picturesque spots. The region and its vicinity are famous for its cherry and apple trees and pine nut orchards. Apart from the amazing natural vegetation, some of the interesting sightseeing places that attract tourists are Kamru Fort, Buddhist Monastery, Sangla Meadow and Tibetan Wood Carving Centre etc. The place is famous worldwide for Kinnauri caps and handmade shawls.

The major source of livelihood for the locals is agriculture and related activities. In fact, Bastseri in Sangla is the only area in the region where Chilgoza (a rare dry fruit) is grown. Not far from Bastseri is Kinner Camps a wonderful place to stay.

WEATHER

The weather in Sangla is pleasant throughout the year. Summers are from March to May, followed by a moderate monsoon season lasting till August. The temperature ranges between 8oC and 30oC, with mild rainfall during the monsoons. March-May and August-November are the best months to visit and soak in the beauty of Sangla. October sees the arrival of winter, which lasts till the end of April. Temperatures fall well below freezing, reaching as low as -10oC. Visiting Sangla at this time is therefore not recommendedFor the weather link click here 

THINGS TO CARRY
  • Rucksack , Sports bag or Suitcase - (Ideally this should be your check in luggage)
  • Day pack bag (This will be useful when we travel to places like  Alchi, Nubra valley, and Pangong. We will be leaving our main luggage at Leh)
  • Cap / Scarf
  • Full Sleeve Thick Woolen Sweater, Jacket and Wind Cheater
  • Cotton Thermal Inner
  • Monkey Cap, Muffler, Gloves, Socks (All woolen)
  • Sun Glasses (other than blue shades)
  • Floaters / Chappals
  • Cold Cream, Sun Screen Lotion , Lip Guard
  • Torch with extra cells
  • Adequate T Shirts, Trousers, Underclothing
  • Hand Towel, Napkin, Handkerchief
  • Personal Toilet paper, Tooth paste/brush, Soap, Shaving Kit and other toiletries
  • Personal Medicine Kit
  • Waist Pouch
  • Small extension board to charge your electronic gadgets
  • IPOD / PEN DRIVE for MUSIC (Optional)
*Please note that the Kit List mentioned is a standard one for all our Himalayan trips, hence one can make a few changes as per personal preferences.

Quick Info

Trip Cost : 

Rs. 40,000 + 5% GST Per Person

Trip Dates :

1st Sept to 8th Sept 2018

Weather Link : For Sangla Valley

Trip Leader :

Sampada Salvi

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