DAY 1 – CHANDIGARH TO SHIMLA (114km)
Arrive at Chandigarh. Pick-up and transfer to Shimla. Check-in at your hotel, and rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight at Shimla.
DAY 2 – SHIMLA TO NAKO (9 - 10 Hours)
Post breakfast, depart for Nako. It will take about 9 - 10 Hours to reach Nako.
En-route, we take a halt at Khab village. Khab sangam is the confluence of the Spiti River and Sutlej River.
Welcome to Spiti Valley – with few signs of vegetation. Yet, this land renders visitors speechless with its harsh raw beauty of the landscape. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in “Kim” in these words: “At last they entered a world within a world – a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble & refuse from off the knees of the mountains…surely the Gods live here.”
Arrive at Nako & check-in to Kinner Camps.
Visit Nako Lake: Kinnaur’s most picturesque hamlets. Nako is slated to be declared a heritage village built around a small lake. It has an important Buddhist Qompa which is 1000 yrs. old, & a small temple. A footprint like impression on a rock is ascribed to the saint Guru Padmasambhava.
Dinner & Overnight at Nako camp.
DAY 3 - NAKO to KAZA (110km)
We move on further to explore Tabo – also known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. Visit the Tabo monastery. A short drive away is the Giu mummy lama temple. Next, proceed to visit Dhankar Gompa, the traditional capital of Spiti, which sits pretty on a hilltop. We head to Kaza for overnight stay.
Dinner & Overnight at Kaza.
DAY 4 – KI – KIBBER
After an early breakfast, Check out from Kaza hotel & we leave for an excursion to the Ki Monastery (approx. 15 km), situated at the foot of steep ridges on the left bank of the river Spiti. From here, a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. From Kibber, the pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometers.
Evening is free to explore the surroundings.
Dinner & Overnight at Kaza.
DAY 5 – LANGZA - HIKKIM - KOMIK
Post breakfast, check out from Kaza & head for Langza. Proceed to visit Hikkim & Komic.
Komik is highest motor able village in Asia at 15,027 feet, 18Kms from Kaza. The village is about
500yrs old. Next, brace yourself to send a postcard to your friends & family from the highest post office in
the world at Hikkim 14,400 feet. Last but not the least, Langaz is yet another beautiful village nestled in the picturesque
landscape of Spiti. The village is dominated by the majestic Buddha statue right in the lap of the
Post excursion, get back to Langza for overnight stay at a homestay.
Dinner & Overnight at Langza Homestay.
DAY 6 – LANGZA TO CHANDRATAL (85km)
After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Motor able road ends a couple of kms before the lake. A short trek takes you to Lake Chandrataal. Have a picnic lunch on the banks of the lake. Spend some time at Chandrataal.
Dinner & Overnight at Chandrataal camps.
Day 7 - CHANDRATAAL TO MANALI (126km)
Leave early morning for Manali. Enjoy the scenic drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Rohtang Pass. Check-in and relax after the journey. Evening is free for exploring the market and shopping.
Dinner & Overnight in Manali.
DAY 8 – MANALI to CHANDIGARH (370Km)
Today, we come to the last leg of our trip, as we say goodbye to Spiti and start our journey home. After the long drive, stay overnight at Chandigarh.
Dinner & Overnight in Chandigarh.
DAY 9 – DEPARTURE FROM CHANDIGARH
Depart for home, with wonderful memories of the ‘Desert Mountain Valley’.
Trip Cost: Rs. 35,000/- + 5% GST per Person
Travel Dates: 10th August - 18th August 2018
Trip Leader: Kaustubh