Spiti Safari with Chandertal Trek (21 Days)
Day 1: Arrival at New Delhi
Arrival at Delhi, reception in the airport, transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Chandigarh (275 km)
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board a train to Chandigarh. Arrival at Chandigarh by noon, assistance upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the evening take a city tour visiting the Rock Garden and city centre. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Chandigarh – Manali (275 km | 8 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Manali. The road passes through beautiful fertile plains of Punjab before entering the Shivalik hills and then to the Pir Panjal Range. By evening, arrival at Manali and transfer to your hotel.
Day 4: Manali
After breakfast, you join your guide for a half-day walking tour to Hadimba temple and Manu Temple. Walk across the town of Manali and from there you drive to visit Naggar Castle. Have your lunch at the castle and continue your sightseeing further to visit Roerich Art Gallery and Krishna temple on a short hike. By late evening drive to Manali. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Manali to Pandu Ropa (18 km)
After breakfast drive to Pandu Ropa, the starting point of your trek of Hampta Pass. You will stay at the camps today and meet with your trekking staff and pony men. Campsite offers an extensive view of Kullu valley, and the twisted path brings you up slowly to the Khangpa village of Saten. These residents migrated from Spiti in olden times. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 6: Pandu Ropa to Balu Gyra (3300 m) 5 hours
The trail begins by flat walking through the forest of maple, silver fir, pine and oak, paved by the grass and stone and fields of wildflowers. Twice you have to cross the river. The bank slopes down from the high cliffs and is an ideal location for the end of the day.
Day 7: Balu Gyra to Shea Gahru (3700 m) over Hamta pass (4200 m) 5 to 6 hours
The trail begins to ascend towards the mighty Hamta Pass, and soon the distant valley of Lahoul Spiti comes in to view. From the pass, one can enjoy the view of magnificent Himalayan peaks, Deo Tibba, Indra Asan. The Indra Kila landscape is quite different. One hour of descending to the campsite.
Day 8: Shea Gahru to Chhatru (3360 m)
The trail descends towards the left bank of the nalla. Soon the Chandra River is in view. After 3 hours, reach the beautiful campsite. Afternoon at leisure. Say goodbye to your pony men and meet your jeep safari staff at the campsite who will host you through the rest of the journey. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 9: Chhatru – Chandertal Lake
After breakfast drive through the dusty trails of the mighty Himalayas along with the furious Chandra river which originates from Chandertal lake. On your drive, you will come across several Himalayan climbing peaks ranging between 6000-7000 m and some glaciers. Arrival at the lake and fix camps. Afternoon take a short hike to view the lake and walk back to the campsite by evening. Overnight stay at the camps.
Day 10: Chandertal to Kunzam Pass by trek, then drive to Kaza
After breakfast, you along with your guide will take a hike to Kunzam Pass from the lake whereas the supporting staff will wait for you at Kunzam top. It's a 3-4 hours' trek. On the way, you will see beautiful views of CB mountain ranges. On arrival at Kunzam Top, take a short rest and further continue to drive to Kaza. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 11: Kaza (3600 m)
Awesome view of the Kye Gompa from the opposite Morang village across the Spiti River while getting back to Manali. Visit the famous Kye gompa and the highest permanent inhabited community in the world situated at the elevation of 4200 m. Kye is a beautiful gompa perched high on a pyramid-like mountain. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and has almost 40 resident monks practising meditation and other monastic rituals. Its main temple, the Dhunkhang, has some of the best murals, well-preserved statues and Thangkas depicting different life stories of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Gelugpa sect.
Kibber is the highest permanent inhabited village of Asia (4200 m). Drive steeply uphill for another half an hour to Kibber village, located in a semi bowl-shaped narrow valley. Kibber has a population of about 200 people mainly involved in the farming of barley, wheat, and peas. A small gompa here is worth a visit and is situated on the top of the village. Drive back to Kaza. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 12: Kaza to Tabo (3050 m) 98 km. Enroute visit Lalung & Dhankar Monasteries
After breakfast drive to Tabo, en route visiting Lalung and Dhankar Monasteries. Lalung is the second most interesting monastery of Spiti. Bifurcation from a small hamlet, Uttargu leads through rugged terrain to Lingthi valley. After an hour’s drive, the valley opens up. The fields of barley and yellow rape add another beautiful colour. A few eroded chorten are seen and then the route leads up to the monastic site from the outskirts of the town. Visit the monastery and continue to drive to Dhankar. Dhankar is the ancient capital of Spiti kings. There is an incredible gompa, perched high on the barren rocky mountain slopes. As you progress, the whole Dhankar village opens up in front of you. The sixth-century Dhankar Gompa, though not well preserved still has some magnificent original thangkas and statues tucked away in the dark rooms. You are advised to carry your flashlight to see some of the beautiful remaining murals. Unfortunately, a part of the gompa was destroyed during the severe winter of 1989. The repair work by the locals has led to the further destruction of these priceless murals. After lunch, continue your drive to Tabo. Visit the Tabo Monastery in the evening and overnight stay at Tabo.
Day 13: Tabo - Sangla (180 km | 7 Hours)
Drive early because today you have to cross the two check posts, Sumdo and Chango. Visit Nako on the way, one of the most picturesque villages in the valley. It houses a small gompa and is built around the lake. The footprint of the Saint Padmasambhava is thought to be imprinted here on a rock. By evening arrive at Sangla. Sangla (Baspa Valley) is the most beautiful valley of Kinnaur. Same day, visit Kamru fort. Overnight stay at the camps.
Day 16: Sangla- Chhitkul- Sangla
After breakfast visit Chhitkul the last village of the valley. The inhabitants of the valley are adopting both religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. By evening, return back to the camp. One can have a superb full-day walk through several villages of the remote Baspa valley to get back to the camp.
Day 17: Sangla - Sarahan (85 km | 3 hours)
Drive back to the Karchham and continue to Sarahan, the summer capital for the Rampur Bushahr through the Sutlej gorge. Visit the Bhima Kali temple, which is about 1500 years old. One can have the spectacular view of the Sheer Khand mountain range from the campsite. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 18: Sarahan to Shimla (165 km | 5 Hours) Visit Rampur on the way
RAMPUR: - Rampur, is the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Rampur Bushahr. It offers a rare insight into customs, relation, art and architecture of its people. It is one of the most significant commercial towns in Himachal Pradesh, and it is famous for the Levi Mela (fair) held in November. Traders from Lahoul/ Spiti and Kinnaur participate in it. Men and women come dressed in traditional costumes. A unique bazaar is held where they sell raw wool, shawls, and handicraft along with walnuts, almonds, and other dried fruits. While the day is spent in shopping, the evening is spent in song and dance. Arrive in Sarahan, the summer capital of Rampur Bushahr. The Bhima kali temple is a big attraction, and one gets a magnificent view of the Shir Kahand peaks. This temple is about 1500 years old.
Day 19: Visit Shimla
It is called queen of the hills, and was the summer capital of the British Raj. After breakfast climb to the Jhaku hill to visit the Hanuman temple (the monkey god) and a pleasant walk through the cedar forest. One has to be very careful about their goods because the monkeys are very naughty there. Enjoy the spectacular view from the hill and descend to the town. Visit the mall on the ridge and the museum. Return back to the hotel for lunch. One can enjoy the food in Shimla as there are several restaurants according to your taste. Afternoon is free to spend as you like. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 20: Shimla to Delhi (355 km |9 hours)
The journey is enjoyable through the most fertile states of north India (Punjab and Haryana). Evening arrive at Delhi. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 21: Departure to New Delhi
Free day in New Delhi. Evening transfer to the international airport, flight to home.