Kinnaur and Spiti Valley combines some of the most remote and spectacular Himalayan regions of India along with the popular destination of Manali. Here you travel through rough terrains, the world's highest inhabited villages, high mountain passes (15000+ ft asl) and some of the most ancient monasteries. Kinnaur and Spiti Valley is for the adventure and experience-oriented traveller looking for an experiential journey through remote Himalayan destinations.
Highlights of this holiday would be
Narkanda (8000 ft asl) - Walking / Soft Trekking for Acclimatisation
Kaza (12000 ft asl) - Tabo Monastery (11000 ft asl) (enroute), Dhankar Monstery (12700 ft asl) (enroute), Ki Monastery (13,600 ft), Langza / Koumik Villages (World's highest inhabited villages at 14000+ ft asl)
Manali (7000 ft asl) - Kunzum La Pass (16000+ ft asl - enroute), Rohtang Pass (12000+ ft asl - enroute), Adventure activities in Solang Valley
Day 1 - Arrive at Chandigarh and travel to Narkanda You arrive at Chandigarh and travel to Narkanda (8000 ft asl - 170 kms - 4 hours). Narkanda is a Himalayan hamlet at 60 kms from Shimla, offering an orchard character with superb views and is an excellent stopover for travellers enroute to Kinnaur and Spiti Valleys. You will reach Narkanda by afternoon / evening (depending on your arrival flight / train).
Note: If time permits, you may undertake some walks around the countryside to get acclimatised with high altitude.
Day 2 - Travel to Kalpa via Sarahan Today you travel to Kalpa (9800 ft asl - 170 kms - 5 hours), a temple town, renowned for its Himalayan Views. Kalpa sits above Reckong Peo and is the only town in Upper Kinnaur area. You reach Kalpa by late afternoon. You explore Kalpa town and the surrounding countryside in the evening.
Day 3 - Sangla Excursion Today you undertake an excursion to Sangla (9000 ft asl - 50 kms - 2 hours one way), a superb riverside town offering great Himalayan views. You may drive further upto Chitkul (24 kms from Sangla), the last village before the Indo-Tibetan check post and one offering the most stunning Himalayan views. The area is windy and it's a bit of an adventure to walk to the check post (1.5 km one way). You return to Kalpa by evening
Day 4 - Travel to Kaza via Nako and Tabo Today you drive to Kaza (12000 ft asl - 200 kms - 6 hours), the main town of the Spiti region offering stunning rugged Himalayan beauty and ancient monasteries. Enroute you drive past some of the most rugged terrain, remote villages of Nako, ancient monastery of Tabo and Dhankar. You reach Kaza by the evening.
Day 5 - Visit Kye Monastery and Highest Villages Today you visit Kye Monastery (13600+ ft asl), the biggest and one of the most ancient monasteries of Spiti Valley. Thereafter you visit some of the world's highest inhabited villages. Enroute you are greeted with 270 degrees of Himalayan views, village monasteries and smiling villagers who brave through very tough living conditions in winter (temperatures touching minus 40 degrees Celsius). You return to Kaza by the afternoon. You explore Kaza Town, monastery and small market in the evening.
Day 6 - Travel to Manali via Kunzumla and Rohtang Pass Today you travel to Manali (7500 ft asl - 200 kms - 10 hours), the most popular tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, renowned for its riverside character. You pass through Kunzumla Pass (16000 ft asl) and Rohtang Pass (12000 ft asl) before arriving at Manali. The road is often full of glaciers, riverbeds and completely uninhabited. The drive is highly adventurous and the highlight of the trip. You arrive in Manali by the evening.
Day 7 - Day at Leisure Today is a day of relaxation after many days of rugged drives. You have an option to visit the market centre, enjoy some touristy pleasures or extend the adventure by visiting Solang Valley opting for some adventure activities.
Day 8 - Depart for Chandigarh Today you depart for Chandigarh (300 kms - 7 hours) for onward train / flight departure.
Accommodation at 3* / Boutique Hotels / Resorts with Breakfast
AC Toyota Innova for 8 days with experienced driver