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Trans Himalaya – Kinnaur & Spiti

place Trans Himalaya – Kinnaur & Spiti

Overview

Shimla(1N)-Sangla(2N)- Kalpa(2N)-Tabo(1N)-Kaza(2N)-Manali (1N)

 TOUR COST @45899/- PP

Day 1: Chandigarh - Shimla(125Kms./4Hrs)

Arrive at Chandigarh Railway Station & drive to Shimla adrive of around 4 hours Reach Shimla evening free to explore The Mall. O/N Hotel

 

Day 2: Shimla - Sangla( 230Kms./8 – 9Hrs)

Drive to Sangla through the thick woods of Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda and along side the River Sutlej to arrive in the evening and check in to Luxury Camp. Enjoy the evening in beautiful surroundings in the river valley of Baspa at a height of 9000ft. This is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Himalayas and is often compared to the famous valley of Kashmir. Known for its rich Kinnauri culture and apple orchards, this valley was opened for tourists only in 1993 for its close proximity to the Tibetien border.

O/N Hotel.

 

Day 3: Sangla- Chhitkul- Sangla (40Kms./3Hrs)

After B/F, explore the vicinity around including an ancient Kamru Fort & Temple dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhya Devi which was brought from Assam & Nages God. Post Lunch, excursion to

 

Chitkul – a last Village on Old Indo – Tibetan Trade Route. Walk through green orchards & brilliant stream. Return back to Sangla for Dinner & O/N stay.

 

Day 4: Sangla - Kalpa (38Kms./2Hrs)

After B/F, check-out from the Hotel & drive to Kalpa – District Headquarter of Kinnar & once a favorite haunt of Lord Dalhousie. Arrive Kalpa & Check-in to your Hotel. Kalpa was known as Chini back in the days when it was the Regional Capital. Kalpa has changed little in the last 500 years. It is said that as & when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on his Horseback. Each & every corner of Kalpa facing Jorkanden & the Kinner Kailash Peaks, considered as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva & by its side is a 79 foot rock formation that resembles a Shivlinga that changes the colour as the day passes & is visible to the naked eye on a clear day. Post Lunch rest in Hotel & in evening visit to Buddhist Gompa – Hu Bu Lan Kar. O/N stay.

 

Day 5: Kalpa - Tabo (149Kms./5Hrs)

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Tabo. On the way visit Nako. Nako has a beautiful lake which freezes in the winter and villagers play ice hockey during this period and seeing the temple of Padamsambhava, the second incarnation of lord Buddha who made Buddhism popular in the Trans Himalayas. The day has a surprise where a visit to the village of 5oo years old mummy makes your journey and exciting. Later drive to Tabo. Overnight Camp near village.

 

Day 6 : Tabo to Kaza: (106 kms/4Hrs)

After breakfast journey starts to witness the Ajanta of Himalayas the Tabo monastery. Tabo has the oldest caves on barren mountains and Thanka paintings, one of the most precious paintings of Buddhism. O/N Hotel at Kaza.

 

Day 7: Kaza

After breakfast excursion to Kee monastery and Kibber village at an altitude of 4205M.After lunch a drive to the highest motorable roar Langza and enroute visiting the Comik and Hikim village. O/N Hotel at Kaza.

 

Day 8: Kaza Kumzum La – Pass- Manali (188 kms./8Hrs)

After early B/F by 06:30 Hrs; check-out from the Hotel & drive to Manali via Kunzumla Pass which is 4590

M. highest pass on Spiti Lahaul Road. Rudyard Kipling said of the region “Surely the God live here this no place for Men”. Reach Manali in the evening. O/N Hotel.

 

Day 9: Manali

After breakfast sightseeing of places in and around Manali, Like Hadimba temple, Manu temple, Vashisht Bath, Van Vihar and evening shopping at the local market. O/N Hotel

 

Day 10: Manali - Chandighar (320Kms./08Hrs)

After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Chandigarh . Drop at Chandigarh Airport/Railway Station.

 

Tour

Inclusion:

  • 09Nights/10Days Hotel Accommodation.
  • 09 Breakfasts & 09 Dinners at Hotel (Fixed Menu).
  • All Transfers & Sightseeing as per Itinerary by Pvt Vehicle .
  • Inclusive of driver, toll & parking charges.

 

Excludes:

  • Government Tax will be applicable on Total Billing.
  • Air Fare/ Train Fare.
  • Monument Entrance Fee / Camera Fee
  • Guide & Entrance Charges during Sightseeing.
  • Expenses of Personal nature such tips, Telephone calls, Laundry, Mineral Water, Soft or Hard drink, Porter Charges.
  • Extra Stay Pre/ Post Tour.
  • Extra Cost incurred due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any individual unforeseen cost incurring incident.
  • Any Cost rising due to natural calamities like Landslides, Road Blockage & Political disturbances (Strikes) etc.
  • Any other item not specified in “Cost Inclusion”
  • Any Adventure Activity cost of Skiing, Paragliding Horse back, etc.
  • Note: In Manali at Rohtang Pass & Manikaran outsiders Vehicles are Not allowed due to Himachal Taxi Union.

 

Important Points & Facts to be updated while travelling to Kinnaur & Spiti

Best time to Travel:

April to early-October when roads are open, but dates vary every year. Catch the autumn colours in October and munch apples fresh from the trees. No vehicular movement is possible the rest of the year ( October to May) via Manali and Kunzum Pass. Roads are open longer when coming via Shimla but you can only go up to Kaza.

Connectivity & Mobile Networks:

 

Only state-run BSNL mobiles work in Tabo and Kaza, and service is erratic. Internet access is limited and slow. But in Kinnaur you can find airtel connectivity as well but BSNL has a broader reach and better signal and connectivity in the region.

 

Vehicles to use:

It is best to use SUVs – these need not be 4-wheel powered. But people do use sedans too, Sedan is only recommended if you plan to visit only kinnaur from Shimla and come back through same route back to Chandigarh to Delhi. Else if you wish to travel to Spiti and want to connect to Manali Sedan is not recommended because of the rough terrain of the road.

 

Permits:

Foreigners require Inner Line Permits. Minimum 4 person are required to move in group if one wants to visit Kaza and Tabo from Shimla. The permits can be acquired in Shimla from ADM Shimla or at Recong Peo SDM Office.

 

Altitude Sickness :

Going till Kinnaur does not affect the body metabolism as such but entering to spiti can affect your body metabolism as you go higher in altitude in Spiti. Basic precautions: (a) Keep sipping water regularly, (b) Cover your head and ears with something warm when it is cold and windy (c) Don’t push yourself physically too much (d) Don’t stay at high altitude passes for too long (e) Go easy on yourself for the initial 1-2 days, you should be ok after that. It is advised strongly to keep one night stay in and around Shimla/Manali and start slowly in first two days. Later the body gets acclimatized to high hill driving.

 

Climate:

Biting cold from November to March with temperatures falling many degrees below normal. Everything is frozen over. The months of April to October are pleasantly warm, while it is comfortably cold during the other months. It is always cold at higher altitudes. Make sure you carry warm clothes at all times. Very little precipitation in this rain shadow area.

 

Packing your Bags:

While visiting Kinnaur & Spiti. Warm light woolen cloths are required from May to October . As a cold mountain desert, the weather in Spiti is almost confusing! The sun's rays are harsh enough to burn your skin, while shaded areas remain cool enough to wear a jacket. It's best to pack clothes in layers, and carry full-sleeve T-shirts, sun hats, sun glasses and any other sun protection you can find. Good walking shoes are a must.

 

Distances/Sightseeing and Roads:

Kinnaur & Spiti being the remoter destination of Himachal offers the travel to the lesser known lifestyles, religion and landscapes, the region is well connected by roads but at times you find the patches which are very rough and terrain very challenging to travel. Guest has to acknowledge the fact that he is not travelling to leisure destination. At times you can find the road blocks, traffic jams because of the landslides and weather conditions. Kindly be prepared that the travel time mentioned depends upon the road conditions and usual time calculated in reaching from one place to another on approximation.

 

Health Precautions:

Carry personal medication (Mainly Crocin, ORS/Electrol, Eno, Disprin/Asprin, Band Aids, Thermometer, Adhesives, Alcohol based sanitizer, Tensor Bandages, Antiemetics). Do not over eat while travelling to a higher altitude to avoid nausea/ vomiting.

 

Things to Carry:

  • Sunscreen lotion & Moisturizing lotion
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing & socks
  • Good rubber-soled shoe
  • Personal Medication
  • Camera with sufficient batteries and film / memory cards
  • Dark polarized Sun glasses with retainers
  • Id Proofs