Duration : 19 Nights / 20 Days
Loction : North India - Kinnaur & Spiti Himalayas
Best Season : June to Early October
Category : Trekking Tour
Covering : Shimla > Sarahan > Kinnaur valley > Sangla > Chitkul > Kalpa > Pin valley > Spiti valley > Tabo > Kaza > Kibber > Manali > Rewalser
You can take it : As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)
Special About Tour :
The trail leaves from the holiday town of Shimla and follows the ancient trade route over Bhaba Pass (16,075feet) to Mud village in Spiti Valley. The trek begins at Kafnoo village in Kinnaur valley and takes you from the green forests and pastures on the banks of the Bhaba River to the dry high altitude deserts of Spiti and Pin valley, after crossing Bhaba Pass. This trek offers an incredible insight into the remote Spiti and Pin Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. After crossing the Bhaba pass, the landscape changes dramatically, with thick forests of pine, cedar and deodar of Bhaba valley being replaced by the barren lunarscape like landscape of Spiti valley which also presents a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and browns. The elevation of the trail rises from 2,200 metres to 4,900 metres above sea level
Highlights of your trek starts from Shimla onwards and end up in Manali while discovering the beautiful Kinnaur valley, Spiti valley and Sangla valley close to the Tibet border. The trip also offers a chance to visit many old Buddhist monasteries, different culture and tradition. We will also visit Chitkul village the last border outpost on Indo Tibet border and Komic village (4,275 Metres / 14,026 feet), considered to be one of the highest villages in the world and the oldest monastery of the Himalayas in Tabo village in Spiti valley . Travel by Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla may be an advantage to explore more and is recommended.
Brief Itinerary : Shimla > Sarahan > Sangla > Kalpa > Kafnoo > Mulling > Kara > Pustring > Baldar > Mud > Tabo > Kaza > Kibber > Manali (Kunzum Pass) > Rewalser > New Delhi
You will be met from your flight to Delhi International Airport by Summit Safari’s representative, and he will accompany you to your hotel in Delhi. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax after the flight.
Early in the morning, you will be assisted to board the super fast Shatabdi train from New Delhi (07:40 AM) to Kalka (11:50 AM). Breakfast will be served to you on this first class train. At Kalka board the World Heritage toy train from Kalka (12:10 PM) to Shimla (05:20 PM). This train travels very slowly up to Shimla and you see wonderful views en route as the train climbs from the plains into the mountains. You will reach Shimla in the evening and will transfer to your hotel.
In the morning after breakfast you will meet your guide and he will start wilt the sight seeing tour of Shimla town. We will visit the monkey temple on the top of Jakhoo hills, Christ Church, the Gaiety Theatre, Mall Road with its scandal point, and the famous Viceregal Lodge where arrangements for the partition of India and Pakistan were worked out. Shimla is ideal for walks, and life revolves around the busy Mall in the centre of town. Overnight at Hotel.
After the Breakfast we will be driving you towards Sarahan via Narkanda and Rampur. En- route we can hike upto Hattu peak (11,00 ft) from Narkanda with your guide. Later on after lunch we will continue driving to Sarahan. Reaching Sarahan we will be visiting the famous Bhimakali Temple at Sarahan. Overnight at hotel / guest house.
After the breakfast, we will be driving you to Sangla (4 -5 hrs) where you will check in at your guest house or luxury tented accommodation. After lunch you will be taken on a walk/ hike through Kamru and Sangla villages and we will visit the beautifully carved old temples and Buddhist monasteries. You will have plenty of opportunity to speak to the local people in these valleys, and our guide will be happy to interpret.
This morning after the breakfast we will be driving you to Chitkul (1 hrs.) which is the last village on Indian side on the Indo–Tibetan border. The village of Chitkul is like something from a fairy tale, and you will have a chance to walk slowly around it. The landscapes are stunning, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy them and talk to the local people. Later on after lunch we will drive you to Kalpa village (2-3 hrs of drive). Check in at your hotel. The finest view of the Mt. Kinner Kailash Mountain (6000 metres / 19,685 feet) can be had from Kalpa village.
After the breakfast we will take a walk to the nearby Roghi village and Kalpa village and monastery. Later on we will be driving you to Kafnoo village which is the starting point of this trek. Enroute we will cross Recong Peo the district headquarters of Kinnaur, where today it is the time to finish your final shopping for the trek. Later we drive back to Wangtu Bridge and reach Kafnoo which is going to be the last village from Kinnaur side on the trek. Kafnoo is a small village covered with thick pine forests and is famous for apricots and apples. Overnight stay in a camp or in a home stay with local people in Kafnoo.
After the breakfast the trek starts through the village and enters into the pine and cedar wood forest. After a few hours of steep climb and river crossing the path gradually ascends to the campsite, a lush green meadow on the banks of the River Bhaba. Evening tea and snacks will be prepared freshly and served to you in the camp, rest of the time free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in the camp.
After the breakfast gradually the path ascends to Kara. The campsite is in the vast grass pastures, which attract shepherds from Kinnaur valley to bring their flocks of sheep and goats to graze here during the spring (June to September). Evening tea and snacks will be prepared freshly and served to you in the camp, rest of the time free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in the camp.
Today the trek involves river crossing which has to be done before the afternoon. It is simple walk and a gradual ascent to the campsite, which is just at the base of Bhaba pass. Evening tea and snacks will be prepared freshly and served to you in the camp, rest of the time free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in the camp.
Today the first three hours is a steep climb to the top of the Bhaba Pass at an altitude of approximately 4,900 mtr. The climb is through rugged mountain path, and at last the final push up through the boulder fields to the Bhaba Pass. On to the other side of the pass we start with a gradual descent to the valley. As there is no defined trail, the route demands attention. You have to walk through the snowfields to the other side of the pass. Evening tea and snacks will be prepared freshly and served to you in the camp, rest of the time free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in the camp at Balder (4,000 metres / 13,123 feet.)
Today the view changes very dramatically. The landscape of Pin valley attracts you and one cannot leave the camera in the bag. We descend to the pin river and it is easy walking to the first village of Spiti valley / Pin Valley, “Mud”. Mud is also the starting point of another famous Pin Parbati Trek which joins Spiti valley to Parbati valley in Kullu region. Overnight in guest house.
In the morning the Jeep awaits for us at Mud village. After breakfast we explore the village and later on we leave for Tabo. En-route we will visit the famous Kungri monastery. After lunch in Tabo we will visit the famous Tabo monastery which is the oldest monastery in the Himalayas.
After the breakfast we will be driving you to Kaza (3 hrs) En route we will visit the Dhankar village and Dhankar monastery and fort. Here we will have a cup of tea or lunch with a local family. Later on we continue our drive to Kaza where you will check in at your hotel. The evening is free to explore in the Kaza market with your guide.
After the breakfast at your hotel we will leave for a tour of Langza village and Komic village (4,275 Metres / 14,026 feet), considered to be one of the highest villages in the world. We will take a short walk around Langza village to notice the life of local people and later on drive to Kee Monastery and the village of Kibber. Once Kibber (at 4,205 metres) was considered the world’s highest village. There is also the option to walk to the nearby mountains where there are big herds of Himalayan blue sheep and snow ibex gather in the evening. Lunch will be at Kibber village, in a local restaurant, where you will be offered a choice of delicious Tibetan dishes. Overnight stay in a guest house at Kibber.
Today we will make an early start as it is the longest day’s journey driving to Manali (10 hrs). On the way we will stop for breakfast, and then for lunch. Today we will cross two mountains passes. On Kunzum Pass, 4,550 metres we will also visit the temple, where travellers say prayers before heading down the pass. We will visit Chandra Lake also if the road is open. This lake is also known as the lake of the moon. Lunch at Batal, in a road side food shop where freshly cooked Indian food is served. Later on we will continue our journey and we will cross another mountain pass Rohtang pass (3,980 metres) and enter into the Kullu valley. We will be reaching Manali in the evening and check in at the hotel/ guest house.
Today you will make a late start after a leisurely breakfast. We will drive you to Naggar village to visit the Naggar castle. Naggar used to be the old capital of Kullu. We will visit Naggar castle and the famous Nicholas Roerich art gallery. Later on we will return back to Manali. In the evening we will visit Old Manali village, where you can have your dinner in a local restaurant. Rest of the time free to explore the Manali market and shops.
After the breakfast drive to Rewalser (5 hrs.). En route visit the beautiful village of Naggar. Visit the Naggar castle and famous Nicholas Roerich art gallery. You will reach Rewalser by late afternoon. After checking in at your hotel, you will visit the Rewalser Lake and cave monasteries in the Rewalser hills. Today even you have a choice to stay with a local family in a village in the home stay, if interested than we will drive you further to village Panjagain (60 kms), where you will stay in a local Indian village, your host being a lovely Indian family.
After breakfast we will drive you to Kalka (4-5 hrs) to board the super fast Shatabdi Express (air conditioned) train to Delhi. Board the train from Kalka in late evening (5:30 PM) and reach Delhi by night (10:00 PM). Dinner is served to you on this first class express train. Reaching Delhi railway station you will we transferred to the hotel. Overnight in hotel at Delhi.
After breakfast there is free time in Delhi. You may wish to go shopping in the shops and markets of Delhi, with your guide (or without guide – that’s up to you.) we will visit some of the famous sights of Delhi. We will take a walking tour of the Old Delhi covering the Chandani Chowk market, historic Red Fort. If interested we will arrange for a bicycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi or a Tuk- Tuk (Three wheeler) ride in New Delhi for you. We will also visit Gandhi Smriti, also known as the Birla house where –Mahatma Gandhi had lived the last 144 days of his life from 09 September 1947 to 30 January 1948 when he was assassinated in 78th year of life at Birla House Prayer Grounds by Nathuram Godse. Thus, the house treasures many memories of his life. Return back to your hotel in the evening. Overnight stay and dinner in the hotel in Delhi. Tonight or next early morning you will be assisted and will be transfer to the international airport at New Delhi to board your return flight.
This is where the tour ends. However, if you wish to stay longer in Delhi we can make arrangements for you to be transferred to the airport at a later time.
End of the services and the tour…!
You stay in comfortable mid range hotels, guest houses, home stay including 04 nights in the tented accommodation during the Bhaba Pass trek.
Meal plans: Breakfast + Lunch & Dinner including mineral water
Cloths:Cottons with woollens