DAY 1 - ARRIVAL/DELHI
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer to hotel for the rest of the night. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2 - DELHI/CHANDIGARH/THANEDAR
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Chandigarh or transfer to railways station to board train to reach Chandigarh by Kalka Shatabdi express train around 1200 hrs. On arrival at Chandigarh, you will be met by our representative and driven to Thanedar. Overnight at Hotel / Camps.
DAY 3 - THANEDAR/SANGLA
After breakfast drive 6 hrs en route visiting Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan. Your journey of discovering of the lesser-known Himalayas begins in the Sangla Valley. For six months every year, the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man. Long walks to discover the amazing fauna and flora of the valley, treks to view snow covered Himalayan peaks, angling for trout, experiencing some of the local culture and traditions, rock climbing, rappelling are only some of the delights that are on offer. Overnight at Camps / Hotel which are surrounded by towering mountains on all sides and is set on the banks of the Baspa River that surges through the valley at a height of 2,700 Mts.
DAY 4 - SANGLA/CHITKUL/SANGLA
Visit Chitkul and hike up to Nagasthi, the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route.
DAY 5 - SANGLA/RACKHAM
Hike to Rackham village. This is the signature walk of the valley. Drive back from Rackham.
DAY 6 - RACKHAM/KALPA
After breakfast, leave for Kalpa famous for its apple and chilgoza plantations. Kalpa offers the best panoramic view of the 6,000m high Kinner-Kailash range. Night stay in Kalpa.
DAY 7 - KALPA/KAZA
We depart for Kaza after an early breakfast, leaving behind verdant, forest-clad mountains as we go over the tree line towards the Spiti region. En route you may take a short detour to visit the picturesque Nako Lake. The terrain will leave you breathless and speechless. Rock-hard Desert Mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds account for the sparsely populated villages. Reach Kaza, check into the Hotel / Camp and spend rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 8 - KAZA/TABO/DHANKAR/KAZA
After an early breakfast, drive down to Tabo and visit Tabo Gompa, reputed to be the oldest (an inscription on a wall here indicates, it was founded in AD 996) continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas, with its original decoration and iconographic program intact. We then move on to see Dhankar monastery. Dhankar, the traditional capital of Spiti, sits pretty on a hilltop. The fort here overlooks the Spiti valley and it was used as a jail in olden days. Today, more than 160 lamas reside here. A statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than seven-century old monastery. About an hour's walk (about 3 kms) from here on a slightly uphill track is a small lake that sits languidly is a bowl. The size of the lake in the summer varies every year depending on how much snow the catchment area had in the previous winter. After an al fresco lunch, we take a 30-minute walk to the car and drive back to reach the retreat by evening.
DAY 9 - KAZA/PIN VALLEY NATIONAL PARK/KAZA
Declared a national park in 1987, Pin Valley is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh. With its snow laden unexplored higher reaches and slopes, the Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals including the Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. The elevation of the Park ranges from about 3,500 M near Ka Dogri to over 6,000 M at its highest point. In summer, flowers decorate the valley with startling hues. Along with animals, rare birds like the Himalayan Snow Cock, Chukor, Snow Partridge and the Tibet Snow Finch also flourish in the area.
DAY 10 - KAZA
After breakfast visit Ki monastery and Kibber village. Ki gompais a Gelugpa sect monastery. Its hilltop position points to a post-thirteenth century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level, while the middle floor houses the Dukhang- the assembly hall- and the uppermost floor has another temple and the head Lama's quarters, on one side of an open terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of 'Thangkas' salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars and the Sikhs in the 19th century. From here a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. Kibber is small village and is the take-off point for the popular trek to Tso Moriri in Ladakh. Further up six kilometers from Kibber, we drive up to a still smaller village of Gate. Consisting of just six houses, it boasts of being the highest village in Asia connected by road. Drive back to the retreat for lunch and spend rest of the day at leisure - preferably resting.
DAY 11 - KAZA/MANALI
Drive over Kunzum La (4553m) to reach Manali. Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Overnight stay in hotel.
DAY 12 - MANALI
Spend the day exploring the hill station famous for its hip hop culture. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 13 - MANALI/SOJHA
Drive to Sojha visiting Naggar castle and Roerich art gallery en route. Check into camp on arrival. Evening at leisure around bon
DAY 14 - SOJHA
Day at leisure/ Hike to Raghupur Fort or Serolser lake. Overnight stay at camp
DAY 15 - SOJHA/SHIMLA
Drive from Sojha to Shimla and transfer to hotel. Evening free to relax in your hotel.
DAY 16 - SHIMLA/DELHI
After breakfast transfer to Shimla railway station to board train to kalka.to board train to Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 17 - DELHI/DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.
Note: The tour can be done in reversed as well.