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Trans Himalayan Escape

7N/8D

Duration

May to October

Best time to visit

Dinner and Breakfast

Meals provided

Hotels or Homestays or Camps

Stay provided

Local experienced driver

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Tucked away in the lap of the Indian Himalayas, the Kinnaur and Spiti regions beckon adventurous souls and seekers of natural beauty alike. A pilgrimage into the heart of the Himalayas, where you uncover a new facet of awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural treasures everyday.

Places Covered

A journey through diverse landscapes, cultures, and emotions, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. So, pack your sense of adventure, your reverence for nature, and your wanderlust, and set out on this expedition of a lifetime.

You’ll experience:

  • The apple belt of Himachal – Famous for Hatu Peak and Temple (2708 m)
  • Local scenic beauty including wooden architecture, ancient temples & lovely meadows in Sangla
  • Chitkul – Most famous as the last village on the old handstand – tibet route (3450 m)
  • The Uninterrupted view of the Kinner Kailash peaks in Kalpa. (2960 m)
  • Picturesque Nako Lake (3600 m)
  • The perfectly well-preserved 593-year-old mummy at Gue (3200 m)
  • Ancient monasteries with intricate murals at Tabo and Dhankar
  • Highest motorable villages like Komic (4,587 m)
  • Highest post office in the world at Hikkim (4,400 m)
  • World’s highest bridge from sea level at Chicham (4,037 m)
  • Fossil village at Langza (4,420 m)
  • Breathtaking hikes to Dhankar Lake (4,140 m) and Chandrataal Lake (4,250 m)
  • The high altitude Kunzum pass (4,551 m)
  • Highest single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet – Atal Tunnel (3,048 m)
Day Day Plan Travel Time
Day 1 Shimla to Sangla via Hatu Peak, Temple, Narkanda, Rampur 7-8 hrs
Day 2 Sangla to Kalpa via Rakcham & Chitkul 3-4 hrs
Day 3 Kalpa to Tabo via Khab, Nako & Gue 6-7 hrs
Day 4 Tabo to Pin Valley (Mudh, Khungri) via Dhankar (optional - hike to Dhankar Lake) 3-4 hrs
Day 5 Pin Valley to Kaza via Kye, Khibber, Chicham bridge 4-5 hrs
Day 6 Kaza to Langza, Hikkim Post Office, Komic and back (optional -hike from Langza to Komic) 3-4 hrs
Day 7 Kaza to Chandratal via Lohsar & Kunzum 4-5 hrs
Day 8 Chandratal to Manali drop via Batal, Atal Tunnel 6-7 hrs

Your trip includes:

Your trip excludes:

As this is a cold desert, the weather varies throughout the day.

Here is the ultimate packing list for your Spiti trip.

A journey through diverse landscapes, cultures, and emotions, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. So, pack your sense of adventure, your reverence for nature, and your wanderlust, and set out on this expedition of a lifetime.

You’ll experience:

  • The apple belt of Himachal – Famous for Hatu Peak and Temple (2708 m)
  • Local scenic beauty including wooden architecture, ancient temples & lovely meadows in Sangla
  • Chitkul – Most famous as the last village on the old handstand – tibet route (3450 m)
  • The Uninterrupted view of the Kinner Kailash peaks in Kalpa. (2960 m)
  • Picturesque Nako Lake (3600 m)
  • The perfectly well-preserved 593-year-old mummy at Gue (3200 m)
  • Ancient monasteries with intricate murals at Tabo and Dhankar
  • Highest motorable villages like Komic (4,587 m)
  • Highest post office in the world at Hikkim (4,400 m)
  • World’s highest bridge from sea level at Chicham (4,037 m)
  • Fossil village at Langza (4,420 m)
  • Breathtaking hikes to Dhankar Lake (4,140 m) and Chandrataal Lake (4,250 m)
  • The high altitude Kunzum pass (4,551 m)
  • Highest single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet – Atal Tunnel (3,048 m)
Day Day Plan Travel Time
Day 1 Shimla to Sangla via Hatu Peak, Temple, Narkanda, Rampur 7-8 hrs
Day 2 Sangla to Kalpa via Rakcham & Chitkul 3-4 hrs
Day 3 Kalpa to Tabo via Khab, Nako & Gue 6-7 hrs
Day 4 Tabo to Pin Valley (Mudh, Khungri) via Dhankar (optional - hike to Dhankar Lake) 3-4 hrs
Day 5 Pin Valley to Kaza via Kye, Khibber, Chicham bridge 4-5 hrs
Day 6 Kaza to Langza, Hikkim Post Office, Komic and back (optional -hike from Langza to Komic) 3-4 hrs
Day 7 Kaza to Chandratal via Lohsar & Kunzum 4-5 hrs
Day 8 Chandratal to Manali drop via Batal, Atal Tunnel 6-7 hrs

Your trip includes:

Your trip excludes:

As this is a cold desert, the weather varies throughout the day.

Here is the ultimate packing list for your Spiti trip.

Detailed itinerary

We will pick you up from your hotel/ bus stand in Shimla bright and early. Head towards Narkanda. Take appropriate breaks on the way and enjoy the beauty as you leave the city crowd behind. View the lush green valleys and apple orchards on both side of the road. Visit the famous Hatu Temple and Hatu Peak. You can see 180º views of the surroundings from Hatu Peak. Stop for lunch at Tapri at the famous Himachali Dhaba. As you head towards Sangla you shall meet the Sutlej river at Sainj and from there on it will be with you till Kalpa. Sangla is one of the most beautiful valleys in India. We recommend a walk to Baspa river from your hotel.
Go for an early morning walk to Basteri village from your hotel if you are up for it. Batseri is a beautiful, rustic village with traditional local architecture worth exploring. You can visit the Badri Narayan Temple in Batseri and the Tibetan wood carving centre. En-route to Chitkul, we take a stop in Rakcham, a picturesque village in Sangla valley known for its pink fields of buckwheat. Spend some time taking photographs before we head to Chitkul- the last village on the Indo-Tibet border. Reach and relax, you can explore the village and spend some time with the locals before heading back to Kalpa. Stop in Reckong Peo, the headquarters of Kinnaur district. It is a buzzing town full of shops and a market for you to pick up souvenirs and have lunch. The next stop is Roghi village and the famous suicide point at Roghi which has become a popular tourist attraction for its views and Instagram worthy pictures. Reach Kalpa and rest. You can go for a village walk in the evening and visit the local monastery and temple in Kalpa.
Go for a walk to the Old Shiva temple and Buddhist monastery in Kalpa, in the morning. Have an early breakfast and head to Tabo this day. The terrain will change after Pooh and you will see the end of tree line. See the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river at Khab. Lunch at a beautiful village called Nako and visit the Nako lake. Visit the 550 yr old mummy of a monk in meditating pose at Gue. Reach Tabo and rest.
Get an early morning start today. Visit the “Ajanta of the Himalayas' '- The Tabo Monastery which is currently close to 1000 years old. The murals, thangkas and paintings are believed to have been made in a single night by the Gods themselves. You can also hike to the nearby meditation caves, if time permits. Next, we visit Dhankar Monastery – Seat of the King in ancient times – the most beautiful setting for a monument which hangs on a cliff and overlooks the confluence of Spiti and Pin River. You can hike to Dhankar lake, if your lungs permit it is a steep hike and not for everyone, but the views from the top are worth it. Have lunch in Dhankar before heading to Pin Valley. Final stop for the day is Pin Valley- home to Snow Leopards, Siberian Ibex and a stronghold of Buchen Lamas. We shall visit Khungri Monastery on the way to Mudh (last village in Pin Valley). Overnight stay in Pin Valley.
Start easy today. You can go for a morning hike around the village. After breakfast we shall head to Kye Monastery and Khibber Village. Kye monastery is on top of a mountain overlooking the Spiti valley and a huge river bed. It is also the main learning centre for Lamas following the Geluk sect of Buddhism. Kye houses approximately 100 odd monks. We shall climb a little further and visit Khibber Village- which was once the world’s highest village. A short hike or car ride from Khibber is Chicham bridge which is known to be the highest bridge above sea level in Asia. Head to Kaza for a late lunch at one of the many cafes and some shopping in the local market.
A day of high altitude villages today. First village on your journey being Langza. Langza at 4300 meters is famous for its fossils and the statue of Buddha overlooking the mountain ranges. Next we visit Hikkim. Hikkim has the highest post office in the world. Visit the post office and revive the art of writing again by sending out some postcards to your loved ones. Your last stop for the day is Komic village, one of the highest motorable villages in the world. The village is also home to the Sakya Tangyud monastery. If you are visiting Komic, this monastery is worth the visit. You can choose to have lunch in Komic or head back to Kaza.
Early morning, we drive to Chandra Tal or 'moon lake’. On our way will cross Lohsar village and Kunzum Pass. The hike to Chandra Tal lake is 20 mins or 500 mtrs from the barricade. This lake is not as big as the ones in Ladakh, but it is sure to leave you speechless. It is one of the best parts of your Spiti Visit. The camps are set up 2 kms before the lake in order to maintain cleanliness around the lake as it is a spiritual site for the locals. Enjoy your camping experience tonight and share your Spiti stories with fellow travellers over dinner.
This is the last day of your trip in the secluded beauty of Spiti before you see civilisation again. Gaze at the vast landscape as we approach the hustle and bustle around Atal Tunnel and Manali. You can spend some time at Koksar for lunch before heading to Manali. Stay in Manali or take the late evening bus back.

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