Lahaul-Spiti, Tribal Himalaya 10N/11D Memorable Tour
Spiti Valley: Situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, the picturesque valley encased by the Himalayas is an exotic destination and gem of Himachal Pradesh. Snow crest alps, snow carpeted pristine landscape, alpine forest, deep ravines speckled with greenery, glistening glaciers, sparkling azure rivers, splendid monasteries, and quaint hamlets embellish the valley and exude a vision of a mesmerizing painting. The surreal beauty of the valley and the monasteries allures tourists and trekkers from all over the world.
On Reaching Chandigarh in the morning move to Shimla by cab. Reach Shimla and check-in at the hotel. After some rest, visit local sightseeing the places like christ church, scandal point, gaiety theatre, and mall road. Overnight stay in the Shimla hotel.
Day 2: Shimla to Kufri and Sarahan
In the morning, start for Sarahan via Kufri. On the way, stop at North, Dutt Nagar, and Rampur Bushehr situated through the Satluj Valley. At North, there is an old Surya (Sun) temple, dedicated to Shiva & Shakti which was built by Parshuram. Dutt Nagar is known for its archaeological importance. Reach Sarahan which is a tiny but beautiful village. It houses the historical Bhimakali temple known to is about 1500 years old. One can also enjoy the best view of Srikhand Dhar and the Satluj River. Night stay at Sarahan.
Day 3: Sarahan to Sangla
In Morning Start to Sangla from Sarahan.Sangla is about 95 km from Sarahan at an altitude of 2680m. It takes 4-5 hours via Karcham. Night stay at Sangla.
Day 4: Sangla to Chitkul and Kalpa
Start from Sangla for Chitkul.The road on this stretch is very narrow and steep till Chitkul. Chitkul is the last and highest village in Baspa valley. It is situated on the right bank of the Baspa River. Trout Fishing can be done in the Baspa River with permission from the Fisheries Officer. Surrounded by snowy peaks, Kalpa. It is the district Head quarter of Kinnaur on Hindustan Tibet Road and offers the nearest view of Kinner Kailash (Shivlingam) peak. Overnight stay in Kalpa.
Day 5: Kalpa to Tabo via Nako
Drive to Tabo via Nako (3658m.)Stop at Nako (3664m.)Nako is situated about 2 km above the Hanging valley road, west of the huge mountain of Kargil. This is the highest and the largest village in the valley. Visit the monastic complex situated to the north of the village. The complex comprises four large temples belonging to the Dugpa order, the complex is called Locha-Lhakhang i.e. Lhostaba, Lhakhang, after the great Latsab Rin-Chen-Nagpo. Reach Tabo. Tabo is situated on the left bank of river Spiti. Surrounded by high hills, the village follows Buddhism essentially. But there are also local Hindu deities called Gyalbo, and Dabla. Night stay at Tabo.
Day 6: Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar
After early breakfast, drive towards Kaza. Visit Tabo monastery. Founded in 996AD, the Tabo ‘ Gompa' has exquisite wall paintings and stucco statues and is often called the Ajanta of the ‘Himalaya', after the almost legendary art treasure site in Maharashtra. In terms of area, this is the largest monastic complex in Spiti, and all old section has nine temples, 'chortens', a monks' chamber, and a nuns' chamber. There are several caves and contemporary structures that form a part of the Tabo complex. UNESCO has declared Tabo a ‘World Heritage Site. Night stay at Kaza.
Day 7: Kaza to Losar via Ki Monastery & Kibber Village (5-6 hrs drive)
Visit Kaza which is situated at 3600m. It has the administrative headquarters of the Spiti, a marketplace, medical facilities a filling station. It serves as the base for the trekkers. Spend some leisure time, exploring and shopping at Kaza. Drive towards Kibber village Drive up to KibberIt is the highest permanently inhabited village in the world connected by a motorable road. It also acts as the base for several high-altitude treks. At Kibber, the winter temperature drops below -35dc. After exploring Kibber, visit Ki-monastery. Ki Monastery is 11km on the way down and adjacent to the road. It has celebrated its 1000 years to commemorate the auspicious Kalachakra initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in August 2000 for world peace. Ki is the repository of rare ‘Thangka paintings' and several ancient musical instruments are likely trumpets, cymbals, and drums. Its library holds the manuscripts of the sacred Thangyur text. The village of Ki is just short of the monastery.
Day 8: Losar to Chandratal Lake
Arrive at Chandratal Lake- also known as "The Lake of Moon".If the road condition is good, this drive takes around 3 hours otherwise one has to walk to the lake camp could be set up at the risky point followed by a walk up to the lake for about 2 hours or less. Return to the campsite on the same day.
Day 9: Chandratal to Manali via Rohtang Pass
Drive back to the foot of the Kunzum Pass. Explore Batal. Batal is a small hamlet and the last village of Spiti valley with a couple of tea houses. It is situated at the foot of the Kunzum Pass. Get some tea with a view of the Chandra river. After that, drive up to Chota Dara, Chhtru, and Grampoo through the rugged and steep Chandra river valley. On the way, you can spot the Bara Shigri glacier. The Glacier is a gigantic mass of solid ice, more than a kilometer wide and extending over a distance of 10 kilometers. At Grampoo it divides the valley into Lahaul & Spiti. The right cut at Grampoo leads to Lahaul & Leh and the left cut to Rohtang and further down to Manali. From Grampoo, drive along the Chandra River with the magnificent rugged valley views. Reach at Manali in the evening.
Day 10: Manali Local Sightseeing, Transfer to Naggar, Kullu, and Mandi
In the morning, visit Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Village, Vashisht Hot Water Springs, Van Vihar, Hong Kong Market, The Mall, and Tibetan Monastery. Have lunch in the afternoon and start for Naggar. Visit Naggar Castel, Art Gallery, and Museum. After this, visit Kullu and then Mandi. Reach back to the hotel in the late evening. Overnight stay at Mandi.
Day 11: Mandi to Chandigarh
In the morning start for Chandigarh. Reach Chandigarh in the afternoon. Drop at Chandigarh for an onward journey.