A Trans Himalayan
Duration : 20 Night /21 Days
Arrive New Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative
and transferred to hotel. Relax
or visit Connaught Place to take in the sights and sounds.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 New Delhi
Full Day Sightseeing in Delhi & Shopping and evening back to Hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Delhi to Shimla
After an early breakfast, transfer to Shimla (2200 meters) in
comfortable cars/coach (380 kms; 6 hrs). Arrive by breakfast at Shimla. Full
day to relax, explore the old British summer capital and take
in the sights and sounds of India.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Shimla to Sarahan
After breakfast drive jeeps and begin our Trans-Himalayan sojourn.
The road climbs to Narkanda (2750 meters) before descending to the valley of
the Sutlej, one of India's major rivers, with its source at the holy lake of
Mansarovar. After a hearty lunch at Rampur (900 meters), we bifurcate off
the main highway for an hours drive to Sarahan, famous for the Bhimakali
temple which witnessed human sacrifices hundred's of years ago. Explore the
temple in the evening.
Overnight camp/rest house.
Day 05 Leave Sarahan
after breakfast to descend to the Sutlej valley and drive along a
beautiful rugged gorge to Kalpa (2800 meters), which offers breathtaking
views of the Kinner Kailash range. After lunch we proceed to Jhangi (2600
meters), the first checkpoint for the inner line permits.
Day 06 Jhangi - Kanum - Moorang - Jhangi. Camp
Today, we visit the villages of Moorang (10kmsby car ; walk 30 mins to
the monastery; 2500metres) and Kanum (17kms by car; 2750 meters) which are
off the main circuit and return to Jhangi campsite by teatime.
Day 07 Jhangi - Nako - Chango. Camp.
We proceed to the confluence of the Sutlej river with the Spiti
river at Khab. The road here is cut out of the mountainside here. We visit
gompa and lake at village Nako (3625 meters), 7 kms off the highway before
proceeding to Chango (3100 meters) to make camp for the night.
Day 08 Chango-Tabo (3280 meters) -Schichilling (3400 meters). Camp.
We continue to Tabo, a monastery 1004 years old. In 1996, the Tabo
monastery celebrated its thousand years with a Kalachakra ceremony, which
was presided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We spend the day exploring the
numerous temples at the monastery and the old mud caves which were used by
monks to live in ancient times, before continuing to Schichilling village to
make camp for the next two days.
Day 09 Schichilling-Dhankar (3700 meters)-Lalung (3680 meters) -
Dhankar used to be the erstwhile capital of Spiti where the king used to
reside. Today, his palace is a nunnery. We also visit another gompa, Lalung
which boasts of some very old "tankhas" and Buddhist artifacts. Return to
base camp by teatime.
Day 10 Schichilling-Kungri (3700 meters) -Shego / Rangrik (3550 meters).
Today, we drive into the Pin valley, along the Pin river which is the
largest tributary of the Spiti River, home to the snow leopard and the
Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism at the Kungri gompa. Back in camp by teatime.
Day 11 Shego/Rangrik. Kaza visit and back to Shego/Rangrik. Camp.
Today, we visit the district headquarters of Spiti at Kaza, its market,
environs and shops. A fairly relaxed day at camp.
Day 12 Shego/Rangrik-Langza (4300 meters) -Hikkim-(4360 meters) Komic
(4400 meters) -Kaza -Shego/Rangrik. Camp.
Today, we drive upto Langza village and beyond to Hikkim and Comic. We
return by foot (2-3 hrs) to Kaza from Comic village. This area is known for
breeding the finest Spiti horses, which are traded for the valuable Pashmina
wool with the Changpa nomads of Ladakh. At Kaza, we are met by the jeeps for
the drive back to Camp.
Day 13 Shego/Rangrik - Kye (3750
- Kibber (4120 meters) -Shego/Rangrik. Camp.
Today, we visit the largest monastery in Spiti at Kye and travel beyond
to Kibber village, the roadhead for the trek to Ladakh for the trade in
Spiti horses. We spend a day watching local life at work before returning to
Day 14 Shego/Rangrik - Pangmo (3875 meters) - Losar (4079 meters) -Takcha.
We drive on up the Spiti valley to visit the nunnery at Pangmo and
proceed to Losar village, the last village in Spiti. The drive is
spectacular with mud towers rising hundreds of feet out of the valley floor.
We make camp a few kilometers outside the village on a meadow at Takcha.
Day 15 Rest day at Takcha. Visit Losar. Camp.
Day 16 Takcha-Kunzum la (4507 meters) - Chattru. Camp. We climb upto the
Kunzum pass, which offers great views of the Chandrabhaga range of
mountains. We descend into the Lahaul valley and travel down the Chandra
river valley to camp at Chattru. The road is mad out of the riverbed with
lots of mountain streams flowing across the road.
Day 17 Chattru- Manali.
After breakfast, we begin the climb to the Rohtang pass and descend into
the green Kullu valley till Manali town. Arrive by lunchtime at our hotel.
Explore Manali town, its mall and the Hadimba temple. Overnight Manali.
Day 18 Drive Manali-Chandigarh (7 hrs).
Today, we drive down the valley of the Beas River past towns like Kullu,
Mandi, and Bilaspur and the plains of Punjab to Chandigarh. Check into Hotel
Day 19 Chandigarh - Delhi (4 hrs).
Quick drive back to the hotel at Delhi. Day free to relax and shop.
Day 20 Delhi to Agra
This morning we drive Agra and evening visit the Taj Mahal.
and Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 21 Agra to Delhi
After breakfast Visit to Agra Fort, Sikandra Fort and back to Delhi,
check in hotel, and some rest and cleaning and Evening transfer to the
airport for the flight home.
Places of Interest (Visit
Leh is nested in a side valley just to the north of the Indus Valley.
Until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia yak trains would
set off from the Leh Bazaar to complete the stages over the Kaakoam Pass to
Yarkand and Kashgar.
Administering the Valleys of Suru , Drass, Wakha and Bodkarbu, Kargil
lies midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir and the fertile reaches of
the Indus Valley and ladakh
Thak Thok gompa
shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated
during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet.
Dhahanu is situated to the south west of Leh,
around 163 Kms. passing through the beautiful villages of Kaltsey, Domkhar,
Padum is 240 km to the south of Kargil, comes as a bit of an anticlimax
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on
the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other.
Walled in by the Great Himalayan Divide, Zanskar, literally " Land of
White Copper" has for decades exrted the allure of Shangri La on visitours
Zangla is the nodal point on the popular Padum Strongdey Zangla Karsha
Padum round trip, which covers most of the cultural sites of Zanskar.
The Suru Valley
Diving two of the world's most formidable mountain ranges, the Suru
Valley winds south from Kargil to the desolate Pensi La the main entry point
the Nubra valley - nubra means green used to be on the trading route
connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now as the Valley of Flowers
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from
Pangong Tso, 15km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest
saltwater lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh
east into Tibet.
Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of
king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.