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Shimla Kinnaur Spiti Jeep Safari
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  • From : Shimla
  • Destination: Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration : 6 Nights 7 Days
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This route takes you through the most scenic of places in Himachal Pradesh. This trip starts from Shimla and takes you to the very scenic land of Kinnaur and Kaza, the beautiful cold dry desert. We make our way through winding roads and the backdrop of Kalpa is jaw dropping with the peaks of Kinnaur Kailash looking over the village. As we move from Kinnaur to Kaza the landscape changes to a typical Spiti valley terrain. This is indeed one of the best circuits to cover in Himachal Pradesh.


Overview

Duration – 6 Nights & 7 Days

Mode of Travel – Jeep 4WD / Toyota Innova

Accommodation – Camping / Hotel stay

Highest Point – Kunzam La (pass) 4551mts.

Highest Village – Komik (4513 mts).

Season – May to October

Route – Shimla - Kinnaur & Sangla Valley-Spiti-Manali.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Shimla – Narkanda – Hattu Peak – Rampur – Jeori – Sarahan. (175 Km) 

Day 02: Sarahan – Jeori – Wangtu – Karcham – Sangla. (92 Km)

Day 03: Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla - Kalpa (95 Km)

Day 04: Kalpa – Khab – Nako – Tabo (180 Km) 

Day 05: Tabo – Dhankar – Kaza – Kee monastery complex – Kaza. (65 Km)

Day 06: Kaza – Comic – Langza (60Km) 

Day 07: Kaza – Losar Kunzum Pass – Batal – Rothang Pass – Manali ( 203km) 

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Shimla – Narkanda – Hattu Peak – Rampur – Jeori – Sarahan. (175 Km)

In the morning we start from Shimla. Along the route enjoy the magnificent views of deep interlocked valleys en-route Kufri, Theog, Matiana and Narkanda. Through an old brown Oak forest we drive up to Hattu Peak (3135m) crested with a temple and offering stunning view of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Later, we drive further down to Rampur and along River Sutlej, pass Jeori and reach Sarahan for overnight stay.

Day 02: Sarahan – Jeori – Wangtu – Karcham – Sangla. (92 Km)

After breakfast, we visit the ancient Bhima Kali temple, one of the important seats of Kali in India. The walk above the village takes you to the breeding centre for endangered species of Himalayan pheasants. From the top, enjoy a bird-eye view of Sarahan with snow-capped Shrikhand ranges in the backdrops. Later we drive to Sangla past Tranda, Tapri and Karcham. After we reach Sangla, check into the hotel and later explore the village of Sangla and Kamru with its centuries old Kamru fort. Overnight stay at Sangla.

Day 03: Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla - Kalpa (95 Km)

After breakfast we drive to Chitkul (3460 Meters) last village on Indo-Tibetan border. Enjoy a lovely walk along the bank of river or opt to hike up to the mountain top to get panoramic views of the Himalaya. Later, explore the traditional village of Chitkul and drive back for evening to Kalpa, one of the favorite retreats of Lord Curzon, British Viceroy to India. So impressed from the place, he wanted to make Kalpa next summer capital of British India. From there get the enchanting sight of Kinner-Kailash range. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Kalpa – Khab – Nako – Tabo (180 Km)

Today we leave the greener Himalaya and enter the cold Himalayan desert. This landscape describes the intrusion of Tibetan plateau toward Indian side. Stop at Khab, where River Sutlej amalgamates with River Spiti carrying the glacial deposits. The uphill drive further continues to Village Nako. According to Tibetan mythology, great sage Padamsambhava mediated here and his footprints on a rock are still safe in a small monastery. Explore the village portraying a difficult but simple and contended lifestyle. Visit monastery of Nako and walk through the village. Continue your adventurous drive along River Spiti to reach Tabo (3050m). Tabo Monastery is more than 1,016 year old monastery and still preserves some of the oldest Tahnkas (fresco) in Tibetan mythology. Check in to your hotel. Later, in evening stroll the village around. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Tabo – Dhankar – Kaza – Kee monastery complex – Kaza. (65 Km)

After breakfast we drive to Dhankar, the old capital of Spiti. A fortified monastery is built on a cliff; erosion on the walls reveals the weathering and harshness of climate. This multi-storied complex has many rooms. Later we continue driving to Kaza and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, drive up to Kee monastery, the complex presents an example of fortified monasteries which were built against possible invasions. From here, one can admire descend of Spiti valley and as it rises, up to Kunzum pass.

Drive back to visit the local market at Kaza, displaying the necessities of life here. Drive back to the hotel.

Day 06: Kaza – Comic – Langza (60Km)

Today, we drive to village Comic, situated at an elevation of 4,500m. We will visit the village and the monastery. We now drive back to visit village Langza, with a stunning view of Mount Kanamo (6000m). Later we walk down to the gigantic statue of mediating Buddha with a closer look to the lifestyle of Himalayan people. Later we drive back to Kaza, go for early dinner as next day we drive before the dawn breaks.

Day 07: Kaza – Losar Kunzum Pass – Batal – Rothang Pass – Manali ( 203km)

Early morning we drive to Manali, stopping for breakfast at Losar village. The adventurous drive further heads to Kunzum Pass (4551m), highest motorable pass of Himachal Pradesh. At Kunzum, enjoy stunning views of snowcapped Kunzum, CB13 & CB14 peaks of Chandrabhaga range.

We further drive down along River Chandra with looming peaks of Pir Panjal and Chandrabhaga ranges of Great Himalayan system. Near Batal, catch a stunning view of Bara Sigri glacier (25 km long, biggest glacier of Himachal Pradesh).

Finally, we reach the Himalayan junction, from where the road bifurcates to Ladakh while we drive up to Rothang Pass. From the other side of the pass, soak your eyes with the lush green Kullu Valley. For evening, reach Manali. Take a tour of the Manali market area and bring home some Himalayan souvenir. Take rest at night as you will return to your home with great memories of the trip. 

Fact

RECONG PEO (2670M) : Located 240 km from Shimla, 7 km from Powari and 13 km from Kalpa. Recong Peo is the headquarter of district Kinnaur.

KOTHI : Just 3 km from Recong Peo, Kothi has a temple dedicated to the goddess Chanadika Devi. Set against a backdrop of mountains and graves of the deodar the temple has an unusual architectural style and fine sculpture. An exquisite gold image of goddess is enshrined in sanctum.

SANGLA VALLEY : If a landscape had the powers of casting spells, then the Sangla valley would be a magician extraordinary. Once seen, it is a place that can never be forgotten. Even the rushing waters of the Baspa river, that flow through its 95 km length, seem to absorb some of the magic and slow down to savor its snow-frame beauty. 2 km from Sangla is the fort of Kamru (300 m) its tower like architecture resembles that of the Bhima Kali complex and this was the origin of rulers of Bushehar. Chitkul (3450 m) is the last village of the valley and beyond lies Tibet.

RIBA (2745M) : Just 18 km from Powari on NH-22 is famous for its vineyards and local wine 'Angoori' made from grapes.

JANGI : 26 km from Powari, the inner border is located here beyond which foreigners require permit to travel upto Tabo. From this point the famous Kinner Kailash Parikarama Trek starts touching Morang, Thangi and Kunocharang villages and entering Chitkul village in Sangla Valley.

PUH (2837m) : Lush green fields, orchards of apricot, almond trees and vineyards, are to be seen on route to Puh. Just 58 km from Powari along the NH-22, Puh has rest house and basic hotel facilities.

NAKO (3662m) : 117 km from Kalpa. In Hangrang Valley is the largest village above sea level. It is also famous for Nako Lake which has boating facilities in summer and during winter its frozen surface is used for ice skating. Buddhist monastery is located here.

TABO (3050m) : 163 km from Kalpa and 27 km from Sando the ancient village, Tabo is situated on the left bank of river Spiti. Flanked on either side by hills, it is one of the most important Buddhist monasteries regarded by many as only next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Tabo is the largest monastic complex of Spiti which has since been declared a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

KAZA (3600m) : 210 km from Kalpa 47 from Tabo. The headquarters of Spiti sub-district, Kaza is on the bank of river Spiti. In earlier times, it was the capital of Nono, the chief of Spiti. It has a Buddhist Monastery and Hindu Temple.

KEY GOMPA (4116m) : 7 km from Kaza. The largest monastery in Spiti Valley. Established in the 11th century, it has ancient Buddhist scrolls and paintings. Also houses the largest number of Buddhist monks and nuns.

KIBBER (4205 m) : 18 km from Kaza. The highest village in the world which is connected by a motorable road and also the highest village in the world which has its own polling station during elections.

KUNZAM PASS (4551m) : 76 km: One of the highest motorable passes. Goddess Kunjum keeps guard over the pass and wards of the evil.

Do's and Dont's

Do's

• Things to Carry:

  • Avoid using jeans and wear comfortable clothings
  • Thermals and woolen wear
  • Good ankle-length hiking shoes. Make sure your shoes are not new as they cause shoe bites easily 
  • Flash light with extra batteries 
  • Sunglasses and Caps.
  • Sunscreen  (Get a high SPF sunscreen as sun burns are common phenomenon at high altitudes)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Warm jacket/pullover (Make sure they are water resistant)
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm socks (at least 3 pairs)
  • Raincoat
  • Prescribed medication (if any)
  • Personal Medication If Any 

Don'ts 

  • Do not litter the Himalayas during your stay there.

Services Provided:

1. Night stay at hotels/home-stay/camp sites (Day 1 to Day 7).

2. A dedicated transit vehicle.

3. Meals (except during transit).

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